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Deanna Whiddon

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Franklin Works

I grew up in Jackson, MS until the age of 11 when I started traveling with my parents due to my dad's job(building hospitals and labs).  I have lived in several places not including Mississippi and not in order such as Texas (Lufkin, McKinney, and San Antonio), North Carolina (Raleigh), South Carolina (Walterboro), Tennessee (Knoxville), and finally Georgia (Macon, Douglasville, and Athens).  Upon arrival in 1987 for my dad to help build the Life Sciences Building at UGA I attended Cedar Shoals High School and we found of all the places that we have ever lived we really enjoyed Athens. 

In 1994 I began working at UGA in the University Bookstore, followed by a move to the College of Pharmacy, Physical Plant, Food Sciences, Marine Sciences, College of Public Health, and now I am currently in the Division of Biological Sciences since 2013.  I am responsible for managing the daily operations of the Division, support all faculty and staff for the Division, as well as the Assistant to the Director, Dr. Kristen Miller. 

I currently reside in Hull, GA with my husband Mike, my son Austin, a herd of Yorkies, and a rescue dog named Jessie.  I also have a daughter Candice (Devon) who is married and lives in Lexington, GA with my two grand-dogs.  In my spare time (if I can find any) I enjoy reading, revamping furniture, crafts, going to the gym, and going boating and fishing with my family at Lake Oconee. 

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Undergraduate Research in Biology

Undergraduates majoring in biology have the opportunity to enhance their learning through direct participation in research and scholarship. At UGA, these opportunities enable undergraduates to participate in ground-breaking research, often as part of a team of graduate students and faculty. In fact, many students can earn academic credit while working under an experienced faculty mentor by taking BIOL 4960R or working directly with the Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities (CURO). The Biological Sciences Undergraduate Research Fellowship (BSURF) has been established to support undergraduate research opportunities in the Division of Biological Sciences within the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences. The Fellowship provides financial assistance to a student who has not had an opportunity to participate in a mentored research experience (paid, volunteer, or for credit) since matriculating to The University of Georgia.