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Celebrating Women’s History Month: UF researcher paving the way for Latinas in STEM

In Featured, Inclusive Excellence, J Crayton Pruitt Family Department of Biomedical Engineering, NewsBy Brittany Sylvestri Story originally published on UF News

Ana Maria Porras, Ph.D., a professor and researcher, heads the Tissue-Microbe Interactions lab in the J. Crayton Pruitt Family Department of Biomedical Engineering within the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering.

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Expanding Pathways For Black Engineers

In Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering, Featured, Inclusive Excellence, News, Research GrantsBy Shawn Jenkins

Denise R. Simmons, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Civil & Coastal Engineering and associate dean for Workforce Development in the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering, is the leading principal investigator for the $1.28 million, four-year project “Critical Conversations: Systemic and Agentic Empowerment of Black Ph.D. Students and their Faculty Advisors in Engineering,” which is sponsored by the Racial Equity in STEM Education program, an initiative of the National Science Foundation’s Education and Human Resources (EHR) division that supports racial equity in STEM.

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Computer Science Has a Racism Problem: These Researchers Want to Fix It

In In the Headlines, Inclusive Excellence, NewsBy Melba NewsomeStory originally published on

Juan Gilbert, Ph.D., has pledged to help create a more supportive and inclusive computer-science environment for Black students, and continues that work as chair of the Department of Computer & Information Science & Engineering. He thinks that vision is why the university ranks top in terms of the number of computer science PhDs awarded to Black students, and why it boasts the largest proportion of Black computer-science faculty members at any predominantly white institution in the United States.

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Quantum Materials Researcher Helps Bring Inclusion and Equity to Campus Community

In Carousel, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Inclusive Excellence, News, Research & Innovation

We recently had the opportunity to speak with Dr. Ryan Need, assistant professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE), about their research, experience as a new UF faculty member, and their work with students, staff, and faculty to build a culture representative of the entire community.

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UF Engineering Undergrad Named Navy/ROTC Student of the Year

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Jennifer Fillebrown, Navy/ROTC Student of the Year One of UF’s Gator Battalion Midshipmen has been selected as the 2019 Navy Federal Credit Union (NFCU) All American NAVY ROTC Student of the Year. Midshipman 1/C Jennifer Fillebrown competed against a national field of 58 other ROTC students and made the final 12. Now NFCU has named her the Navy/Marine winner from …