Emerge Scholars

Emerge Scholars 2020-2021

Sarah Bliss

Project Description

Dr.’s Jenny Moffitt and Erica Bernheim nominated you for your senior capstone project entitled: "Constructing Women: Ideology and Femininity in Charlotte Bronte, Zora Neal Hurston, Jean Rhys, Octavia Butler, and Margaret Atwood." Dr. Bernheim noted your project encompassed a study of feminist and Marxist literary theory across a range of texts. Dr. Moffitt reflected that your work seeks to uncover the political and socio-cultural systems that determine “femininity” in Victorian England and the ways in which female authors liberate their heroines, and themselves, from those systems. Both noted that your work demonstrates that of a sophisticated scholar.

Andrea Frias

Project Description

Dr. Jason Macrander nominated you for your work examining the impacts of microplastics in the marine environment food web and how microplastics may play a role in reducing overall fitness in intertidal sea anemones as they exhibit a stress response post-consumption and are unable to produce necessary venom to defend themselves from predators. Dr. Macrander noted you started your research freshman year (2018) and since then have presented at multiple research conferences and are currently preparing a manuscript for publication.

“I’m delighted to have her in the lab” and you are “such a positive presence in the lab and scientific community.”

Andrew Paul McIntosh

Project Description

Dr. Theresa MacNeil nominated you for your work examining COVID-19 and the effects on couples during quarantine in relation to gender, conflict, depression and anxiety. Dr. MacNeil noted your work found that transgender individuals are having a harder time during COVID-19 than others and that you analyzed the study using a quantitative repeated measures analysis.

About his work, one professor said, “he is the most prolific student scholar I’ve worked with so far at this school over 9 years.”

Emerge Scholars 2019-2020

Bethany Blevins

Bethany Blevins

Publications

National Association of Professional Development Schools

Project Description

In the summer of 2018, Bethany worked collaboratively with Dr. Lori Rakes and Dr. Rebecca Powell, researching the relationships between cooperating teachers and preservice teachers, the impact the relationships have on their work, and how the cooperating teachers view the role of mentorship. The research question studied was, "How do cooperating teachers view their roles and responsibilities?" She completed a literature review matrix on the topic, and analyzed a large data set, including surveys from preservice teachers and mentor teachers. Using one subset of data from this research, Bethany co-authored and published an article, Using Videos to Strengthen Mentor Teaching in Stories from the Field, a publication of the National Association of Professional Development Schools. In her freshman year in the School of Education, Bethany presented original research on the relationship between home life and school success, and in her junior year, she participated in a research panel presentation on phonics interventions for striving readers.

About her work, one professor said, "Bethany Blevins is an outstanding student, emerging scholar, and citizen. Not only was Bethany involved in collaborative research with faculty, she also engaged across campus in leadership roles. As a member of the Student Government Association, she served as an Education Senator, on the Honor Code Incident Review Board, and as a member of the Sustainability Committee, working to make the campus more environmentally friendly. Her passion for the environment continued as she worked alongside her mentor teacher, Lana Allen at McKeel Academy Central, to plan and execute an environmental club for students in grades 3-5, the Wildcat Wilderness Warriors, during her final internship." 

Zachary Fralish

Zachary Fralish

Confrences

American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Meeting

Project Description

Zachary completed a few projects: he worked with three chemistry faculty on a project to focus on the development of metal organic materials to deliver molecules in the retina. This work involved development of three separate projects that worked synchronously to allow for work towards addressing diseases of the eye, very difficult to deliver drugs. His most significant work is working with Dr. Shelby and Dr. Berend on the development of a material that would allow for the development of material impegnated with with an antibacterial agent that could be slowly released in wounds. This work is leading to a patent. His work won him the Goldwater Scholarship. Additionally he applied for the NSF fellowship, and his work appeared to be well received. Zachary helped to develop a novel antibiotic-eluting hemostatic agent. (A material that's used post surgery to stop bleeding in the wound and we made it to have a controlled release of antibiotics that lasts over 4 weeks). He was able to confirm the concentrations of antibiotics released at each time point, confirm efficacy of the antibiotics after release, and confirmed the ability of the hemostatic agent to swell when combined with the antibiotic. The product he helped to produce has the potential to be utilized during surgery and significantly decrease the rate of infection in patients following surgery.

"Zachary is extremely driven to succeed in and excited by science, without being obsessed. He is diligent, creative and intelligent. He has an intellectual curiosity I have seen in very few students. He has a desire to make the world a better place, but unlike every other student in the science he wants to do it through scientific research and not just as a practitioner."

Sydney Johnson

Sydney Johnson

Project Description

Sydney completed a descriptive study looking at the role peer support plays in the management of college students living with type 1 diabetes. She looked at comparing students in a peer support group with students not in a peer support group. She then looked at comparing students in face-to-face versus online peer support groups. She created an online survey comprised of demographic questions and 2 questionnaires used frequently with individuals with type 1 diabetes. She analyzed her data using SPSS.

