Randy Phillis Receives the CNS Outstanding Teaching Award

Biology Professor, Randy Phillis, has been recognized with CNS Outstanding Teaching Award for the many outstanding contributions to the teaching and success of our undergraduate students in our college including ClassTalk, HHMI and RAP programs in addition to directly inspiring students.

Join us in congratulating him!

BURA Not Accepting Applications for Fall 2020

Due to the pandemic and the need to de-densify laboratory settings in the Biology Department, we regret to announce that the Biology Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship (BURA) program will not accept applications during Fall 2020. We will re-evaluate conditions to determine whether BURA can return in Spring 2021. Thank you for your understanding.

STEM Students Submit NSF Video

Professor Peg Riley shares that a group of STEM AP students was invited to contribute an entry for the NSF STEM Diversity and Inclusion Challenge - which encourages NSF funded programs to submit videos on the impacts of their program!

CLICK HERE to see their video submission!

The Biology Senior Celebration 2020 Page is Now Live!

Join us in celebrating the 2020 Biology Graduates! The Senior Celebration Page is now live!

Students, Staff, and Faculty: it is not too late to submit your own photos to the page!

To get your photos on our instagram and celebration page:
-Email Emily Fleming (etfleming@umass.edu) or Meg Gerson (mtgerson@umass.edu)
-Post on instagram using #CNSCelebrates, #BioCelebrateSeniors, and tag us @umassbioadv

CLICK HERE to go to the Biology Senior Celebration

Congratulations to the graduating class of 2020!

Shannon Silva Receives National Award for STEM Studies

Shannon Silva, a biology major and Commonwealth Honors College junior, has been named a recipient of the prestigious Goldwater Scholarship, awarded by the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation.

The aim of the foundation is to provide a continuing source of highly qualified scholars to work as scientists, mathematicians and engineers. The Goldwater, a nationally competitive scholarship, supports students with a passion for research and potential to contribute to their disciplines, and who plan to pursue a graduate degree. Each scholarship covers eligible expenses for undergraduate tuition, fees, books, room and board, up to a maximum of $7,500 annually.

Research has been an important part of Silva’s undergraduate career. The Peabody, Mass., resident joined the Vandenberg Lab in the UMass Amherst Department of environmental health sciences in her sophomore year. She has been evaluating the effect of endocrine-disrupting chemicals on the histopathology of mammary tumors and four additional tissue sites that may be targets of metastasis. Silva has previously interned at Cell Signaling Technology and was an Amgen Research Scholar at Duke University in the summer of 2019. This year, she is scheduled to participate in the Summer Undergraduate Research Program at Gerstner Sloan Kettering. After her anticipated graduation from UMass Amherst in 2021, she hopes to apply her lab research experiences, and her experience as a Goldwater Scholar, to pursue a Ph.D. in molecular cancer biology.

Silva’s nomination for the Goldwater was made possible by UMass Amherst’s Office of National Scholarship Advisement (ONSA). Advising and careful nurturing of Silva’s application was given by ONSA Director Madalina Akli. Each year, ONSA nominates four sophomores and juniors. ONSA is an advising service available to all UMass Amherst undergraduate and graduate students, as well as the university’s robust alumni community.

We are fortunate to have a student who has successfully competed for both these prestigious national fellowships!

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