By Wendy Sarubbi | April 4, 2016 9:07 am

Three undergraduate majors from the Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences received honors April 4 as members of the Order of Pegasus, the university’s highest student award, given for academic excellence, leadership and service.

Getasha Doobay, Paulina Le and Michael Scimeca were among the 20 students honored, along with Sarah Gitto, a Ph.D. candidate at the Burnett School, and Class of 2016 M.D. student Christin Giordano.

Doobay, far left, is in the pre-professional track at the Burnett School, with a minor in chemistry. She conducts research on the use of stem cells to treat heart disease in the lab of Dr. Dinender Singla. She is a LEAD Scholar, a longtime volunteer at Shepherd’s Hope Clinic, a free clinic open to low income families, and a member of the Pre-Professional Medical Society and the American Medical Student Association. Doobay already has been accepted into five medical schools.

Le, far right, is majoring in biomedical sciences in the Burnett School, with minors in statistics and psychology. She also is a student in The Burnett Honors College, where she’s an officer of Honors Congress, its official student organization. Le is a teaching assistant, a member of the President’s Leadership Council, and an ambassador and charter member of the UCF Foundation’s Student Philanthropy Council. She has been accepted at several medical schools.

Scimeca, center, was selected from the Colleges of Medicine and Arts and Humanities. He is majoring in biomedical sciences and Spanish. He is a member of The Burnett Honors College as well as a member of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity, the President’s Leadership Council and the Honors Congress. A resident assistant at UCF, he is a volunteer translator for patients and doctors at Shepherd’s Hope and also dedicates time as a Provost Scholar and Biology I mentor.

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