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February 8, 2021

Health Promotion Application Deadline THIS FRIDAY!

Deadline: Friday, February 12th by 5:00pm

Applications for the health promotion major are due on the second Fridays in February and September. Please check with your advisor if you have questions about eligibility.

Apply Here:
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Let All the Big Dawg Eat - Summer 2021

Let All the Big Dawg Eat Food Scholarship is open for Summer 2021 applications. If you need help securing food while taking summer classes, apply using the link below. The application will be open until Feb 28.

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UNICEF is currently leading efforts to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine globally and is fundraising to purchase 2 billion COVID-19 vaccines. UNICEF at UGA is launching a new Instagram store to support these efforts. We will be selling handmade jewelry, keychains, scarves, and treat boxes for Valentine’s Day. The store is available online at the @unicefuga Instagram through February 12th, and we will have a physical store set up in Tate plaza from 10:00 AM-4:00 PM on February 11th and 12th. All proceeds from the store will benefit UNICEF’s vaccination efforts, and we greatly appreciate any support!

ACHE February Meeting

The American College of Healthcare Executives will be hosting their second meeting, virtually, on Thursday, February 11 @ 5:30pm, where Tami Jackson, CNO at Piedmont Athens Regional, will speak about her experience as a CEO. Below you will find the information to join the Zoom session:

Future Health Promoters Club

The Future Health Promoters club has some exciting events coming up. These are a great way to further involve yourself in our club and we hope you’ll consider attending.


  • Home Workout Class + Instructional Guide - 2/17 | 7PM via Zoom
  • Health Disparities Guest Speaker - 2/24 | 7PM via Zoom


  • Zoom Yoga Class - 3/24 | 7PM via Zoom
  • Sexual Education Guest Speaker - 3/31 | 7PM via Zoom


  • National Public Health Week - 4/5-11
  • Outdoor Yoga Class- 4/7 | 5PM @Myers Quad (Zoom optional)
  • FHP Nutrition Guide + Zoom Yoga Class - 4/14 | 7PM via Zoom

Blood Drive

The UGA chapter of the American Red Cross wants to inform the faculty, staff, and students about the blood drive that will be occurring this month on February 9th and 25th from 11:30 AM to 4:30 PM in Memorial Hall. There is a flyer attached with all information needed.

If there is anyone that would like to sign up for a blood drive appointment, here is the link to the sign-up sheet: Sponsor code: UGA

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Mercer University School of Medicine Admission Panel

The Student National Medical Association (SNMA) and Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA) chapters at Mercer University School of Medicine will be hosting a multi-part webinar series this academic year for underrepresented minority pre-med students. The third and last webinar of the series will be held on Monday, Feb 8th. The goal of these webinars is to provide information and advice to pre-med students concerning the path to medical school. Some of the topics that will be discussed include how to apply using the AMCAS, letters of recommendation, personal statements and what to do after applying!

Register here:

Please follow Mercer's SNMA and LMSA pages to see reminders and updates!

@mercersnma and @mercerlmsa

TEDxUGA 2021 Salon Series: Salon 2 with Kate Foral

Join us Wed. Feb 10 as Kate Foral, a BS/MPH student in environmental health, takes the virtual TEDxUGA stage to share how participation in environmental research can create global change. Kate is a third-year undergraduate pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health with a minor in Health Policy and Management and a certificate in Water Resources. A former water quality intern at the Upper Oconee Watershed Network, Foral now serves as the College of Public Health senator for the Student Government Association, the co-president of the UGArden Community Farm Club, and an environmental sustainability fellow at the consulting group She Grows it. In her talk, Kate explores how participation in environmental research can create global change. Find out how to watch here.

Environmental Health Science Seminar Series

Improved Next Generation Sequencing Techniques to Study the Microbiome of Healthcare Settings

Megan Beaudry, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Environmental Health Science, College of Public Health, University of Georgia

Speaker Details: Megan Beaudry is a 3rd year Ph.D. Candidate in Environmental Health Science and is working under the advisement of Dr. Travis Glenn. Megan received her Bachelor’s of Science from Keene State College in 2016 and continued with her Master of Science from the University of Alberta in 2018. Megan is using next generation sequencing techniques to study a variety of microbial problems, in particular antimicrobial resistance in clinical settings, whole genome sequencing of Cryptosporidium spp., and water quality.

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Global Health Seminar Series

Ethics of COVID-19 Response

Jim Thomas, MPH, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology, and Director, MEASURE Program, Carolina Population Center, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Please join us for this virtual seminar on Thursday, February 25 at 4:00 p.m. via Zoom. Everyone is welcome to attend! Join the seminar via Zoom at this link:

Speaker Bio: Dr. Thomas’s work in public health spans more than 35 years and 35 countries. His principal interests are in social forces underlying epidemics, ethical concerns in digital surveillance, and the ethical practice of public health in a pandemic. In addition to his many scholarly articles, he was an editor and author of a textbook on epidemiologic methods in the study of infectious diseases and principal author of the initial American Public Health Association’s Code of Ethics. As director of the MEASURE Program, Dr. Thomas is leading a global team that is advancing the capacity of developing countries to monitor their epidemics. In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Thomas is advising government planning groups, speaking and writing on pandemic ethics, and has created an online Pandemic Ethics Dashboard as a resource for policymakers.

