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A new school year means a fresh start, fresh course schedule and fresh determination for all your goals and ambitions. Kick-start your semester with some inspiration from these amazingly determined students, professors and university staff members.

CU Denver graduate

Iraqi refugee plans to help others with disabilities
Reem Hamodi has a sight impairment and grew up in Iraq, where girls were often barred from education. She graduated with a degree in psychology and a near-4.0 grade point average.


Annika Mosier, PhDBiology professor beats the odds
Annika Mosier, PhD, came from a low-income, single-parent family and grew up to work in the STEM field and establish her own biology lab at CU Denver.


Manuela Escobar

Freshman from Colombia wins three medals in national competition
Manuela Escobar, along with teammates Cyrus Pearo and Lauren De Crescenzo, dominated the podiums at the 2018 USA National Championships.


Lauren FontanaStaff member changes her career to help others
Access and equity advocate Lauren Fontana helps our university comply with Affirmative Action and the Americans with Disabilities Act.


Geoffrey King, 2018 CU Denver graduateFormerly homeless student launches his career
Geoffrey King lived in a car for the first 10 years of his life. Now, with a bachelor’s degree in finance, he’s got multiple job offers and a promising future.


Chris Yakacki, PhDEngineering experts win NFL contest for helmet safety
Chris Yakacki, PhD, and his research lab team developed an award-winning liquid-crystal foam technology to protect football players from brain injury.

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