The 2020 President's Showcase of Undergraduate Research Excellence

| Thu, 11/19/20

More than 40 Florida State University undergraduate students will present their research virtually at the 2020 President's Showcase of Undergraduate Research Excellence on 5-8 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 19. Twenty undergraduate researchers are from the College of Arts and Sciences. 

Sponsored by the Office of the President and the Center for Undergraduate Research and Academic Engagement (CRE), the Showcase is the culmination of the IDEA Grant summer research experience. At the Showcase, award winners share their research and creative projects through poster and oral presentations.

The College of Arts and Sciences presenters, along with their academic majors, faculty mentors and project titles, are:


Beatrice Dain, International Affairs and Anthropology, Dr. Kurt Piehler, "Working to Save, Working to Resettle: The Role of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society in Refugee Resettlement in Latin America During the 1930s and 1940s."

Biological Sciences

Morgan Hawkins and Benton Jaco, Biological Sciences, Dr. Janie Wulff, "Shifts in Saint Joseph's Bay Trophic Cascade Due to Recent Increases in Compound Ascidian Populations."

Nicole Heim, Biological Sciences, Dr. Nora Underwood, "The Effects of Abnormally Timed Burns in the Apalachicola National Forest on the Frosted Elfin Butterfly"

Sneha Kapil, Biochemistry and Sociology, Dr. Erdem Bangi, "A Novel Genetic Platform: Building Genetically Heterogeneous Colon Tumors in Drosophila"

Chemistry and Biochemistry

Diana Conrad, Chemistry, Dr. Michael Shatruk, "Photoresponsive Coordination Polymers and Metal-Organic Frameworks"

Osman Mahboob, Interdisciplinary Medical Sciences and Health Management and Policy, Dr. Michael Roper, "Measurement of Extracellular ATP Release from Islets of Langerhans Cells using Bioluminescence" 

Classics and Classical Archaeology 

McKenzie Bentley, Chemistry and Interdisciplinary Humanities, Dr. Elizabeth Murphy, "Geochemical Characterizations of Early Modern Ceramics in Southwest Sardinia"

Grace Robbins, Classical Archaeology, Dr. Andrea De Giorgi, "Excavating and Digitizing Archaeological Practices: A Case Study of Cosa 1970 vs. 2020"

Computational Sciences

John Sutor, Erin Murphy and Ava Dodd, Computational Science, Dr. Jonathan Adams, "Synthetic Visual Data Generation and Marine Object Detection: A Case Study"

Environmental Science and Policy

Kayla Broyles, Environmental Science, Dr. Mariana Fuentes, “Pilot Testing of a Multi-Sensor Light Device-Quantifying Lux and Wavelength Data for Sea Turtle Management”

Samantha Politano, Environmental Science and Policy, Dr. Ian MacDonald, “Sponge Communities in Mesophotic Reefs of the Gulf of Mexico Before and After the Deepwater Horizon Oil Discharge”


Amber Hedquist, Literature, Media and Culture, Dr. Tarez Graban, "“Investigating Perceptions of Space Within the Tallahassee Community”

Rosalind Helsinger, Creative Writing, Dr. Terri Bourus, "“False Flesh: Shakespeare and Adultery”


Camden Neese, Statistics, Dr. Xu-Feng Niu and Dr. Washington Mio, “Cracking the Neural Code Underlying Chemosensory Processing”


Celina Meyer, Psychology and Statistics, Dr. Emily Capote and Dr. Julia Sheffler, “Buffering the Effects of Early Adverse Environments on Executive Function”

Modern Languages

Maeghan Kerins, Russian Language and Literature and Political Science, Dr. Nina Efimov, “Violence Against Women in the Soviet Prison System”


Trystan Loustau, Psychology, Dr. Paul Conway, “Not Down With the Sickness: Interpersonal Moral Perceptions in the Time of COVID-19”

To learn more about the 2020 President's Showcase of Undergraduate Research Excellence, click here.