Success Stories

Student Spotlight: Irish Esperida

Irish shares her experience as a woman in STEM and the support system she has built on her academic journey.

By Chelsea Osei
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Alumni Success Story: Siara Maldonado

Siara Maldonado (she/her/hers) graduated from UConn in May of 2021 with a Bachelor of Arts in Global Health with Honors. She is currently pursuing a dual Master’s degree in Social Work and Public Health through the University of Maryland Baltimore and John Hopkins University and working remotely for Mount Sinai’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

By Heidi Pineda
Heidi Pineda Affinity Community Outreach and Programming Intern Heidi Pineda
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Clinton Lo-Lau’s Journey from UConn to TikTok

The UConn psychology alumnus discusses his current role at one of the world’s most popular social media platforms and how his college experience shaped his life and career.

By Ty Reeves
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Expand Your Career Options: Learn About What Doctoral Alumni Shared About Working at a Nonprofit

In a recent Expand Your Career Options panel, two doctoral alumni working in the nonprofit sector were invited to share their tips and insights about career preparation for a career in nonprofit organizations.  

The alumni panelists were:  

Dr. Jessie Rack  

Program Director, Natural History Institute 

‘16 Ph.D. Ecology …

By Damiao Zoe Xu
Damiao Zoe Xu Graduate Assistant, Graduate Student and Postdoc Career Programs and Services Damiao Zoe Xu
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Three things I did at UConn that helped me get my Blackboard summer internship

As an intern under the community and retention marketing team, I worked on a variety of interesting and impactful products, had conversations with everyone from a former intern to the Chief Marketing Officer, and even flew down to the Reston headquarters to attend our flagship user conference.

By Lauren Deleon
Lauren Deleon Program Development and Marketing Intern Lauren Deleon
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Success Story – Xiaochen Liu

“Your health and wellness are the foundation of any success!”

Xiaochen Liu was an international student who received both a master’s degree (2016) and a Ph.D. from UConn in Cognition, Instruction, and Learning Technology (2020). “Like every graduate student experienced …

By Desiree Martino
Desiree Martino Career Coach Desiree Martino
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Student Success Story: Brendon Thammavongsa

Brendon Thammavongsa is a rising senior majoring in Exercise Science. He is an active member of Lambda Phi Epsilon, the world’s largest Asian-interest fraternity, and UConn Hip-Hop Initiative, where he serves as Social Media Director.

How has your membership in …

By Erik Zawodniak
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Alumna Success Story: Hayley Segar Dives Into Women’s Swimwear Industry

Hayley Segar ’17 says her mentors helped with everything from marketing to securing trademarks.

By Claire Hall
Claire Hall Editorial Manager
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An Interview with DO Student, Sam Dion

Sam Dion (’20) is a first-year DO (Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine) student at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine. During her undergrad at UConn, she studied Physiology and Neurobiology on a pre-med track. I had the chance to interview her to …

By Anusha Gopinath
Anusha Gopinath CLAS Career Ambassador Anusha Gopinath
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Deepthi Varghese Success Story

Deepthi Varghese is a TD Module Engineer at Intel Corporation. Deepthi earned a PhD in Polymer Chemistry from UConn. “I am currently working as a process engineer in the dry etch module at Intel. My current role focuses on technology …

By Desiree Martino
Desiree Martino Career Coach Desiree Martino
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