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Honors students, staff, and faculty volunteer to help prepare the new Judy Genshaft
Honors College community garden.
We are so proud of the Honors students, staff, and faculty volunteered their time
alongside partners from WellFed Community, the USF Urban Food Sovereignty Group, and
the USF student Agriculture Club to help prepare the new Judy Genshaft Honors College
community garden. Located at the Botanical Gardens on USF's Tampa campus, this new
garden will be used both for education and to address local food insecurity.
Two USF Honors Students Named 2021 Key Into Public Service Scholars – Only Two In
We are so excited to announce that two Judy Genshaft Honors College students, Sarah
Glaser and Samuel Rechek, were selected as Key into Public Service Scholars by The
Phi Beta Kappa Society, the nation’s most prestigious academic honor society. Only
twenty students were selected for this award nationwide! Chosen from over 800 applicants
attending chapter institutions across the nation, each scholar will receive a $5,000
undergraduate scholarship and take part in a virtual convening in late June to receive
training, mentoring, and reflection on pathways into active citizenship.
Click here to read more.
Dr. Lindy Davidson, Honors Associate Dean, and Philip Barrison, Honors alum, publish
Congratulations Dr. Lindy Davidson and Philip Barrison on the publication of your
article, “Promotion of Advance Care Planning Among Young Adults: A Pilot Study of
Health Engagement Workshop Feasibility, Implementation, and Efficacy,” in American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.
We are so proud of you both! To read their article, click here.
Honors student named 2020 Fulbright recipient.
Libbi is one of three 2020 Fulbright recipients in the Judy Genshaft Honors College.
She graduated with concurrent BFA/BA degrees in Studio Art & Philosophy, with certificates
in Art History and Business. Currently, she works as Exhibitions Coordinator and Grant
Consultant at Tempus Projects, as an onsite airbnb host, and as a barista at a supermarket.
She will be going to Guayaquil, Ecuador as a Fulbright Creative Research Scholar where
she will 3D scan artifacts at the Museo Antropológico y de Arte Contemporaneo to produce
an exhibition incorporating these digital files into a virtual and physical realm. Congratulations Libbi!
Dr. Holly Donahue Singh, Honors faculty member, publishes article.
Congratulations Dr. Holly Donahue Singh, Honors faculty member, on the publication
of your article, “Numbering others: Religious demography, identity, and fertility
management experiences in contemporary India,” in Social Science & Medicine, one of
the top interdisciplinary health journals for social scientists.
Click here to read the article.
Judy Genshaft Honors College Spring 2020 Commencement
On May 7, 2020 we celebrated our Spring graduates with a virtual commencement ceremony.
Click here to take a look at the entire ceremony!
Judy Genshaft Honors College Senior Becomes First USF Student to Earn Prestigious
Award for Fully Funded PhD at Stanford University.
University of South Florida Judy Genshaft Honors College senior and Pure Mathematics
major, Keller Blackwell, has been named a 2020 Knight-Hennessy Scholar. This award
will fully fund his PhD in Computer Science at Stanford, one of the world’s top-ranked
universities, and immerse him in a community of exceptional scholars. He is the first
USF student to receive this honor and the only recipient among Florida colleges or
universities this year.
Click here to read more about Keller Blackwell!
Judy Genshaft Honors College Student, Alexander Mercier, selected for prestigious
Undergraduate Complexity Research Program at the Santa Fe Institute (SFI), in New
Alexander Mercier, a double Mathematics and Microbiology major in the Judy Genshaft
Honors College, is among only ten students nationwide, selected for the 2020 cohort
of the prestigious Undergraduate Complexity Research Program at the Santa Fe Institute
(SFI), in New Mexico. The institute specializes in the emerging science of complex
networked systems, with research ranging from cancer evolution to how the science
of cities may drive sustainable development.
Alexander’s interest in complexity grew from his research at USF, where he is applying
network analysis in Dr. Andrew Kramer’s lab in the Department of Organismal and Integrative
Biology. The goal of this work is to understand the impact of weather and climate
on the spread of an infection responsible the white nose syndrome in the Little Brown
Dr. Alan Bush and his Honors Resilience Practicum students recognized by Pasco County.
Dr. Alan Bush and Judy Genshaft Honors College students Charles Nyberg & Shelby Knobel
were recognized today by Pasco County for their work on community resilience through
the Honors Resilience Practicum. Through this practicum, Dr. Bush and his students
studied how the ecological effects of climate change can impact Tampa Bay in infrastructural,
economic, political and social ways.
Click here to see photos!
Boundless Bulls: Judy Genshaft Honors College Alumnus Awarded Prestigious Rangel Fellowship
Judy Genshaft Honors College alumnus Ivan Pineda has been recognized by the Charles
B. Rangel International Affairs Program as a 2020 Rangel Fellow. Pineda is the third
Rangel Fellow in USF history. Pineda is one of only 30 fellows selected this year
from hundreds of applicants representing institutions across the United States.
Learn more about Ivan!
Honors student, Jeannette Myrick, has been named a Boundless Bull!
After studying abroad in Thailand, Jeannette Myrick's perspective on human health
shifted. She now plans to help marginalized communities gain access to health care.
Learn more about Jeannette!
Honors student, Richa Bisht, has been named a Boundless Bull!
Richa Bisht was recently highlighted by USF as a Boundless Bull! She is a National
Merit Scholar, and a Judy Genshaft Honors College 7-year medical student.
Learn more about Richa!
