Meet the Scholars

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Grady Anderson

Hometown: Fruitland Park, Florida
Major: Sport Management
Career Goals: A position in higher education administration at a four-year university.
UROP Project:
Research_interests: The intersection of political ideology and a person’s sexuality/gender identity.
Community Involvement: Academic Recruitment Organization, UROP, Sport Management Student Organization
Last Book, Show, or Movie: They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
Favorite Meal: Filet Mignon

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Alyssa Balliett

Hometown: Lake Wales, Florida
Major: Philosophy
Minor: Psychology
Career Goals: Law
UROP Project:
Research_interests: Sociology and Educational Theory (social behavioral trends specifically in an academic setting)
Community Involvement: church organizations, volunteering, lacrosse, and UROP
Last Book, Show, or Movie: Tao Te Ching (Lao Tzu Edition)
Favorite Meal: Chicken Alfredo

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Kyleigh Bishop

Hometown: Ocala, Florida
Major: Cell and Molecular Neuroscience
Career Goals: A surgeon specializing in Cardiothoracic or Orthopaedic surgeries
UROP Project:
Research_interests: Pre-health and Social Sciences; Women’s mental health
Community Involvement: Dance Marathon and Kids Central
Last Book, Show, or Movie: A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
Favorite Meal: Chicken Parm & Sushi

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Ashley Boudreaux

Hometown: Sarasota, Florida
Major: Pre-Lit/Media/Culture and Sociology (Dual-Degree)
Minor: Psychology and Undetermined
Career Goals: Some type of law (Prosecution or Human Rights)
UROP Project:
Research_interests: Human Behavior in Society
Community Involvement: Theatre, AASU, Emotional Well-being and Awareness, Activism
Last Book, Show, or Movie: The Secret History by Donna Tartt
Favorite Meal: Sushi and Boba

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Kailen Christian

Hometown: Plant City, Florida
Major: Chem Engineering
Minor: Economics
Career Goals: Pharmaceutical Engineering/ Drug Development/ something in that realm
UROP Project:
Research_interests: Pharmaceuticals, maybe something in microeconomics, or color chemistry ( ie how do pottery glazes work, how (cellularly/ biophysically) have animals evolved to have bright colors)
Community Involvement: Foster Kid group homes, pediatric ICU in the hospital, anything with kids
Last Book, Show, or Movie: Luster by raven Leilani
Favorite Meal: Vietnamese noodle bowls (bun thit nuong)

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Carson Dale

Hometown: Columbia, Missouri
Major: International Affairs
Career Goals: Possibly something in maritime law, working for the state department, or seeking out public office.
UROP Project:
Research_interests: Possibly something related to the political divide in America, its causes, and avenues to create civil discourse/media literacy.
Community Involvement: Getting little kids out into nature and growing their love for the world around them.
Last Book, Show, or Movie: World Order - Henry Kissinger
Favorite Meal: Peanut Pad Thai

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Erica Darcy

Hometown: South Daytona, Florida
Major: Studio Art
Minor: Anthropology
Career Goals: Unsure yet!
UROP Project:
Research_interests: Visual anthropology, the evolution of art
Community Involvement: Helping at a nonprofit thrift store, set building for past musicals, Vice President of high school book club
Last Book, Show, or Movie: The Secret History by Donna Tartt
Favorite Meal: Mac n Cheese

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William Dhana

Hometown: Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
Major: Biological Sciences
Minor: Chemistry
Career Goals: Physician
UROP Project:
Research_interests: Health/Medicine, Children’s Health, Biotechnology, Organic Systems
Community Involvement: Volunteering/Service, Pre-Med Organizations, Intramural Sports, Cultural Societies
Last Book, Show, or Movie: A Promised Land
Favorite Meal: Bulgogi Tofu

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Fiona Dininger

Hometown: Orlando, Florida
Major: Biochemistry
Career Goals: Medical researcher
UROP Project:
Research_interests: Cancer, biology
Community Involvement: LWL Tutoring club, volunteering at the library, chorus, and reading.
Last Book, Show, or Movie: Keep You Safe
Favorite Meal: Tacos

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Sarah Foy

Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia
Major: Social Science Education
Career Goals: Make an impact within the hearts of students and bring our education system to its fullest potential!
UROP Project:
Research_interests: Disparity in education, the psychology of learning
Community Involvement: Volunteer at 7 Bridges to Recovery ATL, Writing Center Tutor at Saint Pius X ATL
Last Book, Show, or Movie: Our Town by Thornton Wilder
Favorite Meal: açaí bowl & iced coffee:)

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Ella Garcia

Hometown: Mount Dora, Florida
Major: Interdisciplinary Social Sciences
Career Goals: Civil Rights Lawyer
UROP Project:
Research_interests: Educational Inequality
Community Involvement: High School Democrats, Teen Court, Politics
Last Book, Show, or Movie: Play it as it Lays, Joan Didion
Favorite Meal: Anything Italian with a lot of carbs

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Grace Hickey

Hometown: Niceville, Florida
Major: Cell and molecular neuroscience
Career Goals: Neuroscience research
UROP Project:
Research_interests: Computational neuroscience/modeling the brain
Community Involvement: STEM outreach, especially with kids
Last Book, Show, or Movie: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Favorite Meal: Macaroni and cheese!

