Celebrating Women Forging New Paths at the University of Florida

This Women’s History Month, the University of Florida celebrates the remarkable women – past and present -- who have empowered this great university. They represent diverse fields and backgrounds, but they share the common ground of being relentless in the pursuit of a greater future. Today, these women continue to pave the way for others to realize their dreams. Please check back here throughout March for updates on events, campus initiatives and inspiring stories of women’s experiences at the University of Florida.



Inclusion in Research: Helping Women Scientists have their Voices Heard

Natalie Dean and Michelle Cardel to share what they’ve learned to help diversify conversations about science.


MBI Rising Star: Ariel Walker

Ariel Walker is the latest to be featured in MBI Rising Stars, a series highlighting up-and-coming neuroscience researchers at UF. Her research focuses on the hallmarks of Alzheimer's with the hope of identifying approaches to slow or prevent the disease. 

Inclusion & Research at UF: Adania Flemming's Story of Visibility

With a shortage of women mentors in ichthyology, Flemming decided to be the mentor she always wanted for her students.

I was meant to be in the band

Sophy Mae Mitchell was certain of one thing when she came to the University of Florida more than 50 years ago: She just had to march in the Gator Band. One problem: At the time, the band was all male.



Updated events for Women's Month will be posted in 2024.



Across the University of Florida, there are many extraordinary women – students, faculty and staff – who exemplify excellence. At UF, 8 of the 16 colleges have women deans. In addition to the deans featured below, Dean Beth Virnig joined the College of Public Health and Health Professions in 2022.

UF College Deans 


Anna M. McDaniel

Onye P. Ozuzu

Laura A. Rosenbury

Elaine Turner

Isabel Garcia

Colleen G. Koch

Dana Zimmel

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