Rising Researcher Nominations

NOTE: The nomination period for the fall 2021 UMass Amherst Rising Researcher student award program has closed.




The Rising Researcher student acknowledgement program is designed to raise the profile of our most promising undergraduate students and to publicly acknowledge their excellent work. This program is jointly supported by University Relations, Research & Engagement, and the Commonwealth Honors College.


Eligible students will be exceptional undergraduates, identified by their faculty mentor/advisor, who have demonstrated leadership and impact in their chosen area of study. Impact can take the form of research results/scholarly publication (peer-reviewed publications are particularly valued. Additional accomplishments of interest are papers at national meetings, innovation/ entrepreneurial activities that lead to the development of technology or formation of a business; significant contribution to a creative work, such as a book, collection of poetry, musical composition, or theater/dance production. We seek to highlight a diverse representation of undergraduates; nomination of ALANA students is highly encouraged. Students may be nominated individually or as a team.


Students may apply for this award by filling out the nomination form and completing the instruction at the top. All students nominated for the Rising Researcher award must be sponsored by a UMass Amherst faculty member.

Sponsoring faculty should fill out the nomination form located here. Faculty members are encouraged to nominate eligible students whom they advise/mentor. It is particularly helpful for the nominator to provide the context for the research accomplishments that form the basis for the nomination. Nominations submitted by faculty members or administrators other than the student’s advisor are also permitted. However, they must include adequate information about the nominee’s research and scholarly accomplishments on which the selection committee can base their decision.


Students receive an acrylic award, publicity about their achievement in campus communications, and an opportunity to meet the Chancellor.