Posters at the Capitol


Danny Alice, Seymour Haque, Numana Luqman and August Stone

Posters at the Capitol

Four Students Represented Excellence in Undergraduate Research at Florida Atlantic

Four students from Florida Atlantic participated in the third annual Florida Undergraduate Research Posters at the Capitol event in Tallahassee, organized by the Florida Undergraduate Research Association.

Danny Alice, Seymour Haque, Numana Luqman and August Stone earned their spots through a competitive selection process that included research entries from universities across the state. In addition to presenting their research, the students had the opportunity to meet with legislators and learn more about the political process.

About the Undergraduate Researchers

Danny Alice is a senior in the College of Engineering and Computer Science. Danny was selected as a recipient of a National Science Foundation (NSF) LEARN (Learning Environment and Academic Research Network) scholarship and an NSF Scholarship in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. He has also completed NSF’s Innovation Corps program at Florida Atlantic, which he credits as a turning point in his academic career. When not studying, Alice works as an undergraduate peer mentor for the College of Engineering and as editor for the Florida Undergraduate Research Journal. He has received many awards and recognitions, including the 2023 Student Research Assistant Award from Florida Atlantic’s Office of Undergraduate Research and Inquiry as well as recognition by the National Academy of Inventors for the potential impact of "Binmo, an Artificial Smart Waste Bin."

Seymour Haque is pursuing a double-major in biological sciences and chemistry with a concentration in biochemistry through the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. His main research interests are in neuroscience – particularly in the complex mechanisms of protein misfolding and its roles in neurodegenerative diseases. He is also interested in designing drug-delivery systems to inhibit protein misfolding. He is currently working on designing novel peptide mimetics to offset the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. Haque said he looks forward to pursuing a career in medicine – in particular designing specific therapeutics for treating Alzheimer’s disease. He said plans on pursuing a M.D.-Ph.D. program to deepen his understanding of medicine and the intricate mechanisms that play a role in neurological disease progression.

Numana Luqman is a senior at the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College at Florida Atlantic. She is pursuing a major in cellular neuroscience with a minor in philosophy. Her research delves into neuroimmunology, focusing on understanding the intricate communication routes between the nervous and immune systems, specifically the IL-1 beta receptor’s role in modulating the exchange. An aspiring physician, Lugman said she likes to serve as a bridge between science and public outreach through activities like presenting at conferences and educating young minds in neuroscience programs.

August Stone is a senior in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters majoring in anthropology with a focus in bioarcheology. She began her research through a summer undergraduate research fellowship granted by Florida Atlantic. She spent a summer in Sicily on her research project with Meredith Ellis, Ph.D., associate professor in the College of Arts and Letters, excavating and examining an ancient Sicilian cemetery. Stone said that she hopes to continue her research specializing in subadult bioarchaeology through the graduate program at Florida Atlantic.

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