Success Stories

An Interview with Faith Sporbert

Faith Sporbert is an accomplished junior at UConn pursuing a dual degree in computer science and French, with a minor in digital arts. She has responsibilities and honors including being a Krenicki Scholar, Computer Science and Engineering Department UTA, Resident …

By Nishitha Edupuganti
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Student Success Story – Michael Hernandez

Michael Hernandez ’22 (CLAS), a rising senior at UConn, has been named one of 20 students nationally to be selected as a Key into Public Service Scholar by Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s most prestigious academic honor society.

The award recognizes …

By Mike Enright
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ICYMI: How We Found a Sense of Belonging as Friends and Professionals

Ashton Beason-Jones ‘11 (CLAS) and Jordan Bennett ‘11 (CLAS) began their personal and professional relationship as fellow roommates and political science majors. During their time together at UConn, they learned the value of finding a sense of belonging, especially as …

By Erik Zawodniak
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Student Success Story: Jenifer Gaitan

Jenifer Gaitan attended the UConn Stamford campus and earned a Bachelor’s degree in History with a minor in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies in May 2021. Upon graduation, Jenifer landed a position as an Associate for Media and Content at

By Tara Malone
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Alumni Success Story: Yuri Hosokawa Turns Down the Heat at Tokyo 2020

Yuri Hosokawa ’16 (CAHNR) already knows her life’s mission, and it’s no small feat. The kinesiology and exercise science alumna wants to improve pre-hospital care for people at high risk of exertional heat stroke in her home country of Japan. …

By Anna Zarra Aldrich
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Student Success Story – Nicole Khusid

UConn’s Office of Undergraduate Research each year provides Summer Undergraduate Research Fund (SURF) awards to support full-time undergraduate students in summer research or creative projects – an initiative that continues this year, despite the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.

SURF …

By Mike Enright
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ICYMI: How I Built Professional Wealth During and After College

Professional wealth and social capital: two terms that came up often in our conversation with Chauntay Mickens ’10 (CLAS). Professional wealth doesn’t just refer to money. It refers to the wealth of career and networking opportunities available to those with …

By Erik Zawodniak
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Student Entrepreneurs Use Nutritional Bar to Reach Out to Those in Need

Senior nutritional sciences major Eva Quigley ’22 (CAHNR) has created a novel protein bar that not only fills a market need but also supports children in food-insecure households.

Armed with knowledge of the relationship between food and health, Quigley noticed …

By Anna Zarra Aldrich
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In Case You Missed It: How Advocating For Myself Advanced My Career

In career and life, one of the most important skills is advocating for ourselves. Yet, what does advocating for ourselves look like when it comes time to land research experience, negotiate a salary, or find a mentor? Ebun Ojekunle ’14 …

By Erik Zawodniak
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Student Success Story: Matthew Phillips

Each year, UConn’s Office of Undergraduate Research provides Summer Undergraduate Research Fund (SURF) awards to support full-time undergraduate students in summer research or creative projects – an initiative that continues this year, despite the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.

SURF …

By Mike Enright
Mike Enright Media Services Associate
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