"I was already involved in a research project when my mentor informed me of, and encouraged me to, apply for the USP program. Through this program I hope to further develop academic research skills, which will be of immense value to me as I move on to graduate school. During this academic year I hope to solidify my post-undergraduate plans, while remaining active and flourishing in both the classroom and extracurricular activities."
Russian Studies, Pathways to Teaching
While my present research project lies in The College of Journalism and Communications, I also hold academic interest in the fields of Anthropology and Literature. In the future I hope to travel abroad, ideally throughout Africa, and live with the locals and then produce ethnographic works.
Academic and Other Awards
- University Scholars Program Scholarship (2011-2012)
- President's Honor Roll (2010)
- Dean's List (2009-2011)
- Florida Bright Futures
- Paul G. and Harriette C. Franklin Merit Scholar
Mentoring homeless members of the Gainesville community to prepare for the GED.
Hobbies and Interests
- Writing, painting, drawing, reading and the ocean.
Swimsuit Models and Social Comparison: Influences on Body Image Attitudes
The purpose of this study is to investigate how exposure to media portrayals of models with varied levels of tanness influence an individual’s satisfaction with his or her own levels of tanness and likelihood of trying to develop a darker tan through means such as tanning beds and increased sun exposure. Students who agree to participate will first be asked to complete an online questionnaire that includes measures of their attitudes toward tanning, body image assessment and behaviors related to dieting, exercise and tanning. After completing the online questionnaire, students will be assigned to a lab-based session in which they will view up to 30 images of women and men wearing swimsuits. The images include Miss America contestants participating in the swimsuit competition and male swimsuit models wearing standard-length or short swim trunks. Participants will be randomly assigned to one of four conditions. In the first condition, all photos of the models will have digitally altered, if necessary, to show the model with little, if any, appearance of a tan. In the second condition, the images will have been digitally altered, if necessary, to have the appearance of a moderate tan. In the third condition, the photographs will have been digitally altered, if necessary, to show all models with a dark tan. Participants in the first three conditions will be asked to rate each model in terms of attractiveness, physical fitness and “sexiness.” Participants in the fourth condition will be asked to view a series of landscape images that include no human figures. After rating all of the images, they will again answer questions about their attitudes toward tanning and body image, as well as questions about intentions to sunbathe or use a tanning a salon to achieve a darker tan.