Month: January 2018

Christopher Calaci Student Spotlight

Christopher Calaci, a sophomore Management and Informations Systems (MIS) student, has many accomplishments to be proud of from his short time at the University of Connecticut. Originally a finance major, Calaci realized his passion for Information Technology (IT) after attending the Operations and Information Management (OPIM) Department workshops and information sessions. Since changing his major from finance to MIS, Calaci has been elected the Vice President of the Information Management Association (IMA). Calaci originally became involved with IMA to make connections with employers and peers, but since then has become an advocate for IMA. “I want people to realize that getting into IT or learning about it isn’t hard. It may be something that is unfamiliar at first but it is a great subject to get involved in.” Getting more students involved in IT and IMA is one of his goals as Vice President, helping to break down the stereotype behind information technology.

In addition to IMA, Calaci is a member of the Business Connections Learning Community (BCLC), mentors freshmen through UConn’s First Year Experience (FYE) program, and works in the IT Department in the School of Business. The BCLC provides students with a place to live, learn, and connect with each other, helping students grow both inside and outside of the classroom. It was through the BCLC that Calaci was introduced to the FYE course that he would later teach. It was here that he encouraged students to “take time out of your day to learn something you may not be learning in the classroom. Just because you’re not taking business classes now doesn’t mean you have to wait to start learning.” These are words he tries to live by, by pursuing his passions outside of the classroom. Last winter break, with the help of the internet, Christopher built a computer and described it as “adult legos.” This determined and dedicated attitude is what helped him land his position in the IT Department at the School of Business. Here he works at the helpdesk, assisting students with their technological needs.

Although Calaci is currently focusing on his academics and securing an internship for this summer, he is most interested in pursuing a career in project management, specifically in software development, or cyber security. Because Calaci is still early in his business education career, he is mostly taking general education courses which has helped push him to learn and try new things, such as philosophy and social ethics. This class taught him how to discuss and form opinions on prominent ethical issues. He is planning on using this class to help him in his future and his career, specifically if he goes into cyber security because of the controversy over privacy issues. He would ideally want to work at a large company that gives him the opportunity to grow and explore as a professional and then look to downsize once he has found his passion.

With his remaining two years at UConn, Calaci is hoping to quench his thirst for knowledge with a variety of OPIM courses and adding a minor that will be both beneficial and enjoyable. Although he may not know where his future will take him, UConn has encouraged him to get involved involved and meet people with similar interests. “Interacting with all of these people has helped me realize what and who I want to be as a person, and the longer I am here the more I learn about myself and what I want to do.”



Scholarship Opportunities (Round 1)


The Fence Authority Scholarship is awarded to full-time students pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree related to improving US communities such as Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Civil Engineering, Horticulture, and Environmental and Marine Sciences.

Deadline: June 30, 2018

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In order to receive the Goedekers Appliances College Book Scholarship, applicants with a 3.0 or above must write a minimum of 300 words explaining their background, why college is important, and why their field of study is important to them.

Deadline: July 8, 2018

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The M&J Trimming Fashion Scholarship is awarded to students with a 3.0 or higher attending a high school, college, or university within the U.S. Applicants must design an illustrated sketch to a red carpet creation as well as write a 500 word essay elaborating on their interests in fashion.

Deadline: May 25, 2018.

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Applicants must answer a few questions and provide brief essay answers that demonstrate a passion for technology.

Deadline: June 30, 2018

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The Fireart Studio Scholarship is tailored to students with interests in web design,UX, infographics, and illustrations. Applicants must be 18 years old, have a minimum 1150 SAT score or 27 ACT score, must be studying a design subject in the USA, and have a minimum 3.5 GPA.

Deadline: December 2, 2018.

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Applicants must be US citizens with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher. In addition, applicants must write a 500-800 word essay on their plan of study, choice of major, and their prospective career path.

Deadline: May 15, 2018

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The TFC Title Loans Scholarship is awarded to college students pursuing a degree in finance, business, or economics. In no fewer than 2000 words, applicants must propose a new financial product that could improve the current issues within the lending industry.

Deadline: August 1, 2018

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Applicants must be between 16 and 25 years of age. In order to apply students must write an essay on how social media affects students in relation to their study habits.

Deadline: November 15, 2018

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In order to apply, applicants must currently reside in the US, be registered at an accredited college and/or university, and have a minimum GPA of 3.5. The application process consists of a one to three-page marketing strategy for promoting the Shaving Solution website.

Deadline: September 1, 2018

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In order to apply for the Beldon Scholarship, applicants must be college students majoring in business or communication related fields with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5. A 1500-2000 word essay is required.

Deadline: September 1, 2018

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Applicants must be students currently enrolled in an accredited college or university. A 1000 word essay on civil rights is required.

Deadline: June 15, 2018

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In order to apply, applicants must be college students majoring in business, marketing, logistics, organizational leadership, or general studies with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher. An essay on how to make a business successful is required.

Deadline: April 1, 2018

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Applicants must be US citizens attending an accredited college or university while maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. An essay of 300-500 words exploring how personal injury lawyers play a role leading safety initiatives is required.

Deadline: December 1, 2018

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Applicants must be disabled, a US citizen, and enrolled in a 2 or 4 year college or university in the US. An essay of no more than 1000 words is required.

Deadline: March 16, 2018

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Applicants must be US citizens enrolled in an accredited college or university. A 600 word essay or 2 minute long video regarding social media is required.

Deadline: April 30, 2018

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Any student attending a college or university anywhere in the world is eligible to apply. Applicants must write an essay on how to save money, specifically focusing on saving tips such as coupons and discount codes.

Deadline: December 31, 2018

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UBS Realty Investors – Summer Research Associate

UBS Investment Bank supports its over 500 clients with advice, financial solutions, and access to the world’s capital markets in order to ensure customer satisfaction. Operating through UBS Realty Investors LLC., the firm manages $32.4 billion of total assets on behalf of  in core, core-plus, value-added, and participating mortgage strategies. UBS Realty Investors launched its first real estate fund over 40 years ago and today has 200 professionals working in three primary offices in the US, with its headquarters in Hartford, CT.

UBS Realty Investors is looking for an organized student with a strong ability to professionally communicate in order to fill the position of Research & Strategy Summer Analyst. This intern will work closely with the Research & Strategy team based in Hartford, CT. Some projects this intern would work on are visual analytics including modeling using statistical programs (i.e., R-Project) and data visualization (i.e., Tableau).

In order to apply candidates must be enrolled in either a bachelor’s or graduate degree program with an expected graduation date after August 2018. Candidates must have basic knowledge of data analytics and visualization, and proficient experience with Microsoft-based products, particularly Word and Excel. Proficiency in Tableau and R-Project would be highly valued, but not required, as well as  an understanding of pivot tables, vlookups, and keyboard shortcuts. Students with a passion for data analytics and business intelligence are strongly encouraged to apply.

All candidates must apply on or before February 2, 2017, by sending an email with a resume and cover letter
to, make the subject line UBS Hartford research internship.
If you have questions, send an email with subject line UBS Hartford research internship to Vasilios
Diakogeorgiou at or to Jenna Castrovillari at