Honors Awards


Honors student Nicole Tremblay was recently recognized by the Eastern Nursing Research Society for her heart failure education presentation.

Awards are bestowed upon Honors students throughout the year in recognition of their academic excellence.

Every semester, the Office of Undergraduate Research offers grants to help support student research projects.

In April, Honors students compete in the Three-minute Thesis competition, sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Research.

At the Honors Convocation dinner, students who completed the Honors curriculum are recognized for having earned the right to graduation as Commonwealth Scholars.



Undergraduate Research Grants

The Office of Undergraduate Research offers awards for the fall and spring semester to help support student research projects. Undergraduate students in any department at UMassD who are engaged in original research under the guidance of a faculty member are encouraged to apply‌. 

Congratulations to the Honors students who received an OUR grant for the 2014 spring semester:

Caitlin Bien, Chemistry and Biochemistry. Advisor: Professor Manke.

Project title:  Post-synthetic modification of coordination polymers to prevent network interpenetration and capture CO2

Brian Danehey, Bioengineering. Advisor: Professor Ferreira.

Project title:  Hydrogel delivery of PACs in melanoma cells

Sarah Frade, Chemistry and Biochemistry. Advisor: Professor Neto.

Project title:  The effect of cranberry plant on cancer in vitro

Scott Goeppner, Biology. Advisor: Professor Paz-y-mino.

Project title:  Intragroup social conflict in group of white winged wood ducks

Nathaniel Kramer, Electrical and Computer Engineering. Advisor: Professor Lincoln.

Project title:  Automatic Fan Speed Controller

Audrey Mazzola, Psychology. Advisor: Professor Ayotte.

Project title:  How do friends influence procrastination among college students?

Danielle McDowell, Bioengineering. Advisor: Professor Kavanagh.

Project title:  Establishment of efficient chick limb culturing

Samantha Melchiono, Psychology. Advisor: Professor Richardson.

Project title:  The impact of social dogs on children with autism

Victoria Wood, Sociology. Advisor: Professor De Sa.

Project title:  What is it like to live on the minimum wage in New Bedford? An In-Depth Analysis



2013 Undergraduate Research 3-Minute Thesis Competition

Congratulations to Honors students Cassia Gordon and Lauren Papa on winning 1st and 2nd prize in the second annual OUR 3-minutes thesis competition.  Cassia earn a check for $1000 for her presentation while Lauren received a check for $500.


2013 Honors Convocation

Every year, the UMass Dartmouth Honors program recognizes honors students who completed their honors ciriculum and earned the right to call themselves Commonwealth Scholars. The Honors Convocation is a celebration of the accomplishments of all graduating honors students who will move on to their next chapter in their career, becoming a life-long representative of the UMass Dartmouth Honors program.

Some of the highlights of the evening included the winner of the Margaret Mullaney Panos essay award and other prizes awarded to deserving honor graduates.

Margaret Mullaney Panos Award 
1st Prize Anna-Rae Leclaire
2nd Prize: Erica Lyons
3rd Prize: Molly Hillis & Efrain Montalvo

Louise A. Habicht Award
Erin Cournoyer

Jennifer W. Mulnix Honors Program Service Award
Barret Bradley

Shaukat Ali Memorial Humanitarian Scholarship
Alexandra Moniz

Jonathan Blake Waxler Memorial Award for Social Justice
Sephora Borges



Margaret Mullaney Panos Award 
Anna-Rae Leclaire



Louise A. Habicht Award
Erin Cournoyer