News and Events

Mari Castañeda Named First Chancellor’s Leadership Fellow

Professor Mari Castañeda (communication) has been appointed as the first Chancellor’s Leadership Fellow, effective at the beginning of the spring semester.

Study Abroad Experience Made Possible by Ansin Scholarship

“My experience was truly life changing,” says Alyssa Lark ’16 (communication). “I was able to travel to 9 different countries and I met so many remarkable people along the way. I am beyond grateful for having received this fellowship. I had the time of my life!”

Senior Secures Internship with NBC Nightly News

“Journalism is an excellent outlet to tell stories and I believe journalists have the responsibility to be the voice of the voiceless,” says Daniel Rodriguez ’15 (journalism/political science).

Student Research Spotlight: Samantha Schenck

“CRF has helped me tremendously this year. It has allowed me the time to pursue my own research full time. I have been able to take time off from my Research Assistantship. By supporting my family and me, CRF has given me a chance to hopefully help other families.” - Samantha Schenck, PhD Candidate.

Anthropology and Scholarships Helped Senior Find His Way

Justin Batista ‘15 (anthropology), who attended the Total Archaeology at Tel Akko project two seasons in a row thanks to SBS Scholarships, says his UMass experience would not have been the same without the opportunity. 

SBS Faculty Members Named Public Engagement Project Fellows

Sylvia Brandt (resource economics/CPPA), Paul Collins (legal studies) and Elizabeth Krause (anthropology) are three of nine recipients of the 2015 Public Engagement Project Fellowship.

Alum Increases Diversity in Tech Industry with Startup

Melissa James ’10 (journalism/legal studies), founder and CEO of the Dorchester-based Tech Connection, realized early on in her career that tech companies severely lacked diversity. She sought to change that by forming her own recruitment company to help diversify the field.

Anthropologists Discover Extinct Lemur Fossils in Underwater Cave

Co-primary investigators Laurie Godfrey, professor emerita of anthropology, and Alfred Rosenberger, professor of anthropology and archaeology at Brooklyn College, found thousands of specimens in the first exploration of three deep underwater inland caves on the island of Madagascar off of the southeastern coast of Africa.

Former US Congressman Returns to Alma Mater to Teach

Former US Congressman and UMass alumnus Peter G. Torkildsen ’80 (political science) will return to campus this spring as a professor of practice in the Department of Political Science.

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