Three Recent UVA Grads Land $40,000 Rotary Scholarships to Study in the U.K.

Programs Abroad

Three recent University of Virginia graduates will continue their studies this fall in the United Kingdom with Rotary Global Grants of $40,000. Kevin Cao of Fairfax, who in May earned a master’s degree in commerce from the McIntire School of Commerce and a bachelor’s degree in global development studies from the College of Arts & Sciences, will pursue a master’s degree in comparative and international education at the University of Oxford.

Batten Professor and Others Argue that President Trump has Probably Increased Illegal Migration

Batten School

By ending ‘temporary protected status’ for half a million people, President Trump has probably increased illegal migration. The Department of Homeland Security annouced May 4 that it will end protected immigration status for 50,000 Hondurans living in the U.S. since 1999. This is what you need to know about TPS.

Road Trippin' May Get Easier, Thanks to These UVA Students

University at Large

Mahmoud Elnaggar and fellow UVA students Austin Angulo, Xiaoxiao Zhang and Wesley Daugherty won first place for creating FlexiRoute, a navigation app that they believe will help users avoid some of the pitfalls Elnaggar experienced on his fateful New York sojourn. Elnaggar said current navigation apps usually provide a fast route (which includes tolls) and a much slower route (which usually doesn’t), but nothing in between.

UVA Alums' New Snack Food Aims to Satisfy - and Enlighten - You


Recently two University of Virginia alumni were promoting their new snack food with free samples at the Rebecca’s Natural Food store in Barrack’s Road Shopping Center. Tsampa Tsnacks – the “t” is silent – might look similar to other “energy ball” snacks, but they are different in their main ingredient and the intention of their creators. Chenam Barshee and Sogyel Lhungay call their product “Tibetan fuel for the mind and body.”

The Fun Empire's Ryan Ho (McIntire '14) on Entrepreneurship, Importance of Team Building

McIntire School

Ryan Ho says he always had an entrepreneurial itch. Spurred on by the excitement of creating and growing his own business, he founded a fashion e-commerce website and an online tutoring platform after graduating high school. Though both attempts yielded unremarkable profits, the experiences were enough to stoke his interest to learn more and hone his skills—ultimately leading him to apply to McIntire.

Student Spotlight: Darden Student Began Career Among First Female Submariners

Darden School

In 2011, the U.S Navy announced that female sailors could serve on submarines, putting another crack in the military’s glass ceiling. Taylor Sheppard, then an undergraduate student at the University of Notre Dame and a Navy ROTC cadet, jumped on board. Immediately after graduation, the Maui, Hawaii native joined the ranks of female submariners, serving first as a nuclear engineer and then a weapons division officer.

The Troubling Side Effect of Smartphones

University at Large

For the last several years Kostadin Kushlev, a psychology research scientist at the University of Virginia, has been dissecting the effects of smartphones on society through rigorous research published in peer-reviewed journals. His findings are alarming. The devices create ADHD-like symptoms in users, diminish happiness in social settings, erode trust between strangers and harm connections between parents and their children.

Darden Alum Wraps Up Epic Motorcycle Journey Across 7 Continents


In July, Eric Bernath crossed what was to be the final border of his 100,000-mile trip around the world, riding his motorcycle into his home state of Michigan after an epic 65-country, 50-state road trip conducted on his Suzuki V-Strom 650 motorcycle. It’s a journey – conducted solo with little more than clothes, camping equipment and a camera, and exhaustively documented on Instagram (@twowheelsonejourney) – that took the 2008 graduate of the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business from a May 2016 start in California across seven continents.

Human Rights Study Project Sets Sights on Nepal

School of Law

Students in the coming year’s Human Rights Study Project will venture to Nepal in January to conduct field research on human rights issues and produce original scholarship based on their work. The University of Virginia School of Law project, now on its 17th annual journey, has sponsored trips to Colombia, Myanmar and Zambia in recent years. Participating students, called Cowan Fellows, receive course credit for their work while learning about and sometimes proposing solutions to systemic issues facing a country or region.

Squash World to Descend on UVA's Courts at Boar's Head Sports Club

Virginia Sports

One of the most prestigious squash events in the world – one that has never come to the United States – is coming to the University of Virginia. Starting Sunday, UVA will be at the center of the squash universe when the Boar’s Head Sports Club’s McArthur Squash Center hosts the World Masters Squash Championships. This will be the first time that the Masters, which takes place every two years, will be played in the U.S. 

