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WANT TO BE A GATOR?

Whatever you’ve got your sights set on, that’s merely the beginning. As a Gator you’ll learn to see beyond the horizon. We measure success not in individual achievement, but where you go from there. Because when reaching your goals is just the starting point, there’s no end to what Gators can accomplish.

Staff: WILL ATKINS

Executive Director of Multicultural and Diversity Affairs

As the leader of Multicultural and Diversity Affairs, which includes Intercultural Engagement, Black Affairs, Hispanic-Latino Affairs, Asian Pacific Islander American Affairs, and Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender and Queer Affairs, Will Atkins strives to create a learning environment that reflects a diversity in thought, experiences and backgrounds. Atkins uses his passion for collaboration and meaningful cross-cultural engagement to provide leadership and advocacy for all students, designing and implementing opportunities for community and identity expression.

Faculty: Julie Meyer

UF/IFAS
Research Assistant Professor

Julie Meyer's research focuses on the role of microbial interactions in the health and stability of coral reefs and is performed in collaboration with the Smithsonian Marine Station. She is researching how shifts in coral microbiota are associated with Black Band Disease, which kills healthy tissue in many different species of reef-building corals. In 2015, Meyer was one of five women in the country awarded L’Oreal USA's $60,000 Fellowship for Women in Science.

Faculty: Thomas Schmittgen

College of Pharmacy
Professor of Pharmaceutics

Thomas Schmittgen’s research focuses on the role of noncoding RNAs and cancer. He discovered a microRNA signature that is currently being commercially developed as a biomarker for the early detection of pancreatic cancer. A paper he co-authored in 2001 describing the relative method of gene quantification has been cited more than 36,000 times and is ranked by the international journal “Nature” as the 21st most-cited scientific article of all time.

TOGETHER, WE GO GREATER

We are not content to rest. We aspire to solve grand challenges, and in doing so, to propel UF to the very top tier of public universities.
Our Go Greater campaign is an investment not only in the future of our state, nation and world,
but also in YOU.

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