Contact Juliet Sekandi for additional information.

Health Professions Fair

The Pre-Professional Advising Office will be holding a Virtual Health Professions Fair on Wednesday, March 3rd from 11:00am-3:00pm on Handshake. The goal of the Health Professions Fair is to provide UGA Pre-Health students the opportunity to connect directly with recruiters and admissions representatives from health professional schools across the country. Students are highly encouraged to chat with ALL programs in their area. This is your opportunity to ask questions, show your interest and to learn more about all the different programs available. This Fair will include representatives from medical, dental, veterinary, optometry, allied health, physician assistant, nursing and pharmacy programs.

  • Click here for a list of registered programs.
  • Registration for the event opens February 15, 2021.
  • UGA students and alumni click here to register.
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Volunteer Opportunity: Girls on the Run

My name is Emma Powell and I'm a senior Health Promotion major. I'm interning with Girls on the Run this semester which is a nonprofit organization that works to promote young girls' mental, social, and physical health, which is particularly important in the pandemic. Our research-based curriculum is targeted towards elementary school girls to help them improve in competence, confidence, caring, character, connection, and contribution, in addition to teaching critical life skills such as how to manage emotions, help others, make intentional decisions, and resolve conflict. We are currently looking for coaches for both virtual sites and in person (Bishop Park and Memorial Park) sites that strictly follow CDC Covid-19 guidelines. We are recruiting 3rd-5th grades girls to participate as well. We meet two times a week for 60-75 minutes each session for 10 weeks (March - April.) For more information or to sign up to coach please visit or feel free to reach out to me directly

Chilombo Scholars Program - Summer 2021

Do you aspire to work in public health? Would you like to grow your experience in the social sector? Chilombo Careers has launched the Chilombo Scholars Program to provide a pathway for students and recent graduates (undergraduate and graduate level) of Black/African Descent in public health to gain paid experience. As a scholar you would be paid $12 per hour for 8 weeks, working remotely for 10 hours a week.


  • Undergraduate juniors and seniors, those taking a gap year, graduate students, or recent (within 2 years) graduates.
  • LESS THAN 2 years of experience in public health
  • A United States citizen or permanent resident
  • Must identify as Black or of African descent
  • Can commit to 10 hours a week between June 7-August 13, 2021

Sustainable UGA Feedback Survey

How can Sustainable UGA programs be more equitable and inclusive?

All current UGA students (18 years and older) are invited to participate in this 10-20 minute research survey by visiting the following link:

All students are eligible to receive a sticker, reconditioned water bottle, and be entered into a drawing for local artwork or fresh produce, regardless of participation.

We want to hear from you! If you have any questions regarding this research project, please feel free to contact Office of Sustainability Graduate Assistant, Megan Lee,, 567-868-4083.

Summer & Fall Interns: Scholarships Available

The Office of University Experiential Learning is once again accepting applications for our Fall EL Scholarships, and we have learned that our esteemed advisors are the best way to get the word out to students! The deadline is 2/15/21 and will include activities taking place in Maymester, and Summer, and Fall 2021. Awards are in amounts up to $2500 and may be used for ANY course or non-credit activity approved for Experiential Learning at UGA.


  • Open to undergraduates who have completed at least one semester of UGA coursework
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Must be pursuing an activity approved for Experiential Learning at UGA

Students can access the application and find more info on our website:

Explore Study Away Day & Scholarship Deadlines

The Office of Global Engagement would like to announce our upcoming Explore Study Away Day on Thursday, January 28th from 10am - 5pm. Please encourage your students to join us to learn more about featured programs and general study away information. Students can also browse our website and join zoom info sessions with program directors and global education advisors! It's never to early to start planning!

Register to attend here:

We would also like to announce upcoming study abroad scholarship deadlines:

Thomson Study Abroad in Classics: February 10, Apply here

Linda J. Piper for Studies Abroad: February 10, Apply here

Germanic & Slavic Studies Travel Grants: Feb. 14, Apply here

OGE General Scholarship: Feb. 15, Apply here

Experiential Learning Scholarship: Feb. 15, Apply here

Asia-GA Internship Connection: Feb. 15, Apply here

FLAS Fellowship: Feb. 18, Apply here

Rowan Study Abroad Scholarship: Feb. 28, Apply here

Dr. Mark Ebell (Epid & Biostat) Survey Request

I am the US lead investigator for a multinational project sponsored by the University of Geneva and Southampton University. We’re hoping to recruit members of the public (including folks like you! You count!) to take part in a large-scale survey on the preventive behaviors people are taking to avoid catching COVID-19, treatments, and the long-term effect of those that have suffered from COVID-19 during the pandemic. The study has been approved by the UGA IRB. It is open to all, whether or not you have been diagnosed with COVID-19.

To participate please click on this link: The site lists the collaborating universities, and you can just click on the box that says “United States of America” to complete the brief informed consent and get the US version of the survey. It takes 15 to 20 minutes on average to complete. Our goal is to get at least 3000 US participants, and at least 20,000 worldwide in order to do our analyses.

To make our findings as meaningful as possible, we are hoping to get a broad range of participants from across the US and around the world. Please share information about this study and the link on social media. The main thing is to let folks know that we are interested in a broad range of participants with and without a diagnosis of COVID-19, and to provide the link.

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