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Amazing Students

Senior Foundation Fellow Brad Lindell has yet to begin medical school, but he is already making contributions to the field. His volunteer work as a medical translation volunteer and as an ESL teacher through Catholic Social Services spurred him to…

Hank Clay works for change. He has been awarded the Bachelor of Social Work program’s Student of the Year Award and was awarded the 2007 Athens Rotary Club Rotaract Student Service Award. He graduated with a dual major from UGA…

Senior Melina Baetti is the president of the Hispanic Student Association. Under her leadership membership representation has grown to more than 15 countries. The group has co-sponsored events with the Institute for Women’s Studies, the Black Affairs Council and the…

His may not be a household name, but one day graduate student Cory Gresham’s work may benefit all of humankind. Gresham is one of the first two students admitted to the Veterinary Medical Scientist Training Program (D.V.M./Ph.D.) at UGA’s College…

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…