Katie Rolph is a first year student at Florida State University from Wilmington, Delaware. Katie is majoring in dance and has a huge passion for Broadway shows and loves listening to music with friends. Actively involved in the honors program, GGSS and Phi Eta Sigma, Katie says she is incredibly happy to be attending FSU. As a UROP student, Katie is working with her research mentor Dr. Jen Atkins on a project titled American Studies, Dance, and Pop Culture in the Classroom. This has allowed her to form a strong connection between her love for dance and research! When asked about her favorite part of UROP Katie answered, “The UROP program has made it possible for me to take my dance major to a new academic level that I hadn’t yet been able to discover”. She also added that virtual research has taught her a lot of valuable skills such as media usage and virtual connections; a unique aspect to this year’s experience.
Katie recommends that any student interested in applying to participate in UROP should apply! With assurance she says, “You can find a research assistantship in almost any topic you can imagine, so you definitely don’t have to worry about that”. The UROP program has allowed Katie to make new connections within the FSU community while building relationships with professors, students and faculty outside of her primary major as well. Katie says she is most excited for the opportunity to present her research at the Undergraduate Research Symposium that will be held later this Spring semester.
After completing the UROP program, Katie hopes to continue her research journey at FSU. She plans to further her research within dance as it leads her to constant self-discovery through the skills she consistently acquires. All of this has led to Katie’s interest in graduate studies as she hopes to expand her knowledge through interdisciplinary research in the future!