As a testement to her success, one professor said, "Sydney created a research project from scratch. She completed a great literature review, compiled an online survey, reached out to many colleges and online support groups to recruit participants. She also learned how to analyze descriptive data using SPSS. She has type 1 diabetes but was able to distance herself from the findings to examine them objectively. She was not able to recruit the number of participants that she wished but this study is a great starting point to complete future research projects."

Hannah Kiester

Hannah Kiester

Project Description

Hannah's work is diverse. Her creative work includes an excellent collection of short stories about a town in Alabama which employs magical realism; her Honor's thesis is literary criticism on Jane Austen; her professional conference presentation was called “To Sea or Not to Sea: The Gendered Inequality of Choice in the Renaissance” and was presented in Fall 2019 at a regional conference.

About her work, one professor said, "Hannah has demonstrated a commitment to scholarship across disciplines; she has a business minor and also interned at the Polk Museum. She has displayed a sincere love of the College and of learning."

Emily Ready

Emily Ready

Project description

Emily had conducted numerous projects. However, her manuscripts for peer-review publication investigated how homonegativity is seen in the workplace and how it can be negatively associated with a company's "brand image." The latter has just been accepted into the North American Journal of Psychology for publication. Outside the above mentioned manuscripts, she has made poster and presentations at the Southeastern Psychological Association, the Florida Summit for Undergraduate Research (where she won an award for her poster), the Council for Undergraduate Research, and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, which is rare for an undergraduate to be accepted to present.

"Emily wants to pursue a doctorate in industrial/organizational psychology in order to create inclusive environments for all members of organizations regardless of race, gender, sexuality, etc. Her work epitomizes the QEP in terms of scientific inquiry and in terms of improving the cultural horizons of businesses and organizations."

Emerge Scholars 2018-2019

Gianna Appolonia

Gianna Appolonia

Conference

The American College Dance Association Southeast Conference

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Gianna created her choreographic work "Vide Noir" during DAN 3663 Choreography III to reflect the vastness of space and the unknown in life. To begin her research she posed questions to the dancers and began forming their responses into movement. Her outside inspiration came from the work of Ohad Naharin and the Batsheva Dance Company and used movement workshopping methods to create choreography that relayed deep meaning and emotional content. To set this tone, Gianna chose not to set the piece to traditional music and instead use a recording of electronic sounds that resemble the wind howling through trees. Through her research, Gianna created a sophisticated and well-designed piece of choreography that not only reflects a mood and tone but also demonstrated how movement alone can communicate ideas, emotions, and aesthetics in a surprising and innovative manner. 

As a tribute to her success, one professor said, "Gianna's created a very strong choreographic work. Her project grew tremendously from the initial proposal to the final performance due to Gianna's research about her topic and creativity using already established and newly created choreographic methods. She has an aptitude for choreography and the research required of dance artists."  
 

Alec Bigness

Alec Bigness

Conference

The American Chemical Society National Meeting

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

During his freshman and sophomore years, Alec worked with professors on computational chemistry.  This work resulted in a peer-reviewed publication in a peer-reviewed journal (Bigness A, Montgomery J. The Design and Optimization of Plasmonic Crystals for Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy Using the Finite Difference Time Domain Method. Materials. 2018;11(5):672. doi:10.3390/ma11050672) and an oral presentations at regional meeting.  Alec has not only conducted research at FSC but was also selected to participate in two REUs: Florida State University (summer 2017) and Toulouse Universite Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, Occitanie, France (summer 2018).  In the spring of his junior year, he joined my research group to develop his honors thesis. Alec wanted to blend his computational experience to optimize metal organic materials (MOMs) with the aim to seek applications on drug delivery.  He has synthesize three new MOMs and is studying theirs stability and will use a model pharmaceutical compound to test the ability of these compounds as drug delivery agents. ± 2.30 in. There was no significant relationship between BF% and VJ (r = -.050) or FMS and VJ (r = -.246). Freshman had lower BF% than returners. Movement quality scores indicate athletes achieved composite scores above injury risk. Vertical jump ability was higher in returners yet both freshmen and returners had lower than recommended reactive power. BF% or movement quality did not correlate with VJ performance.
 
Alec is one of the most talented and creative students I have had the privilege to work with. He is an independent thinker capable of bridging several areas of chemistry and science in general.
Charles Gotsch

Charles Gotsch

Conference

Academy of Business Research Fall Conference

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

The expansion of nontraditional equity investing platforms and peer-to-peer lending platforms has created a financial disruption the private sector’s financial services industry. As the practice and number of platforms continue to expand, so do the associated concerns and reservations about supply-side investor risk, fraud, and money laundering. Charles' research focuses on conceptualizing and scrutinizing online equity crowdfunding and peer-to-peer lending utilizing data about investor perception of risk. His analysis will quantify investor risk  perception about the different conceptual spaces within the business life cycle in addition to the ease of entry and convenience associated with the practices. Also, it explores the current regulatory environment and use the critical application of accounting principles for an  examination of fraud and culpability concerns within online equity crowdfunding and peer-to peer (P2P) lending structures.

Research Questions: 
1. Does the stage of business development lifecycle affect microinvestor perception of risk?  
2. Does ease of access/convenience of nontraditional business investments decrease risk aversion?  
3. Does regulatory oversight have a positive effect on nontraditional business microinvestor risk assessment?  
4. Is there sufficient legal oversight of microinvestor activities? 

