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COE doctoral student named head of UF multicultural-diversity affairs

Will Atkins, a Ph.D. student in Curriculum and Instruction at UF's College of Education, is the new executive director of multicultural and diversity affairs at UF.

Six students honored for outstanding scholarship and professional work

High-achieving scholars took a break from their studies to pick up awards for their outstanding graduate or undergraduate achievements and leadership. The awards were given April 21 at the College of Education's annual recognition dinner.

April showers research laurels on Ed Tech PhD students

April was a month to remember for Ed Tech doctoral student Jiahui Wang. She must have thought it was still March because she was more lion than lamb, roaring to top prizes in multiple graduate student research competitions.

Counselor Ed. volunteers reflect on Orlando Pulse nightclub tragedy

Several months have passed since a gunman killed 49 people and wounded 53 at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando in what was the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history — a horrific tragedy the likes of which rarely strikes so […]

Nepali PhD candidate cited for promoting global engagement

Doctoral candidate Uttam Gaulee, a native of Nepal, has scaled some impressive peaks as he has pursued a doctorate in higher education administration at the UF College of Education.

Dissertation proposal on police in schools earns Noble UF fellowship

The bottom line: To move forward, we must look back. That’s the foundation for UF College of Education doctoral candidate Kenneth Noble’s award-winning dissertation proposal. The UF Center for Humanities and Public Sphere, which promotes and funds research programs of UF […]

UF Anderson Scholars program honors 17 ProTeach students–most ever!–plus 2 faculty mentors

Seventeen COE ProTeach elementary education students have been named UF Anderson Scholars for their outstanding academic performances during their first two years at UF—the most education students to receive the award in recent memory. Two education faculty members—Mary Ann Nelson […]

Leite and Collier win best paper award

A research paper by Associate Professor Walter Leite and doctoral candidate Zachary Collier won the most distinguished award in the Florida Educational Research Association’s annual advanced educational research paper competition. The College of Education scholars won for a methodological paper […]

Doctoral candidate awarded KDPi scholarship for second straight year

Natalie Ridgewell, a doctoral candidate at the University of Florida College of Education, was recently awarded the prestigious international C. Glen Hass Laureate Scholarship for Instructional Leadership for the second straight year. Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education […]

Collier receives McKnight Doctoral Fellowship

The Florida Education Foundation has awarded COE doctoral candidate Zachary Collier a McKnight Doctoral Fellowship based on his academic achievements and promising future. Collier is a member of the UF Algebra Nation team at the COE’s Lastinger Center for Learning, […]

College honors five ‘outstanding’ students for 2014-15

Congratulations to UF ProTeach undergraduate students Shelby Boger and Madison Buchert, and graduate education students Julie Boker, Natalie King and Elizabeth Bettini, who will receive Outstanding Student Awards April 24 at the 2015 College of Education Recognition Dinner at the […]

Life’s a balancing act for COE student and former Gator All-America gymnast

Just as she maintained perfect equipoise on the balance beam during a stellar career as a Florida Gator gymnast, UF elementary education master’s student Mackenzie Caquatto has remained centered as an athlete, big sister, teaching intern and role model. “Growing […]

UF scholars program taps 7 ProTeach students, 3 faculty mentors

Seven COE ProTeach undergraduates have been named UF Anderson Scholars for their outstanding academic performances, and three faculty members have been recognized for mentoring several of the honored students. Anderson Scholar certificates are given campuswide by the College of Liberal […]

Benedict joins growing list of special ed. students to win prestigious CEC research award

College of Education alumna Amber Benedict (PhD ‘14, special education) will head for San Diego this spring to receive the prestigious Student Research Award for Qualitative Design from the Council for Exceptional Children’s Division for Research. The council is the world’s […]

Gainesville Sun — Mom follows daughter to UF; gets master’s degree

The Gainesville Sun 12-19-14 Mom’s journey following daughter to UF culminates in master’s degree The Gainesville Sun ran a feature story on 64-year-old Roxie Gordon, who followed her daughter, former UF tennis star and COE student Alexis Gordon–to UF as a […]

Statistics Ed. doctoral student selected as CADRE fellow

Douglas Whitaker, a UF doctoral fellow in statistics education, is one of 10 recipients selected as a 2014-15 fellow for the Community for Advancing Discovery Research in Education (CADRE), a collaboration between the National Science Foundation and the non-profit Education […]

Math educator grant aids ProTeach senior Rachel Andrews

The Florida Council of Teachers of Mathematics has given UF ProTeach senior Rachel Andrews a Lichtenberg Pre-service Educator Grant that will cover up to $500 of her costs when she attends the council’s fall conference in Palm Harbor. “Grants like […]

