UGA Amazing Student: EMST student Sam Tingle

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Tingle does a tech check prior to serving as a show runner during the 76th Peabody Awards in May 2017.
Tingle does a tech check prior to serving as a show runner during the 76th Peabody Awards in May 2017.

As a Foundation Fellow, Sam Tingle has been able to learn around the world — from the South Pacific to Malaysia to the Greek Island of Lesvos — but has still been able to immerse himself in academics and activities right here on campus.


Knoxville, TN

High school:

Alcoa High School

Current employment:

I am currently working with NASA doing research through a NASA DEVELOP node here at UGA. This semester, I am working on a team that is using imagery from NASA satellites to assess threats to river water quality and mangrove health in the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica.

Family ties to UGA:

I grew up in Knoxville, Tennessee, as part of a Volunteer family with no UGA affiliation. Look how far I’ve come.

Expected graduation:

Fall 2018

Degree objective:

B.A. Geography, M.S. Geography

Other degrees:

Entertainment and Media Studies

 My favorite professor is

There have been so many instructors that have contributed to my education, and I am grateful for all of them. Dr. Hilda Kurtz is brilliant and has played a defining role in fostering my love for the field of geography thanks to her “Urban Geography” class. Dr. Jerry Shannon has been an incredible advisor and has challenged me to think about GIS as a tool for community development. I have learned so much from Dr. Jeff Jones, the executive director of the Peabody Awards. It continues to amaze me that he has the time in his busy schedule to teach the Peabody Student Honor Board, but I am so thankful he does. Simon Ling, one of my professors in New Zealand and Australia, has been one of my most inspiring academic and personal role models.

Also, without the unending support and guidance from the Honors Program staff, namely Emily Myers, Jessica Hunt, Maria de Rocher and Dr. David Williams, my college journey would not have been nearly as exciting and rewarding as it thankfully has been.

After graduation, I plan to

First, walk through the arch. Then, gain more experience in international development and crisis response through field work and graduate studies.

The one UGA experience I will always remember will be

Thanks to a great group of friends, the past four years have been filled with many unforgettable moments fostering dogs, breaking legs, winning chili cookoffs, scuba diving and discovering abroad. I have immense love for the people of UGA that fill my life with laughter and “friendly” insults.

I will never forget my first night on campus, jumping into Herty Fountain with a group of newfound friends. I will never forget the moment when instant connections became lasting friendships full of unproductive late nights, crazy last-minute trips, and lots of laughs at Snelling.

Please visit the Amazing Students: Sam Tingle to view the entire Q&A about Sam’s time at UGA.