Joanne is a fourth-year student at the University of Central Florida. She is pursuing a double major in biomedical sciences and health sciences pre-clinical. Coursework helped her discover her love for the biological sciences. She spends time conducting immunology research at the Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences where she studies the generation and function of CD4 T cells. Enthusiastic about the challenging yet rewarding aspects the research community offers she hopes to continue this path by pursuing a Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences or Immunology. She truly values education and academic rigor and she looks forward to more of it in her future.
Jose Urcia is a junior at the University of Central Florida, majoring in aerospace engineering. He is a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) who regularly participates in events and projects. The latest project conducted with AIAA was the designing and building of a model rocket. Apart from school and organizations, he is also investing a moderate amount of his own private time to his own private project with other engineering majors. This project is an extension of the model rocket. They are designing a second stage rocket in which he designs the engines for said rocket.
His current research involves the development of an anisotropic yield criterion. He hopes this research will lead him to a promising future that will allow him to go to graduate school, for either mechanical or aerospace engineering. His main professional interest is the development of commercial space travel or deep space exploration. However, he first wants to develop and enhance his experience in the field by taking on multiple internships for the next year or two, while working towards his master's program.
Alexandra Valerio is a senior in the College of Arts and Humanities. She is pursuing a major in writing & rhetoric ,with a minor in technical communication. Throughout her undergraduate career she has explored writing in several ways, but connects most deeply to writing through her various roles as a tutor, editor, and researcher. She works at the University Writing Center as a writing consultant, and is a student editor for Sylus: A Journal of First-Year Writing. Her research experiences at UCF include the Honors in the Major program, the Research and Mentoring Program, and the Summer Research Academy. Her research interests include writing center research, literacy and composition studies, and genre theory. In the future, Alexandra would like to pursue a career in the editing and publishing industry as an editor, researcher, or technical writer.
Amanda R. Vargas is a junior at the University of Central Florida. She is currently pursuing a major in health services administration within the College of Health and Public Affairs. Along with her major, she is also working towards a minor in public administration. Her academic interests include healthcare and politics. After graduating, she hopes to pursue a master’s degree in public health and business administration. Amanda hopes to conduct research and find innovative ways to improve our current healthcare situation. Her research interests include: long-term care, quality of care, aging, disparities and healthcare innovation. As a long-term goal, she hopes to work as the head of a healthcare facility, whether it is a hospital or a long-term care facility.
Elizabeth Wait is native to South Florida. She is currently a junior in the Burnett Honors College at the University of Central Florida pursuing a B. S. in Biotechnology. She plans on earning a Ph.D. in Computational Neuroscience. Elizabeth has been in Dr. Artëm Masunov's computational chemistry lab since the Fall of 2015 studying the effects of supercritical carbon dioxide on important combustion reactions. She is currently published in the Journal of Physical Chemistry A, but she plans on using these molecular modelling skills in understanding and treating degenerative diseases of the nervous system.
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