Current Students

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.

Promoting Positive Interchange through Environmental Cooperation

On her first trip to Nicaragua in high school, Clara Wool '13 (Environmental Design/Middle Eastern studies), who is also a Commonwealth Honors College student, discovered her passion – environmental issues, planning and international development. Her interest only grew when she participated in several additional social action trips to Central America before she even started college.

Selection as Student Commencement Speaker Fulfills Himmelman's Goal

It’s no secret that many of this year’s graduates will be facing difficult challenges in the coming months. When Isaac Himmelman ’12 (political science) addressed the Class of 2012 at Commencement on Friday, May 11, his message to them put their futures in perspective.

Urban Design Project in Rome Brings Insights and Recognition

Garrett Stone ’12 (landscape architecture) spent three years as an owner and operator of a small café in Cambridge, Massachusetts with his father before enrolling at UMass Amherst. Admitting that he “kind of fell into the food service industry,” Stone discovered landscape architecture one day walking through the student design gallery at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Ambition Drives Student to Success

A lot has changed for Cameron Jesse Cox ’12 (sociology) since he matriculated in 2008. Cox began his stint at UMass undeclared but was considering a career in business through the Isenberg School of Management. Four years later, his career interests have become the antipode of that now distant memory.

From Falmouth to Ghana, Sadoff Discusses her Adventure

When Kerri Sadoff ’12 (social thought and political economy) left Falmouth High School, her dream was to put as much distance as she could between herself and Falmouth, Mass. “I had assumed going as far away from home as I could was what I needed... UMass is only three hours from Falmouth, yet I have found it to be an entire, wonderful world away.”

Undergraduate Plays Key Role in Family Research Study

Typically, hot flashes are thought to result from dropping estrogen levels associated with menopause. As part of her student assistantship in Family Research, Amanda Otto ’12 (anthropology) is examining the link between post-partum and menopausal hot flashes.

Sports Enthusiast Aims for Broadcast Journalism Career

Take a good look at this face and remember it. Then, someday in the not-so-distant future, when you see Michael Counos ’13 (journalism) giving the daily sports wrap-up on a major television station, you’ll remember seeing him here first! “I dream of getting a job at a big sports network after graduation,” Counos says, noting that he intends to make that happen by using all of the contacts he’s made while at UMass and continuing to hone his skills both in the classroom and through internships.

Energized by Economics

“I knew if I went to the University of Rhode Island, I would hang out with my friends from high school,” says Laura Molyneaux ’12 (economics) of North Kingstown, RI. “I wanted to meet new people and experience new things. Visiting UMass Amherst the first time, I got the vibe that it was right for me. As it turns out, I was correct."

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