Sabrina Yen

I am currently the Committee Chair of the Workshops & Networking Committee of the Undergraduate Research Network, and I have been involved in business sustainability research at U.Va.

I began my research experience at U.Va. through the fantastic USOAR program run by the Center for Undergraduate Excellence. I spent the summer after my second year studying German sustainable viticulture (wine-making!) in Germany with the generous support of a Harrison Undergraduate Research Award and a Center for German Studies Grant.

I am now a third-year finance and IT major with a minor in business analytics. I joined URN as a third year because I felt research was important to a well-rounded education in any field – science or humanities – even if I were not going to pursue a career in research immediately after graduation. Additionally, my research in Germany allowed me the freedom to pursue an academic interest outside my major and connected me to a global community of friends and scholars.

Outside of URN and my research, I am the Chief Development Officer for Smart Woman Securities at U.Va. and the Treasurer of the U.Va. Climbing Team.

While serving on the URN Executive Board, I hope to expand URN’s reach to more students in the social sciences, in particular Commerce, and work to diversify URN’s officer pool. I also hope to increase collaboration between URN communities to launch an “URN Scholars” program.