Student Spotlight: Julia Kane

Julia Kane came to UD with a strong interest in the social sciences, specifically psychology, because she enjoys learning about human behavior and its motivations. Upon discovering that UD offers a disability studies minor, Julia added it to her program plan because of her positive experience volunteering with individuals with special needs. She sees her minor as the “perfect pairing” with psychology, which she intends to declare as her major this spring. Long-term, Julia is planning to attend graduate school and is considering a career as a school psychologist.

Julia is glad that she entered UD as an undeclared student because she was hesitant to make such a big decision too early in her college career. Being a UST student allowed her to keep her options open, take some classes to see if they were a good fit for her while also fulfilling breadth requirements, and explore some other interest areas while working with her advisor, Lys Murray. Julia told us that her advisor has been an “incredible resource” who suggested relevant classes, provided faculty contacts, and served as a source of great advice and encouragement!


Student Spotlight: Brianna Anderson

Brianna hails from the historic Borough of Flemington in New Jersey. She entered UD in Fall 2016 with a primary interest in the health sciences. After taking courses in biology, chemistry, anatomy, and nutrition, and meeting with both her UST advisor and an advisor from the Department of Behavioral Health and Nutrition, Brianna decided to declare a major in Health Behavior Science with a minor in Psychology. Brianna told us that she appreciated having Margie Kiter Edwards as her advisor because she was thoughtful, treated her like an individual, and answered her many questions.

Student Spotlight

Tyler Ronczka entered UD in fall 2015 with interests in government, politics, and statistics. After one year as a UST student, he declared a major in Economics. Tyler enjoys being physically active and participating in the Blue Hen Leadership Program

Each year, BHLP hosts several campus-wide speakers in addition to facilitating workshops for program participants. BHLP also offers  Alternative Spring Break trips to U.S. cities where students work with local organizations such as Habitat for Humanity and Gather Baltimore to promote positive changes for individuals and communities.

Major/Minor Spotlight

Public Health is the science and art of preventing disease, prolonging life, and promoting health through the organized efforts and informed choices of society, organizations, public and private sectors, communities, and individuals.

The minor in Public Health at UD provides an interdisciplinary opportunity to develop practical skills in program development and increase knowledge in the areas of social systems, policy, and leadership. This 18 credit minor is available to students in any discipline. Students complete three core introductory courses —  HLPR211: Public Health, HLPR222: Epidemiology, and HLPR233: Global Health — as well as three other upper level classes.

According to, public health professionals analyze and develop programs that protect the health of individuals, families and communities in the United States and abroad. Using education, development of healthy lifestyles, research and program implementation, public health professionals are agents for disease prevention and health promotion.



As a Delaware resident, Laura Koffenberger knew the University of Delaware had a very good reputation, and it was important to her to remain in close proximity to her family. She came to UD as an undeclared student because she didn’t know which major to choose and wanted to take classes in many different subject areas.

Laura declared her major in Accounting in the fall of junior year after researching various majors and taking UNIV117: Navigating Your Academic Path. She found the class helpful because it provided structured time each week to determine which majors best suited her. Academic advisor and UST peer liaison coordinator Sharon Grayson said Laura has been a real asset to the program. She will definitely be missed when she graduates this spring.