Current Students

Perspectives from a Recent Graduate: Christopher A. Lukasik '15

Christopher Lukasik graduated this past December after building an impressive academic career during his time at UMass. Lukasik, a Legal Studies and Public Health double major, currently works at the Easthampton Healthy Youth Coalition as the Youth Outreach Liaison. He has already begun directly applying his educational background to the work he is doing at the coalition, and says "One of the most exciting [parts of the job] is working with student groups to integrate health promotion into their operations". 

State Leaders Welcome UMass Women to the State House

Public leaders from across the state welcomed UMass Women into Leadership (UWiL) to the State House to learn more about public service and leadership in the Commonwealth.

Student Profile: Mentewab Kebede

Mentewab Kebede ’16 (legal studies/political science) has certainly made her mark on the UMass campus over the last four years, and plans to continue to make a mark on the world after graduation.  

Behind the Leader: Jessica Williams

Communication and philosophy double major, Jessica Williams, is an integral member of the ALFP. She appreciates how easily accessible the program has made faculty members, through faculty presentations and engagements with members of the program. “The program has also taught me that our professors and instructors are more than happy to talk to students, so it never hurts to send an email or drop by their office hours,” says Williams.

Behind the Leader: Arjun Chawla

“So far, I have been greatly impacted by the ALFP,” says Arjun Chawla '16, SBS Academic Leadership Fellow and Communication major. “Being a member of this group of future world leaders has enhanced my leadership skills substantially.”

CRF Announces Fall Travel Award Winners

The Center for Research on Families is proud to announce the winners for this Fall’s Student Travel Award. Every semester the Center provides funding for students to present their family research at an academic conference. The award helps offset the costs of travel, and allows students the opportunity to meet and present with other researchers in their field. This semester, CRF has awarded a $300 travel award to Sarah Reedy, a PhD student in the Anthropology department, and a $300 travel award to PhD student Amy Newberg of the Psychological and Brain Sciences Department.

Behind the Leader: Stephanie Chan

Stephanie Chan ’17 (political science) joined the SBS Academic Leadership Fellows Program (ALFP) last fall and has been an active member ever since. She has been able to make connections beyond her major and has been afforded many opportunities, such as hearing Rais Bhuiyan, Founder and President of World Without Hate, speak about his experiences and activist work.

Sophomore Wins Salute to Service Scholarship

As a Tibetan-American, Thargay has spent most of his life wanting to make a difference in the lives of others. He explained that Tibetans inside Tibet and India, as a form of peaceful protest, are setting themselves on fire to speak out against the oppressive conditions of the Chinese government. What deeply troubled him was the age of these “peaceful protesters” – most of them under the age of 18. “Upon learning that statistic, I realized I couldn’t go through my four years at UMass without doing something to make a difference,” explains Thargay.

Behind the Leader: Joel Devariste

“A good leader stands out without having to command his presence to others,” says Joel Devariste ’18, political science student and member of the football team. “A good leader brings out the best in everyone around him and sets a great example for everyone following – much like a quarterback, who’s responsible for lining everyone up, reading a defense and getting the ball where it needs to be in a short amount of time.”

Behind the Leader: Ariel Dickerman

The Academic Leadership Fellows Program (ALFP) supports SBS undergraduate students to develop their academic and leadership potential to their fullest extent. The program gives students an academic community in which to grow and flourish. Ariel Dickerman, Academic Leadership Fellow, is very involved in the program and on campus.

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