Who's Making an Impact at UChicago?
University of Chicago students, alumni, faculty and staff make news around the world. Career Advancement is pleased to partner with a wide range of organizations to give students access to prestigious speakers, unique events and limitless opportunities. Please read below for recent news and accomplishments that help shape our campus and our community.
UChicago Volleyball Star Alumna Crowned Miss Houston
Isis Smalls (AB'12) talks about how UChicago Careers in Business contributes to her success.
After weekends spent prepping for competition, the newly crowned Miss Houston, Isis Smalls, credits her success on the pageant stage to her education at UChicago and her involvement in sports. Spotted in high school and recruited for her impressive prowess as a volleyball player, Isis immediately felt welcome on UChicago's campus. She noted “I knew it was a school that was well known for academics, and that I could work in my...Read more »
Students visit Cincinnati to meet with Procter & Gamble and get an inside look at corporate culture.
This winter, eleven undergraduate students from UChicago traveled to Cincinnati, Ohio, to meet with representatives from industry leader Procter & Gamble. Students were welcomed by seven Booth School of Business alumni who shared their experiences working in a dynamic corporate culture. Kicking off the students' experience at Procter & Gamble, Booth alum, Allegra Pedretti, CMK Manager Baby Care (MBA '12), led students in a case study, “Driving Business Strategy through...Read more »
Trek to Fifth Third Bankcorp headquarters offers a behind the scenes tour of operations.
This winter eight UChicago students ranging from first-years to Master's candidates traveled to Cincinnati, Ohio, to meet with representatives from Fifth Third Bankcorp. Students had the opportunity to explore the bank's downtown operations center in the morning, and then traveled to their Madisonville Operations Center to get a behind the scenes look.
Fifth Third introduced students to their innovative Leadership Program that offers new college graduates the opportunity to complete...Read more »
The UChicago Careers in Business (UCIB) Wall Street trek commenced on Monday, December 16th to great excitement amongst the students in attendance. Twenty-two top third year students interested in careers in Investment Banking and Sales & Trading were hand selected to attend the trek and participate in site visits with Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Citi, Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan and Morgan Stanley.
The trek started at Citi on Monday morning, under the tutelage of Booth alumna and...Read more »
Students visit San Francisco Bay Area to learn about the structure of start-up companies and explore the industry culture.
This winter, 27 students from the UChicago Careers in Entrepreneurship program (UCIE), along with program director Jerry Huang and Senior Assistant Director of Employer Relations Amanda Thompson, went on a trek over to the San Francisco Bay Area where they were met by gingerbread houses and lighted trees at the Hilton Union Square. Although temperatures dipped into the 50s for a short period of time, students were surprisingly quick to acclimate to the...Read more »
Last December, seventeen UCIB and UCISTEM students (14 undergraduate, 2 masters-level, and 1 international exchange student) went on a trek to Houston. The Houston Trek exposed students to the wide range of opportunities in the energy industry, connected students with employers in the region, and created ties with several alums of the University.
The employer visits spanned a broad cross section of firms in the energy industry. The trek started with a visit to BP’s campus in Houston’s energy corridor, where students were quickly educated on the business of oil...Read more »
Over 70 students gathered in Ida Noyes Hall on Tuesday, October 22 to hear Ian Kelly, Diplomat in Residence for the Midwest, speak about his experiences and the new paid Foreign Service Internship Program that the State Department announced on Thursday, October 17 after the government shut down ended. Mr. Kelly drew on his own experience to provide students with tips for preparing applications for both the paid and unpaid State Department internships, while also highlighting the Foreign Service Internship Program. This new program provides selected participants with two paid summer...Read more »
UChicago Careers in Business sent a group 15 students on a trek to Singapore to help them broaden their horizons and explore post-graduation opportunities abroad. Led by UCIB Program Director Darrell Zechman and Assistant Director Victoria Stroz, the trek was designed not only to connect students with employment and networking opportunities in Singapore, but also to expand their understanding of the world economy.
“I honestly can't think of any palpable...Read more »
“Through UChicago I was introduced to current Sportsmanias advisors, potential investors, and experienced entrepreneurs who helped shape my vision. UChicago also helped teach me to think creatively and gave me entrepreneurial experience through Chicago Booth classes and by allowing me to found two RSO's: Maroon TV and UChicago Sports Business Team.”
