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Amazing Students

Mallory Grebel

Since coming to UGA, Mallory Grebel has found many opportunities for service and leadership. During last year, she was the Vice President of the Student Government Association, and in this role she led the statewide student campaign against budget cuts…

Katie Griffith

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…

Henry (Hank) Clay

Hank Clay works for change. He has been awarded the Bachelor of Social Work program’s Student of the Year Award and was awarded the 2007 Athens Rotary Club Rotaract Student Service Award. He graduated with a dual major from UGA…

Katherine Adams

Doctoral student Katherine Rose Adams does not let anything slow her down. She works full-time as the program coordinator in the School of Social Work’s M.S.W. program. She just finished her master’s degree in human resources and organizational development in…

Julianna Koksarova

International student Julianna Koksarova worked in nonprofit organizations for three years before she decided to pursue more education in the field. When she found there were no programs offered in her homeland, Latvia, she started looking elsewhere. Out of the…

Byungdeok Kang

Doctoral student Byungdeok Kang came to the United States thinking he would come and get a great education, then he would take his expertise home to South Korea and help people in his home country. He did research and wrote…

Emily Thomsen

Senior Emily Grace Thomsen is a go-getter. She is finishing bachelor’s and master’s degrees in four years, and has made Dean’s List and been a Presidential Scholar. She has held leadership positions in Zeta Tau Alpha sorority and ugaMiracle, where…

Rebecca Frye

A part-time Master’s of Social Work student at the University of Georgia Gwinnett campus, Frye returned to the classroom after working in the human resources field for 10 years. Her experiences with leadership training, diversity outreach and community involvement in…

Laurie Reyman

Graduate student Laurie Reyman grew up in Zimbabwe and did not know anyone when she came to UGA. She chose the university primarily because it was in a warm and sunny climate and a city smaller than New York, where…

Alyssa Larsen

When Alyssa Larsen received her bachelor’s degree, she realized the quality of a University of Georgia education was top-rate. Like many students, she graduated and got a job. She got married and moved to suburban Atlanta. When it was time…

Joanne Quinn

Joanne is receiving her master of social work degree from the School of Social Work; together with her daughter, mentioned separately, the Quinns prove UGA can be a family affair.

Megan Gallagher

From being a member of the Redcoat Marching Band to serving on University Council to immersing herself in research, Megan Gallagher, a senior in social work, says her time at UGA “has been an incredible experience in every way.”

Joseph Tripp

Joseph Tripp, a master’s student in nonprofit organizations, is going beyond excellence in the classroom and leaving a lasting mark on the community through his volunteer activities.

Madison Borst

As a senior social work major, Madison Borst has worked with people who have experienced rough times, and she wants to help, empower and stand by them as they work their way through life.

Ashley Stroud

Ashley Stroud, a Master of Social Work student, has focused like a laser on her academic goals and has compiled an impressive list of awards and accomplishments along the way.

Alexandra Fitzsimmons

Alexandra Fitzsimmons, who is working on master’s degrees in public health and social work, wants to combine her work in those fields to become an element of positive change in people’s lives.