• Vol 7 No 1 (2017)

    Dear Reader,


    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,

    McKenna Britton 

    Editor-in-Chief

  • The Best of The Owl
    Vol 6 No 1 (2016)

    Dear Reader, 

    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, 

    Alyssa Knisley
    Editor in Chief

  • Vol 5 No 1 (2015)

    Dear Reader,

    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,

    Sean Freeman
    Edior-in-Chief

  • Vol 4 No 1 (2014)
    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,

    Katie Rybakova

    Editor-in-Chief

     

    Sean Freeman

    Design and Creative Director

  • Vol 3 No 2 (2013)
    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,
    Katie Rybakova
    Editor-in-Chief

    Sean Freeman
    Design Manager

  • Vol 3 No 1 (2013)
    Letter from the Editor

    In native Seminole culture, an owl can sometimes be a terrible omen. More often, however, it foreshadowed a need to prepare for coming obstacles. Our university, as a public institution dealing with its own share of obstacles amid the less-than- ideal national economic climate, has thrived scholastically. Both the recognition of and diversity among undergraduate researchers at the Florida State University have grown, despite the often stifling eco-political conditions. This academic victory is clearly demonstrated with the sustained success of this entirely student-run publication, made possible only by the unwavering support and encouragement of our university’s administration, staff, faculty, and student body.

    Named after the original seal employed from 1851 to 1901 by West Florida Seminary, this journal has highlighted the continually astounding work of Florida State University’s emerging undergraduate scholars. The goal and mission of The OWL and the entire Student Council for Undergraduate Research and Creativity has, in keeping with native Seminole mythology, been to showcase the transcendence of these obstacles and communicate the necessity of continued academic vigilance.

    Therefore, as yet another monument to this unabashedly UNCONQUERED top- tier institution, to its campus unmatched in facilities and scholastic resources, to the dedicated and hard-working administrators and staff, to the selfless faculty and advisors, to the generous and enthusiastic alumni and parents, and, most notably, to the dynamic scholastic resilience of our undergraduate students, it is with great honor and humility that we present to you the third volume of The Owl, The Florida State University Undergraduate Research Journal.

    In Vires, Artes, Mores,

    Katie Rybakova
    Brian Denny
    Co-Editors-in-Chief

  • Vol 2 No 1 (2012)
    Letter from the Editors

    Welcome to the second annual issue of The Owl, Florida State University’s premier undergraduate research journal! We are again honored to present you with a collection of diverse inquiries undertaken by members of our shared academic community.

    Building upon the successes of last year’s inaugural issue of The Owl, we humbly embraced our missive and strove to publish a journal that reflects the strengths of our beloved university. With this issue we aim to reify Florida State’s dedication and commitment to a liberal studies education. By highlighting the heterogeneity of our emerging scholars-bright, motivated students who represent a wide variety of departments and disciplines-we hope to demonstrate the interdisciplinary exchange of ideas present on our campus.

    Florida State has a long storied history as a top-tier research university, and we are thrilled to see this tradition continuously expanded to include undergraduates. This year we saw the Office of Undergraduate Research institute unprecedented programs, increasing the field and range of opportunity for students to engage in and explore the possibilities of undergraduate research. We aim to further these advances. From interior design renderings to an exposition on congressional court-curbing it is our hope that you will both learn from and be inspired by the research and creative projects contained within these pages.

    In Vires, Artes, Mores,

    Katie Rybakova
    Haley Gentile 
    Co-Editors-in-Chief

    Brian Denny
    Director of Undergraduate Research Ambassadors

  • Vol 1 No 1 (2011)

    Dear Reader,

    Welcome to the inaugural issue of The Owl, Florida State University’s only undergraduate research journal! We are honored to present this first edition to you and the entire community of Florida State Seminoles, whether student, faculty, or administration.

    This we believe: The Owl highlights the finest quality of our beloved university by showcasing the pinnacle of academic research, intellectual curiosity, and artistic talent. Beyond the articles and original works of art themselves, we hope you are awakened to the powerful conversation occurring at Florida State University amongst emerging scholars at the undergraduate level. The students at our university possess brilliance no less than their peers at any other university, and this journal is proof-positive of that reality.

    After two years of extensive development, The Owl is pleased to facilitate the interdisciplinary exchange of ideas happening presently and those that will transpire in the years to come. The Owl is so named after the original seal employed from 1851 to 1901 by West Florida Seminary. Anchored in the history and tradition of our institution, the journal is illuminated by the brightest minds of our student body today, with a sharp eye to the future.

    We humbly believe The Owl captures the character and vitality of Florida State University. May the vigorous research and sophisticated works of art be first words in the long chorus of praise for this magnificent institution!