Student Stars

Travis Burhart

Florida State University junior Travis Burhart has spent his time as a student pursuing his commitment to leadership and love for the outdoors. Through research and unique experiences at FSU, Burhart has paved his own path to align with his interests. Burhart, a resident of Franklin, Tennessee, knew Florida State was the place for him […]

Ashley Dawdy

Senior Ashley Dawdy has taken huge strides in developing her love for marine biology during her time at Florida State University, including taking advantage of hands-on opportunities to conduct shark surveys in the Gulf of Mexico. That kind of field work was made possible after Dawdy completed the requirements at FSU to become a certified […]

Mariapia Rueda

While on the path to law school, 20-year-old Florida State University graduate Mariapia Rueda left behind a legacy — serving underprivileged and disenfranchised communities. In high school, the native of Dallas, Texas, was a member of the elite International Baccalaureate program. When it came time to choose a college, she explored universities across the nation, […]

Ivonne Mendieta

Florida State University senior Ivonne Mendieta has combined two unlikely subjects — biological science and religion — to foster a college experience that reflects her goal of becoming a physician. Mendieta’s relationship with religion began at a young age. She grew up around her family practicing different versions of Christianity and Catholicism while alternating living […]

Rebeca Hazera

Florida State University senior Rebeca Hazera is an international student with a passion for science and research. The native of Panama City, Panama, knew she wanted to pursue an education at a university where she would be challenged by new experiences and opportunities. “FSU offered me the perfect balance of comfort and excitement,” Hazera said. […]

Shalom Chege

Senior Shalom Chege has used the boundless opportunities at Florida State University to get one step closer to making her dream of being a physician a reality. Chege, a premedical student with a passion for teaching, was born in Nairobi, Kenya, where she lived with her family for seven years until moving to the United […]