Introducing Oliveira-Beuses was Professor Andrew Jenkins, Director of the Honors Institute at CF, who was a big support for her from the beginning. Ana Oliveira-Beuses was born in Belo Horizonte, Brazil and moved to the U.S. in 2012. She attended CF during the fall semester of 2013 and graduated spring 2015.
At CF, Oliveira-Beuses was president for the psychology club, coordinator in Habitat for Humanity, and a member of Phi Theta Kappa. “You may think that getting involved in clubs might not do much for you, but they are giving you leadership skills. You form relationships, and it can help you in many ways along the way,” said Oliveira-Beuses.
During her time as a member of PTK, Oliveira-Beuses won the international award for most distinguished chapter member. During her time at CF, Oliveira-Beuses was also awarded the Jefferson Award for social sciences and was selected as student of the year for the student activity board.
She also made it in to the All-Florida academic team, which is a recognition through PTK that gave her transfer scholarship opportunities.
“These amazing professors at College of Central Florida are a small part of the staff here that is really invested in their students, not only as part of their job, but they are willing to go the extra mile to see us succeed,” said Oliveira-Beuses, talking about how to use your connections at CF as resources in the future.
Transferring to UF, Oliveira-Beuses joined Gators Against Human Trafficking and BRASA (the Brazilian Student Association.) “I always felt that getting involved will take you places” Oliveira-Beuses added.
Wanting more experience in research, she e-mailed Dr. Lisa Scott, who was just starting new research about brain cognition and development, asking if she could help Scott. “At the time I was reaching out to different researchers to see what opportunities I could get” said Oliveira-Beuses.
After applying to two different summer research opportunities and getting them both, Oliveira-Beuses had to choose between Harvard and another summer research opportunity. She decided upon Harvard, which was a goal she had been striving towards for many years.
It was a ten-week long program where you got a living stipend of $3500, along with free housing and travel. “Apply, even if you don’t think you have a chance,” said Oliveira-Beuses.
Dr. Ryan Barry-Anwar is another researcher who presented. Her current work focuses on infant learning and brain development. Dr.Ryan was talking about what research is, the scientific method, why you should chose research, the importance of a mentor, and the mentor research project.
Dr. Ryan completed her bachelor of psychology at the University of Alabama in 2009 and has a PhD in human development from the University of California, Davis in 2016. She has been involved in research since she was a freshman in college.
Dr. Ryan has always been curious how the brain works and she loves working with children so research in psychology was a natural choice. She has supervised and mentored over 2100 researchers and hopes to teach more students about the wonders of research.
Story by: Erica Hultgren