News and Events

Michelle Budig, Sociology, Receives SBS Dean's Research Excellence Award

Michelle Budig, Professor of Sociology, has been awarded the SBS Dean's Research Excellence Award. This award recognizes distinguished achievement in scholarship and research, and recipients are nominated by their peers.

Why I Give: Jackie Brousseau-Pereira on the Impact of Supporting Internships

“I see it firsthand… These financial awards and scholarships make all the difference with the students who just don’t have a lot of resources and end up working a job that may not give them the same kind of skill building and networking experience. Given the importance of building networks and making connections before you even enter the workforce in today’s competitive market, making these opportunities possible is crucial.”

Leila Kawar Awarded the Herbert Jacob Book Prize

Leila Kawar, Assistant Professor of Political Science and Legal Studies, was awarded the Herbert Jacob Book Prize by the Law and Society Association. Kawar's book, Contesting Immigration Policy in Court: Legal Activism and Its Radiating Effects in the United States and France, was chosen from a competitive pool of nominees for 'best book in Law and Society scholarship published in 2015'.

Gail Fleischaker and Wendy Wilde Receive SBS Outstanding Staff Awards

Two outstanding staff members were recognized this spring for the exemplary work they do in the College. Wendy Wilde, Department Administrator in sociology, and Gail Fleischaker, Finance and Personnel Manager in resource economics, were this year’s awardees.

SBS Students Embark on Summer Study Abroad Experience

Many of our scholarship recipients will be taking their studies overseas this summer. Check out all the amazing places they're going, and why they're excited to go there. 

Charles Schweik Named SPP Interim Director

Charles (Charlie) Schweik will assume the position of interim director of the School of Public Policy (SPP) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst on June 1, 2016. He succeeds M.V. Lee Badgett, who is stepping down after three successful terms as director.

Michael Nicholson Among ‘29 Who Shine’ Honored at State House

Michael Nicholson, of Gardner, a University of Massachusetts Amherst senior majoring in political science and history, was honored May 9 at the State House during the state Department of Higher Education’s “29 Who Shine” ceremony saluting public campus graduates for their civic and academic achievements

Jasmine Kerrissey and Rodrigo Zamith Selected as 2016 Lilly Fellows

Jasmine Kerrissey, assistant professor of sociology and labor studies, and Rodrigo Zamith, assistant professor of journalism, have been selected as two of the 2016-17 Lilly Fellows for Teaching Excellence.

Carol Heim Receives 2016 SBS Outstanding Teaching Award

This year’s College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Outstanding Teaching Award goes Carol Heim, Professor of Economics at UMass Amherst since 1981.