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UMass Amherst Commonwealth Honors College This is the official page for Commonwealth Honors College. www.honors.umass.edu Characterized by small classes and close interaction with faculty, the Honors College provides a diverse community of academically talented students with extensive opportunities for analysis, research, leadership and community engagement within a nationally recognized research university.
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Are you a student in the Isenberg School of Management planning on writing a Honors thesis? Join us today at 5:30pm for ...
03/23/2021

Are you a student in the Isenberg School of Management planning on writing a Honors thesis?

Join us today at 5:30pm for a workshop and Q&A on Honors theses in Isenberg, led by Isenberg School of Management Professors.

Register here: http://ow.ly/QAQF50E6fsJ

Panelists include:

• Thomas Brashear-Alejandro (Marketing)

• Elizabeth Delia (Sports Management)

• Fousseni Chabi-Yo (Finance)

+ Dean Mari Castañeda and Murray Professor Neal Anderson.

Congratulations to alumna Donna Cohen ’78 for being named the newest member of the World Baseball Softball Confederation...
03/22/2021

Congratulations to alumna Donna Cohen ’78 for being named the newest member of the World Baseball Softball Confederation’s Diversity and Inclusivity Commission!

Read the full story here: http://ow.ly/V3cQ50E5nLb

“Knocking your head against a wall, hoping to break down the wall—it doesn’t always work that way. It’s knocking your head against the wall and making a crack. Once you make your crack, it’s hoping the next person comes around and makes it a little wider.” - Donna Cohen

📸: Cohen and Boston RedSox Hall of Famer Luis Tiant

Join us and the UMass Amherst Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies Department today at 1:00 PM for a symposium honoring Dr. ...
03/19/2021

Join us and the UMass Amherst Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies Department today at 1:00 PM for a symposium honoring Dr. Alexandrina Deschamps, former Commonwealth Honors College Associate Dean for Recruitment, Advising and Diversity ⬇️

Join us on March 19th for "Critical Pedagogies of Race and Gender," a symposium honoring Dr. Alex Deschamps!

Registration and information can be found at http://www.umass.edu/wgss/event/critical-pedagogies-race-and-gender.

Please also consider donating to the minute fund in Dr. Deschamps's honor: https://minutefund.umass.edu/project/25356.

Are you writing a Honors Thesis? The Writing Center is hosting a series of three Writing Accountability Sessions for stu...
03/17/2021

Are you writing a Honors Thesis? The Writing Center is hosting a series of three Writing Accountability Sessions for students working on their Honors Thesis.

Join Writing Center tutors today for the first session from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM: http://ow.ly/ctev50E1bE7

03/17/2021
Massachusetts Undergraduate Research Conference

Are you presenting at the MassURC? Register for Research in Conversation sessions by Thurs. Mar. 18!

Research in Conversation sessions are live, 45-minute Zoom gatherings designed for MassURC presenters to meet with faculty and peers to explore a common area of study or theme and share their ideas, research experiences, and passions.

Honors student Claire Healy '21 below on why she is looking forward to these conversations ⬇️

The deadline to register for Research in Conversation sessions has been extended to Thursday, Mar. 18! Register here: http://ow.ly/VBu550E0LsN

Listen to UMass Amherst senior Claire Healy talk about why she is looking forward to these sessions: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFyFk8R5lOw

For this year’s #HonorsCares campaign we are gathering resources for students and your stories from a year of disruption...
03/15/2021

For this year’s #HonorsCares campaign we are gathering resources for students and your stories from a year of disruption and perseverance through the pandemic. Visit our website for resources, advising tips, and stories: http://ow.ly/GdFO50DZeo4

Together, we are Honors at UMass.

The 2021 Honors College Annual Daffodil Lecture is today!! 🌼 Join us at 6:30 PM for a discussion on “Seeking Justice in ...
03/15/2021

The 2021 Honors College Annual Daffodil Lecture is today!! 🌼

Join us at 6:30 PM for a discussion on “Seeking Justice in Environmental and Sustainability Work,” led by Dr. Olivia Aguilar, associate professor of environmental studies at Mount Holyoke College.

Watch the lecture here: http://ow.ly/2XbJ50DZ2b0

In the World Librarians Project, a handful of students have been acting as librarians for students and educators across ...
03/05/2021

In the World Librarians Project, a handful of students have been acting as librarians for students and educators across the world. Their goal is to bridge the global divide in access to the information.

