Three professors from the College of Natural Sciences and the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences have been named recipients of the 2015-16 Samuel F. Conti Fellowships.
Daniela Calzetti, astronomy, Alfred J. Crosby, polymer science and engineering, and Gerald A. Epstein, economics, have been selected for the fellowship, which includes a cash award of $3,500 and a year’s leave of absence to concentrate on activities related to graduate education, research, creative work and scholarly attainment.
Selection is based on demonstrably outstanding accomplishments in research and creative activity as well as the potential for continued excellence particularly with reference to the project proposed in the nomination materials. Accomplishments in research and creative activity as an Amherst campus faculty member is emphasized. Awards are recommended by a committee of former Conti fellows, appointed by the vice chancellor for research and engagement, after consultation with the chair of the Research Council. Recommendations are forwarded from the committee to the vice chancellor for research and engagement for approval.
The fellowships are named in honor of Samuel F. Conti, the first vice chancellor for research, who played a key role in establishing the campus as a major research institution of international reputation.