Current Students

Student’s Critique of Austerity Policies Creates Firestorm

When Thomas Herndon (economics), a third-year graduate student, began a class assignment last fall, he had no inkling that he would end up in the middle of a furious debate over international economic policies.

Two Fellowships for Econ Student

Economics PhD student Theresa Owusu-Danso is the recipient of two fellowships, a dissertation fellowship awarded by the African Economic Research Consortium and an international fellowship awarded by the American Association of University Women.

SBS Senior Celebration Honors Graduates

The Mullins Center was packed and spirits were high as the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences congratulated the Class of 2013 on May 11 at its annual Senior Celebration.

SBS Scholarships Presented to Ninety

Shortly before the end of the semester, ninety scholarship awards were presented to SBS students for internships, study abroad, and merit.

Grad Student Critique of Reinhart & Rogoff Report Goes Viral, Featured on Colbert

A working paper by PhD candidate Thomas Herndon and Professors Michael Ash and Robert Pollin (all economics) has garnered international attention. Heralded as a “bombshell report,” it revealed serious errors in a major study by eminent Harvard economists Carmen Reinhart and Ken Rogoff that was used as the framework for austerity policies across the U.S. and internationally.

Students Rising, A Local Campaign to Change the World, Led by SBS Students

When Rachel Levine ’13 (communication and theater) attended the Boston SBS Student-Alumni Networking Event in January, she never knew that in three short months, she would be leading a 30-day campaign for the UMass Amherst campus. But after meeting alumnus Benjamin Happ ’98 (psychology), who is a member of the SBS Dean’s Advisory Board, and learning of the non-profit organization Room to Read, Levine was inspired to construct an awareness initiative at UMass.

Student Stands Out in STPEC

“In a way, my involvement in high school propelled me toward UMass,” says Liam Keller Lynch ’13 (STPEC). Besides being president of his class junior and senior year, Lynch was a member of National Honor Society and marching band, was a prom planner, and worked on various fundraisers. For college, he sought a big school with many opportunities and broad acceptance of the queer community.

Meet Me After Class

A photo essay by Shaina Mishkin '14 (journalism), published in the latest UMass Magazine, included some personal commentary about her UMass experience, as well as images of Dylan Lurvey '14 (communication) doing slacklines and Tommy Verdone '14 (journalism) browsing records in Northampton.

SBS, Commonwealth Honors College Junior Named Truman Finalist

Renée Barouxis '14 (political science) has been named a finalist for the Harry S. Truman Scholarship. The prestigious award is for outstanding students preparing for careers in public service. She was chosen from a pool of 629 applications from 293 colleges and universities, and vies to be among the 60-65 college juniors to be selected nationwide.

Law Looms Large in Student’s Dreams

Ashley Berger ’13 (legal studies/history) claims to have entered UMass as the average freshman. However, as she progressed through her undergraduate career, Berger’s determined attitude and drive to succeed made her a standout.

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