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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 entering her final year of undergraduate studies at the University of North Georgia. After earning her degree in physics, she intends to pursue a Ph.D. in astrophysics. Throughout her undergraduate career, Amanda has maintained an active role in research, investigating theoretical models of stars with the UNG physics department, and investigating stellar rotation and activity level with the Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian REU program. Amanda plans to use her experiences in her graduate studies and hopes to focus on understanding stars from a theoretical perspective. 

Shea Barfield

Shea is an aspiring cognitive scientist at the University of North Georgia, where her research investigates how the brain comprehends syntactic ambiguity. Shea is a double-major in English: Writing & Publication and Interdisciplinary Studies: Mathematics/Technology, Social Science, & Humanities, with minors in Psychological Science, Linguistics, and Studies of English Language Learners. After UNG, Shea will pursue a Ph.D. in Cognitive Science and/or Human-Computer Interaction.

Rania Saleb

Rania is a senior in the undergraduate program at UNG and majoring in biology with a concentration in pre-dentistry. She did research in biochemistry for two years under the mentorship of Dr. Patricia Todebush and Dr. Shailesh Ambre, and it concentrated specifically on the sugar part of tumors. Rania won the Travel Grant from CURCA two times and presented her work at the Georgia Undergraduate Research Conference, the Annual Research Conference, and the National Conference of Undergraduate Research. She is also currently a part of a microbiology research group that investigates the effects of construction on the microorganisms found in the Tumbling Creek, Elachee, and Flat Creek. The research group is under the mentorship of Dr. Jeanelle Morgan, Dr. Swapna Bhat, and Dr. Margi Flood. After graduating, she will apply to dental schools to obtain doctorate in dentistry.

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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