Outstanding Senior Scholars

Each year, the Honors Program recognizes graduating seniors who have distinguished themselves by completing three exceptional academic achievements:

  • Maintaining a 3.9 GPA or higher, graduating Summa Cum Laude;
  • Challenging themselves and enriching their education by completing the University Honors Program, in which they completed a minimum of 18 Honors points;
  • Earning Honors in their Major by completing an Honors thesis.

To achieve any of these distinctions is a noteworthy accomplishment; achieving all three is a rarity. 


Summer 2021

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Allen Byrd

Graduation Year: Summer 2021
Major: Economics and Philosophy (Dual Degrees)
Thesis Title: "The Right to Obscurity: The Case for "Going Dark" as a Preservation of Human Dignity" (link to thesis coming soon!)
Thesis DirectorDr. Andrea Westlund
Plans after graduation: Allen plans to work for one to two years while preparing for law school or a master's program.

 

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Aliyah Hurt

Graduation Year: Summer 2021
MajorPublic Health and Political Science (Dual Degrees)
Thesis Title: Could Medicare for All have impacted the trajectory of COVID-19?
Thesis DirectorDr. Patricia Homan, 
Plans after graduationAliyah will begin a new position working with Deloitte as a Government and Public Service Analyst.

Spring 2021

Spring 2021 Outstanding Senior Scholar Celebration Program
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Paola Aguilar Neuville

Graduation Year: Spring 2021
Major: Clinical Professions
Thesis TitleUtilization of a CRISPR-PICH approach for the identification of the proteins associated with the genic regions of the genome throughout cell differentiation
Thesis DirectorDr. Johnathan Dennis
Plans after graduationAfter graduation, Paola will be attending medical school.

 

Leeandre Alexandre - Spring 2021 Outstanding Senior Scholar

Leeandre Alexandre

Graduation Year: Spring 2021
Major: International Affairs
Thesis TitlePolitical and Economic Impact of the United Nations Security Council Resolutions on the Mali Conflict
Thesis Director: Dr. Jens Grosser
Plans after graduationAfter graduation, Leeandre will be attending law school.

 

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Pedro Angel Trigueros

Graduation Year: Spring 2021
Majors: Political Science & International Affairs
Thesis TitleAre Terrorist Organizations and Gangs Similar? A Content Analysis of Why People Join Gangs?
Thesis DirectorDr. Na'ama Nagar
Plans after graduationAfter graduation, Pedro will be attending law school.

 

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Elizabeth Barron

Graduation Year: Spring 2021
Major: Psychology
Thesis Title: Is women’s hormonal contraceptive use associated with their self-perceived mate value?
Thesis DirectorDr. Andrea Meltzer
Plans after graduationAfter graduation, Elizabeth will be attending graduate school and pursuing an Experimental/Social Psychology doctoral degree.

 

Noah Bartfield - Spring 2021 Outstanding Senior Scholar

Noah Bartfield

Graduation Year: Spring 2021
Major: Biochemistry
Thesis TitleHydromethylation of Unactivated Olefins
Thesis DirectorDr. James Frederich
Plans after graduationAfter graduation, Noah will be attending Yale University and pursuing a Ph.D in Chemistry.

 

Lexi Boynes - Spring 2021 Outstanding Senior Scholar

Lexi Boynes

Graduation Year: Spring 2021
Major: Public Relations
Thesis Title: A Modernized Studio System
Thesis DirectorDr. Patrick Merle
Plans after graduationAfter graduation, Lexi will be attending law school.

 

Simone Burgin - Spring 2021 Outstanding Senior Scholar

Simone Burgin

Graduation Year: Spring 2021
Majors: International Relations, French, & Spanish 
Thesis TitleA The Prison, the Prophet, and the People: [In]Justice in Senegal
Thesis DirectorDr. Joseph Hellweg
Plans after graduationAfter graduation, Simone will be participating in a service-led gap year.

 

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Emily Cope

Graduation Year: Spring 2021
Majors: Chemistry & German 
Thesis TitleImaging Lead Halide Perovskites by Scanning Tunneling Microscopy
Thesis DirectorDr. Lea Nienhaus
Plans after graduationAfter graduation, Emily will be participating in an internship opportunity.

