(April 18, 2016) – USF
Honors College students Ricci Allen and Maie Khalil are among a very select
group of students statewide awarded Frost scholarships for full-time graduate
study at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. The Frost Scholarship
Program provides funding for top students from the State University System of
Florida to study for a full year in master’s courses in science, technology,
engineering and mathematics “STEM” fields. With two recipients, no state
university has more Frost winners this year than USF.
scholars have an impressive undergraduate record at USF. Allen, a native of
Parrish, Fla. and graduate of Southeast High School in Manatee County, will
earn dual bachelor’s degrees in biomedical sciences and psychology in
May. Khalil, a graduate of Dubuque Senior High School in Iowa,
earned a bachelor’s degree in biomedical sciences, summa cum laude, in
December. Both will start their studies at Oxford this fall.
“This is an
opportunity that I never would have imagined when I first began at USF,” said
pursue a master’s degree in clinical embryology while at Oxford. Her career
goal is to become a reproductive endocrinologist.
pursue a master’s degree in medical anthropologyat Oxford and hopes to go
on to earn her PhD in anthropology.
opportunity is especially invaluable to me because by supporting the master’s
in medical anthropology, the Frost Scholarship values a field not generally
recognized in STEM,” said Khalil. “That fact gives me hope that I can help
further awareness of the crucial role that anthropology plays in advancing our
knowledge of human health and disease.”
USF’s Honors College and Office of National Scholarships work closely with
students to inform them about this type of scholarship opportunity, encourage
them to apply and pursue their research programs at Oxford.
“We are so
pleased that Ricci and Maie will get to enjoy the wonderful opportunities
provided by the Frost scholarships,” said Dr. Charles Adams, Dean of the USF
Honors College. “I am impressed with the hard work and dedication of both of
these excellent students, and I hope that their success will inspire current
and future Bulls to apply for this and other highly competitive academic
program is supported by the generosity of the Phillip and Patricia Frost
Philanthropic Foundation. Nine Frost scholars have been awarded this year. In
the program’s three-year history, six USF students have earned Frost
interested in more information about competitive academic scholarships are
encouraged to contact the USF Office of National Scholarships which identifies,
recruits, and mentors high achieving students to apply for national merit
scholarships across all disciplines.