Amherst Awarded $1.3 Million for Science Research, Education

May 7, 2008 e-News The college has received a $1.3 million grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to expand summer research fellowships for Amherst students, create a faculty position in molecular neuroscience, upgrade lab equipment and launch collaborations with area schools, among other initiatives.

Marx, Financial Aid Policies in Times

May 7, 2008 e-News President Anthony W. Marx and the college’s decision to eliminate loans for students were featured in a lengthy New York Times article about universities becoming “significantly more affordable for the majority of students.”

Two Seniors Win Watson Fellowships

May 7, 2008 e-NewsSeniors Oscar Báez, a political science major, and Ryan Shields, a biology and sociology major, are two of just 50 undergraduates from institutions across the United States to receive Thomas J. Watson Fellowships for travel and independent study during the 2008-09 academic year. Since the Watson program’s founding 40 years ago, a total of 80 Amherst students have received the prestigious fellowships.

Multicultural Center Opens

May 7, 2008 e-News The college’s new Multicultural Resource Center—which aims to create a more inclusive community that acknowledges, celebrates and promotes the diverse experiences of every student—hosted an open house in Keefe Campus Center April 24.

Amherst Now Need-Blind for International Students

April 18, 2008 eNews One of just eight colleges and universities in the United States to now offer such a consideration to international students, Amherst has extended need-blind admission to all applicants.

McCartney '75, Washington Post Staff, Win Pulitzer

April 18, 2008 eNews 

Kenyatta '85 Named Deputy PM of Kenya

April 18, 2008 eNewsUhuru Kenyatta ’85 was tapped by Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki to serve as one of two deputy prime ministers of the nation’s new 40-member government, according to Reuters.  

Stiglitz '64, General Clark, Lead Campus Discussions

April 18, 2008 eNews Trustee Joseph E. Stiglitz ’64, winner of the 2001 Nobel Prize in economics and professor of economics at Columbia University, and Wesley K. Clark, 2004 presidential candidate and retired four-star U.S. Army General, participated in forums at Amherst April 3 and 5. Hear them speak or view photos of their visits at News & Events’ multimedia page.

Admission Rate Hits All-Time Low of 14 Percent

April 18, 2008 eNewsIn one of the most competitive admissions cycles ever, applications for Amherst’s Class of 2012 ballooned 17 percent while the college’s acceptance rate was down significantly from last year’s 18 percent.

Men's and Women's Lax, Baseball, Sweep Ephs

April 18, 2008 eNewsAmherst squads went 4-0 against the Williams competition last weekend: The men’s and women’s lacrosse teams both routed their rivals to the northwest in games April 12, while baseball logged two wins against the Ephs in a nail-biting double-header April 13. Catch up on this and other sports news at the athletics Web site.