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Donn Matthew Garby

Student Profile
Department: Social Sciences
Program: Political Science

Majors: Political Science and History

While most freshmen spend their first year of school figuring out the ropes of college life, Donn Garby chose instead to jump into the conference world and present a paper at the Florida Political Science Association's Annual Conference. His research focused on how the People's Republic of China rivals the United States as a global superpower. "This conference opened my eyes not only to the political world, but to the international community as well, which I will use in the next three years at Flagler."

Garby was one of 25 students to receive a grant from Flagler's newly created Undergraduate Research Department, which aims to promote and fund undergraduate research while aiding students in disseminating their work through academic events like conferences. He also presented his research at Flagler's 2014 Honors Day.

Garby, now in his sophomore year at Flagler, is majoring in history and political science with minors in advertising, archaeology, international studies, marketing, and public history. He also finds time to get involved on and off campus. Garby is treasurer of SGA, a Flagler Ambassador, and president of the US Military Veterans Club. He has been honored for his leadership by Omicron Delta Kappa, the College’s leadership organization.

Reflecting on his freshman year, Garby credits his successes with Flagler's supportive community.  

"My time here has been one of the most exciting and rewarding experiences of my life,” Garby says. “The professors and students I have met have impacted me in a way like never before."

After graduation, Garby hopes to pursue a PhD in political science and join the Peace Corps.

Donn Matthew Garby
Donn Garby discusses his experiences at the Florida Political Science Association's Annual Conference and Flagler's impact on his first year experience.