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Kang Byungdeok

Byungdeok Kang

Doctoral student Byungdeok Kang came to the United States thinking he would come and get a great education, then he would take his expertise home to South Korea and help people in his home country. He did research and wrote reports about parenting and children. He has studied risk factors for drug use and suicide. He knows about issues related to the workforce and economics related to childcare in Georgia…and he is the father of two daughters. As he has…

Jessica Nicole Van Parys

Jessica Van Parys

Jessica Nicole Van Parys feels fortunate for her experiences at UGA. She recently completed a study with Terry College of Business professors Chris Cornwell and David Mustard showing that the written portion of the redesigned SAT can be used to predict academic success in college better than other parts of the test. She was the recipient of the Graduate School’s Hamilton-Lokey Fellowship, a finalist for the 2008 Marshall Scholarship, recipient of the Honors International Scholarship to study abroad with the…

Brad Brizendine

Brad Brizendine

Senior Brad Brizendine knows that windows often open when doors close. As a walk-on player to the UGA men’s basketball team, he became super-efficient at managing his time. Then, when he was cut from the team the next year, he started looking for something to do with himself. That’s when he and a friend decided to tackle issues of poverty and homelessness in Atlanta and Athens. Brizendine started a nonprofit organization called Athens PBJs. He has raised more than $10,000…

Christina Faust

Christina Faust

Christina Faust is serious about saving the environment…and she might do it. A UGA Honors student from Athens, she received the 2008 Harry S. Truman Scholarship, a prestigious national honor recognizing outstanding juniors who are preparing for public service careers and the 2008 Morris K. Udall Scholarship, recognizing students dedicated to environmental and/or tribal policy. As a Truman Scholar, she was among 65 recipients chosen from across the U.S. from a pool of 595 candidates. She is the fifth UGA…

Stic Harris

Stic Harris

Stic Harris has led numerous lives in one. Before he came to UGA’s vet school, he worked on trauma research, spent time playing professional ice hockey and worked in state health departments in Texas and Georgia.  He has served as president of his veterinary school class and president of the Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association.  With his public health background, he founded a Public Health Veterinarian Club and served as its first president.  He also co-taught the…

Nithya Natrajan

Nithya Natrajan

Nithya Natrajan cares about people. The mid-term Foundation Fellow and CURO apprentice chose UGA for her undergraduate degrees because she was able to start doing research during her first semester. Studying under genetics faculty mentor Mary Bedell, she is examining how a growth factor, Kit ligand, is processed in mammalian cells using a mouse model. Natrajan also is involved in oratory and debate with Demosthenian Literary Society and is involved with Advocating Safe Alternatives for Peers, promoting healthy lifestyle choices…