Daniel McGee


Scott Auerbach, professor of chemistry and chemical engineering and executive director of the UMass Integrated Concentration in Science program (iCons), delivered the Honors College Plenary Lecture on September 21, 2020. Auerbach’s talk, entitled “Is Racism a Science Problem?”, examined the link between science and racism using empirical and anecdotal evidence.


On August 23, 2020, the Commonwealth Honors College inducted 682 first-year and transfer students in a virtual ceremony. The Honors College Induction Ceremony welcomes new students each year as they begin their academic journey at Commonwealth Honors. This year’s inducted class includes students from twenty-five states and twenty-three countries across many academic disciplines.


Nathan Balk King '23 received a Tikkun Olam Leadership Award for his creation of Model United Nations: Indigenous.


After serving as dean of Commonwealth Honors College for five years, Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina has chosen to transition into a role as faculty professor of English. Gerzina is an award-winning author and expert in Victorian and African American literature, and was inducted to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2017.


Selena Cho, a Commonwealth Honors senior, was recently awarded a summer fellowship by the Women in Sports Tech, Inc. (WiST). WiST supports college and grad students to begin their careers in the sports tech industry, encouraging creative fellowship proposals that combine the themes of sports and technology.


Barth, who received his bachelor’s degree with individual concentration (BDIC) in social philosophy and communication theory, will spend his time at Cambridge writing “The Theory of Everyone,” a blueprint for a world in which everyone is supported to fulfill their potential.


The Celebration will be available on the Commonwealth Honors College website on Thursday, May 7, beginning at 6:30 pm.


Chloe's speech, "After Brushing My Teeth—Then What?," explores the uncertainties of life.


"...Hey Mama, I wanna sing so loud for you, cuz I'm so proud of you..."

dean castaneda

The Mutual Mentoring program provides funding to individuals and groups of faculty for the purpose of developing robust professional mentoring networks that support growth as researchers, teachers, and leaders in their fields.