STUDENT IDEA SHOWCASE
Student Idea Showcase Participants
TEDxUGA Student Presenters are chosen annually through the TEDxUGA Student Idea Showcase.
Colin Beecham is a fourth-year Real Estate major in the Terry College of Business. He is a co-founder and current CEO of “Jam For Cam,” a nonprofit organization that supports melanoma research among other causes. He is also a co-ed cheerleader and a brother of the Sigma Nu Fraternity. In his talk, Beecham will share how rethinking the way we view nonprofits can strengthen their ability to advocate for their causes.
David Cowan is a graduate student pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in Acting. He is part of the Graduate Acting Ensemble and teaches acting in the Department of Theater and Film. Cowan’s current research focuses on compassion-focused therapy as it relates to acting and cognitive neuroscience. In his talk, Cowan will explore how an acting class can provide a safe environment for emotional healing.
John Jardin is a third-year undergraduate pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations with minors in Theatre and English. Jardin currently serves as a Student Government Association First Year Forum Peer Leader. In his talk, John will explore how implementing LGBT curriculum in K-12 public schools can combat systemic homophobia and cultivate safe spaces for LGBT youth.
Jeffery John is a second-year undergraduate studying Computer Science and Public Policy. John’s longtime passion for creative spaces led him to find his niche in the world of 3D printing. In his talk, John will illuminate how bringing our ideas to life through makerspaces and 3D printing can inspire a shift in how we view innovation.
Taylor ‘Tot’ Keller is a fourth-year undergraduate studying Advertising and pursuing the New Media certificate in the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. After years of struggling with her health, she was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), a leading cause of hormonal issues within women. In her talk, Keller will foster awareness, understanding, and community for those affected by this under-researched disorder.
Kestrina Shrestha is a graduate student in the College of Education pursuing a master’s in College Student Affairs Administration. Her extensive campus involvement includes advising the Asian American Student Association, the Black Theatrical Ensemble, and the Indian Cultural Exchange. In her talk, Shrestha will share how the idea of a backpack can help us better manage the stress we encounter in our day-to-day lives.
Sam Spellicy is a MD/PhD candidate at the University of Georgia’s Regenerative Bioscience Center and the Medical College of Georgia. Her current research focuses on stroke rehabilitation and therapeutic development. In her talk, Spellicy will encourage us to take an active role in our healthcare and communicate better with our healthcare providers.
Divya Yendapally is a fourth-year undergraduate student pursuing a degree in Computer Science with a minor in Design and Media. Currently, Yendapally is collaborating with the School of Social Work to build an app that teaches medical professionals how to work with patients who have experienced trauma. In her talk, Yendapally will address how we can better understand trauma-related disorders and make treatment more affordable and accessible.