Student Stories

 FGCU students deserve to compete for these life-changing opportunities and learn more about themselves and their academic disciplines in the process. 

Anusha Malik

My supports my goals to pursue medical school every step of the way by providing me with the right opportunities, allowing me to take lead of my own research project, and consistently teaching me new lab techniques and life lessons.”

Anusha Malik is a recipient of the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship

'23 Biochemistry

Meet Anusha

Grace Anderson

  Working with Dr. Mirjafari has fundamentally changed my outlook on my passion for science and future career for the better.”

Grace Anderson is a recipient of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship

'22 Chemistry and Music

Meet Grace

Dominique Berrette

 The OCF introduced me to not only some wonderful students but also some wonderful faculty who spend their time and energy providing students with all the opportunities specific to their career choices and dreams. ”

Dominique Berrette is a recipient of the Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP), University of Washington.

'24 Psychology

Meet Dominique

David Hardy

Dr. Wagle is honest and pragmatic, and the biggest lesson I've taken to heart from him is that the best thing you can do is try; take every opportunity you can, and your effort will eventually be rewarded. ”

David Hardy is a recipient of the National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates

'23 Chemistry

Meet David

Damian Hernandez

The OCF has allowed me to learn about my career goals and aspirations, while also giving me unparalleled support and encouragement. ”

Damian Hernandez is a recipient of the National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates

 '23 Biochemistry

Meet Damian

Kaelyn Julmeus

She pushes me every day to strengthen my leadership, research, and academic abilities.”

Kaelyn Julmeus is a recipient of the Fulbright ETA to Poland

'22 Biology

Meet Kaelyn

Katey Ryan

My mentors Dr. Jeff Fortney and Dr. Rowan Steineker have helped me grow as a student, researcher, community member, and person.  ”

Katey Ryan is a recipient of the White House Historical Association - American University Public History Fellowship

'22 History and Accounting

Meet Katey

Elizabeth Recker

I have developed a passion for research during my time here at FGCU and it is not because I can follow an experimental procedure, but precisely because there is no experimental procedure laid out for me to follow”

Elizabeth Recker is a recipient of the Barry Goldwater Scholarship

'22 Bioengineering

Meet Elizabeth

Katherine Patterson

My peers and mentors pushed me beyond my preconceived limitations, empowering me to accomplish more than I ever imagined possible.”

Katherine Patterson is a recipient of the Fulbright ETA to Taiwan

'22 Biology

Meet Katherine


Read More Student Stories

  • Grace Anderson '22

  • Dominique Berrette '24

  • David Hardy '23

  • Damian Hernandez '23

  • Kaelyn Julmeus '22

  • Katey Ryan '22

  • Elizabeth Recker '22

  • Katherine Patterson '22

  • Michaela Clarke '22

  • Maxym Fairall

  • Camila Garcia '22

  • Kea Kamiya

  • Elizabeth Recker '22

  • Musarrat Shaira

  • Arianna Smith '22

  • Taylor Vickers '22

  • Grace Anderson '22

  • Kristina Gusty '21

  • Mark Leone (ACE Grad)

  • Alexander Marsh '21

  • Carolyne Mesa '19

  • Spring Olivares '21

  • Katherine Patterson '22

  • Rebekah "Becky" Rodriguez '21

  • Roxana "Roxy" Ruiz '21

  • Melissa Sutter '22