FAU Graduate Students Making Waves
Gisla Bush, Master of Urban and Regional Planning Candidate
At 19, Gisla Bush is currently the youngest student in the Master of Urban and Regional Planning program at FAU. Gisla aims to give back to the community by being an advocate for change in underprivileged neighborhoods and communities, ultimately working towards becoming the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development at the federal level.
In addition to being a full time student, Gisla works as a Planning and Zoning assistant for the City of Pompano Beach. In conjunction, she serves as Chief of Staff of the Florida Atlantic Planning Society, and remains an active member of her community by tutoring high school students. Upon completion of her master’s, Gisla plans to obtain a Juris Doctor degree.
Jessica Klassen, Ph.D. Candidate, Biological Sciences
Jessica Klassen, a Ph.D. candidate who works in the Avian Ecology Laboratory, does research focusing on conditions that influence the type of prey consumed by wading birds. Her research provides a missing link in Everglades restoration planning by distinguishing between available aquatic prey, and those more likely to support a breeding colony. [Read More]
Keren Bolter, Ph.D. Candidate, Geosciences
Keren Bolter is a Geosciences Ph.D. candidate working in FAU's Florida Center for Environmental Studies. Her research focuses on mapping the areas of South Florida that are most vulnerable to sea-level rise. She aims to increase awareness to ensure that South Florida remains a safe and sustainable home for all its people. [Read More]
Melannie Pineda and Jillian Hardin, Ph.D. Candidates, Experimental Psychology
Melannie Pineda and Jillian Hardin, both Ph.D. students in Nancy Jones’ WAVES Emotion Lab, never imagined that their research in experimental psychology would include blowing bubbles and making silly faces at babies. But, as researchers in the WAVES Emotion Lab, their job is to understand the factors that contribute to the development of socio-emotional wellness during infancy and childhood. They are helping Dr. Jones investigate the physiological and behavioral underpinnings of affective development. [Read More]
Steven McPhee, Graduate Student, Department of Anthropology
Steven McPhee is currently a graduate student in the Department of Anthropology working in FAU’s Primate Molecular and Behavioral Ecology Lab. His research focuses on the lesula monkey, a newly discovered species in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and the effect that unregulated bushmeat hunting is having on its populations.
Ph.D. Candidate, Nursing
Shelley Greif is a PhD candidate in the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and a pediatric nurse working with children who have had traumatic brain injury (TBI) and their families. Her research focuses on understanding the challenges faced by parents caring for their children after TBI. The results of this study will help nurses understand families’ experiences in managing the care and community reintegration of their children and support family management of their children’s care.
Master of Accounting Candidate
Danilo Freitas, Accounting Scholars Program student and Master of Accounting (MAC) candidate, passed the CPA exam. Also, as part of the Financial Analyst Program, he and his team members placed second in the state of Florida in the CFA competition. Danilo has accepted a forensic accounting position with PricewaterhouseCoopers here in Florida.