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Paul Tsang New Director of Undergraduate Research Center

By Jody Record, Campus Journal Editor
October 27, 2010

Paul Tsang, professor of molecular, cellular and biomedical sciences, has been named the new director of the Hamel Center for Undergraduate Research. He will replace Donna Brown, who is retiring at the end of the semester.

“What a pleasure it is to welcome Professor Tsang to the Hamel Center.  Professor Tsang’s students know first-hand how he inspires and nurtures their research ambitions and expertise; now we will all have the benefit of his skill, generosity, creativity and enthusiasm.  He will certainly carry Dr. Brown’s remarkable work forward, and we’re all delighted,” says Lisa MacFarlane, senior vice provost for Academic Affairs.

The Hamel Center for Undergraduate Research provides the resources and financial support for the research, scholarly and creative projects of UNH students. As director, Tsang will oversee the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP), Undergraduate Research Awards (URAs) and Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURFs).

The financial support for these research, scholarly and creative projects is made possible through the generosity of individuals and families who established endowments that nurture the intellectual curiosity of our undergraduates of today, and those of the future. 

The Hamel Center also administers the International Research Opportunities Program (IROP), Research Experience and Apprenticeship Program (REAP), INCO 590, study abroad grants, honors thesis grants, and presentation grants.

“I am very lucky. I am thrilled to be a part of the Hamel Center for Undergraduate Research and working with its wonderful staff,” Tsang says. “We will do our best to promote undergraduate research at UNH. I especially look forward to the opportunity to work with all UNH students, faculty and staff.”

Tsang, who received his B.A, from Cornell University and his Ph.D. from Boston University, joined the UNH faculty in 1989 as an assistant professor of animal and nutritional sciences. He will continue to teach and carry out research in his laboratory.

Brown has been the director since 1987. This year, she received a 2010 Presidential Award of Excellence. Under her direction, the center has launched summer undergraduate research fellowships, the international research opportunities program, the research experience and apprenticeship program, honors grants, presentations grants, study abroad grants, and a course allowing students to assist faculty mentors with teaching and research activities.

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