2018 Political Science 30 Under 30

Congratulations to the 2018 winners of UCF’s 30 under 30 from the Department of Political Science. They are:

Arielle Bardzell ’13

Political Science

Arielle Bardzell is a corporate attorney practicing at Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP, a prestigious law firm in New York City. While at Georgetown Law, she represented and advised victims of family violence as a student attorney in Georgetown Law’s Domestic Violence Clinic. She has also been published multiple times in the Georgetown Journal of Gender and the Law. While she was a student at UCF, Bardzell was actively involved in campus life as a member of the Homecoming and Knight-Thon Executive Boards, Student Government Association Executive Boards and President’s Leadership Council. She has continued to stay connected to her alma mater as a proud member of the New York Alumni Chapter and generously supports the Black & Gold Impact Scholarship, which provides financial aid to student leaders. Majored in criminal justice and political science.

Amber Mariano ’17

Political Science

Amber Mariano made history in 2016 when she became the youngest person elected to the Florida House of Representatives at the age of 21. As an advocate for higher education in the Legislature, she has worked on expanding Bright Futures Scholarship funding, renewing the Florida Prepaid College Savings Plan, and refunding the excess credit hour surcharge for students who graduate on time. Before starting her professional political career, Mariano was a UCF LEAD Scholar, legislative scholar and actively involved in UCF’s Student Government Association as the Senate President Pro Tempore. She still returns to UCF often to speak to student organizations to encourage them that it is never too early to become politically engaged. Majored in political science.

Sara Singer ’10

Political Science

After obtaining her bachelor’s degree from UCF, Sara Singer attended the University of Miami Law School and became an assistant public defender. She practiced criminal defense at both the misdemeanor and felony level and obtained significant trial experience. Currently, she is an associate attorney and practices family law at Brydger & Porras. She continues to represent UCF by serving on the Southeast Florida UCF Alumni Chapter board as the events chair and chapter chair. Majored in political science.

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