Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri

Year: Sophomore

College: Franklin College of Arts and Sciences

Major: Cognitive science and computer science

Internship Unit: Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant


Have you participated in a study abroad program? 

I spent Maymester studying computer ethics at Oxford University.

Have you had any internships? 

I was a project manager at Engineering Enclave and a Living Lab intern with the UGA Office of Sustainability.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? 

I hope to be a professor! I want to play a role in the democratization of information, bringing the niche research of academia to a wider audience.

Why did you apply for PSO Scholars? 

I applied for PSO Scholars because I heard about it from friends and thought it would be a great way to learn more about how UGA serves different communities, and I want to be part of that change through my internship in the spring. I wanted to apply for this program as I thought it would aid me in maintaining a focus on public service and outreach in my future academic and professional endeavors!

What excites you most about your unit? 

The Georgia coast is a treasure of biodiversity and natural beauty. But more than that, it is wholly a part of our lives—from oyster reefs to fisheries to hotels, we receive so much from our coast. I am awed by the immense majesty of the sea, and we have to recognize everything that nature does for us. Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant is protecting and studying this resource for the betterment of humanity as a whole. If you ask me, that’s pretty cool.

What do you hope to get out of this experience? 

I hope to gain a deeper understanding of UGA’s service and outreach mission. I want to support Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant to make a real impact in the Georgia community.

Why is service and outreach important to you? 

I vividly recall being enchanted by the bright brochures and publications I’d read from the Missouri Department of Conservation. I remember the excitement and appreciation for the earth that environmental education initiatives instilled in me as a kid, and I want to pay it forward by bringing that shared wealth of knowledge to future generations.

Fun fact: 

I’m a falconer!

Tsao visited Little Ben (Big Ben was under construction during her study abroad trip). She also enjoyed punting down the Cherwell River in Oxford.

The Public Service & Outreach Student Scholars program provides the opportunity for a select cohort of undergraduate students to explore and engage with the University of Georgia’s public service and outreach (PSO) mission. Supported by the Office of the Vice President for Public Service and Outreach, and administered through the Office of Service-Learning, this year-long program is intended to provide deeper understanding of PSO’s purpose, breadth, and depth through supervised service experiences with PSO and communities, to help students link their public service experiences with their career and educational goals, and to create a community of student scholars who understand the role of public service in Georgia and more broadly.

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