Libraries Seeking Submissions for Undergraduate Sustainability Research Award

The UMass Amherst Libraries are seeking submissions for the 2016 Undergraduate Sustainability Research Award. All undergraduate students are eligible. Applications are due Feb. 12, 2016.

Papers, theses, design and multimedia projects, and fine art that present research into a sustainability topic (environmental, social or economic) will be accepted. The first prize recipient receives a $1,000 scholarship. Two second-place winners receive $500 scholarships. Applicants must be nominated by a UMass Amherst faculty member. Projects created between spring 2015 and fall 2015 will be accepted. Students may be part-time or full-time undergraduates.

The UMass Amherst Libraries support sustainability efforts across campus, fueled in part by the national award-winning Library Sustainability Fund.

The award promotes the in-depth understanding of sustainability, research strategies and the use of library resources, providing participating students with vital skills they will carry into future academic and vocational endeavors.  

The review panel consists of a sustainability studies librarian, an undergraduate student, a faculty member, a representative of Sustainable UMass, and a member of the Library’s Department of Development and Communication. Award recipients will be honored at the annual Dinner with Friends on April 2, 2016.  

Winners of the 2015 awards are listed below. Their winning projects are viewable in the Sustainability Student Showcase on ScholarWorks, the university’s digital repository.

First-place recipients were Ben Chilcoat ’16, Groton, Mitch Negus ’16, Mansfield, Mark Settembrino ’16, Wappingers Falls, N.Y., and Jon Swanton ’15, Charlestown, for “Why Waste the Wind? A Look into Small Scale Wind Energy.”

Second-place awards went to Kathryn A. Cooney ’16 of Chelmsford, for “Longitudinal Differences in Brook Trout Density and Mean Length in Headwater Streams of Western Massachusetts,” and Michael Roberts ’16, Easthampton, with Shaunna Aflague ’15, Pocasset, Lauren Bullard ’17, Oakham, and Kelsi Sleet ’16, Wilmington, Del., for “Coastal Erosion in Cape Cod, Massachusetts: Finding Sustainable Solutions.”

Honorable mentionswereXochiquetzal Salazar ’17, Bryantville, for “Hope in School Gardens,”and Arianna Moscone ’15, Marblehead, for “Waste Not, Want Not: A Student Manual to Create Zero Waste College Campuses.” 

For more information, contact Madeleine Charney, sustainability studies librarian, 413/577-0784,


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