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James Hudson IV

Hometown: Brandon, Florida
Major: Computer Engineering and Business Administration
Minor: Marketing
Career Goals: I want to run my own business.
UROP Project:
Research_interests: technology and information
Community Involvement: entrepreneurship, financial literacy education, STEM education advocacy, travel, tennis, Star Wars, procrastination, and half glasses of water
Last Book, Show, or Movie: Florida State University Student Financial Responsibility Agreement
Favorite Meal: pulled corn beef brisket with South Carolina barbecue sauce, loaded baked potato, balsamic carrots, Mountain Dew, and banana pudding

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Elisa Kim

Hometown: Wake Forest, North Carolina
Major: Psychology
Career Goals: Not sure yet
UROP Project:
Research_interests: Psychiatric Prevention and Treatment
Community Involvement: School Foundation Attaché, Civic Ballet Sr. Company Representative, Girl Scouts
Last Book, Show, or Movie: The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
Favorite Meal: Pasta

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Jimi Korec

Hometown: Pensacola, Florida
Major: Political Science and Economics
Career Goals: Corporate/ Civil Law
UROP Project:
Research_interests: I would be interested in researching the political implications of absolute moralism and absolute relativism.
Community Involvement: Looking to get involved in Ultimate Frisbee Club, the FSU food pantry, and some form of environmental activism.
Last Book, Show, or Movie: Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dosteovesky
Favorite Meal: Potatoes

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Patrick Laciuga

Hometown: Ocala, Florida
Major: Computer Engineering
Career Goals: Contribute to the development of technology furthering the capabilities of the human body
UROP Project:
Research_interests: Obviously computer engineering related research but I’m also equally intrigued by psychology and music if there’s any research to be done there.
Community Involvement: Set building for plays, volunteer lifeguarding
Last Book, Show, or Movie: The Alchemist
Favorite Meal: NY Strip steak

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Lucie Lovato

Hometown: Pensacola, Florida
Major: Political Science
Career Goals: Attorney
UROP Project:
Research_interests: I would be interested in researching something in Women’s Studies. I began research on this topic in high school and would really enjoy continuing it.
Community Involvement: In high school I was very involved in my town’s Children’s Choir. I spent 10 years with the program both volunteering and participating.
Last Book, Show, or Movie: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
Favorite Meal: My favorite meal is my mom’s tuna casserole.

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Aryan Manohar

Hometown: Lake Mary , Florida
Major: Political Science
Career Goals: Lobbyist, campaign strategist, foreign diplomat, running for office
UROP Project:
Research_interests: Environmental policy, statewide and local demographic change, food science
Community Involvement: ModelUN, mock trial, sustainability on campus, oven grate pizza
Last Book, Show, or Movie: Losing America by Robert Byrd
Favorite Meal: Varan bhat (dal rice)

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Sophia Miller

Hometown: New Orleans, Louisiana
Major: Biochemistry
Minor: Mathematics
Career Goals: Either to attend medical school or conduct medical research
UROP Project:
Research_interests: Methods to alleviate disability inclusion, and research pertaining to brain injury/trauma
Community Involvement: Member of a sorority, Women in STEM, UROP, and hopefully Leadership Board for Presidential Scholars
Last Book, Show, or Movie: 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
Favorite Meal: Sushi (especially if I’m not paying for it)

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Melanie Mitchell

Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio
Major: Biology
Minor: Hopefully Spanish
Career Goals: Pediatrician
UROP Project:
Research_interests: Mental health and/or Environmental Science
Community Involvement: #NAME?
Last Book, Show, or Movie: Pipeline by Dominique Morisseau
Favorite Meal: Indian Food! (Paneer makhni)

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McKenna Oakley

Hometown: Hamilton, Ohio
Major: Creative Writing
Career Goals: I would love to obtain a Ph.D. in Creative Writing to become a professor and ultimately a published author.
UROP Project:
Research_interests: I would love to research any issue that involves intersections of psychology, sociology, political science, and English. Specifically, I would love to examine the connections between political polarization, confirmation bias, and rhetoric. I'm also interested in issues that see theology, ethics, and modern scientific disciplines intersect.
Community Involvement: Past involvement: Student government, National Honor Society, youth ministry, public relations writing for a local non-profit, substance abuse prevention coalition. Current involvement and interests: UROP, interfaith student ministry, and any student writing organization or service club.
Last Book, Show, or Movie: Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
Favorite Meal: Vegetarian pho and mango boba!

