Undergraduate Student Profiles


Victoria Rose Croog began at UConn as a math major but after discussing her passion for the environment and environmental conservation with her advisor, they asked if she knew of the Resource Economics major. Rose says “my favorite aspect of the RE major is economic analysis techniques such as supply-and-demand and welfare analysis.” After taking more ARE courses she found a second interest in businesses and consumer behavior, and she now intends to concentrate in both Environmental Economics and Policy, and Marketing and Business Management. 

In her sophomore year Rose began interning with UConn’s Office of Environmental Policy where she helps engage UConn students and staff, and works to maintain UConn’s top status in the Sierra Coolest Schools ranking. Currently she is leading UConn’s first Green Office Certification Program to encourage sustainability in UConn offices. In summer 2014 Rose interned with the CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, where she helped consolidate energy bills of municipally owned buildings in their new system. 

In spring 2015 Rose became Vice President of Marketing for the Resource Economics Club. She is also currently interning at ICF International where she benchmarks energy data and usage materials of municipal buildings in Connecticut as part of the CT Clean Energy Communities Program.

In summer 2015 Rose is traveling to Guatemala for an Honors internship, where she will be work with Social Entrepreneur Corps field professionals to help develop and sustain micro-consignment supported businesses, in addition to taking international development and business courses. 

After graduating with her Bachelor’s, Rose wants to see what job opportunities she will experience, and later will return to school for her Master’s in mathematics, environmental economics, marketing, or ideally a program that fuses all three. Her ultimate goal is to build her own sustainable business to serve as a model green business for other entrepreneurs.

Casey Foley is a senior Resource Economics major who came into UConn undecided, but chose to try out Resource Economics after a fellow student currently in the major told her all about it. She says one of her greatest experiences was getting the chance to study abroad for the Fall 2014 semester at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, where she took business courses and enjoyed experiencing new cultures.

Within Resource Economics, Casey helped to found the Resource Economics Club and is currently serving as the club’s Secretary. As such, she has helped to coordinate and participate in multiple career and outreach events hosted by the Club each semester.

During her time as an undergraduate, Casey has participated in Real Slow Food, the Wildlife Society, and Habitat for Humanity, in addition to being a study abroad ambassador on campus for the University of New South Wales. She intends to graduate UConn in May 2016, and says that because of the great opportunities to travel that she gained at UConn, she hopes to take some time after graduation to do more travelling, although she hopes to return to school to earn a MPA. Read Casey’s full article in Naturally@UConn.

Chris Bruno decided on the Resource Economics major because he wanted to combine his love for the environment and his desire to become an entrepreneurial businessman. Chris says, “I chose the Environmental Economics and Policy concentration so that I could combine this concentration with business courses through the department and business school to have a strong overall background. I believe that having this background in public policy, business and economics better enables you to find solutions to environmental and business problems which will spread benefits to as many parties as possible.”

Currently Chris is an intern in UConn’s Office of Environmental Policy where he utilizes knowledge and analytical skills from his RE major courses to solve problems on various work projects. He is also working on research for his honors thesis and through an award from the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research with ARE professor Ben Campbell. Along with these research roles, he serves as a student ambassador for Innovation Quest, a program that promotes student entrepreneurship on campus. He says that his studies in Resource Economics have given him an interesting viewpoint on business and entrepreneurship that he applies to various situations. His involvement in the ARE Department is extended through his role as President of the Resource Economics Club.

The summer after his freshman year, Chris studied abroad in Germany for two months, learning the German language and also enjoying an art history course.

Chris interned for a management-consulting firm in Stamford in summer 2015. After graduation he hopes to use his skills and knowledge to work for an innovative company or a consulting firm.
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