“What we have to realize, is that sitting on this beautiful rock, everything we know about the universe, very nearly everything we have seen, comes to us from light. And that is just an extraordinary gift that light offers us.”



Highly organized Honors College student with strong administrative and communication skills needed to assist in planning and implementing the 26th Massachusetts Undergraduate Research Conference 

A Little Princess

Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina, notable author and Dean of Commonwealth Honors College, has recently been published for her contributions in the compilation of three Frances Hodgson Burnett novels: The Secret Garden, A Little Princess, and Little Lord Fauntleroy.

Banu Subramaniam

Race, gender, and sexuality are found all around us, yet these are concepts to which some of us give little thought. Where do these come from? In what scientific evidence (or lack thereof) are they based? How do they affect the ways in which we engage with the sciences? 

Honors Alumnae

Katherine Whitaker '05 and Cayenne Isaksen '05 received major promotions in their positions.


The student deadline to apply for Honors Research Grants or Research Assistant Fellowships for Fall 2019 is Monday, October 7, 2019 at 11:59pm. 

Chaitra Gopalappa, PhD

Chaitra Gopalappa, assistant professor of mechanical and industrial engineering, and her team were awarded a $1.2-million grant to assess the effectiveness of public health initiatives and investments in targeting a variety of chronic diseases. 

Student Blog

UMass Hydro lettuce

“Wait! What’s a BDIC?!” 

This is one of the most frequently asked questions I get when introducing myself to a group of peers. Unless someone is a BDIC student themselves or knows someone who is vocal about the program, chances are you’ve either heard of it but don’t know what it is, or you’re simply in the dark.


They're more complicated than it seems...

Claire Healy

Four months studying Arabic in Jordan's modern and ancient capital city