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Undergraduates Impress at Annual Research Showcase

Three undergraduates from the college have been recognized for their outstanding advanced research in the annual President’s Showcase of Undergraduate Research Excellence, held September 28, 2015, at the university’s Turnbull Center.

GABRIELA FULGINITI is in her senior year pursuing a dual degree in Studio Art and International Affairs, with a minor in Entrepreneurship. She worked with Professor Holly Hanessian on an artistic research project in 3D ceramic printing through the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP). She received the Ranck International Study Award to spend seven weeks immersed in Hindi study. Her research project in summer 2015 was born out of two previous trips to India, where she was a volunteer teaching English. After graduation, she plans to teach English abroad for a few years before getting her masters degree in International Education. Her research presentation is “Art and English Learning in Perception and Practice: Case Study in Rural India.”

DANIEL HUBBARD is a student-veteran majoring in Psychology and Sociology. Upon entering Florida State University, he enrolled in the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) and has since participated in several research endeavors involving veterans or active duty personnel. Daniel will continue this research as a part of his honors thesis. After graduation, he hopes to continue working with veterans in other capacities as he enters his graduate education. Daniel’s presentation is on “Number of Deployments and the Interpersonal Theory of Suicide.”

LJUBICA NIKOLIC is an International Affairs student who is passionate about development and women’s rights.Through Global Peace Exchange, she has volunteered in Ghana for the past two summers. Last year, Ljubica, along with two other FSU students, helped develop a women’s merchandise business called Compassionate Women. With the help of her supervisor, Dr. John Mayo, and her co-researcher
Melissa Magalhaes, this summer’s project focused on working with the women in Tafi Atome, Ghana, to document and develop the women’s skill sets. After graduation Ljubica is hoping to pursue a master’s degree in International Development. Ljubica presented “Skillset of Women in Tafi Atome, Ghana.”

Sponsored by the Center for Undergraduate Research and Academic Engagement, the President’s Showcase serves as the culmination of the Summer Research Award experience. Find out more about this program and other research opportunities at this link.