Category: Students

Young Scholars Test the Waters of Research

July 16, 2018

Three high school students from across the country are getting hands-on experience of classical and cutting-edge microbiology techniques during a three-week program at UConn. They are among 59 students taking part in the Jack Kent Cooke’s Young Scholars program July 7-27, a national scholarship initiative for students in 8th through 12th grade who demonstrate exceptional academic abilities, unique talents, and persistence.

What Podcasts Can Teach Us About Teaching

July 12, 2018

Podcasts often succeed because they convey authenticity and use vulnerability to create a sense of intimacy with the listener. They also find ways to make sometimes-abstract concepts feel relevant, often by using storytelling techniques. There’s a hook in the beginning, usually the story of a person. “It builds empathy and humanity,” say Kristi Kaeppel, a graduate assistant in the department of educational leadership at UConn.

How Dropping Out of High School Helped Grad Student Learn About Teaching

June 19, 2018

It’s not often that a student who dropped out of high school goes on to pursue a Ph.D., but that’s the story of Neag School of Education doctoral student Kristi Kaeppel. Kaeppel, who studies Adult Learning in the Learning, Leadership, and Educational Policy program, runs a blog called “That Wasn’t on the Syllabus” for the Graduate Certificate in College Instruction program as a graduate assistant. Her blog posts on college education trends and issues included one very personal to her experience: “What Being a High School Dropout Taught Me about Teaching.”

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Neag School Accolades – April-May 2018

May 7, 2018

Congratulations to our Neag School alumni, faculty, staff, and students on their continued accomplishments inside and outside the classroom. If you have an accolade to share, we want to hear from you! Please send any news items and story ideas to

Neag School Alumni Board scholarship awardees, Denée Jackson (pictured on the far left) and Elena Sada (pictured on the far right) gather with current Neag School of Education Alumni Board president, Kate Lunch, and fellow board member, Joe Macary.

Neag School of Education Announces Recipients of Alumni Board Scholarship

April 16, 2018

The Neag School of Education at UConn announces the recipients of the Neag School of Education Alumni Board Scholarship as Elena Sada, a first-year doctoral student studying bilingual and multicultural education in the Neag School, and Denée Jackson, a master’s student in the Neag School of Education’s Higher Education and Student Affairs program.

Alma Exley Scholars Share Experience at UConn

March 30, 2018

Students of color in UConn’s Neag School of Education are fortunate that their predecessors established an organization called Leadership in Diversity.

Almost five years ago, students formed the group to build a support system for future teachers of color at the university. It’s a mentoring program intended to give students the tools and networks that will enable them to succeed in their careers as educators.