OFFICE OF ACADEMIC AFFAIRS
Student success profiles
One highlight of each Board of Trustee meeting is the presentation by one or more of our stellar students. Here we profile the students who have recently spoken before Board members about their Akron Experiences.
Vishal Chaurasia, who graduated in May 2015 with a B.S. in Polymer Mechanical Engineering, summa cum laude, is continuing at UA to earn an MBA. He is on a dual career path — to innovate and commercialize the technology he creates.
Symphonie D. Smith grew up on The University of Akron campus, from the Strive Toward Excellence Program when she was 11 to her current pursuit of a doctorate in counselor education and supervision. She credits UA with giving her the tools to help herself, and others, succeed.
Melissa Boswell has found a way to do it all — classes, undergrad research, co-ops, campus involvement and volunteering — for a rich Akron Experience.
Eddie Machek asks himself the same question in every situation: “What can I learn from this experience and how will it help me tomorrow?”
A brush with failure set Christopher Petsko on a search to find his true calling. Thanks to his Akron Experience, he did.
Renee Calderon’s Akron Experience led her to a role on a research project that may one day improve cancer treatment, and a career path in medical research.
Rebecca Wehr brought a variety of real-world experience with her when she began work on a master's degree in arts administration, and has gained even more during her years here.
Jacqueline Slack will be applying the integrated marketing communications knowledge she's gained in the classroom and through internships when she joins Google in June.
Gladys Montenegro-Galindo traveled from her native Colombia to UA to earn a Ph.D. in Polymer Science.
Jeffrey Simko hopes to use the skills he's gained in the classroom and in serving his country to become a U.S. Marine Corps officer.
Michael Martin is a first-generation, adult student who has overcome many obstacles to earn the education that will help him reach his career goals.
When Tatiana Granger decided to shift careers, from teaching to business, she says it was her Akron Experience that helped her bridge the divide and succeed.
Paula Watt will become Dr. Watt later this year. She says pursuing a Ph.D. in polymer science at UA was like "coming home."
This second generation UA grad is fulfilling a nearly life-long dream to become a teacher.
Michael Kohler's U.S. Army career ended abruptly when he was injured in Baghdad. Twenty-one surgeries later, his mission, like his leg, remains intact: to serve the public.
Rachel Rielinger's Akron Experience provided undergraduate research opportunities that have helped put her on the path to achieving her goal to become a veterinarian.
The Akron Experience of polymer engineering Ph.D. student Sergey Vorontsov includes classwork, research and a pursuit of his love of aeronautics on the Aero Design Team.
Heading into his senior year, the future teacher reflects on his Akron Experience and how UA has given him the chance to shine in the spotlight in a most unique way.
Robert Campbell has not let blindness deter him, and is now preparing for the Ohio Bar Exam and a career as a trial attorney after his years at UA.
Christopher Drabick says his Akron Experience has helped him become a better writer as he pursues a career as a novelist.
Rosen, Arnold, Snyder
Erin Rosen, left, Molly Arnold and Kelsey Snyder have already made their mark on a global scale by bringing good health practices to children in Bangalore, India.