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PPSA

Pre-Professional Student Ambassadors (PPSA) work directly with the Pre-Professional Advising Office to establish and build an inclusive community for pre-health and pre-law students at UGA. The role of a PPSA is to connect students to campus resources, provide peer mentorship, professional development opportunities, and support/guidance. Additionally, they promote the Pre-Professional Advising Office across campus and work with campus partners for collaboration and outreach.

If you are interested in becoming a PPSA, please click here to learn more about the responsibilities, eligibility requirements, and updates regarding when new member applications open.

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Anna Appleby

Anna is a second-year Psychology major from Oxford, GA. She plans to transfer to Augusta University's nursing school in Athens so she can pursue her nursing plans while staying close to Athens and UGA. She loves investing in and caring for people; which is where her passion for nursing originated. Anna is also heavily involved with UGA's Baptist Collegiate Ministry and will be a "Dawg Pack"/small group leader. Anna will also be the women's ministry director this year. She is excited to be a part of the PPSA team and is ready to help anyone on their pre-professional journey!

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Taylor is a third-year Health Promotion major and Global Health minor from Johns Creek, GA. She is on the Pre-PA track with hopes of attending PA school after finishing her undergrad degree. She is interested in infectious disease and healthcare promotion, particularly in low-income countries. On campus, Taylor is a member of UGA's Doctors Without Borders Chapter, Pre-PA Association, and the Global Health Union. She is also a member of Greek Life, Wesley Organization, and Rescue Paws. Taylor is excited to get to know other pre-professional students, especially those that share her passion for medicine and healthcare! 

 

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Adele is a fourth-year student in the Honors Program at UGA majoring in Biology and minoring in Spanish. After completing her undergraduate degree, Adele intends to attend medical school.  She is a research assistant in the Noble Lab investigating the neurobiology of feeding behavior.Adele was also research assistant at UAB studying muscle preservation after spinal cord injury. She has also created an international dental outreach program through which she collects dental supplies, sends dental hygiene kits on international mission trips, and distributes the kits to people in need in various areas such as Honduras, Puerto Rico, Panama, and Birmingham.

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Kelly is a fouth-year student from Augusta, Georgia majoring in Biological Science. She plans to go to medical school after obtaining her undergraduate degree, and is extremely interested in dermatology or pediatrics. On campus, you can find her participating in clubs such as MEDLIFE and GA 4-H, singing with UGA Noteworthy, and spending time with her sisters in Tri-Delta. Her involvement with MEDLIFE allowed her to go to Cusco, Peru to help local healthcare workers provide care for families in need, and for two summers she worked as a camp counselor at Rock Eagle 4-H Center. Off campus, you can find her volunteering at Extra Special People and Piedmont Athens Regional Hospital. Her advice for pre-professional students is to find ways to engage on and off campus and to focus on the benefits of student involvement.

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CCCrosby Casto

Crosby is a third-year Animal Science major with a pre-vet intent. She is currently the University of Georgia's Pre-Vet Club Organizational Outreach Chair. Outside of academics, Crosby works at the College of Veterinary Medicine in the Animal Resources department. She enjoys volunteering within her church in their children's programs and praise team, and she loves seizing as many opportunities as possible to work with a variety of animals.

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ECEvan Correa

Evan Correa is a fourth-year student from Macon, GA majoring in Psychology with a minor in Communications. She plans to attend nursing school after graduation and provide quality assistance within the healthcare industry. Evan is a discipler and small group leader through the Wesley Organization in addition to volunteering with Shop with a Bulldog and working in the Main Library during the year. As an ambassador, Evan looks forward to engaging with students and helping them better prepare for their postgraduate endeavors, specifically within the nursing field.

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HFHarrison Feininger

From Norcross, GA, Harrison is a fourth-year Biology major with a minor in Business. She plans to  attend veterinarian school after graduating. On campus, she is involved in Greek Life, and is in the Honors College. In her spare time, you can find her feeding goats at a farm in Watkinsville, drinking excess amounts of coffee, or running down Milledge. As an ambassador, she is most excited to uplift and encourage other students on their pre-professional tracks.line break

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From Duluth, GA, Anisha is a fourth-year Biology major and Public Health minor with Pre-PA intent. She is a phlebotomist at Biomat on Atlanta Hwy and is involved on campus as a site leader for IMPACT. She took part in the REEU research program at UGA in 2019 with Dr CJ Tsai in genetics and plant geoneomics. As a PPSA ambassador, Anisha is excited to be helping students with providing new opportunities and resources for students interested in Pre-PA.

