Two CNS undergrads named Rising Researchers

Shelby Cox and Kaitlyn McGarvey, Rising Researchers

Two undergraduate CNS students have been named UMass Amherst Rising Researchers in recognition of their ambitious pursuit of research and scholarly activity.

Shelby Cox ’18, a dual mathematics and linguistics major, began doing research as a participant in a summer 2016 National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (NSF/REU) at the University of Maryland; she presented her work at the Joint Mathematics Meetings, the largest annual meeting of mathematicians in the world. She is the founder and president of the UMass chapter of the Association for Women in Mathematics and has received two Outstanding Academic Achievement Awards from the Department of Mathematics and Statistics as well as the 2017 William F. Field Alumni Scholar Award.

Kaitlyn McGarvey ’18, Veterinary & Animal Sciences, works in Professor Rafael Fissore’s lab investigating the molecular mechanisms of calcium (Ca2+) homeostasis in female reproductive cells (oocytes), with the ultimate goal of overcoming infertility—work that earned her co-authorship of a peer-reviewed manuscript for the journal Scientific Reports. As a second-year student, McGarvey gained acceptance to Tufts Veterinary School through a highly competitive early acceptance program.

Cox and McGarvey are among six UMass undergrads named this year's Rising Researchers. They will be honored at a reception with the chancellor in the spring.

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