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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…

Hyunjae Yu

Hyunjae Yu

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, Korea Telecom, Pizza Hut, Hyundai Motor Company, E-Machines, Michiko-London and many others while working for agencies like Bates Worldwide and Cheil Communications. Now he uses his professional expertise to teach a class in advertising message strategy at UGA’s Grady College…

Handa, Vicente

Vicente Handa

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 of science and science education in the College of Education at West Visayas State University in Iloilo City, Philippines. He has won numerous awards and recognition for his teaching and research at UGA and has traveled all over the country…