International students honored for achievement

International graduate students 2014

From left to right are: Dr. Leonardo Villalón, dean of the UF International Center; Dr. Ammon Peck, the UFCVM’s associate dean for research and graduate studies; Tao Yang , Dr. Maureen Long, Dhani Prakoso, Dr. Klibs Galvao, Johanny Perez Baez, Dr. Iske Larkin, and Hilda Chavez Perez. Not pictured is awardee Massimiliano Tagliamonte.

Four international students who are pursuing graduate degrees from the UF College of Veterinary Medicine were honored for academic excellence during the annual campuswide International Student Awards Ceremony, held Nov. 17 in the Reitz Union auditorium.

Honored were graduate students Tao Yang, from China (Dr. Mansour Mohamadzadeh, mentor); Dhani Prakoso, from Indonesia (Dr. Maureen Long, mentor); Johanny Perez Baez, from the Dominican Republic (Dr. Klibs Galvao, mentor); Hilda Chavez Perez, from Mexico (Dr. Iske Larkin, mentor); and Massimiliano Tagliamonte from Italy (Drs. John Dame and Tony Barbet, mentors.) All of the students were present except for Tagliamonte, who was in Haiti performing research.

Perez and Baez are master’s degree candidates. The other individuals are pursuing their Ph.Ds.

The International Student Awards Ceremony was initiated to highlight the accomplishments of international students at the University of Florida. The awards are designed to recognize students who not only meet exemplary academic achievement, but also a wide range of accomplishments and contributions.One of the highest priority goals for UF is to expand its international outlook and impact in education, research and service. UF’s leadership has placed a special emphasis on internationalization because it is a direct outgrowth of UF’s mission and reflects the importance of globalization in the world today.

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