The UMass Impact
At UMass Amherst, our diverse community is united in our commitment to the relentless pursuit of progress.
We are the revolutionaries of today. Not waiting for change, but creating it. At the University of Massachusetts Amherst, a revolutionary spirit runs through our veins. It inspires us. To think in new ways. To challenge convention. Not to simply be different, but to actually make a difference. We embrace the freedom to dream bigger. We are pioneers, builders, unconventional doers – committed to the relentless pursuit of progress. Join us, and make your impact.
Whatever your goal, UMass will help you reach it. Our campus is bursting with opportunities and resources to empower you to make an impact on the world.
As the Commonwealth's flagship public research university, UMass Amherst offers students unparalleled support, top facilities, and opportunities for meaningful research collaborations with leading faculty, multi-industry companies, and technology clusters in the Greater Boston area and beyond.
The Berthiaume Center for Entrepreneurship provides access to entrepreneurial inspiration, connections, and resources.
The office of Civic Engagement and Service-Learning (CESL) promotes learning for lifelong, democratic engagement, partnering with communities on and off campus to work collectively for a more just society.
At the Institute for Applied Life Sciences (IALS), more than 200 faculty-led research groups translate research into innovative product candidates, technologies, and services to benefit human health and well-being.
On Campus and in the World
Our students, alumni, faculty and staff are making a difference every day, in every corner of the world.
Researchers at UMass Amherst recently announced that they have figured out how to engineer a biofilm that harvests the energy in evaporation and converts it to electricity.
Eighty-seven percent of the UMass Amherst undergraduate Class of 2021 are employed, in military service, continuing their education or gaining additional life experience through volunteer opportunities.
Over the course of the 2021-22 academic year, seven faculty members across the UMass Amherst campus were named the recipients of National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER awards.
UMass Amherst last week unveiled UMass Carbon Zero — an ambitious vision to limit the dangers of climate change and power the commonwealth’s 1,500-acre flagship campus with 100% renewable energy by approximately 2032.
Four Commonwealth Honors College students at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have been awarded the Barry Goldwater Scholarship for their outstanding research and achievements in the natural sciences, mathematics or engineering.
Preliminary round winners have been named for the Innovative Challenge, the university’s premier pitch event in the Berthiaume Center for Entrepreneurship. The teams will now compete on April 13 in the finals, where they can receive up to $65,000 in equity-free funding.
The Public Interest Technology University Network recently announced that UMass Amherst will become a member of the consortium, which includes more than 40 universities across the U.S.
UMass Amherst English professor and poet Martín Espada has won the National Book Award for his book “Floaters,” a collection of poetry that runs from scathing socio-political commentary to homages of family and love.
The analysis by Philadelphia-based Clarivate Analytics, owner of the Web of Science, serves as the basis for regular listings of researchers whose citation records put them in the top 1% by citations for their field and year.
UMass Amherst was among the higher ed institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs for having produced the most Gilman Scholarship recipients over the past 20 years in the Large Institution category.
The Baker-Polito administration and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center recently announced that a team led by Extension professor Dwayne Breger at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has been selected for a two-year award of more than $228,000.
UMass Amherst’s Jim Kurose, is part of the research team recently awarded a $20 million National Science Foundation grant to build the internet of the future.
Professor Donghyun Kim, College of Information and Computer Sciences, a specialist in dynamic, bipedal motion in robots, is helping to build a robot that can take robotic acrobatics to the next level.
Researchers in polymer science and engineering are used to working at the molecular level, but UMass Amherst professor Thomas P. Russell and his former UMass student and current postdoc Paul Kim are helping to take polymer research to the next level: outer space.
In the News
Alumna Rachael Rollins was confirmed by the Senate as the next U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts. She has been the Suffolk Country district attorney since 2018. She will be the first Black woman to hold the post.
The UMass alum and former MLS player recounts his 84-day transcontinental journey, and the challenges and triumphs he encountered along the way.
The climate organizer from Sunrise Movement speaks with Rolling Stone for the latest installment of “The Next Wave,” a series on the new leaders who will shape America’s future.
The installation, called “FutureSHORELINE,” was designed by artist, landscape architect, and University of Massachusetts Amherst assistant professor Carolina Aragón.
Current UMass Amherst Student Hannah Finn is the Founder of One Wish Project
The Andover nonprofit organization known for helping children in homeless shelters celebrate their birthdays continues to grow and spread cheer.
Hoodies and zippers make life harder for people with disabilities. Social Surge’s adaptive, gender-neutral clothing looks to ‘flip the script.’
Co-founder and UMass Amherst professor Michael DiPasquale remembers Make-Its simple beginnings. “I did a whole semester on vacant spaces in Springfield. We started looking at how to take vacant spaces - including vacant storefronts, vacant retail spaces on the first floor - and how can we make them more vibrant.”
By the Numbers
UMass has won Top Campus Dining for five years running.
The UMass Alumni Network stretches across the globe.
Research at UMass
From STEM to humanities, UMass is proudly committed to helping the nation and the world discover new knowledge and confront escalating challenges.