Claire Brandes is a fourth-year anthropology and psychology student at the University of Georgia from Roswell, GA. She currently works as a research assistant in both the Bioarchaeology and Biochemistry Lab and the Quaternary Isotope Paleoecology Lab. She also serves as the undergraduate president for the UGA Chapter of Psi Chi: The International Honor Society in Psychology. Claire is currently applying to PhD programs, in which she hopes to research paleoanthropology and paleoecology.
Alex Hoefer is a 20-year-old Sabahan-American currently studying English and Entertainment Media at the University of Georgia. Born in Singapore to an interracial, bilingual couple, Alex has spent much of his life bouncing between Asian and American cities.
As the 2021 recipient of the Franklin College SPARK Fellowship, he is currently working on a short documentary studying German memorial culture. Two of his feature screenplays have advanced to the semifinals of the 2020 and 2021 Carol Mendelsohn College Drama Fellowship; they rank among the top 15% of discoverable works on Coverfly. His poetry has been performed at readings sponsored by the Georgia Review. He also once drove home on a crowded interstate with only one good eye, after his right contact lens was punched out at a boxing gym.
Isaac Lang is a fourth-year honors student with a Classical culture and archaeology double major and minors in history, Latin, and religion. His primary interests lie with ancient Mediterranean religion, comparative literature, and reception studies. Isaac’s current research is predominately focused on ancient literature, though he hopes to soon incorporate more archaeology into his work. Following his impending graduation, he intends to pursue graduate degrees in Classical studies with an ultimate goal of someday attaining a professorship. Isaac is the current president of UGA’s chapter of Eta Sigma Phi, the national collegiate honor society for Latin and Greek studies, as well as a founding member of UGA’s Classics Club.
Roberto Ortiz (he/him) is a fourth year studying Sociology, Women’s Studies, and Music at the University of Georgia. Roberto is primarily interested in researching the relationship between marginalized individuals and incarceration system, particularly how this relationship functions to maintain the current systems of power within the United States; however, he is broadly interested in inequality, race, gender, sexuality, and theory. After completing his bachelor’s degrees, Roberto intends to pursue a PhD in either Sociology or Gender and Sexuality Studies to prepare for a career in academia, while continuing the fight for equity as a scholar-activist.
Charlotte Taylor is a sophomore at the University of Georgia Honors Program pursuing a degree in Art History and a minor in Biology. She is currently hoping to attend medical school after graduation from UGA, but has loved making and studying art for as long as she can remember. During her time in college, Charlotte is involved with UGA Miracle and Doctors Without Borders, combining her love for medicine with community service. In the future, she hopes to open her own medical practice and fill the walls with paintings from her favorite artists.
Paris Whitney is an undergraduate student at the University of Georgia. She is in her third year of earning her bachelor’s degree, with her major being English. She plans to pursue her master’s degree in English as well, with no concentration yet defined.