Expert: Without Cooperation, a Nuclear Weapons Program May Be Easy to Hide

Global Affairs

Questions remain about nuclear disarmament in North Korea and Iran, two countries that have been attempting to develop nuclear weapons. Just how easy is it to keep track of these programs? We asked an expert. Houston G. Wood is a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at the University of Virginia. Since 2009, he has directed the applied mathematics program in UVA’s School of Engineering and Applied Science, and since 2012 has directed the Rotating Machinery and Controls Laboratory.

Sister Act: UVA's Michelle and Tara Vittese Anchor U.S. in Field Hockey World Cup

Virginia Sports

Play begins Saturday at the Vitality Hockey Women’s Field Hockey World Cup in London, England. The championship, which is being referred to as the “biggest women’s sports event in U.K. history,” features the top 16 teams in the world, with a pair of University of Virginia field hockey alumnae suiting up for the American squad.

SUFE MBA Students Gain Leadership and Innovation Takeaways in Charlottesville and D.C.

Darden School

The Darden Center for Global Initiatives recently hosted MBA students and faculty from the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics (SUFE) for an International Partner Program. The cohort from SUFE – comprised of 30 MBA students and two faculty – attended lectures, participated in workshops, visited organizations and engaged in cultural activities in both Charlottesville and Washington, D.C. from 9-13 July.

Four Hoos to Represent U.S. in 2018 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in August

Virginia Sports

Four members of the University of Virginia women’s soccer program will represent the United States this fall at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in France, U.S. Soccer announced Tuesday. Laurel Ivory of Surfside, Fla., Zoe Morse of East Lansing, Mich., Alexa Spaanstra of Brighton, Mich. and Taryn Torres of Frisco, Texas were all selected to compete for the U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team. The 2018 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup begins on Monday, August 5, and runs through Friday, August 24.

Dream Team: UVA Professors Unite to Produce Revolutionary Air Filters

Batten School

When Gaurav Giri returned to his native country, Nepal, two summers ago to get married, he should have been walking on air. Instead, he was getting sick from it. Had the air in Nepal always been this difficult to breathe, or had it gotten worse since he had last been home? “You just couldn’t drive through the city with the windows down,” recalled Giri, an assistant professor of chemical engineering at the University of Virginia, who has lived in the United States since he was 14 and had last visited Nepal in 2011. “The air pollution was just too severe.”

Only Half of Americans Believe Elections are Fair and Open, UVA Poll Shows

Global Affairs

As America turns its attention to the upcoming midterm elections, a new national poll from the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics shows that only about half of American adults surveyed believe U.S. elections are fair and open. The poll, which was conducted in partnership with research organization Ipsos, also comes on the heels of the indictments of 12 Russian intelligence officers – issued Friday by special counsel Robert Mueller’s team – for alleged interference in the 2016 presidential election. 

Star Becky Sauerbrunn Talks Women's World Cup 2019


Like many around the world, Becky Sauerbrunn closely followed the action in this year’s FIFA Men’s World Cup, which concluded Sunday in Russia with France being awarded the trophy in a booming thunderstorm after a 4-2 victory over Croatia. Unlike most of us, however, Sauerbrunn is also preparing for her third straight FIFA Women’s World Cup appearance next year, when France hosts the tournament.

New 'Hoos in Queen Elizabeth's Court: 'London First' Makes Smashing Debut

Programs Abroad

Autumn Swain had her heart set on going to Cornell University. She dreamed of enrolling in the Ivy League school in Ithaca, New York, where she had done a summer program as a high school student. Then she learned about an innovative new study-abroad program tailor-made for first-year students at the University of Virginia, in which incoming students spend their first semester studying in London before moving to Grounds for the spring semester. That sealed the deal; Swain enrolled at UVA and headed straight for the U.K.

UVA Students Share Their Summer Experiences, Abroad and at Home

Programs Abroad

The Class of 2018’s walk down the Lawn for Final Exercises in May marked the end of the academic year at the University of Virginia, and Grounds suddenly became a little quieter. But while many students left Charlottesville, they are still learning. Some secured internships, while others are traveling out of the country to gain new experiences while studying abroad. This summer, 400 UVA students are studying all over the globe, according to UVA’s International Studies Office.

Doing Business in Uncertain Environments: Salome Saliashvili (Class of 2019) Reflects on DWC to Argentina

Darden School

Salome Saliashvili is a rising second year at Darden. She is spending her summer at Citi for an investment banking internship in the Power Group in New York City. She previously held finance roles in a tech startup and think tank in Washington D.C. Salome graduated with degrees in Finance and Spanish from University of Alabama in Huntsville. She is originally from Republic of Georgia and enjoys traveling there.  This past May, Salome participated in the Darden Worldwide Course to Argentina.