Did you know...Honors Institute alumni have received scholarships to Rollins, Stetson, UCF Burnett Honors College and many other great colleges and universities.
Trishelle Copeland-Johnson, Florida's Only All-USA First Team Scholar
For almost 30 years, Seminole State's honors students have been achieving excellence. Trishelle Copeland-Johnson, one of our most distinguished honors alumni, is no exception. Always eager to tackle new challenges, the Apopka woman continues to win accolades for her professional and academic accomplishments.
In November 2009, she competed for a second time in the Science and Energy Research Challenge (SERCh) in Oak Ridge, Tenn. SERCh is a national poster competition open to all undergraduate students who have conducted Department of Energy-related science research.
In 2008, Copeland-Johnson was selected to participate in the Community College Institute at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, a highly competitive summer internship program. Working with some of the leading scientists in the world, she conducted research on alternative energy sources.
In November 2008, Copeland-Johnson won second place in the Science and Energy Research Challenge. She competed against students from schools such as MIT, the University of Texas, Ohio State University, Carnegie Mellon University and the University of California.
In 2009, Copeland-Johnson became the College's first honors student named to USA Today's All-USA First Team — and the only Florida student to receive the honor that year. Copeland-Johnson is also Seminole State's first student to be named a New Century Scholar.
She spent summer 2009 at Iowa State University researching cartilage repair through bio materials as a participant in the Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) program.
Copeland-Johnson graduated from Seminole State with summa cum laude honors in 2010. She plans to develop alternative energy sources after completing her education at the University of South Florida.
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