2016 Keith Rayner Memorial Graduate Student Research Award Winner-Fiona Ge

Congratulations to Fiona Ge, a fourth-year student in the Social Psychology Program working with Dr. Paula Pietromonaco, on being awarded the first annual Keith Rayner Memorial Graduate Student Research Award.

Fiona's project, Cultural Differences in Communication and Consequences for Romantic Relationship Quality, rose to the top of many high-quality submissions reviewed by the Graduate Studies Committee. Fiona's study has implications for identifying culture-specific communication strategies that promote better relationship functioning, thereby informing interventions that can be tailored to couples from different cultural backgrounds.

Undergraduate Research Symposium

The 2nd annual Undergraduate Research Symposium was held on April 21 in Tobin Hall. Seventeen of our undergraduates had the opportunity to share their PBS research with faculty, graduate students, and peers. The symposium provides a celebration of the vast undergraduate research opportunities in the department.

UMass Gets an MRI

Picture of mri

The Institute for Applied Life Sciences (IALS) took delivery of a $3.2 million, 7.3-ton, 3-Tesla magnet and related equipment on Nov. 17 for use in its Human Magnetic Resonance (MR) Center in the Life Science Laboratories Building. The research suite was purchased with funds from the $95 million, Massachusetts Life Sciences Institute grant to the campus in 2013.