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betsy katz (’09) mathematics, religion, spanish; teach for america, richmond, ca; mitchell scholar, dublin city university, ireland, intercultural studies

Betsy Katz, a 2009 graduate and Ramsey Scholar, was one of 12 national recipients of a 2011-2012 George J. Mitchell Scholarship, sponsored by the U.S.-Ireland Alliance. She plans to pursue a master’s degree in intercultural studies at Dublin City University in Ireland. This is the third consecutive year that a UGA student has been named a Mitchell Scholar. The one-year post-graduate fellowship covers studies in any discipline offered by institutions in Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Betsy, who earned bachelor’s degrees in mathematics, Spanish, and religion from UGA, taught secondary mathematics in California as a Teach for America participant for two years after graduation.

Betsy’s commitment to teaching, service-learning, and civic engagement influenced her research and community involvement during her undergraduate career. In summer 2008, she was one of eight participants working with mathematics faculty at the University of North Carolina, Asheville through the National Science Foundation’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates.

In spring 2009, she presented her Honors thesis research at UGA’s annual CURO Symposium. Her research, entitled “Translating ‘the Jews’ in the Fourth Gospel,” was chosen as an example of outstanding undergraduate work and published in the “Best of CURO 2009” issue of UGA’s Journal for Undergraduate Research Opportunities, an online undergraduate research journal for the arts, humanities, and social sciences.

Betsy served as a Spanish-English interpreter and tutor for the Clarke County School District and as an ESOL teacher, developing and teaching the curriculum through Casa de Amistad, a service organization helping underserved Hispanic populations in Athens. She also volunteered as a Spanish translator at Mercy Health Center, a medical clinic for the uninsured in Athens, and as a tutor for middle school students.

A recipient of both the Crane Leadership Scholarship and the Ash Service Award, Betsy took her service-learning spirit abroad and volunteered at an assisted living facility through the UGA en Buenos Aires program in Argentina in fall 2006 and also worked as an ESOL teacher in Mexico in the summers of 2009 and 2010.

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