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Cabinian, Melissa

Melissa Cabinian

Melissa Cabinian has had an extraordinary career at UGA, accumulating numerous accolades during her four years. Her most recent honor is being recognized by
the Georgia Legislature as UGA’s Academic Recognition Day Scholar for 2006. Cabinian pursued her interest in science as a research apprentice with UGA’s Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities. After two years in the apprentice program, she then served as an advisor and mentor to other CURO apprentices. After her sophomore year, Cabinian received a Foundation…

Edmond Fomunung

Edmond Fomunung

Edmond Fomunung is a CURO biomedical apprentice who recently won a Charles Ross Summer Research Fellowship for Minority Undergraduate/Graduate Students in the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Michigan. The Charles Ross Fellowship, a highly competitive and prestigious fellowship, provides a stipend of $3,600 for a 12-week research experience with one of the University of Michigan faculty. Fomunung, an Honors student majoring in cellular biology and French and originally from Cameroon, studied with Benedict Lucchessi, an expert in cardiovascular…

Melvin Hines, Jr.

Melvin Hines, Jr.

Melvin Hines, Jr. maintains high grades and also aims to make an impact in society. He has been a Presidential Scholar and been on Dean’s List while leading an initiative to mentor students at the Thomas Lay Center in Athens and tutoring students in the Rocksprings housing community. He has been a big brother with Big Brothers/Big Sisters for more than three years, and he recently started an organization called Corner Talk to create dialogue between faculty, students and community…

Lauren Fields

Lauren Fields

Junior Lauren Fields sees herself as an advocate and activist. She is the president of Advocating Safe Alternatives for Peers, a peer education team on campus that focuses on alcohol and other drug education and prevention. Her organization runs programs for students in the residence halls such as “Booze Clues ” and “Myths and Facts About Alcohol.” The group also executes large, campus-wide campaigns and activities like Safe Spring Break, National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week, Summer Orientations, and Alcohol Free…

Shannon Parfitt

Shannon Parfitt

Vet student Shannon Parfitt will go wherever it takes to get the best UGA education she can. As an undergraduate, she participated in the UGA at Oxford program, which allowed her to pursue her degree without being too far from her parents who lived in the United Kingdom at the time. After she graduated and began studying at UGA’s College of Veterinary Medicine, she worked with exotic animals at a zoo in Brazil. She enjoyed it so much that last…

Rudy Weber

Rudy Weber

Rudy Weber is a businessman to the core. He is not afraid to take risks (he broke a rib jumping off a 10-meter platform on a dare); he values hard work (in the style of Herschel Walker); and he has a vision for the future (he wants to have his own business). He helped start and has been elected president of the Consulting Club at the Terry College of Business, and he was recently recognized by the Association for Corporate…