Adee Benartzy, '12
Adee Benartzy is a junior Art History major and McNair Scholar at the University of Central Florida. Her specific interest within her field is mid-late nineteenth century and early twentieth century art, specifically in France, and the role of said era's contribution to the overall evolution of visual culture and the consequent rise of Modernism. Adee works at the UCF University Writing Center as a writing consultant and volunteers at the UCF Art Gallery. Born in South Florida, Adee Benartzy was raised in Tel Aviv, Israel until the age of seven. From early childhood, art has been an omnipresent part of her life. She indulged her passion for studio art and participated in a high school magnet program for the visual arts. At UCF, Adee had an opportunity to further explore the arts and discover a new passion—art history. Following a backpacking trip to Europe during the summer term of her freshman year, Adee recognized her love and appreciation for museum work, as well as the art of the mid-late nineteenth century and the flowering age of modernism. Adee’s future plans include a study-aboard experience and museum internships. She also intends to participate in the Honors in the Major (HIM) program. Adee is interested in pursuing a PhD in art history.
Anil Bozan, '12
Anil Bozan was born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. During his freshman year at UCF, Anil’s participation in the EXCEL program further fueled his fascination of flight. Anil was also able to enjoy his math and physics courses, which piqued his interest in engineering. During his sophomore year, he served as a Resident Assistant for the Department of Housing and Residence Life, Recording Secretary for the Student Panel for Engineering and Computer Science, and Committee Chair for the 2010 UCF Engineer’s Week Committee. Currently, Anil is participating in the UCF/Lockheed Martin Work Experience Program and the NSF funded Young Entrepreneur and Scholar (YES) Scholarship Program. He aspires to obtain his doctorate of philosophy in aerospace engineering so that he can contribute to the future of the aerospace industry.
Krystal Christopher, '12
Krystal Christopher was born on the US Virgin Island of St. Thomas. She grew up on the Islands of Antigua and St. Croix before calling West Palm Beach, Florida home. She is currently pursing a Bachelor's degree in both Psychology and Sociology as well as a minor in Women Studies with a certificate in Behavioral Forensic. She hopes to study mental health counseling or marriage and family therapy in graduate school, ultimately leading to a Ph.D in Counseling Psychology.
Rolando A. Flores Jr., '12
Roland A. Flores Jr.
Rolando A. Flores Jr. was born in Pomona, California and grew up in Alta Loma. Upon graduation from Alta Loma High School, Rolando focused on a music career. Rolando received his associate's degree from Chaffey College in Rancho Cucamonga, California. After twenty-four years of living in the same area, Rolando moved across the country to continue his education at UCF. His goal is to obtain his doctorate in Sociology with an emphasis in criminal justice or criminology. Rolando hopes to teach at a university and fulfill his desire to remain a life-long student of the social sciences.
Genee' Glascoe, '12
Genee’ Glascoe was born in Washington D.C. and raised in Maryland. She is currently a psychology major at the University of Central Florida, with a minor in criminal justice, and a certificate in behavior forensics. From a young age, Genee’ has always been interested in understanding why individuals turn to crime. Her research interests are in juvenile delinquency, offender rehabilitation, and understanding the mental state of individuals who faced wrongful convictions. After graduating with her bachelor’s degree, she plans to go on to earn her Ph.D. in clinical psychology.
Jie L. Liang, '12
Jie L. Liang
Jie Liang moved to the United States from China after she finished high school. To further her education, she attends University of Central Florida majoring in mathematics as a first generation undergraduate. Because of her dedication to obtaining a Ph.D. degree in mathematics, she seeks research opportunities. In 2010, Jie participated in a year-long research project named GAUSS in UCF funded by NSF. She worked under Dr. Xin Li on applying reweighed least square method to face recognition and submitted their paper to Undergraduate Research Journal. In summer 2011, Jie conducted research with Dr. Garvan at University of Florida on number theory through the Summer Research Experience for Rising Senior program. Together with Dr. Andrews from Pennsylvania State University, they submitted their paper to Ramanujan Journal. As a senior, Jie is currently working on her Honors in the Major thesis with Dr. Li on approximation theory.
Lilian Milanes, '12
Lili Milanes was born in Pembroke Pines, Florida. Shorty after, her family moved to Indiana, Pennsylvania, where they lived for eight years. Afterward, they moved to Orlando, Florida, where Lili graduated from Winter Park High School. Lili's research interests include physical and biological anthropology with a specific focus on public health, communal health, and health disparities. She aspires to obtain a doctorate of philosophy in Anthropology
Marlaine M. Monroig, '12
Marlaine M. Monroig
Lucie Rincher, '12
Born in the French Caribbean Island of St. Martin, Lucie Rincher has spent the majority of her life in Orlando, Florida. Despite starting her career at the University of Central Florida in another major, Lucie fell in love with communication science and disorders. Her current research interests include methods of prevention and intervention of speech and language disorders amongst bilingual children. Upon obtaining her bachelor's degree, Lucie hopes to attain her doctorate in the area of communication and culture.
Marie Sabbagh, '12
Marie Sabbagh was born and raised in Paris, France. She will graduate in May 2012 with her bachelor's degree in psychology with a minor in criminal justice and a behavioral forensic certificate. Alongside being named UCF's Undergraduate Researcher for the month of October, Marie was nominated for Order of Pegasus and is a recipient of the Women's Executive Council Scholarship, the UCF Scholars Award, and the Student Government Association (SGA) Student Achiever's Scholarship. She has two publications and plans on submitting two more to the UCF Undergraduate Research Journal before graduation. In addition, Marie has interned with UCF Victim Services/Police Department and is president of Psi Chi International Honor Society at the UCF campus in Cocoa, Florida. Marie's research interests focus on the implementation of juvenile sex offender prevention programs and juvenile delinquency prevention programs through empirically supported research. Marie intends on obtaining a Ph.D. in Forensic Psychology or a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with a Forensic specialization.
Genesys Santana, '12
Genesys Santana is from Orlando, Florida. She is currently majoring in History and Social Science Education, with a minor in African American Studies. Her research interests include examining the effects of double consciousness on the development of African identities throughout the Diaspora, particularly Americo-Liberians. After graduating with a B.A, Genesys plans to earn her Ph.D. in History.
Esteban Santis, '12
Esteban Santis was born in the coastal town of San Antonio, Chile. He is currently studying literature, with a minor in language arts education. Influenced by the synthesis of Hispanic and American cultures, Esteban’s research interest is in the analysis of literature by underrepresented groups; these groups include the writings of Latinos—specifically in the Southern Cone—and women. Through his research, Esteban hopes to reinforce the connection between himself and his Hispanic roots. He aspires to earn a Ph.D. in comparative literature and move on to become a professor.
Monica Thomas, '12
Although Monica Thomas was born in Mexico City, Mexico; she was raised in Miami, Florida. Her research interest is infectious diseases. Monica currently serves a mentor in the UCF PRIME (Student Support Services) Program. After obtaining her doctorate, her ultimate goal is to work as a microbiologist for the Center of Disease Control and Prevention
Alma Zavala, '12
Alma Dinora Zavala is the oldest of four sisters. Although her family originated from Michoacan and Guererro, Mexico, Alma has always lived in Indiantown, Florida. She graduated with a bilingual International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma from South Fork High School. Currently, Alma is majoring in psychology with a minor in French. Her goal is to focus on clinical psychology in the areas concerning the prison system and the effects of rape on minority men's sense of self. She is involved in the LEGACY Leadership & Mentoring Program, and Future Minority Leaders. Alma is passionate about learning new languages, literature, and the spoken word.
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