Less than 48 hours after celebrating the Hartford Hawks baseball team winning its first regular season America East Championship, pitcher Sebastian DiMauro crossed the stage to celebrate graduating magna cum laude with a degree in chemistry-biology.
While his short-term focus is on helping the team win the conference tournament championship and moving on to the NCAAs, Sebastian also has plans for later in the summer and beyond. This summer and fall, he hopes to work for a cancer research company, apply to PhD programs in biochemistry and pharmacology (he is already accepted to two), and then return to UHart to take courses and play another baseball season. He has one more year of eligibility because of an injury in his junior year.
"After how well the season went this year and me getting injured, I talked with my parents and I decided I wanted to play another year," says Sebastian, who is from Woodbridge, Conn. “Come spring, I hope to come back, possibly take some credits here, and hopefully play again.”
Sebastian has been more than a good student and an athlete. He’s also been a Student Ambassador for the College of Arts and Sciences, a chemistry tutor all four years, and taught an organic chemistry lab. In the summer of 2017, he had a marketing internship at a supplement company. “I created a portfolio from scientific studies that show how their products performed in lab experiments,” he said, “and I created one-line descriptions for Amazon on what each one of their compounds or supplements does.”
After earning his PhD, Sebastian says he may do a post doc year or take a job in industry or with a pharmaceutical company. He and a friend have talked about eventually going into business together. “One of my friends is an athletic training and physical therapy major,” he says. “The two of us have always had an interest in the body and how it responds to what you put into it.”