Golden Bull Awards
The Golden Bull Award is one of USF's highest honors given annually (in the spring semester) to up to 20 deserving undergraduate and graduate students who encompass the spirit of USF and have demonstrated its values. Recipients must exemplify exceptional leadership and service to the University and the community and meet the following criteria to apply for the award:
- Must have completed a minimum of 60 semester hours for undergraduate or 12 hours for graduate by the Fall semester of the year that you apply. All authorized credits toward degrees count in this tabulation, including dual enrollment and transfer credits.
- Must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.
- Must be in good standing with the university.
- Must have demonstrated a commitment to the values of USF and leadership on campus.
The University of South Florida is dedicated to excellence and the Golden Bull recipients embrace and epitomize the following values of the institution:
- Leadership within the community
- Engagement with the community and public service
- Success and academic achievement through research, pursuit of knowledge and critical thinking skills
- Enhanced global experience and understanding of cultural and ethnic diversity
- Development of personal and professional potential
- Demonstrated commitment to respect, integrity, and civility
Student Affairs supports these values through programs, services, and activities that
enhance the student's out of classroom experience and recognizes students through
this award that have lived these values during their tenure at USF.
2019 Golden Bull Award
Applications for the 2019 Golden Bull Award are now open and will close at 5:00pm
on Tuesday, February 26. Click here to apply for the highly coveted Golden Bull Award on BullSync.
Golden Bull Recipients
Anne is a Doctor of Medicine candidate in the Morsani College of Medicine. At USF, Anne has served as President of the Healthcare Improvement Group and Vice President of the Women in Surgery Interest Group. Anne states that one of her most significant volunteering experiences came from the organization ESTEEM—Empowering Survivors Through Educational Experiences in Medicine—of which she serves as Co-President. This organization empowers women to take charge of their health and their lives through monthly educational modules and lunch meetings on topics such as recognizing signs of domestic violence and interventions specific to medical professionals.
Anne has participated in two significant research projects that have the potential to modify current standards of care for kidney and blood cancers, one of which led to a first author publication in the scientific journal Internal Immunology. Anne is motivated by the pursuit of new knowledge and the opportunity to apply her critical thinking skills to better patients’ health.
After graduation, Anne hopes to return to USF for residency in OB/GYN or pediatrics and then ultimately serve in an advisory capacity to biomedical companies.
Blanche will graduate this December with a degree in Computer Science. In this degree program, Blanche has conducted research on artificial human-machine reasoning. This work is contributing to the future of machines attaining human-level and logical reasoning.
In addition to her academic pursuits, Blanche has served the USF community as a Resident Assistant, as Regional Junior Representative under the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, as a member of the USF Model United Nations team, and as the student coordinator of the Oxfam Hunger Banquet hosted annually by the CLCE.
Last summer Blanche was selected for Twitter’s #DevelopHER Conference, which afforded her the opportunity to tour headquarters and participate in a conference focused on professional development and networking with students from all over the country. This summer Blanche will serve as the Software Engineering Qualitative Analyst Intern at Twitter.
Blanche plans to earn both her master’s and doctorate and ultimately pursue a career in software development.
A nine-year Army veteran, Bradford has quite a bit more experience than the traditional college student. Bradford prides himself on using that experience to offer others a different perspective and help them find solutions to their problems.
Bradford will graduate in May with a degree in Geology, after which he plans to pursue doctoral study in seismology and applied geophysics. He also aims to help the community through volunteer tutoring and the development of an after-school program for a local middle school. He has already gotten a head start on this goal through his student organization’s work offering free tutoring in math and physics to kids every Sunday.
Bradford’s undergraduate research includes performing research on a little understood rock type as well as a project that involves analyzing seismic and infrared data to better understand volcanic eruptions.
Bradford ultimately plans to work for the United States Geological Survey after completing his PhD.
Casey is graduating next month with a degree in Health Sciences. She has dedicated four years to leadership on the Honors College Student Council, most recently serving as President this year.
