By Wendy Sarubbi | March 4, 2011 1:38 pm

A Greensburg, PA doctor and his wife have made a major gift to the College of Medicine’s Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences to honor their father’s love of teaching molecular biology and microbiology students.

Dr. Steve and Tina Wodzinski made the additional gift to the already established Rudy J. Wodzinski Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund to increase scholarship support for Burnett school students.

Dr. Rudy J. Wodzinski was a longtime faculty member in the department of Molecular Biology and Microbiology at UCF. The Rudy J. Wodzinski fund was originally established by the family in 1998 and since then, Dr. Wodzinski’s family and friends have continued to support the scholarship.

The scholarship assists students who are pursuing either an undergraduate or graduate degree in Molecular Biology and Microbiology and have a commitment to scholarship, learning, self-direction, creative problem solving and scientific inquiry — all attributes that Dr. Wodzinski possessed.

“Tina and I are committed to funding this scholarship to honor Dr. Rudy Wodzinski’s memory,” said Dr. Steve Wodzinski. “He loved his profession, UCF and his students. He spoke of his department and his students as if they were members of our family. He was proud of their accomplishments and would be proud of the growth and development of UCF and particularly, the Burnett school. We can think of no better way to honor him than to help deserving students with their training in the field of Microbiology.”

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