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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…

Owen, Ashley

Ashley Owen

Senior Ashley Owen knew all along that she wanted to be a doctor, and she could not wait to get started on her career. She left high school a year early to come to UGA, and now she does cancer research with Biochemistry and Molecular Biology professor Michael Pierce at the Complex Carbohydrate Research Center. She also volunteers with UGA’s Relay for Life, and she participated in an alternative spring break where she worked with people who have AIDS. Last…

Vaso, Jora

Jora Vaso

Junior Jora Vaso immigrated to the United States eight years ago from Tirana, Albania when her country was on the brink of a civil war after the collapse of Communism. Since then, she graduated from Clarke Central High School and began working full-time at a local supermarket where she manages the floral counter. She takes a full-load of classes and has made dean’s list every semester. She also won a CURO Summer Research Fellowship this year which she used to…