Casey has presented twice at the USF Research and Arts Colloquium on topics ranging from the transformation of beauty standards over time to the refugee crisis in Germany and its relationship with the German national identity.
Service is near and dear to Casey’s heart, as evidenced through participation in Stampede of Service and work with Metropolitan Ministries, Feeding Tampa Bay, and several other local and global organizations. Following graduation, Casey will travel with seven other women to Thailand for three weeks of anti-trafficking work. After this service trip, Casey will travel to Cambodia to begin a three-month physical therapy internship where she will actively practice physiotherapy. In Spring 2019 you can find Casey pursuing a Doctorate of Physical Therapy in Scotland before starting her career in physical therapy with military veterans.
Graduating in May with degrees in Biomedical Sciences and Psychology, Dakota is an Honors College student who has dedicated his USF career to creating lasting opportunities and experiences for others. After noticing a lack of community for undergraduate researchers on campus, Dakota co-founded the Undergraduate Research Society, which has built a collaborative community of over 1,000 students across multiple academic disciplines. As a Resident Assistant, Dakota realized a gap in Living Learning Community offerings and proposed a pre-health community that will launch this coming Fall.
Dakota has also served USF as a Peer Facilitator for the Office of Undergraduate Research, a USF Ambassador, and as President of the Pre-Medical American Medical Student Association, where he has worked to reduce financial strain on peers undergoing surgeries.
Last summer Dakota participated in a clinical research internship that allowed him to work on a retrospective clinical analysis of liver transplant patients. Dakota plans to continue his research pursuits in a post-graduate research position or in a pharmacology master’s program.
Fabiana Eschevarria Quiñones
Graduating in May with a degree in Public Health, Fabiana views her education as a solid foundation for living out her values of social justice and equality. Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Fabiana’s love for learning has fueled her dedication and commitment to USF.
Fabiana’s leadership journey was sparked at the Emerging Leaders Institute, for which she also served as a Facilitator for two years after her participation. Through the Health Service Corps, the Disaster and Humanitarian Relief Student Collaborative, and the National Residence Hall Honorary, Fabiana has been able to live out her commitment to civic engagement through her work with several vulnerable populations.
Fabiana was part of the first student cohort from USF that studied in Cuba, and she also participated in a summer course at the University of Exeter in England—an experience she shared with students from more than 20 countries. Before committing to a graduate program, Fabiana will take a year to serve with AmeriCorps or teach English Broad.
Flandra is an Honors College student who will be graduating this year with bachelor degrees in both Social Work and Sociology. As President of the Social Work Society and a college Senator in Student Government, Flandra has made great strides in raising awareness of issues that affect our community and legislating change. Since her enrollment in the Summer Research Institute at the Florida Mental Health Institute, Flandra has research the potential use of an art therapy program she believes could be a useful tool in eliminating stigma and barriers for individuals facing mental health illnesses.
Flandra’s leadership on campus has include service to the Civic Engagement Board within the Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement, where she helped organized two major events for the Human Rights and Immigration Committee. She also has served as a Safe Zone Training Program facilitator with the Office of Multicultural Affairs, educating others on the ways in which allyship is created and practiced for members of the LGBTQ+ community.
After graduation Flandra expects to continue her education pursuing a master’s degree in Social Work and ultimately engage in both micro and macro community work.
Hunter is graduating from USF with a degree in Business Analytics and Information Systems with a Concentration in Cybersecurity. He has served as principal investigator on his Honors thesis research focused on suicide prediction analytics. Hunter has also conducted and presented research on how the incorporation of augmented and virtual realities in the classroom correlate to higher success and retention.
Hunter has served in several leadership roles on and off campus, starting his first year as a Senator on Hall Council, which led to other roles in Residential Education, including Resident Assistant and Faculty in Residence Liaison. Additionally, Hunter has gotten heavily involved with the City of St. Petersburg Sunshine Center, where he has focused on assisting senior citizens in navigating Android smartphones and web security.
Hunter has a passion for making the world a better place through his research and will progress to doctoral studies and eventually becoming a university faculty member following his undergraduate career.
