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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2021 Graduate School Outstanding Mentoring Award

The Outstanding Mentoring Award is presented to Graduate Program Faculty members at the University of Georgia who have demonstrated excellence in mentoring graduate students.  This award recognizes innovation and effectiveness in mentoring graduate students individually and as a group in their academic, research, and professional development.  In 2021, two awards are presented, one in the Humanities and Fine/Applied Arts and one in the Life and Physical Sciences.

Dr. Todd Harrop

Professor of Chemistry | Graduate School Outstanding Mentoring Award in the Life and Physical Sciences

Dr. Harrop teaches his students not to underestimate their abilities and to acknowledge their achievements.  As a first-generation college … read more

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Graduate School 2021 Excellence in Teaching Award Recipients

The Excellence in Teaching Award was established by the Graduate School to recognize those students who have demonstrated superior teaching skills and have contributed to teaching beyond their own classroom responsibilities, making a significant contribution to the instructional mission of the University.

Ms. Lynn Abdouni

PhD candidate | College of Environment and Design

In her teaching, Ms. Abdouni focuses on the what and why to encourage her students to become independent, critical thinkers.  She works to create a framework which students can use not only to make sense of the information available to them but also as a space to share their own perspectives.  … read more

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Graduate School 2021 Excellence in Research Award Recipients

The Graduate School recognizes the outstanding scholarship of our graduates each year with the Excellence in Research by Graduate Students awards. Students who graduated the previous year are nominated by their departments in one in these five areas: Humanities and Fine Arts, Life Sciences, Mathematics and Physical Sciences, Professional and Applied Sciences, Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Dr. Evelyn Autry

Ph.D., Romance Language | Excellence in Research Award in the Humanities and Fine Arts

Conducting her dissertation research in Peru, Dr. Autry studied the ways that native female subjectivities have been constructed, both as victims and also as perpetrators of armed conflict.  Her innovative methodology … 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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