Nominations open for 21st Century Awards

Nominations of graduating seniors for the 21st Century Leaders Award are currently being accepted for consideration.

The awards, which are presented at Commencement, recognize the strong academic record and exemplary achievement of undergraduate students who further distinguished their intellectual accomplishments, and enhanced the reputation of the University by contributing to the campus community in one or more of the following ways:

Demonstrating strong leadership qualities, characterized by the ability to unite and inspire others toward positive action;

Expanding the intellectual climate of their academic area through noteworthy original research;

Markedly improving the quality of life for others through community service, either internal to the University or beyond the borders of our campus;

Advancing the teaching mission of the University as an exceptional undergraduate teaching assistant whose efforts continually motivate others to learn;

Exemplifying perseverance and courage by overcoming extraordinary personal obstacles through resolve and a determination to excel; and

Participating in the demands of public presentations, either by exhibiting a truly inspiring caliber of artistic talent, through creation or performance, or by excelling in the competitive demands of athleticism.

Nominees will be characterized by their determination to fulfill their academic potential and achieve personal goals. They are catalysts within the undergraduate community, having demonstrated intelligence, integrity, discipline, courage, compassion, and a sense of humor. They will be recognized for this high academic performance, and for the prestige and honor they bring to UMass Amherst, both as undergraduates and as alumni joining the larger community.

Up to 12 students will be given the award. Recipients will receive a plaque and a monetary award from the Alumni Association.

Nomination forms and a copy of the nominee''s vita should be submitted by Friday, Feb. 18.

For more information, call 545-2554, or e-mail Nancy Buffone at