UMass Summer Programs

UMass Summer Programs What are you doing this summer? We're offering programs for high school, incoming, and international students on our beautiful campus in the Pioneer Valley.
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We accept applications from rising 10th - 12th graders who are in good academic standing and have no academic or disciplinary suspensions on their records. Seniors who will graduate in the spring are also welcome. Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis, but it is best to apply early as programs fill up quickly. Applications are available on our website. To apply for Summer Pre-College Programs, we require: > A written statement of interest: a brief, one-page statement describing why you want to attend Summer Pre-College at UMass Amherst and specifically the program you have chosen. > An unofficial high school transcript. > A letter of recommendation written by a teacher or guidance counselor who can speak to your skills, abilities, maturity level and academic accomplishments that make you a suitable candidate for the program you are applying to. > A $35 non-refundable application fee International students will be asked to provide additional information regarding TOEFL scores.

Mission: UMass Summer Pre-College programs are designed to help you explore areas of interest and develop the skills and abilities that will help you succeed in any college or university. All our offerings are college-level and carry academic credit.

Much of our knowledge of forensic science comes from popular TV shows like Criminal Minds, CSI, Dexter, Sherlock, and Bo...
03/13/2020

Much of our knowledge of forensic science comes from popular TV shows like Criminal Minds, CSI, Dexter, Sherlock, and Bones. But is a single drop of blood or strand of hair really a smoking gun – enough to secure a criminal conviction?

In this hands-on course, students will learn about the different types of evidence found in crime scenes; procedures for gathering and evaluating evidence; using evidence to reconstruct the events leading up to a crime; and the role of evidence in trial. Students will also learn how advances in science and technology shape our notion of what counts as evidence, and using what they learn, critically evaluate pop-cultural representations of crime scene investigations.

Class activities will include, but are not limited to: using bi-chromatic powder to lift latent fingerprints and analyze their ridge characteristics; using fake blood and prop weapons to create different types of blood spatter, in order to learn what blood stains tell investigators about the angle, velocity, and origin of impact; solving carefully prepared “cold case” files; and staging and performing a mock crime scene investigation. The course may also include guest lectures by experts in the field and a visit to the local police department.

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03/09/2020

How do we learn adapt to the different stimui in our environment? What makes us choose one thing versus another? Our lab focuses on investigating the neural bases of decision making, how it changes during development, and the sociocultural factors influencing the behavior.

Students will be involved in every aspect of daily laboratory activities, including recruiting participants, conducting experiment sessions, processing data and discussing scientific findings in lab meetings. Students will be exposed to diverse cognitive neuroscience techniques including functional MRI, EEG and eye tracking, and discuss the latest research efforts in the field of decision neuroscience.

The Kwak lab can host 3 students.Apply now!

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This fun watercolor rendering workshop is designed for high school students at all levels who are interested in architec...
03/06/2020

This fun watercolor rendering workshop is designed for high school students at all levels who are interested in architecture and landscape architecture as well as fine art to experience the professions from an artist’s perspective. No experience needed. Viewing architecture and landscape architecture as a form of fine art, students will learn fundamental artistic concepts pertaining to the medium of watercolor. Hands-on working knowledge of the medium and essential techniques such as watercolor wash tips will be addressed to preserve transparency.

Students will begin with a light gray monochrome rendering of a Doric column capital. It will help them develop a basic understanding of the qualities and characteristics of light, shade, shadow, and reflected light as well as learning fundamental Beaux-Arts wash techniques. They will then work on a variety of projects with an emphasis on architectural and landscape rendering, from simple to complex, to explore Color and Composition.

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The Violence and Trauma Across the Lifespan (ViTAL) Laboratory at UMass Amherst in the Department of Psychological and B...
03/02/2020

The Violence and Trauma Across the Lifespan (ViTAL) Laboratory at UMass Amherst in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences examines the effects of domestic violence and other adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) on the well-being of diverse children and families. We specifically focus on how the effects of these exposures vary based on children’s development and social context, including experiences of racism and discrimination. The goal of this work is to use the findings to develop, adapt, and test novel programs to reduce the negative effects of violence, prevent future violence exposure, and promote resilient outcomes.

