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Kurinji Pandiyan

Kurinji Pandiyan

Franklin College of Arts & Sciences: May 2007

Graduate Student at Johns Hopkins University

I had a very enriching experience at the University of Georgia, which helped me get accepted in to one of the top graduate programs in Human Genetics and Molecular Biology in the country. I was a part of the Honors program and dedicated time and energy into undergraduate research. I started my freshman year summer and completed an intense research internship on Infectious Disease in India and wrote an Honors Thesis. I went on to work in Dr. Steve Stice's lab for the rest of my undergraduate career and wrote a second Honors Thesis and obtained the title of "CURO Scholar." I also did a summer internship at the prestigious NYU Sackler Institute during the summer of my junior year. Throughout the course of my time at UGA, I was involved in various activities, such as being a Franklin College Ambassador, Resident Assistant, President and Founder of the Student Society for Stem Cell Research at UGA, that bolstered my ability to initiate and lead projects - critical aspects of succeeding in academia.

Mr. Chuck Perry, at the Career Center, was of tremendous help to me during my undergraduate education. He helped me identify my strengths, train for interviews, and focus my academic initiatives on what would be best for me in the long term. I received invaluable guidance from him and the Career Center which helped me reach and thrive at one of the top graduate programs at Johns Hopkins.