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Embrace Opportunity: A Day in the Life of Bridget Oei ’18

Bridget Oei performing a lab experiment with fellow classmates in a chemistry lab on April 12, 2016. (Sean Flynn/UConn Photo)

Bridget Oei performing a lab experiment with fellow classmates in a chemistry lab on April 12, 2016. (Sean Flynn/UConn Photo)

Bridget Oei ’18 (CLAS)
Major: Environmental Science

For a student like Bridget Oei, UConn offers a perfect mix of possibilities. Before college, the Honors student, Stamps Scholar, and University Scholar competed in science fairs and Irish step dancing, advancing to several international competitions, while also studying music and other forms of dance.

Early in Oei’s freshman year, she heard President Susan Herbst express her pride in UConn’s research focus. Oei knew then she was at the right school. She was soon awarded a Holster grant to continue research on a medical device that powers pacemakers using energy from human breath – a project that garnered her second prize in her category at the International Science and Engineering Fair. “I loved that UConn believed in me and thought my crazy idea was worth investing in,” she says. She is now working toward a patent for the device.

This past summer, Oei traveled with a UConn group to the Dominican Republic on a medical service trip. She is a dancer and choreographer with student organization UConn Dance Company.

“I love UConn,” she says. “There are so many opportunities and resources to take advantage of.”

By Julie (Stagis) Bartucca ’10 (BUS, CLAS) | Story courtesy of UConn Today


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