Student Session Descriptions

Social Sciences

Join faculty from the social science disciplines to hear about their current research, discuss potential careers, and ask any questions you might have.  Carol Atkinson-Palumbo will discuss Geography and Environmental Studies, while Jeffrey Ogbar will talk about his work in the Department of History.



Have you thought about a career in the arts?  Join faculty members Dr.Bart Roccoberton Jr., Director of the Puppet Arts Program and Professor of Puppetry, Dr. Michael Bradford, Director of Theatre Studies and Associate Professor of Playwriting, Eric Rice, Music Department Head and Associate Professor of Music History, and Tim Hunter, Department Head and Professor of Digital Media to hear about their programs, discuss potential careers, and ask any questions you might have.


Behavioral Sciences

Are you interested in psychology or human development?  Join faculty from the behavioral science disciplines to hear about their current research, discuss potential careers, and ask any questions you might have.  Our panelists include Kari Adamsons, Associate Professor in the Human Development program, Tehran Davis, who focuses on Perception, Action, and Cognition, and Rhiannon Smith, who is from our Developmental Psychology department.



Does engineering interest you?  Do you know how many different types of engineers there are?  Join faculty from some of our engineering programs to hear about their current research, discuss potential careers, and ask any questions you might have.  Dr. Sheida Nabavi will be here representing the Computer Science and Engineering Department, and Dr. Maria Chrysochoou will discuss her work in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department.


Biological Sciences

Are you interested in molecular biology?  How about marine science?  Faculty from some of UConn’s biological science programs will be here to share some career possibilities, current research topics in the fields, and answer your questions about studying Biological Science at the University of Connecticut.  Attendees will hear from both Dr. Rachel O’Neill, Professor in the Molecular and Cell Biology Department and Marine Sciences Research Scientist Dr. John Hamilton.



Student/Parent Session Descriptions


Creativity: Core Concepts and Basic Tips

An expert from UConn’s Renzulli Center for Creativity, Gifted Education, and Talent Development will be here to share a brief overview of how we think about creativity and then offer specific tips that can help nuture your student’s creativity–and your own!

Choosing a College Major

Exploring the College Major Selection Process – Discovering your Expertise

“Success is a journey not a destination. The doing is usually more important than the outcome. Not everyone can be number one.” – Arthur Ashe

In this session, we will explore the journey of college with discussions and activities that focus on self-discovery, the relevance of academic majors, the importance of extracurricular involvement, and ultimately the discovery of your expertise. Please come prepared to explore your potential interests, and to contemplate and discuss your personal journey.

Honors Program

Honors Education at Research Universities

A growing number of universities have established honors programs or colleges to meet the needs of their most academically talented students. Through honors, you can join a small community of your academic peers, get personalized attention from top faculty, and challenge yourself to excel academically, but also take advantage of the resources of a larger university. Honors at a public research university can be a great value as well. Learn how an honors program can enrich your college experience academically, personally, and socially. We’ll also discuss how honors programs differ and how to compare them.


Exploring the Academic, Experiential, Personal and Professional Requirements for a Career in the Law: Exploration of the Core Competencies for a Graduate Program in Law

Attendees will learn about the aspects of preparation for a career in law. We will discuss the competencies expected of successful applicants to the School of Law.

Pre- Med

Exploring the Academic, Experiential, Personal and Professional Requirements for a Health Professions Career: Exploration of the Core Competencies for Graduate Programs in Health Care

Attendees will learn about all aspect of preparation for a health professions career.  We will be discussing the core competencies expected of successful applicants to graduate programs in health, including medical, dental, PA, DO and other programs.

Parent Session Descriptions


Exploring the College Admissions Process at UCONN

The college application process is seen by many students as a daunting task looming in their senior year.  Every college has different application deadlines, different notification processes, and different required materials.  This session will cover the basics of college admissions as a whole before focusing specifically on UCONN and its processes.  Attendees will also have an opportunity to ask questions about UCONN and its programs.

Financial Aid

Exploring Financial Aid: Acquiring Expertise for College Success

This session will provide a comprehensive overview of financial aid. Information includes outlining the financial aid application process, exploration of the various types of student financial assistance, and advice regarding the application experience from beginning to end. The presentation will serve to provide prospective students and their families the information they require to make accessible and understandable a process that can otherwise be confusing.



Parenting for Student Academic Success

Academic motivation is among the most frustrating education issues facing parents and educators.  Underachievement can limit students’ opportunities for long-term success and fulfillment, and impact society as a whole by reducing the pool of motivated individuals contributing their creative productivity to societal growth and development.  In this session we will discuss reasons students underachieve and specific strategies to improve student motivation.