Research assistants in the ViTAL lab are trained on how to conduct clinical research with violence-exposed children and families. RAs will get hands-on experience with developing specific research questions, working with data, and using software for statistical analysis. Additionally, RAs will learn the theory and concepts behind the research questions being conducted in the lab and have the opportunity to actively participate in weekly lab meetings. The Galano lab can host 2 students.

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Prof. Spencer's lab is part of our Research Intensives program. High school students can apply to spend 6 weeks this sum...
02/28/2020
Psychological and Brain Sciences - UMASS Amherst

Prof. Spencer's lab is part of our Research Intensives program. High school students can apply to spend 6 weeks this summer working alongside Prof. Spencer and her team on sleep research!

Why do we spend a third of our lives sleeping? And what happens to us while we sleep? Rebecca Spencer and the SOMneuro Lab are featured in PBS NOVA's “Mysteries of Sleep”, airing Wednesday, February 26 at 9:00 PM Eastern Time!

During sleep, the brain performs several tasks that are essential to our well-being and our normal development: it processes emotions; it manages, and stores memories; and it may also help us learn and remember new things. Thus, not getting enough sleep can be detrimental to our health.

“Mysteries of Sleep” follows scientists who are using cutting edge technologies to learn what happens in our bodies during sleep and what are the effects of sleep disorders that prevent us from getting the sleep that we need. They try to answer the big question: If sleep is so important, why do so many of us have such a hard time doing it?

View trailer and website: https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/video/mysteries-of-sleep/

The Adler lab studies how floral traits, including shape, size and rewards, affect pollinator health and pathogen transm...
02/24/2020

The Adler lab studies how floral traits, including shape, size and rewards, affect pollinator health and pathogen transmission. More generally, we are also interested in how species interactions affect pollinator behavior and pollination.

Students in the Adler lab will use a combination of field and lab experimental manipulations to answer their questions. Students will conduct individual or small group experiments to understand how pollen, nectar or other floral traits affect pollinator behavior, health and disease transmission.The Adler lab can host 5 students.

Check out our website to find out more about the program.

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This 2-week intensive uses the power of imaginative storytelling in gamic worlds as an introduction to video game studie...
02/21/2020

This 2-week intensive uses the power of imaginative storytelling in gamic worlds as an introduction to video game studies and video game design. We will approach video games by exploring various techniques for telling compelling stories in the medium. Students will learn some fundamentals of storytelling and also learn some strategies for imagining and constructing simple digital games. By providing fundamental instruction in both storytelling and in game design, the course bridges Humanities and STEM interests and proficiencies.

Neither technical expertise nor experience playing video games is required. Creative writers, storytellers, gamers, and curious individuals of all skill levels are welcome.

Check out our website for more details.

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Research in the Somneuro lab broadly explores a range of questions pertaining to sleep measurement and function. In part...
02/18/2020

Research in the Somneuro lab broadly explores a range of questions pertaining to sleep measurement and function. In particular, we are interested in neural processing during sleep and how such processing affects daytime cognition. We use a variety of techniques to explore how the brain learns cognitive and motor tasks, and how brain function and learning change over sleep.

Sleep is composed of multiple different brain states, each of which is associated with distinct cognitive functions. During this 6-week intensive laboratory training, students will be trained in cognitive neuroscience techniques such as EEG and behavioral testing.

The Spencer Lab can host up to 4 students. Apply now!

