Honors Daily Opportunities List
Wednesday, April 30, 2003
This is the last regular Honors Daily Opportunities List of the semester.
Many thanks for your support. I am pleased to report that there is a
rational explanation as to why some students get more than one message a
day. (I only hit the Send Key once.)
The Registrar's Office will be rebuilding the List for next fall. Let's hope
we remove those who have graduated! I will send messages in the interim,
only if there is urgent info to convey.
Congratulations to those who are graduating and our best wishes for success
in the future! We would love to hear about how you are doing.
I am concluding with Jeanna Mastrodicasa's terrific Press Release on
student's success this year in state and national competitions.
MORE STUDENTS WINNING PRESTIGIOUS SCHOLARSHIPS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (April 18, 2003)--The University of Florida's efforts
towards increasing the number of student winners of national prestigious
scholarships and awards have been particularly successful this year, as a
record number of students have been selected for national recognition at UF.
Provost David Colburn cites undergraduate research conducted
individually and through the University Scholars Program as one of the
reasons for such success. "By partnering students one-on-one with a faculty
member to conduct research, the University Scholars Program provides a great
opportunity for challenging the student to excel," Colburn said. Other UF
efforts include a one-credit course entitled Professional Development
Strategies to assist students in preparing their portfolios and
applications, individual meetings with awards advisors, and information
sessions given to students about the scholarships.
For several of the awards, there are various levels of competition
including earning the nomination from the University of Florida. The 2003
Truman, Goldwater, and Udall scholarship winners had to compete at the
university level and were then forwarded on to regional or national levels
of competition. For example, Teresa Porter, the sole winner of a Truman
Scholarship awarded in Florida, traveled to Atlanta for a round of regional
interviews. A junior political science and sociology double-major from St.
Augustine, Porter will receive $30,000 in scholarship funds for her senior
year and for graduate school for her work towards ending juvenile
Goldwater winners Robert Abel and Anup Patel competed with more than 1,000
other mathematics, science, and engineering sophomores and juniors
nationally who intend to pursue graduate work in those fields to earn the
$7500 scholarship. A native of Davie, Abel is a junior mathematics major
who intends to pursue a Ph.D. in theoretical or computational chemistry who
has been conducting research with the Quantum Theory Project. Patel is
junior double-majoring in biochemistry and molecular genetics and economics
from Altamonte Springs, and he hopes to pursue an M.D./Ph.D. specializing in
molecular genetics. Udall winner James Argento will receive $5000 for the
environmental scholarship, and he is a junior environmental science major in
the College of Natural Resources and Environment from Hollywood.
Other prestigious scholarships require direct application to the
foundations, and the University of Florida had two alumni win these awards.
The Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans honored Alex Hooper
as one of its 30 national winners of a $20,000 maintenance scholarship plus
50% of tuition at a graduate program. Hooper, who graduated with three
undergraduate degrees from UF: economics with highest honors, mathematics
with high honors, and statistics with honors in 2000, will be attending
Harvard Law School in the fall. The Gates Cambridge Foundation provides
full coverage of costs to attend the University of Cambridge, and Jason
Kliewer earned degrees in finance and management with highest honors in 1998
from UF before winning the Gates Cambridge Scholarship this year.
The National Science Foundation provides a stipend of $27,500 and three
years of support for advanced study to approximately 900 outstanding
graduate students in the mathematical, physical, biological, engineering,
and behavioral and social sciences. UF had nine winners who have earned or
will have earned a bachelor's degree from UF by May 2003: Kate Dollen, John
Dominy, Fabian Fernandez, Benjamin Griffin, Jeannette Jacques, Mobolaji
Olurinde, Christopher Osovitz, Jamie Padgett, and Michael Wasserman. In
addition, 11 other students from UF earned an Honorable Mention from the
UF has also been particularly successful with the Fulbright Scholarship,
which provides funding for graduating seniors and graduate students to spend
an academic year in any of 140 countries. A record 59 students applied from
UF this year for the 2003-2004 academic year, and 19 of those students were
forwarded from the national committee to the respective countries with a
positive recommendation. Students are in the process of learning if they
will be offered the Fulbright award from the various countries this spring.
Leadership experience has played a significant part in some of the awards as
well, such as making up significant portions of the criteria for the Udall
and Truman Scholarships. The 2003 Truman Scholarship winner, Teresa Porter,
has served as president of UF's Panhellenic Council and as Florida director
for the Southeastern Panhellenic Conference, and the Udall Scholarship
winner James Argento has an extensive record of involvement with political
and environmental issues. Other recognitions include the USA Today national
newspaper's All-USA College Academic Team; Michael Gale and Steven Cohen
earned recognition on the Third Team in 2003. In addition, Florida Leader
magazine honors students state-wide, and Michael Gale (a 2002 Truman and
2002 Udall Scholarships winner) was selected as first runner-up for Florida
College Student of the Year, and Steven Cohen and Yasmine Taeb were named
finalists for that honor. Gale, Cohen, and Taeb are all heavily involved in
a variety of leadership roles on campus.