Emma Robbins is a freshman at FSU’s College of Music. Outside of her classes, Emma is involved in many organizations across campus including the Honors program, the College of Music’s Board of Advisor’s program, the Sigma Alpha Iota music sorority, and FSU TEDx’s steering and performance committees.
Through UROP, Emma has been able to explore her multi-disciplinary interests in the field of evolutionary psychology. Since October, Emma has been working on a 3-person research team under the guidance of mentor, Jose Martinez, to explore Life History Theory and Self-Regulation. The purpose of the project is to investigate how unpredictability in childhood can affect goal-timing horizons in adulthood. Her team coded thousands of survey responses collected over the summer to examine how different factors like parenting and economic background correlate to respondents’ goals. Emma will be presenting her research alongside other UROP students at the Undergraduate Research Symposium this April.
Emma is grateful to the UROP program for allowing her to try out fields outside of her major. Emma’s academic interests extend to the fields of psychology and law, which she hopes to explore more in-depth through graduate programs. Emma’s experience with her research allowed her to gain valuable hands-on experience in psychology and even inspired her to add psychology as a second major.
To anyone considering participating in UROP, Emma says “apply.” The program is meant to provide students with valuable research experience, no matter whether they have done research before or not. Even though it may seem intimidating, Emma believes “it will change your undergraduate career and the way you view yourself in and outside the classroom.” She also advises prospective UROP students that the program is a great way to ask questions about your field and provide guidance for post-graduation plans.
After she finishes the UROP program, Emma hopes to continue working in the lab with her research mentor. She also plans to pursue independent research and apply for an IDEA grant next Spring.