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Presidential Scholars

Sabrina Abboud Ocala, Florida

Major: International Affairs

Minor: Arabic or Communications Media

Career Goals: Lawyer specializing in international and human rights law, including extradition; communications work for a non-profit organization; cultural outreach

UROP Project: The Effect of Crime on Democratic Support in Latin America

Research Interests: My research interests include the use of rape as a tool of warfare, ethnic conflict, policy regarding child soldiers, and the efficacy of international law.

Community Involvement: Arabic Culture and Language Association; Arabic Outreach Program; Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society

Last Book: The Prophet by Khalil Gibran

Favorite Meal: My mom's amazing chicken and brown rice (my favorite comfort food), with a cup of perfectly-brewed tea

Senna Armstrong Gainesville, Florida

Major: African American Studies & Political Science

Career Goals: Work for the Innocence Project.

UROP Project: Research America's invovlement in the moon landis for an exhibit opening in 2019 at the Historic Capitol

Research Interests: Studying the effects of different systems and practices on minority communities.

Volunteerism: Tutoring

Community Involvement: College Democrats and WIPS

Last Book: Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari

Favorite Meal: Sushi

Cara Axelrod Sunrise, Florida

Major: Psychology and Sociology

Minor: Statistics

Career Goals: Earn a Ph.D in Psychology and become a researcher & professor

UROP Project: Transitional Care for the Underprivileged Elderly Population at Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare

Research Interests: Neuroscience, Social Psychology, Family Relationships

Volunteerism: UROP, Dance Marathon

Community Involvement: Presenter at the 25th Annual Congress on Women's Health, Hands of Hope, Hillel

Last Book: The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks

Favorite Meal: Eggs, Bacon, and Toast

James Barberis 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

Volunteerism: O.C.E.O.

Community Involvement: Beta Theta Pi

Last Book: The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut

Favorite Meal: Cheesecake Factory Chicken Samosas

Noah Bartfield Orlando, FL

Major: Biochemistry

Minor: Mathematics, Biology, Physics, Biomedical Physics, Statistics

Career Goals: MD-Ph.D researcher and clinician

UROP Project: Using Drosophila to Model Tumorigenesis

Research Interests: Cancer, Multiple Sclerosis, Diabetes, Molecular Biology

Community Involvement: ARO VP of Finance, Biology Learning Assistant

Last Book: The Future of Humanity - Michio Kaku

Favorite Meal: Lamb Chops

Dexter Bell Sanford, FL

Major: Risk Management-Insurance & Management Information Systems

Minor: English & Business Analytics

Career Goals: Build a personal brand around innovative design, operations, and subject matter expertise.

UROP Project: Analysis of the Effects of Multiple, Consecutive Catastrophic Events on the Florida Insurance Market

Research Interests: Identifying and exploring a major concern towards the policy holder surplus held by the domestic, state, and national insurers within the Florida insurance market.

Volunteerism: Cobb Middle School,Ronald McDonald House of Tallahassee, and The Big Little Event

Community Involvement: The President's Ambassadors, Presidential Scholars Executive Board, The Office of the President, Gamma Iota Sigma, Garnet and Gold Key, FSU Consulting Group, and the Seneff Scholars program.

Last Book: Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon

Favorite Meal: Channa Masala with Tofu

Olivia Bergeron-Oakes Coral Springs, Florida

Major: Biology and Psychology

Career Goals: Genetic Counseling

UROP Project: Social Movements, Politics, and Diversity in Comic Books 1935-2010

Research Interests: I am interested in researching literature, psychology, and neurobiology.

Volunteerism: Box of Love at FSU

Community Involvement: Peace Jam

Last Book: The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker

Favorite Meal: My homemade sweet potato gnocchi in sage butter sauce 

Dillon Bezehertny Louisville, KY

Major: Political Science

Career Goals: Work on political campaigns to some degree, run for office, write policy... something in politics.

UROP Project: Identity, race, and gender in video games.

Research Interests: Anything political

Community Involvement: Secular Student Alliance, UROP

Last Book: Red Dragon, Thomas Harris

Favorite Meal: Chori-pollo

Elijah Bishop 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

Volunteerism: ARO tours, The Way Free Medical Clinic, Florida Blue care packages for soldiers

Community Involvement: ARO, CSU, Boy Scouts of America

Last Book: The Charisma Myth by Olivia Fox Cabane

Favorite Meal: My mom’s meatloaf

Laura Blank Sunrise, Florida

Major: Human Resource Management and Psychology

Minor: Economics

Career Goals: Industrial-organizational psychology, or professor within the field of organizational behavior

UROP Project: A Longitudinal Study of Aging: Behavioral Event Interviews.

Research Interests: My research interests include social psychology, especially pertaining to group dynamics and productivity, and industrial-organizational psychology.

Volunteerism: Tutor and mentor at Carter Parramore Academy; Executive Board of Habitat for Humanity; Honors Delegate; Academic Recruitment Organization

Community Involvement: Habitat for Humanity board member; Academic Recruitment Organization; Honors Delegates; University Ambassadors

Last Book: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

Favorite Meal: Mac and cheese

William Boose Naples, Florida

Major: History

Minor: Spanish

Career Goals: State Department or professor of history

UROP Project: Hessian Involvement in the American Revolutionary War

Research Interests: My research interests include colonial Latin America, William Walker, and folklore.

Volunteerism: English teacher in Mérida, Nicaragua; tutor and mentor at Carter Parramore Academy; Relay for Life; Light the Night

Community Involvement: Academic Recruitment Organization, Founder and President; Honors Delegates; Undergraduate History Student Association, Vice President; intramural sports: flag football, basketball, sand volleyball, kickball, dodgeball, frisbee

Last Book: The Wheel of Time series by James Oliver Rigney Jr.

Favorite Meal: Olive Garden with Insomnia Cookies for desert

Aleyna Brown Draper, Virginia

Major: Flute Performance and Music Composition

Minor: Film Studies

Career Goals: Composer and Performer in international film orchestras; teacher of english as a foreign language

UROP Project: Popular Music and Place

Research Interests: My research interests include performance, pedagogy, musicology, ethnomusicology, and film scoring throughout history.

Volunteerism: Tutor and mentor at Carter Parramore Academy

Community Involvement: Academic Recruitment Organization Member; Flute Association; FSU Fundraising Chair

Last Book: Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

Favorite Meal: Smoothie

Bethany Brownrigg Orlando, Florida

Major: Theatre

Minor: Art History

Career Goals: Arts administrator in the New York theatre scene; ideally specializing in casting/marketing/literary management

UROP Project: 3D Printing Etruscan and Early Roman Ceramics from the Cetamura del Chianti Archeological Site

Research Interests: I am interested in research related to art history, theatre, and performance as a type of resistance

Volunteerism: Academic Recruitment Organization, Hall Council Secretary, UROP, Theatre with a Mission

Community Involvement: Theatre with a Mission, Quincy Music Theatre, School of Theatre, Hall Council, Graphic Design Chair of Honors Student Association, UROP, Social Chair of Presidential Scholars

Last Book: "The House of the Spirits" by Isabel Allende

Favorite Meal: Avocado wrap; key lime pie; San Pellegrino Aranciata Rossa (or just a ton of french toast)

Christelle Bucag 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

Volunteerism: UROP, Academic Recruitment Organization, Filipino Student Association

Community Involvement: Honors Experience Program, NoleMed, Academic Recruitment Organization, Filipino Student Association, Capitill State, Indak, Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare

Last Book: Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Favorite Meal: Sinigang na Hipon with steamed rice

Kylie Bugbee Marietta, GA

Major: Exercise physiology

Minor: Psychology

Career Goals: Become an occupational therapist working in rehab

UROP Project: Overcoming Climate Change Adaptaion Barriers Through Regional Collaboration

Research Interests: Climate change, tropical weather, marine life

Volunteerism: Dance Marathon External Events Captain, Women's Heart Health via sorority

Community Involvement: Student American Meteorological Society, Dance Marathon, Sorority

Last Book: To Write Love On Her Arms by Jamie Tworkowski

Favorite Meal: Grilled Cheese

Simone Burgin Tampa, FL

Major: International Affairs & a French/Spanish Co-Major

Minor: Math, Computer Science, and Women's Studies

Career Goals: Civil rights law focusing on criminal justice reform

UROP Project: More Than Discourse: Radicalization, Others, and Islam

Research Interests: Talibés in Senegal, colonialism and post-colonialism, abuses in the criminal justice system

Volunteerism: International Rescue Committee, Utopia56, and Maison de la Gare

Community Involvement: Amnesty International, and J Street U

Last Book: gods with a little g by Tupelo Hassman

Favorite Meal: Dolma

Travis Burhart Franklin, Tennessee

Major: Environment & Society, Geography

Minor: Statistics, Leadership Studies

Career Goals: Academia or curriculum development for leadership education programs

UROP Project: Collaborating for Climate Change Adaptation and Sea Level Rise in Florida

Research Interests: Outdoor education programs, leadership development and identity

Volunteerism: American Red Cross Biomedical Services, Research with Leadership Learning Research Center

Community Involvement: FSU Climbing Club, undergraduate research, University Ambassadors, Honors Delegates, Honors Colloquium Leader

Last Book: Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy

Favorite Meal: Stir fry and pizookies

Andrew Busenlener New Orleans, Louisiana

Major: Voice Performance

Minor: French

Career Goals: Professor of Voice at a music university; Renowned performer in both Opera and Musical Theater

UROP Project: Shakespeare's Monster: Studying the ability of music to create sympathy for the otherwise monstrous character Caliban in Shakespeare's The Tempest

Research Interests: Musicology, Music Therapy, Vocal Pedagogy, Education

Volunteerism: Giving Individuals Fabulous Theater (GIFT), Miracle League, Academic Recruitment Organization

Community Involvement: Reverb A Capella, Men's Glee Club, Academic Recruitment Organization

Last Book: Rosencrants and Guildenstern Are Dead

Favorite Meal: Crawfish Etouffee

Victoria Cabral 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

Volunteerism: Working with children with special needs

Community Involvement: Dance Marathon Leader and evolve. magazine writer

Last Book: Looking for Alaska by John Green

Favorite Meal: Chips and Queso

Alexander Chang 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

Volunteerism: Handfuls of Hope Missions Trip, Night to Shine Buddy (Tim Tebow Foundation), Relief Bus, Liquid Church volunteer outreach opportunities

Community Involvement: Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity, UROP, Honors Colloquium Leader, Academic Recruitment Organization (ARO) College Fair Chair

Last Book: Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

Favorite Meal: Perkin’s Kid Perks® Rainbow Sprinkle Pancakes

Samantha Chianese North Port, Florida

Major: Double major in Psychology and Creative Writing

Career Goals: Doctorate in clinical psychology and work with anxiety, OCD, or reading disorders. I’d also love to get some poems and/or fiction published.