 

 

 

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SJSydney Jones

Sydney is a third-year student from Suwanee, GA majoring in Health Promotion. After obtaining her undergraduate degree, she plans to persue a career in the dental field. On campus, she serves as a BeWell Peer Educator for Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention. Additionally, she has assisted with two public health research projects and is a proud member of the Delta Gamma sorority. Off campus, Sydney volunteers as a pharmaceutical and dental assistant at Mercy Health Center. As a Pre-Professional Student Ambassador, Sydney is excited to share her love of dentistry and pre-health professions with others!

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VMVongai Mhute

Vongai is a 3rd Year Intended Exercise and Sport Science major pursuing a future in Physical Therapy. In my free time I enjoy being going to the gym and hanging out with my family. On campus I work at International Student Life and I am a member of MSSA!

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From  Johns Creek, GA, Emily is a fourth-year Biology major with pre-medical intent. On-campus, Emily serves on the Minority Student Science Association's executive board. She's also involved with the Vietnamese Student Association, Manicures 4 Alzheimers, and Health For Kids. For the past 2 years, Emily has been conducting biochemistry research. Off-campus, Emily spends her Sundays volunteering for her Church's Vietnamese Youth Eucharistic Movement as a youth leader. Emily plays ultimate frisbee as an intramural sport, volunteers at local hospitals, tutors STEM-based courses, spends valuable time with loved ones, and loves to travel around the world. As a Pre-Professional Student Ambassador, Emily wants to integrate student diversity and support student endeavors to pursue a pre-professional career. She is excited to engage with the community and find more opportunities for students to thrive as individuals!

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Danielle Obiri

Danielle is a fourth year Genetics and African American Studies double major with a pre-med/public health intent from Riverdale, GA. On campus, she is part of the Honors Program, the External Relations Chair of the Minority Science Student Association, and will be a C.L.A.S.S. Advocate in Church Hall in the fall. Off campus, she volunteers with Kindred Hospice, Piedmont Athens Regional Hospital, and is intern at Lake Country Medical Group. With dancing as one of her favorite hobbies, Danielle is also a part of the African Student Union's dance team. This year as a PPSA, Danielle is extremely excited to interact with incoming freshmen and be present as a resource for all students.

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Bhavi is a third-year intended Exercise & Sports Science major from Calhoun, GA. After graduating from UGA, she plans on attending physical therapy school to obtain her doctorate in physical therapy. On campus, she is a member of the Indian Cultural Exchange and Rho Tau. Off campus, she spends her time shadowing physical therapists to learn more about her future field of healthcare. She also enjoys spending time with friends and enjoying local Athens cuisine and culture. As a PPSA, Bhavi hopes to increase student participation with the Pre-Professional Advising office and to help students find their future career.

 

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MPMir Patel

Mir is a second-year Computer Science major with the intent on attending medical school. He is part of Doctors without Borders on campus and volunteers at the Athens Heart Clinic off campus. For the past year, he has been conducting research on ophthalmic applications of nanoceria.

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Zach is a fourth-year student majoring in Economics with an emphasis in Public Policy. He is looking forward to graduating next spring and hopes to pursue a law degree at UGA. Ultimately, Zach hopes to build a career in law that helps others and makes an impact in his community. Zach is active in multiple local ministries and service organizations, and he likes to spend time with friends and family. His other interests include frisbee golf, volleyball, hiking and baseball.

 

 

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Tori is a third-year Political Science major with a minor in Public Policy and Management, intending to practice civil law. She is involved with the NAACP and a member of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity. Her interests include rock climbing, photography, and community outreach. As a PPSA Ambassador, she aspires to facilitate meaningful connections within the Pre-Law community and law professionals.

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JRJalyn Ross

Jalyn is a third-year from Cairo, GA. She majors in history and has minors in Spanish and Law, Jurisprudence, and the State with a pre-law intent. Jalyn is also pursuing her master’s degree in Public Administration through the Double Dawgs program. She is a member of the Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society and she studied sustainability and culture in Hawaii through the UGA Study Away Program. You can find Jalyn volunteering at her local church or grabbing a coffee across from the arch with every chance she gets. She is most excited to help pre-law students in their individual paths to legal careers and encourage diverse studies and avenues that will prepare students for law school.

