Recent News

For the third consecutive year, UMass Amherst has finished as the third leading institutional producer of National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship recipients among Massachusetts colleges and universities. Eight UMass representatives—including seven graduate students and one undergraduate—have won the fellowships in the 2017-18 competition, placing the university behind only Harvard and MIT in the statewide rankings.

Emil Samson, a graduate student in chemistry, is one of the Graduate Research Fellowship awardees. Three-year awards providing an annual stipend of $34,000 to recipients and a yearly $12,000 cost-of-education allowance to their graduate institutions, Graduate Research Fellowships support the master’s and doctoral training of academically talented students pursuing careers in the sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). This year’s cohort of 2,000 Graduate Research Fellowship (GRF) awardees was selected from an applicant pool comprised of more than 12,000 students.

Christie Ellis wins CNS Excellence in Diversity & Inclusion Award

The CNS Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion Awards recognize and honor excellence and achievement in promoting a climate of diversity and inclusion within the college. Christie Ellis demonstrated leadership and innovation in increasing, retaining, and supporting the success of individuals who have been historically underrepresented in CNS and/or in removing the barriers that prevent full participation of all members of our community.

Phytos Therapeutics, headed by Ryan Landis (PhD student in the Rotello group), won $20,000 in the Innovation Challenge, hosted by the Berthiaume Center for Entrepreneurship. Phytos Therapeutics designs, develops and licenses groundbreaking nanotechnology to address the growing dangers of infectious disease.

On Thursday, April 5, the Berthiaume Center for Entrepreneurship awarded $65,000 to three ventures at Innovation Challenge: The Final. Seven student-led ventures pitched to a panel of seven VIP judges. Alexander Smith’s eBiologics won $30,000. Ryan Landis’ Phytos Therapeutics won $20,000. KINASE, Inc. was awarded $15,000.

Landis adds, "The entire process has been humbling and I have been truly enlightened from the experience. I am very grateful to many graduate, professor, and staff members in the UMass Amherst Chemistry Department, the Berthiaume Center for Entrepreneurship, the Isenberg School of Management, the UMass Institute for Applied Life Sciences, and the Stockbridge School of Agriculture. Without their advice, insight, and connections, I would not be where I am today."

Five College Seminar Series

UMass Amherst: Thursday, April 12th
Professor James Wells
University of California, San Francisco
Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry
Detecting and Attacking Cell Surface Proteomes
in Cancer

Host: Michelle Farkas
11:30 a.m. LGRT 1634

Hampshire College: April 12th, 4:30p.m.
"“Born to be Wild” in Industry and Academia"
Ruth Hammon Auditorium
Adele Simmons Hall (ASH)

Amherst College: Friday, April 13th, 3:30 p.m.
"New Engineered Proteins for Signaling"
Merrill Science Center
Lecture Room 4


Upcoming Events

Professor Maria Oliver-Hoyo
North Carolina State University
Thursday, April 26, 2018

“Instructional resources designed to promote visualization of chemical phenomena”

Gabriela Weaver
11:30 am
LGRT 1634
Morgan Baima
Dissertation Defense
Friday, May 4, 2018

“Surface Functionalization of Fabrics and Threads for Smart Textiles”

2:00 pm
Research Adviser:
Trisha Andrew