Sept. 18, 2018 — Students of the UF College of Medicine classes of 2019, 2020 and 2021 gathered Monday afternoon in the South Learning Studio of the Harrell Medical Education Building for the annual Honors Convocation ceremony. Associate dean for student affairs Patrick Duff, M.D., congratulated the students, who were presented with accolades for work well done in the research lab, the basic science classroom and in their clinical rotations. Awards given out Monday also recognized the students’ professionalism, humanism and community and international service efforts.
Below is a complete list of awards:
AOA Research Award
Laura Cline, class of 2020
The Lawrence M. Goodman Trust Research Awards
Vincent Federico, class of 2020 – first place
Emma O’Halloran Leach, class of 2020 – second place
Michael Jones and Erika Wert, class of 2020 – third place
UF College of Medicine Alumni Scholarship for Academic Excellence
This award was established by the University of Florida Alumni Association to honor selected senior students for distinguished scholastic performance in the third year clerkships.
all class of 2019
Medical Guild Merit Award
This award recognizes third-year students who had the highest scores on the USMLE Step 1 examination.
all class of 2020
Thomas and Emily Maren Scholarship
This award is presented to second-year students on the basis of financial need, academic performance and participation in the Maren Reading Room activities.
all class of 2021
Blythewood and Baker Memorial Scholarship Award for Women Medical Students
This award was established in 1968 by Miss Martha Isabel Mays to recognize a female student for outstanding performance on the third year clerkships.
all class of 2019
Palm Beach County Medical Society Auxiliary Scholarship
This award recognizes the senior student with the highest third-year G.P.A. who is a graduate of a Palm Beach County high school.
Amber Johnson, class of 2019
Scott Gross, M.D., Memorial Pathology Book Award
This award was established by members of the class of 1988 in memory of their classmate, Scott Gross, who died of cancer shortly after graduation. The award recognizes a student who, during the first year of medical school, best represented the attributes displayed by Scott—a sense of humor, interest in art and music, active participation in class projects and most importantly, courage and perseverance. The recipient is determined by nominations from classmates.
Miles Cameron, class of 2021
Jeffrey Metcalfe Memorial Award
This award was established by the class of 2014 to honor a classmate who died in the early months of medical school. It recognizes a student who, during the first year of school, demonstrated academic excellence and great personal integrity. The recipient is selected on the basis of nominations from peers.
Joseph Whelihan, class of 2021
Mark W. Herrbold Memorial Award
This award was established by Francis Herrbold, M.D. ’98, in memory of his father. It recognizes a senior student who has overcome great personal adversity and demonstrated extraordinary determination and perseverance in pursuit of a medical education. The award is based on nominations from peers.
Matthew Booth, class of 2019
Carleigh Bruce, class of 2019
Lawrence Castillo, class of 2019
Stanley Maina, class of 2019
Emily Weeks, class of 2020
The Barbara B. Bennett, M.D., Memorial Award
This award was established by the class of 2002 and the UF department of obstetrics and gynecology to honor the student who, during the first three years of medical school, best exemplified Dr. Bennett’s devotion and commitment to women’s health.
Hanna Peterson, class of 2019
The Carey R. Barber, M.D., Scholarship for Suicide Prevention and Depression Awareness
This award is presented to a second-year student who has demonstrated interest in pursuing family medicine as a career, promoted the goal of suicide prevention and worked to improve awareness of the debilitating effects of depression.
Madison Szar, class of 2021
Chapman Service and Humanity in Medicine Award
This award recognizes a student who, during the second year of school, demonstrated outstanding professionalism and humanism and who provided exceptional service to the class, the UF College of Medicine and the local community. The recipient is determined by nominations from classmates.
Jared Freitas, class of 2020
Samuel Phen, class of 2020
Stephen Tapia-Ruano, class of 2020
Lymaries Velez, class of 2020
Distinguished Service Award
This award recognizes students who have provided exceptional service to their class, the UF College of Medicine and the local community.
Gabriel Daniels, class of 2019 academic chair
Frederick Hogan, class of 2019 class advocate
Rachel Butts, class of 2019 community service co-chair
Aisha Elfasi, class of 2019 community service co-chair
Wayne Dell, class of 2020 academic chair
Macie Wilkins, class of 2020 class advocate
Savannah Posgai Liddell, class of 2020 community service co-chair
Yumiko Nakamura, class of 2020 community service co-chair
Daniel O’Neill, class of 2021 academic chair
Aalekhya Tenali, class of 2021 class advocate
Sayoni Saha, class of 2021 community service co-chair
Sarah Williamson, class of 2021 community service co-chair
Tory Finley, class of 2021 orientation co-chair
Elizabeth Kwenda, class of 2021 orientation co-chair
Joseph Whelihan, class of 2021 orientation co-chair
International Medical Service Award
This award recognizes students who have served as the group leaders for the international medical outreach trips.
Frederick Ashby, class of 2020
Julie Gibson, class of 2020
Joly Aziz, class of 2020
Mariel McLaughlin, class of 2020
Courtney Swan, class of 2020
Alexander Zirulnik, class of 2020
Victoria Bouillon, class of 2020
Agatha Formoso, class of 2020
Alex Nusbickel, class of 2020
Lucia Gonzalez-Llanos, class of 2020
Alexis Santos, class of 2020
Jane Harrell, class of 2020
Mikaela O’Connor, class of 2020
Equal Access Clinic Service Awards
These awards recognize students and faculty members who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to the Equal Access Clinic and provided excellent medical care to the underserved population of Gainesville.
Gabriel Daniels, class of 2019
Grace Thompson, class of 2021
Breann Garbas, P.A., UF School of Physician Assistant Studies
J. Craig Spencer Memorial Award
This award was established in memory of J. Craig Spencer, class of 1975. It recognizes a student who, during the first three years of medical school, demonstrated a high level of academic achievement and a compassionate, caring manner. The award is based on nominations from peers.
Sean Taasan, class of 2019
Genevra Todd and Henry E. Meleny Award
This award recognizes students who have excelled in the first phase of the medical school curriculum.
Jared Freitas, class of 2020
Samy Gabriel, class of 2020
Jane Harrell, class of 2020
Martin Laguerre, class of 2020
Smith Family Scholarship
This award was established by the late Dr. Richard T. Smith and his family. It recognizes a student who has just completed the second year of school and who has demonstrated excellence in scholarship, leadership, research and service.
Wayne Dell, class of 2020 – Recipient
Jared Freitas, class of 2020 – Finalist
Samy Gabriel, class of 2020 – Finalist
Jane Harrel, class of 2020 – Finalist
Martin Laguerre, class of 2020 – Finalist
Caroline Annette Cody, M.D., Memorial Scholarship Award
This award was established in memory of Caroline Annette Cody, M.D. ’03. The award is based on nominations from peers. It is presented to a fourth-year student who best exemplifies Caroline’s remarkable personal characteristics and altruistic service to the community.
Stephanie Winslow, class of 2019