Hall of Fame

Recognizing the Accomplishment

Since 1921, the University of Florida Hall of Fame has recognized seniors and graduate students who have consistently demonstrated an outstanding commitment to improving the University of Florida through campus and community involvement, participation in organized campus activities, and scholastic achievement. The University of Florida Hall of Fame is the highest recognition given to student leaders at the university.

2020 Hall of Fame Awardees

Aaron Sandoval
Adam Kozloski
Amber Donald
Ashley Garner
Carolyn “Libby” Shaw
Cindy Jara
Connor Bennett
Danielle Grosse
David Walsh
Eliana Guerrero
Hannah Lyons
Isabella Oliver
Jacob Duval

John “J.R.” Molm
Julia Van de Bogart
Kyle Scott
Mathew Sebastian
Matthew Diaz
Noldy Belizaire
Regan Dabbs
Regan Lee
Santiago Gutierrez
Sarah Abraham
Taliah Rodriguez
Umbar Malik

Aaron Gabriel W. Sandoval

Aaron is a biology major with a minor in health disparities in society. During his time at UF, he studied the regeneration in the African spiny mouse with Dr. Malcolm Maden, resulting in numerous publications. He worked with UF Center for Regenerative Medicine and UF Honors Program to create two novel undergraduate courses in regenerative medicine. He founded the Goldwater Scholar Community to connect Goldwater Scholars past and present. The Goldwater Scholarship is the most prestigious undergraduate science award in the nation. Additionally, he founded the UFL Premedical Council to encourage collaboration rather than competition among the premedical student organizations at UF.

After graduation, he plans to pursue graduate education in the United Kingdom at the University of Cambridge and King’s College London on a Marshall Scholarship.

Adam Amram Kozloski

Adam is an economics and political science major, earning minors in sociology and European Union studies. Adam is the founder of Assembly for Action and the founding president of the Alexander Hamilton Society. He served as the executive chair of Chomp the Vote Student Government Agency and co-founded the Gator Tank at Gator Innovators Student Government Agency.

While at UF, Adam studied abroad at Tel Aviv University in Israel and in Salzburg, Austria. He was also a Carnegie Mellon University National Fellow on the Data Analytics Track. In the future, Adam hopes to work on both civilian and military policy regarding the technology of tomorrow.

Amber Eboni Veronica Donald

Amber is a health education and behavior major. Amber is a charter member of Black Women in Medicine, Incorporated, served as the President of Multicultural Association of Pre-Health Students (MAPS), and Gatorship Assistant Director. Amber was Social Action Chair of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated co-founder of their Community Garden.

Amber hosted at Dope N Mic at Boca Fiesta every first Wednesday of the month, providing an opportunity for minority students to collaborate with community members from East Gainesville. Amber’s lyrical skills led her to starting a rap group called Scholar Girlz and being a DJ.

After graduation, Amber plans to take two gap years before applying to medical schools to pursue a medical degree along with a master’s in public health. Amber aspires to become a psychiatrist and help eliminate the health disparities within Black and Caribbean communities.

Ashley Kemoni Garner

Ashley is a public relations major with a minor in African American studies. During her time at UF, she has served as the Black Student Union president, a Black Affairs ambassador, and a PAACT Mentor. Ashley is a member of Florida Blue Key and of FACES Modeling Troupe. She is also the co-founder of the Black Women’s Collective. Service is at the heart of Ashley’s mission, and as such she has dedicated every spring break to something service-oriented.

Ashley is a self-taught graphic designer who founded a creative business, Ash&Crafts, where she designs graduate caps for clients.

After graduation, she plans to work in communications within the entertainment industry. She wants to consume as much experience and skills as possible before opening up a few businesses of her own, including a communications agency that assists small businesses in brand development and a shoe business which targets women with larger feet as consumers. In her spare time, she’d love to focus her passions on a program that teaches young ladies to prioritize self-love and success.

Carolyn Elizabeth Shaw

Libby is a public relations major. She served as Senate President, Senate President Pro-Tempore, Vice President of Membership for Florida Blue Key, and Associate Producer for Homecoming & Gator Growl.

Libby has a passion for empowering women and advocating for her peers. She created the Women’s Caucus in the Student Senate and is a co-founder of Sister Support Ambassadors, a group that advocates for survivors of sexual assault

After graduation, Libby will attend the University of Florida Levin College of Law.

Cindy Vanessa Jara Torres

Cindy is a public relations and criminology major with a minor in women’s studies. She served a the chair for the Student Advisory Council for Undergraduate Affairs under Associate Provost Lindner, undergraduate student assistant for the Machen Florida Opportunity Scholars program and an ambassador for the Machen Florida Opportunity Scholars program. Through her work with MFOS, she taught two sections of First Year Florida as a peer leader.