Read about the Honors students behind the project here: http://ow.ly/cCUW50DOZeI

Are you interested in studying for a master’s degree, conducting research, or teaching English in the foreign country of...
03/04/2021

Are you interested in studying for a master’s degree, conducting research, or teaching English in the foreign country of your choice?

Join the Office of National Scholarship Advisement this March on Thursdays 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm to learn how to do so through a Fulbright Scholarship: http://ow.ly/PhGd50DQ7Qv

The Honors College is hiring Student Ambassadors for fall 2021! In this paid position, ambassadors help to highlight the...
03/02/2021

The Honors College is hiring Student Ambassadors for fall 2021!

In this paid position, ambassadors help to highlight the opportunities and benefits of an Honors education to prospective students and families.

Apply here by Mar. 12: http://ow.ly/MVzV50DNU52

Congratulations to Honors biochemistry and molecular biology and informatics major Vista Sohrab ’21 for the publication ...
03/01/2021

Congratulations to Honors biochemistry and molecular biology and informatics major Vista Sohrab ’21 for the publication of her paper "TEfinder: A Bioinformatics Pipeline for Detecting New Transposable Element Insertion Events in Next-Generation Sequencing Data” by the Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute!

Read more about Sohrab and her work here: http://ow.ly/RsWR50DMXJK

Today is the last day to submit your abstract for the 2021 Massachusetts Undergraduate Research Conference! Do you have ...
03/01/2021

Today is the last day to submit your abstract for the 2021 Massachusetts Undergraduate Research Conference!

Do you have research you’re proud of? An Honors Thesis you’ve been working on? This is an opportunity for you to showcase your hard work from this past year. ⬇️

Today is the deadline to submit your abstract for the 2021 MassURC! We look forward to learning about all your hard work and research. 📝📝

Follow the instructions here to submit: http://ow.ly/wPSi50DvFOk

Commonwealth Honors College scholarship applications are due today on Academic Works! Watch Isabelle Domingos ‘21, a 202...
02/28/2021

Commonwealth Honors College scholarship applications are due today on Academic Works!

Watch Isabelle Domingos ‘21, a 2020 scholarship recipient, talk about her Honors journey and the opportunities that have shaped her passion and future here: https://youtu.be/UGdwDo4_8tk

UMass Amherst Office of National Scholarship Advisement and ISP
02/26/2021

UMass Amherst Office of National Scholarship Advisement and ISP

BREAKING: Gilman International Scholarship's national deadline has been extended to 9 March 2021!

02/24/2021

“As you steadfastly navigate the challenges of another remote semester, we want to underscore that you belong to a vibrant community of individuals who deeply care about your personal wellbeing and success.

Remember, you have Honors Advisors to help you sort through your Honors experience, events designed specifically to inform, inspire, and engage you, and a team that enjoys hearing from you. You have our support throughout this virtual academic journey.”

— Ann Marie Russell, Honors Associate Dean of Student Recruitment, Inclusion, and Success

Are you a junior planning on writing an Honors thesis next year? Join us for a series of thesis workshops complete with ...
02/23/2021

Are you a junior planning on writing an Honors thesis next year? Join us for a series of thesis workshops complete with panel discussions and Q&A specific to the different colleges. Register on our website: https://www.umass.edu/honors/events

Are you a junior in the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences UMass Amherst who will be writing an Honors thesis next ...
02/23/2021

Are you a junior in the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences UMass Amherst who will be writing an Honors thesis next year? Join us tonight, Feb. 23, 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm for a virtual Honors Thesis Workshop on "Honors Theses in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences."

Register here: http://ow.ly/EsTO50DHFTT

02/22/2021

Paul Musgrave, Honors professor of political science, will host a Pizza & Prof discussion, “What Happens When Reality Confronts Our Beliefs?” this Thursday, Feb. 25, 5:30pm - 6:30pm.

Before the event, he sat down with Honors student Claire Healy ‘21 to discuss his experiences as a researcher and mentor in a year of political and national turmoil.

Watch their full conversation here: https://youtu.be/1r025kveUlc

Register for the Pizza & Prof here: http://ow.ly/ZLXi50DH6IC

Are you interested in making study abroad part of your academic experience? Learn about applying to Commonwealth Honors ...
02/22/2021

Are you interested in making study abroad part of your academic experience? Learn about applying to Commonwealth Honors College's International Scholars Program (ISP) at one of the upcoming info sessions! Benefits of ISP include study abroad scholarships, valuable seminars, and study abroad advising.

