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Franklin alumna named UGA’s first Knight-Hennessy Scholar

Alan Flurry

Mallory Harris has been named UGA’s first Knight-Hennessy Scholar. The international graduate-level program provides full funding for students as they pursue studies at Stanford University:

Established in 2016, the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program funds graduate studies ranging from medicine to law to doctoral programs as well as joint- and dual-degrees. The 2019 cohort—the second cohort of scholars—includes 68 students. They were chosen from 4,424 applicants and represent 20 countries.

The program is designed to prepare students to take leadership roles in finding creative solutions to complex global issues.

“Mallory adds such a spark to whatever she touches and is engaged with,” said David S. Williams, associate provost and director of the Honors Program. “She is a delight to work with. I am very proud of Mallory, and I look forward to watching her further accomplishments in the future.”

Harris graduated from UGA in May 2018 with bachelor’s degrees in mathematics and computational biology along with a Spanish minor and an interdisciplinary writing certificate. A Dunwoody native, she was a Goldwater Scholar, an Honors student and a Foundation Fellow.

She will pursue a Ph.D. in biology at the Stanford School of Humanities and Sciences. As a researcher and teacher, Harris plans to support a shift from reactionary to preventive approaches to epidemiology.

A fantastic accomplishment for Harris, her family, and the university. Congratulations to her many faculty mentors and professors in our academic units and the Honors program. These individual accolades are a team effort and we celebrate Harris' commitment to research and teaching. Best of luck at Stanford!

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