The University of Florida has appointed a task force to soordinate research and response efforts stemming from the April 20th spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Share This Story

Bookmark and ShareBookmark This
EmailEmail Story

Follow CLAS

Subscribe to the CLAS RSS Feed RSS Feed
Become a Fan of the CLAS Facebook Page FACEBOOK
Follow us on Twitter TWITTER

Elizabeth Rojas

Head of the CLAS

Elizabeth Rojas, a senior in Economics and Political Science major, is in elite company.

Rojas joined 12 other Fellows as part of the 6th Gubernatorial Fellows class. She is one of just three undergraduates to receive this honor.

Sheila Dickison, CLAS Associate Dean for Academic Affairs said, "The Gubernatorial Fellowships are highly competitive and rare for an undergraduate to receive."

While interning with the Office of the Senate Pro Tempore in Tallahassee, Rojas underwent a rigorous application process that included a research-heavy policy proposal, four essays, three letters of recommendation and several interview rounds.

In addition to her work with Mike Fasano, Rojas’ other experience include two internships in the private sector at Motorola, as a business operation intern in the Enterprise Mobility Solutions department, and at MetaSwitch Networks in San Francisco as a marketing and sales intern as well as a volunteer student assistant at the 26th International Training Program on Utility Regulation and Strategy PURC/World Bank.

Rojas has also done research in Brazil by analyzing the logistics of Brazilian ethanol through a partnership between UF and Washington and Lee University sponsored by the Fund for Improvement of Post Secondary Education (FIPSE) and recently presented her project in London, UK at the OR52 conference. Rojas is heavily involved in volunteering where she was the director for a school supplies drive for children in Ecuador for VISA (Volunteers for International Student Affairs) and also volunteered for the Catholic Church as a catechist for young children.

Fellows are selected based upon strong leadership, written and oral communication skills, community activism, and a desire to serve the people of Florida.

As part of the Fellowship, Rojas has started working at the Department of Emergency Management (DEM), where she’s been learning about some potential projects where her help is much needed. Primarily, DEM is attempting to reach out to vulnerable communities were English is not their first language and isolated communities with no access to the Internet. Rojas is a native Spanish speaker and is proficient in Portuguese and French.

"The core project of the fellowship is the emergency management plan for people with disabilities, but I have the opportunity of working on other projects of my interest and getting involved in different functions of the agency," she said. "I’m able to run my own projects and think outside the box."

Rojas is the first to point out that none of her successes have come easily, but her willingness to ask for help and her perseverance got her to where she is today.

"UF definitely has a great network of students and professors who are there to support UF students; it is just a matter of reaching out and asking for help," she said.



Aubrey Siegel, Communications and Outreach

back to the 2010 news index >>

top >>

CLAS Navigation

News, Calendar of Events, Head of the CLAS, Submit News/Event, Media


CLAS Portals


College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

2014 Turlington Hall
P.O Box 117300
Gainesville FL 32611
P: 352.392.0780
F: 352.392.3584