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Elise Karinshak selected as a Schwarzman Scholar

Alan Flurry

A senior from Lawrenceville, data science and marketing double major  Elise Karinshak is the University of Georgia’s newest Schwarzman Scholar. A Foundation Fellow in the Morehead Honors College, the Franklin/Terry College double-major also is pursuing a minor in studio art in the Lamar Dodd School of Art:

The 151 scholars in the incoming Schwarzman Class of 2024 represent 36 countries and 121 universities. They were selected from almost 3,000 applicants, of which 400 were interviewed, including five UGA Honors students. Karinshak is UGA’s seventh Schwarzman Scholar.

Eight classes of Schwarzman Scholars have been named since the highly competitive program opened to applicants in 2015. Scholars are taught by leading international faculty and study a core curriculum focused on leadership, global affairs and China.

“The University of Georgia is incredibly proud of Elise for being awarded the prestigious Schwarzman Scholarship,” said President Jere W. Morehead. “It is inspiring to see the profound impact that learning experiences gained from UGA can have on our students’ success as undergraduates and on their ability to achieve their educational and career goals as alumni.”

In spring 2022, Karinshak was awarded the Goldwater Scholarship—the highest undergraduate award of its type for the fields of mathematics, engineering and the natural sciences—for excellence in computer science. Her work also has been supported by the CURO Research Award from UGA’s Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities during her time on campus.

Since 2020, Karinshak has studied how messages are shared and altered on social media, conducting research with Yan Jin, a professor of public relations and assistant department head in UGA’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. Her research received the 2022 Emerald Professional Impact Award from the international EUPRERA conference for being the best research-based paper that is both academically sound and makes an important and useful contribution to the practice of communication management.

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Image: Elise Karinshak (Photo by Stephanie Schupska)

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