UROP Project: “How Accurate Is Wikipedia?” with Dr. Nathan Stoltzfus. Research involved comparing the tone, word count, content, etc. of English-language Wikipedia articles to that of the same article in another language (in my case, French). This was done to help determine how different cultures view different matters relating to WWII.

Research Interests: Currently researching reading disorders with a focus on screening and on making findings more accessible to parents and teachers, and I am also researching p-hacking countermeasures. For future endeavors, I would like to research anxiety disorders and OCD.

Volunteerism: Signing people up for the bone marrow registry via Be the Match on Campus (including at Light the Night and Dance Marathon); tutoring/mentoring work at Carter Parramore Academy; Presidential Scholars Interview Weekends.

Community Involvement: Be the Match on Campus; working for Dr. Richard Wagner, Dr. Fotena Zirps, Dr. Yaacov Petscher, and Dr. Chris Stanley at the Florida Center for Reading Research; Study Abroad in London; poetry and fiction readings at the Warehouse; Japanese Animation Club of Tallahassee; events at the ASLC; Phi Beta Kappa; Phi Kappa Phi; Phi Eta Sigma; Fellows lunches at the HSF building.

Last Book: The Musician’s Secret by Litty Mathew.

Favorite Meal: Dad’s chicken marsala!

Erin Christopher Lexington, Kentucky

Major: Creative Writing

Minor: French and Film Studies

Career Goals: Attend graduate school for screenwriting. Publish a book, then eventually write for film, television, and/or video games.

UROP Project: Patterns of Intonation in Spanish Questions

Research Interests: Linguistics, Pop Culture, Modern Literature

Volunteerism: UROP, Academic Recruitment, Simple Charity

Community Involvement: Academic Recruitment Organization, You're Not Alone (Executive Team Member), Spanish tutoring, Hall Council Floor Representative, Simple Charity (Leadership Team)

Last Book: Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Favorite Meal: Pizza

Andrew Clement 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

Volunteerism: UROP and ARO

Last Book: The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris

Favorite Meal: Chicken Fried Rice

Shayna Cohen Coral Springs, Florida

Major: Criminology and Economics

Minor: English

Career Goals: Either join the FBI as a financial analyst or attend law school to study either criminal or international law

UROP Project: Sexual Orientation and Suicidal Behaviors

Research Interests: Comic books, LGBTQ+ rights, womens' literature,

Volunteerism: Academic Recruitment, Hall Council, Damayan Garden Project

Community Involvement: FSU Quizbowl, Regional Hall Council Conferences

Last Book: Girls Like Us: Fighting for a World Where Girls Are Not for Sale: A Memoir By: Rachel Lloyd

Favorite Meal: French toast with strawberries, steak, and scrambled eggs

Siera Condon Fort Myers, Florida

Major: Music Therapy

Minor: Psychology and French

Career Goals: Music therapist in a hospital's NICU

UROP Project: Music Therapy Forms with Alzheimer's Patients

Research Interests: My research interests include music therapy applications, neuroscience, and developmental disorders.

Community Involvement: Sigma Alpha Iota; Board of Advisors for the College of Music; Alpha Mu Music Therapy Organization

Last Book: The Lucifer Effect by Philip Zimbardo

Favorite Meal: Chicken tikka masala and Darjeeling tea

Elianna Cooper Melbourne, Florida

Major: English Literature

Career Goals: Lawyer specializing in international law and human rights

UROP Project: Hemingway Writes and Hemingway is Written About

Research Interests: My research interests include topics surrounding literature and social justice issues, such as women's rights.

Volunteerism: Center volunteer at Pride Student Union, Academic Recruitment Organization, Hall Council Floor Representative

Community Involvement: Residential Conduct Board, Honors Legal Scholars, You're Not Alone (YNA), JStreet U

Last Book: Good Omens, by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

Favorite Meal: Seared tuna and vegetables

Robert Cotter Tarpon Springs, Florida

Major: Biomedical Engineering

Minor: Math

Career Goals: Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

UROP Project: Interactions of Four Natural Compounds with Amyloid-beta: Implications Reagarding Possible Therapeutic Agents for Alzheimer's Disease

Research Interests: Alzheimer's Disease, neuronal death, neuropathology

Volunteerism: UROP, will be getting EMT certification to volunteer with FSU Medical Response Unit and hopefully start an annual summer medical mission trip to Guatemala

Community Involvement: Owner and CEO of Nole Limits Tutoring, Garnet and Gold Key Member, and Pledge Class President and Dance Marathon Delegate of Theta Chi Fraternity

Last Book: Harold and the Purple Crayon

Favorite Meal: Suwannee Room goodness

Michael Csernecky Theills, New York

Major: Exercise Physiology

Career Goals: A Doctor treating sports or overuse injuries

UROP Project: PTSD and suicide risk among verterans

Research Interests: Psychology, Nutrition, Health, Sports Injuries

Volunteerism: Buddy Ball Basketball, Lott’s Community Gardens, Red Cross Hurricane Run, Second Harvest Food Bank

Community Involvement: Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity, UROP

Last Book: Where the Red Fern Grows By Wilson Rawls

Favorite Meal: Buffalo Chicken Bacon ranch pizza

Emily Dailey Rockport, Massachusetts

Major: Environmental Science

Minor: Psychology & Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Studies

Career Goals: I’d like to work as an outdoor educator, either as an oceanographer or as a professional mariner.

UROP Project: e-Mental Health Literacy in College Students

Research Interests: Marine Debris and Ocean Plastics, Carbonate Chemistry and Interannual Variability in the South Pacific, Pro-Environmental Behavior and Social Norms

Volunteerism: Note-taker, Global Scholars Program

Community Involvement: Presidential Scholars Executive Board, Honors in the Major, Global Scholars, Honors Peer Mentors, Honors Legal Scholars, Sea Education Association Alumna S278, FSU Rowing Club

Last Book: Into the Raging Sea by Rachel Slade

Favorite Meal: Dunks iced coffee in a reusable cup - hold the straw.

Teagan Danilowicz 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

Volunteerism: UROP, Humane Society of Tallahassee

Community Involvement: March for Our Lives

Last Book: Humans of New York: Stories by Brandon Stanton

Favorite Meal: Rainbow Roll (Sushi)

Taylor Davis Navarre, Florida

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Career Goals: To help people, particularly with environmental causes or the needs of developing countries

UROP Project: Conducting a Thermoeconomic Analysis of the FSU Off Grid Zero Emissions Building

Research Interests: My research interests include sustainability and appropriate technology.

Volunteerism: Volunteer with HOPE Community Outreach

Community Involvement: Wesley Foundation; EcoReps; Tau Beta Pi Honor Society

Last Book: Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

Favorite Meal: 4 Rivers BBQ

Emma Davis Macclenny, Florida

Major: History

Minor: Museum Studies & Public Administration

Career Goals: Work at a local museum or nonprofit organization and later publish my historical fiction novel(s)

UROP Project: Research assistant for the exhibit “Love, Dolly: Letters Home in World War II”

Research Interests: Anything to do with 20th century American history. I’m especially interested in World War II through the Vietnam War era and women’s military service during this time

Community Involvement: The Institute on World War II and the Human Experience, Chi Alpha, Students for Life, and University Housing (Academic Trainers)

Last Book: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Annie Barrows

Favorite Meal: My mom’s meatloaf with sautéed Brussels sprouts and mashed potatoes

Taegan Dennis Fort Walton Beach, Florida

Major: Anthropology, International Affairs, Spanish 

Minor: Religion

Career Goals: creating multimedia ethnography; applied anthropology 

UROP Project: Resistance Literature and New Media Protest

Research Interests: Visual anthropology; nationalism, migration, citizenship; US-Latin America relations and migration; urban anthropology 

Volunteerism: Cohort service initiative: ELL tutoring of refugee families; Center for the Advancement of Human Rights 

Community Involvement: PeaceJam, Amnesty International; Office of Digital Research and Scholarship 

Last Book: The Tortilla Curtain by T.C. Boyle

Favorite Meal: probably tacos 

Jessica Dixon Melbourne, Florida

Major: Cell and Molecular Neuroscience, Statistics

Career Goals: Neuro-Lawyer or Neuroscience Researcher/Professor

UROP Project: Brain Systems for Spatial Orientation in Health and Disease

Research Interests: Neuroscience, Psychology, Criminal Justice, Statistical Modeling

Volunteerism: UROP, Academic Recruitment Organization, Presentations to Support Students with Special Needs at Universities and Special Education Conferences

Community Involvement: Honors Experience Program Visiting Speakers Committee, Academic Recruitment Organization

Last Book: The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

Favorite Meal: Latkes

Elyse Duplantier 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

Volunteerism: Research Assistant for the CTBS Keto Study

Community Involvement: Nu Rho Sci

Last Book: Pet Sematary by Stephen King

Favorite Meal: Margherita pizza

Mae Espinosa Miami Lakes, Florida

Major: Political Science, International Affairs, English

Minor: French, Communications

Career Goals: Lawyer

UROP Project: Words Per Minute: Narrative Language Assessment of English Language Learners

Research Interests: Western European medieval literature; my thesis focuses on The Canterbury Tales and The Decameron

Volunteerism: Event volunteer at Concordia Summit; office assistant at Catholic Hospice

Community Involvement: Presidential Scholar Executive Board Cohort Representative

Last Book: Atonement by Ian McEwan

Favorite Meal: Grandma's rice and black beans

Carson Flowers Tampa, Florida

Major: Exploratory

Career Goals: Enter a career I enjoy

UROP Project: Helping a professor start his immersive theater production

Research Interests: Business

Volunteerism: UROP

Community Involvement: Beta Theta Pi

Last Book: How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

Favorite Meal: A Chipotle Bowl

Taylor Foor Huntsville, Alabama

Major: Applied Math and Actuarial Science

Minor: Meteorology and Business

Career Goals: Actuary or other business profession

UROP Project: A Comparison of CFSR Tropical Cyclone Wind Fields to Observations

Research Interests: I am researching data sources for use in HWind Scientific's hurricane analyses.

Volunteerism: Residence Hall Ambassador

Community Involvement: UROP Colloquium leader, Academic Recruitment Organization, Future Seminole Actuaries, Garnet and Gold Scholar Society

Last Book: The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks

Favorite Meal: My mom's homemade enchiladas.

Giovanna Garcia Miami, FL

Major: International Affairs and Political Science

Minor: Portuguese and History

Career Goals: International Human Rights Law

UROP Project: Partisan Effect on Charitable Behavior in Elections

Research Interests: Global Conflict, Human Rights, Domestic Politics

Volunteerism: Migrant and Refugee Education Alliance

Community Involvement: Center for the Advancement of Human Rights, FSU College Democrats

Last Book: Howl and Other Poems, Allen Ginsberg

Favorite Meal: Churrasco with Arroz and Maduros

Ben Gibson Charlotte, North Carolina

Major: Physics

Minor: Mathematics

Career Goals: Physics professor

UROP Project: Measurement and Analysis of Superconducting Properties of Wires

Research Interests: I am interested in resesarching theoretical astrophysics and grand unified theory.

