Robin Hightower earned two degrees from the University of Georgia: an M.S. degree in Zoology and a Ph.D. degree in Genetics, working with Richard Meagher. After leaving UGA, Robin worked as a scientist in academic and industry positions and taught at North Carolina community colleges.

Robin explains, "My experience as a Ph.D student in the Genetics Department was very rewarding. UGA has an excellent reputation for its academic and research training, and my degree there led to a post-doc at UC-San Francisco followed by research positions in plant biotechnology in California and North Carolina. My time at UGA also resulted in some wonderful friendships and memories. I am pleased to be able to help support the training of future generations of UGA genetics students."

Past winners of the Robin Hightower Genetics Graduate Support Fund

2019 Sam Mantel, Rachel Martini, and Daniel Shaw

2018 Aaron-Jay Alcala, Holly McQueary, and Alice Shanfelter

2017 Karen Bobier and Will Jordan

2016 Karen Bobier and Amanda Shaver

2014 Katie Bockrath

2013 Madhumati Mukherjee

2013 Matt Zuellig

2012 Louisa Carter

2012 Christine Ewers