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William Boyce (2011, B.A. in History, Creative Writing with Honors, and Religion, Summa Cum Laude)
William Boyce graduated with Honors from FSU in 2011, with a BA in History, English-Creative Writing, and Religious Studies. Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude, William composed a 50-page collection of poems for his Honors in the Major Thesis under the mentorship of Guggenheim Fellow and FSU professor, David Kirby. He was a Founding Father of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity, a founding member of The Owl, Florida State’s only undergraduate research journal, and the founder of Honors Delegates. He also served on the Student Council for Undergraduate Research and presented research at the ACC Meeting of the Minds Symposium during his senior year. As a US-UK Fulbright Scholar at the University of Glasgow, William is studying theological aesthetics and critical theory at their Centre for the Study of Literature, Theology, and the Arts while completing a Master of Letters. He will begin study at the Duke Divinity School this coming Fall.

Dustin Daniels (2011, B.A. in International Affairs with Honors, Cum Laude)
2010-2011 Student Body President Dustin Daniels graduated with Honors from FSU in 2011 with a BS in Economics and International Affairs. An FSU Service Scholar, Dustin travelled to Gitarama, Rwanda in 2008 with the Global Peace Exchange. There he sought to establish ties with a rural university by establishing English conversation clubs with university students. He also helped build supplemental housing for orphans in the community. Because of his efforts in 2008, in 2009 he served as Rwanda Team Project Director for GPE. As team project director he helped to establish the organization Urumuri (The Light) which provided students, faculty, staff and community members a place to learn English and basic technology. He now serves as Policy and Research Coordinator at People for the American Way in Washington D.C.

Georgia Christakis (2010, B.A. in English Literature, Magna Cum Laude)
With the help of the Office of National Fellowships, Georgia Christakis secured a Fulbright Full Grant during 2010 – 2011 to study the effects of the traditional Cretan diet on biomarkers such as waist circumference, lipid profile, and BMI in a population of rural Cretan men who have been followed now for roughly fifty years. As a population that was once virtually void of heart disease, the diet and lifestyle of these individuals may offer clues on how to tackle the health problems in the United States, where heart disease is currently the leading cause of death. Since returning to the United States, Georgia has been studying medicine at FSU’s College of Medicine and hopes to become a caring, invested physician serving the underserved, in accordance with the mission of our school.

JEFF GODBEY (2009, B.S. in Biological Science with Honors, Summa Cum Laude).
Jeff’s honors thesis, Environmental and genetic modulation of morphology, memory, olfactory ability, and anxiety in mice, was directed by Professor Debra Ann Fadool (Biological Science). He is currently a second year student in The College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University. He describes the coursework as “challenging; the content is always interesting.” Jeff spends most of his time studying and gaining clinical experience, but he makes time for cycling, intramural sports, fraternity life, and creative writing. A native of Tallahassee, he plans to return home after graduation in 2012 to set up his own veterinary practice.

MICHAEL HENDERSON (2008, B.S. in Biological Science with Honors, Summa Cum Laude).
Michael completed the general Honors program and defended his Honors thesis, Glucose and diet-induced obesity modulation of ion channel biophysics, under the direction of Dr. Debra Ann Fadool. He is currently in the Ph.D program in Neuroscience at Yale University.

RYAN JENKINS (2008, B.A. in Philosophy with Honors, Summa Cum Laude).
Ryan was named the 2008 Phi Beta Kappa Marion Jewell Hay Award winner for outstanding research. His Honors in the Major thesis, You’ve Earned It! Searching for a defensible basis for desert in wages, was completed under the direction of Dr. David McNaughton (Philosophy). His thesis examined questions regarding the living wage movement. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Philosophy at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

JOSHUA MIKEL (2007, B.A. in Theatre with Honors and Creative Writing, Magna Cum Laude).
Joshua debuted his Honors in the Major creative project at the 2006 ACC Meeting of the Minds at Clemson University. “Quentin G” has since been published by Playscripts, Inc. He is the playwright in residence at Endstation Theatre Company in Lynchburg, VA. His play, “Good Good Trouble on Bad Bad Island”, debuted at the 2010 New York International Fringe Festival and had a summer 2011 run at Endstation Theatre on June 1. Joshua continues to work with fellow FSU alumni on multiple projects such as screenwriting, music videos, television shows, and art and design. He was cast in the movie “Crackerjack”, a Jeff Foxworthy film about competitive little league baseball.

HOLLY MONROE (2007, B.S. in Biochemistry with Honors, Summa Cum Laude).
Holly completed her Honors in the Major thesis, Identifying molecular markers of early invasive human breast carcinoma, under the director of Dr. Amy Sang in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. She graduated from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA in spring 2011. She plans to complete her residency in Dermatology. Her research at UCLA has important clinical implications, regarding future vaccine development, prevention and treatment of Staphylococcus aureus skin infections. Holly is active in her community as a volunteer at the Venice Family Clinic, the largest free clinic in the United States for uninsured patients.

PANKAJ PAL (2007, B.S. in Biochemistry with Honors, Summa Cum Laude).
While at FSU, Pankaj completed the general Honors program and wrote her Honors thesis, Establishment of a stable mammalian cell line supporting AAV infection without helper virus, under the direction of Dr. Michael Chapman (formerly in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, now at the Oregon Health & Science University). She was a recipient of the 2006 Howard Hughes Fellowship in Mathematical and Computational Biology and the 2007 Marjorie Schoch Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship. She is currently a fourth year student in the Medical Scientist Training Program (combined M.D. /Ph.D) at the Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. More..

CARA CASTELLANA KRIESMAN (2006, B.S. in Economics with Honors, Summa Cum Laude).
Named a Truman Scholar in 2005, Cara’s honors thesis, Examining the Robustness of the “Natural Resource Curse” to Definitions of Growth, was directed by Professor Stefan Norrbin (Economics). Cara earned a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of Chicago in 2008. While in graduate school, she worked for then Senator Barack Obama as well as Chicago Mayor Richard Daley. She was hired to set up the Office of Presidential Correspondence after the 2008 presidential election. Cara returned to Chicago in 2010 to serve as the Chief of Policy for the Office of City Treasurer. She has worked to bring financial education to 200 schools in Chicago, and to grow the city’s micro-loan program from $750,000 to 3 million dollars.