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Amazing Students

Billy Yarbrough is working to help make a difference to African-American youth. He volunteers at AIDS Athens by running support groups for clients. He also serves as a practicum counselor in the department of counseling and human development services at…

Brooks Andrews knows economics. Not only has he already lined up a job with a top investment banking firm on Wall Street, but he was able to maximize his time at UGA by completing two bachelor’s degrees and a master’s…

Mareasa Forunato is going places. She is the president of the Honors Program Student Council and is an Honors Interdisciplinary major in Rhetoric and the Law. She has done an Honors internship in Washington and study abroad in Spain. Most…

Studying and working abroad is not new for Jayanthi Narain. Through her Foundation Fellowship, UGA’s most prestigious undergraduate scholarship, she has traveled to New Zealand, South Korea and the Galapagos Islands. In the summer of 2006, she was involved in…

Melinda Murray is on track to become an outstanding food scientist. For two years, she worked at the UGA campus in Griffin at the Center for Food Safety. It wasn’t long before she developed an independent research project focused on…

Desiree Aranda Smith wants to start a revolution. Focused on the rights of minorities and women, Aranda Smith has founded the group Students for Latino/a Empowerment and helped organize a group to march for women’s reproductive rights in Washington, D.C.…

Senior Priya Chandan has done many of the same kinds of activities as other Foundation Fellows. She was a member of AquaDawgs, UGA’s synchronized swimming team and helped translate Spanish for the Athens ’ Nurses Clinic. She completed lab research…

Senior Jeff Emanuel has been widely recognized for his community work, and today he has even higher aspirations. Before he came to UGA, he spent five years with the U.S. military in Iraq, Korea, and other countries, working as a…

Besides being a winner of numerous international awards as a copywriter in South Korea, Hyunjae Yu has been called an “excellent teacher” by his advisor, Advertising and Public Relations Professor Karen King. Hyunjae—or Jay—has developed advertising for clients like Samsung,…

Vicente Handa, a second-year doctoral student in science education, is one of a select few Filipino Fulbright Scholars sent by the Philippine government to study in the United States. Before he came to America, he worked as an assistant professor…

For Hope Carrell, baton twirling was not just a passing phase of girlhood. She has been competing in baton twirling since age three, and today she is the feature twirler in UGA’s Redcoat Marching Band. In July 2005, she competed…

Will Collier is a Presidential Scholar and has made the dean’s list, but what he’s really pleased with are the opportunities his internships have given him.  In 2005 he spent a month in South Africa studying sustainable development and building…

BJ Ard has a passion for social justice. He currently serves as the co-chair of the Women’s Studies Student Organization, and he has also been influential in beginning a new organization, Triota, which will be UGA’s first women’s studies honor…

M.B.A. student Chad Burke has seen the world, but he was not on a study abroad—not the kind most UGA students take. Burke is a 15 year veteran of the U.S. Navy and has “done hundreds of millions of dollars…

Junior Brittany King is a campus leader. As a Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities apprentice working under the guidance of faculty mentor Rosemary Phelps in the Department of Counseling and Human Development Services, King’s research investigates how spirituality affects depression…

Rodney Nash is an innovative teacher. He recently received a competitive fellowship from the National Science Foundation for a project called “The Science Behind Our Foods.” As one of ten recipients in the state of Georgia, Nash uses the fellowship…