Amazing Students

Foundation Fellow Meredith Paker is Marshall Scholar

University of Georgia Foundation Fellow Meredith Paker has been named a recipient of the Marshall Scholarship to pursue graduate studies in the United Kingdom. Up to 40 Marshall Scholars are selected each year, and Paker is UGA’s third student in the last decade to earn the award and the seventh in the university’s history.

Foundation Fellow Kathleen Wilson named 2015 Truman Scholar

University of Georgia Honors student Kathleen Wilson is one of 58 students nationwide to be named a 2015 Truman Scholar and is UGA’s fifth recipient of the scholarship in the past five years. Truman Scholars receive a $30,000 scholarship toward graduate school and the opportunity to participate in professional development programming to help prepare them for careers in public service leadership.

Three UGA students receive Goldwater Scholarships

Three University of Georgia Honors students—Lauren Dennison, Erin Hollander (pictured) and Karishma Sriram—have received 2015 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships, the premier undergraduate scholarship in the fields of mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering. The UGA students are among a group of 260 recipients of the one- and two-year scholarships that recognize exceptional sophomores and juniors. 

UGA alumna and Foundation Fellow Smitha Ganeshan one of six nationwide to receive Urann Fellowship

Smitha Ganeshan, a May 2014 University of Georgia graduate, was one of six students nationwide to receive a Marcus L. Urann Fellowship from the Phi Kappa Phi honor society.  Ganeshan was a UGA Honors student, recipient of a Foundation Fellowship and a Truman Scholarship. She earned a bachelor's degree in biology with a minor in anthropology from the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences. She will begin her studies at Harvard Medical School in the fall.

Two UGA Honors students named 2014 Goldwater Scholars

Two University of Georgia Honors Students—Tuan Nguyen and Amy Webster (pictured) —have been named 2014 Barry M. Goldwater Scholars.  The UGA Goldwater Scholars are among a group of 283 recipients of the one- and two-year scholarships that recognize exceptional sophomores and juniors in engineering, mathematics and the natural sciences. UGA students have received the Goldwater Scholarship almost every year since the mid-1990s, and the 2014 recipients bring the university’s total of Goldwater Scholars to 46.

Kassie Smith a classroom star and a devoted Georgia Bulldog

Kassie Smith of Cumming, Ga. is an amazing student to say the least!  She is an Honors Program student who has studied at UGA Costa Rica, has completed her bachelor's and master's degree programs in three-and-one-half years and is a devoted fan of Georgia athletics.  The sky is the limit for this intelligent young woman who has broken a family tradition of Yellow Jackets by becoming the first to graduate from the University of Georgia!

Tiffany Chu: working toward two degrees at UGA

Tiffany Chu is an amazing young woman who exemplies the term "best and brighest"!  She is simultaneously working toward her bachelor’s and master’s degrees while offering her services to the university as a member of the Arch Society ... she does all this while carving out time to give back to the community.

Twelve UGA students awarded Fulbright grants

Twelve University of Georgia students were awarded international travel-study grants from the Fulbright U.S. Student Program for the 2014-2015 academic year. This is UGA’s second highest total of Fulbright recipients.

Seven UGA students receive foreign language scholarships

Seven University of Georgia students will enhance their language skills abroad this summer through two federally funded scholarship programs. Four students received Boren Scholarships, which are funded by the National Security Education Program and offer up to $20,000 for language study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests. Three additional students received awards from the U.S. Department of State's Critical Language Scholarship Program and will spend seven to 10 weeks in intensive language institutes abroad.

Foundation Fellow Matthew Tyler earns prestigious post-graduate fellowship

Matthew Tyler, a fourth-year University of Georgia Honors student and Foundation Fellow, has been awarded a 2014 James Madison Graduate Fellowship. The fellowship, awarded to only one person per state, is granted to students desiring to become outstanding teachers of the American Constitution at the secondary school level.

David Millard - Foundation Fellows Class of 2014

As a Foundation Fellow, David Millard, a senior majoring in mathematics and computer science, has traveled the world, volunteered with local schools and found UGA to be the ideal place to pursue his passion for learning. 

UGA students win national Financial Planning Challenge

A team of University of Georgia financial planning students was named best in the country at the Financial Planning Challenge competition in Orlando.  The three-person team of Kelsey Brooks of Roswell, Chase Burkhart of St. Augustine, Fla., and Matt Riggins of Lavonia, all senior financial planning majors within the College of Family and Consumer Sciences, won top honors among an elite group of eight finalists from across the country.


Phil Grayeski, Foundation Fellow and Goldwater Scholar

While academic work is the top priority for Phil Grayeski, a Foundation Fellow and Goldwater Scholar studying genetics and chemistry, he still finds time to help in the community and, whenever he can, hit the basketball court.

Smitha Ganeshan: a doctor to be

Smitha Ganeshan, is an Honors student in anthropology and a future doctor.  She is taking her education beyond the boundaries of campus to volunteer for health care causes in the community and even around the world. 

Hairy Dawg amazes students at San Luis School in Costa Rica!

