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Five years ago, Eliza Shirazi ’13 was a communication and public health major at UMass Amherst, studying abroad in South Africa, and teaching a kickboxing-inspired group fitness class. Now, Shirazi, founder of Kick It By Eliza, has 60 trained instructors and plans to bring the unique fitness program to international venues. “I wouldn’t have the courage to do all this without the experience of...

As Jakob Lengacher ’15 tells it, he enrolled at UMass Amherst to pursue a degree in physics and took a Chinese language class for fun. When he failed his first physics exam but aced assignments in Chinese, Lengacher realized he was in the wrong major. He is now a Fulbright scholar at Heilonjiang University in Harbin, China, where he spent his junior year abroad. “It was phenomenal, in a word....

For some, New England winters provide a wonderland, while others see only inconvenience and nuisance. UMass Amherst graduate and international student Yinyong Li ’12G, ’16PhD had a common and recurring problem: his eyeglasses would fog up after coming in from the cold. However, the solution to the problem this polymer and engineering scientist discovered was anything but common.  

Li...