As a testament to his success, one professor said, "Charles' work is unique and has leveraged interest from Linkedin Influencers on the topic of micro and peer to peer lending.
 

Anna Griessler

Anna Griessler

Conferences

Southeast American College of Sports Medicine Regional  Conference (SEASCM);
American College of Sports Medicine National Conference (ACSM-National)

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

THEME:  
The Physical and Athletic Performance Characteristics of Division II Collegiate Women Soccer Players.

QUESTIONS:  
1. Is an athlete’s body composition related to her expression of power (i.e. a higher percent of adipose tissue correlates with a lower power output)?  
2. Is an athlete’s movement quality score related to her expression of power (i.e. higher movement quality correlates with a higher power output, etc.)?  

TECHNIQUES:  
1. Body fat percentage (BF%) was measured utilizing air plethysmography and Bioelectrical Impedance.  
2. Vertical jump and reactive power was measured using a Just Jump Mat.  
3. Functional movement screening (FMS) was measured using an FMS kit.  
4. Data was assessed using SPSS software (version 25.0).  

RESULTS:  
Team BF% was 19.99 ± 4.39% with freshman (n=10) BF% recorded at 18.73 ± 5.07% and returners (n=12) at 21.0 ± 3.62%. 95% of the team achieved a 15 or higher composite score on FMS screening. Team VJ was 19.28 ± 2.61in with freshman VJ of 18.56 ± 2.88 measuring lower than returners VJ of 19.88 ± 2.30 in.  There was no significant relationship between BF% and VJ (r = -.050) or FMS and VJ (r = -.246). Freshman had lower BF% than returners.

Anna found that movement quality scores indicate athletes achieved composite scores above injury risk. Vertical jump ability was higher in returners yet both freshmen and returners had lower than recommended reactive power. BF% or movement quality did not correlate with VJ performance. 

As a tribute to her success, one professor said, "Anna is the first student in the Exercise Science Program program to be accepted to the SEACSM regional conference- this is setting a tremendous example for younger majors about the value of research and presenting your work professionally. Over the course of the past two years she has been involved in research projects involving women’s soccer that have resulted in four abstract acceptances for regional, national, and international meetings. She is intellectually curious."  
 

Kenzie Hurley

Kenzie Hurley

RESEARCH

Kenzie worked with the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute (DEOMI) June 2018 on a project to help identify the characteristics of sexual harassment perpetrators. As part of a joint FSC-DEOMI research team, Kenzie helped develop a survey instrument which was administered to FSC students as part of a pilot study. Kenzie was instrumental not only in the creation of that survey instrument, but also in obtaining approval from the military to conduct the research, and with the data analysis and report writing. In fact, Kenzie took the lead in analyzing the data (N = 1,850) that was collected from military members from September – October 2018. Kenzie also helped present the results of the FSC pilot study at both the Southern Criminal Justice Association and the Southeastern Psychology Association annual conferences, and submitted the results for publication at the Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychologists conference. Importantly, Kenzie’s research continued through the Summer of 2019. Kenzie was selected for a prestigious internship through the Office of Naval Research and spent her summer studying sexual harassment issues. Kenzie is now attending the University of West Florida for her graduate studies. 

As a tribute to her success, one professor said, "Kenzie is the most impressive student I have ever worked with in almost 13 years of teaching. She is the epitome of a well-rounded student having an outstanding GPA while serving as the Secretary and, then, the President of Psychology Club. In a short two year period of time she has published in a peer-reviewed journal, presented 18 posters at regional and national conferences, and was selected for a prestigious research internship through the Department of Defense." 

Ann Kast

Ann Kast

Conference

National Association of Professional Development Schools

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Ann's project dealt with how to increase writing proficiency for students with reading difficulties. She developed five different lessons where she used art to develop students writing. The students are in sixth grade at the Roberts Academy. The results showed that the students writing was enriched with descriptive language.  

As a tribute to her success, one professor said "Ann Kast has presented at NAPDS for the past two years. She has also presented at Fiat Lux, in 2018 and her poster, on using graphic novels to increase fluency in reading was displayed in Convo. She is a Southern Ambassador and shows leadership and creativity in everything she does." 

James McKenna

James McKenna

PUBLICATIONS

Jim's work has been featured and published in a number of literary journals, both those aimed at undergraduates and others which accept work from writers at all stages of their careers. 

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Jim has been working with me for a year on generating a manuscript of original poetry partially focused on his own navigations of racial identity and sexual politics. A number of his poems have been accepted or are under consideration by nationally-recognized literary journals, and he has applied to a number of graduate programs to continue this work after his graduation from Florida Southern.

As a tribute to his success, one professor said, "In addition to his personal accomplishments in his own field, Jim has been a tireless ambassador for FSC since his first year on campus. He leads tours, meets with prospective students, assists professors with academic showcases and meetings with interested students and family members, manages the literary magazine (a powerful recruiting tool for students), and will represent the college extremely well as he moves forward with the next phases of his academic and artistic career."