Stories of Impact: How the UCF Burnett Honors College is cultivating talent and inspiring excellence.
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A BHC Scholar looks out over the mountainous landscape on her study abroad adventure.
Issue 3 - February 2020
Dean Sheila Pineres with her family, and a kangaroo, in Australia.
Life is an adventure full of twists and turns. It is the quest to understand the unknown that drives the intellectually curious. The Burnett Honors College cultivates intellectual curiosity and understanding by encouraging BHC Scholars to travel the world. This year we have focused our efforts on creating opportunities that meet the varying needs of our BHC Scholars so every student, if they so desire, can study abroad.

There are many incredible opportunities for students to make a difference in the world, and here are just a few examples. In Dr. Ali Gordon’s course students spend ten days travelling throughout Brazil learning about aircraft manufacturing. A summer research experience with Dr. Tim Hawthorne in Belize creates geographical information maps for local coastal communities. Dr. Richard Plate is taking students to Guatemala to assist with reforestation efforts. Another rewarding opportunity is spending a semester abroad taking courses with one of UCF’s partner institutions. For every type of study abroad, the BHC is there to provide scholarship support. BHC study abroad scholarships follow the interests of the students as we encourage them to learn, travel, and experience the world.

To our donors and partners, we anticipate that with increased options and greater flexibility, more BHC Scholars will experience firsthand what it means to be a member of a global community. There is no substitute for living in the moment and place. BHC’s commitment to “Cultivating Talent, Inspiring Excellence” extends to fostering global awareness and an understanding that there is so much more in the world than our sunny corner of Florida.

On a personal note, study abroad is near and dear to my heart. I met my husband (of 30 years) on a study abroad exchange program in Barranquilla, Colombia. To parents who might be worried, we sent our youngest to Australia for a semester during his sophomore year. I’m happy to report he returned a much more independent and mature young man. We hope you enjoy reading about the experiences of our BHC Scholars as they share stories of their adventures as they experience what the world has to offer.

Sheila Amin Gutiérrez de Piñeres, Ph.D.
Dean, UCF Burnett Honors College
Feature Spotlight
Mary Beth Morgan photo headshot
Mary Beth Morgan, director of operations for the Glenda G. Morgan Charitable Foundation, discusses the foundation's support of international economic development projects in Nicaragua, Haiti, and Guatemala, and why spending time abroad can be a life-changing experience.

"I feel students can gain perspective by seeing how others live. Traveling abroad and spearheading projects can greatly strengthen a student’s leadership skills, critical thinking, problem solving, and life skills that they can take with them to be better prepared in their career."

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BHC Scholars Larissa Gehringer, Robert Vatian, Amy Lebanoff and Abigail Reynolds.
Read more about the adventures these BHC Scholars had while abroad:
Thank You
The Burnett Honors College Advisory Board
Thank you to our BHC Advisory Board, which had its inaugural meeting in November! We are grateful for your wisdom and expertise in helping to shape and enrich the BHC and its programs.
Want to know more?
Get involved. Contact Renzo Martorella for more information.
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