Kosove Scholars

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Moriah Haley
(They/Them)

Kosove Position: n/a

Majors: International Studies and French

Undergraduate Scholar

Moriah Haley is a senior at USF with a major in International Studies and a concurrent degree in World Languages and Cultures with a concentration in French. In high school, they developed “The Dignity Project” which collected feminine hygiene products to donate to homeless shelters and sparked Moriah’s interest in policy-making and international involvement. They are also passionate about learning and teaching foreign languages to better understand the world around them. Moriah hopes to attend law school after their undergraduate education and work in the international political sphere. They are excited to work with the Kosove Society because of its dedication to community service and its value for students who engage in it.

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Alexa Laux
(She/Her)

Kosove Position: n/a

Major: Communication Sciences and Disorders- Speech, Language, and Hearing

Undergraduate Scholar

Alexa Laux is a senior at USF majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a concentration in Speech, Language, and Hearing. Since being at USF, she has been the Treasurer and President of the USF Baptist Collegiate Ministries, and is currently on the staff. Alexa enjoys serving others through these leadership positions and is excited to begin a career in ministry after college. She also plans on receiving her licensure to work as a Speech-Language Pathology Assistant after graduation. She hopes to work with post-stroke adults with aphasia and traumatic brain injury patients. Alexa is passionate about building meaningful relationships through networking and is thankful for the opportunity to foster this passion through the Kosove Society. 

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Sayona Jose
(She/Her)

Kosove Position: President

Majors: Biomedical Sciences and Psychology

Minor: Nutrition

Undergraduate Scholar

Sayona Jose is an IB graduate who served as the President of Spanish National Honor Society and the Event Director of “Chargerthon” for the All Children’s Miracle Network, which has raised over $70,000 in the past 4 years. She volunteered weekly as an assistant reading teacher for local second graders, and helped feed over 100 individuals in her community service club “Helping Hands.” She is majoring in Biomedical Sciences at the University of South Florida in hopes of specializing in sports medicine. She has been an employee at Protein Smoothie Shop for 4 years and is a Certified Group Fitness Cycle Instructor at the USF Rec. She also serves as a USF representative for the Seniors in Service of Tampa Bay Program and is a writer for the USF Sparks Magazine. She is also currently a research assistant for the Complex Rights and Wrongs Project at USF. Sayona is beyond thankful to be part of the Kosove Society, and is excited to volunteer together on service projects!

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Olivia Tuckey
(She/Her)

Kosove Position: Media Director

Major: Cell and Molecular Biology

Minor: Anthropology

Undergraduate Scholar

Olivia Tuckey is a third-year student in the USF Honors College pursuing a major in Cell and Molecular Biology with a minor in Anthropology. She graduated from Niceville High School in Niceville, Florida in the top 1% of her class. In high school, Olivia traveled to Europe to conduct a scientific collection and analysis in England as part of the NaGISA program, and went on an educational tour of Japan. She loves foreign travel and went on a study abroad research trip to the Galapagos Islands over the Summer of 2021. Olivia was recently named a 2021 Hollings Scholar, and will conduct a summer internship with NOAA in Summer 2022 studying the effect of climate change on freshwater fish growth stages. Olivia is also involved with undergraduate research, and volunteers in the Kramer Lab in the College of Integrative Biology. She is currently working on an Honors Thesis investigating the reproductive success of marine copepods. After graduating, she plans to attend graduate school and become a researcher in the field of genetics, become a genetic counselor, or to work to improve the state of the environment through scientific research and development. 

Molly Orlick
(She/Her)

Kosove Position: VP of Community Service

Major: Biomedical Science

Undergraduate Scholar

Molly Orlick is a recent graduate from the IB Program at Robinson High School in Tampa, Florida, where she served as President of National Honor Society, Founder and President of the Pre-Veterinary Club, and a member of Honor Council.  She served as a Congressional Intern for US Congresswoman Kathy Castor, attended Florida Girls State where she was elected to be a Senator, served on the Tampa Mayor’s Youth Corps and represented the City of Tampa at the Florida League of Cities.  Molly organized a book drive for children in economically disadvantaged communities and personally collected over 1,600 books for these children.  She has also volunteered for many organizations throughout Tampa including St. Joseph’s Hospital, the Children’s Cancer Center, and the Trinity Cafe. Molly was awarded the Anne Frank Humanitarian Award in 2019. Molly played varsity volleyball and flag football, earning three consecutive flag football State Championships.  Molly is a Provost Scholar and a part of the Judy Genshaft Honors College where she is majoring in Biomedical Sciences. Molly shares, “I am truly honored to be a part of the Kosove Society. I am looking forward to the numerous opportunities and outstanding people that I will meet.”

Maggie Rubens
(She/Her)

Kosove Position: Secretary and Historian 

Major: Business Analytics and Information Systems 

Undergraduate Scholar

Maggie is a first-year student pursuing a degree in Business Analytics and Information Systems with a concentration in Cyber Security. With integrity and leadership to guide her, she served as the Speech and Debate Club President at her high school, allowing her to travel throughout the country to debate international politics with other high school students.  For over ten years, Maggie was an active member in Girl Scouts. In addition to receiving the Girl Scout Silver Award in which she donated a bookshelf full of children's books to an underprivileged school, Maggie also attended numerous camping trips as an Ambassador, mentoring younger girls, which fostered her love of helping others. During high school, she was an active member of National Honor Society and ICare ICure, a foundation that raises funds and awareness for childhood cancer. Maggie is excited to have the opportunity to continue to help in community service through the Kosove Society.

