GAINESVILLE – With more than 52,000 students at the University of Florida, the competition for leadership positions in student organizations, research opportunities and internships can be stiff. For Alessandra and Adriana Della Porta, competition hits close to home – or rather resides at home.
The twin sisters from Ponte Vedra Beach both study microbiology and cell science with goals of becoming medical doctors. Together they graduate from the UF College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) with their peers on April 29 at 7 p.m. in the Exactech Arena at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center on the University of Florida Campus.
- Alessandra Della Porta, a microbiology and cell science senior earned the CALS Alumni and Friends Leadership Award. The award recognizes an outstanding senior who exemplifies leadership, scholastic achievement and citizenship. Della Porta serves as the president of Sigma Alpha Professional Agricultural Sorority, will graduate as a CALS Honors Scholar and held leadership roles on the Center for Undergraduate Research Board of Students.
- Adriana Della Porta, a microbiology and cell science senior won the J. Wayne Reitz Medal of Excellence. The award honors a former UF provost for agriculture and UF president. Award recipients have a distinguished scholarship record and have demonstrated a high degree of leadership. Della Porta is a CALS Ambassador, member of the Dean of Students Office Student Conduct Committee, volunteer tutor with the Broward Teaching Center, and researcher through the NSF Plant Genome Research Project.