Additionally, Cindy was named a fellow in the Karel Fellowship in Public Interest Communications where she interned for the Children’s Defense Fund in Washington, DC. She was awarded the Charles Wellborn Service Award by the Public Relations department in the UF College of Journalism and Communications.

After graduation, Cindy will be pursuing a career in public interest serving underrepresented communities. She plans to work in communications, before attending law school in a few years.

Connor Bennett

Connor is a public relations major with a business concentration minor. He served as finance manager for Dance Marathon 2019 and executive director for Dance Marathon 2020. Under his leadership, Dance Marathon raised more than $2.5 million. Conner is also a member of Florida Blue Key and the Florida Cicerones.

After graduation, he intends on moving to Jacksonville and starting his professional career.

Danielle Kirsten Grosse

Danielle is an industrial & systems engineering major. She has served as Student Government Senate president, Student Government External Affairs Agency Head, and Reitz Scholar Lead Facilitator. Danielle is a member of Florida Blue Key.

After graduation, Danielle will be working at Lockheed Martin in their Skunkworks division.

David M. Walsh

David double majored in undergrad with a BA in business administration and a BS in psychology. He will be graduating this May with his Juris Doctor degree . He has served as Chief Justice of the UF Student Government Supreme Court and president of the Florida Moot Court Team. He has been a Hospitality captain for Dance Marathon at UF, and he is a member of Florida Blue Key.

After taking the Bar Exam in July, David will be working as an associate attorney for the Tampa office of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC.

Eliana C. Guerrero

Eliana is a microbiology and cell science major with a minor in health disparities in society. She served as president of the Asian American Student Union (AASU) and director for the First Year Leadership Program (FLP). She was a Leadership Trainee at the Pediatric Pulmonary Clinic at UF Health and an academic tutor for UF’s Office of Academic Support.

After graduation, Eliana is staying in Gainesville to work at North Florida Integrative Medicine as a medical assistant while applying to Physician Assistant School.

Hannah Yve Lyons

Hannah majored in History and Microbiology and Cell Sciences, with a minor in French and Francophone Studies. She is the co-founder of Positive Feedback, a science fair mentorship organization that leverages the expertise and resources held by university students to provide positive science experiences to mainstream students in Gainesville. She also served as the Director of Salon and Engagement Activities for TEDxUF, where she developed the first panel-style TED events at the university.

Hannah is the recipient of the Barry Goldwater Scholarship, the US State Department Critical Language Scholarship (Korean), the NASA College Scholarship Award, and the University Space Research Association Frederick Tarantino Scholarship. As an undergraduate she pursued research in space life sciences, European history, addiction sciences, and oral history, and she studied abroad in France, England, Peru, and South Korea.

After graduation, Hannah will be attending the University of Florida College of Medicine with the hope of pursuing a career in Aerospace Medicine.

Isabella Oliver

Isabella is an international studies and political science major. During her time at UF, she served as president of the Hispanic Student Association and Forum director of Hispanic Heritage Month. She is a co-founder of Solidarity Sessions and served as a student assistant at the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program.

She spent a summer interning with Women Political Leaders in Brussels, Belgium, and she was named a TIME 100 Summit Rising Star Participant.

After graduation, Isabella aspires to work for the improvement of human rights and the non-profit sector.

Jacob C. Duval

Jacob has a B.S. construction management major with a minor in business administration and will be earning his Juris Doctor degree in May.

During his time at UF, Jacob served as president of Florida Blue Key and president of the Interfraternity Council. As Internal Philanthropy Chair of Kappa Alpha Order fraternity, he founded a new philanthropy event that greatly increased fundraising. Jacob was also names the University of Florida Alumni Association’s Outstanding Student Leader Award Recipient for Fall 2016.

After graduation, Jacob plans to practice construction law in Tampa, FL.

John “J.R.” Molm

J.R. is an accounting major. He has served as vice president of External Affairs for Florida Blue Key for two terms, Internal Affairs Agency Head for Student Government and the Student Life Division Chair for Student Government.

In addition to his on-campus involvement, J.R. is the lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist, and main songwriter for a band, HINTRLND. He also co-founded a record label, Speed Demon Records, which hosts a number of other artists.

After graduation, J.R. will pursue his Juris Doctor degree at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C.

Julia Van de Bogart

Julia is an English major with a history minor. She served as president of the Panhellenic Council, Dean of Student’s Office Student Conduct Committee & Incident Review Committee member, Disability Resource Center note-taker for accommodated students, and Director of Community Service for Alpha Delta Pi.

Additionally, she’s traveled to Lake Atitlán, Guatemala as a Young Adult Missionary for First Presbyterian Church of Fort Lauderdale and to Senegal, Africa as a School Building Trek Volunteer with the Panhellenic Council for BuildOn.

After graduation, she will be attending Emory University to obtain her J.M. and will be returning to the University of Florida to attend the Levin College of Law to obtain her J.D. as a part of the Class of 2024. She looks forward to intertwining her passions to help others in the pursuit of justice.