Jia will graduate in May with a dual degree in Accounting and Business Analytics and Information Systems. She has studied abroad in Italy, England, and India, and has completed several competitive internships with Northwestern Mutual, Raymond James Financial, and, this past summer, Goldman Sachs in their New York City headquarters. This internship was ranked by Forbes as one of the top five most prestigious internships in 2017.
Last summer Jia was offered postgraduate offers from the Internal Audit department of Goldman Sachs and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Jia will work as an auditor with PwC following graduation, using her research capabilities and knowledge to inform her work. One of her biggest dreams is to help the public regain trust in the financial industry.
Jia has served the University in a number of capacities, including Vice President of Finance for Tri Delta sorority, Chief Financial Officer and Vice Chair of the Activity and Service Committee in Student Government, mentor in the Bulls Business Community, and a USF Ambassador. She is also the founder of the USF chapter of Project Pengyou, which means “friendship” and focuses on building bridges between Chinese and domestic students.
Jonathan will graduate this summer with bachelor degrees in Geology and Environmental Sciences and Policy. As a Policy and Advocacy Intern, Jonathan developed a campaign that focused on utilizing ecosystem services to gain support for restoration strategies that would return water into Everglades National Park instead of wasting it to sea. This experience motivated Jonathan to study abroad in Israel, where he conducted research on the social and environmental justice issues of cross border pollution from the West Bank into Israel caused by charcoal production. These experiences challenged Jonathan to apply concepts learned at USF to real world situations and earned him recognition as an American Institute of Professional Geologists National Scholar.
Jonathan has served as student liaison, treasurer, and now two year president of the Geology Club at USF. Through this organization Jonathan has had the opportunity to use fossils to interpret important environmental concepts at Wiregrass Ranch High School. He has volunteered extensively in educating middle and high school students about the environment and about college and leadership.
Jonathan aspires to leadership in the National Park Service or an environmental NGO, working toward alleviating environmental damage and developing science-based policy.
This year Kamal was appointed to Chief Resident of the USF Occupational Medicine Residency Program, and he is pursuing a Master of Science in Public Health. Kamal was drawn to USF because of the education and encouragement to pursue research. Since coming to USF, he has engaged in research that was integral in helping expedite deployment of emergency personnel after Hurricanes Irma and Maria.
Kamal was appointed by the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners to serve on the Diversity Advisory Council, where he helped devise a plan for community intervention prior to emergencies. In his second year, Kamal was elected to Vice Chair of the council.
Kamal has worked at the BRIDGE Clinic to support third and four year medical students and undergraduate students in research pursuits and presentations. While his immediate goal after graduation is to complete a fellowship in Interventional Pain Medicine at the Deuk (Duke) Spinal Institute, long Kamal plans to establish an occupational medicine cline and educate future Occupational Medicine residents.
Lauren is an Honors College student graduating next month with a degree in Public Health and a minor in Spanish. She desires to work in the field of Global Health—a calling that has been reinforced through several meaningful experiences during her tenure at USF, including her involvement with Relay for Life, volunteer roles at the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital, and several international opportunities.
Lauren traveled to a community in the Puerto Plata province of the Dominican Republic for 11 days this past December, where she assisted in the construction of a kitchen that directly affects the health of local children through consistent nutrition. She also interviewed families using a socio-nutritional profile survey in order to better understand issues around food security in the town. After studying abroad in Spain her first year at USF, Lauren returned to campus and became a Global Ambassador—and eventually a Student Recruiter—for the Education Abroad Office.
Lauren will continue her passion for civic engagement and sustainable development through graduate study at Brown University in the Fall. There she will pursue a Master of Public Health, with a concentration in Global Health.
Marlene Joannie Bewa
As a Fulbright Scholar, Joannie will graduate this May with a master’s degree in Public Health and certificates in Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Joannie has proven global leadership experience, as evidenced by a March 2018 invitation from Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to advise Canada Global Policy on Maternal and Child Health. She has more than a dozen other global distinctions—including being selected for Melinda Gate’s list of six influential women on the topic of global access to contraception. These distinctions have propelled her into intentional research and service initiatives while here at USF.
