First recipients of the Feldman-Vorwerk Internship Award announced

Moving Forward Together

I am pleased to share information on the first recipients of the Feldman-Vorwerk Internship Award. Your generosity helps our engaged, curious, and creative students thrive as they pursue their degrees and prepare to lead in academia, government, healthcare, and industry.

In a time of societal transformation brought on by a global pandemic, advances in technology, and other challenges, support from the Feldman-Vorwerk Internship Award helps to ensure the next generation of scientists and leaders will be well prepared to make contributions to their professions and communities.

The hard work of our students, faculty, and staff, along with the extraordinary generosity of donors like you has kept scientific discovery moving forward during a disruptive and uncertain time. Please know how much we appreciate your unique role in this endeavor.

Tricia Serio, PhD
Dean, College of Natural Sciences

Shelby CasimirShelby Casimir
Spring 2022
Psychology (BA)
Beverly, MA

Student Profile
I am a rising senior who is double majoring in psychology and sociology. Hailing from the North Shore of Massachusetts, I developed a passion for activism, children, and helping others. On campus I serve as the Event Coordinator for the Insanely Prestigious Step Team (IPST), and serve on the S.B.S. Dean’s Council as the sociology representative. Recently I was awarded the W.E.B Du Bois Outstanding Sociological Achievement Award for my involvement in the department. This summer I am excited to work as a research intern for the Eos Foundation's Women's Power Gap Initiative, a project dedicated to improving gender and racial parity in Massachusetts' education and corporate sectors.

Patricia ColePatricia Cole
Fall 2021
Psychology (BA)
Plymouth, MA

Student Profile
I am a rising senior studying both psychology and sociology. I have completed internships in a number of mental health and social work organizations that have prepared me to go deeper in my academic and professional exploration. I am a lab assistant in the Visual Cognitive Attention Lab led by Prof. Cave in the Dept. of Psychological and Brain Sciences. This summer I am an intern with an organization called Unmute, working hard to help those who do not have access to mental health services and educating those who can help. In my free time, I am the captain of the UMass Women's Ultimate Frisbee team and enjoy leading my team to success. I plan on using my internship and leadership experiences to pursue a masters degree and a career in mental health counseling.

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