News and Events

SBS Senior Celebration on May 10

The SBS Senior Celebration Ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 10 at 1:00 p.m. in the Mullins Center. All SBS graduates in attendance will be recognized individually and receive a UMass Amherst medallion. Tickets are not required; seniors may invite as many guests as they like.

UMass Names Newman as Next Provost

The University of Massachusetts Amherst has named nationally recognized sociologist and administrator Katherine Newman of the Johns Hopkins University to be its next provost and senior vice chancellor for academic affairs.

2014 Fulbright Goes to PhD Student for Icelandic Research

PhD student Alyssa Maraj Grahame (political science) has received a 2014-2015 Fulbright Scholarship to continue her dissertation research in Iceland. 

SBS Names Outstanding Teachers for 2014

Mwangi wa Gĩthĩnji, assistant professor of economics, and Brian McDermott, lecturer and Online Program Co-Director in the Journalism Department, are recipients of the SBS Outstanding Teaching Award.

NSF Graduate Research Fellowships Go to Six UMass Social Scientists

Of UMass's ten NSF Graduate Research Fellowship recipients, six are in the Social Sciences, though not all are part of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

School's Out

Research by Jesse Rhodes (political science) reveals that standardized tests have a negative impact on parents' civic engagement.

Going Places and Telling Stories Sum Up Senior’s Dream

Dan Peltier ’14 (journalism/political science) is finding ways to combine his interest in travel with his love of writing.

Focusing on International Cultural Sustainability

Flavia Montenegro-Menezes (landscape architecture and regional planning) has been actively engaging international communities, both locally and abroad, through research and teaching initiatives that involve assessing cultural values and behaviors.

UMass Basketball Star First Openly Gay D-1 Player

Derrick Gordon '15 (sociology) stepped forward on April 9 as the first openly gay player in Division I men's college basketball and shared his story with ESPN and Outsports.

Student's Internships Are "Win-Win"

Kabir Thatte ’16 (political science) knows the value of internships. Although he is only a sophomore, he has already interned with Congressman Joe Kennedy III, Joe Kennedy for Congress, the Town of Medfield, and the United States Department of the Treasury in Washington, D.C.

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