UMass Amherst recognizes student researchers for making their mark on a variety of academic opportunities. This year, Commonwealth Honors College students Stephanie Chan '17, Gregory Forbes '16, Samual Kamlarz '16, Natalie Mako '17, and Michael Ng '16 were named Rising Researchers.
Stephanie Chan, a political science major, has made significant contributions to multiple research projects within the department, including a coauthorship credit on Professor Rolfe's "Defining Democracy: Public Understandings of Democracy." Chan received high praise from her advisors for her ability to design, analyze, and administer political science research tools.
Gregory Forbes, a mechanical engineering major, displayed his advanced appreciation for materials science in his design and fabrication of an electrochemical cell. As a result of this work, he was accepted into the Northwestern University Materials Research Science and Engineering Center's Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU), the most prestigious materials-based REU program in the country.
Samuel Kamlarz, who majors in microbiology and biochemistry and molecular biology, is being recognized for his dedicated work toward solving problems in life sciences. Kamlarz worked for two consecutive summers on cancer research projects as part of Tufts Medical Center's Building Diversity in Biomedical Sciences program.
Natalie Mako, a chemical engineering major, conducted her research with faculty advisor Jessica Schiffman, analyzing atomic force microscopy of hydrogels and biofilms. Most recently, Mako presented her research at the regional American Institute of Chemical Engineers.
Michael Ng, a mechanical engineering major, conducted his senior honors thesis on the technical and economic feasibility of using wind-energy-produced ammonia as a storable clean fuel to replace gasoline in internal combustion engines. Ng is dedicated to applied research in automotive technology and sustainable green research.
Students Gabriela Correa '16, Timothy Marple '16, and Haydee Jacobs '16 were also recognized for the Rising Researcher Award. The Rising Researcher award is a student acknowledgement program designed to raise the profile of the most promising UMass Amherst undergraduate students and to publicly acknowledge their excellent work. Congratulations to all of the honors students above. Read the full profiles of these student researchers at Research Next.