ISP Information Sessions:

Wednesday, February 24, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Wednesday, March 3, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Thursday, March 11, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Register here: http://ow.ly/iudt50DGMlA

Dr. Olivia Aguilar, associate professor of environmental studies at Mount Holyoke College, will deliver the 2021 Daffodi...
02/19/2021

Dr. Olivia Aguilar, associate professor of environmental studies at Mount Holyoke College, will deliver the 2021 Daffodil Lecture on March 15 at 6:30 p.m.

The subject of this spring's lecture is "Seeking the justice in environmental and sustainability work: How far we've come and where we go." 🌼🌱

Read more here: http://ow.ly/QCfP50DEVJr

Need help with writing assignments from your Honors courses or sections of your Honors Thesis? Make a one-on-one appoint...
02/18/2021

Need help with writing assignments from your Honors courses or sections of your Honors Thesis? Make a one-on-one appointment with a faculty Honors writing coach on our website: http://ow.ly/4Rmg50DDLbA ✍️

Meet the moderator for our Feb. 15 Black Heritage Month event, “The Arts as a Praxis of Liberation: Embodying Change and...
02/12/2021

Meet the moderator for our Feb. 15 Black Heritage Month event, “The Arts as a Praxis of Liberation: Embodying Change and Transformation in a Time of Racial Justice.”

Judyie Al-Bilali, professor of theater for social transformation, is an innovator in performing arts and arts education, and has worked as a performer, writer, director, producer and administrator. She has worked in the U.S. and internationally, and authored several plays and two books.

The second picture is from a student production she produced as part of Art, Legacy and Community, a forum she created for artists to examine race, representation and racial justice.

Read more here: ow.ly/UANY50DmhuC

Meet the panelists for the our Feb. 15 Black Heritage Month event: “The Arts as a Praxis of Liberation: Embodying Change...
02/10/2021
3 ways to speak English

Meet the panelists for the our Feb. 15 Black Heritage Month event: “The Arts as a Praxis of Liberation: Embodying Change and Transformation in a Time of Racial Justice.”

Dr. Jamila Lyiscott, College of Education UMass Amherst assistant professor of social justice education, is a community-engaged scholar, author, and renowned speaker. This is her well known Ted Talk, "3 Ways to Speak English."

She is also co-founder and co-director of the Center of Racial Justice and Youth Engaged Research, and author of “Black Appetite. White Food: Issues of Race, Voice, and Justice Within and Beyond the Classroom.”

Read more about her here: ow.ly/UANY50DmhuC

Jamila Lyiscott is a “tri-tongued orator;” in her powerful spoken-word essay “Broken English,” she celebrates — and challenges — the three distinct flavors of English she speaks with her friends, in the classroom and with her parents. As she explores the complicated history and present-d...

UMass Amherst Office of National Scholarship Advisement and ISP
02/10/2021

UMass Amherst Office of National Scholarship Advisement and ISP

Interested in studying for a master's in, say, England, Ireland, or China? Come to our "Earn Your Master's Overseas: Postgraduate Fellowship Info Session" to find out how to apply for funding. Find a February session you want to attend on our calendar of events.
https://www.umass.edu/onsa/calendar/month/2021-02

Are you interested in presenting at the 2021 Virtual Massachusetts Undergraduate Research Conference?MassURC is an annua...
02/09/2021

Are you interested in presenting at the 2021 Virtual Massachusetts Undergraduate Research Conference?

MassURC is an annual one-day conference where undergraduate students from across the Commonwealth present research, share knowledge, and learn from fellow students! It is a great opportunity to share your research with the public, alongside peers from from the twenty-eight public colleges and universities within the Commonwealth.

Follow them on social media for important deadlines and updates ⬇️⬇️

Are you interested in presenting at the 2021 Massachusetts Undergraduate Research Conference? Here are the important deadlines you need to know! 🗓 We will be sharing instructions, tips and other important information on our social media and website: http://ow.ly/wPSi50DvFOk

Follow us on Instagram @mass_urc and Twitter @massurc

02/08/2021

Meet the panelists for our Feb. 15 Black Heritage Month event: “The Arts as a Praxis of Liberation: Embodying Change and Transformation in a Time of Racial Justice.”

Juana Valdés, an associate professor in printmaking in the UMass Amherst Department of Art, uses printmaking, photography, sculpture, ceramics, and site-specific installations to explore issues of race, transnationalism, gender, labor, and class.

