Success Stories

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.


Success Stories

Nearly 150 UChicago students, alumnae, and employer partners joined Career Advancement for the second annual Women’s Leadership and Professional Networking Reception. Designed to celebrate and promote women’s leadership in the workplace, the event connects students and employers to discuss self-advocacy, resiliency, and professional development.

12 leading employers and more than 100 students joined Career Advancement for the second annual Diversity & Inclusion Summit. Designed to celebrate workplace diversity and build connections between students, employers, and on-campus resources, the summit provided an opportunity for students of all backgrounds to learn more about diversity recruiting programs and understand the unique contributions they can make in the workforce.

By Ron Walli

Four University of Chicago students have returned to the classroom this fall with a greater appreciation of the history of nuclear energy and new insight into its future.

UChicago student Ashelë Woods, Class of 2020, is one of 16 students from a nationwide pool of finalists accepted to the prestigious Kemper Scholars Program. Sponsored by the James S. Kemper Foundation, the Kemper Scholars Program provides scholarships, internships, and career coaching to help high-potential undergraduate students launch a career in business.

The College and Career Advancement are thrilled to announce that the Financial Markets Program, one of the College’s signature pre-professional programs, will be able to continue supporting future generations of students thanks to a very generous $1 million gift from Donald R. Wilson, Jr., AB ’88, University Trustee, and founder and CEO of principal trading firm DRW.

Career Advancement is excited to announce that a new grant for unpaid internships, the Pat Rosenzweig Fellows Internship Fund, will launch this academic year. The program is named for Pat Rosenzweig, AB'61, a dedicated UChicago alumna and tireless advocate for students who passed away in December 2015. After retiring from a highly successful career, Pat served as a volunteer adviser with Career Advancement's UChicago Careers in Public Policy and Service program.

Thanks to a generous gift from University Trustee John W. Rogers, Jr., LAB’76, the College and Career Advancement will pilot the Ariel Investments Internship Program in Finance, an extensive series of new programming that will be made available for underresourced students interested in finance. Mr. Rogers is the chairman and CEO of Ariel Investments, an investment firm headquartered in Chicago.

By Christine Schmidt, AB'17. Photo by Bill Healy.

Summer Fields is not afraid of change.

As a second-year, Fields was a linguistics major working for the physical sciences’ graphic arts department. By her fourth year, she was a sociology major leading her own podcasting group, landing a job at a media startup, and living out her passion in an ethnography study during the College’s O-Week.

Career Advancement is pleased to announce that University Trustee Byron D. Trott, AB’81, MBA’82, and his wife Tina Trott have made a generous gift to endow the UChicago Careers in Business Program, which will be renamed the Trott Business Program. Byron Trott is the Founder, Chairman, and CEO of merchant bank BDT & Company.

For Dustin Shaw, AB ’13, the University of Chicago has been home for the past seven years and counting. Dustin hails from Kentucky, but the multi-cultural background of his family and summers spent overseas inspired Dustin to matriculate to a college that celebrated a unique student population, interdisciplinary education, and the ability to engage in rigorous research while immersed in an urban environment. He found his fit at UChicago, and matriculated in the fall of 2009. His family background also inspired Dustin to serve others through the practice of medicine.