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The Owl is a peer-reviewed publication of research articles written by Florida State University undergraduates. The journal exhibits the intellectual pursuits of outstanding undergraduates, from all academic disciplines, who have sought answers to new questions within their respective disciplines through undergraduate research.


This is a publication of the Student Council of Undergraduate Research and Creativity (SCURC), and is sponsored by the Center for Undergraduate Research and Academic Engagement and the Student Government Association.


This journal aims to educate and promote an inter-disciplinary exchange of ideas through the publication of the research conducted by outstanding undergraduates in the FSU community. Our mission is to provide the university with a printed journal that showcases the heterogeneity of our emerging scholars and establishes undergraduate research at this top-tier research university.


Named The Owl, after the original seal employed from 1851 to 1901 by West Florida Seminary, the journal is anchored in the history of our institution, but showcases our beloved university’s brightest minds of today, with a sharp eye to the future. Just as the name of the journal connects Florida State to its heritage, the image on the cover reminds us of our past and leads us to a promising future as we attempt to inspire the next generation of undergraduate researchers at Florida State.
If you would like to request copies of the Owl, have questions about our publication, or are interested in getting involved but do not know where to start, please email McKenna Britton at theowlfsu.submissions@gmail.com




Editor-in-Chief/Assistant Director of SCURC: McKenna Britton


McKenna Britton is a History and English double-major, entering her final year at Florida State. After serving on The Owl's editorial board last year, she has filled the position of Editor-in-Chief of FSU's undergraduate research journal. She is excited to work with SCURC and her Owl team to encourage students' passion for research. Along with The Owl and SCURC, McKenna is involved with Her Campus FSU, and First Book FSU. Contact her at mb13d@my.fsu.edu with any questions or concerns regarding submissions to The Owl, undergraduate research, or how to get involved!


The Owl editorial board also works to produce and publish a monthly newsletter, keeping FSU students up-to-date with all things research related, including upcoming conferences, student profiles, and ways to get involved with undergraduate research on campus!




Summer Bias

Summer is a senior double majoring in Art History and History with a minor in Museum Studies. Her honors thesis is on a Spanish colonial portrait of a Mexica emperor and involves the construction of historical narratives and identities. You can often find her watching ducklings and puppies on Lake Ella.









Laura Miller

Laura is a Junior Studio Art and Editing, Writing, and Media double major. Her research interests are in art and visual rhetoric. She copyedits for The Journal of Art for Life and enjoys watching Gilmore Girls reruns in her free time.









Alexa Hatcher

Alexa is a sophomore pursing an honors degree in Nursing. She researches the cellular effects of Huntington's Disease in the BioMed department at the College of Medicine. She is a coffee enthusiast and loves to cook.









Sylvia Ortiz

Sylvia Ortiz is in her third year here at FSU. She is a double major in Anthropology and Pure Mathematics with a minor in Education. She is a Brazilian citizen and is fluent in Portuguese, French, and English.









Andrew McMillan

Andrew is a fourth year student studying mathematics and economics. As a sophomore, he began researching chaotic thermal fluids under Dr. Mark Sussman and plans to complete an honors thesis in the coming spring. With his free time, he trains for triathlons and avidly reads philosophy.