Here for a Reason video series

The University of Massachusetts was established around a simple yet visionary premise: that a great public university would transform lives and in so doing, transform our Commonwealth. That idea is as essential today as it was 150 years ago. Increasingly, the story of UMass is the story of Massachusetts. Here are some of those stories of impact.

When it All Comes Together

UMass Amherst student Samantha Giffen talks about her love for research, her commitment to world health and the joy that she felt in being named a Goldwater Scholar, a top national award emblematic of excellence in mathematics, science or engineering.


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The five-campus UMass system, President Meehan notes, was established in 1991, based on the belief that a strong public research university was critical to the state’s social and economic future. A quarter century later, UMass is working hard to deliver on its mission and its special commitment to the Commonwealth.



UMass Dartmouth student trustee Jacob Miller has an uncommon and abiding commitment to public service. Jacob’s efforts on campus and in the SouthCoast are numerous, but his impact was felt statewide.


Special Fire

Student and entrepreneur Felipe Nascimento says UMass Lowell has given him the technical expertise and confidence to play a leading role in a technology startup. UMass is the place for people with a “special fire,” he says.


Public Service Mission

UMass Law School student Rebecca Lacoste, a self-described “product of public education,” is focused on protecting the rights of children and chose to attend the Commonwealth’s only public law school because of its strong emphasis on public service law.