Undergraduate Research Ambassadors
The Undergraduate Research Ambassadors are a team of undergraduate researchers dedicated to helping students from all backgrounds and majors get involved in research and explore their interests. We offer one-on-one peer advising, workshops, class presentations, and more to make research accessible to students across campus.
Want to learn more or get involved in research? Set up a Peer Advising appointment with an Ambassador in your field at the links below, check out our upcoming events at http://sga.fsu.edu/scurc/events.shtml, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to meeting you!
Book a Peer Advising appointment with an Ambassador in your field:
Social Sciences: https://ura.youcanbook.me/
Meet our team
Ravital (Tali) Goldgof •|• Assistant Director of SCURC •|• Director of Undergraduate Research Ambassadors
Ravital Goldgof is a junior at Florida State University pursuing a dual degree in French and marketing. She was a UROP student where she worked on a linguistics project on the agency of female characters in the Byzantine and Slavic epic Digenis Akritis. After completing her degree, she would like to teach English abroad before pursuing a marketing career in the fitness field. In her spare time, she loves to exercise and is in the process of training for a triathlon. She has served as an Undergraduate Research Ambassador and is now excited to serve as the Chair of the Undergraduate Research Ambassadors in order to help students take advantage of the research opportunities at FSU. Contact her at email@example.com for questions related to getting involved in research or becoming an Undergraduate Research Ambassador, or at firstname.lastname@example.org for any other questions!
David Advent •|• Assistant Director of Undergraduate Research Ambassadors
David is a junior at the Florida State University pursuing degrees in English Literature and International Affairs. He is currently conducting his Honors in the Major Thesis concerning the intersection between 19th Century British Literature and Geography, specifically looking at how the politics of space affect narrative sequences and character relationships in Thomas Hardy’s novels. After graduating, David plans to pursue a PhD in English Literature, focusing in either Renaissance Studies or 19th Century British Literature. David currently serves as the Assistant Chair of the Undergraduate Research Ambassadors and seeks to broaden the scope of the undergraduate research community at FSU. In his spare time, David loves to read and write poetry and explore hiking trails in Tallahassee.
Alexander Adams is currently a second-year student. He is majoring in political science and Spanish. He was a UROP student, and will be participating in the Research Intensive Bachelor's Curriculum for political science beginning in Fall 2017. In the future, he plans on working in government as an elected official, lobbyist, or really just any position where he can effect broad-scale social change. As for a fun fact, he has a minor life goal of performing in a production with the school of opera before he leaves FSU.
Allison Cantrell is an honors International Affairs and Economics dual degree major in her junior year at Florida State, with a minor in Philosophy of Law. Her current research focuses on understanding the voting results of Brexit. In the past, some of her other research projects have included studying German refugee authors during WWII and working on background research for a micro-finance startup in Uganda. Allison first became involved in research through UROP and currently serves as a UROP 2017-2018 leader. She also serves on the leadership team of BCM (Baptist Collegiate Ministry) and spends her free time at coffee shops around Tallahassee.
Allison Overholt is a junior majoring in Religion and International Affairs and minoring in Spanish. She participated in UROP and is currently a UROP Leader. She hopes to go to grad school and ultimately earn a PhD in Religious Studies, at which point she will want to teach and do research. Her hobbies include cooking, doing yoga, spending time with her sisters, and petting dogs.
Cat is a senior biochemistry and computational biology double major at Florida State University. She conducts research under Dr. Jonathan Dennis, studying the mechanism behind chromatin remodeling complexes and their effects on gene expression, in the collective understanding of epigenomic responses. She is seeking a cell and molecular biology Ph.D. graduate program in pursuit of a career in academia. With her various passions including evolution, shark ecology, and virology, Cat wants to help show undergraduates not to be afraid of exploring many avenues in research, and how it can help them be stronger graduate students in the future.
Jessica Folsom is currently a sophomore majoring in biomedical engineering. She works in the Biomedical research facility with Dr. Evanson studying protein expression in cerebral arteries following traumatic brain injuries. She is considering a career in research.
Though Jennifer Magi is a second-year student at FSU, her "academic level" is a junior. This is allowing her to complete a major in Civil and Environmental Engineering in 4 years instead of the typical 5. Since much of the research in her department was related to the "civil" side, she joined a chemical oceanography group focusing on climate change to match her "environmental" preference. She hopes to advance sustainability in her career and sees herself doing so in the alternative energy area. Jennifer's favorite activities include paddle-boarding, kayaking, and boating, so she would love a job that allows her to be outdoors, and maybe even on the water.
Josalyn Foster is a senior majoring in Psychology (Psychobiology) and minoring in Child Development. Her research experience includes assisting in research in the Children's Learning Clinic and in the Kistner Research Lab. After graduating, she hopes to earn a Ph.D in Clinical Psychology and and postdoctoral fellowship in Pediatric Neuropsychology which will enable her to obtain her goal of becoming a Pediatric Neuropsychologist. Fun fact: she has a lifestyle blog!
Kendra Stebbins is currently a senior in the Communication Science and Disorders Program, with a minor in Family and Child Sciences. She is involved with research in the Speech Motor Control Laboratory at the FSU Speech and Hearing Clinic. She plans to pursue a Doctorate of Audiology (AuD), in hopes of helping patients who are deaf or hard of hearing, and prevent hearing loss among all ages. She is currently learning American Sign Language (ASL).
Michela Sieman is a sophomore double-major in History and Theatre. Her research experience through UROP revolved around analyzing Nazi-related Wikipedia pages for perspectives and biases of the regime in today’s digital media. She hopes to conduct her own interdisciplinary research, most likely centered around Italian history and theatre. Elsewhere on campus, Michela is the Vice President of Phocus Photography and the Public Relations Chair for Best Buddies.
Sarah R. Warren is a junior at Florida State University, where she studies political science and English literature. Currently, she researches judicial politics and constitutional law with the political science department. She is also member of FSU’s Swing Dance Club. Upon graduation, she plans to attend law school and hopes to get her Ph.D. in law.
Shefali is a senior majoring in Biological Sciences with minors in Chemistry and Psychology. She is a part of the Honors Program and has been involved in research since her freshman year, working with speech production and Parkinson’s Disease in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Upon graduation, Shefali hopes to attend medical school and become a physician. In her free time, Shefali enjoys socializing, traveling, cooking, listening to music, reading, and volunteering.
Taylor Tischhauser is currently a senior majoring in music and minoring in biology and chemistry. She currently works in lab studying pleiotropy in fruit flies. She plans on completing a Master's program in Genetic Counseling and then applying to medical school. Taylor is also very involved in music as well -- she plays the oboe in the studio at FSU and played flute in the Marching Chiefs for two years.