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2019 Scholar

Omowunmi Oni

Major: Biological Science

Minor: African Studies

Hometown: Lawrenceville, GA

Omowunmi Oni is a passionate young leader fueled not only by giving back to the community in Athens and UGA, but also to her home country of Nigeria.

Omowunmi Oni is on a mission to become a public health dentist to serve communities with health care disparities. Throughout her time at UGA, she has immersed herself in various projects to advance herself towards this goal, while maintaining a strong academic record. As a lead undergraduate researcher studying the success of Black seniors in science, she works to improve the narrative of Black people in science careers. Omowunmi is a passionate volunteer dental assistant for the Mercy Health Center, working to bring free dental care to uninsured patients in Athens. Among these activities, she participates and leads in organizations like the African Student Union and the Student Health Advisory Committee to increase her cross-cultural awareness and knowledge about health care. She is a proud resident assistant for University Housing,  serving as a mentor and valuable resource for residents. Omowunmi holds mentoring dear to her heart as she is also a mentor for the Minority Science Student Association and Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation. Her proudest accomplishment at UGA is being the president of the Nanka School Project – an organization that aims to bring equality in education for students in Nigeria. She one day dreams to set up free dental clinics throughout Nigeria.

Omowunmi will change the world by improving health care disparities and using her opportunities to continue to serve her various communities.