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Milton grad receives fellowship

Cameron Zahedi, a Milton High School alumnus, is a UGA Mid-Term Foundation Fellow. (click for larger version)
December 05, 2012
MILTON, Ga. — As a high school senior from Milton High School, Cameron Zahedi was first introduced to UGA's undergraduate research opportunities when he attended the Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities (CURO) Symposium as a CURO Promising Scholar.

Selected to receive the CURO Honors Scholarship, Zahedi started his undergraduate research work with UGA physics and astronomy professor Craig Wiegert. He is researching how introductory physics students' mathematical abilities influence their success in physics courses.

He has now been awarded a fellowship to continue his studies.

He currently creates sequenced online problems that are introduced to students in their physics classes as an additional assignment, designed to allow students to practice their pure mathematical abilities as well as demonstrate to students how the math transitions to a physics conceptual setting.

Zahedi is a triple major in physics, mathematics and economics.

In addition, Zahedi's extracurricular participation includes leadership roles with UGA club sports as a member and officer of the men's rugby team, assisting with managing the team's budget, travel and schedules.

He also serves on the club sports executive committee, helping officers of other club sports more effectively manage their own clubs.

He leads an Introduction to Honors seminar for first-year students as an honors teaching assistant and is serving as a CURO teaching assistant for this year's CURO Honors Scholars. Zahedi volunteers for the MATHCOUNTS program, teaching math to middle school students in the Athens area. He would like to become a physics researcher and professor, and also hopes to work in policy and help make changes to benefit the American education system.

Due to the strong combination of his 4.0 grade point average during his first four semesters, his undergraduate research project and his exemplary extracurricular activities, Zahedi was rewarded with the Mid-Term Foundation Fellowship.

"Obviously, we are very proud of Cameron," said Alex Zahedi, Cameron's father. "We also feel strongly that his teachers at Milton, Northwestern and Crabapple should be credited for this. He is a product of these schools."

Receiving this scholarship provided him the opportunity this summer to study Farsi in Tajikistan. The Farsi language is an important way for Zahedi to connect with his paternal roots in Iran.

Ultimately, Zahedi would also like to speak fluent Arabic to work as a scientist and leader in the Middle East to help bridge the societal gap between the two worlds he grew up in.

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