Kyle W. Scott

Kyle is earning his Doctorate of Medicine, M.D. He is the founder of the UF College of Medicine Innovation Discovery Track and the president of UF College of Medicine Neurosurgery Interest group and Business and Innovation interest group. He is a medical student researcher and team leader for UF Neurosurgery department.

Additionally, he is the founder of two app development teams — the UF Neurosurgery Patient Anatomy App and the UF Neurosurgery Patient Navigation and Reminder App.

After graduation, Kyle will start his residency in Neurosurgery. At the same time, he hopes to combine his interests in engineering and surgery through research or even pursing a start-up endeavor.

Mathew Sebastian

Mathew is in medical school with concentrations in molecular cell biology and clinical and translational sciences. He is the founder and chair of Medical Scientist Training Program Scholar Council in the College of Medicine. He’s served on the MD-PhD Officer Student Advocacy Committee, as organizing chair of 1st Annual MD-PhD and CTSI Research Day, and volunteers as an undergraduate mentor.

After finishing his PhD, Mathew will go back and finish the last two years of the dual degree MD-PhD Program. Following that, he will join a residency program that will combine his interests in treating participants while maintaining a research career.

Matthew Lucas Diaz Lazo

Matthew is a political science major. He is the founder of the Indigenous American Student Association, vice president of the Volunteers for International Student Affairs, a Student Government senator for District D, and a research assistant in the Political Science department.

Additionally, Matthew worked as an intern for the Torture Abolition and Survivor’s Support Coalition, assisting refugees from around the world to navigate the legal process of gaining asylum.

Sometime long after graduation, he’d love to return to Miami in order to work in refugee rights advocacy.

Noldy Belizaire

Noldy is a sustainability and the built environment major with a minor in family, youth, and community sciences. During his time at UF, he served as a Preview staffer and facilitator, a Florida Cicerones committee chair, and a Black Affairs ambassador.

Additionally, he served as a 2019 and 2020 P4H Global student trip leader.

After graduation, Noldy plans to attend graduate school studying Urban and Regional Planning.

Regan E. Dabbs

Regan earned her bachelor’s in accounting and is currently pursuing her master’s in accounting. During her time at UF, she served on the Florida Cicerones Executive Board as the Students Today Alumni Tomorrow vice president, as a member of the 2018 Preview Staff, as an University Athletic Association Student intern and Gymnastics Project Team and as Panhellenic Delegate for Delta Zeta Pi Alpha Chapter.

Since her graduation, she hopes to starts a career in accounting and athletics.

Regan Carey Lee

Regan earned her bachelor’s in accounting and is currently pursuing her master’s in accounting with a graduate minor in real estate. She served as president, vice president, and secretary of Florida Blue Key. Additionally, she served as Housing Affairs Cabinet director in Student Government, a Warrington Diplomat with the Warrington College of Business, and as a career & academic peer mentor.

After graduation, Regan will be moving to New York City to start a career as a corporate tax strategist and licensed Certified Public Accountant.

Santiago Gutierrez

Santiago is an economics and international studies major with a focus on the Middle East and a minor in arabic language. He has served as Student Body Treasurer, Chief of Staff of the Student Body President, Chief of Staff of the Hispanic Student Association’s President, and vice chair of the J. Wayne Reitz Union Board of Managers.

He studied abroad in Morocco in the old city of Fes.

After graduation, Santiago will pursue his Juris Doctor degree at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C.

Sarah Abraham

Sarah is an information systems major with a minor in leadership. She served as Student Body Vice President and the Indian Students Association President, and was named UF Homecoming Queen in 2019. She is currently writing a memoir, Was that an Appropriate Time to Laugh.

Sarah will be continuing her education in pursuit of a master’s degree at UF in information systems and operations management, and hopes to work as a technology consultant post-graduation.

Taliah Rodriguez

Taliah is a criminology and political science major with a minor in Spanish. She served as executive director of the U Matter, We Care Ambassadors and Leadership Team mentor of the MFOS Mentorship Program. She is a recipient of the UF Honors Program Medallion.

Taliah was one of 36 students chosen nationally for the Sidley Prelaw Scholars Program. The program helps high-performing and diverse students to pursue a legal education.

She served as a research intern at UF Student Legal Services, solidifying her interest in law. After graduation, she will be attending law school.

Umbar Malik

Umbar holds a B.S. in finance from the Heavener School of Business and a minor in communication studies. She will earn her Juris Doctor from the Levin College of Law in May. She served as the Student Government Judicial Branch associate justice of the UF Supreme Court, vice president of the Florida Moot Court Team, and vice president of the Asian Pacific Law Student Association.

She was the president of the Indian Student Association’s GatoRaas Dance Team that won the 2017 National Championship. And Umbar is a member of Florida Blue Key.

After graduation, Umbar will be relocating to Atlanta to begin her career in corporate law at King & Spalding.

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