Student Earns NSF Grant to Study Lack of Women in Physics

Student Earns NSF Grant to Study Lack of Women in Physics

UCF physics doctoral student Brian Zamarripa recently landed a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship to study the gender disparity in the field of physics. According to the American Physical Society, fewer than 20 percent of undergraduate and doctoral students who earned degrees in physics in 2013 were women. Zamarripa hopes to change that. He […]

GOLD Mission Takes Next Step for End-of-Year Launch

An instrument that will provide unprecedented imaging of the Earth’s upper atmosphere has been successfully installed on a commercial satellite that will carry it into geostationary orbit some 22,000 miles above the planet. The GOLD instrument, which is short for Global-scale Observations of the Limb and Disk,  is expected to launch aboard a SpaceX Falcon […]

Stepfather, Stepdaughter to Graduate Together Despite Different Paths to College

By the time they make it to college, most students don’t look to their parents to help them study. But Raquel Toro had a good reason: Her stepfather was in several of her classes. Toro will join her stepfather Richard Arroyo again on Saturday, when each will don a cap and gown and graduate from […]

Prison to Law School: How Education Turned a Former Gang Member’s Life Around

Angel Sanchez has spent much of his college career helping those who, like him, yearned for a second chance. He’s mentored previously incarcerated students, and through his position as president of Moot Court at UCF, an organization that gives pre-law students practice at arguing cases, he helped collect more than 300 books to donate to […]


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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.