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Have you ever wondered how business works? How businesses make decisions ranging from what new markets to enter, to how ...
02/14/2020

Have you ever wondered how business works? How businesses make decisions ranging from what new markets to enter, to how big should a new factory be? What the different activities are that happen inside a company (e.g., management, marketing, accounting, finance), and how they are coordinated in order to be successful? This course provides the framework for all future business courses. It is a broad-based introductory course designed to give you exploratory experiences in all aspects of business. It will acquaint you with the dynamic business world of the 21st century. Economics, management, globalization, startups, marketing, finance, accounting, operations, and careers in business will be included. The use of technology and its impact on business will also be stressed.

Check out our website to find out more!

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Prof. Spencer's lab is part of our Research Intensives program. High school students can apply to spend 6 weeks this sum...
02/11/2020
UMass reseacher’s sleep research featured on Netflix and PBS

Prof. Spencer's lab is part of our Research Intensives program. High school students can apply to spend 6 weeks this summer working alongside Prof. Spencer and her team on sleep research!

Rebecca Spencer has been doing groundbreaking research on sleep.

The Clinical Neuropsychology Research Intensive will occur under the mentorship of Dr. Rebecca Ready and graduate resear...
02/10/2020

The Clinical Neuropsychology Research Intensive will occur under the mentorship of Dr. Rebecca Ready and graduate research assistants. Dr. Ready is Director of Clinical Training and a clinical neuropsychologist. She conducts research on concussion, emotion regulation, aging and thinking abilities in younger and older adults. She also is interested in the assessment of adult learning disabilities and aging stereotypes.

Summer research intensive students will have the opportunity to develop and follow through with a research question regarding concussion, emotion regulation, and/or cognition. They will conduct literature reviews, statistical analyses on existing data sets, and engage in data management.

The Ready lab can host up to 4 students.

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Fundamentals of Music Theory introduces concepts useful for listening, composing, and playing music in a variety of styl...
02/07/2020

Fundamentals of Music Theory introduces concepts useful for listening, composing, and playing music in a variety of styles. This one-week course includes an introduction to rhythm, meter, pitch, scales, key signatures, intervals, chords, and voice leading, as well as an introduction to sight singing and dictation. This summer program also involves students to work on projects in groups. The course is designed primarily for students considering majoring or minoring in music but is open to any student who has experience reading music notation.

Check out our website for more details regarding this program.

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The Riley Lab works on antimicrobial drug discovery. The three projects focus on:TB: finding novel antimicrobials active...
02/03/2020

The Riley Lab works on antimicrobial drug discovery. The three projects focus on:

TB: finding novel antimicrobials active against multi-drug resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis.

CF: finding novel antimicrobials to use against MDR Pseudomonas aeruginosa, which causes lung infections in individuals with cystic fibrosis.

Citrus Greening: finding novel antimicrobials active against the cause of CG - Liberibacter.

The Riley Lab can host up to 15 students.Check out our website for more details about the program.

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The UMass Amherst Summer Design Academy provides an opportunity for high school students interested in architecture, lan...
01/31/2020

The UMass Amherst Summer Design Academy provides an opportunity for high school students interested in architecture, landscape architecture, interior design, and urban design the opportunity to experience the professions through the creative challenges of a university design program.

The Design Academy's interactive educational experiences include drawing and design exercises, hands-on building and model-making activities, visits to local design firms and construction sites, as well as lectures, discussions, and design reviews with visiting architects and designers.

Check out our website for more details regarding this program.

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Aneuploidy is an abnormal state that occurs when cells end up with too many or too few chromosomes after they divide. Mo...
01/27/2020

Aneuploidy is an abnormal state that occurs when cells end up with too many or too few chromosomes after they divide. Most of the time aneuploidy leads to cell death; however, shuffling of the chromosomes sometimes yields aneuploid cells that survive. The lab research is focused on how cells maintain the correct number of chromosomes through cell division. In this summer project students will investigate an essential checkpoint pathway that cells use to avoid aneuploidy. To study this pathway you will learn techniques in molecular biology. You will also learn how to maintain tissue culture cells under sterile conditions.

