William Zak: Having Patience with the Research Process

Research is a process. This has been my main takeaway from my IDEA Grant experience thus far. I submitted my first research proposal to Florida State’s Institutional Review Board for Human Subjects Research on May 21. Two weeks later, I was assigned several points of modification to both the proposal, as well as the informedContinue reading “William Zak: Having Patience with the Research Process”

Patricia Mehaffy: A Dive into Diradicals

For the past couple months I have been working on my own independent projectdirected toward the synthesis of a unique pattern of graphene. Possible synthetic routesfor this molecular component can be gleaned from either of the following maps whichinclude the formation of a scaffolding of triple bonds which the Alabugin lab is wellversed in usingContinue reading “Patricia Mehaffy: A Dive into Diradicals”

Dylan Psulkowski: Predictive Dynamic Simulation for Meniscal Degradation

Dylan Psulkowski is a 2020 Stephen and Ina McNichols grant winner. His project is titled “Simulating Meniscus Deterioration for Personalized Treatment” and his faculty mentor is Prof. Tarick Dickens in the Department of Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering. During the progress of developing a dynamic running simulation for the deterioration of the meniscus, I have garneredContinue reading “Dylan Psulkowski: Predictive Dynamic Simulation for Meniscal Degradation”

Samantha Politano: Analyzing Potential Impact of Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill on Sponge Communities

Samantha Politano is a 2020 Stephen and Ina McNichols grant winner who is majoring in Environmental Science and Policy. Her project is tentatively titled “Sponge communities in mesophotic reefs of the Gulf of Mexico before and after the Deepwater Horizon oil discharge”. Samantha’s faculty mentor is Prof. Ian MacDonald in the Department of Earth, Ocean,Continue reading “Samantha Politano: Analyzing Potential Impact of Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill on Sponge Communities”

Trystan Loustau: Moral Self-Injury and Virtual Suicidal Behavior

Trystan Loustau is a 2020 Stephen and Ina McNichols grant winner who is majoring in Pyschology. Her IDEA Grant project is tentatively titled “Moral Self-Injury and Virtual Suicidal Behavior”. Trystan’s faculty mentor is Prof. Paul Conway in the Department of Psychology. ­­­­My IDEA Grant Project aims to investigate how people’s moral minds are operating duringContinue reading “Trystan Loustau: Moral Self-Injury and Virtual Suicidal Behavior”

Rachel Corry: Food for Thought Project Update

Rachel Corry is a rising senior majoring in Communication and Public Relations and a 2020 IDEA Grant recipient. Rachel’s faculty mentor is Prof. Patrick Merle in the College of Communication and Information. My project focuses on determining the most efficient communication methods that local organic farms can implement to improve outside perceptions. I will interviewContinue reading “Rachel Corry: Food for Thought Project Update”

Cole Hancock: Traditional Craft and the Human Impact on Natural Spaces

Cole Hancock a rising senior in Studio Art and is the recipient of the 2020 Robert and Mary Frappier Undergraduate Research Award. Cole’s faculty mentor is Prof. Denise Bookwalter in the Department of Art.  As an artist, I wanted to explore the human relationship with nature via our intersections, using the most prominent of those:Continue reading “Cole Hancock: Traditional Craft and the Human Impact on Natural Spaces”

Nostalgia: Freeman

Myah Freeman (Studio Art-BFA) is a recipient of the 2020 Scott and Ina McNichols Undergraduate Research Award. Her faculty mentor is Prof. Carrie Ann Baade in the Department of Art. Beginning my research, I constructed a family tree to grasp a visual understanding of the extent of my knowledge. Next, I reached out to theContinue reading “Nostalgia: Freeman”

Investigating shifts in Port Saint Joe’s tropic cascade due to recent increases in encrusting Sea Squirt populations

Morgan Hawkins and Benton Jaco received a team IDEA Grant for their summer research project tentatively titled “Starfish mediating Ascadian populations”. Their faculty mentor is Prof. Janie Wulff in the Department of Biological Science. Our project is focused on St. Joseph Bay, we’ve noticed many encrusting tunicates have surrounded seagrass blades and because of thisContinue reading “Investigating shifts in Port Saint Joe’s tropic cascade due to recent increases in encrusting Sea Squirt populations”