Council for Scholarship and Inquiry (C.S.I.)

The Council for Scholarship and Inquiry (C.S.I.) at Florida Atlantic University is a student organization established by the Student Council for the University’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). C.S.I. is open to all FAU students in any department. Opportunities sponsored by C.S.I. will consist of establishing and maintaining an annual FAU Undergraduate Research Journal (FAURJ), peer mentoring and peer advising programs, and journal and scholarship/grant writing workshops.  These students host workshops and other events to integrate and expand a culture of research, inquiry and creative activity on all of FAU’s campuses. CSI works closely with the Peer Mentors to support this initiative.

Our goals are to:

  • promote the existing culture of undergraduate research at FAU across as many disciplines as possible
  • enhance scholarship, creativity, critical thinking and academic excellence of undergraduate students at FAU
  • encourage and foster school pride and unity at FAU

Get Involved!

If you would like to join C.S.I. and get involved in research at FAU, or just learn about some fun scholarly opportunities at FAU and beyond send an e-mail to Some ways to become involved can be seen below.

  1. Become a member and attend the General Body Meetings
    • Join CSI by signing on to OwlCentral and searching for CSI - then join in the fun! 
  2. Attend and/or volunteer at the "Meeting of the Minds"- events hosted to encourage networking and engagement between faculty and students
  3. Become familiar with the research process
  4. Volunteer Opportunities
  5. Leadership Opportunities

Meet the Officers of C.S.I.!


Title Email Research Interest Future Goals Affiliation
Madeline (Maddy) Rubio
maddy I am working under Dr. Tiffany Roberts-Briggs in the Geosciences Department. My research interests are Marine Biology and Coastal Geoscience; monitoring Southeast Florida's beaches to describe morphologic change and quantify patterns of erosion and accretion. Determining whether perigean spring tides have an influence on beach morphology and sea turtle mortality rates. Conservation of native flora and fauna and raising awareness of invasives and the devastation they bring to an ecosystem (HTBSP). I am expected to graduate in Summer 2018 with a BS in Biological Sciences with dual certificates in Environmental Sciences and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). I will continue to pursue undergraduate research in coastal geoscience and will publish prior to graduating. I will obtain my Masters and PhD in Coastal and Marine Sciences - focusing on oceanography and deep-sea exploration. As an environmentalist, I will advocate for the understanding of all species through acknowledgement, respect, and identification of the purpose they serve to this planet through research. For the shorter term, I am challenging myself with learning all 400 fish families and hope to seek guidance from Ichthyologists in my field as I am a prospective graduate student obsessed with the underwater world. American Shore and Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA), Briggs' Coastal Studies Laboratory, Council of Undergraduate Research (CUR), FAU Housing and Residential Education, Golden Key International Honour Society, Harbor Branch's Oceanographic Institute Student Association, Student Chapter of the Ecological Society of America (SEEDS ESA)

Vice President:
Imanise Telusnord




Leila Lucas      

Dhruvin Patel

dhruvin Synthesis and characterization of metal-containing polymers; Synthesis and characterization of polymers for biomedical applications Hoping to Graduate in Spring 2018 with Biological Sciences Degree. Currently applying to medical school to pursue a degree in Medicine. As a backup plan, I will be doing Masters in medical sciences then continuing to pursue a career in Medicine. American Medical Student Association (AMSA), Indian Student Association (ISA), Teaching Assistant (Medicak Terminology), Lifeline Leader for Biology

Sandra Almanza

sandra  Currently, analyzing the genetic origins of a free-ranging vervet monkey population in Dania Beach, Florida by using phylogenetic analysis in Dr. Kate Detwiler’s Primatology Lab.   Upon completing my Bachelor’s in Anthropology in the Fall semester of 2018, my next goal will be to pursue a master’s degree in either Anthropology or Primate Conservation. My main interests has always been in the conservation of endangered species. I am also an advocate for women of color from underrepresented backgrounds to pursue higher education and be active in research. I want to make a positive change through research as well as encourage others to do the same.   Council of Undergraduate Research (CUR)

Marketing Director:
Giselle Shim

giselle Effects of drugs on neurotransmitters, cancer research, biomedical science, development and treatment of addiction, aging process, neurological disorders at the cellular level   

I plan to graduate in Summer 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences. I will apply to medical school in order to pursue my goal of becoming a neurosurgeon and hopefully move to New York to work in a trauma intensive care unit. I will continue to work on drug-induced neurological research and will publish and present my work preceding medical school applications. Due to my passion for the field, I want to help as many patients as possible who have neurological diseases.  

American Medical Student Association (AMSA), Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA)

Marketing Director:
Christopher Mauer

chris Biomedical sciences with an emphasis on gene expression in the viruses and bacteria that result in human disease. I am currently working under Dr. Caputi in the Biomedical Science Center.  I plan to graduate in the spring of 2019 and pursue a graduate degree in biomedical sciences before applying to medical school so that I may receive my M.D. I intend to become a practicing neurosurgeon some day but would like to maintain some ties to research.      American Medical Student Association (AMSA)

Outreach Coordinator:
Danielle Bartz

dani b Marine biology and ecology, conservation biology, geographic information systems, mapping, environmental work including invasive species control and reintroducing natives to the ecosystem, and basically anything centered around the flora and fauna that comprise our natural world and preserving its integrity. I plan to graduate with Honors in Spring 2018, having earned a BS in Geography with a minor in Biology, and Environmental Science certificate, and a GIS certificate. My immediate plans after graduation include (upon acceptance into a lab) moving to Hawaii and embarking on the journey of graduate education. Eventually, once earning my PhD I hope to find a job that employs my knowledge across multiple disciplines, hopefully something that can involve ecology, GIS, and environmental conservation. I plan to continue conducting research as a scientific scuba diver and would like to expand my expertise in the realm of scuba, as well as completing my boat captain's license. American Elasmobranch Society (AES), American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS), Council for Undergraduate Research (CUR), Student Chapter of the Ecological Society of America (SEEDS-ESA), Divers Alert Network (DAN)

Outreach Coordinator:
Samantha Maurice

sam Most passionately I enjoy research about restrictive cardiomyopathy and improving the efficiency of vaccines. Additionally, research that involves child development and how their brains grow, develop and adapt over time in response to different environments.  I expect to graduate in Spring of 2020 with a B.S. in Neuroscience and Behaviour. I also plan to seek a minor in Psychology. After that, I plan to go to Medical School and pursue a career in Pediatrics, specifically Surgical Pediatrics. I hope to have a positive impact on children, adolescents, and their development, helping them grow and stay physically and mentally healthy. As a physician, I also hope to mentor young students who have a passion for medicine and help them achieve their goals. American Medical Student Association(AMSA), FAU C.L.A.S.S Tutor

Undergraduate Research Journal:
Kenzie Rynn



Anything that involves the brain and behavior with a big focus on alzheimer's research, Post-traumatic stress disorder, addiction. Hoping to graduate in summer 2018 with a degree in Neuroscience and Behavior. Planning to move on to graduate school, whether I obtain a medical degree or a PhD. The goal is to use my education and training to help others, whether it's Doctor's Without Borders or becoming a therapist.   Global Medical Brigades (GMB), American Medical Women's Association (AMWA), FAU Women's Soccer Club
Undergraduate Research Journal:
Luca Brunozzi      



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