Meet the Scholars


James Barberis

Hometown: Gaithersburg, Maryland
Major: Digital Media Production
Career Goals: Director, Writer, etc. 
UROP Project: An analysis on what makes a movie inspiring
Research_interests: Film, mental health
Community Involvement: Beta Theta Pi
Last Book, Show, or Movie: The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut
Favorite Meal: Cheesecake Factory Chicken Samosas


Elijah Bishop

Hometown: Jacksonville, Florida
Major: Political Science and Business
Career Goals: Corporate Lawyer and Entrepreneur
UROP Project: Analyzing the impact of colleges and universities on local economic development
Research_interests: Political discourse, social media influence, and unemployment
Community Involvement: ARO, CSU, Boy Scouts of America
Last Book, Show, or Movie: The Charisma Myth by Olivia Fox Cabane
Favorite Meal: My mom's meatloaf 


Christelle Bucag

Hometown: Tallahassee, Florida
Major: Interdisciplinary Medical Sciences: Pre-Clinical Professions
Career Goals: Infectious Disease Specialist with concentration on Tropical Medicine or MD-PHD working in the public health sector
UROP Project: Looking into Planetary Interiors through Diamond Windows
Research_interests: Chemistry, Biochemistry, Genetics, Sociology
Community Involvement: Honors Experience Program, NoleMed, Academic Recruitment Organization, Filipino Student Association, Capitill State, Indak, Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare
Last Book, Show, or Movie: Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Favorite Meal: Sinigang na Hipon with steamed rice


Victoria Cabral

Hometown: Orlando, Florida
Major: Political Science
Career Goals: Diplomacy/Foreign Policy 
UROP Project: Marketing an Immersive Theater Production 
Research_interests: Human rights violations in Soviet satellite states and political tendencies in South America
Community Involvement: Dance Marathon Leader and Evolve magazine writer 
Last Book, Show, or Movie: Looking for Alaska by John Green
Favorite Meal: Chips and Queso 


Alexander Chang

Hometown: Glenridge, New Jersey
Major: Exploratory
Career Goals: Computer Programmer
UROP Project: Utilizing Geographic Information Systems for Hurricane Planning and Preparedness
Research_interests: Soccer, Computer Programming, Mathematics, Religion
Community Involvement: Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity, UROP, Honors Colloquium Leader, Academic Recruitment Organization (ARO) College Fair Chair
Last Book, Show, or Movie: Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
Favorite Meal: Perkin's Kid Perks Rainbow Sprinkle Pancakes


Andrew Clement

Hometown: Ocala, Florida
Major: Criminology
Career Goals: Helping others and enjoying myself. My dream job is something in the FBI or CIA. 
UROP Project: Examination of longleaf pine tree cores and cross dating the samples with climate data. It gives other researchers information that can be used for restoration of their habitat and the certain species of tree. 
Research_interests: Criminology/Psychology
Community Involvement:
Last Book, Show, or Movie: The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris
Favorite Meal: Chicken Fried Rice


Teagan Danilowicz

Hometown: Boca Raton, Florida
Major: International Affairs and Public Relations
Minor: Sociology
Career Goals: I hope travel the world while working
UROP Project: I am creating a climate change survey. It will be administered to FSU Students to analyse their opinions and knowledge about the issue.
Research_interests: Languages, cultures, and human rights
Community Involvement: March for Our Lives
Last Book, Show, or Movie: Humans of New York: Stories by Brandon Stanton
Favorite Meal: Rainbow Roll (Sushi)


Elyse Duplantier

Hometown: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Major: Cellular & Molecular Neuroscience
Minor: Chemistry
Career Goals: Physician Assistant
UROP Project: Determine the association between adverse childhood experiences and late-life cognitive functioning, with a strong support system acting as a buffer
Research_interests: Biology, psychology, neuroscience, anatomy
Community Involvement: Nu Rho Sci
Last Book, Show, or Movie: Pet Sematary by Stephen King
Favorite Meal: Margherita pizza


Carson Flowers

Hometown: Tampa, Florida
Major: Exploratory
Career Goals: Enter a career I enjoy
UROP Project: Helping a professor start his immersive theater production
Research_interests: Business
Community Involvement: Beta Theta Pi 
Last Book, Show, or Movie: How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
Favorite Meal: A Chipotle Bowl


Meghan Gilmore

Hometown: Louisville, Kentucky
Major: Instrumental Music Education
Career Goals: Middle School Band Director 
UROP Project: Exploring how middle school students use social media and how to integrate its responsible use in schools 
Research_interests: Social Media, Pedagogy, Education
Community Involvement: Tuba Euphonium Studio Member, Concert Band
Last Book, Show, or Movie: Woman on the Edge of Time by Marge Piercy
Favorite Meal: Fettuccini Alfredo


