UGA’s Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunitiesnmes 19 high school seniors promising scholars

UGA’s Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities names 19 high school seniors Promising Scholars

Athens, Ga. – Nineteen Georgia high school seniors were recently honored as 2007 Promising Scholars for their outstanding academic achievements by the Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities (CURO) at the University of Georgia.

The students were invited to UGA to attend the annual undergraduate research symposium, held in April, which showcased more than 125 student presenters representing all academic disciplines. During a recognition ceremony, each Promising Scholar received a certificate and a $250 stipend. They also were given an opportunity to spend the day with current UGA students who participate in CURO’s Apprentice Program.

“The Promising Scholars Program is an integral part of the CURO Symposium and provides a premier academic recruitment event at UGA,” said Pamela Kleiber, associate director of UGA’s Honors Program, which administers CURO. “It gives these top students a perspective on the value-added benefits of research as part of the undergraduate experience at UGA.”

This is the third consecutive year that CURO has recognized some of the top high school scholars in the state.

“Promising Scholars are the type of students we want in the CURO Apprentice Program. They are bright, motivated and eager to explore the unknown shoulder-to-shoulder with faculty,” said David S. Williams, director of UGA’s Honors Program.”We expect the Promising Scholars program to grow in visibility and stature over the coming years.Many CURO apprentices have gone on to successfully compete for major scholarships like the Goldwater and Merage awards and for the top tier graduate and professional programs in the country.”

One of the highlights of the tour Promising Scholar Marcus Hines received from current UGA student Edmond Fomunung was visiting the laboratory where Fomunung is investigating a cure for malaria. Fomunung, a junior cellular biology and French major, is a former CURO apprentice who has conducted research since his freshman year.

“I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to UGA, and the CURO symposium was helpful in presenting me with a look into what opportunities are available for me to research,” said Hines, a senior at Albany High School. “My favorite memory would have to be visiting the lab with Edmond. Seeing what he studies and how he does his observations made me even more excited about coming to UGA.”

Promising Scholar Amanda Castleberry, a senior at Forsyth Central High School, said she enjoyed talking with the CURO students about their current projects. “I cannot wait to be in the same league with these students next year,” she said. “Hopefully, I will have the opportunity to make an impact, not only in my academic career, but in the field of science and medicine.”

The 2007 Promising Scholars are:

Name, Hometown, High School

Amanda Castleberry, Cumming, Forsyth Central High School

Katie Cuadrado, Atlanta, Marist School

Suzanne Davis, Albany, Deerfield-Windsor School

Opeoluwa Fawole, Lawrenceville, Grayson High School

Lucy Fu, Athens, Athens Academy

Marcus Hines, Albany, Albany High School

Jackie Lastra, Marietta, Sprayberry High School

Steven Lau, Duluth, Duluth High School

Jasmine Mathis, Statesboro, Statesboro High School

David Mitchell, Fayetteville ,Sandy Creek High School

Nicole Nation, Lilburn, Parkview High School

Muktha Natrajan, Martinez, Lakeside High School

Aalok Sanjanwala, Cumming, South Forsyth High School

Mili Shah, Martinez, Lakeside High School

Giridhar Subramanian, Marietta, Lassiter High School

Brian Watts, Douglasville, Chapel Hill High School

Chenzi Xu, Athens Athens, Academy

Candice Yip, Alpharetta, Chattahoochee High School

Sheena Zhang, Athens, Cedar Shoals High School