The Owl is a peer-reviewed publication of research articles and creative works by Florida State University undergraduates. The journal exhibits the academic pursuits and intellectual heterogeneity of Florida State’s emerging scholars from all disciplines.

The Owl is a publication of the Student Council for Undergraduate Research and Creativity (SCURC) and is sponsored by the Student Government Association.

Named The Owl after the original seal used from 1851 to 1901 by West Florida Seminary, the journal is anchored in the history of our institution, showcases our university’s brightest minds of today, and helps shape the future of undergraduate research at Florida State.

If you would like to request copies of The Owl, have questions about the journal, or are interested in getting involved, please email Submit your work to The Owl here.














Jacob Goldstein-Greenwood •|• Assistant Director/Editor-in-Chief of The Owl

Jacob Goldstein-Greenwood is a fourth-year Psychology major from Tallahassee, Florida. He researches moral psychology: how people go about making judgments of good, bad, right, and wrong. His work is advised by Dr. Paul Conway. Broadly, Jacob’s interests—research and otherwise—include moral judgment, normative ethics, research methodology, drumming, and fiction writing. After graduating, Jacob plans to continue his research in graduate school before pursuing a professorship.


















Shannon Lechon •|• Associate Editor

Shannon Lechon is a fourth-year Criminology and Creative Writing major from South Florida. She studies criminal behavior, adverse childhood experiences, fiction, and folklore. Her research experience includes cognitive psychology and the usage and evolution of punctuation. After graduating, she intends to pursue a career in book publishing.



























Gabriela Maduro •|• Associate Editor

Gabriela is a fourth-year student majoring in History, German, and English with a concentration in Editing, Writing, and Media. For the past year, Gabriela has been conducting research at FSU’s Institute on World War II and the Human Experience, where she has been translating, indexing, and digitizing a letter collection written by a Viennese family that fled from Austria at the beginning of World War II. Before that, Gabriela participated in a UROP project in which she researched the role of German troops hired by the British during the Revolutionary War. After graduating, Gabriela plans to pursue a doctoral degree as she continues her research into Central European history.





















Lauren Moran •|• Associate Editor

Lauren Moran is a fourth-year psychology and international affairs major who grew up moving around the country as a part of a military family. Broadly, she has research experience in university administration and effective teaching pedagogy (under the supervision of Dr. Annette Schwabe), nonprofit management and failure (under Dr. David Berlan), and industrial/organizational psychology. Her interests include effective service work, organizational behavior, travel, sailing, and music. After graduate school, she plans to work in the field of Industrial/Organizational Psychology with a focus on humanitarian aid efforts.