Honors students win fellowships


Juniors Victoria Akin, Michael Burel and Amar Mirza were awarded 2011 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships, which honor outstanding students who intend to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences or engineering. Akin, a Foundation Fellow, is pursuing a degree in math; Burel is pursuing a degree in cellular biology; and Mirza is pursuing a degree in biochemistry and molecular biology. UGA students have received this award almost every year since 1995. This year’s recipients bring the university’s total to 39 Goldwater Scholars.

Ashley Bartlett, who graduated in May with bachelor’s degrees in international affairs and history, won a 2011 Charles B. Rangel Graduate Fellowship. Bartlett is the first UGA recipient of this award, which recognizes outstanding students pursuing careers as U.S. Foreign Service diplomat

Betsy Katz (AB ’09, BS ’09) is one of 12 national recipients of a 2011-12 George J. Mitchell Scholarship, sponsored by the U.S.-Ireland Alliance. She plans to pursue a master’s degree in intercultural studies at Dublin City University in Dublin. Katz earned bachelor’s degrees in mathematics and Spanish at UGA and is teaching secondary mathematics in Richmond, Calif., with Teach for America. This is the third consecutive year a UGA student has been named a Mitchell Scholar.

Muktha Natrajan has received a 2011 Gates Cambridge Scholarship, which offers recipients who reside outside the United Kingdom the opportunity to pursue graduate studies at the University of Cambridge. Natrajan, a Foundation Fellow who graduated in May, earned a bachelor of science degree in genetics and a master of public health degree in environmental health science.

Sophomore Todd Pierson was named a recipient of the 2011 Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation Scholarship, which recognizes sophomores or juniors who are pursuing careers in environmental or Native American issues. Pierson, a Foundation Fellow pursuing a bachelor’s degree in ecology, is UGA’s seventh Udall Schola

Yasmin Yonis, who graduated in May with bachelor’s degrees in international affairs and journalism, was named a 2011 Merage American Dream Fellow. She is the sixth consecutive student in the UGA Honors Program to receive this award, which provides up to $20,000 over a two-year period to academically outstanding undergraduates who are immigrants to the United States. Born in Somalia, Yonis and her family emigrated when she was 3 years old.