Joannie currently works as the Evaluation and Research Assistant on a five million dollar grant to reduce substance abuse and improve mental health. She has also served the USF community as President of the Public Health Student Association and a member of the Women Ignite Student Engagement Advisory Council under the leadership of President Genshaft.
Joannie looks forward to pursing a PhD in Public Health after May.
Michael currently serves as the Associate Director for the Urban Scholars Outreach Program—an award winning program that serves at-risk Tampa Bay youth through free weekend tutoring in a number of subjects. Michael is pursuing a PhD in Mathematics with a Concentration in Statistics with the goal of working as a tenure track faculty in a business school teaching data analytics or quantitative finance. His research focuses on applications of time series models to automated trading systems, and he has been published in both English and Russian.
After returning from his first study abroad experience with the Muma College of Business, Michael became the first USF student ever accepted to the General Course program at the London School of Economics in Westminster—a program that hosts 300 students from top universities across the globe for a full year of study.
Michael spent the last year as the chair for the inaugural Frontiers of Statistics conference at USF. In addition to his work with various student and academic organizations, Michael is also an instructor for Business Calculus at the university.
Graduating with a dual degree in Finance and Accounting, Nandini is an Honors College student and Provost Scholar who has maintained a 4.0 GPA during her tenure at USF. Understanding firsthand the struggles of international students, Nandini has taken on leadership within the Students of India Association and the International Students Association with the goal of making her peers feel more comfortable in a foreign environment.
In addition to her student organization involvement, Nandini has demonstrated a commitment to service by volunteering as an instructor for visually impaired children at a secondary school in India and by assisting the American Red Cross with running shelter operations at a high school during Hurricane Irma.
Nandini’s honors research is tied directly to her goal to eradicate gender inequality, more specifically social impediments to Indian women’s financial literacy. Nandini strives to use her firsthand experiences with the social, cultural, economic, and political spheres of both India and the United States to design a collaboration focused on the countries’ interdependent monetary policies and capital.
Norah will graduate in May with a degree in Biomedical Sciences and a minor in Nutrition. Her leadership on campus has been felt through a number of roles including Peer Advisor for Academic Foundation, First Year Retention Advocate, Resident Assistant, President of Tradition Keepers, USF Ambassador, and more. The most impactful role Norah has had in service has come through Project Downtown, an organization that feeds individuals who are homeless in Downtown Tampa every Friday.
As a sophomore Norah was selected as a Pre-Health Scholar by the Morsani College of Medicine, which initiated her into an intensive six-week program simulating the first year of medical school. Her research focuses on how families of terminally ill cancer patients handle the prognosis and how relationships are affected.
Norah plans to attend Medical School and then return to Tampa Bay to practice in order to offer quality healthcare services as a physician and provide pre-medical students the same opportunities she has been afforded while at USF.
Priyanka is graduating this May with degrees in International Studies and Communication. She has served the University in a number of capacities, including Orientation Team Leader, Community Manager for Greek Village, Facilitator for the Emerging Leaders Institute, Campus Traditions Board Programming Director, and Order of the Golden Brahman, among others. Through these experiences Priyanka has demonstrated a commitment to sharing her passion for student involvement with her peers and igniting their flames for leadership.
Priyanka is fluent in six languages, which has afforded her the opportunity to enhance her global experience through multiple lenses. She has worked directly with Communication faculty on research studying reflexivity, qualitative inquiry, and cultural studies, and has utilized her global experiences to create a platform for unity amongst domestic and international students at USF.
Priyanka aspires to begin graduate school in the United Kingdom pursuing a master's degree in International Relations.
Graduating in May with degrees in Political Science and International Relations, Sierra has pursued knowledge through extensive research related to challenging dominant gendered dimensions in international relations. Most of her independent research offers feminist critical analysis to commonplace approaches. She is also advising a high school senior in his thesis focused on analyzing the role of internet memes in promoting masculine cultural norms in the American political system.
