"I applied to the University Scholars Program because I love conducting research in my clinical lab. It is very likely I will be in the research field for my future profession. I hope to learn more about the research process, different types of research conducted at the University of Florida, and work with my mentor to enhance my understanding of my academic field."
Food Science and Human Nutrition
I am currently applying to Medical School, and hope to get my M.D. degree then practice medicine and conduct research on Type 1 Diabetes.
- Florida Bright Futures
- University of Florida Honors Program
- CALS Upper Division Honors Program
- Dean's List (every semester thus far)
- Current member of Delta Phi Epsilon Sorority
- Current member of the Standards and Honor Board (Vice President of Membership Development)
- Teaching Assistant for the Chemistry Department
- I volunteer at Camp Boggy Creek, which is a weekend long camp for children with chronic illnesses. In addition, I spend many hours volunteering with Dance Marathon hosted by the Children's Miracle Network. I was a dancer my freshman year, a house delegate my sophomore year, and a morale staff member this past year. This year I will apply for a family relations position.
Hobbies and Interests
- Dancing, swimming, reading, working with children, babysitting and volunteering at elementary schools
The Role of Sleep in Maintaining Lean Body Mass in a Fiber Dietary Intervention
My project is a sub study of a larger project evaluating the effect of a dietary fiber intervention on food intake and body weight. In the larger project, 100 subjects will be randomized to either placebo (n=50) or daily fiber supplements (n=50) for 8 weeks. As those receiving placebo are not expected to lose weight, my study population only includes the 50 subjects that will be randomized to receive the daily fiber supplements. My objective is to assess mean sleep duration of the subjects to observe if there is a relationship between the amount of sleep and the maintenance of lean body mass during this 8-week trial. I hypothesize that subjects that obtain adequate amounts of sleep will maintain more lean body mass than those that do not obtain enough sleep. To assess sleep objectively, subjects will wear Sensewear Armbands (Bodymedia, Pittsburgh, PA) for 7 days prior to beginning the intervention, 7 days between weeks 4-5, and 7 days during week 8. Sensewear Armbands are advanced accelerometers that measure energy expenditure. The armbands are preprogrammed with the subject’s height, weight, date of birth, handedness, gender, and smoking status, and the energy expenditure measures are placed into an algorithm by the Sensewear software to calculate various measures of energy expenditure as well as time spent in sleep each night. Body weight, waist circumference, sagittal abdominal diameter, and body composition will be assessed at baseline and at 8 weeks. Body composition will be assessed using air displacement plethysmography (BodPod, Life Measurement Inc). I will also collect subjective data regarding sleep habits throughout the study using sleep diaries in conjunction with food intake data collection methods. I can then determine if a relationship exists between hours of sleep and the amount of fat free mass that is maintained throughout the study.