Abril Hunter

Hometown: Belleville, Illinois
Major: Environmental Science and Policy
Minor: Urban and Regional Planning
Career Goals: Environmental Lobbyist for Private Humanitarian Organization
UROP Project: How effective are counties in communicating recycling messages to their citizens and are they effective?
Research_interests: Water Pollution in Developing Nations, African-American Gentrification, Inequalities in the Legislative Process
Community Involvement: Presidential Scholars Historian, Black Student Union, Florida Association of Environmental Professionals, Academic Recruitment Organization
Last Book, Show, or Movie: The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
Favorite Meal: Shrimp & Grits


Elizabeth Iaconis

Hometown: Londonderry, New Hampshire
Major: Social Entrepreneurship
Career Goals: Peace Corps and Teach for America volunteerism before seeking employment with a socially conscious corporation or non-profit organization
UROP Project: Study the economic impacts of universities on their surrounding communities
Research_interests: Education, social justice, demographics, and economics
Community Involvement: CHAARG women's fitness organization, Academic Recruitment Organization, Honors Colloquium Leader fall 2020, Student Alumni Association
Last Book, Show, or Movie: Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Favorite Meal: Tortellini alfredo


Jaden Jones

Hometown: Miramar, Florida
Major: Nursing
Career Goals: Nurse Anesthetist & CEO of a nursing NGO that visits less fortunate countries to provide medical care to children
UROP Project: The purpose of the General Curriculum Access Lab is to promote academic learning through evidence-based practices for students with developmental disabilities, including autism spectrum disorder and intellectual disability. Our activities include scholarly writing and analysis through literature reviews, applied intervention research, professional development for teachers and families, and service to our community and profession.
Research_interests: Pediatric Health in Underdeveloped Countries & Intellectual Disorders in Children
Community Involvement: Big Brothers Big Sisters of The Big Bend
Last Book, Show, or Movie: The Source of The River by Mary J. Fischer, Garvey Lundy, Camille Zubrinsky Charles, and Douglas Massey
Favorite Meal: American: Macaroni and Cheese & Jamaican: Stew Peas


Caswell King

Hometown: Atlanta, George
Major: Computer Science
Career Goals: Undecided
UROP Project: Blockchain
Research_interests: Computer Technology
Community Involvement:
Last Book, Show, or Movie: The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut
Favorite Meal: Chinese Beef and Broccoli


Thomas Lovergen

Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Major: Political Science and International Affairs
Career Goals: Lawyer, Lobbyist
UROP Project: Networking & Social Media
Research_interests: Public Policy, Campaigns
Community Involvement: Mock Trial, World Affairs Program, Student Government
Last Book, Show, or Movie: King Solomon's Mines by H. Rider Haggard
Favorite Meal: Grilled Chicken, Black Beans, and Rice


Mallory Malman

Hometown: Boca Raton, Florida
Major: Philosophy
Career Goals: Appellate Lawyer
UROP Project: The Human Dimension of World War II: Working with Original Documents and Artifacts
Research_interests: Human Rights, Literature, Philosophy
Community Involvement: BrightCasters; an organization that teaches people mindfulness activities in order for them to become more positive.
Last Book, Show, or Movie: The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin
Favorite Meal: Lamb Chops


Chris May

Hometown: Tampa, Florida
Major: Behavioral Neuroscience and Philosophy
Career Goals: Earn a MD/PhD in order to become a Physician Scientist
UROP Project: Understanding the Neurochemical and Hormonal Mechanisms Underlying Adult Pair Bonding Behavior in Prairie Voles
Research_interests: Neuroscience, Psychology, Neuropathology, and Bioethics
Community Involvement: Neuroscience Undergraduate Student Association (NUSA), Nu Rho Psi, and UROP
Last Book, Show, or Movie: Existentialism is a Humanism by Jean-Paul Sartre
Favorite Meal: A Perfectly Grilled Cheese


Max McCammon

Hometown: Ocala, Florida
Major: Civil Engineering
Career Goals: Pursue a position of leadership with an engineering firm
UROP Project: High voltage engineering with a focus on optimizing superconductor cables 
Research_interests: Civil and electrical engineering
Community Involvement: UROP, Academic Recruitment Organization
Last Book, Show, or Movie: The Kite Runner by Hosseini
Favorite Meal: My mom's cinnamon coffee


Andre Merchan-Revilla

Hometown: Miami, Florida
Major: Political Science
Career Goals: Work as a private sector lawyer, with concentration in immigration or trial 
UROP Project: Computer Networks: Creating Virtual Network Models
Research_interests: The ethicality and effectiveness of international law and policy, the modern political atmosphere, and social justice/equity
Community Involvement: Academic Recruitment Organization
Last Book, Show, or Movie: A Cabinet of Philosophical Mysteries by Roy Sorensen
Favorite Meal: Moe's Steak Burrito (extra queso), Marquesa (Venezuelan Dessert), and an Espresso shot


Susan Morales

Hometown: Tampa, Florida
Major: Sociology and Political Science
Minor: Mathematics
Career Goals: Lawyer 
UROP Project: Creating metal silicides in aluminum flux
Research_interests: Effectiveness of legislation on local community issues
Community Involvement: Honors Experience Program 
Last Book, Show, or Movie: Women on the Edge of Time by Marge Piercy
Favorite Meal: Rice with black beans 


