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See what UIC’s French undergraduate alumni are up to, including double majors and minors.

Laurie Liberius


Laurie Liberius, B.A. French, is now a graduate student in our M.A. French program at UIC.

Julian Wrobel


Julian Wrobel, B.A. French, is currently an assistant de langue in Beauvais, France in the government’s TAPIF program.

Lorena Gonzalez


Lorena Gonzalez, B.A. Biological Sciences with a French minor, went on to serve in Burkina Faso as a Peace Corps volunteer teaching science in French. She is now the Director of Institutional Giving at the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights.

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Temi Sodipe


Temi Sodipe, a Public Health major, used her French minor to conduct interviews with local experts on FGM/C in Paris and Chicago in order to integrate new best practices and identify new recommendations. She graduated in 2023 and plans to pursue medical school.

Elma Abdulbaki


Elma Abdulbaki, B.A. French and Francophone Studies, is currently pursuing her PharmD degree at UIC College of Pharmacy.

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Kelly Tounou


Kelly Tounou, a Public Health major with a French minor, is an Americorps member at Rush Hospital in Chicago.

Jackie Wilson


Jackie Wilson, a French and Economics double major, is currently teaching English in French Guyana with TAPIF.

Ryan Hearty


Ryan Hearty, an Economics major with a French minor, works as business development manager for Blackberry.

Mary Claire Murphy


Mary Claire Murphy, a French and Sociology double major, works in hospitality in Chicago at The Gwen, a luxury collection hotel.

Caelye McAndrew


Caelye McAndrew, a biology major with a French minor, is currently teaching English in Rouen, France with TAPIF.

Bradley Grochocinski


Bradley Grochocinski, B.A. French and Anthropology, went on to study international business and is now a bilingual product manager for a software company.

Charles Lafon


Charles Lafon, an architecture major with a French minor, is pursuing his Master of Architecture at the University of Southern California.

Zebulon Hurst


Zebulon Hurst, B.A. French and Francophone Studies, is a multi-disciplinary artist and scholar. He is currently an education coordinator in Evanston.

Ellie Brannaman


Ellie Brannaman, B.A. French and Francophone Studies, is a relationship banker with JP Morgan.

Sofia Diaz


Sofia Diaz, who majored in Communications with a French minor, is now a Registered Client Service Associate at Morgan Stanley.

Susy Lopez


Susy Lopez, B.A. in Teaching of French, taught with the TAPIF program in France. She now is a French teacher in the Chicago area.

Nicole Ogbuagu


Nicole Ogbuagu, B.S. Neuroscience with a French minor, is now a research specialist with UChicago Medicine.

David Degooyer


David Degooyer, B.A. French and Communications, is now an Exam Development Associate for the National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists.

Suzanne Oskouie


Suzanne Oskouie, B.S. in Neuroscience and B.A. in French, received a Fulbright Research Grant to study neural progenitor cell migration and differentiation at the University of Geneva in Switzerland. She is now a M.D. and fellow at University of Arizona.

Miguel Garcia


Miguel Garcia, a Biology major and French minor, went on to pursue graduate studies at the University of Chester in England. He is now a Clinical Trial Associate with Labcorp.

Citlaly Herrera


Citlaly Herrera double majored in French and Spanish, concentrating in linguistics. She is currently a Visiting Lecturer in the Spanish department at UIC.

Dayana (Salazar) Lopez


Dayana Lopez, BA and MA in French at UIC, lives in the Chicagoland area and teaches college French classes and does French and Spanish translation over the summer.

Abigail Suleman


Abigail Suleman double majored in French and Chemistry at UIC and went on to pursue her Master of Public Health. She is a sexual and reproductive health advocate and currently researches adolescents with UW-Madison’s Department of Pediatrics.

Alefiyah Shikari


Alefiyah Shikari got her BA in the Teaching of French. She went on to receive her M.Ed and work in higher education.

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Vanessa Ruiz


Vanessa Ruiz, after majoring in the Teaching of French, now works in the non-profit sector in education.

Clare (Gorman) Stopher


Clare Stopher, BA French, is now working as a recruiter in the life sciences industry.

Rafael Olague


Rafael Olague, BA in French, is trilingual and is now a local Spanish teacher.

Eliza Apavaloaiei


Eliza Apavaloaiei graduated May 2024 with a BA in Political Science and Economics.

Rica Lopez


Rica Lopez graduated May 2024 with a BA in French.