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May 2017 News & Updates
COS Events
COS Ph.D. Celebration
The College of Sciences will honor graduating spring '17 doctoral students at a special pre-commencement celebration on Fri., May 5 at 3 p.m. in the Physical Sciences Building. Read more
COS Graduation Reception 
The College of Sciences will host its traditional graduation reception on Sat., May 6 at 11 a.m. in the  Psychology Building. Students will have the opportunity to return their graduation regalia, connect with faculty and learn how to stay involved with UCF as alumni. RSVP
UCF Downtown Groundbreaking
UCF Downtown's groundbreaking ceremony will be held on Thurs., May 11 f rom 10:30   to 11:45 a.m at the UCF Center for Emerging Media. Come join the celebration of the new facilities with local and state leaders, the Howard Middle School show choir and UCF Marching Knights. Read more
COS Highlights     
UCF Roots Into Sustainability Efforts

UCF's commitment to being sustainable showed at this year's Arbor Day celebration on April 19. Students planted 15 trees, contributing to more than 7,500 others on campus. UCF is recognized as a Tree Campus USA for its dedication to the environment  and sustainability initiatives. Read more
UCF Celebrates Research  
Every year, both undergraduate and graduate students showcase their research during UCF's Research Week. This year's COS students continued to impress with their work. 
New Program Teaches Students Civics
The Lou Frey Institute's Florida Joint Center for Citizenship just launched Civics360, a new online program focused on helping middle school students learn about civics. It is already being used in classrooms across Florida and the United States. Read more
Faculty Spotlights
Chemistry Professor Discovers Energy Breakthrough
UCF Assistant Professor Dr. Fernando Uribe-Romo has found out how to trigger photosynthesis in a synthetic material. The process can turn greenhouse gas into clean air and produce energy at the same time.  Read more
COS Associate Dean Named Pegasus Professor 
College of Sciences Associate Dean Dr. Jana Jasinski is one of five professors who joined a distinguished group of faculty members at the university this year: Pegasus Professor Award recipients.The Pegasus Professor Award is the highest academic honor an educator can receive at UCF.  Read more

COS Professor Honored with Reach For The Stars Award 

Department of Biology Assistant Professor Dr. Kate Mansfield is one of the University of Central Florida's brightest early career professors. She was honored with the Reach for the Stars Award for her cutting-edge research, including her internationally recognized study of sea turtle migration. Read more
Student Stories
A Student's Journey from Prison to Law School
First-generation UCF political science student Angel Sanchez was in prison with a 30-year sentence at age 16. He's now graduating from UCF as president of Moot Court and an Order of the Pegasus Recipient. He wants to help make education accessible to people in all walks of life.  Read more
"Shark Tank" Internship Program Keeps Growing
This year, there are four UCF Nicholson School of Communication students going to Hollywood through the Clay Newbill Hollywood Internship Program. They will be interning on ABC's award-winning TV show Shark Tank. The students will get hands-on experience working in different production areas of the show.  Read more

First-Generation Student Fueled By Passion to Help Those Underrepresented

First-generation student and UCF psychology major Elizabeth Santiago's road to college hasn't been an easy one. She credits hard work, determination and UCF's resources with helping her get where she is today. Read more

Winning Research
Advocating for Women in STEM  
Department of Physics doctoral student Brian Zamarripa just received funding to research gender differences in physics through a National Science  Foundation fellowship. The first generation Mexican American identifies as being part of a minority himself and wants to help women in physics overcome obstacles. Read more
Biology Student's Research Earns Unique Experience

Biology student Heidi Waite was accepted into the Frost Scholarship Programme and won UCF's Distinguished Undergraduate Research Award for May 2017. As a Frost Scholar,  Heidi will acquire a one-year master's degree in MSc biodiversity conservation and management at the University of Oxford in England.  Read more
NSF Funded Research Could Help Cure Disease
UCF Department of Chemistry doctoral student Riley Gentry just won a competitive graduate research fellowship from the National Science Foundation. His proposed research is on ribosome assembly, which is crucial for all life on Earth. Read more
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