June 2008 ē Vol. 87: No. 3 : Around the Arch

UGA among the elite with scholars

In addition to UGAís two Rhodes Scholars, Georgia undergraduates won four prestigious national awards this year, including Truman, Udall and Goldwater scholarships and a Merage Fellowship.

Christina Faust, an Honors student from Athens, received a 2008 Harry S. Truman Scholarship, which recognizes outstanding juniors who are preparing for public service careers. Faust is pursuing a dual bachelorís/masterís degree in ecology. She is one of only 65 recipients chosen from across the U.S and is UGAís fifth Truman Scholar in the past six years. In addition to the Truman, Faust also received a 2008 Morris K. Udall Scholarship, a national award for outstanding sophomores and juniors planning careers related to environmental or Native American policy.

Vanessa del Valle, an Honors student from Alpharetta, received a 2008 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship which recognizes sophomores and juniors who excel in mathematics, engineering and the natural sciences. Del Valle, a junior biology and psychology double major from Alpharetta, is UGAís 33rd Goldwater scholar since 1995. Honors students Tyler Kelly, a junior from Alpharetta, and Tulsi Patel, a junior from Acworth, were Goldwater Honorable Mentions.

Edmond Fomunung, an Honors student from Katy, Texas, received a 2008 Merage American Dream Fellowship. Fomunung, a senior cellular biology major, won the two-year $20,000 scholarship for academically outstanding undergraduates who immigrated to the United States. With his fellowship, Fomunung plans to enter a joint program to obtain his M.D. and masterís degree in public health. A native of Cameroon, Fomunung is one of 22 students named Merage Fellows this year and the third UGA student in three years to win the award.

(top photo) UGA undergraduates receiving national honors include (from left) Christina Faust, Tulsi Patel, Ed Fomunung, Vanessa del Valle and Tyler Kelly. Photo by Peter Frey.