Sierra has served on the Women in Leadership and Philanthropy student advisory council, through which she has coordinated the annual WISE Student Symposium, emboldening the next generation of student leaders to pursue educational and philanthropic efforts. As Director of Partnership in Student Government, Sierra has revitalized lobbying efforts to include advocacy programs directed toward the Florida State legislature and municipal governments.
Sierra credits the USF in Russian program as her most transformative USF experience and plans to work as an advocate in the non-profit sector following graduation.
Graduating in May with degrees in both Biomedical Sciences and Public Health, Samari has served as a Senator for her Hall Council, a Resident Assistant in the Cypress community, Lead Facilitator for the Emerging Leaders Institute, Trip Coordinator for Bulls Service Breaks, and much more.
This past summer, Samari completed an undergraduate fellowship at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City—one of the most prestigious and competitive programs for students in her field.
With her education being the driving force to accomplish her professional goals, Samari has maintained a competitive GPA while pursuing two degrees, and will graduate from USF after three years at the age of 19.
After graduation, Samari will pursue a Masters of Public Health at Florida State University and eventually an M.D., which will allow her to accomplish her goals of mitigating disparities and providing quality healthcare to underrepresented children and families.
Graduating with a degree in Cell and Molecular Biology this May, Abdulah is an Honors College student who has demonstrated exceptional commitment to USF as a researcher, volunteer, and student leader. Abdulah's commitment to uncovering new knowledge and bringing new discoveries is evidenced in his research at the Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute at USF.
Abdulah has represented his peers as a Senator in Student Government; has encouraged fellow Bulls to join in the tradition of Stampede of Service as a team leader; and has given fellow international students a sense of belonging at the university by narrating his experiences of adapting to the United States at the International Students Culture Shock Prevention Program.
One recommender states, “I am continually amazed at the refreshingly creative solutions to problems that Abdulah enacts. He has a brilliant mind and a caring heart.”
Chelsea is Political Science major graduating in May. Upon entering the University, Chelsea made a personal commitment to seek a fresh start, new experiences, and a growth in perspective—all of which she feels she accomplished through her dynamic work, leadership, and volunteer experiences at USF.
For example, Chelsea has served as Senior Justice on the USF Student Government Supreme Court, where she has contributed to increased access and transparency with the student body as well as other unified efforts. In addition to her Student Government, Chelsea has been a leader within the USF Chinese Culture & Language Club, USF Office of Undergraduate Research, USF Mock Trial Club, and the Order of the Golden Brahman.
Chelsea has served as a Research Assistant with the US Senate Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs & Federal Management and plans to pursue a career in immigration law before serving in public office to represent her community on a greater level.
Graduating in May with a degree in Biomedical Science and a minor in Psychology, George is part of the seven-year medical program here at USF and will join the class of 2021 at Morsani this Fall.
For George, being a doctor requires more than just having the knowledge and skills to treat patients and their diseases. Being a doctor requires care, compassion, communication, and leadership, all skills and capacities George has developed as a student leader, researcher, and volunteer.
As a sophomore, George founded a student organization called HOPE—Helping Other People Excel—which was designed to offer students the ability to serve their community, more specifically underprivileged students in a local Title I school. George has been recognized on the Dean’s List every semester since starting at USF, and has shared his knowledge and success as a tutor in subjects such as Biochemistry, Cell Biology, and Genetics at the Academic Success Center.
Shane is a Cell and Molecular Biology major with a minor in Psychology who will also graduate this May. Once voted by the USF Orientation team as the Most Valuable Player, Shane has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to the University of South Florida as a USF Ambassador and a member of the Order of the Golden Brahman, USF Rotaract, the Honors College, and the inaugural Senior Gift Committee.
Shane created the first ever Pre-Medical American Medical Student Association mentorship program, which connected over 112 USF pre-med students to 91 current medical students.
