Melinda Novak, psychological and brain sciences; David Reckhow, civil and environmental engineering, and Donald Tomaskovic-Devey, sociology, are the recipients of the 2016-17 University of Massachusetts Amherst Samuel F. Conti Faculty Fellowships.
The fellowships give faculty members a unique opportunity to focus on their research or creative activities by providing a one-year release from teaching and service duties in addition to a $3,500 cash award.
Fellows are chosen based on their record of outstanding accomplishments in research and creative activity and their potential for continued excellence, particularly with regard to the project that would be undertaken during the fellowship period. Accomplishments in research and creative activity as a UMass Amherst faculty member are paramount.
Conti Fellowship recipients are expected to continue as members of the faculty for a least one year post-fellowship.
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.
The fellowships are managed by the office of the vice chancellor for research and engagement.