Author: Seanice Austin

Invitation to Apply for the UConn McNair Fellows Program

The McNair Fellows Program for Rising Sophomores and Rising Juniors

The McNair Scholars Program prepares talented, highly motivated UConn undergraduate students for doctoral studies in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines. As part of UConn’s TRIO programs, McNair is open to low-income, first-generation college students or those from populations underrepresented in STEM graduate fields who are seeking to pursue a Ph.D.

Students who are currently freshmen (rising sophomores) or sophomores (rising juniors) can apply for this two week residency program, which will begin immediately after the end of the spring semester. Students will gain research experience while learning about:

  • STEM Ph.D. career avenues
  • Undergraduate research opportunities
  • The more research-intensive McNair Scholars Program

McNair Fellows reside on the Storrs campus, shadow STEM researchers, and engage in academic writing and presentation exercises.

For more information, please contact Dr. Renée Gilberti at Application materials are available now.  Students at the Storrs campus and regional campuses are encouraged to apply.

To learn more please visit the McNair Fellows Program and the McNair Scholars Program.

>>Application and requirements

Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Addthis

Connecticut Aspirations in Computing Awards Reception


NCWIT is the National Center for Women & Information Technology, a national coalition of over 450 prominent corporations, academic institutions, government agencies, and non-profits working to strengthen the IT workforce and cultivate technology innovation by increasing the participation of women. The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing recognizes young women at the high-school level for their computing-related achievements and interests. Winners are recognized at an awards reception on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at the University of Connecticut Alumni Center.  This year, we have 15 winners and 3 runner-ups coming from high schools throughout the state.

Ella Ackerman Greater Hartford Academy Of Math And Science
Sara Banach Greater Hartford Academy Of Math And Science
Allison Barone Farmington High School
Shruti Bhatia Farmington High School
Kathleen Burkhardt The Academy Of Information Technology
Jennifer Da Silva The Academy Of Information Technology
Kaitlyn DaSilva Farmington High School
Megan Go Farmington High School
Maeve Howard Greater Hartford Academy Of Math And Science
Helen Liu Amity Regional Senior High School
Catalina Michea Conard High School
Sarah Mogielnicki Greater Hartford Academy Of Math And Science
Belma Pehratovic Pathways To Technology Magnet School
Kathleen Quinn Sacred Heart Academy
Andreea Rotaru-Barac Howell Cheney Technical High School
Zara Saldanha Wilton High School
Lauren Schneider Farmington High School
Danielle Swanson Farmington High School

In 2007, NCWIT began recognizing girls for their aspirations and achievements in computing via the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing.  By generating visibility for technical young women the award encourages continued interest in computing, increases awareness of the gender gap in computing and IT, and emphasizes at a personal level the importance of women’s participation in computing.  Seanice DeShields, director of the Office of Diversity Initiatives in the School of Business and chair of the Connecticut Aspirations in Computing Committee says, “Recognizing the use of technology and computing by young women not only serves to close the gender gap but it’s also building the next generation of IT leaders and professionals.  The work these young ladies are doing is amazing and I’m privileged to be a part of this organization that supports them in their achievements.”

To be a part of the CT Aspirations in Computing Committee or to be a corporate sponsor for the awards reception in March, please contact


Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Addthis

KPMG Case Competition is Heading to Las Vegas!

Brandon Madden '16, Karla Lazo '17, Megan Nayer '16 and Tania Lima '16
Brandon Madden ’16, Karla Lazo ’17, Megan Nayer ’16 and Tania Lima ’16

“The KPMG/NABA Case Study Competition provides participants with an opportunity to develop and showcase skills that they’ll use throughout their careers on a daily basis,” said Reggie Reed, a KPMG Audit partner who has served as one of the competition’s judges. “Companies operate in an increasingly complex and global environment, so the ability to think critically, assess risk, and have a global perspective are important traits that organizations like KPMG are looking for in recruits.”

Each team identifies and analyzes the issues associated with an MBA-level case study. The students then present recommendations that incorporate their knowledge of the current global marketplace, giving consideration to cultural, economic, political and other factors that would impact a successful implementation.

“KPMG is an organization that’s committed to diversity and inclusion and we’re pleased to continue to collaborate with them on this competition,” said Kenneth E. Cooke, CPA and chairman of the board of NABA, Inc. “The KPMG/NABA Case Study Competition gives our NABA chapter students a chance to take what they’ve learned on campus and apply it in a real-world, professional scenario–it’s gratifying to see how they rise to the challenge.”

The UConn NABA chapter will send a team to compete in Las Vegas, Nevada, June 10 – 13, 2015.

Students interested in joining the team should contact NABA Chapter President, Danielle Wellington ’15 at  Must be a paid NABA member to participate.

Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Addthis

Apply Now! KPMG’s Future Diversity Leaders (FDL) Program

KPMG LLP (KPMG) is seeking high-performing freshman and sophomore students who have demonstrated, and continue to demonstrate, a commitment to diversity and are interested in future opportunities at KPMG through participation in their exciting Future Diversity Leaders (FDL) program.

What is the Future Diversity Leaders program?

  • The FDL program begins with a three-day leadership conference, held in Hollywood, CA, focused on preparing high-potential students with the skills and perspective to be the business leaders of tomorrow.
  • Based on your performance and participation at the leadership conference, if you are recommended to participate in an office visit for a summer internship in KPMG’s Trainee Program, you will receive a $1,000 scholarship.
  • Upon successful completion of your first internship, you will receive another internship offer to continue in the Trainee program. Should you accept this offer, you will continue in the Trainee program and receive additional scholarship dollars. You will continue in this program until the summer before your graduation.
  • In your last summer, you will enter KPMG’s Practice Internship where you will gain actual hands-on experience through interactions with various clients in the line of business that you have chosen.

The application deadline is February 11th (extended from Feb. 6th).

On Campus Interviews:  KPMG representatives will be on campus February 27th to conduct interviews for selected students.

Please email application and all requested materials to Caitlin Toohey, Manager Campus Recruiting, KPMG LLP at

Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Addthis

UConn Students Selected for PwC Explore Program

pwcPwC’s Explore program is an opportunity for students interested in considering a business or accounting-related major to learn about careers in business and accounting at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Rachelle Joseph ’17 and William Moore ’18, have been selected to attend this one-day program  comprised of interactive activities and training sessions aimed at developing teamwork, strategic thinking, creativity, problem-solving, and leadership skills. Students’ participation in the program will not only help cultivate these important characteristics, but also provide a great networking forum with other students and individuals from PwC.

The Explore program is an outstanding opportunity for talented freshmen and sophomores to learn more about the accounting profession and to discover their career goals and aspirations, all while having a lot of fun.

The program will be held on Saturday, January 24, 2015 at the PwC Boston offices.  To learn more, please visit

Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Addthis

SHRM Case Competition and Career Summit


The SHRM Case Competition and Career Summit (formally the SHRM Regional Student Conference) has been revolutionized for 2015! This year’s event will bring students, student chapter advisors, faculty members and HR professionals together in a meaningful way. Whether you want the opportunity to hear from in-the-know keynote speakers, sit down with a local HR practitioner to get your individual workforce/professional questions answered, or compete in the coveted SHRM case competition, this event is sure to change your perspective on what it means to be a member of the HR community.

This conference will take place March 20-21, 2015 in Baltimore, MD.

Interested students should contact William Burk, President of UConn SHRM Chapter at

Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Addthis