The College of Natural Sciences (CNS) has announced the establishment of the Mahoney Life Sciences Prize, an annual competition for CNS scientists engaged in high-impact applied life sciences research.
The prize is made possible through the generosity of the Mahoney family to recognize UMass Amherst scientists whose work significantly advances connections between research and industry.
The prize is awarded to one faculty member who is the principal author of a peer-reviewed paper about original research on any topic in the life sciences that focuses on new research with translatable applications to industry and society.
It is the first faculty paper prize for CNS.
The prize includes an award of $10,000 as well as opportunities to present the research to industry leaders and the UMass Amherst community.
The three Mahoney brothers – Robert, Richard and William – received their degrees in chemistry from UMass Amherst. They went on to become leaders in their own industries and have served as high-level alumni advisers to the campus.
The inaugural prize winner will be formally announced in the spring of 2018.