This week, we are spotlighting Gustavo Capone! He is a new UROP Leader for the 2022-2023 academic year. Gustavo, who is originally from Sao Paulo, Brazil, is a senior majoring in psychology with a concentration on premedical coursework. In addition to being a UROP leader, Gustavo serves as the co-president of Who We Play For, vice president of Golden Key International Honor Society, director of community service for the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, UROP Representative at the Honors Scholars and Fellows Student Advisory Board, member of the research committee of Power of We, learning assistant for biology and chemistry courses, and a volunteer at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital. A fun fact about Gustavo is that he has been backpacking alone through Europe twice!
Gustavo was excited to speak about what his favorite part of being an FSU student is, he says: “There is a community of students that are always willing to help you out and so many resources offered by the university. One of those resources being UROP, which allowed me the opportunity of meeting and working with students that are involved in research and have similar career goals.”
When asked about the impact the UROP program has had on his FSU experience, Gustavo said: “Thanks to UROP opening so many doors, I am currently working as a research assistant at the March Lab, which investigates threat processing and implicit biases. In addition to my lab, I work closely with Power of We on interventions to decrease affective polarization on college campuses, and had a research internship at the Pulmonary and Critical Care Division at Johns Hopkins University.”
Gustavo has been so grateful for the opportunity he has been given to be a UROP Leader. Gustavo writes, “I learned that research is an integral part of all the knowledge we have about the world, and that it is a practice I will conduct throughout my career and would like to share that with my students. I want to really strengthen the desire to conduct research confidently on campus. For those who are thinking about joining UROP, I believe that this is a valuable experience that everyone should partake in. Research experience is valuable for any field and helps everyone understand where and how research is conducted, which is essential for developing critical thinking skills.”
Thank you for your contributions to research and the FSU community Gustavo!