Volunteerism: Eagle Scout

Community Involvement: Marching Chiefs

Last Book: The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

Favorite Meal: Steak, lobster or crab, baked potatoes, and salad

Meghan Gilmore 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

Volunteerism: UROP

Community Involvement: Tuba Euphonium Studio Member, Concert Band

Last Book: Woman on the Edge of Time by Marge Piercy

Favorite Meal: Fettuccini Alfredo

Jacob Goldstein-Greenwood Tallahassee, Florida

Major: Psychology

Minor: Statistics, Mathematics, and French

Career Goals: Academia

UROP Project: Reassessing the Immorality of Utilitarian Dilemma Decisions via Process Dissociation

Research Interests:  I study moral psychology: I’m interested in why we perceive certain actions and people as good or bad, and why we help some people and animals but hurt others. My recent research has examined moral dilemma judgments, person perception, and the connections between moral decision-making and regret.

Volunteerism: Researcher in the Moral and Social Processing Lab

Community Involvement: Moral and Social Processing Lab (2015-2019); Editor-in-Chief of The Owl (2018-2019); Assistant Director of SCURC (2018-2019); Chair, Presidential Scholars Program Executive Board (2016-2018); Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program Colloquium Leader (2017-2019)

Last Book: Transit by Rachel Cusk

Favorite Meal: Coffee, home fries, and toast with jam

Jorge Gonazalez Miami, Florida

Major: Computer Science

Minor: Mathematics

Career Goals: Software Engineer

UROP Project: Electrorefining of Depleted Uranium Crystals

Research Interests: I am a research assistant at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory working with uranium crystal growth and optimization.

Volunteerism: Besides the work that we have been doing at Carter Parramore, I have been tutoring privately in programming and math

Community Involvement: Association for Computing Machinery; Hillel

Last Book: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

Favorite Meal: Pizza

Stephanie Gonzalez Cooper City, FL

Major: Psychology

Minor: Biological science

Career Goals: Pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology, conduct research, and own a private practice

UROP Project: Mechanism-based tACS for suicide prevention in the military

Research Interests: Risk factors for suicide, epigenetic mechanisms of trauma, child development

Volunteerism: 2-1-1 Big Bend

Community Involvement: Phocus Photography Club, DIS

Last Book: Tenth of December by George Saunders

Favorite Meal: Colombian empanadas

Jalisia Goodman Perrysburg, Ohio

Major: Behavioral Neuroscience

Minor: French

Career Goals: Neonatologist or neonatal neurosurgeon

UROP Project: Neural Activity, Genes, and Mental Health

Research Interests: Maternal & fetal medicine, infant & newborn development, neuroscience

Volunteerism: UROP, Nole Limits Tutoring, and Literacy Volunteers of Leon County

Community Involvement: Fundraising & Community Service chair for FSU Women’s Rugby Club, Black Women in Medicine Inc., W.E.B. Du Bois Honor Society and FSU Medical Response Unit

Last Book: I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

Favorite Meal: Stewed conch, peas and rice, and potato salad

Ben Gordon Merritt Island, Florida

Major: Psychology

Minor: None

Career Goals: Get a Ph.D. and become involved in clinical psychology research.

UROP Project: Juggling two languages in the brain: Spanish-English and Quechua-Spanish bilingualism

Research Interests: Psychology and neuroscience, especially as it relates to sexuality and brain development.

Volunteerism: Work on UROP project, iGrow

Community Involvement: Member of Buddhist Student Association and You're Not Alone (YNA) e-board member

Last Book: Candide by Voltaire

Favorite Meal: Burritos doused with an unholy amount of hot sauce--or alternatively pho (also with an unholy amount of hot sauce)

Joe Guidubaldi Port Orange, Florida

Major: Biological Sciences

Minor: Chemistry, Psychology, and Spanish

Career Goals: Medicine, both practicing and research

UROP Project: Analyzing differences in hippocampal protein expression to further knowledge of depression and how we can treat it

Research Interests: The role our brain plays in our development, both physically and psychologically. Specific focuses in: depression, traumatic brain injury (TBI), and brain cancers

Volunteerism: Academic Recruitment Organization, Presidential Scholars Service Initiative

Community Involvement: You're Not Alone (YNA), Research, Neuroscience Undergraduate Student Association (NUSA), North Florida Chapter of Society for Neuroscience, Academic Recruitment Organization (ARO), Marching Chiefs

Last Book: When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

Favorite Meal: Anything in the realm of breakfast food.

Sheridan Hager Sarasota, Florida

Major: Exercise Physiology

Career Goals: Practice holistic, integrative medicine as a primary care physician & promote education and resources for healthy living through public-access platforms

UROP Project: Evaluating the Effectiveness of Low-Interest Microloans in Developing Nations

Research Interests: Medical Sociology; Nutrition & Lifestyle-Based Interventions on Metabolic Processes & Disease Prevention; the Practice of Mindfulness; Effectiveness of Gender-Based Medicine

Volunteerism: Kearney Center, The Big Event, Academic Recruitment

Community Involvement: Phi Mu & Panhellenic, Senior Class Council, Raw FSU, American Medical Student Association

Last Book: A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle

Favorite Meal: Mac & Cheese

Will Harrison Cumming, Georgia

Major: Film BFA in Production

Career Goals: Work for an outdoor-based media house

UROP Project: The American Empire of Science

Research Interests: I am interested in environmental studies.

Volunteerism: Lambert's Blessing in a Backpack Program; Youth Leadership Forsyth.

Community Involvement: Academic Recruitment Organization Board Member; F2F Initiative (Composting at FSU)

Last Book: Culture Making by Andy Crouch

Favorite Meal: Stouffer's Lasagna

Grace Hayes Barrington, Illinois

Major: Choral Music Education

Career Goals: To be Director of Choral Activities at a college or university

UROP Project: History on Stage: Incorporating History Into Theatre & Music

Research Interests: Music history, classical music and musical theatre, social justice issues, Armenian history & issues

Volunteerism: Academic Recruitment Organization, UROP

Community Involvement: AcaBelles (FSU's all-female acapella group), Honors Student Association, National Association for Music Education, American Choral Directors Association

Last Book:

Favorite Meal: Pad Thai or mac and cheese!

Christinia Hayworth Clearwater, FL

Major: Psychology & Social Work

Career Goals: Neonatal nurse practitioner (NNP) or certified nurse-midwife

UROP Project: Mechanism-Based TACS for Suicide Prevention in the Military

Research Interests: Social and environmental effects on healthcare outcomes, neuropathy, affective neuroscience

Volunteerism: Westminster Oaks Continuing Care Volunteer, and a math tutor at Florida Sheriff's Youth Ranch

Community Involvement: UROP Leader, Clinical Medical Assistant, and a lab manager in Department of Psychology

Last Book: Wildflowers in the Median by Agnes Furey and Leonard Scovens

Favorite Meal: Red curry with tofu and brown rice. Or bananas with peanut butter

Nicholas Hearing Tampa, FL

Major: International Affairs

Career Goals: U.S. Foreign Service Officer

UROP Project: The Nature of Maps in the Digital Age: Maps Research, Collecting, and the Growth of Geospatial Imagery

Research Interests: Global Politics, Conflict, and Conflict Resolution

Community Involvement: Global Peace Exchange, Global Scholars, ARO

Last Book: Wild Swans by Jung Chang

Favorite Meal: A large bowl of strawberry yogurt with granola

Nicole Heim Cranford, NJ

Major: Biology

Minor: Mathematics & Spanish

Career Goals: Veterinarian

UROP Project: The Mechanisms of Working Memory

Research Interests: Biology, Animal Science, Neuroscience, Psychology, Ecology

Community Involvement: Academic Recruitment Organization (ARO), Honors Colloquium Leader, Pre-Veterinary Club

Last Book: Small Admissions by Amy Poeppel

Favorite Meal: Joe's Grown Up Adult Mac and Cheese from an Irish pub back home

Antwane Henderson Panama City, FL

Major: Finance and International Affairs

Minor: German

Career Goals: Foreign Service, eventually transitioning to domestic politics

UROP Project:

Research Interests: Human Rights, Global Politics, Business

Volunteerism: Pride Student Union

Community Involvement: UROP, Pride Student Union

Last Book: This Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen by Tadeusz Borowski

Favorite Meal: Pasta

Gabriella Hinks Winter Garden, Florida

Major: Combined Bachelors to Masters in Biological Science

Minor: Chemistry & Psychology

Career Goals: Obtain my MD and possibly my Ph.D and work as a pediatric hematologist- oncologist in a hospital setting. I hope to eventually be the head of a pediatric ward or possibly an entire pediatric hospital.

UROP Project: Widening the Gap Between Error and Accuracy: The Effect of Executive Functioning Training on the ERN and ADHD Symptoms

Research Interests: Molecular biology, genetics, cancer, neuroscience, and psychology

Volunteerism: Dance Marathon Hospitality Coordinator, Camp Boggy Creek, and Tallahassee Memorial Hospital

Community Involvement: Dance Marathon, Academic Recruitment Organization, University Ambassadors, and Learning Assistant for Biology 1 and Genetics

Last Book: The Fourth State of Matter by Jo Ann Beard

Favorite Meal: Steak and roasted potatos

Shannon Hodgson Athens, Georgia

Major: Communication Science and Disorders

Minor: Spanish and Business

Career Goals: Pediatric speech language pathologist

UROP Project: Best Practices of Startup Incubators

Research Interests: Research with the School of Communication Science and Disorders related to motor speech function.

Volunteerism: Therapy volunteer at Westminster Oaks assisting with physical, occupational, and speech therapy; UROP Leader

Community Involvement: Women in Business logistics assistant; Academic Recruitment Organization; FSU CRU legacy group; Seminole Tap Tribe; NSSLHA

Last Book: Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Favorite Meal: BBQ

Margaret Hollis Tallahassee, Florida

Major: Meteorology

Minor: Mathematics and Physics

Career Goals: Research or National Weather Service

UROP Project: Categorizing Various Types of Atmospheric Flow in 45 Years of Global Weather Data

Research Interests: My research interests include weather and space.

Volunteerism: Volunteer at Co-Cathedral of St. Thomas More right here in Tallahassee, Florida; Catholic Student Union; North Florida chapter of the American Meteorological Society/National Weather Association

Community Involvement: FSU Weather Show; Catholic Student Union; North Florida Chapter of the American Meteorological Society/National Weather Association

Last Book: A Game of Thrones by George RR Martin and The Silmarillion by JRR Tolkien.

Favorite Meal: Whataburger

Michael Hong Tallahassee, Florida

Major: Interdisciplinary Medical Sciences - Health Policy, Management, and Information; Psychology

Minor: Sociology in Health and Aging, IMS Concentration in Public Health Policy and Administration

Career Goals: Physician practicing hospital administration

UROP Project: College Autism Network: Systematic Literature Review of College Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Research Interests: Interdisciplinary research ranging from clinical neuroscience/pharmacology to health policy. Specific research interests in CTE and skin disorders.

