Young Dawgs UGA


Young Dawgs is a University of Georgia high school internship program which promotes K-12 outreach. Each year, highly qualified students are selected to conduct research in Young Dawgs program laboratories. Our lab participates in this program each semester. As our partnership with the Young Dawgs program grows, we hope to recruit many more motivated and ambitious high school students.


Past Students

  • Afrah Aman (Oconee County High School)
  • Sandelin Sikes (Athens Academy)
  • Megan Measel (North Oconee High School)


Peach State LSAMP (Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation)


This National Science Foundation program aims to increase the participation of minority students in the STEM field degrees. The University of Georgia is the lead institution participating in the alliance program. In 2015, Dr. Handa recruited two students from this program for undergraduate level research in our lab. We will continue to recruit more underrepresented students as our lab grows.


Past Students 

  • Zoe Macfoy
  • Nettie Brown
  • Sarah Chaji
  • Jeri Stewart


National Science Foundation - Research Experiences for Undergraduates


The NSF-REU program promotes undergraduate research at REU sites across the nation. Interested students
apply directly to REU sites and research in the labs that accept their applications. Since 2015, we have hosted two NSF-REU students each summer. These students conduct research for two months and present their findings to the University's REU committee. We look forward to continuing our work with NSF-REU students for years to come.


Past students

  • Valerie Helms (Wingate University)
  • Elizabeth Gianino (Wake Forest University)
  • Kaylee O’Connor (University of Alabama)
  • Nettie Brown (University of Georgia)