The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Call for Nominations for the UMass Amherst Rising Researcher Student Award Program

Monday, September 14, 2020

Vice-Chancellors John Kennedy and Michael Malone are pleased to announce the fall 2020 call for nominations for the UMass Amherst Rising Researcher student award program. This program recognizes UMass Amherst undergraduate students who excel in research, scholarship, or creative activity. Similar to the Spotlight Scholar program of honoring faculty and their achievements, the Rising Researcher student acknowledgment program is designed to raise the profile of our most promising undergraduate students and to publicly acknowledge their excellent work. The program is cosupported by University Relations and Research and Engagement. See www.umass.edu/researchnext/rising-researchers for previous winners.

OVERVIEW

The Rising Researcher student acknowledgment 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.

Eligibility

Eligible students will be exceptional undergraduates identified by their faculty mentor/advisor who have demonstrated leadership and impact in their chosen area of study. The 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 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.

Process

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.

FACULTY NOMINATION FORM

Student nominees must submit a student application, including a current academic CV.

STUDENT NOMINATION FORM

RECOGNITION

Students receive an acrylic award, publicity about their achievement in campus communications, and an opportunity to meet the Chancellor.

CONTACT

Questions about the program? Contact: Karen J. Hayes khayes@admin.umass.edu