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Featured Scholar: Mia Gettenberg

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Featured Scholar: Mia Gettenberg
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Journal of Undergraduate Research
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Machado, Victoria
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Gainesville, Fla.
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J OURNAL OF U NDERGRADUATE R ESEARCH : F EATURED S CHOLAR University of Florida | Journal of U ndergraduate Research | Volume 1 9 Issue 2 | Spring 2018 1 Mia Gettenberg Featured Scholar Journal of Undergraduate Research The ultimate aim is to leave the place better than you found it Mia Gettenberg A music enthusiast and avid guitar player from South Florida, Mia Gettenberg came to UF to pursue an environmentally focused major. Along the way, criminology and philosophy captured her attention, causing ly open your eyes to so many things and make you truly appreciate discipline spectrum, she finds crimino way of implementing ideas they form illustrate a deeper understanding of her drive for social transformation. Mia is outstanding. S he not only has a drive to implement change, but she also realizes the time, energy rooted problems namely those surrounding education. Her research investigates Common Core Standards within Florid hot topic, but it feels like a lot of complaints and not enough practical solutions especially with Common Core. tandards consist of and why they garnered such polarizing views, choosing to focus her work on two levels. On a broad level, she looks at the standards themselves and the debate that has ensued since their most recent implementation. In a local sense, she draws from teacher interviews as well as secondary research, like school wide surveys, to find the philosophical underpinnings of Common Core State Standards. While her results were mixed, ultimately Mia discovered that the theory and practice surrounding e says, standards are good but a lot of it seemed like no one really asked the teachers. Or if they did there was some kind of Her main concern was this gap bet ween teachers and policy makers: he teachers are responding with eel adequately trained for this; understand the theo und Mia is not nave about the reality of this problem. Since sophomore year, she has worked closely with Mentor students. Working predomin ately in East Gainesville, Mia has engaged kids on a wide range of levels everything from afterschool supervision to homework help to one on one reading. Pairing her service work with her research allows Mia to see the inequalities on both personal and sys temic levels. In this respect, Mia recognizes the cynical A t the end of the day, I think we should do the best for our do you need for your classroom to succeed. What kind of things do you see It is this holistic approach to education where Mia to not just teach us math and science and language arts but also greater empathy and compassion and diversity and the reductionist about the position of K 12 learning institutions and for teachers, who I think they are a very undervalued and underappreciated part of our workforce. But I know that my public school experience contributed to those larger goals for me. I like to think that made me a better Mia, education should move beyond preexisting boundaries. Indeed, she ad he worst thing an

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J OURNAL OF U NDERGRADUATE R ESEARCH : F EATURED S CHOLAR University of Florida | Journal of U ndergraduate Research | Volume 1 9 Issue 2 | Spring 2018 2 It was her K 12 public education that unleashed this drive to pursue systemic change. Over the years, many teachers stand out to Mia, perhaps most notable was her high school AP Literature teacher who reinforced the value graduate, when you move on to the next chapter, you want to leave the place better than you found it and that has to do educational reform and implementing a more equitable learning system is a lot to tackle, Mia recognizes the crucial aspect of small victories, as she continues to draw on her own experience and those of the students she with whom she closely works. So applying to law schools. She has already heard back from some of her top choices and the responses have provided her with a wide range of possibilities, as she has already been accepted to both the University of Chicago and NYU. ucation n integrated problem Mia is excited to take on these complex problems hoping to join the legal workforce through the public sector, public interest firms or even in government working i n conjunction with the Department of Education. Regardless of where she ends up, her direction is str ong and her passion contagious: ing passions I hope are what will carry me through to the ultimate end With her s tunning smile, she declares in the little thin gs along the way. Keep moving, d -Victoria Machado



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J OURNAL OF U NDERGRADUATE R ESEARCH : F EATURED S CHOLAR University of Florida | Journal of U ndergraduate Research | Volume 1 9 Issue 2 | Spring 2018 1 Mia Gettenberg Featured Scholar Journal of Undergraduate Research The ultimate aim is to leave the place better than you found it Mia Gettenberg A music enthusiast and avid guitar player from South Florida, Mia Gettenberg came to UF to pursue an environmentally focused major. Along the way, criminology and philosophy captured her attention, causing ly open your eyes to so many things and make you truly appreciate discipline spectrum, she finds crimino way of implementing ideas they form illustrate a deeper understanding of her drive for social transformation. Mia is outstanding. S he not only has a drive to implement change, but she also realizes the time, energy rooted problems namely those surrounding education. Her research investigates Common Core Standards within Florid hot topic, but it feels like a lot of complaints and not enough practical solutions especially with Common Core. tandards consist of and why they garnered such polarizing views, choosing to focus her work on two levels. On a broad level, she looks at the standards themselves and the debate that has ensued since their most recent implementation. In a local sense, she draws from teacher interviews as well as secondary research, like school wide surveys, to find the philosophical underpinnings of Common Core State Standards. While her results were mixed, ultimately Mia discovered that the theory and practice surrounding e says, standards are good but a lot of it seemed like no one really asked the teachers. Or if they did there was some kind of Her main concern was this gap bet ween teachers and policy makers: he teachers are responding with eel adequately trained for this; understand the theo und Mia is not nave about the reality of this problem. Since sophomore year, she has worked closely with Mentor students. Working predomin ately in East Gainesville, Mia has engaged kids on a wide range of levels everything from afterschool supervision to homework help to one on one reading. Pairing her service work with her research allows Mia to see the inequalities on both personal and sys temic levels. In this respect, Mia recognizes the cynical A t the end of the day, I think we should do the best for our do you need for your classroom to succeed. What kind of things do you see It is this holistic approach to education where Mia to not just teach us math and science and language arts but also greater empathy and compassion and diversity and the reductionist about the position of K 12 learning institutions and for teachers, who I think they are a very undervalued and underappreciated part of our workforce. But I know that my public school experience contributed to those larger goals for me. I like to think that made me a better Mia, education should move beyond preexisting boundaries. Indeed, she ad he worst thing an

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J OURNAL OF U NDERGRADUATE R ESEARCH : F EATURED S CHOLAR University of Florida | Journal of U ndergraduate Research | Volume 1 9 Issue 2 | Spring 2018 2 It was her K 12 public education that unleashed this drive to pursue systemic change. Over the years, many teachers stand out to Mia, perhaps most notable was her high school AP Literature teacher who reinforced the value graduate, when you move on to the next chapter, you want to leave the place better than you found it and that has to do educational reform and implementing a more equitable learning system is a lot to tackle, Mia recognizes the crucial aspect of small victories, as she continues to draw on her own experience and those of the students she with whom she closely works. So applying to law schools. She has already heard back from some of her top choices and the responses have provided her with a wide range of possibilities, as she has already been accepted to both the University of Chicago and NYU. ucation n integrated problem Mia is excited to take on these complex problems hoping to join the legal workforce through the public sector, public interest firms or even in government working i n conjunction with the Department of Education. Regardless of where she ends up, her direction is str ong and her passion contagious: ing passions I hope are what will carry me through to the ultimate end With her s tunning smile, she declares in the little thin gs along the way. Keep moving, d -Victoria Machado