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Tuggle, Charles

Charles (Ty) Tuggle

Charles (Ty) Tuggle is a renaissance man. In his time at UGA, he has studied Gypsy culture in Hungary and Romania, language in Japan, and in Athens, Georgia, he works in the lab of professor Michael Pierce making advances in the fight against cancer. He enjoys reading science fiction and Southern gothic literature, and he likes drinking coffee at Jittery Joe’s in Five Points. He is a Foundation Fellow and a member of the new UGA triathlon club on campus.…

Izlar, Tate

Tate Izlar

After Tate Izlar transferred to UGA, she quickly became immersed in much that the university has to offer. Since the spring of 2003, Tate has been a member of the Arch Society which has provided an outlet for her many talents. She is able to share her love for UGA with prospective students as she works at the Visitor’s Center also. She is an active member of Sigma Kappa sorority. After the completion of her summer internship with state congressman…

Lindsey Giffin

Lindsey Giffin is putting her business talents to use helping others. She is an honors student and Leonard Leadership Scholar, and she is active in several projects throughout the Athens area to help underprivileged children. For the past four years, she has served as a mentor through a Clarke County mentoring program. Through her work with Project READY, she was instrumental in organizing UGA Day which teamed high school students with college mentors. A recipient of numerous academic scholarships, Giffin…

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,…