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Coursework + High Impact Learning Experiences Are a Winning Combination

June 24, 2021
The Division of Student Learning and Academic Success prepares students for what’s next. It guides undergraduates throughout their time at UCF by helping them explore majors, register for classes, and succeed in college-level courses. The division dedicates significant resources to help students learn in real-world settings through high-impact practices experiences including internships, study abroad, and…

Creating a ‘Brave’ Space for Knights

June 29, 2021
Melissa Gills, administrative coordinator for the Office of Undergraduate Research talks about her experience as an advocate of the LGBTQ+ community at UCF. Melissa Gillis, her preferred pronouns are she, her, hers, can’t seem to get enough of UCF. The married mother of three joined the UCF staff as an office manager in early 2016…

UF Offers Language Courses to SUS Students

June 9, 2021
In the fall 2021 semester, UF will allow students in the State University System (SUS) to enroll as transient students in applicable language courses. UCF students may participate in UF’s Shared Languages Program (SLP) only if a specific language course is not offered at UCF. For example, a UCF student interested in learning Swahili could…

Kendra Gilbertson Receives Pegasus Advisor Award

February 11, 2021
Kendra Gilbertson, academic advisor in the College of Arts and Humanities, is the 2021 Pegasus Advisor Award recipient. This annual award recognizes an advisor who champions student success. An advisor since 2012, Gilbertson oversees CAH orientation, probation, and at-risk advising programs. Her approach to working with students is to build trust and provide guidance based…

Collaborating to Help Pre-Health Students Succeed

December 17, 2020
This fall, advisors from UCF’s Pre-Health and Pre-Law Advising, UCF Connect, and DirectConnect to UCF partners convened virtually at the Third Annual UCF/State College Pre-Health Advising Assembly. Its focus was to help transfer students to thrive at UCF, particularly students planning to attend post-baccalaureate health professional schools. “Applying to health professional schools is very competitive,”…

Interdisciplinary Studies Student Khadejah Khan Receives Prestigious Award

August 19, 2020
As an avid storyteller, Khadejah Khan started out at UCF as a Writing and Rhetoric major. One semester, she was in a writing class filled with Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS) students. Intrigued by the idea of creating a degree program based on her interests, she met with an IDS advisor and soon switched her major. She…

UCF Introduces a New Advising Resource to Help Knights Plan a Bright Future

June 3, 2020
UCF believes that everyone has the potential. The Division of Student Learning and Academic Success provides academic support, programs, and learning experiences that help every Knight know more, do more, and be more. Undergraduates now have a new resource to help them succeed at UCF and beyond. The Knights Major Exploration and Transition Center (KMETC)…

Addressing Climate Change Requires Baby Steps

April 22, 2020
Today marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. It is an annual event celebrated around the world to demonstrate support for environmental protection. According to the Earth Day Network, more than one billion individuals are mobilized for action each year. This year, people will not fill parks, visit zoos, and participate in tree planting ceremonies.…

Garbayo is a Master Mentor

April 10, 2020
Through mentorship, Dr. Luciana Garbayo transforms students’ learning experiences. Students of Dr. Luciana Garbayo get more than a lecturing professor. They get a research partner, a collaborator and a highly engaged mentor. “I love working with students,” says Garbayo, assistant professor, College of Medicine. “The authentic desire to learn and the openness for self-discovery are…

Duck Scavenger Hunt Winner

April 10, 2020
Katherine Compton is the winner of the IG duck scavenger hunt! Thank you to those who participated and are following us on Instagram. Keep an eye out for other fun events.

Undergraduates Present Research at State Capital

February 10, 2020
On February 10, undergraduate researchers from across the State of Florida convened at the State Capital to share projects with state legislatures. Four students are represented UCF at the Posters at the Capitol. “UCF has selected some of our outstanding students to represent all undergraduates,” says Kimberly Schneider, Director of Undergraduate Research. “Working with faculty…

Ferrante Family Scholarship Recognizes Academic Excellence

January 24, 2020
In 2018, Michael ’15MS and Pamela ’85, ’95MA, ’00Ed.S Ferrante established the Ferrante Family LGBTQ Scholarship in recognition of UCF’s commitment to the LGBTQ student community. The scholarship annually awards $1,000 to an undergraduate who identifies as a member of the LGBTQ community and exhibits academic excellence. Click here for eligibility requirements and to apply.…

Student Coaching Project Earns Marchioli Award

January 16, 2020
An ongoing project to boost classroom student engagement through high-impact practices (HIP) recently earned one of UCF’s highest internal awards. Called HIP Coaches, the project uses student coaches to mentor and guide fellow students through high-impact learning experiences, such as collaborative assignments and projects, undergraduate research, cultural competency, community-based learning and internships. The idea is…