Volunteerism: Co-Leader and Volunteer for Second Harvest and Lott's Community Gardens Service Initiative; Service with Honors Medical Scholars

Community Involvement: Presidential Scholar, Cohort 3 Representative; Honors Medical Scholars; Business of Medicine, Executive Board; Honors Student Association, former Director of Student Success

Last Book: The Other Side of Normal by Jordan Smoller

Favorite Meal: Homecooked Korean food; alternatively, croissanwiches.

Abril Hunter Belleville, Illinois

Major: Environmental Science and Policy

Minor: Urban & 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

Volunteerism: Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program & Alliance for Black Women

Community Involvement: Presidential Scholars Historian, Black Student Union, Florida Association of Environmental Professionals, Academic Recruitment Organization

Last Book: The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

Favorite Meal: Shrimp & Grits

Elizabeth Iaconis 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: studies the economic impacts of universities on their surrounding communities

Research Interests: Education, social justice, demographics, and economics

Volunteerism: Service trip to Cape Town, South Africa; community service through Londonderry High School student government

Community Involvement: CHAARG women's fitness organization, Academic Recruitment Organization, Honors Colloquium Leader fall 2020, Student Alumni Association

Last Book: Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Favorite Meal: Tortellini alfredo

Matthew Israel Bradenton, Florida

Major: Environmental Engineering

Minor: Math

Career Goals: Develop a saltwater distillation program to address the rising concern associated with freshwater over-exploitation

UROP Project: The Implementation of Set-Based Concurrent Engineering in Cost Reduction for the Next Class of All-Electric United States Navy Warships

Research Interests: Military, sharks, land management, extreme weather, conservation and climate change

Volunteerism: Habitat For Humanity, UROP, Presidential Scholars Service Initiative

Community Involvement: Habitat For Humanity, Catholic Student Union and Simple Charity

Last Book: Shadow Divers by Robert Kurson

Favorite Meal: My dad's chicken marsala

Julia Jensen Clemson, South Carolina

Major: Political Science

Career Goals: Work with NGO's to provide better aid programs to internally displaced persons and persons living in refugee camps

UROP Project: Freedom Summer--Formation of Oral History of Testimonies of Civil Rights Volunteers in Mississippi, 1964

Research Interests: Finding out how effective international and domestic aid organisations are in reaching target populations in Myanmar.

Volunteerism: Legal advocate for children taken out of abusive or neglectful homes, teach English to Syrians living in Tallahassee

Community Involvement: Honors Student Association Vice President, Tallahassee Community Chorus, Guardian ad Litem, Requiem of Defiance Chorus, English Language Conversation Partner

Last Book: Yes Minister by Jonathan Lynn

Favorite Meal: Tom Yam soup and taro bubble tea

Maddy Johnson Lawrence, Kansas

Major: International Affairs and Middle Eastern Studies

Minor: Urban Planning and Development

Career Goals: Work with the UN and NGOs to make international education and development efforts more sustainable, ethical and culturally sensitive.

UROP Project: Religion and Revolutionary Violence- a study of John Brown, Osama Bin Laden and Patrick Pearse

Research Interests: Political science, History, Education

Volunteerism: Advocates for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, UROP, Academic Recruitment Organization

Community Involvement: College Democrats, ARO, Swing Dance Club, Marching Chiefs

Last Book: Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City

Favorite Meal: My dad's chicken pot pie and cornbread

Natalie Jones Tallahassee, Florida

Major: Biology and Art History

Minor: Mathematics, Chemistry, Film, and Japanese

Career Goals: OB/GYN and biomedical researcher

UROP Project: Sodium MRI Techniques; Post-WWII US-Japan Relations

Research Interests: My research interests includes centromere and telomere regions of chromosomes and mitotic spindle assembly checkpoint. I am currenty working to uncover the role of dam1 complex in yeast cells. I also research Japanese art, cinema, and photography of the post-WWII era.

Volunteerism: Tutor and mentor at Carter Parramore Academy; Center volunteer in the Pride Student Union; planned a 5K clothes drive for the Tallahassee community; organized a Halloween festival for the Undergraduate Art History Association; Transgender Community Closet in the Pride Center

Community Involvement: American Medical Women's Association; Undergraduate Art History Association treasurer; Advocates for World Health; MEDLIFE; Alpha Chi Sigma; Tribeta Honor Society; Belly Dancers at FSU

Last Book: The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley

Favorite Meal: My grandma's knedliky (Slovak boiled bread) and carrot sauce

Jaden Jones 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

Volunteerism: UROP & FSU Medical Brigades

Community Involvement: Big Brothers Big Sisters of The Big Bend

Last Book: The Source of The River by

Favorite Meal: American: Macaroni and Cheese & Jamaican: Stew Peas

Ancy Jose Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Major: Humanities and Creative Writing

Minor: Psychology

Career Goals: Law School & Novel Author

UROP Project: Internet Reviews, Surveys, Comments and their effects

Research Interests: Immigration, International Subjects, Education, Humanities, Human Rights, Culture, Environment, Pollution, Demography, Climate/Weather, Language, English, Plants, Genetics, Psychology, really anything

Volunteerism: UROP, Asian American Student Union, LEAD + Affilate events, Tutoring

Community Involvement: Tutoring, Stress relief, mini-counseling & mediation, Asian American Student Union, Filipino Student Association, Japanese Langauge and Culture Association, Chinese American Student Association, Korean American Student Association, UROP, Vietnamese Student Association, Navigators, The Hallyu Wave Club, Belly Dancing, Mr. & Miss AASU

Last Book: I can't remember

Favorite Meal: Chicken Curry Stew + Palappam (Indian Pancake), a lot of Indian food basically

Hannah Justus Naples, Florida

Major: English Literature, Psychology, French

Career Goals: I want to serve as a public interest or civil rights attorney through a non-profit organization. After serving as an attoney, I would eventually like to become a law professor or run for a public office

UROP Project: Studying the Efficiency of Educational and Behavioral Intervention in Adolescents and Young Adults with Autism

Research Interests: Biological Psychology, Linguistics, Constitutional law

Volunteerism: Dance Marathon, Center for Undergraduate Research and Academic Engagement (CRE)

Community Involvement: Dance Marathon, FSU Mock Trial, La Table Française, Presidential Scholars Executive Board - Cohort 5 Representative

Last Book: The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut

Favorite Meal: Penne alla Vodka with peas

Sneha Kapil St. Augustine, Florida

Major: Biochemistry and hopefully sociology

Minor: Math

Career Goals: MD/PhD

UROP Project: researching the structure of the gp41 Mper and tm protein region in the surface of the HIV surface in order to better understand how the gp41 protein helps the HIV virus with infection

Research Interests: Targeted therapeutics

Volunteerism: Peace jam coaching, The Dance Project, UROP

Community Involvement: Asian American Student Union, South Asian Student Association, DesiNoles

Last Book: Three Little Words by Ashles Rhodes-Courter

Favorite Meal: Chole Bhatura (indian chickpeas and thick flatbread)

Hannah Kelsey Saint Augustine, FL

Major: Industrial Engineering

Minor: Math & Physics

Career Goals: Engineer/Business Owner

UROP Project: Physics Playground - Encouraging STEM Education

Research Interests: STEM Education, Industrial & Biomedical Engineering, Businesss

Volunteerism: Ronald McDonald House, Dance Marathon, Florida Hospital for Children

Community Involvement: Alpha Delta Pi Sorority, Honors Student Association, Society for Women Engineers

Last Book: City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

Favorite Meal: My mom's Christmas stuffing

Ahmed Kenawy Panama City, Florida

Major: Biochemistry and Middle Eastern Studies

Minor: Biological Sciences

Career Goals: I would like to become a neurosurgeon, in addition I want to be knowledgable in Arabic and studies of the Middle East.

UROP Project: Insuilin Detection:Set up a slip chip to allow for insulin detection.

Research Interests: Biochemistry, Neuroscience, Psychology, and Religion

Volunteerism: Helpline counselor, Muslim Student Association (MSA), and Honors Medical Scholars

Community Involvement: Muslim Student Association and Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program

Last Book: Dawn by Ocatvia Butler

Favorite Meal: All of my mom's cooking

Katherine Kincaid Jacksonville, Florida

Major: Vocal Performance

Minor: French 

Career Goals: Professional singer/musician; involved in Broadway performances, recording, songwriting, composing, or directing musical performances

UROP Project: Brazilian Portuguese Diction for Singers

Research Interests: I would like to research how music affects the human brain and nervous system and how it can be used to help treat cases like Autism and Alzheimer's disease. 

Community Involvement: FSU Opera and Opera Outreach productions, UKIRK worship leader, piano accompanying, Downtown Community Church member

Last Book: The Davinci Code by Dan Brown 

Favorite Meal: Ice cream!

Caswell King Atlanta, Georgia

Major: Computer Science

Career Goals: Undecided

UROP Project: Blockchain

Research Interests: Computer Technology

Volunteerism: Children with Disabilities

Last Book: The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut

Favorite Meal: Chinese Beef and Broccoli

Julian Kingston Clinton, Mississippi

Major: Information Technology

Career Goals: After working in the private sector or for the government I’d like to one day own a cyber security company

UROP Project: Game-Based Second Language Acquisition

Research Interests: Human-Computer Interaction, Bio-hacking, Cybernetics

Volunteerism: Lott’s Community Gardens, Red Cross Hurricane Run, Second Harvest Food Bank, Palo Alto Church of Christ Hurricane Relief

Community Involvement: Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity, UROP

Last Book: Science Fiction and the Abolition of Man

Favorite Meal: Breakfast Scramble Burger at The Den

Justin Krumper Weston, Florida

Major: Finance and International Affairs

Career Goals: Lawyer or lobbyist

UROP Project: Political Effectiveness

Research Interests: My current research interests include business, sustainability, and politics.

Community Involvement: Phi Sigma Kappa

Last Book: Alex Rider by Anthony Horowitz

Favorite Meal: Lobster bisque, Chipotle bowl, and a molten lava cake

Samantha Kunin Lakeland, Florida

Major: Economics, International Affairs

Minor: Arabic Studies

Career Goals: JD/MBA Global Sustainable Finance Analyst; Focus on Private/Public Sector Partnerships for Refugees

UROP Project: The Relationship between Childhood Polyvictimization and Subsequent Mental Health and Substance Misuse Outcomes for Incarcerated Women

Research Interests: Labor Market Outcomes for Refugees in Host Communities, Comparative Efficiencies of Global Immigration Detention Methodologies, Relationship of Impact Investing and Humanitarian Crises

Volunteerism: SPLC Southeast Immigrant Freedom Initiative (SIFI) Interpreter, Migrant and Refugee Education Alliance (MREA), CARA Pro Bono Project Legal Assistant

Community Involvement: FSU Rowing Team, Executive Governor's Office of Policy & Budget Intern, Academic Recruitment Organization (ARO), Honors Legal Scholars, FSU Center for Global Engagement Intercultural Programs, FSU Honors Colloquium Leader, Garnet & Gold Key

Last Book: Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die by Dan & Chip Heath

Favorite Meal: Jim's Philly Cheesesteak

Allison Lang Jacksonville, Florida

Major: Political Science and International Affairs

Minor: French

Career Goals: Civil servant/public diplomacy

UROP Project: Assessing Bias in the International Court of Justice

Research Interests: My research interests include global/domestic politics and minority representation.

