Our Impact

Being a uTA Strengthened My Laboratory Skills

My name is Jolie and I’m a sophomore biology student here at UMass. Getting involved
with research and other related opportunities was one thing that I knew I wanted to pursue
before I even enrolled at UMass, but the idea of finding these opportunities always seemed
daunting. Right before the new school year started I discovered BUA and was immediately
interested and excited by the diverse opportunities it presented.

From undergraduate research opportunities to a NSF post-baccalaureate fellowship

My name is Danaiijah Vilsaint, and I am a recent graduate of UMass Amherst. Research is an invaluable experience and something I encourage undergraduates to participate in. Through BUA, I was able to get into the Pallas lab my junior year. I learned so much about the brain and the anatomy of mice. Unfortunately, Covid cut that experience short. I was disheartened and didn't think I would be able to get any more research experience.

Without BUA I would not have had the opportunity to be a part of research and go to graduate school

Hi everyone! My name is Andrea and I’m a 5th year Masters student and recent graduate here at UMass. As an undergraduate, I wanted to be involved in on-campus research working with microbes, but I was unsure how to get my foot in the door. I knew getting involved in research required networking and strong connections with professors. However, I felt the task daunting, as all my professors were running lectures with more than 300 other students.