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We hope everyone had a great fall semester! With a few days left in finals week, we want to wish everyone a happy winter break! Enjoy the time off! ...

This week's quote is from Sheryl Sanberg. ...

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Bertha “Bertie” Parker Cody is the first female Native American archaeologist. Along with being an actress, she also helped discover the skull of a giant sloth.

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Last Friday, the Identifying the Individual Leader committee organized a wonderful workshop on the different types of leadership philosophies. We great discussions on the benefits and demerits of these philosophies, and how some of them can work well together. ...

With the start of Hanukkah today, we wish everyone happy holidays! We hope you all stay safe and warm during the holiday season! ...

This week's quote is from Malala Yousafzai. ...

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Janaki Ammal was the first Indian woman to get a PhD in botany. She is known for putting sweetness in India’s sugarcane varieties as well as a huge advocate for the environment.

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The next Book Club meeting is on Dec. 8th at 2pm. We will be discussing the first five chapters of the book "The Clapback" by Elijah Lawal.

Please email us at engr-jlla@uconn.edu if you would like to join or get involved. We also welcome those outside JLLA!
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We had our second workshop of the semester on November 23rd. We had two guest speakers--Dr. Marisa Chrysochoou and Dr. David Noble--who talked about their own journeys in leadership and what they think are the best values in leadership. ...

This week's quote is from Tu Youyou. ...

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Tu Youyou is a Chinese chemist who discovered one of the most-effective drugs for fighting malaria. She received a Nobel Peace Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 2015 for this discovery.

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JLLA wishes you a happy and safe Thanksgiving! ...

We had our first workshop of the fall semester at the end of October. It was focused on identifying leadership strengths and values. We also had the pleasure of having Dr. Stephany Santos come talk to us about her leadership journey. ...

This week's quote is from Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson. ...

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Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson, a physicist and current president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, was the first Black woman to get a PhD at MIT. She previously worked at Bell Laboratories and the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory.

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Today is the first day of the 2nd Annual STEM Success Summit run by STEMedia ( @stemedia ). Consider registering for this free, virtual 3-day event where you will hear from different leaders in STEM!

Register here: http://ow.ly/a56T50CmcmR
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We welcomed 16 new members to JLLA this semester for the 2020-2022 cohort!!! We met the new members at our first general body meeting of the fall semester, where we discussed the expectations of JLLA as well as learned a little bit about each other.

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Our leadership quote this week comes from our President, Erik Ammermann. Find out more about him in his feature. ...

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Meet Erik Ammermann! He is a 2nd year Ph.D. candidate in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, and is also the current president of JLLA. Click the link below to find out more about him!

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We will be taking a small break on our social media. However, in November, we will be trying something new on our platforms to integrate our members into this narrative. Additionally, we are hoping to create resources for those outside of JLLA. Keep an eye out! ...

The next Book Club meeting is on Sept. 29th at 2pm. We will be discussing the article titled "Dismantling systemic racism in science" and the 13th documentary from Netflix.

Please email us at engr-jlla@uconn.edu if you would like to join or get involved.
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Check out this event happening tomorrow!

Repost from @uconnleads: "Veronica Jacobs will be leading a session on inclusive language in leadership. Workshop participants will have the opportunity to explore how to incorporate inclusive language and actions into their various leadership roles."
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Theme of the week: Meyers-Briggs - Sentinels

"Sentinels are cooperative, practical, and grounded. They feel comfortable with who they are, and they take pride in their good character and their competence."

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This week's quote is from Dr. Alexa Canady. ...

Dr. Alexa Canady was the first Black woman in the US to become a neurosurgeon. She was the chief of neurosurgery at the Children's Hospital of Michigan from 1987 until her retirement in June 2001.

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We want to feature a diverse group of STEM professionals at any career level on our social platforms! If you would like to be featured or want to nominate someone, please fill out this form, which can also be found in our bio.

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About Us

The UConn School of Engineering is proud to announce the establishment of the John Lof Leadership Academy for Graduate Engineering Students. Backed by the generous endowment from John Lof, a former UConn Electrical and Computer Science professor of 35 years, this exclusive Academy will aim to continue the legacy of Dr. Lof, who wished to reward and cultivate a select group of future leaders and engineering trailblazers.  The proceeds of the endowment will be used toward the direct support of the student members (in the form of grants and fellowships) as well as the corresponding Academy programs. Applicants are accepted annually for two-year tenures in the academy.

 

Mission Statement

Without culturally competent visionaries that are able to communicate, collaborate, and create, there would be no progress in society. The John Lof Leadership Academy strives to inform and inspire these next-generation leaders in academia, industry, and beyond.

Through a “for us, by us” philosophy, John Lof Scholars aim to develop themselves through focused training, specialized workshops, and active learning through outreach and enterprise on and off the UConn campus.

How JLLA Works

The John Lof Leadership Academy will be led by an elected student council, and aims to:

  1. Develop leadership and professional skills
  2. Organize and facilitate social, academic, and professional activities that help Academy members develop these skills
  3. Promote and support the academic and future professional success of graduate students in SoE; and
  4. Engage communities inside and outside the School to promote, and provide mentoring and support where appropriate

Members, who are called John Lof Scholars, serve in the Academy for a period of two years. Through membership in the Academy, members will receive a myriad of benefits, including:

  1. Developing the individual leader
  2. Building communication and leadership skills
  3. A professional certificate of leadership upon successful completion of 2 years in the academy
  4. Access to funding for conference travel
  5. The opportunity to make new friends, have fun, and be a force for change!

Time Commitment:

Lof Scholars should commit to approximately 4 hours per month. These hours will take the form of biweekly meetings (two meetings per month) that are two hours each.

Members

Curriculum and Events

Application Process

New members are inducted each May and must complete an application. Application are reviewed by a committee and John Lof Leadership Academy advisors. Please click HERE for more information regarding the application process.