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Please join the Honors College in welcoming the Class of 2027!

During the next four years our students will learn about and help address contemporary societal challenges from the perspective of their chosen discipline. These challenges may range from sustainability to equality and social justice. Through engaging with class material, developing discipline-specific expertise, and applying their skills in conducting individual scholarly pursuits, we have no doubt that Honors students will play an integral part in making the world a better place. Along the way, our students will have fun with like-minded peers, interact with the community, and hopefully develop life-long friendships!

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Check out these Spotlights from the Class of 2023! 

During her distinguished undergraduate career, Mckenzie Ferrari ('23) merged two unlikely fields, physics and philosophy. In 2022, Ferrari was selected for the Harvard Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU), was the first student in UMassD history to be awarded the Goldwater Scholarship (an accolade given to students who show exceptional promise of becoming part of America's next generation of research leaders), and published her first peer-reviewed paper, co-authored with Physics alumni Sudarshan Neopane and Khanak Bhargava ('21, M.S.) in the internationally-distributed Astrobites blog. Ferrari is looking forward to pursuing research and a Ph.D. in astronomy or astrophysics. 

"The UMass Dartmouth academic experience alone has been fantastic. But I’ve also benefited from the support of my professors and the opportunities I’ve had outside the classroom."-Mckenzie Ferrari

Kyle Furtado is pursuing his Master's Degree in Computer Science and interning at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center in Newport, RI.

Christina Hart. Mechanical Engineering students Christina Hart, Ethan Osley, Damian Guilbe Boscana, and Shawn Marcoux took home the first-place $500 prize in the Corsair Idea Challenge. The group won for designing an underwater holographic imaging system for Marine Microplastics Detection. This is also the group’s capstone project, sponsored by Assistant Professor Hangjian Ling (Mechanical Engineering). The Corsair Idea Challenge required students to present their idea for a service or product to three judges and a live audience in less than five minutes.

Mariana Hebert won second place in the University's 2023 Three Minute Thesis Competition! 

Jackie Horgan was awarded the Cranston Endowment Fund Scholarship and the Outstanding Researcher Award!

Gamaliel Daffeed Janvier immersed himself in campus organizations and achieved academic success during his business studies at UMassD. After graduating, he is now working at PricewaterhouseCoopers in New York City.

Davidson Joseph was awarded the Robert C. Smith and Barbara Franconi Scholarship from the College of Engineering! He is now pursuing his Master's Degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Nathanial Keighley was awarded a grant from the Office of Undergraduate Research to support his work with Dr. Laura Hanzly: "Use of a Cell Free Expression System for the Assembly of Custom Amyloid Fibers"

Efe Oboh-Idahosa ('23, Political Science) spent her summer internship in the Boston office of U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren. As an immigration intern, Oboh-Idahosa worked with federal agencies such as the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) and United States of America Embassies to help constituents navigate the immigration process. This experience was funded by the Dukakis Public Service Internship. Governor Michael Dukakis endowed a public service internship at UMass Dartmouth in 1996 to provide students with experience in government service and to encourage them to consider a future career in public service.

"I want every student at UMass Dartmouth to believe in themselves and dream big. Do not limit your yourself by hesitating to reach for the stars."- Efe Oboh-Idahosa

Payton Parker was awarded a grant from the Office of Undergraduate Research to support his work with Dr. Caiwei Shen: "Development of a Thermoplastic Polymer Electrolyte-based Structural Supercapacitor"

Jack Sullivan won the 2022 Three Minute Thesis Competition!

Daniela Tishchenko ('23) evolved from shadowing her father as he installed flooring to developing an expansive portfolio as an Interior Architecture and Design major at UMassD. Tishchenko feels prepared to graduate after gaining invaluable design experience from the IAD program and various internships with firms such as New Avenue Studio and ID.+ Collective. Not only did Tishchenko serve as the leader of an interior design-focused student club, but she also maintained a 3.9 GPA and won second place at the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) Boston Section Student Scholarship Design Competition in 2020-2021.

"Getting to apply the things you learned in the classroom into something real makes it make more sense because you have a very real problem in front of you that has a very real impact on people you've met."-Daniela Tishchenko

Arune Vickneswaran was awarded a grant from the Office of Undergraduate Research to support his work with Dr. Lamya Karim: "Impact of Vitamin C regarding Biomechanical Properties and Anti-Glycation Capabilities of Human Cortical Bone." Arune also won an award from the Textile Veterans Association!

Honors Students Awarded Grants from the Office of Undergraduate Research:

Spring 2023

    • Danielle Jones – NursingSupervisor:  Dr. Susan Hunter RevellTitle: “Using Culturally Relevant Food to Combat Food Insecurity in Hispanic Communities”
    • Daniel McCord Murray – MathematicsSupervisor: Dr. Donghui YanTitle: “Image Segmentation of Wildlife Animals and Determining Their Behavior”3.
    • Olivia Munyambu – NursingSupervisor: Dr. Melissa DesrochesTitle: “Addressing Mental Health Amongst Undergraduate Students of the African Diaspora”
    • Chloe Naff – NursingSupervisor:  Dr. Kathleen ElliotTitle: “Substance Use Risks and Motivations for Screenings”
    • Jenna Thibault – NursingSupervisor: Dr. Valerie SeneyTitle: “The Effect of Workspace Violence on Psychiatric Nurses”

Fall 2022

    • Vanessa Barreto – NursingSupervisor:  Professor Emily GesnerTitle: The Effect of Stress on the Cardiovascular System in Nurses
    • Payton Parker – Mechanical EngineeringSupervisor: Professor Caiwei ShenTitle: Development of a Thermoplastic Polymer Electrolyte-based Structural Supercapacitor
    • Zachary Pereira - BioengineeringSupervisor: Professor Milana VasudevTitle: Development of Genetic Engineering Tools for the Iricent Bacteria Cellulophaga lytica

During this year's Honors Convocation, the Jennifer W. Mulnix University Honors Program Service Award was presented to Kayla Carmona-Swisher. Each year, this award is presented to a student who has provided outstanding service to the Honors College during the academic year. Thank you, Kayla, and congratulations! 

UMassD's Big Data Club won "Best Data Visualization" in the 2023 DataFest competition organized by the American Statistical Association. The team included Ryan Berry, Kevin Chen, Bryan Obidike, and Honors Students Maggie Battersby, McCord Murray, and John Willy, with mentors Rahul Chaube, Jitendra Prasad, Nandini LokeshReddy, and Uday Jha, and faculty advisor Professor Bharatendra Rai (Decision & Information Sciences).
Congrats to Sal Balkus (Data Science, '22), who was awarded a Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation (NSF)! He is the first UMassD student in the Mathematical Sciences to win this award, which recognizes and supports the most outstanding graduate students in STEM. Sal will be pursuing his PhD in Biostatistics at Harvard University. Read his story: Salvador Balkus '22: A Data-Driven Mindset.
Congrats to McCord Murray (Data Science, '24), who has been accepted into the Summer Training Institute in Biostatistics and Data Science at Columbia University!