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The Owl is an online 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.

The Owl 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.

Current Issue: Volume 3, Issue 2 (2012) The Owl: Special Edition Fall 2013

Letter from the Editor

We are so excited to bring to you the first annual fall special edition of The Owl. Since The Owl’s inauguration in 2010, we have been able to showcase stellar undergraduate research through the publications of the spring Owl annually, and have continued to expand our standing at the Florida State University as both a prestigious publication for undergraduate research as well as a representation of the interdisciplinary exchange of ideas that is up to the standards of our research I university. We are thrilled to share more undergraduate research with you this fall, and have high hopes that the fall special edition that showcases the International Affairs department and their stellar research endeavors will exceed your expectations of what The Owl has become known for; a representation of the future stars and academics of the undergraduate class and what our university stands for—Vires, Artes, and Mores.

In this annual special edition, published exclusively online, you will find a collection of essays that represent the research that the seniors in the International Affairs department have embarked on. We hope to demonstrate the research strengths of our departments at Florida State University every fall semester with this publication, and allow an opportunity for our individual departments stand out for what they have become best known for. Open these pages with a desire to delve into the field showcased, and we hope that you come away with a better understanding and appreciation for the undergraduate academic realm that is represented by our International Affairs department. As we have, I invite you personally to enjoy the first annual fall special edition of The Owl.

In Vires, Artes, Mores,
Katie Rybakova

Sean Freeman
Design Manager

Complete Issue


The Owl: Volume 3, Special Edition
Office of Undergraduate Research



Editor in Chief
Katie Rybakova
Design Manager
Sean Freeman
Associate Editors
Curtis Gravenmier
Sean Freeman
Assistant Editors
Michael Butler
Patrick Eastham
Alyssa Maige
Ryan Rhoades
Del Seshie
Daniel Stribling
Amanda Valdespino

Additional Staff

SCURC Advisors
Dr. Joe O'Shea
Principal Support
The Florida State University Student Government Association