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Dean's Circle of Merit

Dean's Circle of Merit
The Dean's Circle of Merit is a prestigious award recognizing Judy Genshaft Honors students upon graduation. The Dean's Circle of Merit was created to recognize students who have actively taken part and contributed to the honors college community. There are prestigious awards across campus to reward students who go above and beyond their major to be involved on campus, but this award is meant to specifically award those dedicated to the honors college and/or Office of National Scholars’ (ONS) community and legacy. There are four areas of distinction for the Dean's Circle of Merit that students may be recognized for that represent the core values of the Judy Genshaft Honors College.

The four categories include:

Has demonstrated considerable leadership within the Judy Genshaft Honors College community (including ONS) with a dedication to guiding others through the Judy Genshaft Honors College experience. 

Has dedicated a significant amount of time and energy to volunteering on campus, in the Tampa Bay area, or on a global scale through the Judy Genshaft Honors College community.

Has pursued extensive research within the Judy Genshaft Honors College (including ONS), such as through completing exemplary thesis, working with the Office of Undergraduate Research, and/or presenting at conferences.

Global Citizenship
Has shown a significant presence in the global community, actively working to become a more accomplished global citizen through study abroad, learning of culture, and/or taking advantage of the numerous opportunities through the Judy Genshaft Honors College. 

Judy Genshaft Honors College Faculty and Staff are responsible for nominating honors students who are graduating the current academic semester for this award (excluding summer semesters). Towards the end of the semester, nominated students will receive an email from the Dean of the Judy Genshaft Honors College and will be asked to submit additional application materials for further consideration. The application will be reviewed by a panel from the Judy Genshaft Honors College Student Council, the Judy Genshaft Honors LLC, the Office of National Scholars, and Judy Genshaft Honors Faculty. The winners will be announced at the honors commencement ceremony at the end of the semester. Students who receive the award are allowed to wear their stoles at their USF-wide graduation commencement ceremony.

Previous Recipients:

Fall 2019 Recipients

Leadership- Kayla Weiss
Service- Shalini Pandey
Research- Phillip Barrison
Global Citizenship- Ashley Phillipson

Spring 2019 Recipients

  • Leadership- Jasmine Burnett
  • Service- Nader Tabsh
  • Research- Kilian Kelly
  • Global Citizenship- Hiwot Zewdie

Fall 2018 Recipients

  • Leadership- Shawn Zamani
  • Service- Dhalia Bumbaca
  • Research- Marina Kleinschmidt Leal Santos
  • Global Citizenship- Ashley Taekpakdee

Spring 2018 Recipients

  •  Leadership- Hunter Goldenberg
  • Service- Paula Gonzalez
  • Research- Dakota Becker- Greene
  • Global Citizenship- Prachi Singh

Fall 2017 Recipients

  • Leadership- Allison Fan
  • Service- Bezawit Hiruy
  • Research- Meghana Reddy
  • Global Citizenship- Jessica Finney