Learn more about our current Vinson Fellows below.
Major: Ecology and Sociology
He currently serves as the SGA Senator for the School of Ecology. He has participated in the Redcoat Marching Band as a clarinet player and has served on the Sustainability Grants Selection Committee for UGA’s Office of Sustainability.
Major: Political Science and International Affairs
Thomas Wilkerson is a fourth-year student from Warrenton, Georgia. He is double-majoring in Political
Science and International Affairs. As a Vinson Fellow, Thomas will be working with
faculty member Anna Wrigley Miller in the Government Services and Research division.
|Sara Anis Ali
Graduating: May 2026
Sara has interned at the Solicitor General's Office and District Attorney's in Fayette County. During her internship at the Solicitor General's Office, Sara conducted a project analyzing the Conditional Discharge Program for misdemeanor marijuana possession.
They have done research with UGA’s Community Mapping Lab on black spaces in Athens, including Brooklyn Cemetery and Hot Corner. They recently completed a fellowship with Trees Atlanta where they mapped and added trees to the catalog of the newly-created Atlanta Beltline Arboretum. In addition, they currently work at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia, where they have organized a cohort of students in garden-oriented learning/ development while assisting with caring for the landscape.
Prior to becoming a Vinson Fellow, she conducted research on a variety of topics, including prison labor, zero-tolerance policy in education, drug crime and discrimination in sporting spaces. Meera works as a communications staff member at The Backpack Project, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit aimed at alleviating the burden of homelessness throughout the Southeast. She is also a Legislative Fellow with the Spencer Frye Fellowship Program.