 

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Bonnie is a 4th year student from Atlanta, GA majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a certificate in Disabilities Studies. After graduating from UGA, she plans to go to graduate school for Physical Therapy. On campus, she is an executive member of the UGA Rho Tau Pre-PT Club, volunteers as a tutor for Whatever It Takes, and is involved in Greek Life. In her free time, she enjoys being active, enjoying nature, reading, and spending time with her family and friends. Bonnie is excited to get to know and help other students on their pre-professional journey! 

 

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JSJaylin Small

From Conyers, GA, Jaylin is a third-year majoring in Political Science and English and plans to pursue a career in Human Rights Law. Jaylin serves on the School of Public and International Affairs's Diversity and Inclusion Committee. She is involved in her hometown community and advocates for infrastructure funding. As a Pre-Professional Student Ambassador, she wants to connect with her peers and encourage prospective students to consider a pre-law intention.

 

 

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DSDelaney Smith

Delaney is a fourth-year Human Development and Family Science major with a minor in Spanish. After graduation, she plans to attend graduate school for Occupational Therapy. At UGA, she has served as the Vice President of Events for the Wishmakers, a Campus organization for over 2 years. She has held two leadership positions in her sorority and spends her free time volunteering with children at the American Diabetes Association. Delaney is excited to work with PPSA to engage students across campus and create a welcoming pre-professional community!

 

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SSSydney Smith

Sydney is a second-year Environmental Health major from Beaufort, SC. She plans to attend PA school after graduating from UGA in hopes of becoming a Physician Assistant to a Pediatrician. On campus, she is a member of Zeta Tau Alpha, UGA Miracle, and Operation Smile. She actively volunteers at her local hospital, and shadows as many people as possible in order to gain experience. In her free time, Sydney is usually catching up with friends and trying all the restaurants Athens has to offer. Sydney thrives on helping and positively interacting with people and is excited to serve on the team this year!

 

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Nicole Steel

From Alpharetta, GA, Nicole is a third-year majoring in Biology and Ecology and intends to pursue a career in medicine. She is a Direct Support Professional at Georgia Options, volunteers at Piedmont Hospital, serves as a mentor through the Clarke County Mentorship Program, and writes for the Athens Science Observer. Additionally, she will continue research in UGA’s Firefly Laboratory and is working towards finishing her thesis this fall. In her free time, Nicole enjoys kayaking, spending time with her family, and reading. As a PPSA, Nicole is most excited about helping students pursue careers that they are passionate about and welcoming new students into our community.

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HSHailey Stone

Hailey is a third-year Human Development and Family Science (HDFS) major from Dacula, GA. She plans to attend grad school for Occupational Therapy (OT) after graduating from UGA with the addition of a minor in American Sign Language and certificates in Disabilities Studies, Personal and Organizational Leadership, and Leadership and Service. With a passion for working with people with disabilities, Hailey spends her time volunteering and interning at ESP and works as a registered behavior technician at behavior clinic for children with autism. Her goal as a PPSA is to empower others and help them find their passions. She is most excited for the opportunity to build personal relationships and help students find the resources they need to succeed as a pre-professional.

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CTCiera Thomas

Ciera is a fouth-year majoring in Microbiology and minoring in Spanish. She serves as the President Pro-Tempore of the Student Government Association Senate and has been conducting microbiology research since her freshman year with support from the CURO Research Assistantship. Outside of UGA, she volunteers at Mercy Health Center as a patient liaison. In her free time, she loves reading, exploring new places (both in Athens and abroad), and grabbing coffee with friends at Walker’s. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a dual MD/MPH and eventually become a pediatric surgeon.

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LWLizzie Winders

Lizzie is a third-year majoring in Biology and minoring in General Business with plans to attend dental school. On campus, she is an exectuive member of Health 4 Kids, runs on the club cross country team, and volunteers at Campus Kitchen and Thomas Lay After School Program. Since freshman year, Lizzie has performed research in the Call Lab for Muscle Regeneration using mitochondrial physiology. In her free time, she enjoys being active with sports or relaxing with friends. She is most excited to further connect the pre-professional community with the variety of resources and opportunities avaible at UGA.