Press Release for Tuesday, May 1, 2007

UNF Student Presents Terrorism Research on Capitol Hill

Contact: Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2102

Vanessa Teixeira, a University of North Florida psychology major, presented her research on suicide terrorism last week on Capitol Hill as part of Posters on the Hill, sponsored by The Council on Undergraduate Research. She was among nearly 80 undergraduate students from across the nation chosen to present the results of their independent research in science, math and humanities.

Students participating in the Posters on the Hill event were competitively selected from approximately 400 applicants. Their research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, NASA and several other federal, state and private agencies.

“I believe Vanessa was selected because of her outstanding work, the relevance of the topic and her methodological and theoretical approach,” said Dr. Dominik Guess, assistant professor in psychology at UNF.

Teixeira, a UNF junior, was born in Brazil and enjoys traveling, reading, studying and doing research. The 21 year old conducted research in Japan during spring break and will be conducing research in Brazil this summer under the supervision of Guess.

“I am interested in terrorism because I wanted to educate myself in something where I could make a difference,” she said. “I plan on taking the amazing education I have received at UNF and apply it to graduate school and other places in my life.”