“The entrepreneurial spirit and atmosphere at UChicago has grown exponentially since I was a first-year. It's exciting to see more and more students starting their own ventures and the University supporting them every step of the way...Read more »
“Getting involved in entrepreneurship after coming to UChicago has changed the course of my life. The premise behind being an entrepreneur is to identify the problems people encounter everyday and to try and come up with helpful solutions. This process of creating your own unique solutions is exhilarating and requires you to constantly learn and grow as you encounter unexpected obstacles. Both Project SAM and UChicagoEvents are ventures that my friends and I have created in...Read more »
On May 11th, UChicago student entrepreneurial group, Project SAM, traveled over 2,100 miles to Mountain View, California to participate in the final round of the 2013 U.S. Imagine Cup Competition. Once there, they were given 13 minutes to prove that their innovative feature-phone application would make the largest social impact out of the three teams participating. And that is exactly what they did—Project SAM was named the World Citizenship Competition winner and also received $5,000.
“It’s an exhilarating...Read more »
Thirteen UChicago Careers in Health Professions students explored the diverse career paths available in health policy during the UCIHP trek to Washington, D.C.
During spring break, thirteen students joined UChicago Careers in Health Professions for a trek to Washington, D.C. Led by UCIHP Assistant Directors Cassandra Flambouras and Jett McAlister, the trek was designed to help students gain a better understanding of nonclinical career paths available in the health care industry. The trek particularly concentrated on opportunities in health policy.
To explore some of these...Read more »
On Friday, May 10th, the Career Advancement Office hosted Ms. C.K. Gunsalus, author of The Young Professional's Survival Guide: From Cab Shares to Moral Snares, for a presentation on "Putting Your Education to Work." Her presentation and book offer college-age students and young professionals a crash course in business ethics.
The examples that Ms. Gunsalus brought up during her presentation demonstrate that ethical issues provide a common dilemma for those new to an internship or the working world. People who become involved in scandals or...Read more »
On Friday, May 3rd, students, faculty, staff and alumni from UChicago, as well students and faculty from Amherst and Grinnell Colleges, joined together at Ida Noyes Hall for the first Urban Education Summit hosted by UChicago Careers in Education Professions (CEP).
The event was designed as a way to provide students interested in education professions an opportunity to explore different topics within...Read more »
On Tuesday March 26th, the office of Career Advancement partnered with the Institute of Politics on a Spring Break Trek to Washington, DC. 14 undergraduate students and 6 graduate students had the opportunity to meet with alumni and hosts from the World Bank, Freedman Consulting, Senator Durbin’s Office, the Brookings Institution, the White House, Human Rights Watch, the State Department, and the Peace Corps.
After the trek, students felt overwhelmingly satisfied with where they had been, whom they had met, and what...Read more »
The University of Chicago and the UChicago Careers in Business: Financial Markets program hosted the inaugural Midwest Trading Competition. The focus of this event was algorithmic trading, with cases covering pairs trading, market making, and mathematical market modeling.
The University of Chicago and the UChicago Careers in Business Financial Markets program hosted the inaugural Midwest Trading Competition at the Gleacher Center in downtown Chicago on April 12-13, for graduate and undergraduate finance students from all over the country. The focus of...Read more »
“A UChicago alumnus once said that “the best training for a successful startup is a failed startup.”
But ironically enough, that alum’s startup didn’t fail. In fact, it did quite the opposite.
After graduating from UChicago with a degree in Economics and spending two years as an analyst at an India-focused hedge fund, Kush Patel, AB ’09, co-founded App Academy, a web development course, with classmate Ned Ruggeri, AB ’09, in the summer of 2012. With locations in San Francisco and New York, App Academy is an immersive...Read more »
A group of twelve students journeyed to Cairo during spring break to learn more about career opportunities in a variety of Egyptian industries.
During spring break, twelve UChicago undergraduates joined Career Advancement Executive Director Meredith Daw and Associate Director of Experiential Education Rachael Ward on a trek to Cairo, Egypt to explore the city’s diverse professional opportunities and innovative work culture. The trek was designed to help students explore how an abstract interest in working abroad could play out in practice: what would it actually be like to live...Read more »
Teresa Ging’s, AB’00, recipe for success is anything but conventional. Teresa started her career in an investment bank and eventually found herself craving something a bit sweeter. Following a new passion, Teresa traded the office for a spot at Le Cordon Bleu Patisserie kitchen in Paris. Though Paris prepared Teresa for her baking endeavors, it was her experience in finance and her UChicago education that created the foundation for her to build her business, Sugar Bliss. “My uncle attended the graduate school at (the) University of Chicago and told me that if I wanted a career in...Read more »
Project SAM undergraduate team members won $5000 in prize funding and were named Resolution Fellows as part of this social venture challenge.
