Current Students

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.”

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.

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.

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.

Bernie Sanders Rally on Campus Emphasizes Student Activism

While the rally was specifically in support of Bernie Sanders, the overarching message was on the importance of being involved in current issues and being a force for positive change.

SBS Scholarships Transcend Majors

Nicolas Dundas, recipient of the SBS Merriam Internship Award last spring, enjoys working with others and understanding social norms. His interests span a wide variety of areas, which has afforded him the opportunity of landing an internship in Washington D.C.

Priming Women for Public Leadership

Heather Ducharme ’16 (legal studies/political science) spent the summer as an intern for U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, whose office was one of the inaugural internship sites for the UMass Women into Leadership, a program that seeks to increase the number of women in public leadership.

Anthropology Student Fights for Social Justice

Frida Caro ’16 (anthropology) was the recipient of the SBS Dean’s Opportunity Scholarship. An anthropologist at heart, Caro discovered her passion for studying current issues of cultural identity in the context of social injustice and discrimination.