Month: February 2019

Shining Student Star

Congratulations to DGS student Kathleen Renna ! She is an honors undergraduate researcher who was recently included as an author on a published paper! Kathleen has been working in Dr. Ephraim Trakhtenberg’s Lab in the Department of Neuroscience at UConn Health since she was a freshman. The paper is titled “Single cell transcriptome profiling of retinal ganglion identifies cellular subtypes.” Find the full research article here:

To find out more about Kathleen see her featured article at 

Through a competitive application process, Kat was one of only 9 exceptional students selected for the inaugural BOLD cohort. These students represent a diverse set of interests, skills, identities, and project concepts. The BOLD Women’s Leadership Network is a pioneering program cultivating courageous leadership in young women during the college years and beyond. BOLD focuses on facilitating opportunities for women’s career development and networking through scholarship funding, programming, and engagement in service/leadership projects. By awarding scholarship and fellowship funding, the BOLD initiative mitigates financial burdens while allowing young leaders to leverage their own identities, strengths, and collective knowledge to effect positive social change. BOLD equips young women to be innovative agents of change in their lives and in whatever career field or industry they pursue after graduation.

The University Scholar Program is one of the most prestigious programs for undergraduates at the University of Connecticut. The University Scholar Program allows students to design and pursue an in-depth research or creative project and to craft an individualized plan of study that supports their intellectual interests during their final three semesters. Kat was selected among the competitive applicants and is one of only 20 selected for 2019.

Kat is an exceptional DGS Student and we commend her on her dedication!