Erin Murphy

Hometown: St. Petersburg, Florida
Major: Computer Engineering
Minor: General Business
Career Goals: Computer Engineer
UROP Project: Utilizing transfer learning to train object detection software for real-time usage on aerial drone footage over water
Research_interests: Human-computer interaction, machine learning, quantum computing, bioinformatics, food science
Community Involvement: FSU Beach Volleyball Team, Women in Leadership Development, UROP Research Assistant, FCA
Last Book, Show, or Movie: The Search: How Google Transformed Our Culture by John Battelle
Favorite Meal: Shrimp Fettuccine Alfredo


Alexa Pappas

Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Major: Psychology
Career Goals: To become a licensed counselor
UROP Project: Evaluating the Traumatization of Hurricane Maria Evacuees in Florida
Research_interests: Social Psychology, Criminology, Abnormal Psychology
Community Involvement: UROP, ARO, MREA
Last Book, Show, or Movie: Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
Favorite Meal: Breakfast food


Dhenu Patel

Hometown: Tallahassee, Florida
Major: Exercise Physiology
Minor: Biological Science and Chemistry
Career Goals: Physician 
UROP Project: Gene Expression Modulation through CRISPR Activation and Interference
Research_interests: Medicine, Biology, Cancer Research
Community Involvement: Honors Medical Scholars, MEDLIFE, Honors Student Association 
Last Book, Show, or Movie: When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
Favorite Meal: Mom's Homemade Indian Food


Georgina Patient

Hometown: St. Petersburg, Florida
Major: International Affairs
Minor: French
Career Goals: Career in diplomacy, hopefully working for the British Foreign Office
UROP Project: Helping to create a book manuscript for a university press and an annotated online bibliography about the country of Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast), that focuses on the recent twenty-year-long crisis that blighted the country since the beginning of multi-party politics in 1990 to the debilitating civil war of 2010-2011
Research_interests: The treatment of and response to migrants and refugees in camps within Francophone countries, specifically examining the Calais Migrant Crisis
Community Involvement: Honors Student Association, College Democrats, J Street U, DWF Magazine
Last Book, Show, or Movie: Beautiful Boy by David Sheff
Favorite Meal: A big bowl of proper ramen


Nami Pruitt

Hometown: Ormond Beach, Florida
Major: Exploratory
Minor: Environment and Society
Career Goals: State Department
UROP Project: Sustainable Healthy Cities
Research_interests: Sustainability, Asian-American identity, Animal Ethics
Community Involvement: Represent Us, Ethical Vegan Club, Amnesty International, Asian American Student Union, Japanese Language and Culture Association
Last Book, Show, or Movie: You are a Badass by Jen Sincero
Favorite Meal: My mom's yakisoba


Connor Sherman

Hometown: Trinity, Florida
Major: Actuarial Science and Economics
Minor: Business and History
Career Goals: PhD in Economics and risk analysis on stock portfolios
UROP Project: Agglomerate Economies and Local Economic Development from Universities
Research_interests: LGBT Income Inequalities and Economic Predispositions
Community Involvement: Presidential Scholars Class Representative, Academic Recruitment Organization
Last Book, Show, or Movie: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Favorite Meal: Peanut Butter


Gracie Thaxton

Hometown: St. Augustine, Florida
Major: Behavioral Neuroscience, Mathematics
Minor: Chemistry
Career Goals: Pediatric Neurologist
UROP Project: Technology-Based Mathematics for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Research_interests: Autism, Neuroscience, Psychology
Community Involvement: Autism Speaks, Nu Rho Psi Honor Society, Neuroscience Undergraduate Student Association, Equestrian Team, Garnet and Gold Scholar Society, Academic Recruitment Organization, UROP
Last Book, Show, or Movie: Misery by Stephen King
Favorite Meal: Any of my mom's cooking


Jakob Tweedel

Hometown: Mandeville, Louisiana
Major: Psychology
Career Goals: Learn Korean and take part in an immersion program to be a clinical psychologist working with youths in South Korea
UROP Project: Strange Loops and Consciousness 
Research_interests: Mental health
Community Involvement: Protesting at the Capitol and helping build homes with Habitat for Humanity 
Last Book, Show, or Movie: The Dispossesed by Ursula K. Le Guin
Favorite Meal: Seafood Gumbo 


Angeles Urtubey

Hometown: Ocala, Florida
Major: Interior Design
Career Goals: Interior designer for an architecture firm
UROP Project: Cosa Excavations 
Research_interests: History and Classics
Community Involvement: FSU community garden
Last Book, Show, or Movie: Dune by Frank Herbert
Favorite Meal: Rice with Lamb curry


William Zak

Hometown: Norfolk, Virginia
Major: Cellular & Molecular Neuroscience
Minor: Chemistry
Career Goals: Psychiatry or Clinical Psychology
UROP Project: Elucidating the molecular mechanisms in activation and regulation of GBP2
Research_interests: Psychology
Community Involvement: Beta Theta Pi Fraternity, UROP, Best Buddies 
Last Book, Show, or Movie: Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
Favorite Meal: Steak and Twice Stuffed Potatoes