Former FACS Dean wins APLU’s 2021 Board on Human Sciences Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. Linda Kirk Fox is the winner of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) 2021 Board on Human Sciences Lifetime Achievement Award. The award honors a nationally recognized leader who has a significant history of promoting and advancing the human sciences in higher education. Dean Fox. has received numerous awards and honors over her career. She was most recently (2021) awarded the Thomas E. Cochran Distinguished Service Award for “exemplary service to the financial planning program, community, and profession.” She has also been an advocate and spokesperson for family and consumer sciences throughout her 40-year career. She is … read more

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4’33” Research in the Arts Competition Call for Submissions

The 4’33’’ Research in the Arts Competition 2021 is open for submissions! The UGA Arts Council invites all UGA student scholars and artists to share their research and compete for a $433 cash prize in this exciting event! The competition has been streamlined this year. The competition will highlight scholarly research about any art form or combination of art forms, including (but not restricted to): visual art, music, theatre, dance, film, literature, media arts, or performance art. This is a great opportunity to share your work, and to practice communicating the goals and significance of your scholarly and artistic activities … read more

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UGA Doctoral Students, Postdocs to Attend Inaugural SEC Emerging Scholars Workshop

Ten doctoral students and postdoctoral researchers from the University of Georgia have been selected to attend the Southeastern Conference Emerging Scholars Career Preparation Workshop. The workshop is a key component of a broader Emerging Scholars Program for Future Faculty envisioned by the SEC Provosts.

“Supporting the career development of promising doctoral students and postdoctoral researchers helps create a pipeline of diverse and talented faculty members,” said S. Jack Hu, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost. “The University of Georgia is proud to partner with our colleagues in the Southeastern Conference on this important endeavor.”

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Nine Students from the University of Georgia Received the NSF’s Graduate Research Fellowship

The University of Georgia has nine new Graduate Research Fellows this fall.  The students received the prestigious awards from the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program, (GRFP), which recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines (STEM)who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees.

The 2021 National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program Awards recipients are the following UGA graduate students:

Judith M. Reyes Ballista is a doctoral student in infectious diseases. She studies how viruses use and interact with components of the cell membrane (i.e. phospholipids) in order to exit their host cells and … read more

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Graduate School Hires New Director of Marketing & Communications

The Graduate School is pleased to welcome Kristine Groft as our new Director of Marketing and Communications. Kristine comes to the Graduate School from the University Health Center (UHC) where she spent seven years overseeing all external communications. During that time, she also worked closely with the Healthy Dawg Ambassadors and the Student Health Advisory Committee. At the Graduate School, Kristine will develop a comprehensive plan for communicating with our stakeholders, improving internal and external communications to promote graduate student recruitment and success. We look forward to leveraging her expertise to elevate the mission of the UGA Graduate School.

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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.

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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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