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

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.

By Christine Schmidt, AB'17

Between an academic-year internship, Resident Assistant duties, and volunteer commitments, Brock Huebner, AB'16, didn’t have a lot of free time for schoolwork. Get this: he actually encouraged people to leave the library and explore.

“Break out of the Hyde Park bubble. There are so many interesting (and often free) things going on in the city every weekend. Take advantage of your new UPass [allowing unlimited rides for UChicago students on public transit] and make friends with the CTA,” he advised.

In today’s increasingly competitive market, the job search process is always demanding. It can seem especially intimidating for students in humanities fields such as art history, where there’s not always one set career path.

We live in a fascinating and complex time. We carry the world’s information around with us in our pockets, easily accessible for any question that comes to mind. But what do we make of all of that information? How do we sift the wheat from the chaff, and identify those grains of wisdom that best answer our questions?

UChicago alumna Sydney Combs, AB’15, and graduating fourth year Dake Kang, AB’16, have both won prestigious student journalism awards. Sydney received the Society of Professional Journalists Regional Mark of Excellence in the feature photography category and placed as a finalist in the National Mark of Excellence competition. Dake has won the 2016 Overseas Press Club Foundation Scholar Award.

Sydney Combs Wins the Society of Professional Journalists Regional Mark of Excellence Award

In today’s world, perspective is hard to come by. In an age of sound bites and conversations condensed into 140 characters, it can be difficult to get the big picture.

UChicago undergraduates triumphed at this year’s 4th Annual UChicago Midwest Trading Competition, held in Hyde Park at the Chicago Innovation Exchange. UChicago teammates Frank Luan, Zhen Lin, Daisy Ding, and George Gui placed first overall in the competition and second in Case 1 – Cross-Listed Shares Trading. Another UChicago team, comprised of Joe Fennessey, Yuta Kakutani, Jigar Shah, and Abhimanyu Deora, tied for second place with the team from Amherst in Case 3 – Options Market-Making.

“What are you going to do with that?”

A question that English majors hear over and over again. Indeed, many humanities majors wrestle with this question throughout their college career, knowing they will soon be called upon to apply their education in unique and innovative ways.