NOV. 5 dormitory groundbreaking celebrates gift, successes of first Black female entomology student at UF

Portrait of Pauline O. Lawrence
Pauline Lawrence. Photo courtesy of Pauline Lawrence

WHAT: On November 5, the UF/IFAS Tropical Research and Education Center (TREC) will commemorate a milestone with a ceremonial groundbreaking of a facility named for the first Black female student in entomology at UF who became the first female student to live and study at UF/IFAS TREC. The facility will be the first University of Florida building named after a Black scientist.

The Pauline O. Lawrence Student Residence will pave the way for a new graduate student dormitory on the Homestead campus – in the heart of Miami-Dade County. The event comes at a time when graduate housing inventory among universities is critically low, and rental prices are at an all-time high.

The ceremonial groundbreaking will start at 4:00 p.m. with elected officials, UF administrators, community growers, stakeholders, TREC scientists and staff joining current graduate students and Pauline Lawrence to mark the occasion. One Night in the Tropics, TREC’s premier annual dormitory fundraiser, follows at 6 p.m. featuring an evening of food, live music, entertainment, raffles and live auction.

Among speaking dignitaries confirmed at this time are:

  • Professor Emeritus Pauline Lawrence
  • University of Florida President Kent Fuchs
  • UF/IFAS Senior Vice President for Agriculture and Natural Resources J. Scott Angle
  • UF/IFAS Chief Diversity Officer and Senior Advisor to the President, Marsha McGriff,
  • Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners District 8 Commissioner Danielle Cohen-Higgins
  • Homestead Mayor Steven Losner


WHEN: November 5, 2022, from 4 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.

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Rendering of Pauline O. Lawrence Student Residence for graduate students.

WHERE: UF/IFAS Tropical Research and Education Center, 18905 SW 280 St. Homestead, FL.





By Lourdes Mederos,


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Posted: October 27, 2022

Category: Blog Community, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Research
Tags: Department Of Entomology And Nematology, Entomologist, Graduate Student Housing, Homestead Mayor Steven Losner, J. Scott Angle, Kent Fuchs, Marsha McGriff, Miami-Dade County Commissioner Danielle Cohen Higgins, News, One Night In The Tropics, Pauline O. Lawrence, Professor Emeritus Pauline Lawrence, UF/IFAS Tropical Research And Education Center, Women's History Month

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