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Chemical Engineering Undergrad Jun-Goo Kwak Selected as 2018-2019 UMass Amherst Rising Researcher

Jun Goo Kwak, Chemical Engineering major, is a Rising Researcher at the University of Massachusetts Amherst

Jun-Goo Kwak

Vice Chancellor for Research and Engagement Michael F. Malone, the Ronnie and Eugene Isenberg Distinguished Professor of Engineering, has notified Chemical Engineering major Jun-Goo Kwak ’19 that he is one of eight students who have been selected this semester to receive the 2018-2019 UMass Amherst Rising Researcher student achievement award. This award recognizes exceptional UMass Amherst undergraduate students who excel in research, scholarship, or creative activity.

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Professor Jungwoo Lee of the Chemical Engineering Department nominated Kwak for the award in recognition of his research and academic achievements conducted under his direction. The Rising Researcher student acknowledgement program is designed to raise the profile of our most promising undergraduate students and to publicly acknowledge their excellent work. This program is jointly supported by University Relations and Research & Engagement.

In recognition of this honor, Kwak, his advisor, and two special guests (such as parents or guardians) are invited to a reception hosted by the Chancellor and Mrs. Subbaswamy in April, when Kwak will receive his award.

The award is announced each semester in Research Next, the campus's “official window into the research, scholarship, and creative activity that distinguishes UMass Amherst as a top research university.” As Research Next Director/Editor in Chief Karen J. Hayes '85 says, “Our story is told through the voices of the faculty, students, and staff who, through their work, are creating a brighter future for us all.”

UMass Amherst is one of the nation's top public research universities as measured by national and international rankings, academic citations, and research funding. The campus spends more than $200 million on research each year, demonstrating its contribution to the nation’s position as a technological and economic leader. (November 2018)