Twenty-six students – ranging from engineering to biology to education and others across the institution – have been named 2021-22 recipients of the Order of Pegasus, the most prestigious student award in UCF for those who display incredible academic achievement, academic involvement, leadership, and community service.

This year’s recipients join UCF having already accomplished incredible feats – as transfer students, international students, first-generation students, National Merit Scholars, Eagle Scouts and more – making an immediate impression on those who would provide their letters of recommendation for this honor. The words “motivated”, “dedicated”, “leader”, “passionate” and “humble” are frequently used to describe them, and they embody “everything we want our UCF students to be”.

While at UCF, they helped obtain patents, started nonprofit organizations, coached and mentored other students, won track and field championships, taught as teaching assistants, and counseled university management. They have worked to develop their own leadership skills in Honor Societies, the President’s Leadership Council, Student Government, the President’s Student Advisory Council, LEAD Scholars, and various other organizations and programs, some of which ‘they founded themselves. They have also conducted, presented and published research on a wide range of topics, including contributing to advances in type 1 diabetes research; equity in education and health care; tourism impacts; brain, colon and other cancers; mental health and suicide prevention; and solving the opioid crisis.

They are among our brightest students – with a GPA of 3.82 – and they are also among our most compassionate. In addition to their roles and impact on our campuses, they have done extensive volunteer work within our community and beyond at food banks, shelters, clinics, schools, fire stations and others. service organizations.

They graduate from UCF with plans for continued impact – as educators, researchers, healthcare providers, foreign policy analysts, and most importantly, humanitarians with a desire to make their communities and our world a better place. .

These students and their families will be honored at the Order of Pegasus induction ceremony, which will take place during the Student Honors Convocation on April 6 in the Pegasus Ballroom of the UCF Student Union. . Inductees receive commemorative medals and student government scholarships. Additionally, all winners, past and present, are recognized on the wall of the Order of Pegasus in the Student Union.

This year’s winners are:

    • Justin Barthel, Biomedical Sciences (College of Medicine, Burnett Honors College)
    • Ian Biazzo, Conservation Biology, Ph.D. (College of Science)
    • Abel Birchfield, Mechanical Engineering (College of Engineering and Computer Science, Burnett Honors College)
    • Jaylen Brown, Finance (College of Commerce)
    • Parth Chandan, Biomedical Sciences (College of Medicine)
    • Christopher Clifford ’21Electrical Engineering (College of Engineering and Computer Science)
    • Charles Didier ’15 ’19MSBiomedical Sciences, Ph.D. (College of Medicine)
    • Austin Eason, Health Sciences (College of Health Professions and Sciences)
    • Cleopatra Elshiekh, Biomedical Sciences (College of Medicine, Burnett Honors College)
    • Maksim Godovykh, Hotel Management, Ph.D. (Rosen College of Hotel Management)
    • Meg Hall, Legal Studies (College of Community Innovation and Education)
    • Juvens Jean-Noel, Nonprofit Management, MS (College of Community Innovation and Education)
    • Jacey Koo, Health Sciences (College of Health Professions and Sciences, Burnett Honors College)
    • McKenna Melville ’21Finance (College of Commerce)
    • Stephanie Oliveira, Health Sciences (College of Health Professions and Sciences)
    • Victoria Orindas Corcino, Health Sciences (College of Health Professions and Sciences, Burnett Honors College)
    • Abigail Reynolds, Political Science (College of Science)
    • Michael Rohr, Medical and Biomedical Sciences, MD/Ph.D. (College of Medicine)
    • Parshva Sanghvi, Biomedical Sciences (College of Medicine)
    • Ashley Stone, Sociology, Ph.D. (College of Science)
    • Erin Tonkin, Nursing (College of Nursing)
    • Cydni Turner, Computer Science (College of Engineering and Computer Science)
    • alexander district ’21Mechanical Engineering (College of Engineering and Computer Science)
    • Austin Wilson, Political Science/Criminal Justice (College of Science, College of Community Innovation and Education)
    • Scott Wolfe, Integrated Business (College of Business)