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Undergraduate Fellowship

About the Fellowship

The Tripathy Endowed Memorial Summer Undergraduate Fellowship is a prestigious award given to an outstanding undergraduate candidate in the summer preceding his/her junior or senior year in the Kennedy Colleges of Science and Francis College of Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.  The fellowship is awarded in memory of the late Sukant Tripathy, University Professor and former Provost of UMass Lowell. The candidate will be supported by a stipend to conduct summer research in the broad areas related to materials science, reflecting the fields of study that interested Dr. Tripathy. 

Dr. Tripathy was an internationally recognized leading scientist in materials science and was a recipient of the C.S. Marvel Award of the Division of Polymer Chemistry of the American Chemical Society.  It is hoped that Tripathy Fellows will be motivated to outstanding professional careers.

The Award

The solicitation for this award is announced in February and the Fellowship Award will be announced on May 15 of that year.  No award will be made if there are no qualified applicants for that year.  If the endowed funding is insufficient to offer the award, no solicitation will be made that year.  The selection will renew the following year. 

The Tripathy Under-Graduate Fellowship Award will be a stipend of $3,500 for a full-time 10-week period, June - August, dispersed in three installments, based upon on-going commitment and completion of the project. The selection criteria are based on academic accomplishment, recommendation letters, letter of commitment from a faculty mentor, and statement of planned summer research.
The recipients are expected to identify a faculty mentor, and to spend the summer period conducting research work under the guidance of this mentor.  At the completion of the fellowship period, the recipient will provide a two-page report and make a presentation of their research findings.  Fellows are expected to acknowledge this prestigious award in any publications and presentations resulting from this summer research.   


This award will be given to an outstanding University of Massachusetts Lowell undergraduate student in the colleges of Science and Engineering, interested in conducting research in the area of materials science.  To qualify for this award, the student must meet the following criteria: 

  • Student must have a 3.25 GPA or higher
  • Student must have completed at least 50 credits in the sciences or engineering at the University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • Student must identify a faculty mentor
  • Student must detail a planned summer research project

How to Apply

Submit the following application materials to the Office of the Dean of Sciences, Olney 524 by April 20:

  1. Completed Tripathy Summer Fellowship Application Form (pdf) 
  2. Copy of transcripts
  3. Completed Faculty Mentor Statement of Commitment
  4. Two letters of recommendation
  5. One-page statement of your planned summer work
  6. Resume sample    

Selection Process

The Selection Committee, chaired by Jayant Kumar, Director of the Center for Advanced Materials (CAM), will review the applications.  The committee includes Daniel Sandman, Prof., Chemistry Dept. and Associate Director of CAM; Ashok Cholli of Polnox Corp.; Ramaswamy Nagarajan, Prof., Plastics Engineering and Co-Director HEROES Initiative; and Susan Thomson-Tripathy, as a representative of the Tripathy family.  The selection process will begin on April 20 and will be completed by May 14.  During this period, the committee will objectively score the required criteria, and the finalist will be announced on May 15. 

Important Information Summary

  • Application Form (pdf) 
  • Announcement of Award:  February 28 of the awarding year
  • Deadline to Submit Completed Application:  April 20 of the awarding year 
  • Submit all application materials to:  Office of the Dean of Sciences, Olney 524, 978-934-3840
  • Selection process:  April 20-May 14 of the awarding year 
  • Announcement of Fellow:  May 15 of the awarding year 
  • Fellowship Period:  June - August (10-week period) 
  • Additional Information:  Center for Advanced Materials, 978-934-3695 or