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Honors Program Student Association

Summerville Campus

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Meet Our Officers

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Riya Patel

  • President

Psychology, Sophomore

Hello fellow honors peeps, my name is Riya Patel. I am a sophomore majoring in psychology on the pre-med track. A couple of things about me are that I come from a small, one-stoplight town, can speak 3 languages, write Latin, and speak a bit of survival Spanish. Some of my hobbies include reading, painting, photographing, playing sports, and watching the stars. I chose the honors program because of the small community and wonderful experiences. I'm more than excited to learn about you guys and from you guys!


  • Vice President
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Lia Carter

  • Secretary

Kinesiology, Sophomore

Hello! My name is Lia Carter, I'm a Sophomore Kinesiology major and Spanish minor from Cumming, GA. I chose honors to challenge myself, as well as for the various academic and leadership opportunities. In my free time I enjoy working out, reading, and crafting. A fun fact about me is that I used to live in Miami and I'm currently learning how to juggle!
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Taitum Gossman

  • Social Events Chair

Cellular and Molecular Biology, Sophomore

My name is Taitum Gossman, and I will be the Social Events Chair on the HPSA board for the 2023-2024 school year! I am a sophomore at Augusta University majoring in Cell and Molecular Biology on the Pre-Med track. The honors program was truly a blessing in my freshman year here at Augusta University, and I cannot wait to provide that same experience for current and incoming members of the program. I have met some of my closest friends in the honors classes and at the events, and because of that, I am so excited to put on wonderful events that may also have the same impact on members! A little about me: I am originally from Perry, Georgia, and I have a passion for music, animals, reading, and cannot wait for the upcoming year school year!

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Maia Vaselaros

  • Service Chair

Biology, Sophomore

I'm Maia Vaselaros and I'm from Savannah, Georgia. I'm a biology major with a minor in sociology. I chose to be a part of the honors programs because I enjoyed the sense of community it provided. The honors program guided me to make many friends when I first came to college and has given me opportunities. A fun fact about me is that I have a corgi named Big Frank!

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Priyanka Varghese

  • Social Media Chair

Cellular and Molecular Biology, Senior

Hi. My name is Priyanka Varghese, and I am the social media chair. I am a senior majoring in cell and molecular biology. I joined the Honors program to have classes with fellow honors students, get experience in research, and learn how to write a thesis. The experience of being in the honors program has definitely let me learn a lot of qualities and values that I will take in the future. A fun fact about me is that I have danced since I was 4 years old. 
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Zeal Dobariya

  • Treasurer

Cellular and Molecular Science, Sophomore

Hi! My name is Zeal Dobariya, and I am a sophomore cell and molecular biology major with a neuroscience minor. I am from Atlanta, Georgia. A reason why I decided to join the honors program is because I wanted to challenge myself in my academics. I also found that the honors program allowed me to have a sense of community, and it helped me make many of the friends that I currently have. A fun fact about me is that I was born with six fingers on my left hand, unfortunately, I no longer have six fingers.

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Open A World Of Opportunity

The AU Honors Program seeks students who want to think in complex ways about global challenges. If you have a deep curiosity about the world, we welcome your application.

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