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Benedicta Kwarteng

A&S Student is UHart's First Rangel Fellow

Benedicta “Benie” Kwarteng ’23 has been granted a 2023 Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellowship following a nationwide competition of nearly 900 highly qualified candidates. Just 45 fellows were chosen across the country.

A&S Presents Outstanding Alumni, Faculty, and Staff Awards

The College of Arts and Sciences held an awards ceremony on Tuesday, March 28, to honor the 2022–23 recipients of The Barbara Cooke Staff Appreciation Awards, Outstanding Faculty Awards, and Board of Advisors Alumni Awards.

Student in research lab.

A&S Launches New Majors in Environmental Science and Environmental Studies

The College of Arts and Sciences is launching two new interdisciplinary majors; a BS in Environmental Science for students with an interest in biology or chemistry who care about finding solutions to environmental problems and addressing sustainability issues, and a BA in Environmental Studies for students who are interested in shaping environmental policy, addressing sustainability issues, and taking on environmental challenges.


New BS in Data Science Program Launched

Offered through the Department of Mathematics, the new in-demand data science major will build upon the minor in data science that the University began offering in 2019. The data science program provides rigorous training in computational mathematics, statistical methods, as well as best practices in data visualization.   

The program offers a computer science/mathematics track that emphasizes theoretical coding and mathematical modeling skills, and a business track that focuses on applied analytical skills, enabling students to select the one that best meets their career goals. Students who earn a data science degree start careers as data engineers, data analysts, data architects, or business intelligence specialist to help businesses and organizations make informed decisions or solve complex problems.  

Philosophy Program Offers New Concentration in Social Justice

The BA in Philosophy program has a new concentration in Philosophy and Social Justice that draws on courses offered in the minors in Africana studies, environmental studies, as well as gender and sexuality studies. The curriculum synthesizes applied and theoretical frameworks for social justice. Students learn about the causes of inequality and injustice as well as how to apply moral and political philosophy to these issues.

Sheikh Islam
Sheikh Islam

Assistant Professor Sheikh Islam Helps Launch Cybersecurity Minor

Sheikh Islam, assistant professor of computing sciences, is one of the key faculty members responsible for starting the new minor in cybersecurity in the College of Arts and Sciences this fall. He joined UHart in fall 2020 and has notable research in the areas of explainable artificial intelligence (XAI), data mining, big data analytics, and cybersecurity.

He says the importance of cybersecurity is on the rise as businesses and organizations need to protect the security of their hardware, software, data, and networks. "Cybersecurity is a growing field with very strong job demands as we are more reliant on technology and cybercriminals are getting smarter as technology evolves," he says. "Companies and governments around the world are investing a lot to enhance cyberinfrastructure and the workforce. UHart is well-positioned to house Cybersecurity programs as it is situated in the insurance capital of the country, and the insurance industry is one of the major victims of security risks like data breaches and insurance fraud."

This spring Islam will work with students to demonstrate how to build and use a Raspberry PI cluster, which is a group of small single board computers, to break a cryptographic key

Student Success Stories

Morgan Hoadley ’22
Morgan Hoadley ’22

Morgan Hoadley '22 Hired Before Graduation 

Morgan Hoadley ’22 is headed to Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health in Washington, Connecticut, as a direct support professional after graduating with a degree in criminal justice from the College of Arts and Sciences.

Camryn Butera ’22
Camryn Butera ’22

Research Opportunity Helps Student Toward Goal of Becoming a Physician

Biology major Camryn Butera ’22 has been a member of Associate Professor of Biology Paola Sacchetti’s Alzheimer’s Disease research team since her sophomore year. Camryn says becoming a physician is her life-long goal and that Sacchetti has had a profound impact on her.   

Daniel Baqaeen ’22
Daniel Baqaeen ’22

Regent Award Recipient Daniel Baqaeen '22 to Start Software Engineer Position 

Daniel Baqaeen ’22 has accepted a software engineer position with Optum which will allow him to work remotely. Daniel plans to travel the country before deciding on where he wants to live. A computer science and engineering major with minors in data science and mathematics, Daniel is a recipient of the 2022 Senior Regents Honors Award which recognizes high-performing students.


Madeline Blinderman ’21
Madeline Blinderman ’21

Psychology Alumna Madeline Blinderman '21 Heads to Graduate School

Madeline Blinderman ’21 is heading to the University of Saint Joseph in August to pursue a Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Madeline graduated from the College of Arts and Sciences with a bachelor’s degree in psychology in December.

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Jack Banks
Jack Banks

Connecticut students who participated in Fox 61’s student news program received honors and awards in a recent ceremony at the University of Hartford. Fox 61 has held its Student News awards ceremony on the UHart campus for years, but new in 2022, is that middle and high school students who won in the eight categories each earned $5,000 scholarships to pursue their educational goals if they are accepted to and attend the College of Arts & Sciences. Watch Director of the School of Communication Jack Banks explain the new scholarships and why participating in the student news program helps prepare students for their future.

More News from the College of Arts and Sciences

Yavana Ganesh '20 Lands Dream Job. Read more

Olaleye Onikuyide '20 Receives John G. Lee Award. Read more. 

Assistant Professor of Communication Adam Chiara's TV interview about advances in technology that make it difficult to spot fake social media videos appears nationwide. Watch the story here

Associate Professor Katharine Owens elected to serve as president-elect of the Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences (AESS) Board, Read more.

Assistant Professor Abe Hefter has found a way to create an on-air studio with a virtual master control room "virtually." Read more

Cinema Students Host Online Film Festival, "Films in Isolation." Learn more

Biology and Chemistry Departments Donate PPE. Read more.

Inside the Press Box: UHart's Hands-On Sports Beat Course. Read more.

History Alumna Applies Research and Analytical Skills to Newman's Own Fellowship. Read more

Bonaparte Triplets Ready for Their Future. Read more

From Lab to Operating Room, Summer Experience Leads to Ideal Career Choice. Read more

Assistant Professor Adam Chiara's Op-ed Looks at How Changes at Facebook Can Impact Business. Read more

Associate Professor Katharine Owens Named Director of The Governor M. Jodi Rell Center for Public Service. Read more

Cinema and Digital Media and Journalism Students Film International Documentaries. Read more

New Minor in Data Science. Read more

Professors and Students are Researching the Role of Recovery Residences in the Opioid Problem in Northwest Connecticut. Read more.

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