Local student identified as a ‘Promising Scholar’

Wed, 06/27/2007 - 2:36pm
By: The Citizen

Sandy Creek High School senior David Mitchell is one of 19 high school seniors in Georgia identified as a “Promising Scholar” by the University of Georgia’s Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities (CURO).

The 19 students were recognized by CURO for their outstanding academic achievements in mathematics and science as well as the arts, humanities and social sciences. They were invited to UGA to attend the annual CURO symposium, held in April, which showcased more than 125 student presenters representing all academic disciplines. Each Promising Scholar received a certificate and a $250 stipend.

During their visit to UGA, the high school seniors had the opportunity to spend the day with current CURO apprentices—UGA freshmen and sophomores who work one-on-one with faculty mentors on year-long projects in various disciplines.

“The Promising Scholars Program is an integral part of the CURO Symposium and provides a premier academic recruitment event at UGA,” said Pamela Kleiber, associate director of UGA’s Honors Program, which administers CURO. “It gives these top students a perspective on the value-added benefits of research as part of the undergraduate experience at UGA.”

Mitchell, who has indicated he will attend UGA in the fall as a CURO research apprentice, said he appreciated the chance to find out more about undergraduate research. “Undergraduate research is advantageous for many reasons. It will open doors of opportunity for me throughout the campus and even after completing undergraduate schooling,” he said. “Because of these opportunities I will get a head start on building a solid résumé, meeting new and exciting people, and gaining valued experience for any research requirements I will encounter in graduate school.”

CURO was created to foster a culture of inquiry by providing opportunities for undergraduates to be involved in research projects guided by faculty mentors. For more information, visit www.uga.edu/honors/curo.

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