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Looking back on this year

Dear alumni,

This has undoubtedly been a crazy year. Despite all of the challenges, we would like to take a moment and express our gratitude for you this holiday season! Thank you to all of you who have joined us for our virtual and live events (remember when we could meet in person?), who have volunteered for information days and career panels, and who have continued to cultivate the AUC spirit among your own communities. You are the driving force behind the AUCAA, and we look forward to bringing you even more alumni activities next year.

We wish all members of the AUCAA community a safe and cosy holiday season, and we hope to see you again next year!

Gerylaine Campos on behalf of the AUCAA Board
Alumni & External Relations Officer

Farewell from Dean Murray Pratt

It's been a pleasure working with many of you while you were students, and also getting to know some alumni from previous years. Now it's my turn to move on from AUC too. You have my warmest wishes in these difficult times and my confidence and best hopes for the future. Keep your sense of wonder, your commitment to equity, and keep being amazing no matter what you do!

Best wishes,

Professor Murray Pratt
M.A.Hons., Glasgow, D.Phil., Oxford
Dean, Amsterdam University College

Read Murray's full statement here.

Farewell from Dean Murray Pratt

Support the AUC Scholarship Fund this holiday season!

One of the ways in which you can support diversity in the AUC student body (if you are willing and able), is to become a donor of the ASF. As a university that values diversity so highly, it is essential that talented students are are actually granted the means to participate. The UvA, VU, and AUC are currently the largest donors of the ASF, but more funds are needed in order to support as many talented and diverse students as possible. Even the smallest donations can make a difference, and will be much welcomed.

Find out more about supporting the ASF.

What does 2021 have in store for the AUCAA?

What does 2021 have in store for the AUCAA?

Although the circumstances are changing frequently, the AUCAA is planning on bringing you some quality alumni programming next year. Stay tuned for a special Homecoming event in the summer of 2021, the new AUCAA podcast, online events and panels, a relaunched AUCAA website and much, much more!

Keep an eye on our newsletters and social media for all the latest AUCAA news. If you have any suggestions, requests, or feedback for the AUCAA, please let us know!

► Alumni Highlights


Philip Elders' 16

Philip Elders' 16

Philip Elders is in the final year of his medical degree at the VU and has served as Dutch youth delegate to the World Health Organization. In this role he tried to raise awareness about the relationship between anthropogenic environmental change and the risk of spillover of zoonotic infections, such as SARS-CoV-2. He has recently published a seroprevalence study on rickettsial infections in Myanmar. These largely neglected zoonotic infections can cause major complications but can easily be treated with antibiotics if recognized on time. Hopefully, these findings will contribute to improved recognition of these infections by healthcare providers in Myanmar.

Read more about the research on rickettsioses in Myanmar here.
Laila Spee'20

Laila Spee, a recent Social Science graduate, has released a new song with Time to Talk called "Know It All".

Curious to hear more music from Laila? Also check out the music video for her song "Broken". Like, support, and share!

Check out Time To Talk - Know It All (ft. Laila)

Laila Spee'20

Keep us in the loop

Do you have any fun or interesting alumni updates to share? Help us feature our alumni by sharing updates like alumni meet-ups, alumni achievements, alumni initiatives, AUC babies etc. Additionally, if you're working on a cool project you want to share with other AUC alumni, you can do so using the link below.

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► AUC News & Opportunities


Winter formal

Winter formal

This yeat the theme of AUCSA's Winter Formal was Frozen in Time! The formal was a livestream event, featuring performances such as dance, music and even stand up comedy! If you would like to watch back the stream of the Winter Formal, please check out the link below!

Watch the Winter Formal livestream here.
Apply for the Ace Incubation Program Spring 2021

ACE Incubator (ACE) is thrilled to announce that in May 2021 a brand new batch of innovative startups will get access to intensive training and a network of mentors, experts and entrepreneurs that will take their entrepreneurial journey to the next level. 

For whom: early-stage academic startups with a tech or science business idea;
When: Monday May 3 to Monday July 12, 2021 (9 weeks);
Deadline: April 11, 2021.

More information here.

Apply for the Ace Incubation Program Spring 2021

► Before you go!

Update your contact information

It's important that we have your most recent contact information on file in order to include you in alumni mailings, future events and keep you up-to-date on alumni activities. You can be sure we have this information by filling out the form found via the link below. 

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Stay in touch!

To keep in contact with other alumni, we recommend joining the Facebook and LinkedIn groups. These groups are used for job/internship opportunities, but also for sharing events and giving advice.
Thanks for reading the alumni newsletter, and if you have any questions about the AUC Alumni Association or how you can get involved with alumni-related activities, please feel free to contact us.

Kind regards,
The AUCAA Board

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