Success Beyond Oneself | Bridget Oei | TEDxUConn

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As a UConn medical student and former Ms. Connecticut, Bridget Oei has worked tirelessly to use her platform to inspire hundreds of others with her love of science. In this talk, Bridget shares her academic experiences and the work she has done to promote STEM education in schools across Connecticut. Bridget Oei is 23 from Hebron, Connecticut and a recent Magna Cum Laude graduate of the University of Connecticut with an Honors degree in Environmental Chemistry. Bridget was a recipient of a Nutmeg scholarship: a 4-year full tuition, room and board, merit scholarship, and the Stamps leadership scholarship: an enrichment fund scholarship that allowed her to study abroad through medical service programs in Lima, Peru and the Dominican Republic. Bridget was also named a 2017 University Scholar for her research on finding clinical preventative treatment for Osteoarthritis at the UConn Health Center in Farmington, CT. Bridget is currently a first year medical student at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. Bridget served as Miss Connecticut 2018. Through her year, she travelled the state promoting her platform: Women in STEM: Inspiring the Next Generation of Innovators, Bridget uses her experiences in science research to encourage young women to explore their potential in STEM. Bridget believes in research as a creative approach to solving daily science inquiries. She hopes to ignite curiosity among young women to think outside the box and hopes to inspire young women to envision their potential as innovators and leaders in STEM fields. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at


  • You have so much to be proud of, you are nothing short of an inspiration, but more importantly, you’re onto something that can and will change the world. We are so lucky to have so many Miss CT’s that are so special, proud just doesn’t cut it. ❤️

  • It's so sad to hear about the baby in Lima, but I'm glad that experience will shape the doctor you will be! I'm sure having that firsthand experience and drive to fix the problems you saw will positively influence the way you treat patients and what you accomplish during your career :)

  • Bridget, you're clearly thriving in how you define success, building up that next generation of scientist-princesses. Keep being so inspiring!

  • Her presence and story are so inspiring. You can see her passion and she’s doing more than just innovating her field; she’s inspiring the next wave of female doctors and scientists. The fact that men are trying to tear you down just proves you’re on the right track. You rock!

  • i can hear her heart pounding really fast


  • feminism dismantling STEM fields.

    • dev0n james We need more people like Bridget Oei