Current Students

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.

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.