Volunteerism: Presidential Scholars service initiative

Community Involvement: Honors Delegates; Academic Recruitment Organization; UROP; FURC

Last Book: A Mango-Shaped Space by Wendy Mass

Favorite Meal: Sushi and an Oreo milkshake

Griffin Leckie Orlando, Florida

Major: International Affairs

Career Goals: Law/foreign service/member of congress

UROP Project: Spatial Effects of the Marshall Plan on European Cities

Research Interests: Diplomacy, economics, healthcare policy, law

Volunteerism: Ponce Inlet Marine Science Center animal care

Community Involvement: Representing the College of Social Science and Public Policy in the SGA Senate and Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Last Book: The Last Question by Isaac Asimov

Favorite Meal: Sushi (with cream cheese) and ice cream

Jaime Lopez Miami, Florida

Major: International Affairs, Economics

Career Goals: To work on the international political-economic realm

UROP Project: Assessing bias in the International Court of Justice

Research Interests: Effects of international incidents on other countries and facets of society, as well as correlatona between economic and political trends

Volunteerism: Academic Recruitment Organization, UROP, Presidential Scholars Public Service Initiative

Community Involvement: Honors Legal Scholars, ARO, undergraduate research, You're Not Alone (YNA)

Last Book: "Clear and Present Danger" by Tom Clancy

Favorite Meal: Anything Hispanic or barbecue. And Hispanic barbecue.

Trystan Loustau Jacksonville, Florida

Major: Humanities

Minor: Psychology

Career Goals: PhD, Professor (thinking, discussing, and writing about interesting topics and media through the lenses of philosophy, ethics, culture, and social psycology), Ted Talk speaker, Published Author

UROP Project: Using Virtual Reality to Study the Effects of Modifying Expectations of Consequences on Suicide-related Decion Making

Research Interests: Expressive Arts Therapy, Interdisciplinary Humanities, Studying literatures and media through interdisciplinary lenses

Volunteerism: UROP, Believe Autism, Kids Together Against Cancer

Community Involvement: Expressive Arts Engagement Organization, Equali-Tea Discussions Committee of the New Honors Experience

Last Book: The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel Van der Kolk, M.D

Favorite Meal: Moe's Burrito or Shrimp Alfredo that my mom makes

Thomas Lovergen Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Major: Political Science andInternational Affairs

Career Goals: Lawyer, Lobbyist

UROP Project: Networking & Social Media

Research Interests: Public Policy, Campaigns

Volunteerism: Infrastructure

Community Involvement: Mock Trial, World Affairs Program, Student Government

Last Book: King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard

Favorite Meal: Grilled Chicken, Black Beans, and Rice

Tina Lu Winter Park, Florida

Major: Music Therapy

Career Goals: Music Therapist and researcher on cross-cultural Music Therapy. Maybe specialize in Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy

UROP Project: Systematic Literature Review on Music Therapy as treatment for Aphasia and help promote Tallahassee Community Aphasia Group

Research Interests: Music for social change, development of music therapy in China, special education, international human rights

Volunteerism: UROP, ARO, Florida Hospital piano performer volunteer, Simple Charity

Community Involvement: InterVarsity, Asian American Student Union, LEAD, AASU Outreach Committee, Music Teacher National Association, Alpha Mu Alpha

Last Book: Instrumental: A Memoir of Madness, Medication, and Music by James Rhodes

Favorite Meal: Anything my mom cooks

Emma Lyon Houston, TX

Major: Theatre and Biology (changing from Bio to Neuroscience in Fall 2018)

Minor: Entrepreneurship

Career Goals: Broadway dancer, singer, actress or film/tv actress. I love neuroscience too though, so I'd like to keep my options open!

UROP Project: Neural and Behavioral Responses to Oral Oxytocin in Developing Mice

Research Interests: Neuroscience, Biology, Psychology, Acting/Character Development

Volunteerism: Dance Marathon, Domestic Violence Awareness

Community Involvement: Dance Marathon, Alpha Chi Omega, UROP, and am hoping to get involved in a couple of other organizations

Last Book: Phantoms of the Brain-Sandra Blakeslee and Vilayanur S. Ramachandran

Favorite Meal: BBQ ribs with sweet potatoes and corn on the cob

Shae Machlus Trinity, Florida

Major: Physics

Minor: Math

Career Goals: Become a processor development scientist at a quantum computer startup like D-Wave Systems

UROP Project: Computationally Modeling Stellar Structure and Evolution

Research Interests: Quantum information science; condensed matter physics; materials science

Community Involvement: Mathematics society; intramural soccer; astronomy club; audio engineering club

Last Book: The Shining by Stephen King

Favorite Meal: Whole wheat bagel with schmear and lox

Mallory Malman 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

Volunteerism: UROP

Community Involvement: BrightCasters; an organization that teaches people mindfulness activities in order for them to become more positive.

Last Book: The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin

Favorite Meal: Lamb Chops

Jonathan Marcus Madison, Alabama

Major: Meteorology

Minor: Environmental Science and Policy & Mathematics & Emergency Management Certificate Program

Career Goals: National Weather Service warning coordination meteorologist

UROP Project: Temperature Changes Associated With Tropical Cyclones and Their Rain Shields in North Florida

Research Interests: Cyclogensis, Weather Modeling Improvements, Weather Warning Communication and Systems, Cloud Seeding and Its Environmental Effects

Community Involvement: Academic Recruitment Organization, Campus Band, College Democrats at FSU, North Florida Chapter of the American Meteorological Society/National Weather Association, Research at COAPS

Last Book: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Favorite Meal: Chicken Bacon Ranch Quesadilla, extra ranch.

Justin Marquez Tampa, FL

Major: Physics and Applied Mathematics

Minor: Computer Science

Career Goals: Physics professor

UROP Project: Stellar Evolution

Research Interests: Nuclear particle physics

Community Involvement: Society of Physics Students

Last Book: Skin Game, by Jim Butcher

Favorite Meal: Picadillo con Arroz

Emma Martin London, UK

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Career Goals: Engineer for the Hyperloop

UROP Project: The Nature of Maps in the Digital Age: Maps Research, Collecting, and the Growth of Geospatial Imagery

Research Interests: Maps, Geography, Innovative Engineering Projects

Community Involvement: Amnesty International, Kickball

Last Book: How The Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents by Julia Alvarez

Favorite Meal: Sushi Bowls

John Massa Pembroke Pines, Florida

Major: Biology, Sociology

Minor: Spanish, Applied Mathematics

Career Goals: Neurologist

UROP Project: Effects of Transcranial Electrical Stimulation on Vigilance and Visual Processing

Research Interests: Autism, Spinal Cord Injuries, Traumatic Brain Injuries

Volunteerism: UROP, Academic Recruitment Organization, Dance Marathon

Community Involvement: IM Soccer, Academic Recruitment Organization

Last Book: The Jungle by Upton Sinclair

Favorite Meal: Media Noche

Addison Mathis Jacksonville, Florida

Major: Editing, Writing, and Media; Psychology

Career Goals: Higher education or journalism

UROP Project: Computerized Intervention in Mental Illness

Research Interests: Social psychology and cognition

Volunteerism: Academic Recruitment Organization, iGrow Community Garden

Community Involvement: You’re Not Alone (YNA), Intramural Kickball, Climbing Club, Calvin’s Coffee House Barista

Last Book: The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan

Favorite Meal: Vegan pad thai

Chris May 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: Existentialism is a Humanism by Jean-Paul Sartre

Favorite Meal: A Perfectly Grilled Cheese

James McAuley Tallahassee, FL

Major: Physics

Minor: Mathematics

Career Goals: Patent Attorney

UROP Project: Development of Superconducting Wires

Research Interests: Complex Data Analytics and Optimization Problems

Volunteerism: Rotary ROTEX, Italian Department Language Tutor, Center for Intensive English Studies Conversation Partner

Community Involvement: UROP, Society of Undergraduate Physics Students, La Societa' Italiana

Last Book: L'Étranger, Albert Camus

Favorite Meal: Bucatini all'amatriciana

Max McCammon 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

Volunteerism: Kearney Center

Community Involvement: UROP, Academic Recruitment Organization

Last Book: The Kite Runner by Hosseini

Favorite Meal: My mom's cinnamon coffee

Olivia McConnell Minnetonka, Minnesota

Major: International Affairs, Economics, French 

Minor: Political Science 

Career Goals: to work with international policy makers to implement social and economic development policies that address the root causes of human trafficking. 

UROP Project: Military Deception During World War II

Research Interests: I am pursuing an honors in the major thesis on the impact of prostitution models on human trafficking in Europe. I hope to continue researching the root causes of human trafficking through my postgraduate studies and career. 

Community Involvement: cofounder and president of the student-led organization Migrant and Refugee Educational Alliance

Last Book: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Favorite Meal: Everything. If it's the last time I will be eating I want it all, I don't feel like I would be picky

Liam McConnell Minneapolis, Minnesota

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Career Goals: I am looking forward to a career within the engineering field with a path that envisions management in the future.

UROP Project: Investigating the Possibilities of Non-Thermal Plasma Reactors in the Water Purification Process.

Research Interests: Researching the different uses of materials in the designing process and the defining characteristics of different materials.

Volunteerism: Sports Club office at FSU

Community Involvement: Recourse for Travel Allocations Committee, men’s ultimate at FSU.

Last Book: Unbroken by Lauren Hillenbrand

Favorite Meal: McDonlad's

Kendall McDonald Altamonte Springs, Florida

Major: Creative Writing

Minor: Psychology

Career Goals: Pursue a higher degree in poetry and work at a university publishing poetry that documents the experiences of different people globally

UROP Project: Investigating How Masculinity Affects Student Conduct at a Large Research Institution in the South

Research Interests: Artistic documentation of historical events and human experiences, particularly those surrounding marginalized groups

Volunteerism: Academic Recruitment Organization, Lott’s Community Garden

Community Involvement: Inter-Residence Hall Council, Coping Through College, Intervarsity Tallahassee

Last Book: The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

Favorite Meal: Lasagna and garlic bread

Mallory McGovern Fort Myers, Florida

Major: International Affairs

Career Goals: Museum director/program coordinator, I am interested in working internationally. I would also like to end up teaching at some point.

