Edmund Whitson

Mentor: Dr. Anne Mathews
College of Agriculture and Life Science
"I want to further my education and understanding of scientific research."


Nutritional Sciences



Research Interests

  • Substance Abuse
  • Personality

Academic Awards

  • University Scholars Program 2015-2016
  • Florida Bright Futures
  • Dean's List


  • Alpha Tau Omega
  • Order of Omega
  • Dance Marathon


  • Tacachale Disability Center
  • UF College of Dentistry Student Clinic
  • Gator Warrior Project

Hobbies and Interests

  • Golf
  • Hunting
  • Fishing

Research Description

Substance Abuse and Personality
Through my participation in the UF FRUVED project, I will be conducting a study on the correlation between substance abuse and personality. I will assess the research participants' use of alcohol and tobacco and compare them with the subjects' personality traits. My goal is to identify individuals who are at risk for substance abuse based on their personality traits. The personality traits that I will examine are openness to experience, conscientiousness, neuroticism, agreeableness and extraversion.