John Lof Leadership Academy

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The UConn School of Engineering is proud to announce the establishment of the John Lof Leadership Academy for Graduate Engineering Students. Backed by the generous endowment from John Lof, a former UConn Electrical and Computer Science professor of 35 years, this exclusive Academy will aim to continue the legacy of Dr. Lof, who wished to reward and cultivate a select group of future leaders and engineering trailblazers.  The proceeds of the endowment will be used toward the direct support of the student members (in the form of grants and fellowships) as well as the corresponding Academy programs.

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August 29, 2018

Applications are open.
Due: September 17th

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May 24, 2018

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Application Information

The John Lof Leadership Academy will be led by an elected student council, and aims to:

1)      Develop leadership and professional skills

2)      Organize and facilitate social, academic, and professional activities that help Academy members develop these skills

3)      Promote and support the academic and future professional success of graduate students in SoE; and

4)      Engage communities inside and outside the School to promote, and provide mentoring and support where appropriate

Members, who are called John Lof Fellows, serve in the Academy for a period of two years. Through membership in the Academy, members will receive a myriad of benefits, including:

1)      The ability to learn and develop skills attractive to employers

2)      One-on-one mentoring with members of industry and alumni

3)      Individualized career fairs

4)      Resume building advice, including the ability to list the dean of the School of Engineering as a reference

5)      Access to apply for grants and fellowships specific to John Lof Leadership Academy members.

6)      Exclusive social hours for academy members and faculty

7)      A professional certificate of leadership upon successful completion of 12 workshops (6 workshops annually) and qualified activities; and

8)      The opportunity to make new friends, have fun, and be a force for change!

The inaugural cohort of fellows will be nominated through either their affiliated department, self-nominated, or can be nominated by a colleague. Following notification of nomination by email, nominees must: submit a one-page description of their career goals and their plans for contributing to the Academy, and send their professional resume to Aida Ghiaei, director of graduate outreach and diversity for the School of Engineering. Additionally, to qualify, applicants must have at least a 3.5 G.P.A. at the time of application submittal.

Applications are open during the summer and newly accepted applicants will be inducted in Fall 2018. Any questions about the program can be directed to Aida Ghiaei at

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