UROP Project: Through the Lens of David Douglas Duncan: The Middle East and South Asia (1946-1956)

Research Interests: social movements, 1960s and 1970s history, art history, youth movements/popular culture

Volunteerism: UROP, Circle K International

Community Involvement: TEDxFSU Speaker Coach and member of Planning Committee, UKirk

Last Book: The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown

Favorite Meal: Cheeseburger with french fries and a ton of ketchup

Kimberlee McMillin Bartow, Florida

Major: Political Science and Sociology

Minor: Political Philosophy, Statistics, English

Career Goals: Provide legal council to a non-profit in either Washington D.C. or here in Tallahassee

UROP Project: Exploring Ernest Hemingway's Religious Influences in A Farewell to Arms

Research Interests: My research interest is primarily in social issues, such as women's rights.

Volunteerism: Florida YMCA Youth In Government Graduate Advisor, Big Bend Homeless Coalition

Community Involvement: Presidential Scholars Program Secretary; Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program Colloquium Leader; Phi Beta Kappa

Last Book: The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

Favorite Meal: An egg, ham, and cheese sandwich on a bagel with cheese grits and sausage, along with a side of my mom's macaroni and cheese

Molly McQueeney Sarasota, FL

Major: Economics & Social Work

Minor: Math

Career Goals: Human rights advocacy

UROP Project: Language and Social Skills Related to Teacher-Reported Aggression, Victimization, and Prosocial Behaviors

Research Interests: Refugee integration, human rights, economic and social impacts of public policy

Community Involvement: Migrant and Refugee Outreach, Amnesty International, FSU Oldtime Ensemble, FSU Irish Ensemble, Research assistant in the College of Education, and J Street U

Last Book: Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami

Favorite Meal: Mac and Cheese with Bacon and Peas

Andre Merchan-Revilla 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.

Volunteerism: UROP research, managing Venezuelan Kicks, and presenting for Play Smart Stay Smart (PSSS) in Miami

Community Involvement: Academic Recruitment Organization

Last Book: A Cabinet of Philosophical Mysteries by Roy Sorensen

Favorite Meal: Moe’s Steak Burrito (extra queso), Marquesa (Venezuelan Dessert), and an Expresó shot.

Taylor Merritt Pensacola, Florida

Major: Biology

Minor: Psychology and Chemistry

Career Goals: Primary care physician

UROP Project: Oxytocin Receptors in the Oronasal Cavity of Postnatal Mice

Research Interests: I am interested in all biological, chemical, and psychological research that is focused on improving the quality of life and medical care for the overall population.

Volunteerism: Tutor and mentor at Carter Parramore Academy; Leon County elementary school mentor; Sacred Heart Hospital Child Life Facilitator; Kiya Survivors Volunteer in Urubamba Peru; Big Bend Homeless Shelter Volunteer; Focus First Sight Screener

Community Involvement: Presidential Scholar Executive Leadership Council Secretary; Honors Medical Scholars Program; Undergraduate Research Ambassadors; American Medical Student Association; Academic Recruitment Organization

Last Book: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Favorite Meal: Chocolate fondue, or chocolate anything for that matter!

Matthew Molinari Platte City, Missouri

Major: Economics

Minor: Population Studies

Career Goals: An advisor for a firm, working for an economic thinktank, or working with the Census Bureau

UROP Project: The Spatial Effects of the Marshall Plan on the Infrastructure of Europe

Research Interests: Behavioral economics, youth culture, demography

Volunteerism: Dance Marathon, The Big Event, and Volunteering at the Laverne Parrish Community Center

Community Involvement: Vice President of Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity, Economics Club, and ARO

Last Book: House and Philosophy: Everybody Lies by Henry Jacoby

Favorite Meal: Taco Pizza

Susan Morales 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.

Volunteerism: UROP, ARO

Community Involvement: Honors Experience Program

Last Book: Women on the Edge of Time by Marge Piercy

Favorite Meal: Rice with black beans

Lauren Moran Colorado Springs, Colorado

Major: Psychology and International Affairs

Career Goals: Earn a Ph.D and work in the field of Humanitarian Work Psychology

UROP Project: IFS What? Student and Instructor Engagement and Learning in E-series

Research Interests: Topics surrounding human behavior in the workplace (especially within the field of humanitarian aid), university curriculum development and assessment, and interpersonal interactions

Volunteerism: Boys Town, FSU Sustainable Campus, and UGS Research

Community Involvement: The Navigators, FSU Sailing Team, Simple Charity, Research with the Department of Undergraduate Studies, and Global Scholars

Last Book: The Return by Hisham Matar

Favorite Meal: Orange chicken, rice, and veggies

Ashley Moses Orlando, Florida

Major: Biology and Psychology

Career Goals: a professor with research specifically in behavioral neuroscience directed around neurological disorders

UROP Project: using the EEG to track brain activity regarding object recognition and categorization connecting that to prior experiences

Research Interests: anything and everything neuroscience, with a specific interest in neurological disorders and behavior

Volunteerism: Second Harvest Food Bank, Garnet and Gold Goes Green, the Mustard Seed, iGrow, UROP

Community Involvement: Neuroscience Undergraduate Student Association, Energy Fellows, the Navigators (member and worship band), Bible study, intramural sports, Garnet and Gold Goes Green, ARO

Last Book: "Mere Christianity" by C.S. Lewis

Favorite Meal: any meal where my grandma's deviled eggs are involved

Alexia Mullings Loxahatchee, Florida

Major: Electrical Engineering

Minor: Spanish, Mathematics

Career Goals: I would like to work with the development and implementation of renewable energy sources

UROP Project: Electrical and mechanical verification of 3D printed parts for a superconducting gas-insulated transmission line

Research Interests: I am interested in research various types of sustainable energy sources and ways to make them more efficient and economical

Volunteerism: The Dance Project, Migrant and Refugee Education Alliance, Dance Marathon

Community Involvement: Hall Council, Academic Recruitment Organization, Eco-Reps, Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program

Last Book: Secret Life of Bees

Favorite Meal: My mom's gumbo

Erin Murphy 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.

Volunteerism: Student Disability Resource Center, Tallahassee Down Syndrome Association Buddy Walk, Elks Lodge

Community Involvement: FSU Beach Volleyball Team, Women in Leadership Development, UROP Research Assistant, FCA

Last Book: The Search: How Google Transformed Our Culture by John Battelle

Favorite Meal: Shrimp Fettuccine Alfredo

Spencer Owen Kennesaw, Georgia

Major: Exploratory

Career Goals: Move to L.A. and hopefully get involved with film/TV

UROP Project: Virtual Reality Artwork

Research Interests: My research interests include virtual reality, liberal arts, and the humanities.

Volunteerism: I volunteer at a nursing home in my hometown, my family goes and provides a worship service the first Sunday of every month, we sing and talk and play bingo with the people there

Community Involvement: Pride Union; Intramural Sports

Last Book: Myselfie by Shane Dawson

Favorite Meal: Grilled salmon with a can of coca-cola

Alexa Pappas 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

Volunteerism: UROP, ARO

Community Involvement: UROP, ARO, MREA

Last Book: Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut

Favorite Meal: Breakfast food

Dhenu Patel 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

Volunteerism: UROP, Big Bend Homeless Coalition, Lott’s Community Garden

Community Involvement: Honors Medical Scholars, MEDLIFE, Honors Student Association

Last Book: When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

Favorite Meal: Mom’s Homemade Indian Food

Georgina Patient 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 Cote 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.

Volunteerism: Women's March Youth Empower, Campus Recreation, UROP

Community Involvement: Honors Student Association, College Democrats, J Street U, DWF Magazine

Last Book: Beautiful Boy by David Sheff

Favorite Meal: A big bowl of proper ramen

Chloe Philgreen Bucyrus, Kansas

Major: Public Relations with a double major in Literature, Media, and Culture

Career Goals: I would like to be a Public Relations specialist, specifically working in the performing arts field. I also hope to work in Public Relations abroad at some point in my career

UROP Project: Producing an immersive theater performance, based on the novel "The Picture of Dorian Gray." The plan is to be on Off-Broadway in 4+ years. I'm researching different PR tactics and trends in regards to immersive theater.

Research Interests: Music, Non-Profits, Psychology, Environmental Impacts, Linguistics

Volunteerism: Freedom at FSU, helping raise awareness and fundraise for anti-human trafficking, Academic Recruitment Organization

Community Involvement: Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program, Navigators, Freedom at FSU, Social Spear, ARO

Last Book: The Tipping Point, by Malcolm Gladwell

Favorite Meal: Grilled Chicken in Sundried Tomato Cream Sauce with roasted vegetables

Jordan Phillips Winter Garden, Florida

Major: Instrumental Music Education

Career Goals: I plan on directing a band program in public school after graduating with my bachelor's degree. I eventually will attend graduate school to obtain a master's degree in music education or conducting as well as a doctorate in the same subjects. My ultimate career goal is to teach music at the university-level.

UROP Project: The History of the United States to 1877

Research Interests: Music education, saxophone pedagogy, musicology, film studies, history

Volunteerism: FSU College of Music, NAfME Collegiate, FSU Saxophone Studio, and University Symphonic Band

Community Involvement: FSU Tri-State Band Festival Counselor and Opening Nights at FSU

Last Book: Contemporary Music Education by Madsen & Kuhn

Favorite Meal: Mom's Fettuccine Alfredo

Ben Pifer Toledo, Ohio

Major: Biology

Minor: Chemistry

Career Goals: Medicine, specializing in pathology

UROP Project: The Effect of KSHV ORF45 on the Stability of KSHV ORF36

Research Interests: My research interests include virology, toxicology, pathology, and immunology.

Volunteerism: Mentor and tutor at Carter Parramore Academy; lab research

Community Involvement: FSU Quidditch; Campus Orchestra; Academic Recruitment Organization Chair; UROP leader; Tri-Beta Honors Biological Research Fraternity

Last Book: Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz

Favorite Meal: Chipotle

Christina Portuallo Flagler Beach, FL

Major: History and Classics

Career Goals: Civil rights lawyer or FBI

UROP Project: The Empire of American Science: Photographic Narratives and Visual Evidence

Research Interests: History, classics, and archaelogy

Community Involvement: Honors Legal Scholars, SGA Agency, and Amnesty International

Last Book: Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Favorite Meal: Chicken fajitas and ice cream

John Powell Chattanooga, Tennessee

Major: Physics and Business

Minor: Mathematics

Career Goals: Business consultant

UROP Project: Determining the Value of Small Private Pharmaceutical Companies Using Patents

Research Interests: My research interests include general business interactions and astrophysics.

