This issue showcases the remarkable work of yet another talented cohort of current and recently graduated FSU students. Vol. 11 No. 2 features five articles and one research-based creative work spanning a wide array of topics. The rich disciplinary diversity represented in this issue reflects the flourishing research community at FSU, which includes undergraduate student researchers from a wealth of different departments and majors. Biology, chemistry, clinical and health psychology, literature, and creative historical analysis are all represented. This variety continues The Owl’s tradition of showcasing student work from a multitude of disciplines in each issue.
Everyday Life in a PandemicVol. 11 No. 1 (2020)
As a fervent researcher, I have come to see and acknowledge the magic of research in my everyday life; when you research, you not only discover fascinating details surrounding your area of study, but you also discover fascinating details about your own capacity, about your heart, about your mind.
I see myself as a nervous and uncoordinated Sophomore, excited to learn about research through FSU’s Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program, an opportunity that, though cliche, changed the path of my life immensely. Here I am, two years later, the Editor-in-Chief of my university’s research journal, conducting exciting research with an esteemed professor, teaching young students about the benefits of research, and working with an incredible team of research enthusiasts to produce a beautiful edition of The Owl. Life is good.
On that note, I, my associate editors, and Dr. Owlivia Hoot, P.h.D., hope that you devour this seventh edition of our journal. The articles that span these pages are the direct result of the undergraduate research culture that is so prevalent and so powerful here at Florida State, and we are happy to publish such inspiring and knowledgeable work by such inspiring and knowledgeable students.
Cheers to Florida State, cheers to passionate undergraduate researchers, cheers to great opportunity, and cheers to us - the future of research and the future of Florida State.
In Vires, Artes, Mortes,
The Best of The OwlVol. 6 No. 1 (2016)
With delight, we present to you the sixth annual edition of The Owl, the Florida State University undergraduate research journal. This issue, published in honor of our sixth anniversary as a publication on campus, showcases the diverse endeavors embarked on by our current and former undergraduate classes and is consequently themed, “The Best of The Owl.”
From current explorations of genome engineering in biology and examinations of biological sex characteristics in anthropology to former research in fields such as communication disorders, the diversity amongst the works published exemplify the excellence of our undergraduates. We are immensely satisfied to continue publishing student ventures and promote interdisciplinary discussions on campus, both within and outside of the classroom.
Florida State’s position as a top-tier research university extends to the undergraduate class and is embodied within the continued publication of this journal. With the support of the Student Council for Undergraduate Research and Creativity and our continued partnership with the Center for Undergraduate Research and Academic Engagement, we aim to expand the range of opportunities for students to explore research throughout all stages of their undergraduate careers. It is our hope that the works presented within this publication will inspire you to explore your own intellectual and scholastic opportunities for engagement in all aspects of life.
In Vires, Artes, Mores,
Editor in Chief
With pride, we give you the fifth annual issue of The Owl, Florida State
University’s undergraduate research journal. In this issue, we are honored
to present an astounding selection of interesting and diverse research
endeavors that the undergraduate students at Florida State have undertaken.
Our mission is to share the finest undergraduate research with other
undergraduates at Florida State and the general public, to embrace the
strength of our research-driven university.
With this volume we examine a multitude of issues, from exploration of the
conflict in Northern Ireland to the historical significance of Horace Greely
to the diversity of dietary habits in West African immigrants. We highlight
in this issue our diversity as a university, featuring five articles from five
different departments at Florida State. Intermixing local and national issues
with groundbreaking research in each field allows us to embrace powerful
knowledge that also functions on a practical level. We are thrilled to uphold
Florida State’s long history of excellence with top-tier research completed by undergraduates. We continue to uphold our commitment to undergraduate research, increasing our audience and increasing the range of support to include expansive funding for stellar undergraduates to share their research through travel to conferences.
This year, as we enter our fifth year at Florida State, we embraced new
challenges and improved our reach more than ever.
This year saw the first ever workshop hosted by The Owl, in conjunction
with the Student Council for Undergraduate Research and Creativity
Research Ambassadors. This year, we also increased our cooperation
with the FSU Libraries to launch our new website, theowl.fsu.edu. We are
extremely excited to continue working with the FSU Libraries to publish
more content electronically in conjunction with our yearly print edition.
In Vires, Artes, Mores,
Letter From The Editor
Dear Reader, With pride we give you the fourth annual issue of The Owl, Florida State University’s premier undergraduate research journal! In this issue we are honored to present to you an array of interesting and diverse research endeavors that our current undergraduate class has embarked on. Our mission continues to be to share the finest undergraduate research with the general public and to embrace the strength of our research-driven university. With this issue we examine a multitude of fronts, from exploration of lobster to the historical musing of raves to the creative artwork from featured authors. We highlight in this issue our diversity as a university as well as the popular culture influences on our research interests, including topics such as The Bill Cosby Show. Intermixing popular culture with the critical idea of our fields allows us to embrace powerful knowledge that also functions on a practical level. We are thrilled to uphold Florida State’s long history with top-tier research, and expand this research emphasis to include our undergraduate class. We continue to uphold our commitment to undergraduate research, increasing our audience and increasing the range of support to include expansive funding for stellar undergraduates to share their research through travel to conferences. Our newly added Fall edition of The Owl to be published online represents a step of commitment to working with a sole department to increase undergraduate research production. We continue to strive for the increased magnitude of undergraduate research at this university, and aim with high hopes to further these advances in our future years. We hope to inspire future researchers—faculty, graduates, and undergraduates— with this 2014 edition of The Owl. Please enjoy and share the pride that we have for our undergraduate researchers at Florida State University.
In Vires, Artes, Mores,
Design and Creative Director
Letter from the Editor
We are so excited to bring to you the first annual fall special edition of The Owl. Since The Owl’s inauguration in 2010, we have been able to showcase stellar undergraduate research through the publications of the spring Owl annually, and have continued to expand our standing at the Florida State University as both a prestigious publication for undergraduate research as well as a representation of the interdisciplinary exchange of ideas that is up to the standards of our research I university. We are thrilled to share more undergraduate research with you this fall, and have high hopes that the fall special edition that showcases the International Affairs department and their stellar research endeavors will exceed your expectations of what The Owl has become known for; a representation of the future stars and academics of the undergraduate class and what our university stands for—Vires, Artes, and Mores.
In this annual special edition, published exclusively online, you will find a collection of essays that represent the research that the seniors in the International Affairs department have embarked on. We hope to demonstrate the research strengths of our departments at Florida State University every fall semester with this publication, and allow an opportunity for our individual departments stand out for what they have become best known for. Open these pages with a desire to delve into the field showcased, and we hope that you come away with a better understanding and appreciation for the undergraduate academic realm that is represented by our International Affairs department. As we have, I invite you personally to enjoy the first annual fall special edition of The Owl.
In Vires, Artes, Mores,