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CURCA Ambassadors

Our CURCA Ambassadors are students who have presented and worked on undergraduate research and are willing to share their experiences working with their mentors, CURCA and traveling to the students at large. 

CURCA Ambassadors accomplish this task by

  • Presenting to at least 2 student groups/clubs and 1 classroom presentation each semester
  • Presenting at UNG Open House events (this may include some Saturday events)

Current CURCA Ambassadors

Amanda Ash

Amanda is in her second year of undergraduate work at the University of North Georgia. She is majoring in physics and minoring in mathematics. Her research areas include astrophysics, focusing on starspots with the University of North Georgia physics department and general relativity with the University of North Georgia mathematics department. After earning her bachelor’s degree, she intends to pursue a doctoral program in astrophysics, hoping to focus on mathematical modeling of astrophysical phenomena.

Shea Barfield

Shea is a McNair Scholar dual majoring at the University of North Georgia in preparation for graduate studies in Cognitive Science and Neurolinguistics. Her passion has roots in English Writing & Publication, Psychological Science, Linguistics, Computer Science, Media Studies, and Rhetoric/Composition. Currently, she leads an experiment on Sentence Processing in the Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Lab at UNG Gainesville under the mentorship of Dr. Troy Smith. This semester, you can also find her at work as a Writing Fellow, providing essay feedback for Neuroscience, and as a Supplemental Instruction Facilitator for Standard English Grammar, where diagramming sentences with students inspires her research on language in the brain. In her free time, Shea volunteers as a literary magazine editor for The Chestatee Review, offers guided meditation and life-coaching sessions online, writes poetry and science fiction, and relieves stress with dance, yoga, and her overflowing home library.

Caroline Brown

Caroline is a senior Chemistry major with a concentration in biochemistry. After graduation in Spring 2019, she plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Biochemistry. During her time at UNG, she has participated in undergraduate research for 3 years, and she credits the research experience as being vital to her development as a scientist. Her specialty is in the field of molecular biology with a specific focus on enzymology and proteomics.

Brittaney Dyer

Brittaney is in her first year of graduate studies at the University of North Georgia Dahlonega Campus. She is currently majoring in criminal justice. Her research areas include criminological correlates relative to astronomical variables to crime. After earning a master’s degree in criminal justice, Brittaney intends to pursue a doctoral program in criminology.

Laura Rodes

Laura is in her fourth year of undergraduate work at the University of North Georgia. She is majoring in Psychological Science with a minor in Philosophy. Laura’s research has mainly focused towards cognitive and clinical psychology. She is looking forward to continuing her education into graduate school, once she graduates in May 2019. Laura aspires to obtain a doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology. 

Krystal Sewell

Krystal is in her eighth year of undergraduate work at the University of North Georgia. She is majoring in Chemistry with a concentration in Biochemistry. Her research areas of interest include Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Inorganic Chemistry. After earning her bachelor’s degree, she intends to pursue a doctoral degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, eager to aid in human genetic modification, to stop genetic disorders from being transferred from parent to child.

How to become a CURCA Ambassador

We want our Ambassadors to seriously consider their investment of time during a semester, including how much time they would have to present and share the love of research with other students before committing.

If you are interested in becoming a CURCA Ambassador, email us with the subject line “Application for CURCA Ambassador”

In your email indicate

  1. Why you wish to become an Ambassador
  2. Your availability to meet for a one on one interview
  3. A summary of your scholarly work to date.
  4. Your Resume/ C.V.

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