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Sociology Colloquium Series Presents:  Dr. Lawrence Bobo, W.E.B. Du Bois Professor of the Social Sciences at Harvard University, "The American Delusion:  On the Rise of the Post-racial Narrative", Thursday, April 9 at 3:00 p.m.  Click here for more information 

The final talk in the Spring Science Cafe series will take place on Thursday, April 9.  An Evaluation of the Florida Redistricting Process Under the Fair Districts Amendments with Dr. Aubrey Jewett.  Click here for more information 

A mesmerizing musical tale about a journey to the very edge of understanding. Friday, April 10, as part of UCF Celebrates the ARTS 2015 at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.  Click here for more information

Join physicist Brian Greene and Star Trek/Orange is the New Black star, Kate Mulgrew, on Friday, April 10 at 11 a.m. for String Theory Meets Star Trek Voyager. Presented by the UCF iCubed Project.  Click here for more information
Successful Women Seminar Series
Dr. Cynthia Young, interim vice provost, faculty excellence and international affairs and global strategies, will be giving a Q&A presentation on the success of women faculty at UCF. Young will host a Q&A session regarding the reorganization of Academic Affairs and the Office of Faculty Excellence, as well as discuss UCF's efforts to date and new initiatives currently being developed for the recruitment, retention and advancement of women faculty. Her talk will take place Friday, April 24 from 1 - 2:30 p.m. in Classroom Building 1, room 207. Presented by the UCF Center for Success of Women Faculty.

COS Students Recognized for Undergraduate Research
So far this year, three College of Sciences' students have been honored with the Distinguished Undergraduate Researcher Award.  Continue reading

COS Students Receive UCF's Highest Honor

Recently, two undergraduate students from the College of Sciences received UCF's highest student honor.

The Order of Pegasus recognizes exemplary performance by undergraduate students in the areas of academic achievement, outstanding university involvement, leadership and community service. Continue reading

Top 100 Creatives
They inspire us.  Many are legends. They create art.  They create beauty.  Most importantly, they create change.  Dr. Peter Jacques , associate professor in the  political science department  at the University of Central Florida, is featured in this month's edition of  Origin Magazine  as one of the Top 100 Creatives.
Anthropology Lecturer Receives Top Award
Dr. Vance Geiger , associate lecturer in anthropology at UCF, recently received an award that less than one percent of the faculty teaching anthropology courses across North America receive. 

Double Title and Award: COS Student Staff Member Wins Big
On March 5-8,  Florida Collegiate DECA  hosted its 50 th  annual statewide Career Development Conference at the Florida Hotel & Conference Center in Orlando, FL. College of Sciences student and  Communications Assistant, Emilee Jackson  placed third in the state in two events, Marketing Management and Business-To-Business Marketing.
Sociology Professor's Work Goes Worldwide
Provost's Distinguished Research & Pegasus Professor in the sociology department, Dr.  James Wright , was  recently published by Elsevier after five years of intensive work.   Continue reading

April 2015 
UCF Hosts Academically Competitive Summer Institute
Dedicated to providing science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) related summer opportunities for middle and high school students, UCF will be offering the Summer Institute beginning in June.  The Summer Institute  offers tracks in Biology and Computer Science, as well as a Programming Competition institute. Each track offers a mix of activities designed to maximize learning through hands-on, individualized instruction with outstanding instructors.  Continue reading
Acting Director Appointed for the Nicholson School of Communication
Arlen Chase, Ph.D.,  has been appointed as the acting director for the Nicholson School of Communication. Chase, an associate dean in the College of Sciences and a Pegasus Professor in the anthropology department, will lead the school in collaboration with NSC's associate director,  Boyd Lindsley, Ed.D.,  and radio-television associate professor,  Tim Brown, Ph.D.  Continue reading

Retirement Reception for Dr. Ida Cook
After 39 years of dedicated and excellent service to the university and community, Dr. Ida Cook is retiring from UCF. Please join us on Wednesday, May 6 from 2-4 p.m. at the Morgridge International Reading Center Gallery as we congratulate Cook for her years of service to UCF and offer good wishes for her future adventures. Continue reading
Graduate Students Earn Competitive Research Fellowships

UCF has a lot to brag about after eight students were notified they earned graduate research fellowships from the National Science Foundation.

The fellowships are highly competitive and recognize outstanding graduate students and their demonstrated potential "for significant achievements in science and engineering." More than 16,000 students nationwide applied for the fellowships. Only 2,000 students were selected.  Continue reading

UCF Researchers Uncover Mistaken Identity of Crown Conch
Four undergraduate students were recently awarded first place for their poster presentation at the  Southeastern Estuarine Research Society  meeting.  Continue reading

COS Distinguished Speaker Series Finale
This year, the Distinguished Speaker Series was held off campus for the first time. Guests gathered for each speaker at the mouthwatering Tex-Mex cuisine restaurant, Cocina 214, in downtown Winter Park.   Continue reading

Data at the Speed of Light
A device resembling a plastic honeycomb yet much smaller than a bee's stinger can steer light beams around tighter curves than ever before possible, while keeping the integrity and intensity of the beam intact.  Continue reading

Homicide Paperclip Chain
Lining the walls of the sociology department are thousands of paperclips, 13,716 to be exact. Over 1,000 feet of paperclips circle the inner wall on the fourth floor of Howard Phillips Hall. Each paperclip represents one murder victim over the span of one year (2013) in the United States. 

Bugging Out: Entomology Club Educates Young Students
The Entomological Society of Central Florida (ESCF) at UCF recently visited 4th and 5th grade classes at Evans Elementary School for the first time.  Continue reading

New Anthropology Certificate Allows Career Expansion
Starting this fall, the  anthropology department  will be offering a new certificate giving students the opportunity to pursue the study of the growing field of global health.  Continue reading
Knights in New York
On Saturday, March 7, over 60 Knights gathered together in New York City for a UCF Networking Knight. Nicholson School of Communication instructor Joan McCain and a group of 13 advertising/public relations students traveled to New York for spring break to learn about careers in the Big Apple Continue reading

Online Psychology Degree Ranked Top 15
The online psychology degree at the University of Central Florida is one of the best in the nation according to , with a current ranking of No. 14.  Continue reading

Staff Council Fundraising Event
All faculty, staff and students are welcome. Wednesday, April 15, 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m., Cape Florida Ballroom, Student Union. Tickets Available Now in the College of Sciences, Room 201, 407-823-1913 (9:00a.m. - 4:00p.m.)  Continue reading

Alumni News
Alumna Assists Autistic Children in Central Florida

As Amanda Walker, '14, works towards becoming a board certified behavior analyst, she thanks her UCF psychology degree for the opportunities she has received thus far in her career.

Her hard work and dedication throughout her undergraduate experience at UCF paid off when she was accepted into UCF's Applied Learning and Instruction Master's program. Continue reading


UCF Grad Invests Political Background in Finance
Todd Scholl, '97, says his political science degree from UCF has been valuable to his career working in investment banking and corporate finance and dealing with nationalized companies outside of the U.S.
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