 

Jacob Cyrus Spring 2021 Outstanding Senior Scholar

Jacob Cyrus

Graduation Year: Spring 2021
Majors: International Affairs and Russian
Thesis Title: The Dangers of Putinist Foreign Policy on the US and How to Solve the US’ "Russia Problem"
Thesis DirectorDr. Lisa Ryoko Wakamiya
Plans after graduationAfter graduation, Jacob will be employed as an Air Force Officer.

 

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Wendy Diaz

Graduation Year: Spring 2021
Majors: Political Science & Psychology 
Thesis Title: Second Generation Terrorism - A Phenomenon
Thesis DirectorDr. Audrey Heffron-Casserleigh
Plans after graduationAfter graduation, Wendy will be enrolled in graduate school at Florida State University pursuing a Masters of Public Administration.

 

Daniel Emanuel - Spring 2021 Outstanding Senior Scholar

Daniel Emanuel

Graduation Year: Spring 2021
Majors: Biology & Psychology
Thesis TitleSafety Behaviors in Generalized Anxiety Disorder: Effects on Symptom Severity and Treatment Outcome
Thesis DirectorDr. Jesse Cougle
Plans after graduationAfter graduation, Daniel will be pursuing full-time employment.

 

Giovanna Garcia - Spring 2021 Outstanding Senior Scholar

Giovanna Garcia

Graduation Year: Spring 2021
Majors: International Affairs & Political Science
Thesis Title: Far-Right Fever: Examining the Electoral Rise of Brazil and Hungary's Populist Radical Right
Thesis DirectorDr. Amanda Driscoll
Plans after graduationAfter graduation, Giovanna will be participating in an English Teaching Abroad program.

 

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Stephanie Gonzalez

Graduation Year: Spring 2021
Major: Psychology
Thesis Title: The Effects of Intolerance of Uncertainty on Virtual Suicide Behavior
Thesis DirectorDr. Jessica Ribeiro
Plans after graduationAfter graduation, Stephanie will be participating in an internship opportunity.

 

Aaron Harris - Spring 2021 Outstanding Senior Scholar

Aaron Harris

Graduation Year: Spring 2021
Major: Exercise Physiology
Thesis TitleRelationship between dietary intake, diet quality, and biomarkers of health and performance in collegiate cross country runners
Thesis DirectorDr. Stephen Hennigar
Plans after graduationAfter graduation, Aaron will be pursuing full-time employment.

 

Matthew Harris - Spring 2021 Outstanding Senior Scholar

Matthew Harris

Graduation Year: Spring 2021
Majors: Finance & Marketing
Thesis Title: Political Marketing in Florida’s Capital: How Advocacy Groups and Corporate Lobbyists Employ Marketing Theories
Thesis DirectorDr. Luke Hopkins
Plans after graduationAfter graduation, Matthew will be pursuing a fellowship opportunity.

 

Nicholas Hearing - Spring 2021 Outstanding Senior Scholar

Nick Hearing

Graduation Year: Spring 2021
Majors: International Affairs & Economics
Thesis Title: China's Evolving Non-Intervention Policy and Expanding Role in Conflict Mediation Abroad
Thesis DirectorDr. Amanda Driscoll
Plans after graduationAfter graduation, Nick will be pursuing a graduate degree in International Affairs Policy and Analysis.

 

Jessica Jarnagin - Spring 2021 Outstanding Senior Scholar

Jessica Jarnagin

Graduation Year: Spring 2021
Major: Biological Science
Thesis TitleInvestigating the Role of Gankyrin in Breast Cancer and its Potential as a Novel Therapeutic Target
Thesis DirectorDr. Antonia Nemec
Plans after graduationAfter graduation, Jessica will be enrolled in a combined MD/Ph.D program.

 

Alexis Kidd - Spring 2021 Outstanding Senior Scholar

Alexis Kidd

Graduation Year: Spring 2021
Majors: Biological Science & Spanish
Thesis Title: The Bilingual Brain: Investigating the Impact of Codeswitching
Thesis DirectorDr. Gretchen Sunderman
Plans after graduationAfter graduation, Alexis will be attending veterinary school.

 

Kristina Lynch - Spring 2021 Outstanding Senior Scholar

Kristina Lynch

Graduation Year: Spring 2021
Major: Biological Science
Thesis Title: Stem cells for cartilage repair: A comparison between mesenchymal stem cells and induced pluripotent stem cells
Thesis DirectorDr. David Gilbert
Plans after graduationAfter graduation, Kristina will be enrolled at Florida State University pursuing a graduate degree Exercise Physiology.

