2022 Conference of Florida Graduate Schools

2022 Conference of Florida Graduate Schools

Message from the Dean

Dr. Liz Klonoff
 

Welcome to UCF, we are so happy to host our colleagues from around the state. 

We’ve prepared a program we hope enriches our discussions and plans to help our students with two big issues facing them – their mental wellbeing throughout graduate school and new legislation that may prevent foreign national graduate students from working on research. 

The mental well-being of our students has always been a concern, given the work involved in obtaining advanced degrees and the additional hurdles many of our students face such as inadequate stipends, family obligations, and a “pay your dues” culture. The restrictions caused by the COVID pandemic, and its economic impact have shaken many of our students, heightening stress, and anxiety. 

Florida and the federal government are trying to minimize the impact of inappropriate influence by foreign entities, foreign governments, and foreign individuals on institutions and researchers. This is commonly referred to as foreign influence. New Florida legislation takes things a bit further by creating new rules for hiring foreign nationals – including graduate students – who work in research and research-related roles. As we all know, many of our graduate students come from other countries, which challenges us to balance protecting our national interests against providing our students access to research opportunities necessary to advance their education and our fields. 

These topics impact our educational mission, and I hope this conference helps us share some ideas and data that can help our students succeed. 

Elizabeth Klonoff, Ph.D., ABPP 
Vice President for Research, 
Dean of the College of Graduate Studies

Event Agenda

Please note: times on the following event agenda may change. 

Day 1: Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Day 1 events will primarily be for deans and staff of graduate schools. An evening event will be hosted by UCF’s College of Graduate Studies Student Advisory Council for graduate students. Tuesday’s events will be held in the Morgridge International Reading Center and the Art Gallery on the main UCF campus.

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Registration and Check-In (Deans and Staff)
2:00 p.m. – 2:05 p.m.
Welcome Address
Timothy Letzring, Ph.D.
Senior Associate Provost, UCF
2:05 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.
Presentation: “Graduate Student Mental Health and Wellness”
Elizabeth Klonoff, Ph.D.
Vice President for Research
Dean, College of Graduate Studies, UCF
2:50 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Refreshment Break
3:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Panel Discussion: “Building Community, Mental Health, Mentorship, and Advising”
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Reception (Art Gallery)
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Dinner for Deans and Staff

Meet and Greet Graduate Student Event at Bar Louie hosted by UCF College of Graduate Studies Student Advisory Council
April 19, 2022 at 6:00pm

Day 2: Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Day 2 events will be for all conference attendees (deans, staff, and graduate students). All Wednesday events will be held in the UCF Student Union Pegasus Ballroom on the main UCF campus.

Breakfast at hotel or on your own

8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Registration and Check-In
8:30 a.m. – 8:35 a.m.
Welcome
8:35 a.m. – 9:20 a.m.
Keynote Address: “Strategic Initiatives in Graduate Education”
Daniel D. Denecke, Ph.D.
Program Director, Division of Graduate Education,
Directorate of Education and Human Resources, National Science Foundation
9:20 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Refreshment Break
9:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Meditation Minutes
10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Judge Check In/Poster Setup: Statewide Graduate Research Symposium (Poster Session)
10:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Judging: Statewide Graduate Research Symposium (Poster Session)
11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Participant’s Choice/Networking: Statewide Graduate Research Symposium Participants
12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Lunch
1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition
3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Award Presentations and Closing Remarks
Daniel Denecke, Ph.D

Keynote Address

Daniel Denecke, Ph.D.

Lead Program Director for the NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) and Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) programs in the Division of Graduate Education at NSF 

Strategic Initiatives in Graduate Education

Daniel Denecke, Ph.D. is the Lead Program Director for the NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) and Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) programs in the Division of Graduate Education at NSF.

Prior to joining NSF, Dr. Denecke served at the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) for 15 years in various roles including Vice President of Best Practices and Strategic Initiatives. At CGS, he led multi-year, multi-university evidence-based best practice studies on topics ranging from Ph.D. completion and attrition, research ethics, international STEM graduate collaborations, and enhanced professional development for STEM careers. He has received 10 years of continuous grant funding from NSF and served as PI on approximately $8 million in grants from federal, private foundation (Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Ford Foundation, Lumina Foundation), and industry (TIAA, Pfizer) sources.

