Michelle Verbitskaya is a junior majoring in English Language Arts Education Track. She graduated with the Honors Scholar distinction from Seneff Honors College at Valencia College, Orlando, in May 2017, prior to transferring to UCF in August of the same year. Since enrolling at UCF, Michelle has actively pursued research, leadership, and volunteer opportunities. She is a Research and Mentoring Program-Transfer (RAMP-T) Scholar working on her project titled The English Language Acquisition Through Music. Michelle is also a part of the LEAD Scholars Program Civic Engagement Track. She regularly volunteers for Fleet Farming, an urban agriculture program dedicated to transforming private lawns into micro-farms. Michelle’s future graduate school plans include completion of a Master’s in Teaching English as a Second Language and a PhD in a related field.
Emily is a junior originally from South Florida before she moved to Orlando to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Health Science Pre-Clinical at the University of Central Florida. She is currently conducting an independent research study on insurance coverage and how it relates to college health and academics. Her research interests include medical sociology, racial and ethnic disparities in health, college health, and educational-related health outcomes. In addition to her research, she serves as a mentor for middle school girls aiming to foster leadership qualities to break the glass ceiling and volunteers at a clinic that provides health services to the underserved. Emily plans to attend medical school where she will pursue a career in Obstetrician and Gynecology specializing in Maternal-Fetal Medicine. She hopes to become an advocate for women health and to merge the gap between health disparities in underserved communities.
Bridget Vincent was born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in biology. She is currently determining the relationship of a morphologically distinct Croaker fish population to other populations in its genus under Dr. Eric Hoffman. She has also studied pit viper phylogenetics and systematics under Dr. Christopher Parkinson. In the future, she plans to pursue a Ph.D. in marine biology.
Tenesha is a third-year undergraduate student. Currently, she is majoring in finance and working towards a minor in information technology. Her research interests include, financial risk assessment and fraud prevention. These research projects have enhanced her communication, presentation and problem-solving skills. She hopes to become a risk assessor and conduct even more in-depth research at the postgraduate level.
Shamon Williams is a student at the University of Central Florida majoring in psychology and english. She grew up in a small town of Rockledge, Florida. Her interests include: Psychology, creative writing, aerial dance, marching band, film and television and acting.
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