The Department of Astronomy and the College of Natural Sciences offer a variety of scholarships and awards to recognize the hard work and academic success of our students, assist students with the expense of their education, and support student research and internships. The majority of these scholarships and awards are funded through the generosity of alumni and other members of the CNS community. We encourage all current Astronomy students to apply.
How to Apply
Go to the AcademicWorks webpage and sign in with your UMass Net ID and password.
- Complete both the general application and the CNS application. The system will show if you are eligible for scholarships that require additional application materials.
- Click on each scholarship link and upload any required supplementary materials (such as resumes or faculty recommendations).
- Submit your application and check your dashboard to see the status of any pending and submitted applications.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
David J. Van Blerkom Research Scholarship in Astronomy
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An endowment fund established by Janet Van Blerkom. The purpose of the fund is to endow undergraduate research scholarships in the Department of Astronomy in memory of her husband, David J. Van Blerkom, Professor of Astronomy at the University of Massachusetts. Professor Van Blerkom came to UMass as a Postdoctoral Fellow in 1969, joined the faculty in 1970, served as Chair of the Astronomy Program from 1980-1999, and then continued on the faculty until 2001. This scholarship fund is awarded based on academic excellence to a University of Massachusetts undergraduate and supports a research internship for that undergraduate.
- 2017 Tara Dowd
- 2016 Jonah Chaban & Kendall Sullivan
- 2015 Bela Nelson & Ryan Boyden
- 2014 Timothy Costa & Aaron Dunbrack
- 2013 Sean McElwee & Kevin Harrington
- 2012 Kelsie Krafton & Marie D. Calapa
- 2011 Jamie Budynkiewicz & Kelly Malone
- 2010 Jack McCoy & Joe Lyons
- 2009 Mary MacDonald & Aaron Meyer
- 2008 Daniel Moriarty & Shaina Rogstad
- 2007 Jared Rand
- 2006 Kimberly McKee
- 2005 Patrick Dragon
- 2004 Teresa Liberatore
- 2003 Christopher Duston
Mary Dailey Irvine Prize
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This prize is established through a gift from the Irvine Family to the Five College Astronomy Department in memory of Mary Dailey Irvine (Smith College 1922). This prize exists to encourage and honor excellent undergraduate research in astronomy and astrophysics. The prize is awarded to a graduating senior from one of the Five College institutions for an outstanding senior thesis or research paper presented to the department on an astronomical or astrophysical topic.
- 2017 Laura Breitenfeld, Mt. Holyoke College, "Predicting Olivine Composition Using Raman Spectroscopy through Band Shift and Multivariate Analyses"
- 2016 Kevin Harrington, University of Massachusetts, "
- 2015 Wanda Feng, Smith College, "Revisiting Forbidden Lines in T Tauri Stars"
- 2014 Jenny Podel, Smith College, "Studying Accretion and Winds in Young Stars with Spectroscopy"
- 2013 Srishti Kashyap, Mount Holyoke, "Isolating & Characterizing An Fe(III) Transforming Deep Sea Thermophilic Archaeon "
- 2012 Erica Ruth Jawin, Mount Holyoke, "The Relationship between Radar Scattering and Lunar Surface Roughness "
- 2011 Kathryn McKinnon, Amherst College, "Decaying Dark Matter as a Possible Resolution to the Cusp Problem in Large-Scale Structure"
- 2010 Lindsey Barbieri, Hampshire College, "Deciphering Late-Amazonian Climate Change on Mars using Evidence Preserved in Gully Fan Stratigraphy".
- 2009 Jonathan Tucker, Amherst College, "Calibrating Chemcam: Preparing to Probe the Red Planet"
- 2008 Coleman Mason Krawczyk, University of Massachusetts, "Properties of Ambient Molecular Cloud Emission on the Regions of Methanol Masers"
- 2007 Catherine C. Walker, Mount Holyoke College, "Variation of Solar Wind Parameters over a Solar Cycle: Expectations for NASA's Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory (STEREO) Mission"
- 2006 Tiffany Picard, Mount Holyoke College, "Rotational Properties and Radii of the Stars in NGC2264: Extending the Timeline of Angular Momentum Evolution"
- 2005 Selby Cull, Hampshire College, "A Dynamic Digital Map of Mars"
- 2005 Katherine Whitaker, University of Massachusetts, "An XMM-Newton Study of IC 10 and the Variable X-Ray Source X-1"
- 2004 Sam Singer, Hampshire College, "Creation of the H.A.R.P. Observatory and Time-Series Differential Photometry of Ursae Majoris"
- 2003 Adria Updike, Smith College, "How Twisted is the Sun: Calculation of Magnetic Helicity in a Force-Free Field"
- 2002 Julie Nantais, University of Massachusetts, "Radio-FIR Correlation for Galactic HII Regions"
- 2002 Jay Dickson, Hampshire College, "Water on Mars: A Synthesis of the Hydrologic Features on the Surface of Mars"
- 2002 Kathryn M. Peek, Mount Holyoke College, "The Disruption of an Icy Satellite and the Evolution of the Resulting Debris Ring: A Formation Scenario for Saturn's Rings"
- 2000 Jessica Bonjorni, Smith College, "Classification of the Enigmatic Variable XX Sct"
Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship
To apply, visit: https://goldwater.scholarsapply.org/
Authorized by Congress in 1986, the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation honors Barry M. Goldwater, who served the United States for 56 years as a soldier and legislator. This is a merit-based $7,500 scholarship for sophomore and junior college students for use toward college tuition and expenses to pursue an academic career in the sciences or engineering. Students must be nominated by his or her college or university. Approximately 275 scholarships are awarded each year for the entire country.
- 2015 Aaron Dunbrack
- 2013 Marie Calapa
William F. Field Alumni Scholars
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The William F. Field Alumni Scholars Program was established in 1976 by the UMass Alumni Association to recognize and honor third-year students for their academic achievements at UMass Amherst. The program was named in honor of William F. Field, the university’s first Dean of Students, for his outstanding support of academic excellence and his personal commitment to bringing out the best in every student. Nominations submitted by UMass Amherst Deans.
- 2015 Randall Rojas Bolivar
- 2014 Kevin Harrington
- 2013 Sean McElwee
- 2012 Jamie Budynkiewicz & Mark Lodato
- 2010 Ashley Bemis & Max Curran
UMass Amherst Rising Researcher Award
To apply, visit: https://www.umass.edu/researchnext/nominate-rising-researcher
UMass Amherst Rising Researcher student achievement award, sponsored by the Vice Chancellors for University Relations and Research Engagement, recognizes exceptional UMass Amherst undergraduate students who excel in research, scholarship, or creative activity.
- 2014 Marie Calapa
Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award
This award is given once a year to an undergraduate student for academic excellence. The student being recognized for 2004 for her excellent academic achievement is Katherine Whitaker. The College of Natural Sciences & Mathematics hosted its Awards Ceremony in honor of the students, faculty, and alumni who exemplify excellence on Wednesday, April 13, 2005.