Volunteerism: Eagle Scout

Community Involvement: Academic Recruitment Organization member and Intramural Sports

Last Book: Complexity and the Arrow of Time, edited by Charles H. Lineweaver, Paul C. W. Davies, and Michael Ru

Favorite Meal: Mac and cheese

Bailey Propps Niceville, FL

Major: Interdisciplinary Medical Science - Clinical Professions

Career Goals: Pediatric Orthopedist

UROP Project: Examining Emotion Regulation in Toddlers with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Research Interests: Medicine, Biology, Disorders

Volunteerism: Dance Marathon, Cheers for Children

Community Involvement: Chi Omega, Dance Marathon, Cheers for Children

Last Book: Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

Favorite Meal: Spaghetti and meatballs

Nami Pruitt 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

Volunteerism: Academic Recruitment Organization, Migrant and Refugee Education Alliance

Community Involvement: Represent Us, Ethical Vegan club, Amnesty International, Asian American Student Union, Japanese Language and Culture Association

Last Book: You are a Badass by Jen Sincero

Favorite Meal: My mom's yakisoba

Jill Rankin Marietta, Georgia

Major: Biology

Minor: Chemistry

Career Goals: Doctor or environmental engineer

UROP Project: Selenium Recovery from Agricultural Drainage

Research Interests: My research interests include microbiology, medicine, and environmental engineering.

Volunteerism: ACT/SAT Tutor

Community Involvement: Academic Recruitment Organization

Last Book: The Stand by Stephen King

Favorite Meal: A giant plate of every fruit imaginable

Brian Ransom Coral Gables, Florida

Major: Mathematics

Minor: Philosophy 

Career Goals: Research Mathematician and Professor in addition to work in primary and secondary mathematics education reform.

UROP Project: I Know Where Your Cat Lives

Research Interests: Logic and Math Foundations, Discrete Math and Combinatorics, Theoretical Computer Science, Topology, Knot Theory, Geometry.

Volunteerism: Breakthrough Central Texas 2017 summer Teaching Fellow, was a weekly guest lecturer at Leon High School, is a weekly guest lecturer at Chilies High School.

Last Book: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig.

Favorite Meal: Ice cream and birthday cake

Suzanne Raybuck St. Augustine, FL

Major: Information Technology and Editing, Writing, and Media

Career Goals: Information Systems Specialist or Technology Project Management

UROP Project: Extending the Book: Creating a Digital Website for

Research Interests: Digital Humanities, narrative structures, methodologies for implementing digital narratives

Community Involvement: Covalent Reality, Office of Digital Research and Scholarship

Last Book: Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Favorite Meal: Pulled pork, coleslaw and cornbread

Grace Robbins Sarasota, Florida

Major: Classical Civilizations & Classical Archaeology

Minor: English

Career Goals: Archival researcher/historian working with the National Park Service or some archaeological firm/museum to promote historic preservation and scholarship

UROP Project: Parks, Hazards, and Resilience in Florida

Research Interests: Classical archaeology, digital humanities, the intersection of digital humanities and archaeology, historic preservation, languages

Volunteerism: Center for Undergraduate Research and Academic Engagement (CRE) and UROP, Academic Recruitment Organization (ARO), and ARTs After School Program

Community Involvement: Office of Digital Research and Scholarship - InternFSU, FSU Irish Ensemble, Eta Sigma Phi Classics Honor Society, InterVarsity, and ARO

Last Book: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

Favorite Meal: Anything that mashed potatoes can accompany

Olivia Rose Sarasota, Florida

Major: Psychology

Minor: Biology, Chemistry, and English

Career Goals: Neurological researcher and university professor

UROP Project: Neurophysiological Indices of Treatment Response to a Brief, Computerized Intervention for Suicidality

Research Interests: My research interests fall within the neurobiological underpinnings of disordered movement, with a primary focus on Tourette's syndrome. Within this scope, I use neuroimaging techniques to gather data about abnormalities in oscillatory activity (patterns of neuronal firing) and sensory gating deficits; I also utilize neurostimulation techniques, such as transcranial alternating current stimulation, to directly manipulate neural oscillations. Additional areas of interest include neuropharmacol

Volunteerism: Phi Beta Kappa Involvement Chair; Research Assistant in Dr. Wen Li's Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Lab; Research Assistant in Dr. Zuoxin Wang's Social Neuroendocrinology Lab

Community Involvement: UROP Leader; FSU yoga; Phi Beta Kappa; Garnet and Gold Scholar Society; Honors Peer Mentor

Last Book: No Exit by Jean-Paul Sartre

Favorite Meal: Shakshuka (a Middle Eastern dish of eggs poached in spiced tomatoes, peppers, and onions)

Sophie Rottenberg Tampa, Florida

Major: Biology and International Affairs

Minor: Chemistry and Spanish

Career Goals: International trauma surgeon

UROP Project: Are You Infected with the Social Contagion?

Research Interests: I research oxytocin receptors in brain and behavior development in the Neuroscience Department under Dr. Elizabeth Hammock.

Volunteerism: Volunteer with the FocusFirst program; tutor and mentor at Carter Parramore Academy

Community Involvement: Honors Student Association VP of Executive Affairs; UROP Leader; Presidential Scholar Executive Leadership Council Social Chair; Omicron Delta Kappa Honors Fraternity; Colloquium Leader for the Honors College; VP of the Academic Recruitment Organization; Garnet and Gold Scholar Society

Last Book: The Circle by Dave Eggers

Favorite Meal: Seaweed salad and panang curry

Leah Rumancik Fort Wayne, Indianna

Major: Actuarial Science and Statistics

Minor: Business and Italian Studies

Career Goals: Work for a property and casualty actuarial consulting firm

UROP Project: Monte Carlo Methods for the Pricing of American Derivative Securities

Research Interests: I am interested in the science of dreaming.

Volunteerism: Tutor and mentor at Carter Parramore Academy; Italian teacher at Magnolia Middle School

Community Involvement: Future Seminole Actuaries Society; Kiteboarding Club treasurer; Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society

Last Book: Il Bar Sotto Il Mare by Stefano Benini

Favorite Meal: Salmon and crab pinwheels from Publix

Inam Sakinah Jacksonville, Florida

Major: Biology and Interdisciplinary Social Science

Minor: Chemistry and Political Philosophy

Career Goals: Physician and policymaker leveraging medical and policy expertise to reform health care.

UROP Project: Oxytocin Receptor mRNA in Adrenal Gland and Kidney of the Neonatal Mouse

Research Interests: Previously conducted research on the neurobiological mechanisms of social development and social science field studies on leadership, identity, and culture. Currently focused on exploring the role of social determinants in perpetuating health disparities in the U.S.

Volunteerism: Mentor, PeaceJam, Internal Coordinator, Florida State’s Alternative Breaks Program, Board Member, Office of Governmental Affairs; Assistant Director, Student Council for Undergraduate Research and Creativity

Community Involvement: Founding Chair, Student Diversity and Inclusion Council; Co-Founder and Director, CUSP: College for Unconquered Students Partnership; Global Ambassador; Intern for an educational development NGO in Ecuador; Delegate, Millennium Campus Conference at UN

Last Book: Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder

Favorite Meal: My mother's cooking

Amanda Schell Lakeland, Florida

Major: Statistics and International Affairs

Minor: Economics, Urban and Regional Planning, and Math

Career Goals: Statistician in the federal government

UROP Project: Geographic Concentration of Corporate Philanthropy

Research Interests: My research interests include statistics, criminology, and psychology.

Volunteerism: Mentor and tutor at Carter Parramore Academy; developed quantitative measures for volunteer management, client intake, and service tracking at Parker Street Ministries

Community Involvement: Omicron Delta Kappa Honors Fraternity; Garnet and Gold Scholar Society; Presidential Scholar Executive Leadership Council Chair; Honors Colloquium Leader; Academic Recruitment Organization Treasurer; Reformed University Fellowship small group leader; intramural sports

Last Book: The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail - but Some Don't by Nate Silver

Favorite Meal: Chick-fil-A fries, plain Wendy's baconator, Cherry Dr. Pepper, and vanilla cake with buttercream icing

Gregory Seel Winter Park, Florida

Major: Electrical Engineering

Minor: Physics, Mathematics

Career Goals: Pursue my musical passions through my engineering passions, Amplifier Circuits.

UROP Project: Morphology of Young Core-Collapse Supernova Remnants from Multi-Physics Three-Dimensional Simulations

Research Interests: My research interests include acoustics, wave phenomena, astrophysics, quantum theory, particle physics, and education.

Volunteerism: Events Coordinator at Presbyterian University Center. Math tutor at Carter-Parramore Academy.

Community Involvement: Presbyterian University Center; Campus Blues Band

Last Book: The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

Favorite Meal: My own endlessly vile cooking

Tatum Shannon Jacksonville, Florida

Major: International Affairs and Chinese

Minor: Education, French

Career Goals: State Department Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

UROP Project: 3D Printing Etruscan and Early Roman Ceramics from the Cetamura del Chianti Archeological Site

Research Interests: My research interests include the history and politics of East and Southeast Asia.

Community Involvement: Teaching English as a Foreign Language Certificate, Center for Intensive English Studies tutor, English Conversation Club Leader, EducationUSA Intern

Last Book: 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami

Favorite Meal: Ice cream

Taylor Shelby Dunedin, Florida

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Minor: Mathematics

Career Goals: Mechanical engineer

UROP Project: Oculus Rift Interactive Art

Research Interests: My research interests include science, computer science, psychology, and robotics.

Volunteerism: High school math and history tutor through Mu Alpha Theta and Rho Kappa; volunteer at Palm Harbor Middle School wood shop class; volunteer with TALOS

Community Involvement:

Last Book: A Dance of Dragons by Kaitlyn Davis

Favorite Meal: Roast, as Mom makes it, with vegetables, soy sauce, mashed potatoes, and homemade chocolate pudding

Brent Shepherd Cooper City, FL

Major: Biology and Environmental Science

Minor: Chemistry and Political Science

Career Goals: Commissioner of FWC/Wildlife Biologist

UROP Project: A Landscape of Inequity: Parks and Planning in Low and High Income Neighborhoods

Research Interests: Landscape ecology, sustainability, biodiveristy, and resource management

Volunteerism: Relay for Life

Community Involvement: FSU Climbing Club, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship

Last Book: Candide by Voltaire

Favorite Meal: Fried snapper

Connor Sherman 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

Volunteerism: UROP

Community Involvement: Presidential Scholars Class Representative, Academic Recruitment Organization

Last Book: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Favorite Meal: Peanut Butter

Emily Shiel Pace, FL

Major: Biochemistry

Minor: Math and psychology

Career Goals: Pediatrician or Pediatric Surgeon

UROP Project: CRISPR Biotechnology Development

Research Interests: Biotechnology, Chemistry, Biology, Nueroscience, and Psychology

Community Involvement: Your Not Alone(YNA), Honors Student Association, Academic Recruitment Organization (ARO), NAMI

Last Book: A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

Favorite Meal: Blueberry Oatmeal

Jordan Singletary Tampa, Florida

Major: International Affairs and Environmental Science

Career Goals: Marine biologist conducting environmental research

UROP Project: Co-Parenting After Divorce

Research Interests: I am volunteering with the FSU Coastal and Marine lab with the hope of working on one of their research projects to gain hands-on experience in the marine biology field.