A true turning point for Shane was being invited to engage in the Honors Research Scholars Program, which has led to nearly four years of research at the Florida Center for Drug Discovery and Innovation and a newfound love for chemistry. After graduation, Shane will attend the University of Oxford for a master’s degree in Pharmacology.
A two-time Bull earning master’s degrees in Sports Management and Business Administration, Jonathan credits his leadership development to opportunities with the Emerging Leaders Institute, Lead Fellows, and the once-in-a-lifetime experience of being crowned Homecoming King. In 2011, Jonathan was also the founding president of Phi Kappa Phi at USF.
After being in the workforce for three years, Jonathan returned to graduate school at USF to continue his legacy within the university. He states, “Every morning I woke up with a passion to make a difference on campus,” and that is what has set him apart as a valuable asset to this community.
Jonathan aspires to take on new leadership within the Tampa Bay Lightning, where he currently serves as an Account Representative. Additionally, his commitment to service is evidenced in his volunteer roles in the “Guide the Thunder” mentoring program and the Human Society, among others.
Graduating next month with a degree in Cell and Molecular Biology, Paige has a special interest in bioinformatics, a field of study new to the university’s academic plan. Paige is an award-winning, published undergraduate researcher within the field of bioinformatics who will present her research at an international conference later this year.
Paige’s significant accomplishments extend beyond the lab, as she has also been instrumental in the adoption of BullSync for student engagement and in the development of the Involvement Consultants housed in the Center for Student Involvement & Fraternity/Sorority Life. As the student chair of the Fraternity/Sorority Life Task Force, Paige led the creation of a new assessment process for fraternal organizations at USF after benchmarking over 60 universities and managing a committee of students, faculty, staff, and alumni.
Paige has been a dynamic, innovative leader in multiple areas at USF.
Dalia will graduate in May with degrees in International Studies and Anthropology. Motivated by her early experiences moving from a private Muslim school to a public school, Dalia’s personal mission involves using her knowledge in public policy as the bridge between theory and action as she creates positive change alongside grassroots organizations effecting public policy.
In her application, Dalia states, “As a public servant, activist, and academic I will dig deeper into the situations of structural violence that public polices often aggravate.” Dalia will continue this journey of advocacy-focused research and engagement as a 2017 Fulbright at the University of Bristol.
Dalia found family within the Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement, serving with Bulls for Kids and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa. Her leadership on campus led her to be a Senator in Student Government, an officer in the International Students Association, and a USF Ambassador.
Ryan is currently pursuing a masters of public health with plans to graduate in August 2017. As the graduate advisor in the Office of National Scholarships, Ryan has been instrumental in mentoring students through competitive national scholarship applications, resulting in 25 national award recipients being accepted to education abroad programs.
Ryan advocated to conduct research on the practices and perceptions of tap water and bottled water consumption of the USF Tampa campus, aiming to reduce USF’s carbon footprint and initiate positive change in our community. His career objective is to provide sustainable clean water solutions to global communities through collaboration and empowerment and to consult with a development or environment health agency.
Ryan’s mission is simple: “My desire is always to leave a place better than I found it, and my time here at USF has been no different.”
Chris Griffin is a Political Science and Economics major in the Honors College. Throughout his USF Career, Chris has demonstrated leadership in the community through his work within the Office of Orientation, Fraternity & Sorority Life, New Student Connections, and, most recently, Student Government as the USF Student Body President. In this position, Chris has played a vital role in establishing programs and initiatives for students, managing a budget of $400,000, and assisting with the allocation of 15 million dollars in activity and service fee funds for student affairs departments, student organizations, and campus initiatives.
Chris has demonstrated engagement with the community and public service by lobbying to the Florida legislature on behalf of students in the state of Florida. Chris has connected his public service to his academic endeavors by presenting policy recommendations to change Florida statutes based on his research on sexual assault legislation.
Chris states, “It is not the titles that will reflect my legacy. It is the lives that I have touched that will me be remembered.”
