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Every year on the first Wednesday of April, UCF honors the outstanding accomplishments and contributions of our people on Founders’ Day, our annual celebration of the employees, faculty and students who keep reaching for the stars.

More than 150 faculty members were recognized across the university, including several from the College of Engineering and Computer Science.

“It’s a joy to celebrate extraordinary faculty who model academic excellence, student success and societal impact,” says Michael D. Johnson, UCF provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs. “Their remarkable work lifts up the university’s excellence and shows us all what UCF can become.”

The students honored include undergraduate and graduate students who are groundbreaking national and global scholarship winners, researchers, athletes, teaching assistants, residence assistants and leaders in campus organizations such as Student Government, LEAD Scholars and the President’s Leadership Council.

University Level Awards

Excellence in Research
Yongho Sohn

Faculty Senate – 10 Years of Service
Kevin Coffey

Order of Pegasus
Samatha Stoltz, Department of Biology (mentored by Sudipta Seal)
Ishaan Patel, School of Biomedical Sciences (mentored by Sudipta Seal)
Aadith Menon, Burnett Honors College (mentored by Sudipta Seal

Founders’ Day Award
Shreya Pawar, Burnett Honors College (mentored by Sudipta Seal)

35 Years of Service
Kari Stiles

Angie Feliciano
Kari Stiles

Professor Emeritus
Kevin Coffey

College Level Awards

Excellence in Research
Akihiro Kushima