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Rachel Olson

Hometown: Orlando, Florida
Major: Exploratory
Career Goals: Uncertain, but something related to writing of some kind
UROP Project:
Research_interests: Linguistics, psychology, theater, history
Community Involvement: "In high school, I participated in National Honors Society and Scouts BSA, as well as volunteering at The Mustard Seed and the Orlando Union Rescue Mission In college, I am participating in UROP and plan to get involved in local volunteer opportunities "
Last Book, Show, or Movie: If We Were Villains by ML Rio
Favorite Meal: Shepherd's pie

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Jesse Olsson

Hometown: Tallahassee, Florida
Major: Dual degree in physics/math
Minor: Computer science
Career Goals: Physics research
UROP Project:
Research_interests: Condensed matter, nanophotonics
Community Involvement: Instrumental jazz, quiz bowl
Last Book, Show, or Movie: The Black Swan by Nassim Taleb
Favorite Meal: Fried grouper

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Samantha Randall

Hometown: New York, New York
Major: Dance
Career Goals: Professional dancer as well as something science related
UROP Project:
Research_interests: How scientific and anatomical knowledge help a dancer better understand the intricacies of their body and improve their overall performance.
Community Involvement: Piano performance, musical theater, student ambassadors, Pride Student Union, Honors Student Association, Head of House, Student Programming Assistant, film appreciation
Last Book, Show, or Movie: The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab
Favorite Meal: New York pizza

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Olivia Seely

Hometown: Orlando, Florida
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Career Goals: I'm still deciding, but excited!
UROP Project:
Research_interests: I am really open to anything, but right now I am really interested in the psychology of decision making!
Community Involvement: "High School- Local theatre Future- Dance Marathon/Children's Miracle Network"
Last Book, Show, or Movie: Rediscovery: Science Fiction by Women
Favorite Meal: Spanakopita and Tiropita

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Hannah Squier

Hometown: Stuart, Florida
Major: Biochemistry
Career Goals: Undecided; research, academia?
UROP Project:
Research_interests: Genetics, Chemistry, Math, Agrobusiness, Genetic engineering
Community Involvement: Past community involvement: Volunteering at a library, volunteering at House of Hope, Dental charity events, Student government, NHS. Interests: food pantry volunteering, campus cleanup initiatives, drives or fundraising to help the Tallahassee community, any other service that solves problems
Last Book, Show, or Movie: Tess of the d’Ubervilles
Favorite Meal: Cob salad, lemon chicken and rice

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Alexis Staveski

Hometown: New Port Richey, Florida
Major: Exploratory, but considering Entrepreneurship and Computational Science
Career Goals: I am considering both Law and Data Science.
UROP Project:
Research_interests: STEM Entrepreneurship, Sociology, Health Sciences, and Computational Science
Community Involvement: In high school I volunteered with Interact Club at Metropolitan Ministries and at various school events through student council. I am a member of The FSU Honors Legal Scholars, and I am excited to consider joining Club Tennis and Student Government.
Last Book, Show, or Movie: Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life… And Maybe The World
Favorite Meal: I love Tijuana Flats bowls and Pasta!

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Avery Vargason

Hometown: Pensacola, Florida
Major: Biology
Career Goals: Veterinarian
UROP Project:
Research_interests: Environmental/ Animal Population
Community Involvement: Animal Shelter
Last Book, Show, or Movie: 6 of Crow Series
Favorite Meal: Sushi

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Josie Whelan

Hometown: Miami, Florida
Major: Biology
Career Goals: I aim to become a wildlife biologist.
UROP Project:
Research_interests: My research interests are in the field of ecology and wildlife biology. I am interested in wildlife populations and how keystone species affect the surrounding wildlife and environment.
Community Involvement: In the past, I created forest gardens in local schools to promote healthy eating and nutrition in schools. I would be interested in continuing this project in Leon county schools or in working with the Florida Wildlife Commission as a volunteer.
Last Book, Show, or Movie: Caramelo
Favorite Meal: My mom's Chicago style pizza

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Ella Windlan

Hometown: Hudson, Florida
Major: Editing, Writing, and Media, potentially pre-med
Career Goals: Potentially something involving expanding access to healthcare or something in journalism. In general I just want to do good and make a true impact on the lives of others.
UROP Project:
Research_interests: Urban planning, economics, genetic science
Community Involvement: "Past: Several projects to aid with food insecurity at my school, volunteering to aid in the transition to online school during COVID-19, helping local kids with problem solving skills at summer camps. Interests: Sustainability efforts, food insecurity, providing whatever is needed to struggling people in my community."
Last Book, Show, or Movie: The Feather Thief
Favorite Meal: Enchiladas