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CLAS Class of 2016: In Their Own Words

Read all about the successes and future plans of some of the fantastic undergraduate and graduate students who will receive degrees from CLAS in May.

College News



Linguist Wins Guggenheim Fellowship

The award will allow Professor and Head of Linguistics Jonathan Bobaljik to further a universal theory of how language works.



Extra! Extra! Read (Listen, Watch, and Tweet) All About It!

The Department of Journalism reflects on its history, which has produced Pulitzer Prize winners and staffed the world’s top media outlets.



Costigliola and Willig Named BoT Professors

The award recognizes faculty who have achieved exceptional distinction in scholarship, teaching, and service while at the University of Connecticut.



Humanities Institute Receives $5.75 Million Grant

The funding from the John Templeton Foundation will focus on improving public discourse and civility in politics and other controversial arenas.
    More College news >>

Media Coverage

April 5, 2016

Literature’s Emotional Lessons

The Atlantic
Professor of English Patrick Hogan suggests that literature can play a vital role in helping people to understand the lives and minds of others.

April 7, 2016

Scientists are creating video games with health PSAs

Hart Blanton, professor of psychological sciences, comments on what constitutes a “healthy virtual environment.”

April 11, 2016

Bill to allow fewer polling places in primaries back after 4 years

The CT Mirror
Political science professor Ronald Schurin said there is evidence that polling station closures in other states have had a “significant impact” on access for low-income voters with transportation issues.

April 13, 2016

NSF grant to preserve and exhibit 2 million army ants

Daily Journal
Scientific Collections Manager Jane O’Donnell in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology is cataloging the life's work of former biology professor Carl Rettenmeyer and his wife, Marian.
    More media coverage >>
Awards and Grants
Five faculty and staff received CLAS Excellence Awards at the College’s annual celebration event on April 5. Carla Gomez of human development and family studies and Carol Valone of psychological sciences won CLAS Staff Excellence Awards. Assistant Professor of Political Science Stephen Dyson, Professor of Physics George Gibson, and Professor of Psychological Sciences Etan Markus all earned CLAS Faculty Excellence in Teaching Awards.
Two CLAS faculty and one graduate student are recipients of awards from the UConn Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning for 2016-2017. These awards honor educators that have been recognized for their excellent teaching. Marianne Cavanaugh, an adjunct professor of mathematics, received the Outstanding Adjunct Award; Professor of Mathematics Amit Avkar received the University Teaching Fellow Award; and linguistics Ph.D. student Aida Talic received the Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award.
English Ph.D. candidate Miller Oberman won the national 2016 Discovery Poetry Contest, run by the 92nd Street Y and the Boston Review.
John Mangeri, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Physics, has been awarded the Graduate Student Research Award from the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science. The DOE selects students with outstanding academic accomplishments who show potential to make important contributions to the DOE Office of Science.
Elizabeth Charash has been named a 2016 Newman Civic Fellow by Campus Compact. The Newman Civic Fellows Award is named in honor of Frank Newman, a founder of Campus Contact and a tireless advocate for the role of higher education in preparing students for active and engaged citizenship. Winners are nominated by their college or university president.
    More awards + achievements >>

  Media Coverage

May 8, 2016

CLAS Commencement Ceremony I

12:30 p.m.
Gampel Pavilion
Storrs Campus

May 8, 2016

CLAS Commencement Ceremony II

5:30 p.m.
Gampel Pavilion
Storrs Campus
    More upcoming events >>


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