The Rising Researcher student acknowledgement program is designed to raise the profile of our most promising undergraduate students and to publicly acknowledge their excellent work. This program is jointly supported by University Relations and Research & Engagement.
Eligible students will be exceptional undergraduates identified by their faculty mentor/advisor who have demonstrated leadership and impact in their chosen area of study. Impact can take the form of research results/scholarly publication (publications or papers at national meetings are highly valued); innovation/ entrepreneurial activities that may lead to the development of technology or formation of a business; significant contribution to a creative work such as a book, collection of poetry, musical composition, or theater/dance production. We seek to highlight a diverse representation of undergraduates; nomination of ALANA students is highly encouraged.
Students who are selected as UMass Amherst Rising Researchers must have a clear conduct record. Student nominees must sign the academic records check release.
Download the student record release here.
Calls for nomination will be issued twice a year at the beginning of spring and fall semesters. Faculty members are encouraged to nominate eligible students who are under their supervision. Nominations submitted by faculty members or administrators other than the student’s advisor are permitted. However, they must include adequate information about the nominee’s research and scholarly accomplishments on which the selection committee can base their decision.
Students receive an acrylic award, publicity about their achievement in campus communications, and an opportunity to meet the Chancellor.