Admitted to Amherst, Deciding Whether to Attend

Submitted on Friday, 6/1/2012, at 4:47 PM

Meet The 2012 Fulbrights

Submitted on Tuesday, 6/5/2012, at 12:53 PM

By William Sweet

Nine recent Amherst graduates have won J. William Fulbright Fellowships to study and teach abroad.

The latest Fulbright Scholars from the Class of 2012 include…

What Are You Doing This Summer?

Submitted on Friday, 5/11/2012, at 11:27 AM

At Amherst, summer break means continuing study as well as summer employment and internships. Many students maintain their Amherst connection throughout the vacation: some with campus jobs, and some through career opportunities provided by alumni.

Amherst Students Named Truman, Beineke Scholars

Submitted on Monday, 6/16/2014, at 2:26 PM

By William Sweet

Two Amherst students intent on spreading justice at home and abroad will soon be putting those plans into action, thanks to the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation. A third student has been awarded a Beineke Scholarship to pursue graduate study in environmental history.

2012 Watson Fellows Travel The Globe

Submitted on Monday, 4/9/2012, at 10:06 AM

By William Sweet

Amherst College seniors Ellen Richmond and Lilia Kilburn, this year’s Thomas J. Watson Fellows, will be spending the next year traversing much of the globe, learning world perspectives on two very American pastimes: raising cattle and raising argument.

Recent Graduate’s Study of Weimar Era Gay Culture Nets Journal Publication

Submitted on Thursday, 4/19/2012, at 8:49 AM

By William Sweet

Samuel Clowes Huneke ’11 has written papers that are expected to appear in two esteemed German studies periodicals, in which he explores a long-overlooked chapter in the history of the gay community.

Student’s Research Sheds New Light on Infamous Brain Studies

Submitted on Thursday, 2/23/2012, at 10:29 AM

February 15, 2012

The Red Wing studies of 1943 gave scientists great insight into how the human brain functions. But in the years since investigators conducted the series of experiments—which involved schizophrenic patients, prison inmates and youthful offenders—the studies have gained notoriety for their use of questionable test subjects and have even been deemed among the worst in the history of psychiatry.

Student Researchers Publish Book on Writer, Activist, Amherst Lecturer Tillie Olsen

Submitted on Monday, 10/14/2013, at 1:39 PM

By Katherine Duke '05

When, during their sophomore year, Annemarie Iker ’12 and Katie Allyn ’12 enrolled in “The 20th Century: 1900–1941”—taught by Barry O’Connell, the James E. Ostendarp Professor of English—they didn’t know that it would eventually lead them to publish their own book. They weren’t even familiar with the figure who would become the book’s subject.

“The biggest names that popped up when I thought of 20th-century American literature, before taking [the course], were probably Fitzgerald, Hemingway—you know: the big guys,” says Iker, a European studies major from Marin County, Calif. “Professor O’Connell introduced me to new writers.” One of those writers was Tillie Olsen.

’09 Alumna Awarded 2011 Gates Cambridge Scholarship

Tovah Ackerman, a member of Amherst’s Class of 2009, has been awarded a 2011 Gates Cambridge Scholarship for graduate study at the University of Cambridge in England. In the program’s 11 years, Ackerman is the third student from Amherst to be awarded a Gates Cambridge Scholarship.

Minding the Gap

September 15, 2010

Sometimes it’s a desire to do good in the world or to satisfy a simmering wanderlust. Other times it’s a way to save money for college or to take care of a sick parent. Or it may simply be an effort to avoid some kind of scholarly burnout.

Whatever the reason, growing numbers of students of all backgrounds who have been admitted to Amherst are choosing to defer their schooling and spend several months working, volunteering and traveling, among other activities. And the consensus among these undergraduates and the college’s admission staff is that “gap years” are time well-spent.