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Amazing Students

Ph.D. student Tara Crawford, who has been honored for her service work along with her academic talent, plans to work at the interface of wildlife ecology, natural resource management and community development.

Corrie Jackson, a junior majoring in biological sciences and psychology, has “pushed the limits” of everything she could get involved with as a student, from recruitment to mentoring to study abroad. The future pediatric surgeon says those activities have helped…

Mugdha Joshi, a senior majoring in biology and anthropology, has been able to thrive as a scholar, leader and musician at UGA, with plenty of activities, travel and honors to show for it. Next stop: Harvard Medical School.

Marjorie Butler was a star on the UGA women’s basketball team, but her work in the classroom has been just as spectacular. This month, she’s receiving her second bachelor’s degree and has been accepted at nine medical schools.

Amanda Turner, a senior majoring in human development and family science, has taken advantage of many opportunities during her undergraduate years, from UGA Miracle to Freshman Forum to even starting her own student organization.

Kendall Trammell has taken experiential learning to the limit with six internships and a study abroad trip to Spain. Throw in two bachelor’s degrees and a few honors and awards, and it turns into a remarkable undergraduate journey.

UGA is in Derek Hammock’s blood. It started when he was 3 as he watched the Bulldogs between the hedges and has continued through his master’s degree, with plenty of experiences, honors and awards in between.

When Sarah Ouderkirk arrived four years ago, it didn’t take her long to know she made the right decision because UGA “has a small college feel with all of the benefits of a large, public university.” The future doctor has…

Rebecca McInroe has snorkeled the Great Barrier Reef, served as a club president, taught Athens second-graders, conducted research in two labs and held three internships. The future veterinarian credits UGA for making it possible to pursue all these passions.

Kevin Schatell, who is graduating in May with a journalism degree, says “the fire that’s inside of me as a result of my education at UGA is vast, blazing and infinite.” He’s left his mark on the campus, and remember…

Taylor Lamb found out early in her college career about the importance of getting involved in extracurricular activities. The journalism and international affairs double major (and future lawyer) says her time at UGA will have a lasting impact on her…

Ray Paleg, a senior majoring in geography and a Ramsey Honors Scholar, has studied or interned in Thailand (twice), Hawaii, Tanzania and Washington, D.C. She says her “undergraduate experience has been filled with adventure, growth and making memories with the…

Foundation Fellow and senior anthropology major Jacob Kennedy has had the opportunity to study in Morocco and Ethiopia and was even able to combine his academic pursuits with his love of long-distance running.

Whitney Okie, a senior majoring in nutrition science, has been a FACS ambassador, Arch Society member and even started an anti-obesity organization for youths. And along the way, the future doctor fell in love with research.

When she graduates, future math teacher Rachel Seasholtz will remember “the moments that turned into cherished memories and the friends that have turned into family.” She’ll also receive two bachelor’s degrees and a master’s degree on the same day.

Rikerrious Geter, a senior in landscape architecture, knows all about hard work, and how that hard work can pay off. The recipient of several scholarships, he has truly become an ambassador for his chosen profession.