On April 5th, four out of seven UChicago students, collectively known as Project SAM, traveled to St. Louis, MO to participate in the Resolution Social Venture Challenge at Clinton Global Initiative University (GCI U), a meeting hosted by President Bill Clinton where students, topic experts, and celebrities come together to discuss and create innovative solutions for global...Read more »
Career Advancement, the Polsky Center and the College New Venture Challenge volunteer judges, are pleased to announce the five finalist teams for the 2013 College New Venture Challenge. In alphabetical order they are:
Freenters provides free printing services to university students by placing multifunctional printers in various locations in campus. To fund the cost of printing and produce profit, Freenters places banner advertisements on the bottom margins of the papers...Read more »
A group of eleven UChicago Careers in Journalism students took advantage of spring break 2013 to explore several downtown Chicago offices to learn about the possible career paths within the communications and journalism fields.Read more »
While at UChicago, Laurie Skelly, PhD ’12, spent the majority of her time in a lab researching her first intellectual passion—neuroimaging. Not only was this research an integral part of her PhD in Psychology (Integrative Neuroscience), but Laurie also believed that it allowed her to concentrate on many of her other interests, such as human nature and data science.
While Laurie thoroughly enjoyed her lab work, it wasn’t until it came time to begin her job search that she realized, although humans were a large part of her academic studies and research, she was not as...Read more »
Julia Chang, Qizhen Sally He, David Kang, and Steph Mui (all AB ’14) enrolled in the UChicago Careers in Business: Financial Markets program to receive training in financial modeling, quantitative analysis, and trading. To test their skills and network with likeminded students, they competed together in the Rotman International Trading Competition, an annual conference held at the ...Read more »
Eric Stutz, MA ’13, entered the University of Chicago MA Geophysical Sciences program with the expectation of completing his PhD and entering academia. What he didn’t anticipate was leaving UChicago with the intention of building a career in business.
Prior to discovering his interest in business, Eric enrolled in the Geophysical Sciences program with an interest in atmospheric physics. During the curriculum, Eric researched cloud microphysics, which is what he describes as “the study of what happens on the molecular scale when water vapor condenses into cloud...Read more »
Congratulations to the College New Venture Challenge Semi-Finalists! 13 undergraduate student teams have advanced out of 33 submissions. The College New Venture Challenge (CNVC) is the undergraduate focused competition track of the New Venture Challenge. Administered by the Career Advancement Office at the University of Chicago, the program is supported by alumni volunteers, donors and sponsors, as well as the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at...Read more »
Phil Long, PhD ’13, always knew his interests lie in science and in an array of diverse subjects, but what he was uncertain of was where these interests would take him. So with no definitive professional plan and an abundance of motivation, Phil enrolled in the University of Chicago Biophysics PhD program.
Prior to enrolling in the Biophysics PhD program, Phil worked in scientific research at Columbia University's PET Scan Center in Manhattan and the University of Chicago's Emergency Resuscitation Center. He also spent two years at The National Academies of Sciences...Read more »
Six teams from universities around the Midwest gathered at the University of Chicago last Friday with plans to change the world
Students from UChicago, Northwestern University, Michigan State University, University of Michigan and University of Wisconsin-Madison attended the North Region Division of the 2013 Walmart Better Living Business Challenge at the International House on Friday, March 1st. NetImpact, a non-profit organization that connects students and professionals with plans to improve the workplace and world, chose UChicago as one the eight...Read more »
A new event called Major Madness was developed by the College with input from Career Advancement, the College Programming Office, and the Office of the Dean of Students to help second-year students answer an age-old question: what should they major in?
“Major Madness was designed to help second year students explore majors and career paths, engage with faculty, and become informed about UChicago resources and opportunities,” said Melissa Macciaro, Career Adviser at Career Advancement. “We wanted to encourage students to solidify a plan and identify a major area of...Read more »
Career Advancement treks, which are offered throughout the academic year and during student break times, offer students unique career exploration opportunities in cities around the world. Treks allow groups of up to twenty students to travel to organizations in a specific industry, learn more about possible career paths, and meet with successful professionals and potential employers directly at their place of work. Five treks to various destinations throughout the United States took place during College Break Day weekend. Read below to learn more about students’ experiences!...Read more »
Patrick Ip, AB ’13, is continuing UChicago’s proud tradition of innovation. With his partner Kavya Shankar, Patrick founded KIP Solutions, a start-up dedicated to helping non-profit organizations promote their cause through social media. KIP has been so successful that it was recently acquired by Post + Beam, a communications consulting firm in New York City.
Patrick’s success at KIP is rooted in the experiences and connections he gained from earlier opportunities. “I didn’t always know I wanted to do a start-up,” he said. “In fact, I usually say KIP Solutions was...Read more »
Hundreds of graduates from interdisciplinary fields gathered to meet with distinguished University of Chicago alumni at this annual Graduate Student Conference.
