UVA Alumnus Earns Mitchell Scholarship to Study in Ireland


Schuyler Miller wants to help societies better govern themselves and he plans to use a Mitchell Scholarship to learn how to do this.The U.S.-Irish Alliance awarded Miller, who graduated from the University of Virginia in 2015, a Mitchell Scholarship on Saturday.The scholarship covers the cost of one year of graduate work at a university in Ireland.

Nano Mission

University at Large

A University of Virginia student-built spacecraft, a cube the size of a softball, will be launched into orbit next year as part of a joint NASA mission. UVA's craft will conduct atmospheric density studies. The objective is to better understand the rates at which low-orbiting spacecraft decelerate and ultimately descend to Earth when encountering "drag" of the outer edges of our atmosphere. 

Scholar Showcase: Pramod Inguva (Class of 2018)

Darden School

Having never lived outside of India, Pramod Inguva (Class of 2018) desired to widen his worldview. He wanted to expose himself to different cultures, languages and experiences and decided that pursuing his MBA outside of his home country would provide the perfect opportunity to do just that.

UVA Architecture Hosts Prominent Philosopher Francois Jullien

Architecture School

World-renowned philosopher, Hellenist, and Sinologist François Jullien gave a lecture at the University of Virginia and took part in a discussion panel with Scott Lash (Goldsmith College London) and Shiqiao Li (School of Architecture, University of Virginia). 

Executive MBAs Journey to India and South Africa for Global Residencies

Darden School

On 5-11 November, the Executive MBA Class of 2018 travelled to India for their final global residency. While in India, they took classes, heard from various company executives and guest speakers, and visited several cultural sites. 

Experts: Don't Expect Closer U.S.-Russia Ties Anytime Soon

Global Affairs

The symposium, which started Wednesday, explored the 100 years of U.S. relations with Russia since the Bolshevik Revolution. There was a panel of Russia experts, who spoke Friday during the Ambassador William C. Battle Symposium, “U.S. Presidents Confront the Russians,” hosted by the University of Virginia’s Miller Center. 

A-School Wins ACADIA Research Award

Architecture School

Congratulations to Melissa Goldman, Fabrications Facilities Manager and Carolina Meyers, research project student lead, whose research paper, "Freezing the Field: Robotic Extrusion Techniques Using Magnetic Fields," won an Autodesk Emerging Research Award from ACADIA.

From South Africa to Darden to the Middle East, Nic Labuschagne (MBA '89) Continues on Global Career Path

Darden School

Originally from Durban, South Africa, Nic Labuschagne (MBA ’89) worked in South Africa, the U.S., the U.K. and Japan before settling into the Middle East in 1999. He has served as the Senior Director of Strategy for APCO Worldwide in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, since 2014.

Catching Up With Mamadi Diane

Virginia Sports

More than eight years after delivering a magical performance in his final basketball game at John Paul Jones Arena, Mamadi Diane is back at the University of Virginia, this time as a graduate student.

Global Infectious Diseases Institute Poised to Move Forward After First Meeting

Center for Global Health

The University of Virginia’s new Global Infectious Diseases Institute recently held its first working meeting, which brought together its discipline-diverse membership to discuss ways to tackle some of the biggest health issues and problems facing society worldwide.

UVA China Expert on What to Expect From Trump's Five-Nation Asia Tour

University at Large

On Friday, President Trump began a 12-day Asian trip, visiting Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines. Though he will touch many bases and meet many leaders, he is unlikely to mend the gap in American-Asian relationships opened by his rejection of the Trans-Pacific Partnership in January, according to University of Virginia politics professor and China expert Brantly Womack.

Road to Recovery: Students are Building Better Maps for Puerto Rico Aid Workers

University at Large

For remote Puerto Rican communities dealing with the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Maria, accurate maps can mean the difference between receiving critical supplies and facing another day of shortages. On Thursday afternoon, groups of volunteers gathered in the University of Virginia’s Scholars’ Lab for a “Mapathon for Puerto Rico Disaster Relief.”

Q&A: 10 Questions About Facebook and Russian Propaganda

University at Large

This week, lawyers from Facebook, Google and Twitter testified before three congressional hearings on how Russian agents are using their platforms to influence American politics. They confirmed that Russia-backed social media ads spread to at least 126 million Facebook users and 20 million Instagram users. 

Studying at UVA Law to Make Life Better Back Home

School of Law

In Buenos Aires, Argentina, a housing crisis and a flawed welfare program have left tens of thousands of citizens living in slums. Cecelia Dieuzeide, an Argentine lawyer, human rights advocate and now student in the University of Virginia School of Law, is fighting to change that.

A&S Expanding Study Abroad Options for First Years

College of Arts and Sciences

Arts & Sciences faculty voted last week to approve a second study abroad option for incoming students interested in starting their University of Virginia academic career overseas. Next fall, 20 first-year students enrolled in the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences will have the opportunity to study at Fudan University in Shanghai. 

Breaking Stereotypes: All-Female Dance Group Sends Message of Empowerment

University at Large

Founded in 2002, Sharaara is the University’s only all-female, nationally competitive Bollywood fusion dance team. Through dance, Sharaara not only strives to break barriers when it comes to the way all-female dance groups are viewed, but its performances promote awareness of South Asian culture at the University.

Ilja Orre (Class of 2018) on Darden's International Student Experience

Darden School

Ilja Orre is a current second year student at Darden. Originally from Finland, Ilja came to the U.S. to attend the College of William & Mary on a tennis scholarship, where he earned his BBA in 2012. At Darden, he is involved in the Darden Student Association, serving as the VP for International.

Determined Undergrad Helps School in Nigeria Rebuild After Terrorist Attack

University at Large

University of Virginia second-year student Oluwatimiehin Ayoh, who goes by “Timi,” chose to help St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Madalla, a suburb of Abuja, that was badly damaged when the explosion and coordinated attacks by Islamist militant group Boko Haram happened in Nigeria in 2011.

Batten's United Nations Internships: "Utterly Invaluable" Experiences Abroad, and In New York

Batten School

Different Students talk about their experiences through the United Nation's Internships and experiences abroad. 

Jewish Alum Who Funded Palestinian Friend's Tuition is Still Helping Everyone Get Along


Joey Katona, the 2010 University of Virginia graduate said he has always been drawn to conflict – not because he is spoiling for a fight, but because he loves to resolve and learn from it. During his four years at UVA, Katona raised money to pay for schooling for a Palestinian teen he met.