Jacqueline Joye Peña Awarded Gilliam Graduate Fellowship Grant

Plant Biology Doctoral Student Jacqueline Joye Peña and her advisor Assistant Professor Dr. Douda Bensasson received the Gilliam Graduate Fellowship Grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. The award provides Peña the opportunity to travel to important scientific conferences and meetings in her field, professional development workshops, and a competitive stipend in addition to allowance for diversity and inclusion activities at the graduate level.

“Receiving as award like this feels very validating that researching how natural populations respond to climate change while providing safe spaces for underrepresented groups in STEM are worth doing,” said Peña. “I feel honored to … read more

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UPDATE: A Message to UGA’s International Students

The Trump administration on Tuesday rescinded a policy that would have stripped visas from international students whose courses move exclusively online amid the coronavirus pandemic. – The Hill

https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/507293-trump-administration-rescinds-policy-to-strip-visas-from-foreign

Published July 12, 2020

Dear International Students at UGA:

The University of Georgia is a member of the American Council on Education (ACE), and President Jere W. Morehead has added UGA’s name to a letter being sent to Congressional leaders regarding the July 6 ICE directive on international students studying in the United States. The letter asks that if the Department of Homeland Security is unwilling to withdraw the directive, that Congress act quickly … read more

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UGA Libraries Offers Contactless Porch Pickup for Graduate Students, Faculty

The UGA Libraries’ reopening plan begins with contactless porch pickup services for graduate students and faculty beginning June 23.

Most library services and resources will remain available digitally through the summer, as a small group of library faculty and staff return to campus to begin preparations for safe on-campus operations during the upcoming academic year. However, due to requests, certain books may be checked out and retrieved by faculty and graduate students.

Students and faculty currently have remote access to more than 2 million volumes through the UGA Libraries’ e-book collection, as well as a partnership with Hathi Trust, a digital … read more

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Kate Sabey wins P.E.O. Scholar Award

Kate Sabey, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Infectious Diseases at the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine at UGA, is one of 100 doctoral students nationwide selected to receive a $15,000 Scholar Award from the P.E.O. Sisterhood. She was sponsored by Chapter M of Athens, GA.

Sabey is a graduate of Juniata College where she explored the role of gut microbiome in human gastrointestinal disease. After graduation, she completed an internship at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park before returning to Juniata College, where she served as an adjunct laboratory instructor and research associate.

Now a member of Dr. Vanessa Ezenwa’s lab, … read more

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Masters Student Sheridan Alford co-Founds #BlackBirdersWeek

Images courtesy of Sheridan Alford and Biodiversity Heritage Library

Masters Student and Graduate Assistant at the Graduate School Sheridan Alford co-founded the bird-watching movement #BlackBirdersWeek after the viral video of a black man bird-watching in Central Park was threatened by a white woman. This movement highlights and showcases black birders. Read her interview with High Country News here.

Alford started bird watching during her undergraduate studies at UGA. She attended field trips with UGA’s Dr. Steven Castleberry (Warnell) and Dr. Robert Cooper (Ornithology) which introduced her to the variety of ways to interact with birds like bird banding. A … read more

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Fill Out Your 2020 Census! (and use your Athens address)

Hairy Dawg wants YOU to fill out your 2020 Census online! Be sure to use your Athens address rather than your parents’ address to ensure funding for important services students enjoy like healthcare and some financial aid. The survey takes less than 10 minutes and can be accessed at my2020census.gov. ​Everyone counts! #2020Census

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UGA is listed as a Top Veteran-Friendly School

U.S. Veterans Magazine (USVM) has released their Best of the Best early result.  The annual review is an evaluation of the nation’s employers, initiatives, government agencies and educational institutions. These non-biased studies are valuable resources for future students. UGA was listed as a Top Veteran-Friendly School. See more businesses and institutions here.

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UGA Celebrates 50 Years of Earth Day

Celebrating and strengthening UGA’s commitment to research, teaching, and service focused on healthier people, stronger communities, and a more secure future. UGA Earth Day 2020 includes engaging activities throughout spring 2020 to educate and inspire action. https://sustainability.uga.edu/earthday/

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2020 Honors Week

Since the 1930s, the University of Georgia has set aside a special time each year to recognize the achievements of its students, faculty, staff and alumni. Even during difficult times such as these, it is important to celebrate individuals who are helping UGA fulfill its mission through their unyielding pursuit of excellence. Congratulations to our graduate students honored this week! https://news.uga.edu/2020-graduate-student-awards/

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