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Amazing Students

Bryn Murphy has a passion for the great outdoors. The Suwanee native, who has participated in study abroad programs in Botswana, Peru and Indonesia, will graduate in spring, 2012 with triple degrees in International Affairs, Spanish and Environmental Studies.

Juan Carlos Cardoza-Oquendo may call Decatur, Ga., home, but it’s obvious he takes pride in his Hispanic heritage. Following graduation in spring 2012 and after receiving bachelor’s degrees in anthropology and human geography, he plans to work for the rights…

JoyEllen Freeman has made sure that her education at UGA is the experience of a lifetime. As a student, she’s traveled abroad, participated in numerous studies on civil rights, developed research through the CURO program and mentored youngsters in the…

The recipient of a prestigious Goldwater Scholarship, Amar Mirz has been an author on four research publications, volunteered in Haiti, spent countless hours in a microbiology lab and has visions of a career in health care. His passion beyond academia?…

Tiffany Hu’s various UGA experiences in such programs as Honors, CURO, Ramsey Scholars, Dean Tate Honor Society and Blue Key Society have prepared her for her future aspirations—to be a compassionate physician and public health professional.

One day, she plans to be an attorney and newscaster.  For now, Caroline Daniel of Elberton is relishing in her UGA experiences that have taken her from campus to Washington, D.C. to Spain and beyond.

Matthew Lustig is as diverse as the university he attends.  From his studies in biology, to his commitment in UGA’s Army ROTC program and the Georgia Army National Guard, to his service with a homeless service agency and health clinic,…

Danielle Sobol will graduate with Highest Honors during UGA’s spring Commencement ceremony in May. The Ball Ground native attributes her scholastic success to the opportunities UGA has provided her, including a teaching assistantship in the chemistry department, international education and…

Uzma Chowdhury plans to earn two bachelor’s degrees, one master’s degree and three minors when she graduates from UGA in spring 2014. In the meantime, she’s making a difference working in the university’s Fanning Institute on migrant education youth programs,…

A UGA geography of human rights class prompted Lauren Anderson to critically consider U.S. foreign policy and the international politics of human rights. So, this senior from Macon is focusing her studies, research and career aspirations in international affairs, with…

A commitment to interdisciplinary study defines Lian Peters.  From studying “Hamlet to selections from Helkiah Crooke’s Microcosmographia (a 1615 medical textbook) to modern research on visual perception,” Lian has intricately and thoroughly explored the many diverse opportunities at UGA.

Hillary Liken, who grew up in Athens, has found a wealth of opportunity at UGA. The pre-med student has studied abroad, worked in the exercise vascular biology lab and with the legal affairs office, and volunteered with the Mercy Health…

Waring “Buck” Trible is a self-proclaimed lover, of all things, fire ants. He credits UGA, the Odum School of Ecology and the entomology department for “enabling my habit” of studying the misunderstood insect. “My dream of becoming a scientist may…

Art is her passion, but Eva Berlin’s actions go beyond the museum walls—everything from “making waves about an important issue” to her deep desire to help people. She says UGA provides her with the opportunities needed to make an impact…

To say Ellie Sharp, a senior premed student, has made the most of her time at UGA would be an understatement. But between all of her activities, she has kept her eye on her goal of medical school and then…

The theater stage is the primary collegiate focus for Edward McCreary, but he has found that the combination of academics and atmosphere makes UGA a special place for students.