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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



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



Olivia Bergeron-Oakes Coral Springs, Florida

Major: Biology and Psychology

Career Goals: I am exploring my options to find something fulfilling that fits with my interests

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

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

Volunteerism: Peace Jam

Community Involvement: Peace Jam

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

Favorite Meal: My mom's shepherd's pie



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)



Travis Burhart Franklin, Tennessee

Major: Environment & Society, Geography

Minor: Urban and Regional Planning

Career Goals: Work with the US National Park Service to manage, preserve, and protect US national parks and monuments

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

Research Interests: Sustainable city planning, federal land management and conservation

Volunteerism: Academic Recruitment Organization, American Red Cross Biomedical Services

Community Involvement: You're Not Alone (YNA), Climbing Club, Intramural battleship and kickball, undergraduate research, University Ambassadors, Honors Delegates

Last Book: Cradle to Cradle by Michael Braungart

Favorite Meal: Stir fry and pizookies



Samantha Chianese Newport, Florida

Major: Double major in Psychology and Creative Writing

Career Goals: Research in anxiety or reading disorders; get some poems or fiction published

UROP Project: “How Accurate Is Wikipedia?” with Dr. Nathan Stoltzfus; research was conducted in both French and English

Research Interests: Currently researching reading disorders with a focus on dyslexia and p-hacking countermeasures; for future endeavors, would also like to research anxiety disorders

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; working for Dr. Richard Wagner’s lab; 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: Poems That Make Grown Women Cry by Anthony Holden and Ben Holden

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



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



Emily Dailey Rockport, Massachusetts

Major: Biology and Psychology

Career Goals: Doctor or lawyer

UROP Project: e-Mental Health Literacy in College Students

Research Interests: I am interested in researching psychology.

Volunteerism: High school mission trips with my church

Community Involvement: FSU crew

Last Book: A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

Favorite Meal: Lobster with butter, clam chowder, and ginger ale



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



Taegan Dennis Fort Walton Beach, Florida

Major: International Affairs, Anthropology, Spanish

Minor: Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Career Goals: Legal anthropologist of human rights law for a community engagement NGO or think tank

UROP Project: Resistance Literature and New Media Protest

Research Interests: Truth and Reconciliation Commissions, crimes against humanity, civil and ethnic conflict resolution

Volunteerism: Cohort service initiative: ELL tutoring of refugee families

Community Involvement: PeaceJam, InternatioNole, Andean Music Ensemble, Amnesty International

Last Book: Things Fall Apart: Chinua Achebe

Favorite Meal: Something with potatoes



Mae Espinosa Miami Lakes, Florida

Major: Political Science and English Literature

Minor: French

Career Goals: Lawyer

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

Research Interests: My research interests include history and the social sciences.

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

Community Involvement: Presidential Scholar Executive Board Cohort Representative

Last Book: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Favorite Meal: Grandma's rice and black beans



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.



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



Jacob Goldstein-Greenwood Tallahassee, Florida

Major: Psychology

Minor: Mathematics, Statistics, & French

Career Goals: Academia

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

Research Interests: My work and interests center on moral psychology. Specifically, my recent research has examined moral dilemma judgments, person perception, and the types of information that people integrate into their moral judgments.

Volunteerism: St. Marks Wildlife Refuge; researcher in the Moral and Social Processing Lab

Community Involvement: Presidential Scholars Program Executive Board Chair; Moral and Social Processing Lab; Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program Colloquium Leader; Honors Colloquium Leader; Phi Beta Kappa; Psi Chi

Last Book: Ethics in the Real World by Peter Singer

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



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

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)

Last Book: When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

Favorite Meal: Anything in the realm of breakfast food.



Sheridan Hager Sarasota, Florida

Major: Exercise Science and Psychology

Career Goals: Own healthcare practice

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

Research Interests: My research interests include psychology and medicine.

Volunteerism: Reading mentor at Emma E. Booker Elementary School and Phillipi Shores Elementary School

Community Involvement: FSU Pride; Advance Party; Yoga Club; RawFSU

Last Book: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Favorite Meal: The creamiest, cheesiest mac & cheese ever



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!



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: Health Management, Policy, and Information; Psychology

Minor: Biology, Chemistry, French

Career Goals: Physician practicing hospital administration

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

Research Interests: Conducting neuroscience research at the College of Medicine. Research interests in cancer or CTE, health economics/policy and clinical/H.R. psychology.

Volunteerism: Co-Leader of Public Service Initative at Lott's Community Gardens & Second Harvest of Big Bend, Riverchase Health & Rehabilitation Center

Community Involvement: Director of Student Success of Honors Student Association, Honors Medical Scholars, College Autism Network, Business of Medicine, Residential Conduct Board, Chair of Academic Affairs Think Tank, Yoga Club, Intramural Sand Volleyball

Last Book:

Favorite Meal: Chipotle chicken panini (Panera), sushi



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



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



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



Katherine Kincaid Jacksonville, Florida

Major: Vocal Performance

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: Musician and Assistant Music Director of The Garden of Rikki Tikki Tavi Theater Production; Swim Club; Wesley Foundation; Assistant Stage Manager for FSU College of Music's production of L'Incoronazione di Poppea

Last Book: Sophie's World by Jostein Gaarder

Favorite Meal: I would want a bowl of ice cream!



