"I have been researching with Edward L. Braun since the second semester of my freshman year. He received an NSF grant last year to work with sequencing the alligator genome and since then we have been brainstorming new projects that in capacity include the vast quantities of data about the alligator genome that we are fortunate to have. I applied to the Scholars Program hoping to get a little more funding to provide some more of the research materials that I needed. I hope to use this year to better my skills as a researcher and the goal is to have a publishable paper to show for it."
I am an Anthropology Major on the Pre-Pharmacy Preprofessional track and I really enjoy studying Chemistry and Cultural Anthropology. My research interest is in Genetics and computer-based methods of data analysis.
Academic and Other Awards
- University Scholars Program Scholarship (2011-2012)
- UF Honors Program (2009)
- Nutter Scholarship (2011)
- Gator Wesley
- Math and Chemistry Tutor
I periodically serve meals at Saint Francis House and have been on several missions trips to Mexico and Honduras. I recently got back from Honduras where I was given the opportunity to help jump start a sewing ministry for the women in the community.
Hobbies and Interests
- Reading, exercising, sewing, cooking, and running.
I am working on alternative methods to analyze the saturation of mutations in genes over evolutionary time. A simple second-order polynomial is used to fit data collected for the same gene from different organisms. The goal for this project is to present a method that can be applied to large quantities of data while still producing robust results.