Dr. Denecke is the lead author of nine books on research results reported on by a range of media outlets including Nature, Science Magazine, Science Careers, the Atlantic, US News and World Report, the Chicago Tribune, CBS radio, and the Washington Post.

Student Presentations

Statewide Graduate Research Symposium

The Statewide Graduate Research Symposium celebrates and recognizes the outstanding scholarly accomplishments of Florida graduate students. It also serves to highlight the importance of graduate education and research and their role in promoting knowledge.

Statewide Graduate Research Symposium Winners

People’s Choice Award
Sydnee Hammond
University of West Florida

Arts and Humanities Award
Keidra Navaroli
University of Central Florida

Engineering Award
Leonor Teles
University of Miami

Health Sciences and Life Sciences Award
Katherine Harris
University of Central Florida

Mathematical and Physical Sciences Award
Tanmaya Mishra
University of Florida

Social and Behavioral Sciences
Karinna Rodriguez
Florida International University

Poster Presenters

Cianna Clinkscale
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
Christelle Haygood
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
Kevin Jones
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
Ali Bakhtiari
Florida International University
Luis Caicedo Torres
Florida International University
Lidya Cerritos
Florida International University
Haley Dawson
Florida International University
Jessica Dominguez
Florida International University
Delia Garcia
Florida International University
Blaire Kleiman
Florida International University
Chiamaka Okafor
Florida International University
Karinna Rodriguez
Florida International University
Gaurav Harshe
Florida State University
Edie Sanders
Florida State University
Jay Seigler
Florida State University
Charlisa Whyms
Florida State University
Nadia Aboutalebianaraki
University of Central Florida
Seoyun Choe
University of Central Florida
Maged Elshatoury
University of Central Florida
Katherine Harris
University of Central Florida
Julio Montanez
University of Central Florida
Keidra Navaroli
University of Central Florida
Mrudul Nilangekar
University of Central Florida
Sarah Noureddine
University of Central Florida
Christian Vazquez
University of Central Florida
Heather Blackwell
University of Florida
Tyler Bowling
University of Florida
Rayven Crisafulli
University of Florida
Tanmaya Mishra
University of Florida
Corey Perkins
University of Florida
Brandon Applewhite
University of Miami
Brittney Davis
University of Miami
Kayla Minesinger
University of Miami
Larissa Montas Bravo
University of Miami
Sameena Sheikh-Wu
University of Miami
Leonor Teles
University of Miami
Jasmine Elise Graham
University of North Florida
Anthony Hall
University of North Florida
Andrea Gann
University of South Florida
Nataly Innamorato
University of South Florida
Angkana Lertpoompunya
University of South Florida
Amanda Lewis
University of South Florida
Scott Miller
University of South Florida
Mostafa Nasr
University of South Florida
Niraliben Patel
University of South Florida
Jonathan Rodriguez
University of South Florida
Leanne Stepchinski
University of South Florida
Gabriella Ulloa
University of South Florida
Sydnee Hammond
University of West Florida
Benny Segovia Ruiz
University of West Florida

Three Minute Thesis (3MT)

The 3MT competition challenges graduate students to summarize their research within three minutes to a general audience.

Three Minute Thesis Winners

First Place
Aantaki Raisa
University of Florida

Runner Up
Chris Omni
Florida State University

People’s Choice   
Olivia Williamson
University of Miami

Three Minute Thesis Presenters 

Ryan Nedd
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
Derrick Standifer
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
Olayinka David
Florida International University
Chris Omni
Florida State University
Daryn Sagel
Florida State University
Boniesta Melani
University of Central Florida
Aantaki Raisa
University of Florida
Joan Brown
University of Miami
Olivia (Liv) Williamson
University of Miami
Aditya Chakraborty
University of South Florida
Jing Chen
University of South Florida
Charles Cox
University of West Florida
Kelly Dunn
University of West Florida
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Questions

For questions, email gradconference@ucf.edu.