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Amazing Students

A part-time Master’s of Social Work student at the University of Georgia Gwinnett campus, Frye returned to the classroom after working in the human resources field for 10 years. Her experiences with leadership training, diversity outreach and community involvement in…

Julie Velchoff Vargas knows horses. From treating them as an emergency surgery technician in the large animal teaching hospital of the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine, to researching the anti-parasitic effect of feeding certain grasses, to riding them as part…

Tracy Catherine Bialis is an amazing student. She will graduate in May 2009 as a First Honor Graduate (summa cum laude with Highest Honors) with a major in psychology. In addition to excelling in the classroom, Tracy has been involved…

After he completed his program of basic studies at the University of Zurich in Switzerland, Claudio Berther decided he wanted to study abroad. For one year, he and about 40 other students have joined the student body at UGA. Berther…

Veterinary student Kenya Crawford has traveled the world in preparation for her career as a veterinarian. She graduates in May and hopes to find a career combining her experience in clinical, regulatory and international aspects of veterinary medicine. As a…

White collar criminals beware. Sara Brabender is graduating this summer and will be looking for you! Brabender has been involved in the UGA Honors Program and numerous other student groups on campus related to business, information technology and criminal justice.…

Doctoral candidate Haibao Tang learned about UGA from another Chinese student who enrolled in the plant biology program a year ahead of him. After considering the caliber of the faculty in the Plant Biology Department and the weather in Athens,…

Senior Santrice Jones had narrowed her college choices from four to two: UGA and Tennessee. What sealed the deal for her was the chance to spend the weekend as a UGA student. She participated in a program called GA DAZE,…

While undergraduate Keri Epps has worked in the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine for the past two years, she has also been able to participate in the Honors Program and maintain grades placing her in the 95th percentile in her…

Senior Christian Olmstead has made a career as an electrician, but when an accident left him disabled he started thinking differently about the ways he could use his skills to help others. He endured more than two dozen surgeries and…

Graduate student Meg Shepard has found her niche. She finished her bachelor’s degree at the Terry College of Business, and decided to continue her education by pursuing a master’s degree in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences. She became…

Senior Alyssa Anderson did not know she was going to become a medical doctor until she got to UGA. After she began volunteering as the check-in coordinator at Mercy Health Center, a local health clinic for people without medical insurance,…

Akin Adebowale is destined for greatness. Whenever he has the opportunity to do something creative, he takes it. He works with Bryan Calhoun, who manages numerous music artists and other creative ventures. Recently, Adebowale managed the online distribution and art…

Junior Hannah Lipps plans to make a life helping others. Among other activities, she has been involved with UGA HEROs, a student philanthropic organization dedicated to helping children affected by HIV/AIDS. She says that if she knew she would not…

Senior Honors student Lucas Llanso Puente has a bright future. He has published research about American trade with Nicaragua, and he has worked as an intern at the U.S. embassy in Nicaragua. He is on UGA’s model United Nations team…

Senior Alfred Richardson knows the importance of leadership and has used UGA’s many resources, opportunities and student organizations to help enhance his college career. He began freshmen year with involvement in the Freshmen Forum, the Outreach Committee of the Student…