New Mahoney Life Sciences Prize announced

Robert ’70, Richard ’55 and William ‘55 Mahoney portrayed in the Integrated Sciences Building

The College of Natural Sciences (CNS) is pleased to announce the establishment of the Mahoney Life Sciences Prize, an annual competition for CNS scientists engaged in high-impact applied life sciences research.  

This notable prize is made possible through the generosity of the Mahoney family to recognize UMass Amherst scientists whose work significantly advances connections between research and industry. It is the first faculty paper prize for CNS.

The Mahoney Life Sciences Prize will be awarded annually to one faculty member who is the principal author of a peer-reviewed paper about original research. Eligible papers can be on any topic in the life sciences that focuses on new research with translatable applications to industry and society, and must have been published within the last two years.

The prize includes an award of $10,000 as well as opportunities to present the research to industry leaders and the UMass Amherst community. The inaugural prize winner will be formally announced in the spring of 2018.

The Mahoney Life Sciences Prize aims to expand UMass Amherst’s connections with leaders in the life sciences industry. A select group of industry experts will serve on the review committee, providing them a first-hand introduction to the scope of the translational research in CNS and generating potential opportunities for further engagement with the university.

How to Apply for the Mahoney Life Sciences Prize

The Mahoney brothers all received their degrees in Chemistry from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. They went on to become leaders in their own industries and have served as high-level alumni advisers to the campus. The Mahoney brothers encourage the university to think differently about the way it serves its students and promotes the UMass Amherst education. Their commitment to student success is seen in their extraordinary efforts to personally mentor students and train other alumni to do the same, while their family legacy of giving and involvement is seen far and wide throughout the campus. The Mahoney Life Sciences Prize, like all that this family does for its alma mater, seeks to inspire and recognize greatness.

Above: Robert ’70, Richard ’55 and William ‘55 Mahoney portrayed in the Integrated Sciences Building