Category Archives: Student Success

Student Lewis Interns at White House

Tyler LewisPartly thanks to the efforts of Dr. Judithanne Scourfield McLauchlan of the Department of History and Political Science, USFSP undergraduate student Tyler Lewis is interning at the White House this semester.

Congratulations to Mr. Lewis for landing this very special internship.


Student Vars Guest Speaker at SciCafe

Joey VarsUSFSP student Joey Vars recently was a guest speaker at the SciCafe at the Dali Museum, a companion year-round program associated with the St. Petersburg Science Festival. Mr. Vars aims to become a space historian. He also has completed a a semester-long internship with NASA in Washington, D.C., and has attended many NASA launches.

Congratulations to Mr. Vars.

ESPG Students Present at Geography Conference

Florida Society of GeographersElizabeth Merton, Kimberly Lyons and Stephen Douglas, graduate students in our MS in Environmental Science and Policy, recently presented their research at the 51st Annual Meeting of the Florida Society of Geographers in Jacksonville. They were joined by Joseph Terrano, an undergraduate student in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Geography. Mr. Terrano won the Best Poster competition for his poster entitled “Determining Power Plant and Population Vulnerability to Storm Surges in Pinellas and Pasco County:  A GIS Based Approach.”

Congratulations are due to all students, and their faculty mentors.

Enterpreneurship Students Win Pitch Competition

Price and BrackettEntrepreneurship students Nick Price (left) and Lance Brackett (right) have won the Tampa Bay Startup Week/ Tech Cocktail Pitch. They will advance to a national competition in Las Vegas with their idea for a waterless carwash service called City Sleekers. The win is even more remarkable because they did not just compete against other students; they also competed against existing technology startups.

Congratulations to Mr Price and Mr Brackett.

Cassill Publishes with Students

Dr Deby CassillDr. Deby Cassill, Associate Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, recently had a peer-reviewed paper published in the Journal of Bioeconomics. The paper, which is entitled “What can ants tell us about collective behavior during a natural catastrophe?”, was written jointly with, among others, Alexander Casella, an honors student.

Congratulations are of course due to Dr. Cassill and Mr. Casella.

Journalism Student Godfrey Published in Tampa Bay Times

Journalism student Susan Godfrey has had an article published in the Tampa Bay Times. The article, which is available at The article focuses on Roderick Pringles, half-brother is TyRon Lewis, whose shooting sparked the 1996 St Petersburg race riots. The article thoughtfully covers a difficult subject, and reflects USFSP’s willingness to tackle difficult subjects.

The article was created in the context of the USFSP Neighborhood News Bureau (, which is run by Robert Hooker, and congratulations are due both to Ms Godfrey and to Mr Hooker.

Annual Shakespeare Festival to Debut in March

St Petersburg Shahespeare Festival logoThanks to the efforts of Dr Lisa Starks-Estes, Associate Professor in the Department of Verbal and Visual Arts, and her student Veronica Matthews, and in partnership with the Department of Verbal and Visual Arts and the MLA program in Liberal Studies, USF St Petersburg will hold its first annual Shakespeare festival in March. The 2015 St Petersburg Festival will feature “As You Like It”. The play includes original music composed by Los Angeles music industry veteran Mark Matthews and a cast that includes USFSP students, alumni, and staff.

The performances will be Thursday – Sunday March 12 – 15 and March 19 – 22, at 8pm at USFSP’s Williams House Courtyard. With “Pay What You Can” admission, seating will be first come-first served for about 50 audience members.

More information, is available from the St. Petersburg Shakespeare Festival’s Facebook page at