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Mareasa Fortunato

Mareasa Fortunato

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 recently, she was one of UGA’s four nominees for the Truman Scholarship. She has received the Rotary Scholarship which grants her a year of academic study anywhere in the world. She will be studying in Seville, Spain for the 2007-2008…

Jayanthi Narain

Jayanthi Narain

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 an HIV/AIDS education program set up in primary and secondary schools in Malawi, a country in southeastern Africa. Last December, Narain visited Cambodia as an intern for Heritage Watch, a non-profit organization devoted to preserving Cambodia’s cultural legacy. In Cairo,…

Melinda Murray

Melinda Murray

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 evaluating gaseous chlorine dioxide and other sanitizers for their efficacy in killing three foodborne pathogenic bacteria on fresh and fresh-cut produce. She wrote a detailed report that was merged with results from a companion project to prepare a manuscript that…

Desiree Aranda

Desire Smith

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. She has conducted research in Mexico through a National Science Foundation-funded program, and she also received a summer research fellowship from UGA’s Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities for a project titled “Projecting a Positive Educational Experience for Latino/as in Georgia.”…

Priya Chandan

Priya Chandan

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 with David Puett in the biochemistry and molecular biology department as well as at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But when she found that UGA did not have a relationship with the local Special Olympics programs, she jumped…

Jeffrey P. Emanuel

Jeffrey Emanuel

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 member of different special operations units and teaching English to disadvantaged Korean youths in his free time. Now, he is pursuing a double major in classical culture (with a concentration in classical archaeology) and Latin. He volunteers for the UGA…