The Foundation Fellowship also gives Mallory access to a vast network of influential alumni. The summer before her junior year, Mallory interned with former Foundation Fellow Erin Mordecai (BS ’07), an assistant professor of biology at Stanford University. As part of Mordecai’s lab, Mallory researched how climate affects transmission of the Zika virus.
“Being a Foundation Fellow at UGA has opened so many doors for me in ways that I never would have expected. Former Foundation Fellows really give back. They’re very approachable.”
Through her work with Drake and Mordecai, Mallory has been inspired to pursue a Ph.D. and continue her research on mosquito-transmitted diseases. Her undergraduate research experience and her forthcoming academic journal article will make her a competitive graduate school applicant.
“UGA is an exciting place to be – to be a part of a university that’s growing and really committed to competing with top-tier schools,” Mallory said.
Update: Mallory was named UGA’s first Knight-Hennessy Scholar. The international graduate-level program provides full funding for students as they pursue studies at Stanford University. Her 2019 cohort—the second cohort of scholars—includes 68 students chosen from 4,424 applicants.
The program is designed to prepare students to take leadership roles in finding creative solutions to complex global issues. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in biology at the Stanford School of Humanities and Sciences. As a researcher and teacher, she plans to support a shift from reactionary to preventive approaches to epidemiology.
During the COVID-19 global pandemic, Mallory helped develop a COVID-19 intervention model that informed public officials of the implications of different policy interventions.
Learn more about Mallory’s journey post-UGA.