''The first time I came to UGA was during my high school sophomore year for the Georgia Junior Science and Humanities Symposium. I fell in love with the beautiful campus and all the activities that were available to students. When I looked into the biological engineering program, I realized that it was a perfect match. One of my biggest achievements has been working in professor William Kisaalita’s cellular bioengineering laboratory. I have gained valuable skills that have prepared me for my career goals in medical school as well as made me a more complex and critical thinker.''
''I came to UGA to do research, help develop the biological engineering curriculum, and teach biological engineering courses. For the work I do with undergraduates, I am most pleased with its 'two-way street' nature: providing real-world solutions to problems of people at the bottom of the economic pyramid and enhancing their earnings in a sustainable way. This approach—involving the development and deployment of simple technologies that are profitable for all those involved in the distribution chain—has been referred to as social entrepreneurship.''
''I have been in research since my freshman year: a Research in Science and Engineering Scholar and selected to be a National Society of Collegiate Scholars member. My proudest achievement so far, though, is founding the National Society of Black Engineers here at UGA. My ultimate life goal is to develop a method for atmospheric bioremediation which is a process by which living organisms are used to clean the air.''
The degree provides an excellent background for advanced studies in many other fields, including environmental health, industrial hygiene, toxicology, public health, epidemiology, ecology, and environmental engineering, and will satisfy entrance requirements for professional degree programs such as medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry, optometry, and pharmacy. Career opportunities are available in the private sector (e.g. agricultural industries, production, chemical companies, urban pest control), public sector (e.g. quarantine facilities, federal research laboratories, state departments of agriculture, regulatory agencies, departments of health), and non-governmental organizations (e.g. museums and botanical gardens).
A wide range of employment options exist in environmental and occupational health departments, public health and safety agencies, private industry, solid and hazardous waste management, general sanitation engineering, water and air pollution control, and consulting firms. The degree prepares graduates for advanced degrees in industrial hygiene, toxicology, epidemiology, ecology, and many others while satisfying entrance requirements for professional degree programs in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, optometry, and pharmacy.
An understanding of basic biological principles is crucial in interpreting the implications of environmental degradation, impact of genetic engineering and biotechnology, disease and forensic medicine, legal and ethical issues, and communication of that to middle and high school grades. Students take courses in science curriculum a& learning, teaching methods, technological capability, philosophy & leadership, and others from one of four science content specializations: 1) Biology; 2) Chemistry; 3) Physics; or 4) Earth Science. An internship provides practical learning and teaching experience.
“I joined Dr. Steve Stice in the Regenerative Bioscience Center as a freshman. In my time working in his laboratory, I dedicated a year to the development of a neural tube injury model in chickens incorporating mouse pluripotent stem cells. Although we produced some positive results, the project eventually reached a standstill. Seeking better outcomes, I ventured to Dr. Roger Kamm’s lab at MIT. This opportunity exposed me to a microfluidics platform for the study of neuromuscular junction formation, the basis of our chicken investigation. Thanks to the skills gained during this summer research experience, we spent the past year collaborating between the Kamm and Stice labs.”
The major in Cellular Biology at UGA is built on a curriculum of biology, genetics, biochemistry, and practical labwork courses that provides a solid grounding in molecular biology and deeper insights into cell and developmental biology, infection and immunity, and the molecular mechanisms of disease. Majors at UGA become a part of the science community; approximately half of all Cellular Biology majors are members of a laboratory and conduct their own research, working alongside faculty, graduate students, and research fellows from all over the world.
Cali Callaway has covered just about as much ground as a student possibly can: three years as a lab researcher in regenerative medicine, developer of a guide for sexual assault resources, volunteer in the community, participant in a number of honor societies, and, for good measure, a world traveler. The Goldwater Scholar is on a clear path to becoming a physician.
''My research inspires my teaching by giving the opportunity to show students how the fundamental relationships that they are learning in class are directly used in cutting-edge research projects. The courses that I teach are some of the cornerstones of modern science and engineering, and I firmly believe that a strong foundation is absolutely necessary for new scientific and technological discoveries.''
The major in Civil Engineering at the University of Georgia is designed to: (1) emphasize geotechnical, hydraulic, structural systems, infrastructure, and urban planning while excluding programs in transportation engineering; (2) provide a well-rounded engineering education experience to students by offering rigorous technical training balanced within a world-class liberal arts environment; (3) supplement/complement other existing UGA engineering programs; (4) provide the skills, knowledge, and attitude to economically utilize the forces of nature for the well-being of humanity while addressing global and environmental concerns, and material scarcity for an ever expanding population; (5) serve the needs of local, regional, and national employers; and (6) expose students to real-world scenarios and problems that practicing engineering professionals face in their careers.
William Kisaalita, Professor of Engineering, has developed research activities and international service-learning projects that have engaged students in helping solve real-world problems.