 

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Emma Lyon

Graduation Year: Spring 2021
Majors: Theatre & Psychology
Thesis TitleAn Investigation into Brecht and Brechtian Theatre: What 21st-Century Theatre-Makers can Learn from Science-Based Analysis
Thesis DirectorDr. Mary Karen Dahl
Plans after graduationAfter graduation, Emma will be pursuing a career in acting.

 

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Joseph Masotti

Graduation Year: Spring 2021
Majors: Philosophy & Psychology
Thesis TitleFree Will and Tourette Syndrome
Thesis DirectorDr. Alfred Mele
Plans after graduationAfter graduation, Joseph will be enrolled in the PhD of Philosophy program at Florida State University.

 

Molly McQueeney - Spring 2021 Outstanding Senior Scholar

Molly McQueeney

Graduation Year: Spring 2021
Majors: Economics & Social Work 
Thesis TitleIntegration of Refugees into the Labor Market
Thesis DirectorDr. Javier Cano-Urbina
Plans after graduationAfter graduation, Molly will be pursuing a graduate degree in Development Economics.

 

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Emma Metzler

Graduation Year: Spring 2021
Major: Communication Science and Disorders
Thesis TitleStudent Self Efficacy and Training Modules
Thesis DirectorDr. Richard Morris
Plans after graduationAfter graduation, Emma will be pursuing a master's degree in Speech Pathology.

 

Adrian Othon - Spring 2021 Outstanding Senior Scholar

Adrian Othon

Graduation Year: Spring 2021
Major: Exercise Physiology
Thesis Title: Circulating Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF) and Cortisol in Response to Three-Day Ultra-Endurance Racing
Thesis DirectorDr. Michael Ormsbee
Plans after graduationAfter graduation, Adrian will be participating in an internship opportunity.

 

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Tetiana Panina

Graduation Year: Spring 2021
MajorRussian
Thesis TitleRussian Orthodox Geopolitics: The "Russian World" and the Russian Orthodox Church in Ukraine
Thesis DirectorDr. Robert Romanchuk
Plans after graduationI will be working as an office of the United States Air Force, and pursue a degrees in Computer Science and Psychology.

 

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Garrett Peters

Graduation Year: Spring 2021
MajorPhilosophy and Religion
Thesis Title: St. Thomas Aquinas on Predestination: A Philosophical Examination
Thesis Director: Dr. John Schwenkler
Plans after graduationAttend graduate school, studying theology.

 

Chaston Pfingston - Spring 2021 Outstanding Senior Scholar

Chaston Pfingston

Graduation Year: Spring 2021
Major: Political Science
Thesis TitleThe Backpack and the Ballot: How Collegiate Civics Education Impacts Voter Participation
Thesis DirectorDr. Douglas Ahler
Plans after graduationAfter graduation, Chaston will be pursuing a graduate degree in Public Policy.

 

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Christina Portuallo

Graduation Year: Spring 2021
Majors: History & Classical Civilizations
Thesis Title: Daily Life and Conditions at Lowell Correctional Institution from 1956 to Today
Thesis DirectorDr. Paul Renfro
Plans after graduationAfter graduation, Christina will be pursuing a law degree.

 

Suzanne Raybuck - Spring 2021 Outstanding Senior Scholar

Suzanne Raybuck

Graduation Year: Spring 2021
Majors: Information Technology & English - Editing, Writing, and Media
Thesis TitleDungeons and Dragons and Developers: An Autoethnographic Study on the Composition and Unique Features of Webcomics as a Storytelling Medium Through a High Fantasy Narrative
Thesis DirectorDr. Michael Neal
Plans after graduation: After graduation, Suzanne will be pursuing full-time employment.

 

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Heidi Salihovic

Graduation Year: Spring 2021
Majors: Computational Biology & Computational Science
Thesis TitleIdentification of Maize Transposable Element Families that Exhibit Tissue-Specific Variation in Chromatin Structure
Thesis DirectorDr. Hank W. Bass
Plans after graduationAfter graduation, Heidi will be pursuing full-time employment in bioinformatics.

