This year during Honors Week the University of Georgia community has even more to celebrate than usual.
UGA was one of just a few institutions across the nation to have three recipients of the Goldwater Scholarship, which is the nation’s premier academic honor in the STEM fields. Our 2018 Goldwater Scholars, all of whom are Honors students, are Trisha Dalapati, Guy Eroh and Stephan George. Only 211 students nationwide were named Goldwater Scholars this year, and UGA had as many Goldwater Scholars this year as all Georgia institutions combined.
Just last week we announced that UGA Foundation Fellow Laurel Hiatt was one of just 59 students from across the nation to be named a 2018 Truman Scholar. Truman Scholars receive $30,000 toward their graduate education plus exclusive professional development opportunities that prepare them for lives of public service. Laurel, a third-year student from Dahlonega majoring in biochemistry and molecular biology and Spanish, was one of just 59 students from around the nation—and the only student in Georgia—to receive this significant honor.
The extraordinary level of success that UGA students achieve simply wouldn’t be possible without outstanding faculty members. On Monday, the Faculty Recognition Banquet will honor instructors who have made an extraordinary impact on the learning experiences of our students. Among other honorees, we’ll recognize the 2018 recipients of the University’s highest teaching honor, the Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professorship. The 2018 Meigs Professors, all of whom inspire students to achieve their full potential, are Santanu Chatterjee of the Terry College of Business, Michael Marshall of the Lamar Dodd School of Art and Patricia Richards of the department of sociology and Institute for Women’s Studies in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences.
Honors Weeks celebrates each of the components of the University’s three part-mission of teaching, research and service. This year, five faculty members in fields ranging from the arts to parasitic diseases are being named Distinguished Research Professor: Brett Clementz of the department of psychology in the Franklin College, Dorothea Link of the Hugh Hodgson School of Music, Silvia Moreno of the department of cellular biology in the Franklin College, Wayne Parrott of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, and Michael Tiemeyer of the Complex Carbohydrate Research Center. The University’s highest service award is the Walter Barnard Hill Distinguished Public Service Fellow Award, and that honor goes to Kim Coder of the Warnell School.
Several other events, including the Presidential Honors Week Luncheon and Honors Program Graduation Banquet, are planned for this week, as well. Honors Week is a celebration of the individuals who make the University of Georgia one of America’s leading public universities, and I deeply appreciate the talent and commitment they bring to this institution.