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Helping patients heal Campaign Priority Private funding for the Honors Program has allowed student Cali Callaway to conduct research with world-class scientists at UGA, at other universities, and in other countries.
ali callaway, a uga foundation Fellow, has committed to seeking new treatments for patients with spinal cord injuries—and she hasn’t waited to finish a degree to get started. As a UGA student, Callaway has found opportunities to learn from some of the world’s leading regenerative medicine researchers, thanks to private funding support for the Foundation Fellows, UGA’s foremost undergraduate scholarship. The Foundation Fellowship, part of the Honors Program, provides transformative educational experiences for some of the nation’s best students. “The last four years absolutely have exceeded all expectations,” says Callaway, who is working on a combined bachelor’s degree in biology and master’s degree in artificial intelligence. “At every turn, I’ve found endless opportunities and met some outstanding people along the way.”
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Through UGA’s Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities, administered by the Honors Program but open to all undergraduate students, Callaway has investigated treatments for spinal cord injuries. As a Foundation Fellow, she undertook an intensive summer research experience at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 2016, she was a Goldwater Scholar, a national award for students pursuing careers in science, mathematics, and engineering. Throughout her time at UGA, Callaway has worked under the mentorship of Steve Stice, a Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar and the director of the Regenerative Bioscience Center. Callaway says she’s learned a lot from collaborating with a preeminent researcher in his field, including how civic engagement can enhance public support for science.
It’s not just research opportunities that have shaped Callaway’s UGA experience. As an outstanding high school student, Callaway had the opportunity to study at some of the nation’s top universities. She chose UGA in part for the chance to travel the world through Foundation Fellowship opportunities. Callaway received grants to travel abroad on numerous occasions— including to Zurich, Switzerland, for a research internship at Hocoma AG, the world’s largest producer of robotic rehabilitation services. “The University of Georgia has colored my world with experiences beyond my imagination,” says Callaway, who plans to go to medical school and continue her work in regenerative medicine. “I am so grateful to all who made the global perspective allowed by these opportunities possible.”
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