Featured Alumni

Cristina (Nina) Hansen is a 2003 alumna with a B.S. in Animal Sciences and recently updated us: “I graduated veterinary school (also at UIUC) in 2007 and finished a PhD at the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 2015. In August 2020, I started as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF). I’ll be teaching veterinary physiology and clinical skills to first- and second-year veterinary students that are part of a 2+2 DVM degree program in conjunction with Colorado State University. I will also continue to do wildlife and sled dog research that was the focus of my postdoc at UAF.”

Matthew Rodriguez is a 1999 alumnus, who graduated with majors of  LAS Mathematics and Physics, and he has funded CHP’s first scholarship in the name of recently deceased UI/CHP faculty member E. Graham Evans, which has now had its first recipient (Katelyn Helmold) graduate. Find out more below about Matt and the impact CHP had on him, as well as advice he has for current and future Chancellor’s Scholars.

Jean He (2005 alumna, BUS Finance and ENG Computer Science) and Michael Munie (2004 alumnus, LAS Mathematics and Computer Science) met while students in CHP and later married and had their 3 lovely daughters. They have created and sold a company, lived and worked in France, and now are settled in the Chicago area. See here for how they met and what they feel contributed to their current successes.