UGA selects 10 student scholars to attend inaugural SEC Symposium on renewable energy

Athens, Ga. – The University of Georgia Bioenergy Systems Research Institute and the Office of Sustainability have selected 10 undergraduate students to serve as UGA’s University Scholars at the inaugural Southeastern Conference Symposium, which will be held Feb. 10-12 at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta.

In a campus-wide competition for the distinction of University Scholar and a scholarship to the SEC Symposium, the students were selected for their leadership, service and academic scholarship related to advancing renewable energy in Georgia and beyond.

The recipients are Cassia Adams, a senior biochemical engineering major from Adairsville; Sara Black, a junior ecology and anthropology major from Mountain Brook, Ala.; Kathryn Clark, a freshman biology major from Fayetteville; Tyler Faby, a sophomore finance major from Milton; Travis Fetchko, a junior biochemistry and molecular biology major from Stevensville, Mont.; Alexander Gomez, a senior biochemical engineering major from Roswell; Garret Herrin, a junior geography major from Brunswick; Samantha Morton, a sophomore environmental sciences major from Atlanta; Scott Saunders, a junior biology and ecology major from Marietta; and Travis Williams, a junior microbiology major from Carnesville.

The first-ever SEC Symposium, titled “Impacts of the Southeast in the World’s Renewable Energy Future,” will highlight the role of the Southeastern U.S. in the world’s renewable energy future. The symposium, led by UGA, will showcase academic excellence and educational and economic contributions made by the 14 SEC member universities to positively impact the vitality of the region, nation and world.

“I am continually impressed by UGA undergraduates and their commitment to renewable energy and environmental sustainability,” said Robert Scott, associate vice president for research and chair of the local organizing committee for the symposium. “We are pleased to send these 10 outstanding students to represent UGA as University Scholars in Atlanta.”

The symposium is part of the SEC’s academic initiative known as SECU. Through SECU, the conference sponsors, supports and promotes collaborative higher education programs and activities involving administrators, faculty and students at its member universities.

For more information about SECU, see http://secsymposium.com/secu.php. For more information on the SEC Symposium, see http://secsymposium.com/.

UGA Bioenergy Systems Research Institute
The Bioenergy Systems Research Institute unites UGA’s legacies in agriculture, forestry, environmental science and engineering with its strengths in carbohydrate science, genetics and microbiology to provide a scientific and practical foundation to support an economic and sustainable bioenergy future. For more information, see http://bioenergy.ovpr.uga.edu/.

UGA Office of Sustainability
The Office of Sustainability coordinates, communicates and advances sustainability initiatives at UGA. For more information, see http://sustainability.uga.edu/.