StudentsSeptember 2001: Vol. 80, No. 4

19 undergraduates spend summer on self-designed research projects
Head start in research


(from left) Visiting professor Peter Meissner of South Africa and summer research fellow Josh Woodruff have been working in Harry Dailey's microbiology lab.
In 1688, a group of Dutch orphans were sent to the Cape of Africa to marry their countrymen who had settled there. Among those orphans was a young woman named Ariaantje Adriaansse, who, scientists think, brought with her a defective gene responsible for the disease variegate porphyria. Today, it is estimated that 20,000 white South Africans—the descendants of those first Dutch settlers—have the variegate porphyria defect.

Josh Woodruff, a junior from Thomasville, spent his summer conducting research in microbiology professor Harry Dailey's lab, looking for a key to beating variegate porphyria. The project has been ongoing for almost a decade; it started when Peter Meissner, a professor from South Africa, visited UGA. But Woodruff was a newcomer to the lab; his participation was made possible by a summer research fellowship funded by Provost Karen Holbrook through the Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities (CURO).

Nineteen students used these $2,000 fellowships for summer research that will likely become honors theses, journal articles—even lifelong pursuits.

The students, who were required to have a 3.4 GPA and at least 30 hours of coursework, selected faculty mentors and submitted research proposals that ranged from an art project based on a student's Albanian heritage to a study of how music therapy can benefit premature infants.

Gardner Linn

Fall break: Still Florida week

University Council has voted to keep fall break on the Thursday and Friday (Oct. 31-Nov. 1) before the annual Georgia-Florida football game.

The vote reversed a previous council decision to move the break away from the game.

Student members of the council argued that the recess gives students time for an easier, safer drive to Jacksonville instead of having to rush down after classes on Friday. Former SGA president Garrett Gravesen said 2,500 students signed a petition favoring a break tied to the game.

In February, the council—on the recommendation of its Educational Affairs Committee—had set the break for Oct. 21-22. But it was discovered after the meeting that those dates conflicted with Homecoming.

Average SAT score is . . . 1512
New class of Fellows

For 22 incoming freshmen, the decision to attend UGA was a particularly rewarding one—both academically and financially.

These students—who hail from Georgia and six other states—are recipients of UGA's prestigious Foundation Fellowship, created to provide an enhanced educational experience for outstanding undergraduates. Besides covering all costs for four years of study, it includes all-expense-paid international travel-study opportunities.

Each student is paired with a senior faculty mentor and an upperclass Foundation Fellow, who provide support and guidance. In the course of the academic year, Fellows take part in dinner seminars in professors' homes, breakfast meetings with visiting campus lecturers, and a variety of other academic enrichment opportunities.

Because the Fellowship is a coveted honor, the selection process is highly competitive, with a record number of applications submitted this year:

Sharron Hannon

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