“All of my kids are grown up so I really loved being able to work with so many wonderful students,” Hope said. “Many of the students are international and unable to travel home often so I did my best to make them feel safe and at home here.”
Hope said that she loved introducing the international students to American traditions and holidays so she would often organize events and fun activities for them. She would ask students to help decorate the office Christmas tree, plan regular holiday festivities and give them many opportunities to enjoy time together outside of the lab.
Hope stated that her favorite part of her job was working closely with the graduate students and getting to know each of them. Hope has helped many G&G cohorts go through the program over the years.
"I learn so much from the students," Hope said. "Each year the group of students is a little bit different than the group before."
Cornelia Frazier, UFGI’s Administrative Assistant, had nothing but great things to say about the time she spent working with Hope.
“In working with Hope the past seven years, the passion she had for her students and their success has never changed," Frazier said. “She always went above and beyond to make UF Genetics Institute feel like home away from home. The students loved her and respected her highly. They valued her knowledge of the Genetics and Genomics Graduate Program and they valued her opinion when they needed someone to talk to.”
Last month UFGI faculty, students and staff came together to celebrate Hope's retirement and thank her for her many years of service to UFGI and to the University as a whole.