Deadline for final plan of study submissions is today

Deadline for final plan of study submissions is today

With the exception of nursing and pharmacy students, all graduating seniors must apply for graduation through StudentAdmin system and submit their final plan of study to their advisors. To do so, students should log in, go to “Academic Requirements” under “Academics” through the Self-Service tab and access the Submit Final Plan of Study tab, according to the Student Admin site. Students can add questions and comments to their advisor before submitting their final plans.

University of Connecticut students and administrators testify at state Capitol in support of mental health bill

University of Connecticut students and administrators testify at state Capitol in support of mental health bill

University of Connecticut students and administrators testified in support of a bill regarding mental health services on campus at the Connecticut General Assembly Thursday afternoon.

State Bill 750, which was reviewed by the GA Higher Education and Employment Advancement Committee, proposes “requir[ing] institutions of higher education to establish programs for the prevention and treatment of mental illness for undergraduate and graduate students.”

‘A Great Way For Community To Give Back:’ Delta Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc. holding prom donation drive

‘A Great Way For Community To Give Back:’ Delta Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc. holding prom donation drive

“I believe that high school is one of the most memorable and significant periods of one's life. It is the turning point from where everyone goes from a teenager to a young adult,” Cheung said. “It's the period where we start to shed away from the norms that we're used to and start going forward into becoming someone that we want to be.”

Thanks, Susan: An overview of UConn’s past presidents

Thanks, Susan: An overview of UConn’s past presidents

“When we all work together with an eye toward the future, we’ve proven that great things can be accomplished,” Reitz said. “Our presidents have believed and built on that, and we’re excited to welcome President Designate Katsouleas as he takes his place this summer amid that distinguished list of leaders.”

A welcoming atmosphere for transgender students: Changing display names

A welcoming atmosphere for transgender students: Changing display names

The University of Connecticut Information and Technology Services (ITS) fully released a display name tool on November 14, 2018 with expanded functionality that enables faculty, staff and students to set a name that is different from their legal name in select UConn directories.

David Hogg to speak at UConn March 4

David Hogg to speak at UConn March 4

Student activist and “March for our Lives” co-founder David Hogg will be speaking at the University of Connecticut’s Jorgensen Theatre on Monday, March 4, at 7 p.m.

Hogg’s visit is part of this spring’s “Youth for Change” Metanoia, according to an email from UConn President Susan Herbst.

Innovation Quest seeking applicants

Next Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. in McHugh Hall room 102, iQ is holding its informational kickoff event. (Photo supplied via writer)

Next Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. in McHugh Hall room 102, iQ is holding its informational kickoff event. (Photo supplied via writer)

Students at the University of Connecticut who have an idea or are interested in starting their own business can apply to UConn’s Innovation Quest (iQ) for the 2019 competition.

“The iQ competition provides students at all stages of ideation an opportunity to learn about entrepreneurship and enhance their ideas through attending workshops, meeting other passionate students and receiving personalized advice from a group of experienced program mentors,” Chris Bruno, the iQ operations manager, said.

Students who do not yet have a solidified idea, but have a general interest in entrepreneurship or even joining a team of other students are encouraged to attend workshops.

According to Bruno, the iQ program first starts with workshops that are specifically designed to help students further explore and elaborate on their ideas while learning some key business and entrepreneurship lessons.

Next Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. in McHugh Hall room 102, iQ is holding its informational kickoff event where students can get to learn more details about the competition and get a chance to interact with other potential applicants and mentors, Bruno said.

According to the Innovation Quest website, the kickoff event will give students the opportunity to hear from program faculty, successful entrepreneurs and past participants of iQ.

To register for the kickoff, students may visit the iQ website.

Post kickoff will consist of three more workshops to provide participants with opportunities to meet with mentors one-on-one and gain further guidance prior to the online application deadline on Tuesday, March 26, Bruno said.

Upon submission of the final application, 20 applicants will be notified to present their ideas at the final presentations which will take place on Saturday, April 13.

Among those top 20 applicants, three final winners will be chosen and will receive rewards up to $15,000.

In addition to the top three winners, eight to ten applicants will receive invites to attend the summer InQbator program, a six-week program starting in May, according to Bruno.

The Summer InQbator program is an intensive startup boot camp program where students will focus on turning their ideas and prototypes into businesses. At the end of the summer iQ InQbator program, applicants will get an opportunity to present to investors in Stamford, CT on Friday, June 21.

“Although this program is very competitive, all graduate and undergraduate students of all majors and/or schools at UConn are encouraged to apply,” Bruno said. “Recent alumni (within one year of graduation) are also eligible.”

Of the many past competitors and design projects, one of most notable ideas was YouCOMM proposed by Daniel Yasoshima and Tom Cotton in 2018, according to an article on UConn Today. YouCOMM is an app that facilitates communication between patients and care providers.

“One thing that sets us apart is the hands-free feature that allows people with a motor impairment, or multiple IVs, in their arm to use the voice-activated feature,” Yasoshima said to UConn Today.

The iQ team promotes students to explore the many technological resources available at UConn to help them develop their ideas.

Students in the iQ program may take advantage of collaborative working spaces such as the makerspace located in the library, the Learning Community Innovation Zone (LCIZ) makerspace located in Werth Tower and the OPIM Innovate Lab located in the OPIM Department in UConn’s School of Business, said Bruno.

Bruno recommends interested students to attend the kickoff on Wednesday, Feb. 13.

“One should not be afraid of failure and be open to change as the possibilities are endless,” Bruno said.


Shivani Padhi is a campus correspondent for The Daily Campus. She can be reached via email at shivani.padhi@uconn.edu.