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Will Collier

Will Collier

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 practices in rural and poor townships.  That same year, what began as a short internship at the Cape Horn Biosphere Reserve at the southern tip of Chile developed into a lengthy independent research project involving systems analysis of beaver impacts…

BJ Ard

BJ Ard

BJ Ard has a passion for social justice. He currently serves as the co-chair of the Women’s Studies Student Organization, and he has also been influential in beginning a new organization, Triota, which will be UGA’s first women’s studies honor society. For the past two years, he coordinated the Athens Clarke County Take Back the Night Rally. He is a member of the Honors Program and is simultaneously pursuing a bachelor’s degree in women’s studies and a master’s degree in…

Chad Burke

Chad Burke

M.B.A. student Chad Burke has seen the world, but he was not on a study abroad—not the kind most UGA students take. Burke is a 15 year veteran of the U.S. Navy and has “done hundreds of millions of dollars of business” in more than a dozen countries on four continents. He has been stationed all over the country including Hawaii, Connecticut, Virginia, Georgia (twice), Florida, and Maryland. He even volunteered for a tour of duty in Iraq. Now, while…

Brittany King

Brittany King

Junior Brittany King is a campus leader. As a Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities apprentice working under the guidance of faculty mentor Rosemary Phelps in the Department of Counseling and Human Development Services, King’s research investigates how spirituality affects depression in African-American college students. Through her active participation and dedication to CURO, she was selected to be one of three senior peer advisors for 2005-2006 school year to show the ropes to the incoming freshmen research apprentices. She also was…

Rodney J. Nash

Rodney Nash

Rodney Nash is an innovative teacher. He recently received a competitive fellowship from the National Science Foundation for a project called “The Science Behind Our Foods.” As one of ten recipients in the state of Georgia, Nash uses the fellowship to keep high school students interested in science by showing them about how the sciences are involved in food production, food safety and environmental protection. He was also a Graduate Recruitment Opportunities Assistantship Mentor. In this role, his duties were…

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…