ACA taps rising leaders from UF counselor education

Two up-and-coming leaders from the COE’s counselor education program—a faculty member and an alumni doctoral fellow—have assumed key leadership positions with the American Counseling Association (ACA). Jacqueline Swank, assistant professor in counselor education, has been elected president of the Association […]

Phi Beta Kappa taps four ProTeach students

Four COE students have been invited to join Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and best known academic society that recognizes outstanding academic achievement. Katherine Romero, Kate Logan and Kaitlin “Katie” Stults — all of whom are enrolled or formerly […]

Spirt of Susan B. Anthony Award fit for a King

The University of Florida Women’s Leadership Council has selected COE doctoral student Natalie King to receive this year’s Phyllis M. Meek Spirit of Susan B. Anthony Award, which recognizes a female student who promotes the rights and advancement of women […]

Breast cancer doesn’t stop ed tech student from earning her doctorate

Chemotherapy, a double mastectomy, reconstructive surgery and a regimen of pills to counteract the side effects of other prescriptions couldn’t stop Johanna “Jo” Kenney from earning her doctorate in education technology from UF while holding down a full-time job—in Texas. […]

School psychology alum receives Outstanding Graduate Leadership Award

Jason Gallant, who earned his master’s and doctorate degrees in school psychology from UF’s College of Education, has been given the college’s 2014 Outstanding Graduate Leadership Award. Among numerous achievements, he was recognized for tripling the number of families served […]

Five graduating students honored for outstanding achievement

Five UF College of Education students – two in graduate school and three undergrads — have been honored for their academic and professional achievements as part of the COE’s 2014 Recognition Banquet. The annual event was held April 11 at […]

UF Anderson Scholars program taps 5 COE students, 3 faculty mentors

Five UF College of Education undergraduate students – all elementary education majors – have been named Anderson Scholars as a result of their high academic achievement, and three COE faculty members were honored for their mentorship. The honored students are […]

COE international students honored for academics, service

Four UF College of Education international students ­– Nari Choi, Sungur Gurel, Ahyea (Alice) Jo, and Yasemin Sert ­­– were recently honored with a Certificate of Outstanding Academic Achievement by the university’s International Center.  The annual award recognizes international undergraduate and […]

Student’s ‘best essay’ depicts post-WWII education mission in Japan

Kenneth Noble, a University of Florida College of Education doctoral student, will join most Americans this Saturday in remembering and honoring those who died in Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941—a date that President Franklin Roosevelt declared […]

Education doctoral student recognized for mentoring efforts

Natalie King, a doctoral student in UF’s curriculum, teaching and teacher education program, is a recipient of the 2013 Graduate Student Mentoring Award given by UF’s I-Cubed program.  King previously was a biology and chemistry teacher at Gainesville’s Eastside High […]

Counselor ed student honored by regional organization

Rachel Henesy, a UF graduate student in counselor education, has received the Outstanding Student at the Master’s Level Award by the Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision.  The group is a division of the Association for Counselor Education and […]

Counseling group honors grad student for research, practice

Melanie Varney, pursuing her master’s and specialist degrees in mental health counseling at UF’s College of Education, has received the Association for Assessment and Research in Counseling’s (AARC) 2013 Master’s Exemplary Research and Practice Award. The award recognizes the contributions a master’s […]

PhD candidate in elite company after winning national honor for aiding exceptional children

Crystal Crowe Bishop, a University of Florida doctoral candidate in special education, joined some illustrious company with College of Education ties after receiving the 2013 J. David Sexton Doctoral Student Award from the Division for Early Childhood of the international […]

College honors year’s outstanding graduate students

  Congratulations to Rachel Wolkenhauer, Kiwanis Burr and Amber Benedict, selected as 2013 Outstanding Graduate Students at UF’s College of Education. The winners hail from the doctoral degree programs in curriculum and instruction, higher education administration and special education, respectively. […]

Outstanding ProTeach undergraduates honored

Congratulations to Cristina Rossi and Kelly Craft, chosen as 2013 Outstanding Undergraduate Students at UF’s College of Education. Rossi is a May bachelor’s graduate from the college’s Unified Early Childhood program, and Craft is with Unified Elementary ProTeach. Their impressive […]

COE Outstanding Female Leader is all-star on Gator soccer team, too

Elementary education senior Holly King knows how to be a leader, whether it’s for a classroom of elementary school students or a team of Gator soccer players. Next month, she will receive UF’s Outstanding Female Leader award during her undergraduate […]

