Stories & Features

Amazing Students

Kristyl Tift is a performer and an academic, and the Ph.D. student from Hinesville, Ga., finds that she is able to successfully merge those disciplines at UGA.

Senior theater major Will Murdock from Arlington, Ga., wants to “tell stories” after he graduates, and his time at UGA has given him plenty of fodder to pursue his dreams.

LaTrena Stokes is a recipient of the Women of UGA Scholarship from the Jeannette Rankin Foundation who believes in “divine opportunities” and encourages others to keep moving forward in their lives.

Ph.D. student Alicia Corts has “lived a life of adventures,” and when she graduates from UGA, she wants to teach and pass on a passion for “not settling for the places in life that are simply mediocre.”

Smitha Ganeshan, a junior Honors student in anthropology and a future doctor, is taking her education beyond the boundaries of campus to volunteer for health care causes in the community and even around the world.

From studying in an empty classroom in the math building to mentoring middle school students to standing on the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, Honors student Derek Ponticelli has taken full advantage of the “incredible” opportunities he’s encountered as a UGA…

From her science work with elementary and middle school students to volunteering at Mercy Health Center, Elizabeth Melvin has made the most of her time on campus and calls attending UGA “the smartest decision I have ever made.”

Arnab Banerji, a Ph.D. student in theater and performance studies, has received a handful of campus awards and been involved in several international student events. With the support he has received from his professors, he’s well on the way to…

Carter Galbraith, a senior biology and psychology major who will be heading to medical school in the fall, has been involved in several student organizations, is an Honors Program teaching assistant and has traveled abroad for three summers to volunteer…

Paige Pulaski, a senior with a double major in theatre and mass media arts, has spent a lot of her time at UGA on the stage when not in the classroom, and the experience has helped prepare her for a…

Richard Weimar, a chemistry major graduating in May, absorbs himself in his academic work—as evidenced by his scholarly honors—but his interests in life go far beyond the classroom.

Melanie Harper, a philosophy graduate student with an eye for art, credits UGA for helping her find her purpose in life.

Chase Mason, a Ph.D. student in plant biology, enjoys spending most of his time in the lab or greenhouses, and he says UGA has provided the support he needs to fulfill his academic goals.

Jim Woglom, a Ph.D. student in art education, was named an outstanding teacher assistant last year, and he hopes his education will allow him to continue “making art every waking day.”

Victoria Ramenzoni’s academic pursuits have taken her around the world to study and conduct research. The Ph.D. student in environmental anthropology wants to use her education to make an impact on socio-environmental issues.

Travis Williams relishes his life as a Georgia Bulldog, from serving as a resident assistant to presenting groundbreaking research to just rambling around campus. He credits UGA with preparing him well for a career as a medical doctor.