News and Events

Thinking—and Acting—Strategically About a Career in Public Policy

Andrew McGavern ’13 (political science) is making the most of opportunities at UMass, including impressive internships, the Accelerated Master of Public Policy Program, scholarships, and various student development offices.

Assistant Director of Career Planning to Help SBS Students

Rebecca Bell has been hired to help SBS students make connections to practical experiences.

UMass Funds Fastest-growing Category of Student Financial Aid

The University of Massachusetts expects this year to direct $148 million of its own funds toward financial aid for students.

Political Scientist Jane Fountain Appointed Distinguished Professor

Trustees appoint Professor Jane Fountain (political science and public policy), director of the National Center for Digital Government, a Distinguished Professor.

Acclaimed Economist Leads the Way to Better Policies for Africa

The societal issues that stand between many African countries and economic stability vary, but according to economist Léonce Ndikumana, strong public policy can lay the framework for more equal, inclusive development across the continent.

Alums Beat Hollywood Odds to Make a "Life of a King"

Classmates Dan Wetzel '94 (journalism) and David Scott '94 (journalism/political science) are the co-writers, along with director Jake Goldberger, for the film, “Life of a King,” starring Oscar winner Cuba Gooding Jr., which opens on Friday, January 17, 2014. 

Blanchflower to Play in Senior Bowl

Tight end Rob Blanchflower '14 (communication) has accepted an invitation to take part in the 2014 Senior Bowl.

Herndon Among Bostonians of the Year

PhD candidate Thomas Herndon (economics), who helped debunk a key study by Harvard economists that supported austerity policies, has been selected one of twelve Honorable Mentions in The Boston Globe's 2013 Bostonians of the Year. 

Former Minutewoman Named To All-Time U.S. Soccer Team

UMass women's soccer alumna Briana Scurry '95 (political science) has been chosen for the national women's team all-time best XI as a part of U.S. Soccer's commemoration of its centennial.

Sociologist Wins Prestigious Humboldt Research Award

Professor Donald Tomaskovic-Devey (sociology) has been named one of eight scholars and social scientists to receive the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s 2014 Anneliese Maier Research Award. As part of the award, he will receive 250,000 EUR (approximately $342,000) designated to finance research collaboration with specialist colleagues in Germany.

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