Latina First-Generation Student Fueled by Passion to Help Those Underrepresented

Latina First-Generation Student Fueled by Passion to Help Those Underrepresented

Elizabeth Santiago sat with tears in her eyes as she and 20 other University of Central Florida students were honored March 27 with the Order of Pegasus award, UCF’s highest student honor. She thought of all those who helped her accomplish such a feat that at one point seemed impossible. She especially thought of her […]

First-Generation Knight Works to Promote Financial Literacy

Andrew Allen has a mission: Study hard and be among the first in his family to graduate from college. So far, so good. Allen graduated with top grades from his Fort Lauderdale-area high school and has maintained academic scholarships as a marketing and graphic design student at the University of Central Florida. The 20-year-old junior […]

In Face of Inequality, First-Generation Student Seeks to Empower Women in STEM

At 12 years old, Jordin Rosser already was discouraged to pursue her dream career. Her aunt, a computer scientist, was facing discrimination for being a woman in a male-dominated industry. Her ideas were being overlooked, and when a male counterpart would suggest the same thing, he would be praised by their boss. Rosser began to […]

Anthropology Student Seeks Degree to Thank Mom, Dig Up Latin American Roots

Kimberly Batres was too young to remember, but her mother often went hungry. As a single mother living in Guatemala with daughters 7 and 3 years old, Alison Batres earned just enough money working in a family-owned bakery to pay rent and feed her children. Fed up and in search of a better life, she […]


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This UCF-Designed Tech is Amazing

A team of UCF scientists has developed a new process for creating flexible supercapacitors that can store more energy and be recharged more than 30,000 times without degrading. The novel method from the University of Central Florida’s NanoScience Technology Center could eventually revolutionize technology as varied as mobile phones and electric vehicles. “If they were to replace the batteries with these supercapacitors, you could charge your mobile phone in a few seconds and you wouldn’t need to charge it again for over a week,” said Nitin Choudhary, a postdoctoral associate who conducted much of the research.