Garnet & Gold Scholar Society welcomes 26 new inductees during virtual ceremony

Florida State University welcomed 26 new inductees into its prestigious Garnet & Gold Scholar Society this fall during a virtual induction ceremony Thursday.

Established in 2010, the Garnet & Gold Scholar Society facilitates student involvement and recognizes undergraduate students who excel within and beyond the classroom in at least three of five areas: international experience, internship, leadership, research and service.

“FSU is one of the most student-centered campuses in the country, and the Garnet & Gold Scholar Society has truly advanced that mission,” said Vice President for Student Affairs Amy Hecht. “We hope that beyond graduation you will have fond memories of Florida State University and all that you’ve learned while immersed in your unique Garnet & Gold Scholar Society experiences.”

To become an inductee of the Garnet & Gold Scholar Society, students must meet the engagement criteria and submit a synthesis reflection project in their final semester before graduation. Participants are recognized during graduation and receive a designation on their official university transcript, making the students more marketable to potential employers or graduate programs.

The inductees, along with their state/country, hometown and academic major(s), are:


Boynton Beach, Florida

Madison West, Family and Child Sciences

Fort Myers, Florida

Amber Dudek, Exercise Physiology

Gainesville, Florida

Eric Cruz Murphy, Biology

Hollywood, Florida

Ariaunna Sahagun, Psychology and Social Work

Jacksonville, Florida

Henna Awad, International Affairs

Annika Lundberg, Biology

Casey Peterson, International Affairs

Jupiter, Florida

Tiffany Nong, Biology

Longwood, Florida

Fabian Isaiah Valentin, International Affairs

Merritt Island, Florida

Emma Huff, Biological Science

Miami, Florida

Manuela Espinosa, Editing, Writing, and Media and Political Science

Jessica Hecker, Interdisciplinary Medical Science

Sommore Robinson, Health Management Policy and Information

Naples, Florida

Hanna Franz, Environmental Science

Orlando, Florida

Rosalind Helsinger, English

Olivia Wynn, Biology

Ormond Beach, Florida

Ryan Welch, Political Science

Sarasota, Florida

Parker William Braun, Digital Media Production and Psychology

Tallahassee, Florida

Katherine Zollner, Environmental Science and Policy

Tampa, Florida

Alexa Scalchunes, International Affairs

West Palm Beach, Florida

Chloe Chau Nguyen, Cell/Molecular Neuroscience

Winter Haven, Florida

Kassie Provost, Music and Psychology


Cary, Illinois

Kaci Brisco, Cell/Molecular Neuroscience

Joliet, Illinois

Alyson Urbaniak, History


Blackwood, New Jersey

Kayla Pfeffer, Actuarial Science


Iquitos, Loreto, Peru

Roberto Vasquez Hassinger, Psychology and Social Work