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 a research or creative project.

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


Spring 2022

Outstanding Senior Scholars Program 

"Mackenzie Barakat, Outstanding Senior Scholar Spring 2022"

MACKENZIE BARAKAT

Graduation Year: Spring 2022
Major: Biological Science
Thesis Title: Structure-Guided Engineering of AceCas9 to Relax the PAM Requirement
Thesis Director: Dr. Hong Li
Plans after graduation: Mackenzie will be taking a gap year.

"Lindsay Bolton, Spring 2022 Outstanding Senior Scholar"

LINDSAY BOLTON

Graduation Year: Spring 2022
Major: Psychology
Thesis TitleMSCR Common Data Elements Analysis: Traumatic Brain Injury and Willingness to Attend Therapy
Thesis Director: Dr. Thomas Joiner
Plans after graduationLindsay plans to attend either graduate school in Clinical or Counseling Psychology or may take a gap year.

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JACE COOKSON

Graduation Year: Spring 2022
Major: History
Thesis Title: The Night Watches: Dreams, Oneiromancy and Early Mormonism
Thesis DirectorDr. Katherine Mooney
Plans after graduationJace plans to take a gap year working for the National Parks Service and apply to Ph.D. programs in American History.

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SCOTT DIBBS

Graduation Year: Spring 2022
Major: History
Thesis TitleLetters to Red: War Correspondence in Thomasville, Georgia
Thesis DirectorDr. G. Kurt Piehler
Plans after graduationScott will teach high school history.

"Jessica Dixon, Spring 2022 Outstanding Senior Scholar"

JESSICA DIXON

Graduation Year: Spring 2022
Major: Cell and Molecular Neuroscience
Thesis TitleSpatial disorientation and Alzheimer's disease: The relationship between task-induced activation profiles in the brain's navigational system and reorientation deficits in the 3xTg-AD mouse model of tau and Amyloid Beta Aggregation
Thesis DirectorDr. Aaron Wilber
Plans after graduationJessica will attend the Harvard University Program in Neuroscience. She is also an National Science Foundation Fellow.

"Julia Eazer, Spring 2022 Outstanding Senior Scholar"

JULIA EAZER

Graduation Year: Spring 2022
Major: Interdisciplinary Medical Sciences
Thesis TitleThe Effects of Muscular Stretch Training on Vasculature in the Proximal Tibial Metaphysis
Thesis DirectorDr. Judy Delp
Plans after graduationJulia will work as a medical assistant while applying to medical school.

"Alanna Felton, Spring 2022 Outstanding Senior Scholar"

ALANNA FELTON

Graduation Year: Spring 2022
Major: Creative Writing
Thesis TitleShe is Not Your Cautionary Tale: Stories of Magical and Monstrous Girls
Thesis DirectorDr. Ravi Howard
Plans after graduationAlanna plans to take the Teach English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) certificate course at FSU and hopes to teach English abroad. During the summer of 2022, she will also intern with the non-profit, Progress Florida, creating communications for their Reproductive Rights Project.

"Leanna Gharbaoui, Spring 2022 Outstanding Senior Scholar"

LEANNA GHARBAOUI

Graduation Year: Spring 2022
Major: Biochemistry
Thesis TitleProgress Toward the Syntheses of Morphine and Minfiensine
Thesis DirectorDr. Joel Smith
Plans after graduationLeanna plans to attend the Yale University Chemistry Ph.D. Program.

"Mikayla Health, Spring 2022 Outstanding Senior Scholar"

MIKAYLA HEATH

Graduation Year: Spring 2022
Major: Family & Child Sciences
Thesis Title: The Interpretation of Expectation: A Cultural View of Generational Improvement
Thesis DirectorDr. Joseph Grzywacz
Plans after graduationMikayla plans to take a gap year. She will also be working for the State of Florida and the Department of Children and Families. She will apply to graduate school in December 2022 to pursue a Ph.D. and hopes to become a professor.

"Kylee Hillman, Spring 2022 Outstanding Senior Scholar"

KYLEE HILLMAN

Graduation Year: Spring 2022
Major: Biological Science
Thesis TitleInvestigating factors promoting speciation through comparing frog hybrid zones
Thesis DirectorDr. Emily Lemmon
Plans after graduationKylee plans to work as a research scientist at Danforth Plant Science Center, then later apply to graduate school.

"Madelyn Johnson, Spring 2022 Outstanding Senior Scholar"

MADELYN JOHNSON

Graduation Year: Spring 2022
Major: Middle Eastern Studies
Thesis TitleJordan as a Backscratching Refugee Rentier State: Content Analysis of King Abdullah II's Remarks
Thesis DirectorDr. Zafer Lababidi
Plans after graduationMadelyn is planning to work in a field related to refugee advocacy or international development policy.

