UGA Alumni Association Names 40 Under 40 Class

The University of Georgia Alumni Association has unveiled the 40 Under 40 Class of 2021. This program celebrates the personal, professional and philanthropic achievements of successful UGA graduates under the age of 40. The honorees will be recognized during the 11th annual 40 Under 40 Awards Luncheon Sept. 10 in the Tate Student Center on campus.

Nine former graduate students received the honor:

Mario Cambardella (BLA ’06, MEPD ’11, MLA ’13), Chamblee, Georgia, founder/CEO, ServeScape
Carter Coe (MFR ’11), Atlanta, managing partner, Chinook Forest Partners
Keith Giddens (MACC ’04), Charlotte, North Carolina, market managing partner for Charlotte, Dixon Hughes Goodman
Whitney Ingram (BS ’11, PHD ’16), Albuquerque, New Mexico, R&D … read more

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PhD Candidate Ale Villegas and Advisor Vasant Muralidharan Receive Gilliam Graduate Fellowship Award

Malaria’s connection to Georgia goes back to the colonial period. The Southeastern United States provided prime conditions for a thriving mosquito population which ensured the spread of the disease. The state capital moved from Louisville to Milledgeville in 1806 in part because of malaria outbreaks among the state’s General Assembly.

Later, the federal Office of Malaria Control in War Areas was established in Atlanta instead of Washington D.C. because of its proximity to malaria. The center was succeeded in 1946 by the Communicable Disease Center which is now the Centers for Disease Control. While Malaria was mostly eliminated in the … read more

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Recent NIH Funding to Support Improvement & Research of Graduate Mentoring

The National Institutes for Health awarded supplemental funding to UGA’s T32 Training Grant, Genetics Training Program, directed by Dr. Kelly Dyer in the Department of Genetics. This award is the second supplemental for the Genetics Training Program; both supplements are to support the improvement of graduate research mentorship. Postdoctoral associate, Dr. Heather Fedesco, is leading the effort in collaboration with Dr. Erin Dolan, Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology. Their work will significantly expand capacity to understand what is working (or not) in graduate research mentorship at UGA, especially in STEM disciplines, and to make improvements over time.

With the … read more

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Violeta Rodriguez Honored With P.E.O. Scholar Award

Violeta Rodriguez, a Ph.D. candidate in Psychology at University of Georgia, is one of 100 doctoral students in the U. S. and Canada selected to receive a $20,000 Scholar Award from the P.E.O. Sisterhood.  She was sponsored by Chapter BL of Gainesville, Georgia.


Violeta is originally from Nicaragua. She moved the the U.S. with her family when she was nine-years old as asylees. She grew up in Miami, Fla.

Violeta’s research focuses on the psychometrics of parenting and family constructs, with an emphasis on making parenting and family measures more representative of diverse families. This research has been recognized by the Psychological Association … read more

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Anne Shaffer named Associate Dean of the Graduate School

Anne Shaffer has been named the Associate Dean of the University of Georgia’s Graduate School by Ron Walcott, the Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Dean of the Graduate School.  In this position, she will be responsible for academic affairs and will support the development and implementation of strategic initiatives.

As an Associate Professor in the department of Psychology with dual appointments in the Clinical Psychology and Brain and Behavioral Sciences programs, Shaffer has served as the graduate coordinator for the department since 2017.  She has also served since January 2020 as an Administrative Fellow in the Office of Inclusion and … read more

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President Morehead Commits $250,000 To New Graduate Student Degree Accelerator Fund

University of Georgia President Jere W. Morehead has launched a new fund to help graduate students overcome financial challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic and complete their degrees.

The new $250,000 Graduate Student Degree Accelerator Fund will award up to $5,000 to eligible master’s and doctoral degree students to defray expenses associated with their graduate education. Continue reading…

Graduate Student Degree Accelerator Fund Fact Sheet

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Rachel Perez-Udell Receives K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award

Spring Flowers: K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award Recipient Rachel Perez-Udell Uses Citizen Science To Study The Geography Of Color Distribution In Flowers

Rachel Perez-Udell was notified that she received the K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award in late 2020. The award recognized graduate students who show exemplary promise as future leaders of higher education and who are committed to academic innovation in the areas of equity, community engagement, and teaching and learning. Perez-Udell wants to use it to make research an educational tool. She remembers her experiences as an undergraduate that took her out of classrooms and … read more

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FREE Viewing of “Picture a Scientist” March 4-6

PICTURE A SCIENTIST is a feature-length film chronicling the groundswell of researchers who are writing a new chapter for women scientists. A biologist, a chemist and a geologist lead viewers on a journey deep into their own experiences in the sciences, overcoming brutal harassment, institutional discrimination, and years of subtle slights to revolutionize the culture of science. From cramped laboratories to spectacular field stations, we also encounter scientific luminaries who provide new perspectives on how to make science itself more diverse, equitable, and open to all.
The website and movie trailer can be found here:

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