Phoebe Gelbard

classroom discussion

—It is not news that the coronavirus pandemic has altered our lives, from the mundane ins and outs of our days to the momentous occasions meant to happen during this time. 

Spring 2020 Rising Researchers

In both the fall and spring of each academic year, Research Next selects a small group of undergraduate students from across the UMass Amherst campus to receive The Rising Research Award, recognizing students for their ambitious, creative, and impactful research.

Hurricane Katrina aftermath

“Sustainable” and “resilient”: these are words that many of us toss around both formally and informally, in academic contexts and in our everyday lives. But when we dig deeper, what do these actually mean, and how can we use these definitions in ways that are meaningful to us?


Do you ever wish that fresh, ultra-local food could be more affordable for students, or that you could donate some of the housewares, furniture, and appliances that you don’t want after spring move-out so that other students could make use of them?

students gathered for the campus climate walk-out on 9/20/2019

“The world is changing, and we must change with it.” 

Hiking above the clouds at Doi Inthanon National Park in northern Thailand during November of 2018

“I will be a hummingbird; I will do the best I can.” These words were said by Wangarĩ Maathai, a renowned Kenyan leader in social, environmental, and political activism and the first African woman to be awarded a Nobel Prize. 

Welcome Students and Family

Commonwealth Honors College welcomes returning students back to campus, as well as transfers and those entering as part of the class of 2023. 

Goldwater scholarship

This highly-competitive, national award recognizes college sophomores and juniors pursuing research careers in the natural sciences.

Imagine this scenario: you find yourself in a store and are about to purchase a $25 sweater. Suddenly, your friend rushes in and tells you that the same sweater is being sold for only $15 at a store that’s a block away. Would you make the effort required to save $10?