Berry College 2013 graduate Sarah Grace Sapp has been awarded a University of Georgia Presidential Fellowship to pursue a doctorate in the UGA Department of Infectious Diseases.
The fellowship is five years of full funding.
"We are used to seeing outstanding students come through our programs here at Berry, but Sarah Grace is truly an exceptional student," said Berry Associate Professor of Biology Chris Hall.
A biology major and chemistry minor from Decatur, Ga., Sapp's primary interest is the study of parasitic diseases, but she finds all types of pathogens interesting. Her goal is to work in a research laboratory for emerging infectious diseases, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Berry Associate Professor of Biology Catherine Borer said, "Sarah Grace's range and depth of research experience and her tremendous success are rare among undergraduates. Among her many achievements, she is a coauthor on a peer-reviewed research article that was published recently in Trees: Structure and Function… She also creatively developed and implemented a terrific website to showcase the biology department's teaching greenhouse."
Sapp added, "I had opportunities as an undergraduate that I would not have experienced at a larger school -- and in particular, I want to acknowledge Dr. Catherine Borer, Dr. Chris Hall and Dr. Joseph McDade for being highly influential in my Berry College education."
Article by Student Public Relations Assistant Alyssa Smith