Thaddeus Fair

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

"The biggest worry I had about the online program was not having face-to-face interaction. Having an actual lecture component within program really helps, as does the network of peer support."

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Scott Elliott

Bachelor of Science in Microbiology

"I was a bit apprehensive when I first decided to enroll in UF's online Microbiology & Cell Science program, but I couldn't have made a better choice. I was able to earn my BS in microbiology from the premier university in Florida without having to relocate my family or quit my job."

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Amy Hylkema

Master's of Science in Sustainable Land, Resource, and Nutrient Management

"The distance education program offered through UF gives people everywhere the opportunity to become a member of the Gator Nation."

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Thaddeus Fair

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

"The biggest worry I had about the online program was not having face-to-face interaction. Having an actual lecture component within program really helps, as does the network of peer support."

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Jonathan Gordon

Web Design and Online Communications MAMC Specialization

Christy Richardson

BS Microbiology

“I am proud to have completed UF's Microbiology & Cell Science program. Scientific exploration and research had captured my interest from an early age, however like many young women I chose to marry and start a family before completing my college education. The online courses afforded me the opportunity to pursue my dreams through a program that was flexible and convenient for my schedule. I was able to be a part of the prestigious Gator Nation without abandoning my role as a stay-at-home mom. Not all Gators come from Gainesville.”

Thom Klein

1st Lieutenant, C-17 Pilot, Charleston Air Force Base, SC

“I always wanted to pursue an advanced engineering degree, but with my career as a tactical airlift pilot for the Air Force, I didn't think I'd be able to. When I found out about the UF EDGETM program, it was exactly what I had been looking for. As a C-17 pilot, my duties take me as far as Afghanistan, Sudan, Iraq, and countless others, often with little to no advanced notice. Having an all-online degree program allows me to take my education with me on the road, and when I do get behind, the entire EDGETM program is right there, ready to help me get back on track. When I'm not behind, I have access to lectures and course materials within hours of the on-campus students. Because of this and the ease of communication between myself and my professors, I feel like I'm right there in the classroom, even if I'm on the other side of the world.

The idea of tackling a masters degree by myself was daunting, to say the least, but UF made it much less overwhelming. My professors have been knowledgeable, accessible, and approachable. The EDGETM staff has gone out of their way to ease my transition back into the academic world, and they stand ready at every turn to help me in whatever way they can. After a two week long mission airlifting UN troops into Darfur, I fell behind on my schoolwork and got worried about how I would catch up. But my professors took a personal stake in my academic success, and I have reaped countless benefits from it. All in all, I've joined a great team whose number 1 priority is my education. I highly recommend this program to both military members as well as working professionals - UF EDGETM is exactly what you're looking for!”

Tim Hunter

Lieutenant, C-130 Pilot, United States Coast Guard

“I have been extremely fortunate to have found an engineering graduate program of such quality that is as flexible as UF EDGETM. Classes are posted on the internet the same day they are recorded on campus, which allows off-campus students the opportunity to stay current with the class. As a Coast Guard pilot, my schedule sometimes includes long work weeks and is often times dynamic and unpredictable. I stand overnight duty as a ready pilot and often times am out of the country for a few weeks at a time. Professors and UF EDGETM staff have been flexible to accommodate me at every possible chance. They are available on a daily basis through email and can be reached easily via telephone, homework can be scanned or faxed to UF, and solutions are often made available on a class website. As long as there is an internet connection available, I have been able to keep up with the class.

Initially, I was a little unsure of how smooth a completely online engineering program would run. I continue to be impressed with the quality of education I am receiving at UF. Professors take just as much time and show the same concern they would for an on-campus student. Academically, I have been challenged to stretch my engineering application past undergraduate expectations. Although there are unique challenges with an online curriculum such as additional time spent studying, susceptibility to falling behind easily, and limited access to other students, UF Professors understand these issues and work to accommodate the individual student. I would strongly recommend this program to any working professional interested in pursuing a graduate degree in engineering - UF EDGETM can accommodate any work schedule.”

Brad H. Baugh, Ph.D.

Environmental Health and Safety Coordinator, Washington State University, Spokane

“I was 68 years old with MS degrees in Biology and Developmental Psychology, a PhD in Environmental Engineering, and bachelor degrees in Nursing, Psychology and Zoology, when I enrolled in the Forensic Toxicology Distance program. My career in environmental health and safety stemmed back to the days before OSHA and the EPA. For over 35 years, I've worked on special investigative assignments or overseen various research projects for the Federal Government or a University. 

I came to UF to gain a deeper expertise in Forensic Science because I knew how applicable that added level of knowledge was to my career. I have been able to directly apply what I've learned to my work with hazardous chemicals, especially when dealing with accidents. At first, I was a bit skeptical about distance learning. I was worried the degree wouldn't be held in high regard compared to my on-campus degrees. But that concern was put to rest when, after completing the program, I applied for Washington State University's Affective Neuroscience PhD program. My transcripts were accepted across the board. I believe one of the greatest benefits of the UF program is the friends you make. You actually get more camaraderie with your fellow students and teachers online than you do in an on-campus situation. It has been so rewarding to help some of my fellow students get jobs after graduation, and I am thrilled to be working with some of them now.”

Major Sean Knut Adcock

86 Airlift Wing Chief of Safety, Ramstein Airbase, Germany Graduated in 2006

“My education from the University of Florida has served me well in my career. The degree itself helped me get promoted, and my success in the degree program helped me get a number of awards and coveted assignments.”