2021 Merit Award for Service

2021 Merit Award for Service

Miranda Moore's commitment to service began when she served as a counselor for Dawg Camp, the University of Georgia's nationally-recognized extended orientation program designed to assist students with their transition into the UGA community.

"It was a genuinely life changing experience," said Moore. "I applied to be a counselor because I was passionate about student transitions and serving others, but I did not realize how little I truly knew about myself and the invaluable growth I would experience through this program."

In training sessions for Dawg Camp counselors, Moore said she learned what diversity and identities truly meant, how to challenge her own thinking, how to identify her strengths and weaknesses, and how to facilitate tough conversations.

During her summer as a counselor, Moore worked closely with a co-counselor and a small group of fifteen students to ensure they felt prepared to begin their time at UGA. In addition to staying connected with her own small group throughout the fall semester, she served as a teaching assistant for the Dawg Camp leadership course, an extension of the program that allowed the conversations to continue for any interested campers. The following year, Moore was selected as a returning counselor and served as a mentor to new staff members.

Moore also served as a Student Ambassador for the UGA Undergraduate Admissions Office through the Georgia Recruitment Team for four years, and served as executive director for two years. In her role as an ambassador, Moore connected with hundreds of prospective students and their families by speaking on student panels, leading campus tours, and participating in one-on-one hosting days. Through one-on-one hosting, she had the opportunity to take prospective engineering students to her classes, introduce them to professors, and provide an inside look at the life of an engineering student at UGA. 

As executive director of the Georgia Recruitment Team, Moore helped create "Real Talk" panels, a series of sessions inspired by authentic experiences of current UGA students.

"Through my participation in admissions events, I realized that prospective students don’t want to hear the “perfect” UGA spiel, they want to hear about real experiences. Some of these panels include what it’s like to be a first generation student, Black student, and/or LGBTQ+ student at UGA. UGA students who hold these identities choose to share their experiences with incoming students and make their memories, successes, and even challenges things to be proud of rather than afraid of," said Moore.

Moore's commitment to service extends beyond the UGA campus. She volunteers with Extra Special People (ESP), a program that creates transformative events and opportunities for people with disabilities. In addition, she serves the Athens community through MathCounts, Athens-Clarke County Youth Sports, and Experience UGA. 

"All of these service opportunities give me the chance to give back to the Athens community that gives so much to UGA and its students," said Moore. "Service has been integral to my UGA and Athens experience, and I know that I would not be the UGA Engineering student and leader that I am without it."