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Applications for Fall 2024 Team Leaders are open now! Applications are due on Friday, February 16th at 12PM. Follow the links below to access the application: Returning or New

What is the Team Leader program?

The Team Leader program at the Burnett Honors College became an important component of the Honors Symposium course during the 1996-1997 academic year. During the fall semester, Team Leaders serve as teaching assistants for the Honors Symposium course and mentors for groups of 15-20 first-year BHC Scholars. The Team Leader program recruits outstanding honors students at the sophomore through senior levels to serve as role models and guides for first-year Burnett Honors Scholars. Each Team Leader is selected on the basis of a rigorous process that includes group interviews, an evaluation of academic standing, and leadership in other areas of the university life. Team Leaders attend a three-day retreat in order to gain a better understanding of their role in Honors Symposium. Additionally, they attend weekly meetings to discuss and learn how to better serve and support the students in their break out groups.

Team Leaders are responsible for...

  • Leading breakout discussions with their team members following each lecture
  • Monitoring their team members’ assignments and attendance
  • Organizing various social and cultural events for their team members
  • Serving as liaisons between the Burnett Honors College and their students
  • Participating in a leadership development retreat and weekly meetings

More about Team Leaders

Honors Team Leaders are:

  • Active and involved members of the UCF community
  • Dedicated to helping other students succeed
  • Approachable and assertive
  • Comfortable leading difficult discussion and speaking in front of their peers
  • Creative thinkers

Team Leaders help to facilitate learning outcomes by:

  • Being available to students
  • Upholding the tenets of the UCF creed
  • Setting an example for student success and academic involvement
  • Helping students make healthy and responsible decisions
  • Creating and maintaining an appropriate professional relationship with students
  • Fostering a learning environment that includes building a sense of community within the classroom, encouraging reflection and growth, and active engagement in-class activities

Your 2023 Team Leaders!


  • Jake Blendermann
    Monday Coordinator
    Health Sciences (Pre-Clinical)
  • AJ Johnson
  • Alicia Kralik
    Biomedical Sciences
  • Arley Scarborough
    Advertising & PR
  • John Eastep
  • Jonah Lynne
    Forensic Science (Biochemistry Track)
  • Karthik Kappagantu
    Computer Science
  • Lea Wright
    English Literature, Humanities, and Cultural Studies
  • Liza Doyle
    Biomedical Sciences
  • Megan Bailey
    Computer Engineering
  • Michael Bassett
    Mechangical Engineering & Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • Nathan Roux
  • Neda Kadivar
    Biomedical Sciences
  • Nivedha Srinivasan
    Biomedical Sciences
  • Reagan Cunningham
    Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Ria Gupta
    Biomedical Sciences
  • Sasmeta Giriraj
    Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • Tera Caporella
    Political Science & Legal Studies


  • David Katz
    Tuesday Coordinator
    Chemistry, Biochemistry Track
  • Alysha Irvin
    Mechanical Engineering & Biomedical Sciences
  • Ariana Jordan
    Biomedical Sciences
  • Alex Hynds
    Computer Science & Music Composition
  • Austin Vosler
    Computer Science
  • Baylee Behrens
    Entertainment Management
  • Gabriella Battenfield
    Entertainment Management
  • Gabrielle Doherty
    Mechanical Engineering
  • Haley Galvis
    Biomedical Sciences & Biotechnology
  • Harrison Keating
    Computer Science
  • Jack Andrews
    Computer Science
  • Jake Tattersall
    Computer Engineering
  • Karina Juarez
  • Kerstin Gracia
    Psychology - Clinical Track
  • Lukas Olsen
    Biomedical Sciences
  • Riley Corbin
    Biology - Zoology, Pre-Vet Track