"Sneha Kapil, Spring 2022 Outstanding Senior Scholar"

SNEHA KAPIL

Graduation Year: Spring 2022
Major: Biochemistry
Thesis TitleA Novel Genetic Platform: Building Genetically Heterogeneous Colon Tumors in Drosophila
Thesis DirectorDr. Brian Miller
Plans after graduationSneha plans to attend the University of Florida's College of Medicine.

"Ni'A Landon, Spring 2022 Outstanding Senior Scholar"

NI'A LANDON

Graduation Year: Spring 2022
Major: Public Relations
Thesis Title: Where do we go from here: The social and cultural power of Black Twitter in 2020
Thesis DirectorDr. Arienne Ferchaud
Plans after graduationNi'A will be working as a Social Strategy Resident at Wieden+Kennedy in New York City, working on the Kraft Heinz account.

"Trystan Loustau, Spring 2022 Outstanding Senior Scholar"

TRYSTAN LOUSTAU

Graduation Year: Spring 2022
Major: Psychology 
Thesis TitleBehavioral Immune System Activation and Prosocial Aggression in the Time of COVID-19
Thesis DirectorDr. Jon Maner
Plans after graduationTrystan will attend Boston College to earn a Ph.D. in Social Psychology. She is a National Science Foundation Fellow.

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JOHN LYSTAD

Graduation Year: Spring 2022
Major: International Affairs
Thesis Title: Vanguards of Terror: The Strategic and Tactical Orientation and Cohesion of the Islamic State Insurgency 1999-2019
Thesis DirectorDr. Na'ama Nagar
Plans after graduationJohn will enlist in the U.S. Army as an Infantryman.

"Nicholas Maykut, Spring 2022 Outstanding Senior Scholar"

NICHOLAS MAYKUT

Graduation Year: Spring 2022
Major: Biochemistry
Thesis TitleThe Use of Cannabid Oil in the Treatment of Metabolic Disorders
Thesis DirectorDr. Scott Stagg
Plans after graduationNicholas will take a gap year to work as a Clinical Medical Assistant.

"Emily McGinn, Spring 2022 Outstanding Senior Scholar"

EMILY McGINN

Graduation Year: Spring 2022
Major: Religion
Thesis TitleThe Split Over LGBTQ Equality: The Local Church as a Source of Social Change in United Methodism
Thesis DirectorDr. Sonia Hazard
Plans after graduationEmily plans to attend Emory University to earn her Master of Divinity degree.

"Addy Merced, Spring 2022 Outstanding Senior Scholar"

ADDY MERCED

Graduation Year: Spring 2022
Major: Sociology
Thesis TitleLil Nas X's "Montero": The Impact of Catholic School Perspectives of Deviance
Thesis DirectorDr. Lisa Munson
Plans after graduationAddy plans to attend FSU's Social Work and Criminology Joint Pathway Program.

"Graham O'Donnell, Spring 2022 Outstanding Senior Scholar"

GRAHAM O'DONNELL

Graduation Year: Spring 2022
Major: Physics
Thesis TitleMachine Learning Methods for Nuclear Physics Calculations
Thesis DirectorDr. Jorge Piekarewicz
Plans after graduationGraham will begin the FSU Ph.D. program in Meteorology.

"Trisha Patel, Spring 2022 Outstanding Senior Scholar"

TRISHA PATEL

Graduation Year: Spring 2022
Major: Public Health
Thesis TitleA Pre-existing Condition? Differences in Healthcare Coverage by Region in the U.S.
Thesis DirectorDr. Benjamin Dowd-Arrow
Plans after graduationTrisha will attend John's Hopkins University to pursue a Master of Science in Public Health with a concentration in Health Policy.

"Jordan Phillips, Spring 2022 Outstanding Senior Scholar"

JORDAN PHILLIPS

Graduation Year: Spring 2022
Major: Instrumental Music Education
Thesis TitleSupplemental Conducting Experience at the Undergraduate Level
Thesis DirectorDr. Alexander Jimenez
Plans after graduationJordan will teach music in the public schools and in the future pursue a Master of Music in Wind Conducting.

"Grace Robbins, Spring 2022 Outstanding Senior Scholar"

GRACE ROBBINS

Graduation Year: Spring 2022
Major: Classical Archaeology
Thesis TitleA Lost Return: Institutional Memory and Repatriation in the Capalbio Hoard Correspondences 
Thesis DirectorDr. Andrea De Giorgi
Plans after graduation: Grace is completing an internship with the Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park in Skagway, Alaska, where she will be working as a Paper Conservation and Museum Intern. During this internship, Grace will be applying for other job opportunities and a Fulbright Scholarship for the following academic year.

