Dear CAHNR Alumni and Friends,
Let me paint you a picture of UConn’s Storrs campus just a few short weeks into the semester. Buildings that had been quiet over the summer months are now alive with activity. Students who are just beginning their UConn journey, and others who are returning for their last fall semester, are exploring their interests and making connections that will last a lifetime. Needless to say, it’s an exciting time to be a Husky.
While the campus may have been quieter over the last several months, many CAHNR students took their educations “in the field.” Whether it was in the lab or working with the community, our students took advantage of their time off to expand their knowledge and make a difference. Please visit the My CAHNR Summer website if you would like to learn more about the internships and research projects some of our students worked on this summer.
The new academic year also gives us an opportunity to reflect on noteworthy accomplishments from the last fiscal year. The College experienced growth in all areas of our land grant mission to support our students, our community, and our world:
- $900,000 for student scholarships
- $37 million in external research funding, the highest ever for CAHNR and a 42% increase over the last five years
- 158,000 people reached through UConn Extension
- 32% undergrads identify as First Gen, underscoring our commitment to making a CAHNR education more accessible
Many of these activities rely on philanthropic support from the CAHNR community. Thank you to all of you for your incredible generosity and commitment to our College. None of this would be possible without you.
As we look to the future, we are thrilled with these accomplishments, and will continue to build on our momentum this year and beyond. Thank you, as always, for your support of the CAHNR mission to serve our communities through innovative research, transformational educational, and dedicated extension outreach.
Indrajeet Chaubey, Dean and Director