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Padmini Jambulapati

Padmini Jambulapati

Senior Padmini Jambulapati came to Georgia from Massachusetts when she was 13 and her father traded in his engineering career to become a farmer. She is grateful to be able to attend UGA with the help of a HOPE scholarship, but she also has received several merit-based scholarships including the Honors in Washington scholarship, which allowed her to intern in the Curator’s Office at the Supreme Court of the United States. She hosts the international music show on the student-run…

Josh Zaffos

Josh Zaffos

Josh Zaffos wants to be a doctor, and his job is giving him a taste of his future. During spring break last year, he worked with the Georgia Eye Bank in Atlanta, and he became fascinated with exactly how valuable the human eye is and how precious vision can be. He learned about corneal transplantation and became qualified to perform enucleations (eye removals) and corneal excisions under state and federal laws and Eye Bank guidelines. Since March of 2005, he…

Scott, Anna

Anna Scott

One of the favorite parts of Anna Scott’s job is working with the college students and watching them come to new understandings of what teaching and learning science really means. She works with students in a service-learning program for UGA science majors called FOCUS. She says FOCUS students leave the program with a deep respect for public school teachers and a refreshed view of why we learn science. Additionally, since she has been at UGA, she has received two grants.…

Mai-Lise Nguyen

Mai-Lise Nguyen

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 internships in some of America’s leading companies including the New York office of Burson-Marsteller, an international public relations firm , where she helped write and launch a new magazine; The Home Depot headquarters, where she designed and wrote its corporate…

Chris Tucker

Chris Tucker

Although graduate student Chris Tucker was born without a major part of his heart, he lets nothing get in his way. His voice and frame are weak, but as a Student Ambassador with the Center for International Trade and Security he has given presentations to local high schools on national security issues and has won rave reviews. He graduated last fall and has continued his education at UGA with the pursuit of a master’s degree. After graduation, he wants a…

Rory T. Powell

Rory Powell

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 Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra, as well as numerous other solo and ensemble performances. In fact, he says he has played in more solo recitals and concerts on campus than he can count! He is on the Dean’s List and is…