Student and Alumni Highlights

Student Spotlight: Medical Biology Major Vanessa Belizaire

Vanessa Belizaire

Vanessa Belizaire is embarking on her second year in the Schmidt College of Science’s new medical biology degree program. Read more.




Student Spotlight: Soar-in-4 Scholar Jorge Torres

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Jorge Torres is a pre-medical track student working towards a B.S. in Biological Sciences, and is a member of the Tiny Earth Lab, researching antibiotic producing bacteria found in the soil. He is also a member of the Soar-in-4 program. Read more.




Student Spotlight: SEA Scholar Sammy Trail


Sammy Trail, is a graduate student pursuing her M.S. and Ph.D. in integrative biology, and a SEA Scholar working in the Department of Biological Sciences Marine Science Laboratory. Read more.




Student Spotlight: Undergraduate Researcher Jinelle Vazquez


Jinelle Vazquez is a Senior at FAU High School pursuing a Biology major and Psychology minor. She currently works with Teresa Wilcox, Ph.D. in the Infant Cognition Lab. Read more.





Student Spotlight: Undergraduate Researcher Lina Crisostomo


Lina Crisostomo is a Biological Sciences major and Health Administration minor in the College of Science who is on the pre-health track student, aiming to go to medical school and become a physician. Read more.




Alumna Betsy Evans Leading the Way as Vulture Research Biologist

bets Betsy Evans is a Summer 2020 graduate of the  Integrative Biology Ph.D. program in Environmental Science. Evans served as lead author on a study on wood storks, which was recently published, titled, "Urban food subsidies reduce natural food limitations and reproductive costs for a wetland bird."  Read more.




Student Spotlight with Andrés Garzón-Oechsle

andres-garzon-oechsle Pursuing a Ph.D. in Geosciences, Andrés Garzón-Oechsle works with faculty member Erik Johanson, Ph.D., in the Environmental Change Lab. Previously, he received a B.A. in Anthropology at Indiana University and an M.A. in Anthropology at FAU. Andrés'  research involves understanding the magnitude and intensity of past human occupations in the cloud forests of Manabí in coastal Ecuador.

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Student Spotlight with Kaitlin Waite 

kaitlin Pursing a B.S. in Neuroscience and Behavior and a B.S. in Biological Sciences, Kaitlin Waite works with Howard Hock, Ph.D. in the Undergraduate Vision Laboratory. Kaitlin's current research project for her Psychology Honors Thesis focuses on the perception of motion and speed in the visual system and how cortical brain damage can affect these responses.

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Student Spotlight with Amaury Miniño

Amaury Pursuing a B.S. in Mathematics with honors and a minor in Economics, Amaury Miniño works with Assistant Professor, Pamela E. Harris, Ph.D., in continuation of his summer Research Experience for Undergraduates. Amaury's current research project involves studying Kostant's weight multiplicity formula for the exception Lie algebra of type G2.

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Student Spotlight with Morgan Slevin


Pursuing his doctorate in Integrative Biology and Neuroscience, Morgan Slevin works with Assistant Professor, Rindy Anderson, Ph.D., in the Behavioral Ecology and Bio-acoustics Lab. Morgan's current project at FAU aims to help understand the relationship between a bird's gut microbiome, its brain, and its overall health. Read more about Morgan at

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Alexandrea DeCesare, Student Spotlight

img Pursuing a B.S. in Physics, Alexandra DeCesare, goes into detail about her research, her experience at FAU as a physics student and more in this recent Q and A.

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 Kate Galloway, Ph.D. Candidate

img Ph.D. candidate in Integrative Biology, Kate Galloway, goes into detail about her research, her experience at FAU as a biology student and where you can find her exhibit on lionfish in this recent Q and A.

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 Kaitlin Grell, Biological Sciences Alumna

img1 Kaitlin Grell earned a B.S. in Biological Sciences and an Environmental Science certificate from FAU in May of 2019. About a month after she graduated from FAU, and started work with the Walt Disney World Company as an Aquatic Research Intern at the Seas with Nemo & Friends.

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  Jacqueline Stotler, Ph.D. Candidate

img2 Ph.D. candidate in Experimental Psychology, Jacqueline Stotler, goes into detail about her research, her experience at FAU as a psychology student and her pursuits for after graduation in this recent Q and A.

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