Office of Undergraduate Research
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Kelsey has been a part of UNF since 2013, where she began her Bachelor's degree in special education. In 2014, she changed her major to psychology and began conducting undergraduate research. Kelsey spent the last two years of her undergraduate career engaged in research and writing an honors thesis about sex stereotypes, socioeconomic stereotypes, and child sexual abuse. During that time, she worked in the Office of Undergraduate Research as a Senior Research Fellow before taking over as Coordinator in Summer 2016. She graduated from UNF in Summer 2016 with a Bachelor's of Science in Psychology. Kelsey is currently in the Master's of Education program at UNF.
Kelsey's research interests focus mainly on undergraduate research experiences. In her free time, Kelsey enjoys spending time with her rescue dogs MJ and Chico and her boyfriend and finding food trucks.
Jesse is a Junior at UNF majoring in Astrophysics with a minor in Mathematics. He first started research in the summer of 2015 with a project to optimize the treatment of dental implants with UV radiation. In the Spring 2016, he began working on the NASA high altitude weather balloon project. More recently, he is working on computer modeling of core collapse supernova from population III stars in the early universe. After UNF he plans to attend graduate school for astrophysics.
Jesse is an active member of the Society of Physics Students and the Astronomy club. In his free time Jesse enjoys playing racquetball and spending time with his wife Sandy, son Judah, and daughter Lorelai.
Nutrition and Dietetics
I am a senior in the Nutrition and Dietetics program. I came
to UNF in 2016. I am currently involved in research at UNF and planning to
apply to graduate school here at UNF. I volunteer in the community and teach
nutrition to elementary students. My research interests are in pediatric
nutrition and neuropsychological disorders as well as child and adult obesity.
In my free time I enjoy spending time with my husband and our six year-old son,
Eli. In our free time we enjoy trips to Orlando to visit Disney or Legoland,
reading, writing, building with magnets and Legos, swimming, playing soccer,
and eating popcorn while watching documentaries, Jurassic Park movies, or The
Savannah is a Senior at UNF majoring in
Psychology and minoring in Criminal Justice. She began exploring her research
interests in the Cognitive Psychology Research Lab in December of 2016. She is
still highly involved in this research lab and assists with projects regarding
cognition and memory. Despite her love for researching cognition, memory and
perception, she has conducted a personal research project this past year in the
realm of Social/School Psychology focusing on the school-to-prison pipeline. Through
this, she has learned that she has a passion for understanding social programs
and investigating how to improve communities through policy and program change.
Savannah is planning on pursuing a future in Community Psychology starting with
graduate school in Fall of 2018.
In addition to being involved in the
research community, Savannah enjoys her job as an after school teacher at Duval
Charter Scholars Academy and she spends her spare time binge watching entire
series of dramatic tv shows while eating too much ice cream.
Eden has been a student at UNF since Fall of 2013, where
they began a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, later changing majors to
Interdisciplinary Studies with a Minor in Business Administration. Within the
Interdisciplinary Studies program, Eden has focused on multimedia journalism,
nonprofit management, and ethnomusicology – specifically, electronic dance
music culture (EDMC). It is their nearly lifelong passion for EDMC that jump-started
their interest in research, first showcasing a decades-spanning installation of
flyers and ephemera of EDMC in North Florida, which ran for five weeks at the
Thomas G. Carpenter Library in Spring of 2016. Later, Eden presented
undergraduate research at the 2016 Digital Humanities Initiative, FURC 2017,
and SOARS 2017 relating to communication transitions in EDMC over the past
three decades, and how social media has now dominated the communication landscape.
It is Eden’s goal to educate others on the benefits of
research while continuing to research EDMC’s roots in Florida (an under-studied
topic in a region that once boasted some of the richest culture in America).
They aspire to formally teach others about the cultures and subcultures grounded
in electronic music and the history of its flourishing presence in America and
around the world.
Coastal Environmental Science
Alley is a freshman at UNF majoring in Coastal Environmental Science. She began her research in 2015 studying type 2 diabetes at University of Alabama at Birmingham. In 2016, she joined the University of Florida's research team to study pancreatic cancer. She is currently working with Dr. Gibson researching dolphin behavior. After she graduates from UNF, she plans on attending graduate school for Coastal Environmental Science. She spends her free time with the UNF navigators, playing soccer, going to the beach, and taking spontaneous road trips.
Kaitlyn is a freshman at UNF pursuing a degree in Social Work with hopes to join the Social Work program next fall. After UNF, she plans to attend graduate school here and then become a Licensed Social Worker to work with patients in hospice and palliative care. In the Fall of 2017 she joined our team as the OUR team as an Office Assistant. In her free time, Kaitlyn enjoys binge watching the Office and docu-series, playing with her dogs, listening to music, and going to the beach.
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