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Amazing Students

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.

Shannon Vreeland has left her mark in the world of UGA athletics (including an Olympic gold medal), but she also has starred in the classroom and was named the SEC Female Scholar Athlete of the Year.

Joseph Colbert has served his country both in the Marine Corps and AmeriCorps. As UGA’s first Pat Tillman Military Scholar, he is now pursuing his future as an ecologist with plans to continue his public service mission.

Nakia Smith, a senior majoring in financial planning, found that UGA was the perfect place to overcome some personal obstacles and set herself on a bright path to a successful future in her professional life.

Goldwater Scholar Tuan Nguyen spends a lot of his time doing research in the lab, but the future doctor also has a soft spot for basketball and history.

Amy Webster, a senior in genetics and mathematics, is a Goldwater Scholarship recipient who has already conducted impressive research in the laboratory, and she still finds time to help middle school students learn math.

Annie Page-Karjian, who already earned her D.V.M. at UGA and is now working on her Ph.D., plans a career combining her research and medical training to improve the health of animals.

Merin Joshy, a senior in human development and family science, plans to become a researcher/professor in the field of marriage and family therapy.

Tori Foster, a Ph.D. student in educational psychology, hopes to have a positive impact on students’ lives by improving their educational and learning experiences.

Ph.D. student Kai Riedl has blurred the line between his academic work and creative endeavors to create an annual festival in Athens and wants to continue that work with collaborative music projects around the globe.

Joseph Arnold, a senior earning degrees in marketing and public relations, has had his hand in several campus activities and has gained the knowledge and experience necessary to succeed in his professional life.

Casey Johnson, an environmental engineering student and Air Force ROTC cadet, has his sights set firmly on the sky and has taken full advantage of all the opportunities that UGA has provided for him to pursue his passion.

Zack Kroll found his calling in life through Teach for America and is getting even more hands-on experience as he pursues his master’s in the College of Education.

Hannah Bossie, a senior in exercise and sport science, has fallen in love with research as an undergraduate and plans to pursue her doctorate so that one day she can be an inspiring mentor to young scientists.

As a Ramsey Scholar and Foundation Fellow, junior Allison Koch has found the perfect academic community to pursue her goals, and she even finds time to keep working toward her dream of competing in a triathlon.

On top of academic excellence, Weston Robison, a senior majoring in biological science, has volunteered extensively in the local community and has traveled extensively with International Service Learning. And somewhere in between it all, he climbed Mount Kilimanjaro.