For many graduate students, life beyond graduate school can seem uncertain. GradUCon, held on January 25th, 2013, is an annual professional development and networking event that helps grad students prepare for post-graduation opportunities. The event is sponsored by Graduate Student Affairs and...Read more »
When Helen Tang, AB ’13, chose to attend the University of Chicago, its international reputation was a strong factor in her decision.
Helen has found that UChicago has met her expectations and then some: “The University of Chicago is unique among peer institutions for its focus on not just research, but also teaching,” she said. “My four years as an undergraduate have been incredibly rewarding academically thanks to professors who are passionate about not just what they teach, but also how they teach.” Helen has always wanted to...Read more »
Cutting-edge technology start-up companies meet with UChicago College students and alumni at 1871.
On Friday, January 25, College students and alumni attended a networking event with Chicago-based start-up companies at 1871, a digital incubator space located at the historic Chicago Merchandise Mart. Attendees included nearly 100 undergraduate students interested in entrepreneurship and innovation, as well as over 80 alumni, and start-up company representatives. The event, sponsored by the Entrepreneurship program within the...Read more »
When John McDonough, AB’14, first arrived at the University of Chicago, he was uncertain about both his major and his career path. An introductory economics course helped him clarify his academic and professional goals. Learning economics felt intuitive to John, and he found himself interested in it beyond the classroom.
He was still unsure, however, about how to channel this interest towards a specific career path. To further explore his options and to get field-specific training, he decided to apply to the UChicago Careers in...Read more »
On Monday morning, December 17th, 20 University of Chicago students braved the Monday morning rush of pedestrian traffic, as they embarked on their first employer visit of their trek.
16 students made their first stop at Bank of New York Mellon. Patrick Vatel, Managing Director in Asset Servicing, met students in the BNY Mellon Museum, where students learned about the history of BNY and saw artifacts dating back to the 1780’s, when the bank was officially founded. Next, students heard from senior representatives of the firm including, Samir Pandiri,...Read more »
On Tuesday, December 18th, staff from Career Advancement traveled to Washington, D.C. to learn firsthand about the White House internship Program. Erika Grammel and Cristina Rodriguez, members of the Career Advancement Employer Relations team joined Dillan Siegler, Senior Associate Director for Internships and Student Civic Engagement, UChicago Institute of Politics for this exciting opportunity. During their visit, they met with the White House's Internship Program Director, Christian Peele, and learned details about...Read more »
Howard Males, AM’77, PhD’81, has been involved with Career Advancement since the early 1980s when the Graduate Internship Program was launched. After founding Research Pros, Inc. in 1985 he began working with the office to identify the talent to staff both full- and part-time employees. ResearchPros has hired hundreds of UChicago undergrads, graduate students and alumni/ae. Males explains, “ResearchPros was built, in part, by UChicago students. ResearchPros will enter its 28th year because of UChicago students. And, while we find talent at many schools, we make our home...Read more »
On Monday October 29th, the University of Chicago was honored to welcome two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Paul Salopek for a presentation and discussion on his seven-year "slow journalism" project. Sponsored by the National Geographic Society and in conjunction with the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting, he will walk and report from the East African River bed through 39 different countries until his final destination in Patagonia, Chile.
Student from UChicago Careers in Journalism (UCIJ), the ...Read more »
Congratulations to third-years Shin Kim, Ameer Allaudeen, Moon Kang, and Yong Ho Roh, who spent eight weeks perfecting their analysis of a cross-border acquisition of a public company to win first-place in this elite competition.
UChicago third-year students Ameer Allaudeen, Moon Kang, Shin Kim, and Yong Ho Roh placed first at the JPMorgan Deal Competition on Monday the 22nd of October, 2012. JPMorgan asked each team to choose a public company in the consumer goods sector and advise its board of directors on...Read more »
The student run organization Traders@MIT hosted its 5th annual Fall Intercollegiate Trading Competition. Ten students from the UChicago Careers in Business: Financial Markets program, competing in teams of two, participated against students from MIT, Harvard, UPenn, Princeton, Yale, Columbia, Baruch, Wellesley, and NYU.
On Saturday, November 17th, ten students from the UChicago Careers in Business: Financial Markets program traveled to Boston to compete in the MIT ...Read more »
A team of four UChicago undergraduate students took first place in the 2012 Accenture Management Consulting (AMC) U. S. Innovation Challenge
Team members Tamer Barsbay, Philip Han, Taylor Schwimmer, and Cindy Wang flew to Washington D.C. for the final presentation on November 16th. They competed against finalist teams from The University of Pennsylvania and The University of Virginia.
The competition kicked-off in September when students applied individually to be part of the...Read more »