The Maresca lab can host up to 3 students.

Check out our website for more details about this research opportunity and apply now!

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Summer Pre-College students will gain experience in all aspects of research, including participant recruitment and condu...
01/24/2020

Summer Pre-College students will gain experience in all aspects of research, including participant recruitment and conducting experiment sessions. Students will also attend regular lab meetings where we discuss the scientific aspects behind everyday research activities.

in this lab, we study the many aspects of numbers using behavioral and neural approaches, tackling developmental and basic cognitive science questions. We study the linguistic basis of numerical cognition, how adults and children represent numerical sequence and order and the primitive sense of numbers.

The Park lab can host 2 students. Apply now to be part of this great research opportunity.

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Solid advice about different types of summer STEM programs and how to choose! Thanks Bostontechmom for including us in y...
01/16/2020
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Solid advice about different types of summer STEM programs and how to choose! Thanks Bostontechmom for including us in your list! 😊😊

Do you have a high-schooler who is considering studying STEM in college or thinks they might be interested but isn’t sure? Summer is a great time to explore interests. Many Massachusetts universities offer summer courses and pre-college programs for high school students. Check out this list of 40+ STEM programs covering subjects in computer science, math, robotics, science, and engineering. Most are designed for high school students, but there are a few for elementary and middle school, too.

Congratulations, Aditi!Aditi Ghalsasi attended the Research Intensives program last summer, working in Prof. Wang's lab....
01/15/2020

Congratulations, Aditi!

Aditi Ghalsasi attended the Research Intensives program last summer, working in Prof. Wang's lab. Aditi was recently accepted to the University of Pennsylvania, where she plans to attend in Fall 2020.

From Aditi: "I was accepted into the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) to the Jerome Fisher Program in Management and Technology (M&T), a prestigious dual degree program in engineering and business. I plan to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Wharton School and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Penn Engineering. M&T only accepts 50-55 students each year and is one of the most competitive programs offered on UPenn's campus.

While at UMass Amherst, I worked in Dr. Wang's lab which focused on understanding the interaction between multicellular hosts and their microbial partners, with a focus on symbiotic associations. My project focused on analyzing the unique motifs within peptides generated in legumes and whether these sequences resulted in a peptide's increased or decreased susceptibility to bacterial response. The amino acid sequence I studied may have a major prevalence in biological processes beyond bacteria, even potential novel antibiotics."

The goal of the Research Intensives program is to give high school students opportunities to experience cutting-edge research at UMass Amherst. Seeing outstanding students such as Aditi go on to achieve their educational goals makes us very proud. Congratulations, Aditi, on your achievement!

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Happy New Year to everyone out there 🥳 Setting goals for the year is important. Check out the messages from our Coordina...
01/02/2020

Happy New Year to everyone out there 🥳 Setting goals for the year is important. Check out the messages from our Coordinators Zack, Erin and Ben for Summer Programs this year!☀️
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Last day of 2019 means the last post in our throwback series. Summer Programs 2019. Share your stories in the comments b...
12/31/2019

Last day of 2019 means the last post in our throwback series. Summer Programs 2019. Share your stories in the comments below! #20DaysTo2020 #Day20 #ThrowbackSeries #SummerPrograms2019 #goumass @ UMass Amherst

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We accept applications from rising 10th - 12th graders. Seniors who will graduate in the spring are also welcome. Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis, but it is best to apply early as programs fill up quickly. Applications are available on our website. To apply for Summer Pre-College Programs, we require: > A written statement of interest: a brief, one-page statement describing why you want to attend Summer Pre-College at UMass Amherst and specifically the program you have chosen. > An unofficial high school transcript. > A letter of recommendation written by a teacher or guidance counselor who can speak to your skills, abilities, maturity level and academic accomplishments that make you a suitable candidate for the program you are applying to. > A $35 non-refundable application fee International students will be asked to provide additional information regarding TOEFL scores.

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