Hairy Dawg paid a visit to San Luis School in the mountains of Costa Rica near the UGA campus and gave a fine display of his studious nature, sitting with the kids for a daily lesson.  

Washington Semester Program Participant Caroline Daniel - An Amazing Student!

Caroline Daniel (Spring 2011 Washington Semester Program) is featured as the University of Georgia Amazing Student.  While participating in the program, Caroline interned with U.S. Congressman Jack Kingston (R-GA).

Raising puppies for the blind is a full-time job for pharmacy student

University of Georgia College of Pharmacy student Mallory Nelson has always loved dogs, so it’s not a stretch of the imagination that she’d have one living with her during college. The unusual part is that she’s training Pepsi, a black Labrador puppy, to be a guide dog for a disabled person. The two are pictured with Clodagh Phair-Miller, a student administrator in the College of Pharmacy.

UGA Foundation Fellow wins Marshall Scholarship

University of Georgia Honors student Matthew Sellers of Perry has been named one of 36 national recipients of the 2012 Marshall Scholarship to pursue graduate studies in the United Kingdom. He is the fifth UGA student to earn the award in the past decade and the sixth overall from the university.

Kausar N. Samli

Kausar N. Samli considers himself a global nomad, but at UGA, he is known for much more. A 2010 participant of Singularity University—a prestigous entrepreneurial and research think tank in California, Samli will graduate in December 2012 with a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Certainly, Samli excels as a UGA graduate student.

Ethell Vereen

Ethell Vereen is an emerging leader in the environmental arena. He came to UGA to pursue a master’s in environmental health and will soon complete his doctorate in ecology. He has had the unique opportunity to become fully engaged on both the Athens and Tifton campuses. Ethell was even chosen for the Tifton-Tift County Chamber of Commerce's Emerging Leaders Institute Class of 2010.

Sarah Collins

In between shaving her head for the St. Baldrick's Foundation for children's cancer research and creating pottery, Sarah Collins is helping to redesign and promote the UGA Coastal Gardens and Historic Bamboo Farm.  She has won several environmental stewardship awards and hopes to make a career out of sustainable landscape architecture.

Justin Oguni

To say that Justin Oguni is interested in reptiles and amphibians (aka herps) would definitely be an understatement.  When he is not busy studying veterinary medicine, he spends much of his time looking for and photographing them. A couple of his favorite local places to do so are the State Botanical Gardens and UGA’s Whitehall Forest.  His photos have even been included in a couple recent books that are part of a series of guides to Southeastern U.S. reptiles and amphibians published by the UGA Press. He also enjoys every opportunity he gets to talk about herps and especially enjoys educating the public about these often misunderstood animals. He is looking forward to becoming a doctor of veterinary medicine next year, something he has dreamed about all his life. 

Nathan Byrd

As a campus minister with the Baptist Collegiate Ministries, Nathan Byrd is in constant contact with undergraduate students, either through counseling or working with them on ministry projects. Some of his students even talked him into riding his bike 300 miles to Jacksonville, Fla. during fall break as part of a fundraiser for collegiate summer missions. He didn't seem to mind too much though, because he has had to sacrifice cycling time while pursuing his Ph.D. in adult education. After completing his degree in May, Nathan will continue to serve students as a campus minister and hopes to one day teach at a seminary.

Courtney Garmhaus

Whether studying for classes at the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, volunteering with a civic or community organization, interning to gain experience in her chosen profession of public relations or working at one of her many jobs to pay for her education, Courtney Garmhaus gives 100 percent of herself 100 percent of the time.

Matt Chambers

We’re all aware of such phrases from the news media as “weapons of mass destruction”, “peace in the middle east” and “nuclear proliferation.” But Matt Chambers has dedicated his educational endeavors to understanding their current implications on today’s society and peaceful resolutions to international conflict in the future. Prior to reenrolling in UGA after an eight-year hiatus, Matt was an airman in the Air Force. Learn how Matt’s experiences at UGA have allowed him to be truly amazing. 

Andrew Pinson

The opportunity to receive an exceptional education brought Andrew Pinson to the University of Georgia, first as an undergraduate and now as law student. His work has been published in the Georgia Law Review, where he serves as executive articles editor. He is also a member of SCOTUS, an informal discussion group comprised of law students that meets regularly to discuss recent Supreme Court decisions over dinner. After graduation, he aims to clerk for judge on a U.S. Court of Appeals and then hopefully for a justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Faraz Ahmed

Senior Faraz Ahmed has many interests, but he is most passionate about broadcast news. He currently works as a broadcasting manager for UGA NewSource, a daily news show produced by students on UGA's campus. He has also worked with an organization to set up the first private news channel in Pakistan and subsequently traveled to Dubai and Serbia as a broadcast consultant. He develops training DVDs for broadcast industry professionals and continues to work with the Gwinnett County Public Schools in the Broadcast and  Distance Learning Department. In his spare time, Ahmed manages properties in Athens. After graduation, he is considering pursuing a master of business administration degree.