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Help us. We are very grateful to our alumni and friends for responding to our plea for help. Thank you! Your generosity has enabled us to support the projects you have identified; the unspecified donations are being used to enrich the undergraduate research experience, enhance undergraduate field trips, and support the undergraduate organization BioSci. We welcome your ideas and contributions; please contact us!

Kelly Pattavina ’10 working in the Bezanilla Lab
receives 2010 Kofi Kash Award from Al Richmond.

The Biology Department continues to support students through scholarship funds established with and sup-plemented by alumni con-tributions. These include the Kofi Kash Award for “… outstanding performance and dedication to biological research”, Ray Ethan Torrey Scholarship for under-graduates in the plant sciences and the William and Margaret Nutting Scholarship in field biology. The Massachusetts Museum of Natural History has also benefited from alumni support. All contributions, targeted or unrestricted, are greatly appreciated.

John Park is awarded the William and Margaret
Nutting Scholarship by Rolf Karlstrom.

The University budget has been tight for many years and alumni contributions are an extremely important source of funds for many initiatives for our students. If you respond to the annual UMass Telethon, you can direct your donation, or a portion of it, to the Biology Department.

Direct contact with our alumni has been and continues to be important to us. For years, alumni in academic departments throughout the USA, or holding nonacademic positions, have been invaluable to our recent graduates by providing advice, helping to locate support for graduate studies and finding jobs. We want to remind all alumni that help from nonacademic quarters is more important than ever. If you would like to be on our list of potential contacts, please send a brief description of your field of work and how best to reach you to Bruce Byers, Biology Department, Morrill Science Center, University of Massachusetts, 611 North Pleasant St., Amherst MA 01003-9297 or Email Many prospective students ask to have alumni with "real life" (nonacademic) jobs come speak with them. Should you be available for such talks with small student groups, or for one-on-one conversations, please let us know.

If you are interested in biology alumni who have joined the internet age with a presence on the WWW, visit the alumni links page and learn about their academic and commercial exploits. To list your WWW page, or make changes, contact us by Email through the Alumni Forum, or write directly to Joe Kunkel at

The Biology Alumni Website provides professional links, which can help young biologists explore alternative career paths in biology. One link may help academics plan sabbaticals. Any links you might wish to share with other alumni should be Emailed to us for posting.

Please communicate with us via Email or via our on-line messaging center at URL: Be assured that a faculty member will answer your query.