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FF Matt Tyler in China

Travel is an essential component of the Foundation Fellowship. Fellows enjoy unique, immersive learning opportunities all over the world through individual travel grants, spring break group travel-study, and a study abroad Maymester after the first undergraduate year.

Individual Travel | Impact | Group Travel | Oxford Maymester

Foundation Fellow Smitha Ganeshan at the top of Table Rock Mountain in Cape Town

Christina Faust  – Mitchell Scholar, National University of Ireland; PhD, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Princeton University

I was born at St. Mary’s Hospital in Athens, Georgia and had lived in the same house my whole life. I saw college as an opportunity for new experiences, and I thought that meant I needed to move out of Athens, out of Georgia. Ironically, the best way to get away from Athens (although I love it), was to go to school there. I knew I could do a semester abroad or volunteer abroad during the summers at another university, but the breadth and depth of experiences that every Fellow had was really alluring for me. I hadn’t traveled outside of North America before college, but through the Fellowship I have traveled, volunteered, researched, and interned in thirteen different countries on seven continents. And I wasn’t trying to ‘collect them all.’ I was able to learn so much about myself and the variety of conservation efforts that exist around the globe. Traveling with professors and going out solo was instrumental in shaping what I want to pursue in life.

Foundation Fellow Eli Scott in Antarctica

These international experiences and independent research opportunities are no doubt the reason I have been offered amazing opportunities outside of the Foundation Fellowship. I’m starting a PhD program at Princeton this fall with the founder of wildlife disease ecology. He rarely takes students but was excited about my experiences through the Fellowship. I’ll be working on malaria in Borneo. This focus stemmed from a spring break trip with the Fellows and Dr. Pete Brosius to Borneo to look at indigenous land rights. In my (biased) opinion, UGA is the best college experience in the U.S. and has afforded me incredible opportunities post graduation.

FF Meredith Paker in Tanzania


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