Stories & Features

Amazing Students

From studying in an empty classroom in the math building to mentoring middle school students to standing on the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, Honors student Derek Ponticelli has taken full advantage of the “incredible” opportunities he’s encountered as a UGA…

From her science work with elementary and middle school students to volunteering at Mercy Health Center, Elizabeth Melvin has made the most of her time on campus and calls attending UGA “the smartest decision I have ever made.”

Arnab Banerji, a Ph.D. student in theater and performance studies, has received a handful of campus awards and been involved in several international student events. With the support he has received from his professors, he’s well on the way to…

Carter Galbraith, a senior biology and psychology major who will be heading to medical school in the fall, has been involved in several student organizations, is an Honors Program teaching assistant and has traveled abroad for three summers to volunteer…

Paige Pulaski, a senior with a double major in theatre and mass media arts, has spent a lot of her time at UGA on the stage when not in the classroom, and the experience has helped prepare her for a…

Richard Weimar, a chemistry major graduating in May, absorbs himself in his academic work—as evidenced by his scholarly honors—but his interests in life go far beyond the classroom.

Melanie Harper, a philosophy graduate student with an eye for art, credits UGA for helping her find her purpose in life.

Chase Mason, a Ph.D. student in plant biology, enjoys spending most of his time in the lab or greenhouses, and he says UGA has provided the support he needs to fulfill his academic goals.

Jim Woglom, a Ph.D. student in art education, was named an outstanding teacher assistant last year, and he hopes his education will allow him to continue “making art every waking day.”