Evan Johnson will graduate in May as an Honors student majoring in Biomedical Sciences with a minor in Psychology. During his tenure at USF, Evan has gained research experience with the USF Department of Psychology and the Moffitt Cancer Center Department of Immunology.
Evan plans to continue his path toward a career as a physician by attending medical school in August. Ultimately, he hopes to work at a non-profit hospital where he can successfully collaborate with teams of healthcare professionals to provide high-quality solutions and care within the community. Evan also hopes to be involved with academic medicine, teaching future physicians and medical professionals as a professor.
Evan has exemplified exceptional leadership as an Orientation Team Leader, Resident Assistant, Student Government Senator, Civic Engagement Board member, and both Founder and Vice President of Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity. One recommender emphatically stated that she truly believes Evan is on the cusp of greatness!
As a student in the 7-year medical BS/MD program here at USF, Nadia will graduate this summer with a degree in Biomedical Sciences, and again in 2020 with her Doctorate in Medicine.
When it comes to her education, Nadia thinks critically, explores applications, and conducts independent research so she can provide the best care to her future patients. Humanitarian outreach is a deeply rooted passion for Nadia. This passion was further shaped by her experiences as a USF student. A notable role Nadia has played has been at the USF Health BRIDGE Clinic—a student-run clinic serving a local population of uninsured individuals needing medical care.
Nadia also spearheaded the creation of Movement Influencing Neurological Disorders—also known as MIND—which is a student organization committed to raising awareness of disorders and providing volunteer activities for USF students. As a leader in three religious organizations, Nadia embodies the value of diversity at USF and is a model for inclusive excellence for her peers.
According to Sabrina, her blood is green and gold. Her parents met at USF. Her two siblings are also pursuing their dreams at USF. And as a Bull family, they are committed to the values of diversity, service, and academic excellence. All of these are evident in Sabrina’s experiences and contributions to USF.
Sabrina matriculated into the Morsani College of Medicine in Fall 2016 as a member of the 7-year medical program. Sabrina has demonstrated her heart for service by serving as a leader for Project Downtown, a homeless advocacy group that provides food, clothing, and conversation every Friday to individuals who are homeless. She also organizes health fairs and local free clinics where individuals receive free health screenings, vaccines, health education, and patient care.
Sabrina is currently a Patient Safety student working on a research project that will help pinpoint causes of medical errors and pose solutions to the problem.
Alejandra Mallorga Hernandez
Alejandra is an Honors student majoring in Biomedical Sciences with a minor in Public Health. Alejandra has made significant contributions to both our local and global communities during her time at USF.
In Summer 2015, Alejandra served as an English teach at a low-income school in Peru. In Tampa, she serves as the Community Outreach Director with the Premedical American Student Association—a role that allows her to be the link between the John Knox Retirement Community and USF students. Alejandra developed a volunteer program that encourages USF students to do artistic activities with Tampa residents with moderate Alzheimer’s.
Additionally, Alejandra collaborates with the Morsani School of Medicine to host Spanish Enrichment Clinics that target first and second year medical students to teach them Spanish terminology, helping them broaden their perspectives and become more culturally aware.
Alejandra’s research is focused on a new metric to prevent liver cancer recurrence. She will pursue a research master’s degree followed by an MD.
Sarina Masso Maldonado
Sarina is an Honors College student who will graduate in May with a degree in Biomedical Sciences, after which she will pursue her doctorate in Medicine at the Indiana University School of Medicine.
As a first-year student, Sarina became a research volunteer at the Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute. For two years she worked tirelessly on biochemistry lab experiments, then decided to challenge herself by presenting an original research paper about Greek mythology at a research colloquium.
Sarina’s commitment to academics complements her community engagement. For two years she has been an Emergency Room volunteer at the VA Hospital, serving veterans like her father. Sarina also does fieldwork with a group that aims to improve ER visits for patients at Tampa General Hospital.
Sarina will be leaving behind a large two-by-four-foot mosaic she created specifically to donate to the Honors College as part of her thesis. Containing thousands of manually cut pieces of glass, the mosaic represents her view of USF.