Doctoral student receives National Data Institute fellowship

  Jasmine Ulmer, a doctoral student in educational leadership, was selected as a fellow for this year’s National Data Institute on the datasets of the National Center for Education Statistics and National Science Foundation.    The institute serves as an […]

STL doctoral fellow named national scholar for research, social justice promotion

Julie Brown, a UF doctoral fellow in curriculum and instruction, has been named as one of six Jhumki Basu Scholars by the National Association for Research in Science Teaching’s Equity and Ethics Committee. Brown is a former high school science […]

UF doctoral candidate receives $20K grant for dissertation

Lian Niu, a doctoral candidate in higher education administration at the University of Florida, was awarded with a $20,000 grant from the Association for Institutional Research that will fund her dissertation research. Niu is one of 10 doctoral students from […]

Academic women’s group taps doctoral candidate as ‘emerging scholar’

Lauren Tripp, a doctoral candidate in curriculum, teaching and teacher education, was recently honored by the Association for Academic Women as an emerging scholar for her dissertation research. The association named Tripp as a finalist in its Emerging Scholar competition […]

‘Rising star’ crafts plot to narrow learning gap

Sometimes, all it takes is a notable quote to inspire a person to seek change, lead reform and serve the community. For University of Florida education doctoral student Jasmine Ulmer, the life-changing words were voiced by former U.S. Secretary of […]

Eight education majors named ‘Anderson scholars’

Eight College of Education undergraduates have received a prestigious campus-wide award for academic achievement, and an education faculty member was recognized for his mentorship of several of the honored students. The College of Education student recipients are ProTeach elementary education […]

UF education researchers recognized at state research conference

Several University of Florida education researchers were honored at this year’s Florida Educational Research Association annual meeting, hosted last month by the College of Education at UF’s Hilton Conference Center Hotel. Walter Leite, an associate professor of research and evaluation […]

One of COE’s ‘6 to Watch’ students receives leadership scholarship

UF education doctoral student Angel Rodriguez was selected by Kappa Delta Pi to receive the C. Glen Hass Laureate Scholarship in Instructional Leadership.  The $1,500 award is only awarded to applicants from the University of Florida doctoral program. Kappa Delta […]

Doctoral student to represent UF on council for pre-service leadership preparation, practice

Second-year educational leadership doctoral student Jasmine Ulmer was recently appointed to the Graduate Student Council (GSC) of the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA). As one of eight graduate students in the GSC, Ulmer will help to increase the voice […]

Scholarship will help doctoral student forge COE-Thailand virtual connection

UF social studies education doctoral student Jason Schipper was recently awarded a $2,750 scholarship from the Kappa Delta Pi Educational Foundation. The scholarship is based on transcripts, involvement in Kappa Delta Pi and a written essay. A review committee selected Schipper […]

UF-honored student-teacher excels in both roles in the classroom

When 21-year-old Carla-Ann Brown isn’t exploring Gainesville’s culinary diversity or teaching herself how to knit, she is excelling in the classroom, both at the college’s Norman Hall and in fourth grade at Terwilliger Elementary School where she is an intern. […]

UF cites higher ed student for superior accomplishment in health promotion

Maureen Miller, a doctoral student at UF’s College of Education, has earned two campuswide awards for the impact she’s made as interim director of UF’s GatorWell Health Promotion Services. Miller, who’s pursuing her Ed.D in higher education administration while working […]

Early teaching experiences inspire study on black males’ perception of high school success

Like most new teachers, Melissa Singleton entered her first classroom 17 years ago with high expectations for her students’ success. What she didn’t expect were cultural barriers that would shape the topic of her doctoral dissertation study at UF’s College […]

Counseling honor society taps COE doctoral student

Chi Sigma Iota, the counseling profession’s international honor society, has selected Kacy Mixon, a UF College of Education doctoral student, as a 2012-13 international leadership fellow from a pool of more than 14,000 student members. Fellowships are awarded to outstanding […]

ATE taps doctoral student for teacher-leadership scholarship

The Association of Teacher Educators has awarded UF education doctoral student Rachel Wolkenhauer its 2012 Robert Stevenson Scholarship. The yearly honor goes to a student working on an advanced degree who will use her education to enhance teacher leadership among […]


These education students have the moxie, that rare “it” factor, to make a meaningful difference in our lives and in the education world, from applying social networking in teacher education to gauging the influence of race on students’ learning opportunities.The […]

Participant in UF master-teacher program receives top honor in Pinellas

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — For the second year in a row, a teacher who receives training from the University of Florida Master Teacher Initiative has been named teacher of the year in Pinellas County. Pinellas County Schools recently chose UF Lastinger […]

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