Message From the Dean of Students

The message below was sent by Eleanor JB Daugherty, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs & Dean of Students, to students on all campuses on May 4, 2022

Subject:  You’re Definitely Smarter Than Me (and that’s the way it’s supposed to be)

Hi Huskies,

Last week, I went to Justin Fang’s PhD defense.  While it was such an honor to be invited, I quickly realized my knowledge of “The Characterization and Development of Lipid Bicelles as a Delivery Platform for In-Vitro and In-Vivo Applications” was quite limited.

So, being a good scholar, I texted my friends in UConn Health (most notably Dr. David Banach,  Infectious Disease genius, MD, MS, MPH, XYZ, etc) to ask for help:

Me:  “What the heck is a quantum dot?”

Banach: “I don’t know what a quantum dot is.  Sounds small.  Bottom line here is that your students are too smart for me.”

Then I checked out some additional work that’s being recognized among our upcoming graduates:

Textiles and the Portrayal of Power: Figuring European-Ottoman Relations, 16th and 17th centuries by Kathryn Krocheski.

Reacting to the “End of the World”: Reading Hamlet as a Plague Play by Madelon Morin-Viall.

Exploring a Perceptual Deficit in People Who Stutter: Behavioral and Electrophysiological Approaches by Matthew Craig Phillips.

As finals end and your journey takes you across the stage or home to your families and friends, know that you are smarter than me.  And David Banach. And many, many more of us at UConn who have had the privilege of supporting you during your time here.

We are grateful for you, your commitment to scholarship, and the knowledge that Justin, Kathryn, Madelon, Matthew, and so many others have created during your time at UConn.

Take the time to enjoy these last few days and celebrate all that you have accomplished.

All good things,


Eleanor JB Daugherty, EdD


Associate Vice President and Dean of Students


And be sure to check out more of the research and accomplishments of our students. 😊

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