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Sean Varughese
(He/Him)

Kosove Position: VP of Marketing 

Major: Biomedical Sciences

Undergraduate Scholar

Sean is a sophomore majoring in Biomedical Sciences in pursuit of a career in medicine- specifically emergency medicine or Otolaryngology. He served as a mentor for elementary school students who sought to improve at reading, through the program “Teen Trendsetters” from the Barbara Bush Foundation of Family Literacy. He also Co-founded “Water to Life”, a non-profit project aimed at providing clean drinking water to underserved communities within India. Thus far, three bore wells in Uttar Pradesh have been built to provide for families that did not have a clean source of drinking water locally. In his free time, Sean enjoys powerlifting and spending time with family. Sean shares that working alongside the other Kosove Scholars in community service inspires him and is always an enjoyable time.

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Elle Acosta
(She/Her)

Kosove Position: n/a

Major: Biology

Undergraduate Scholar

Elle Acosta is a new member of the Kosove Society. She is majoring in biology at USF in the hopes of becoming an environmental activist and traveling the world, hopefully including Antarctica, to study a wide variety of ecosystems. In high school, she restarted her school's Gender and Sexuality Alliance and was the president of the club for two years. She was also the treasurer of the school's activism club and a senior class officer during her senior year. Elle has volunteered at multiple nonprofits, including her city's animal shelter and LGBTQ youth organization. Some of her favorite activities are singing, reading, baking (and eating sweets in general), and kayaking. 

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Anthony Carmona
(He/Him)

Kosove Position: n/a

Major: Cell and Molecular Biology 

Minor: Biomedical Physics 

Undergraduate Scholar

Anthony Carmona is a freshmen pursuing a degree in Cell and Molecular Biology with a minor in Biomedical Physics. He is a provost scholar, a member of the Phi Delta Epsilon pre medical fraternity, and the secretary of the Mexican American student association. He loved tutoring and working with the youth during his time in high school and worked with the Hispanic services council to help Hispanic students in his area with their schooling needs. He plans to go to medical school to become an orthopedic surgeon and help people in countries that do not have access to adequate medical care. Anthony loves to run and draw in his free time. His goal in life is to provide aid and a friend to as many people as possible which he feels will be fulfilled by a career in medicine. 

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Monise Marie
(SHe/Her)

Kosove Position: n/a

Major: Master of Public Health

Concentration: Maternal and Child Health & Epidemiology 

Graduate Scholar

Monise Marie is a second-year MPH student pursuing a concentration in Maternal and Child Health & Epidemiology. Her public health interests include children's health, educational attainment, nutrition and food security, and heart disorders.  She aspires to contribute to a decline in racial inequities among health outcomes and engage in community initiatives as a pediatrician. Previously, Monise Marie has volunteered with Urban Scholar Outreach Program, USF Student Health Services, Giving God the Glory (G3), and her church's food pantry. Her additional endeavors have included promoting STEM initiatives to youth apart of the National Society of Black Engineers, USF Housing Resident Assistant, Black Leadership Network Scholar, and research assistant on multiple projects. As a returning bull for her master's program, Monise now serves on the USF Health's Executive Student Leadership Board (ESLB), United Negro College Fund Scholarship Forum Committee, and as a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She enjoys nature walks, creating poetry, having a good laugh, and competing in scholarship pageants! 

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Meera Ratani
(SHe/Her)

Kosove Position: n/a

Major: MD Core program

Graduate Scholar

Meera graduated summa cum laude with B.A. in Psychology and B.S. in Biomedical Sciences at USF as a member of the Judy Genshaft Honors College and is currently continuing her studies at the USF Morsani College of Medicine under the MD Core program. During her time as an undergraduate her extracurricular activities fell into the overarching themes of education and giving back to the community. In the educational sphere, Meera has been a math instructor, a chemistry peer leader, and teacher’s assistant at the USF Preschool for Creative Learning. To give back the community she has given her time to volunteer and lead other volunteers at several organizations, including the James A Haley VA Hospital and serving as the president of American Red Cross at USF and community outreach director of the USF Pre-Med American Medical Student Association. In the future, she hopes to follow her dream of helping underserved children as a pediatrician. In her free time, she enjoys baking, reading, and spending time with her loved ones. She is very grateful for the Kosove Society’s generous investment in her education and hopes that she can one day pay it forward by mentoring and supporting those that come after her. 

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Xavier Prado
(He/Him)

Kosove Position: n/a

Major: Doctorate in Physical Therapy

Graduate Scholar

Xavier Prado is a United States Air Force veteran who graduated Summa Cum Laude from Florida International University. Currently, Xavier is continuing his education at the USF School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences with the desire to provide the best possible care to the veteran community. In particular, he has a passion to assist amputees in returning to their highest level of function and improve their quality of life through physical independence. He also seeks to improve care and eliminate the stigma surrounding mental health with the help of multiple foundations across the United States. In his free time, Xavier enjoys exercising, watching movies, and fostering dogs or cats in need. Xavier is truly honored and grateful to be part of the Kosove society which has demonstrated great generosity towards their scholars as well as service to their community.