Uzoamaka Catherine Mbionwu, is a spring 2019 graduate of College of Health Professions and Sciences, who majored in health sciences pre-clinical with a minor in health services administration. She is a first-generation Nigerian-American. Decorated with awards including the Order of Pegasus Award, Past Presidents Legacy Award, Dr. John T. Washington Service Award, and the Most Engaged Scholar Award, Mbionwu’s dedication to academics, involvement, and service, never failed to shine through. After her first year at UCF, she earned a 4.0 GPA and President’s Honor Roll every semester. Mbionwu was a volunteer teaching assistant for the Anatomy Laboratory and served as an undergraduate researcher under Dr. William Self, studying the role of metalloenzymes in Clostridium difficile. Similarly, she had the privilege to conduct an independent research project about virtual and interactive distraction therapy in pediatrics, which she presented at the American Medical Education Conference in Philadelphia and published in the Orlando Medical News.
My life-changing UCF experience would have been unimaginable without our remarkable faculty and staff, innovative administrative leaders, and ground-breaking programs that allow students to maximize their potential. UCF has allowed me to use my platform as a student-leader to make a lasting impact at UCF and in the Orlando community; transforming the lives of many by holding over 18 leadership positions on and off campus. I have had the honor to serve on the President’s Leadership Council, serve as a 4EVER KNIGHTS Ambassador, lead the Student Health Advisory Committee as president, become a peer mentor for the integrative Academic Center for Engagement, and volunteer as a peer ambassador for Student Accessibility Services. I will be forever grateful to my soon-to-be alma mater for believing in me and providing limitless opportunities to expand my horizons and become a leader for the next generation
Before matriculating into medical school, I plan not only staying close to UCF by working in the Office of the President, but I will also continue to volunteer at the UCF Creative School for Children, Nemours Children’s Hospital, and AdventHealth for Children. I will also be participating in an internship at Grace Medical Home, as well as continuing my research with Dr. Self in his biology lab. After completing two medical mission trips in Nigeria and Ghana, I will pursue a medical degree back in the states to ultimately fulfill my passion of becoming a pediatrician — devoted to serving the under-served and uninsured.