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Wurzburger, Nina

Nina Wurzburger

It has been said that the pursuit of a Ph.D. is not a sprint, but an endurance race. If that is true, forest ecology Ph.D. candidate Nina Wurzburger should have no problem finishing. She is the world’s top female duathlon competitor in her age group. Wurzburger began competing on the swim and track teams in high school and college, and she started biking to cross-train. She has competed all over the world, recently winning first place in her age group…

Carswell, David

David Carswell

Junior David Carswell enjoys taking what he has learned in the classroom and teaching it to others throughout the UGA and Athens community. He reestablished the Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) organization on campus, which is teaching important concepts through educational outreach projects, including market economics, entrepreneurship, personal and financial success, and business ethics. He has implemented leadership skills that he acquired in the Leonard Leadership Scholars Program to lead SIFE and many other campus organizations.

MacNeil, Aaron

Aaron MacNeil

Master’s student Aaron MacNeil has been awarded a three-year National Science and Engineering Research Council Postgraduate Scholarship from the Canadian government for $45,000 to pursue his Ph.D. at the University of Newcastle in England. His research will investigate the role sharks and tunas play in ocean ecosystems. His research will be conducted in the Mediterranean Sea—an area representative of larger, open-ocean systems. MacNeil won the Gruber Award at the annual meeting of the American Elasmobranch Society in April. More recently,…

Carroll, Meredith

Meredith Carroll

Meredith Carroll wants to build beautiful places. In addition to being a Charter Scholar and Honors Scholar, she has received several scholarships from the School of Environmental Design where she is in her fourth year of the Landscape Architecture Program. Additionally, she studied classics in Rome this summer through a UGA study abroad program in preparation for a possible graduate degree in architecture. She recently helped design and build the World of Wonder Community Built Playground in Athens, and this…

Lynch, Mike

Mike Lynch

Junior Mike Lynch has set some lofty goals. He plans to visit all seven of the world’s continents and he received a lot of help toward reaching that goal from the Travel-Study grants he has received as a UGA Foundation Fellow. He has used his grants to visit Vietnam and Cuba. While he is in the United States, he volunteers as president of the UGA/Athens-Clarke County Young Democrats and has recently worked as the campaign manager for Jan Hackney in…

Golden, Melissa

Melissa Golden

Senior Melissa Golden is interested in how the world works. She has studied international affairs from the UGA campus in Athens and from Europe during the UGA à Paris program. She was a member of the Model United Nations team as a freshman when the team won third place at national competition, then she became the captain of UGA’s regional Model United Nations team last year. She is committed as much to communicating about the world as she is to…