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

Minor: Spanish

Career Goals: Work for Department of State

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

Research Interests: I am interested in psychology research.

Volunteerism: Ruuska Village Orphanage, Bon Repos, Haiti

Community Involvement: Rowing Club; Circle K International

Last Book: Looking for Alaska by John Green

Favorite Meal: A Jim's cheesesteak and so much fried food



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



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.



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



Addison Mathis Jacksonville, Florida

Major: Psychology

Minor: Social Work

Career Goals: Academia

UROP Project: Computerized Intervention in Mental Illness

Research Interests: I am interested in psychology research, specifically regarding personality traits, various stigma, and the efficacy of computerized intervention therapy programs.

Volunteerism: Academic Recruitment Organization, iGrow Community Garden

Community Involvement: You're Not Alone (YNA), Intramural Kickball, Climbing Club, Presidential Scholars' Historian

Last Book: "Rising Strong" by Brené Brown

Favorite Meal: Curry



Olivia McConnell Minnetonka, Minnesota

Major: International Affairs and Economics

Minor: French

Career Goals: International law and hopefully one day part of the EU or the UN

UROP Project: Military Deception During World War II

Research Interests: I am interested in researching humanitarian issues and rights.

Community Involvement: University Philharmonic Orchestra

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



Kendall McDonald Altamonte Springs, Florida

Major: Dietetics

Minor: Psychology

Career Goals: Work to help people with eating disorders to recover and eventually travel to schools to educate teenagers about healthy attitudes toward food and eating disorder prevention

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

Research Interests: Women's issues, gender roles, and American History

Volunteerism: Academic Recruitment Organization, Simple Charity, Inc.

Community Involvement: Intern at The Children's Campaign, You're Not Alone (YNA), Inter-Residence Hall Council, Honors Student Association Recruitment Chair, the Navigators

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



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!



Lauren Moran Colorado Springs, Colorado

Major: Psychology and (possibly) Human Resource Management

Career Goals: Earn a Ph.D and work in the field of Industrial/Organization Psychology

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

Research Interests: Topics surrounding human behavior in the workplace, university management and logistics, and interpersonal interactions

Volunteerism: Garnet and Gold Goes Green, Capital City Youth Services, and UROP

Community Involvement: The Navigators (member and worship band), Bible Study, Campus Band, FSU Sailing Club, Simple Charity, and Global Scholars

Last Book: East of Eden by John Steinbeck

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



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



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



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



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: Creative Writing

Career Goals: Graduate school leading to math research and writing artistic comedy

UROP Project: I Know Where Your Cat Lives

Research Interests: My research interests include number theory, topology, art, and comedy.

Volunteerism: Administrative volunteer at Casa Valentina; lab work with children at the Miami Science Museum

Last Book: Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins

Favorite Meal: Ice cream and birthday cake



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

Career Goals: Foreign Service Officer, UN/UNESCO

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: FSU Center for Intensive English Studies (CIES) Conversation Partner; TEDxFSU Planning Committee

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



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, Pyschology

Minor: Spanish

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: Secretary, You're Not Alone (YNA); Residential Conduct Board; Honors Legal Scholars; The Navigators; FSU Eventing Team (Equestrian); Academic Recruitment Organization

Last Book: Doing Good Better by William MacAskill

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



Jacob Spainhour Tallahassee, Florida

Major: Mathematics and Computer Science

Minor: Statistics

Career Goals: Get a Ph.D and become a university professor somewhere

UROP Project: Applications of Computational Geometry in Public Policy

Research Interests: Applications of Computational Geometry in Image Compression Software

Volunteerism: Math and Computer Science Tutoring

Community Involvement: Math and Computer Science Tutoring

Last Book: Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

Favorite Meal: Chef Boyardee Spaghetti and Mini Meatballs



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



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



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, Academic Recruitment Organization.

Community Involvement: Honors Medical Scholars, ARO, UROP, Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity Omicron pledge class community service chair

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:



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: Editing, Writing, and Media

Minor: Italian

Career Goals: Copy editor, own/become head of publishing company, establish global literacy programs

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

Research Interests: My research interests include human rights, politics, and education.

Volunteerism: Student Human Relations Club; Gay Straight Alliance/Every Life Matters; Donuts & Devotion (''pay it forward'' Christmas campaign); Shine Club (food drive); Sierra Club; Goodwill Drive; Walker Town Elementary School (special events, meal bags); Mission Sisterhood; Julius I. Foust Elementary School (donated packages and toys, packed care bags)

Community Involvement: Quidditch Team

Last Book: 420 Characters by Lou Beach, A Beautiful Mind by Sylvia Nasar

Favorite Meal: Scalloped potatoes and fried rice



Anna Wuest Port Orange, Florida

Major: Environmental Engineering

Minor: Math

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, iGrow Community Garden

Community Involvement: You're Not Alone (YNA), Climbing Club, Freshman Leadership Institute, Intramural kickball and soccer

Last Book: Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey

Favorite Meal: Fruit salad and cheesesticks!



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