 

Jessica Short - Spring 2021 Outstanding Senior Scholar

Jessica Short

Graduation Year: Spring 2021
Majors: Psychology & Sociology
Thesis TitleWomen’s STEM Success in Biomedical Science Graduate Programs: An Exploratory Study
Thesis DirectorDr. Irene Padavic
Plans after graduationAfter graduation, Jessica will be pursuing a doctoral degree in Sociology.

 

Carolyn Sizemore - Spring 2021 Outstanding Senior Scholar

Carolyn Sizemore

Graduation Year: Spring 2021
Major: English
Thesis TitleHidden in Plain Sight: Activism and Materiality in the Tallahassee Zine Community
Thesis DirectorDr. Michael Neal
Plans after graduationAfter graduation, Carolyn will be pursuing full-time employment.

 

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Corinne Smith

Graduation Year: Spring 2021
Major: Psychology
Thesis TitleOxytocin-Paired Mechanosensory Stimulation and Behavior in the Mouse Neonate
Thesis Director: Dr. Elizabeth Hammock
Plans after graduationAfter graduation, Corinne will be employed as a research assistant.

 

Patrick Tydir- Spring 2021 Outstanding Senior Scholar

Patrick Tydir

Graduation Year: Spring 2021
Major: Economics
Thesis TitleThe Effect of Public Renewable Energy Spending on Economic Growth in the EU
Thesis DirectorDr. Onsurang Norrbin
Plans after graduationAfter graduation, Patrick will be pursuing a doctoral degree in Economics.

 

Sara Uribe - Spring 2021 Outstanding Senior Scholar

Sara Uribe

Graduation Year: Spring 2021
Majors: Criminology & Psychology
Thesis Title: Crime: A Family Affair
Thesis DirectorDr. Sonja Siennick
Plans after graduationAfter graduation, Sara will be enrolled at Florida State University pursuing a masters degree in Criminology.

 

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Morgan Wegner

Graduation Year: Spring 2021
MajorStudio Art
Thesis TitleA Slice of Life: A Study of self portraiture through inflatable sculpture
Thesis DirectorDr. Lilian Garcia-Roig
Plans after graduationMorgan will be completing a gap year to study and prepare for future educational opportunities.

 

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Liam Wirsansky

Graduation Year: Spring 2021
Majors: Theatre & Information, Communication, and Technology
Thesis TitleWork For a Living: Examining the Effects of Dystopian Fictions Through a Dialectical Consideration on the Dynamic Presupposition of the Dependency of Labor in Capitalism
Thesis DirectorDr. Kris Salata
Plans after graduationAfter graduation, Liam will be pursuing a graduate degree in Library Sciences.

 

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Chandler Wright

Graduation Year: Spring 2021
MajorBiological Sciences
Thesis TitleCoded in Colors: Morphological Differentiations Associated with Color Variety Suggests Further Speciation of Leptogorgia Virgulata
Thesis DirectorDr. Don Levitan
Plans after graduationContributing to marine research and then pursuing a graduate degree in Marine Biology.

Fall 2020

Logan Bell - Fall 2020 Outstanding Senior Scholar
LOGAN BELL

Graduation Year: Fall 2020
Major: Clinical Professions - B.S.
Thesis Title: The Relationship Between Spelling and Reading in Adults 
Thesis Director
Dr. Donald L. Compton, Professor of Psychology
Plans after graduation: Pursue research in the neuroscience field during my gap year and then decide whether to pursue a Ph.D. or other graduate degree.

READ MORE ABOUT LOGAN BELL

Brittany King - Fall 2020 Outstanding Senior Scholar

BRITTANY KING

Graduation Year: Fall 2020
Major: Psychology
Thesis Title: Examining Psychopathic Traits and Physiological Indicators of Emotion Regulation 
Thesis Director
Dr. Christopher Patrick, Professor of Clinical Psychology
Plans after graduation: I plan to take a gap year (or two) and then apply to Ph.D.programs in clinical psychology.

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Alexandria Tolbert - Fall 2020 Outstanding Senior Scholar

ALEXANDRIA TOLBERT

Graduation Year: Fall 2020
Major: Political Science, B.A.
Thesis Title: The Political and Public Health Implications of Prenatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders 
Thesis Director:
Dr. William Weissert, Professor of Political Science
Plans after Graduation: I have been accepted into medical school and will matriculate in 2021.

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