Volunteerism: Organized annual classic car show for Everyday Blessings; tutor and mentor at Carter Parramore Academy

Community Involvement: Undergraduate Research Ambassador; Delta Zeta Sorority; Delta Zeta Academic Executive position; Honors Representative for NextGen Climate

Last Book: Emma by Jane Austen

Favorite Meal: A GIANT flan

Leah Singleton Winter Springs, Florida

Major: International Affairs and Religion

Minor: Spanish, Economics, and SAS Data Analysis, Psychology

Career Goals: Lawyer specializing in international and human rights law

UROP Project: Nonprofit Mission Conceptions

Research Interests: My research interests include topics relating to nonprofits, social justice (particularly human trafficking), gender roles, and influential court cases.

Volunteerism: Secretary, Simple Charity, Inc.; Director of Communication, Intern, Imagine Nations, Inc.; Global Scholars; Habitat for Humanity

Community Involvement: Residential Conduct Board; Honors Legal Scholars; The Navigators; FSU Eventing Team (Equestrian); Academic Recruitment Organization; Director of Advocacy, United Nations Association; Phi Beta Kappa

Last Book: Doing Good Better by William MacAskill

Favorite Meal: Chili with salt and vinegar chips and a chocolate chip cookie

Carolyn Sizemore Fort Myers, FL

Major: Editing, Writing, and Media & Information Communication Technology

Career Goals: To create content that's accessible, thoughtful and makes people smile

UROP Project: The effect of environmental factors on carnivorous Sarracenia purpurea plants

Research Interests: human rights, intersectional feminism, ecology

Community Involvement: Amnesty International, NOW, Club Downunder

Last Book: A Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Favorite Meal: sushi

Martha Sizemore Fort Myers, Florida

Major: History/Editing, Writing, & Media

Career Goals: Museum Curator or Historical Researcher

UROP Project: Documenting 20th Century Visual Merchandising

Research Interests: 20th Century History, Sociology, Art, Film, Literature

Volunteerism: Club Downunder, Habitat for Humanity

Community Involvement: Club Downunder, Habitat for Humanity, Cat Family Records, UROP

Last Book: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf by Edward Albee

Favorite Meal: Steamed shrimp and mixed vegetables

Jacob Spainhour Tallahassee, Florida

Major: Pure Mathematics & Computer Science

Minor: Applied Mathematics & Scientific Computing

Career Goals: University professor and researcher

UROP Project: Applications of Computational Geometry in Public Policy

Research Interests: Applied mathematics: Computational geometry, numerical analysis, partial differential equations

Volunteerism: Lott's Community Garden and Second Harvest of the Big Bend

Community Involvement: Mathematics tutoring through FSU Academic Center for Excellence

Last Book: The Long Walk by Stephen King

Favorite Meal: Pancakes and Eggs

Michael Spiro Boca Raton, Florida

Major: Entrepreneurship and Marketing

Career Goals: Start a business focused on social entrepreneurship, be successful, be happy

UROP Project: Studying Political Skill in the business world

Research Interests: Self-sustainable farms, ways to effectively and sustainably assist others in need

Volunteerism: UROP, iGrow, Faith Cafe

Community Involvement: CEO (entrepreneurship club)

Last Book: The Business of the 21st Century by Robert Kiyosaki

Favorite Meal: Pad Thai and dried mango slices

Lindsey Stawowy Cedar Park, Texas

Major: Biology and Environmental Chemistry

Minor: Mathematics

Career Goals: Pursue a career in environmental chemistry or biology

UROP Project: Parent and Teacher Perceptions of Attributes for Success

Research Interests: My research interest is in ecology.

Volunteerism: Global Scholars Program English teacher and outreach volunteer in Mbale, Uganda

Community Involvement: Alpha Chi Sigma fraternity; 2016 Global Scholars Ambassador; 2016 Honors Colloquium Leader; Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society; intramural sports

Last Book: Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari

Favorite Meal: Chicken and waffles

Jackie Steinhauer Jupiter, Florida

Major: Psychology and Pre-Med

Career Goals: I either want to be a neurosurgeon or perform neuroscience research

UROP Project: Do different methods of framing gossip protect or harm our reputations?

Research Interests: Neuroscience, ADHD, psychology

Volunteerism: Dance Marathon, UROP, Light the Night

Community Involvement: Member of Alpha Phi Sorority

Last Book: "Hallucinations" by Oliver Sacks

Favorite Meal: Salmon sashimi

Carson Tappan Louisberg, KS

Major: Film Production

Minor: Film Studies

Career Goals: Filmmaker

UROP Project: The Meaning of Home: A Photo-Voice Project

Research Interests: Non-Profits

Volunteerism: Nothing on Campus Yet

Community Involvement: UROP, Filmmaking

Last Book: Animal Farm by George Orwell

Favorite Meal: Chicken Strips

Gracie Thaxton 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

Volunteerism: Academic Recruitment Organization, McCormick Research Institute, UROP

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: Misery by Stephen King

Favorite Meal: Any of my mom's cooking

Christopher Torbert Gulf Breeze, FL

Major: Biology

Minor: Chemistry

Career Goals: Physician

UROP Project: Non-invasive Brain Stimulation as a Treatment for PTSD in Combat Veterans

Research Interests: Biology, Psychology, Medicine

Volunteerism: UROP

Community Involvement: Club Waterpolo, CSU

Last Book: Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

Favorite Meal: Steak and mashed potatoes

Curtis Turner Nashville, Tennessee

Major: Business

Minor: Mathematics and Spanish

Career Goals: Businessman at a Fortune 500 company

UROP Project: Migration Patterns of Companies' Headquarters

Research Interests: I am interested in behavioral studies.

Volunteerism: Tutor at Paragon Mills; chess instructor at Cameron Middle School; Race for the Cure; volunteer with Second Harvest

Community Involvement: Academic Recruitment Organization Member; IM Soccer; Table Tennis Club

Last Book: Grain Brain by David Perlmutter and Kristin Loberg

Favorite Meal: Mom's spaghetti with garlic bread

Jakob Tweedel 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

Volunteerism: Habitat for Humanity and coaching youth soccer teams

Community Involvement: Protesting at the Capitol and helping build homes with Habitat for Humanity

Last Book: The Dispossesed by Ursula K. Le Guin

Favorite Meal: Seafood Gumbo

Angeles Urtubey Ocala, Florida

Major: Interior Design

Career Goals: Interior designer for an architecture firm

UROP Project: Cosa Excavations

Research Interests: History and Classics

Volunteerism: UROP

Community Involvement: FSU community garden

Last Book: Dune by Frank Herbert

Favorite Meal: Rice with Lamb curry

Joe Uthuppan Venice, Florida

Major: Exercise Physiology

Minor: Chemistry

Career Goals: Medicine

UROP Project: The effect of protein intake on body composition.

Research Interests: Diet and nutrition's effects on preventing chronic illness

Volunteerism: Second Harvest Food Bank, Lott's Community Garden, the Red Cross

Community Involvement: Honors Medical Scholars Co-President/Secretary, ARO, UROP, Alpha Tau Omega Treasurer/Historian, Garnet and Gold Key, Student Government 69th and 70th Student Human Sciences Senate Seat 3.

Last Book: Epic Measures by Jeremy N. Smith

Favorite Meal: Pizza

Erin Wadhams Jacksonville, Florida

Major: Biology and Creative Writing

Minor: Chemistry

Career Goals: Ecologist or wildlife biologist for the National Park Service or the equivalent in a foreign country; successful novelist

UROP Project: Sexual Selection in Sailfin Mollies

Research Interests: My research interests include biology -- especially ecology, evolution, and animal behavior -- English, creative writing, and art.

Volunteerism: Habitat for Humanity

Community Involvement: Swim Club; Habitat for Humanity

Last Book: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Favorite Meal: Chicken and rice with Turkish delight and sweet tea

Sarah Wagler Sarasota, Florida

Major: Chemical Engineering

Minor: Spanish

Career Goals: Chemical engineer focused on developing medicines or working in a Third World country

UROP Project: Ultrafast Nonlinear Spectroscopy of Energy Transfer in Photosynthetic Proteins

Research Interests: My research interest centers around the development of new drugs.

Volunteerism: Tutor and mentor at Carter Parramore Academy

Community Involvement: American Institute for Chemical Engineers; Marching Chiefs

Last Book: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

Favorite Meal:

Molly Walters Maidenhead, Berkshire, United Kingdom

Major: Studio Art

Career Goals: Post-production specialist focusing on queer content

UROP Project: Increasing Accessibility at The Grove Museum

Research Interests: Museum studies, art history, sharing life experiences through film

Volunteerism: JStreet U

Community Involvement: Student Publications, JStreet U, and Student Labour Association

Last Book: Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit

Favorite Meal: Full English Breakfast

Austin Westergom Sebring, Florida

Major: Economics

Minor: Entrepreneurship

Career Goals: Consultant

UROP Project: Cognitive Fear Responses

Research Interests: My research interests include sports and economics.

Volunteerism: Tutor and mentor at Carter Parramore Academy; Dance Marathon; Alpha Tau Omega

Community Involvement: ATΩ; FSU Homecoming Representative

Last Book: Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

Favorite Meal: Breakfast for dinner

Audrey Wheeler Greensboro, North Carolina

Major: International Affairs; Editing, Writing, and Media

Minor: Concentration in Italian

Career Goals: Political Correspondent for The New York Times

UROP Project: Social Networking Capabilities and Effects of 18-Century Italian Women

Research Interests: Caroline Crane Marsh, women's positions in the 19th century

Volunteerism: Migrant and Refugee Education Association, Dance Marathon

Community Involvement: FSView & Florida Flambeau, Phi Sigma Pi, National Italian Honors Society

Last Book: The Dark Side by Jane Mayer

Favorite Meal: Taco Bell

Anna Wuest Port Orange, Florida

Major: Biomathematics

Minor: Environmental Science

Career Goals: To work for an NGO building sustainable infrastructure in developing countries

UROP Project: Marine sponge mediation and surveying in the Gulf of Mexico

Research Interests: The effects of climate change on people in less developed countries and how to address their needs in practical, sustainable ways

Volunteerism: Academic Recruitment Organization, Lott’s Community Garden

Community Involvement: You’re Not Alone (YNA), Intramural kickball and soccer, Beyond Borders, Take Back the Tap

Last Book: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Favorite Meal: Vegetable Lo Mein

Austin Yap Canton, Georgia

Major: Chemical and Biomedical Engineering

Career Goals: Specialized pediatrician or a specialized dentist

UROP Project: Structure and Function Analysis of KSHV Virion Proteins

Research Interests: I love doing research in a hands-on biochemistry lab. In the future, I hope to complete research on cancer-related topics.

Volunteerism: Volunteer with Jubilee Music

Community Involvement: Treasurer of the Broward-Landis-Gilchrist Hall Council; member of the FSU Gymnastics Club Team

Last Book: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling

Favorite Meal: Stuffed shells with lots of freshly shaved parmesan cheese and Alfredo sauce

William Zak 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: Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

Favorite Meal: Steak and Twice Stuffed Potatoes