Renderings of the New Judy Genshaft Honors College Building Now Available!
We are excited to reveal the latest renderings of the new Judy Genshaft Honors College
building! Five-stories tall and approximately 80,000 square feet, this building will
be the new home for Honors students on the USF Tampa campus.
Learn More About The Building, and View The New Renderings Here!
Honors Students Develop a Portable Energy Source For Rural Africa!
Eight Judy Genshaft Honors College Students were selected for a challenging and rewarding
research program funded by the National Science Foundation. The objective of the project
was to develop a renewable energy source based on a novel scientific concept, with
the goal of making basic commodities accessible to rural and tribal villages in Africa.
We are so proud of our students!
Read More About Them Here!
Dr. Wilkins Awarded for Community Engaged Teaching Techniques!
Judy Genshaft Honors College faculty member, Dr. Catherine Wilkins, was recently awarded
during the USF Outstanding Faculty Awards ceremony. She received an award for Community
Engaged Teaching. We are so proud!
Meagan Gillespie received a fellowship through the American Association for Marriage
and Family Therapy Research & Education Foundation’s Minority Fellowship Program,
which supports the training of culturally competent mental health and substance abuse
researchers and practitioners.
"My ultimate goal is to be a licensed marriage and family therapist that specializes
with youth in underserved communities with minority populations, particularly Black
and African Americans," said Meagan. "I aim to have my own practice or be partnered
with a practice that shares my passion for urban communities and their unique needs.
Read more here.
Mani Bindal, Kobe Robichaux, Hilmi-Muss Mustafa, Aizara Ermekbaeva, and Kendall Chaves
completed a competitive clinical research internship with Tampa General Hospital (TGH)
in the of Summer 2019. During this intensive program, they conducted clinical research
focused on transplant patient outcomes, and were mentored by TGH physicians whom they
had the opportunity to shadow on the job. The students then presented their research
findings and were recognized with certifications for their hard work!
Stepahnie Lindeman, the Student Academic Success Graduate Assistant (GA) helps students
cope with stress, balancing their work loads, time management skills and much more
on a daily basis. Stephanie used to host weekly Mindfulness workshops in the Allen
building, when she received a request to post videos with mindfulness excersizes.
She quickly realized she can reach more students through social media and potentially
help more people! This Fall semester we launched the #honorsmindfulnessmondays series
on InstagramTV. Stephanie explains the basics of what mindfulness is and how it can
help in our daily lives. She also guides viewers through different excersizes and
challenge them to practice on their own! Click here to watch the series and here to read more about our Student Academic Success GAs!
Avalon Jade Theisen, was excited to be one of 35 candidates competing for the position
of Miss Florida the last week of June. Avalon Jade loves being part of the USF community
and is active on campus not only with Miss USF appearances, an average of twice per
week, but also with Sigma Kappa Sorority, Religious Studies Club, Bulls for Kids,
and the Provost Scholars Program. As an action advocate for 10 years, Avalon Jade
empowers people of all ages to Conserve It Forward through Small Acts that create
Big Change for our planet and ourselves, which is also her Impact Statement for Miss
Florida. Please visit www.AvalonJade.com to learn more about her journey.
Megan, majoring in environmental science and policy, is one of two 2019 Fulbright
UK University of Exeter Summer Institute on Climate Change scholarship recipients.
Megan is both a Judy Genshaft Honors College and a second-year Provost's Scholars
Program student. Click here to read the full story.
Eric, second-year Judy Genshaft Honors College student majoring in geology, is one
of two 2019 Fulbright UK University of Exeter Summer Institute on Climate Change scholarship
recipients. Click here to read the full story.
Timothy, a rising Honors College senior, business and pre-medical student, was named
Moffitt Cancer Center's "student volunteer of the year." He has volunteered over 220
hours in the past year. Read more about this well-rouned honors student here.
Former USF Geosciences and Honors College student as well as Provost Scholars Program
student, graduated her UG in just over 2 years in 2018 and has now been selected for
the Capitol Hill Scholars Program. Click here to read more
David Gaviria, recent Honors Grad, will be atteding the University of North Carolina
at Chapel Hill to purse a Master of Public Health with Registered Dietitian Training.
David was recognized by UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health as a Gillings
Merit Scholar, an award given to a select group of exceptional incoming graduate students.
He was also awarded the first ever MPH student assistantship in the Department of
Nutrition’s history. UNC is ranked the #1 public School of Public Health and #2 overall.
David received a scholarship to the University of Michigan as well.
She was selected to teach English to elementary kids in Japan as part of the Japan
Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program. She will enhance her Japanese skills while showing
the kids how confident and energetic the Americans are! Click here to learn more about the program.
She was selected for a scholarhsip to attend the University of Oxford to obtain a
Msc in Envirnmental Change and Management. Click here to read more about Awa!
She was recently accepted to the PhD program in Integrated Biomedical Sciences with
a concentration in Neuroscience, here at USF. Click here for more information about the program.
She is one of six USF Undergraduate Health students who were highlighted during the
2019 Health Research Day for earning an Undergraduate Research Award. Click here to read more.
Honors alum, Patrick Mullen, is one of two USF students awarded a scholarship by Hillsborough
County Medical Association (HCMA). Click here to read more!
She is awarded the fully-funded Florida State University Garnet and Gold Law Scholarship
to pursue her Juris Doctor degree. She was also accepted into Stetson Law School (with
a full scholarship) and the University of Florida.