At 18 years old, Youssef will graduate this May as an Honors student majoring in Biomedical Sciences with a minor in Biomedical Engineering. Youssef’s ultimate goal is to become a neurosurgeon, and he has taken on research, volunteer, and leadership roles at USF to help him on that journey.
Youssef is currently the President of the National Society of Leadership and Success—an organization he has seen transformed since joining early in his USF career. Youssef is also the Secretary of Movement Influencing Neurological Disorders—also known as MIND—and still finds time to participate on two intramural sports teams and go sailing twice a week through Sea Scouts.
Recently, Youssef helped form a Young Muslim youth group at USF. This group provides a common meeting time for students to discuss their faith freely then enjoy fun, recreational activities. This opportunity to bond also provides new students with direct access to mentoring and support for their USF journeys.
Luis will graduate in May with a degree in Biomedical Sciences and a minor in General Public Health. An Honors College student at USF, Luis’ unique perspective on healthcare is informed by his volunteer experiences in a rural hospital in Colombia and a medical service trip to the Dominican Republic.
This passion for global health has led him to continue his studies at the University of Oxford to earn a master’s degree in Global Health Science. Luis ultimately hopes to treat underserved communities through agencies like Doctors Without Borders while contributing to the research of cardiac disease and its relationship with other rising global health concerns.
At USF, Luis has been a researcher at the Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute and Morton Mease Cardiovascular Research Department; STEM Academy Peer Mentor in the Office of Undergraduate Research; Lead Fellow in the Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement; and Ambassador for the Love Your Melon Foundation USF Chapter, among many other experiences.
Vincent will graduate in May with a degree in Biomedical Sciences and minors in Psychology and Biomedical Physics.
At the end of his first semester at USF, Vincent traveled to India as a delegate for a youth conference on political engagement with the Kosove Society—an organization he has since served as President of for two years. The engaging dialogue around pressing issues at this conference gave Vincent a new lens that clarified his academic and career path.
Vincent champions the connection between medicine and social justice and has applied this understanding to clinical research internship at Tampa General Hospital as well as to his Honors thesis on LGBT health disparities.
Vincent has also been an integral part of the Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement, leading a Bulls Service Breaks trip to the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans as well as completely revamping and revitalizing the Lead Fellows Board over his two years as Director.
Sayed Abdullah Sadat
Sayed Abdullah is pursuing a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering on a Fulbright Scholarship from the US Department of State, and will graduate this May. Recognized during the City of Tampa’s Engineering Week as Engineering Student of the Year, Sayed Abdullah has co-authored several papers for publication and has gained great experience and increased his confidence in the foundations of research. He was also award the Fulbright Global Medal from USF System President Judy Genshaft.
During his tenure at USF, Sayed Abdullah revived a student chapter of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics’ Engineers Power and Energy Society with facilitates student’s engagement with the power industry and provides networking opportunities for USF students in the field. The chapter started in the 1980s had been inactive for decades, but under his leadership, the organization has grown to more than 100 members and has the support of engineers, managers, and internship providers across the Florida West Coast Section.
Jhulianna will be a 2017 Honors College graduate with degrees in Biomedical Science and Psychology and a minor in Sociology.
Jhulianna holds several leadership roles on campus including President of her sorority, Omega Phi Beta; External Vice President of the Multicultural Greek Council; USF Ambassador; and Civic Engagement Board Committee in the Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement. In these roles, Jhulianna has focused on increasing member involvement in USF activities, creating meaningful community partnerships, and developing new initiatives.
Jhulianna sees servant leadership as a common thread through all of her experiences. While in Florence, Jhulianna conducted research on the Italian Health Care System and its management of the refugee crisis in Europe, sparking her advocacy for patient-centered medicine and individualized care. Her ultimate goal is to establish a free clinic that provides basic care and services to disadvantaged populations, championing healthcare as a right, not a luxury.
Through her Honors thesis, she has proposed a $1000 scholarship to assist an underrepresented study in studying abroad, which she hopes is awarded in 2018.
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