Valdés's work analyzes and decodes experiences of migration as a person of Afro Caribbean heritage. This video is from her recent Rest Ashore exhibit for the Locust Projects Gallery in Miami, which you can learn more about here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WO0X30GWJms&feature=emb_title.

Read more about her and the event here: ow.ly/UANY50DmhuC or on her website: http://www.juanamvaldes.com/

Congratulations to Honors alum Jane Viviano ‘18 for receiving the prestigious 2021 Charles B. Rangel International Affai...
02/04/2021

Congratulations to Honors alum Jane Viviano ‘18 for receiving the prestigious 2021 Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellowship, a U.S. Department of State fellowship supporting her in pursuing a career in the Foreign Service.

Read more about Viviano and her achievement here: http://ow.ly/awmK50DrfU7

As our students prepare themselves for this Spring semester, we asked different members of the Honors College community ...
02/03/2021

As our students prepare themselves for this Spring semester, we asked different members of the Honors College community to send us the messages they want to convey to you all! These are the words of advice, inspiration, and encouragement they shared with us. We will continue to share their messages throughout the next couple weeks.

Tonight at 7:30 p.m. UMass Department of Art Professor Juana Valdés, one of the panelists for our upcoming Black Heritag...
02/02/2021
Environment and Nature | Art Loft 903 Episode

Tonight at 7:30 p.m. UMass Department of Art Professor Juana Valdés, one of the panelists for our upcoming Black Heritage Month lecture on February 15, will be featured on WPBT2 South Florida PBS's Art Loft Program.

You can watch the interview at the live stream here: https://youtu.be/LX7DowhKP4o

In this episode - Nature translated. For some of these artists, the environment is the catalyst to create - and for others - their artistic renditions of lan...

UMass Amherst
02/01/2021

UMass Amherst

Happy first day of classes! Whether you're joining us in person or remotely, we have resources to help you navigate the new semester. Have a question? Most can be answered by the following offices:

Happy move-in and first day of classes! 🥳As you prepare for the semester, wherever you are, we want to know how it's goi...
02/01/2021

Happy move-in and first day of classes! 🥳

As you prepare for the semester, wherever you are, we want to know how it's going! Send us photos of your first few days of classes at home or on campus! Post the photos and tag us or send them to our email [email protected].

Panelists for the Honors College’s 2021 signature Black Heritage Month event have been selected! College of Education Pr...
01/29/2021

Panelists for the Honors College’s 2021 signature Black Heritage Month event have been selected!

College of Education Professor Jamila Lyiscott and Studio Arts Professor Juana Valdés will be the panelists for this year’s event, which will be moderated by Department of Theatre Professor Judyie Al-Bilali. This year’s lecture, “The Arts as a Praxis of Liberation: Embodying Change and Transformation in a Time of Racial Justice,” will be hosted on February 15, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Read more about the event and panelists here: http://ow.ly/UANY50DmhuC

View Honors students' art work at The Mill District in North Amherst until February 13th! Honors professor John Simpson ...
01/28/2021

View Honors students' art work at The Mill District in North Amherst until February 13th!

Honors professor John Simpson recently opened an exhibit there featuring his work and that of students in his class, “The Springfield Renaissance: Art and the City.”

“Some students think they can’t do it, but then they do it better than anyone. I think people who are strong thinkers are inclined to be really interesting painters.”

Read more here: http://ow.ly/Akrc50Dlgzg

“Right when the [COVID-19] crisis hit, I felt like my prime job was to take care of others. Take care of our staff, take...
01/27/2021

“Right when the [COVID-19] crisis hit, I felt like my prime job was to take care of others. Take care of our staff, take care of our families, and take care of our students.”

Alum Dr. Henry Turner ’00 has recently been named Principal of the Year by the online publication K-12 Dive for his leadership during the pandemic at Newton North High School, particularly his commitment to equity and antiracism. Read more here: http://ow.ly/4X8F50Dk1K2

Join us, the College of Humanities & Fine Arts at UMass Amherst, the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences UMass Amher...
01/26/2021

Join us, the College of Humanities & Fine Arts at UMass Amherst, the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences UMass Amherst, the College of Education UMass Amherst and the UMass Amherst Alumni Association tomorrow for a panel with UMass faculty and alumni working to promote anti-racism and social justice.

The panel discussion will be introduced by Commonwealth Honors College Dean Mari Castañeda and moderated by Kathleen A. Brown-Pérez, a federal Indian law attorney and faculty member in the Commonwealth Honors College with an appointment in the anthropology department. Register here: http://ow.ly/vTx850DiCfm

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