Undergraduate Shayna Nolan of the Chemical Engineering (ChE) Department is one of five students who have been selected to receive the fall 2014 UMass Amherst Rising Researcher student achievement award. This new award, sponsored by the Vice Chancellors for University Relations and Research and Engagement, recognizes exceptional UMass Amherst undergraduate students who excel in research, scholarship, or creative activity. ChE Professor Shelly Peyton nominated Nolan for the award in recognition of her research on cell migration on biomaterial surfaces, conducted under Peyton’s direction.
Nolan was alerted to her honor by Karen J. Hayes, the director of Research Communications and Outreach. As part of this special recognition, Nolan will receive a handsome engraved award, special recognition in campus publicity, and an opportunity for her, Peyton, the other award winners, and their special guests to meet the Chancellor and Mrs. Subbaswamy at a spring reception in their honor.
Nolan will soon be featured in an issue of Research Next, the UMass website dealing with “Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity for a Brighter Future.” You can read about previous Rising Researcher recipients at www.umass.edu/researchnext/rising-researchers. (November 2014)