College of Arts and Sciences Success Stories
Read about our students and the incredible hands-on experiences and opportunities that are helping them succeed in and outside the classroom.
History Alumna Applies Research and Analytical Skills to Newman’s Own Fellowship
Marissa Jayawickrema ’19 is completing a year-long fellowship with Newman’s Own Foundation of Westport, Connecticut, which she says is giving her valuable transferable skills that she can apply to any future position. “The most important thing I've learned is how nonprofits operate,” says Jayawickrema, who majored in history in UHart’s College of Arts and Sciences.
Teaming Up: UHart students from different disciplines work with manufacturing giant
At the University of Hartford, hands–on learning to prepare students for the future takes place in class and through job shadowing, internships, and independent study. Last spring, Chelsea Chaves ’20 was one of four students in an interdisciplinary independent study working with Hubbell Incorporated conducting market research on Arc Fault Current Interrupters (AFCI), a circuit breaker that breaks the circuit when it detects an electric arc in an effort to prevent electrical fires.
Inside the Press Box: UHart’s Hands-On Sports Beat Course
UHart’s School of Communication students often express that the best part of the curriculum is the hands-on field experience it offers. The Sports Beat course taught by Assistant Professor of Communication Abe Hefter is no different. This insightful class replicates the responsibilities and expectations of a sports reporter who covers a particular “beat,” with students spending their class time in the press box of the XL Center, home of the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League, the top New York Rangers’ minor-league affiliate.
Exploratory/Undecided Student Finds Economics Program Complements His Strengths
Nate Carr ’21 came to the University of Hartford with a diverse skill set that made it a daunting task for him to narrow down his passions and interests into a single area of study. He decided his best option was to enter UHart as an exploratory—or undecided—student to help him experience a variety of courses that complement his strengths, and help him pinpoint the area that would best fit his talents.
Salman Hussain ’20
Computer engineering and computer science double major plays active role in robotics at UHart and local private school.
Alumna’s Journey to Success Began With Immersing Herself in the UHart Community
Karishma Pinto '17 M'18 is a great example of a student who found a fulfilling career path through the many opportunities UHart offers.
Summer Internship Leads Computer Science Student to Full-Time Employment
James Pinckney ’20, a computer science and multimedia web design and development double major, has a full-time position waiting for him at Travelers in Hartford when he graduates this spring. James received the job offer after successfully completing a summer internship at the company, which led to his current part-time position as an associate software developer while he finishes up his senior year.
UHart’s English Secondary Education Program Helped Alumna Create Her Own Teaching Style
Allison Wheeler ‘17, says the English Secondary Education program at UHart prepared her tremendously for her position as writing teacher for grades 6-8 at St. James School in Stratford, Connecticut.
Opportunities and Essential Skills Lead the Way for a Successful Career
Taylor Zitkus is a good example of how a College of Arts and Sciences education can help build a solid foundation for success
From Lab to Operating Room, Summer Experience Leads to Ideal Career Choice
For the second consecutive summer, Willie Taylor ’20, a biology major in the College of Arts and Sciences, participated in the Health Careers Opportunity Program’s Research Fellowship at UConn Health in Farmington, Connecticut. The program not only gave him a research laboratory enrichment experience, it exposed him to clinical medicine—from family medicine to the operating room.
Bonaparte Triplets Ready for Their Future
College of Arts and Sciences Graduates Set of Triplets