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Amazing Students

Doctoral student Jimmy Davis has worked to make UGA a better place for minority students. He wrote and received a grant from the American Psychological Association in the summer of 2003 to help develop a mentoring program for minority undergraduate…

If there’s one thing Mary DeScenza can do, it is swim. In 2003, she was the NCAA champion in the 200 yard butterfly and she earned seven All-American certificates at the championships, the maximum possible. This year, she contributed to…

For the past three years at UGA, Kelly Proctor has been working toward her goal of becoming a foreign media correspondent in Asia. She completed an internship with a manufacturing company in Shanghai last year, and she received a scholarship…

As a co-founder and vice president of community service for the Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children (FIMRC) at UGA, Matthew Haney has grown to thoroughly enjoy giving his time to people in need and working to better the…

You might have seen Rory Powell playing his trumpet before. During the first few weeks of school in his freshman year, Powell was selected as the Battle Hymn trumpet soloist for the Redcoat Band. Now he plays with the Wind…

Communities like the Honors Program and the Institute for Leadership Advancement’s Leonard Leadership Scholars Program have cultivated Mai-Lise Nguyen’s intellectual curiosity, provided valuable experiences, and offered meaningful mentoring relationships, she says. She has used these experiences to prepare herself for…

Caroline Salter doesn’t horse around. She is a UGA Charter Scholarship Award recipient, and member of Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity. Caroline works in UGA’s College of Veterinary Medicine large animal hospital as part of the treatment crew. That…

Honors student Katie Griffith has a passion for helping others. She received a Courts Scholarship last summer and traveled to Nicaragua to work in a high school on behalf of the Foundation for Sustainable Development. She also collected qualitative research…

Since her freshman year, Caelin Cubenas has been expanding her love and understanding of science. Her first two years were through the Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities apprentice program and then as a senior peer advisor. She is a midterm…

It was enough that Doug Jackson was selected from all the students at UGA to compete for a $25,000 scholarship from the J. Edgar Hoover Foundation, but then he won the top prize, becoming UGA’s first Hoover Scholar. The scholarship…

Stephanie has been a go-getter since she began her college career in fall 2003.  She worked as an intern last summer at Sony/ATV Music Publishing in Nashville in coordination with UGA’s music business certificate program at the Terry College of…

Camille Cole is no stranger to blood, sweat and tears. She is a senior with a major in exercise science, a concentration in athletic training and a minor in Spanish. Last summer, she received at an extremely competitive internship and…

Yannick Morgan has a palpable passion for life. He was born in England and immigrated to the U.S. after living in Saudi Arabia for eight years.  He is a citizen of Sierra Leone since his parents are citizens of that…

Liz Hebbard is a rare combination of someone who is both artistically and intellectually gifted. She is a triple major in German, French and music performance who also performs Mahler with the university orchestra, carries a 3.98 GPA , swims,…

Kurinji Pandiyan left a closely-knit extended family in India to study in the United States. The “intellectual curiosity” in the U.S. appealed to her after growing up in a country that sometimes places a lower premium on research than business.…

Alicia Higginbotham is an undergraduate researcher with initiative. After completing a paper in Thomas Cerbu’s comparative literature class last year on British poet, writer and actor Christopher Logue who has been translating the Iliad since 1959, Cerbu encouraged Higginbotham to…