"Sergio Salazar, Spring 2022 Outstanding Senior Scholar"

SERGIO SALAZAR 

Graduation Year: Spring 2022
Major: General Linguistics
Thesis TitleRhotics in Costa Rican Spanish: An Acoustic Study
Thesis Director: Dr. Carolina González
Plans after graduationSergio will attend FSU's Master's Program in Hispanic Linguistics.

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DANIEL STONE

Graduation Year: Spring 2022
Major: Biochemistry
Thesis TitleUsing Chelating Azides in SNAP-tagging Live Cells
Thesis DirectorDr. Lai Zhu
Plans after graduationDaniel will attend the University of Texas at Austin's Chemistry Ph.D. Program.

"Samantha Taylor, Spring 2022 Outstanding Senior Scholar"

SAMANTHA TAYLOR

Graduation Year: Spring 2022
Major: Psychology
Thesis TitleBias in the Courtroom: A Study on the Impact of Sexual Orientation in Mock-Trial Outcomes
Thesis DirectorDr. Justin Sevier
Plans after graduation: Samantha will be a circus instructor at Circus Harmony in St. Louis, Missouri, which is an organization that uses circus arts to educate youths and create social change.

"Kiersten Wright, Spring 2022 Outstanding Senior Scholar"

KIERSTEN WRIGHT

Graduation Year: Spring 2022
Major: English, Creative Writing
Thesis TitleSunonoma
Thesis DirectorDr. David Kirby
Plans after graduationKiersten will move to Los Angeles after graduation, where she will work to develop her creative writing, continue her studies in acting, and explore other creative opportunities before returning to school.

Fall 2021

Aryanna Clark, Fall 2021 Outstanding Senior Scholar-Student has long wavy brown hair and is smiling. Sheh is wearing a sleeveless white top with shoulders showing. The background includes different shades of white and gray.

ARYANNA CLARK

Graduation Year: Fall 2021
Major: Media/Communication Studies
Thesis TitleThe Influence of a Model's Apparent Gender on Viewers' Responses to Print Ads: A Social Identity Theory Perspective 
Thesis DirectorDr. Juliann Cortese, School of Communication
Plans after graduationAryanna plans to seek employment with a magazine creative team after graduation.

Rosalind Helsinger, Outstanding Senior Scholar-Fall 2021-Student has medium length brown wavy hair. She is wearing a black turtleneck shirt and glasses. She is smiling and wearing red lipstick.

ROSALIND HELSINGER

Graduation Year: Fall 2021
MajorCreative Writing
Thesis TitleFalse Flesh: Shakespeare and Adultery
Thesis DirectorDr. Terri Bourus, The English Department
Plans after graduationRosalind plans to take a few years off of school to work, save money, and develop her writing before applying to Master of Fine Arts programs in Fiction.

Alexa Scalchunes, Fall 2021 Outstanding Senior Scholar. Student is wearing a black blazer with a white camisole top underneath. Student has shoulder length auburn hair and is smiling. Background of photo is outside with pink and white blurred flowers.

ALEXA SCALCHUNES

Graduation Year: Fall 2021
Major: International Affairs
Thesis Title: Contentious Politics: The Impact of Democratic Freedom on Religious Conflict in Post-Colonial Countries 
Thesis DirectorDr. Matthew Day, Department of Religion
Plans after graduationAlexa plans to work abroad in Spain before enrolling in an International Development graduate program to earn her Master's degree.

Photo of Mariella Soto, Fall 2021 Outstanding Senior Scholar. Mariella has shoulder length dark wavy hair, pulled back with a few fringe pieces on the sides of her face. She is wearing a black blouse, with her arms behind her back, sleeves folled up some. She has small diamond dangle earrings and a small diamond on a necklace. She is smiling.

MARIELLA SOTO

Graduation Year: Fall 2021
MajorBiological Science
Thesis Title: Investigating Strategies to Increase Knock In Efficiency in Human Embryonic Stem Cells Through CRISPR Protein Engineering 
Thesis DirectorDr. Hong Li, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
Plans after graduationMariella will be employed at the San Diego Biomedical Research Institute as a Laboratory Technician.

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MEGAN WRIGHT

Graduation Year: Fall 2021
MajorInstrumental Music Education
Thesis Title: Pre-Service and In-Service Teachers' Perspectives on Assessment in the Secondary Music Classroom
Thesis DirectorDr. Gregory Springer, Music Education Program
Plans after graduationMegan will be working as a Secondary Music Teacher.

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
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

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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.

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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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