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Amazing Students

Ph.D. student Raymond Swetenberg enjoys sharing science with others and is passionate about his transformative biological research using stem cells to understand more about spinal cords.

Diego Barcellos came to UGA on a special Brazilian scholarship as an undergraduate, returned for his master’s degree and is now working on his Ph.D. Along the way, he has built an impressive record of scholarship.

Ellen Barrow chose UGA for the educational and social opportunities it offers, and the Honors student has made the most of it by earning a handful of scholarships, serving as an ambassador for the Disability Resource Center and working at…

Abigail Harrison, a third-generation Bulldog, volunteers in the community, is an ambassador for the College of Family and Consumer Sciences and was nominated for the Blue Key Honor Society. For someone who loves UGA and Athens so much, it’s no…

Abbe Van Gorder “trusted that UGA would provide opportunities that no other college would be able to offer,” and she’s made the most of it by pursuing a double major, taking on a role as a student ambassador, volunteering in…

Ph.D. student Lenie George taught for six years before coming to UGA to pursue his doctorate. As an Archway Partnership graduate assistant, he gets to offer professional development on how to integrate technology within the classroom in meaningful ways.

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.

Madison Jones has found that she can combine rigorous academics with service to the community at UGA, and considering she has been a Bulldog fan her whole life, her college choice was a pretty easy one.

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.