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Meet with a Peer Mentor! Peer Mentors are available in room 907 in the LGRT. Their schedule can be found here.
New course this spring!
Biochem 190B is for first-year students and is a one-credit seminar to introduce students to the BMB major. You can learn about planning your courses and doing research, find out what other majors are doing, meet some of the faculty, and learn strategies for being successful!
Thurs 5:30-6:45 in ISB 221
Registration and Lifting Registration Holds
Course registration for Fall 2017 begins April 3rd.
The BMB department places a Registration Hold on your account each semester. You are required to clear your course selections with BMB before each Registration period in order to have your Registration Hold removed.
There are four ways to have your Registration Hold lifted:
- Attend a group advising session
- Meet with a Peer Mentor during office hours
- Meet with BMB Academic Advisor Valerie Miller, or
- Electronic clearance; this option is available only after all scheduled group advising sessions have met.
You will have an assigned Registration Appointment time. The date and time for this appointment is indicated on your Student Center page in SPIRE. You will not be able to register at this time unless your Registration Hold has been lifted.
Helpful notes and links:
- You can make an appointment to speak with Valerie Miller here:
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Know about the Biochem Club yet?
The UMass Biochemistry Club is a Registered Student Organization (RSO) that is dedicated to providing opportunities to undergraduate students of any major to explore a career in the Life Sciences field. UMass BMB frequently holds peer mentoring events on topics like getting into a research lab and finding an industry internship. The Club also hosts guest speakers from biotech and the pharmaceutical industry who come to campus to explain how they have made their careers in the life science field. Once each semester the UMass Biochem Club goes on an industrial lab tour, which allows students to see firsthand the types of jobs that will be available to them after graduation from UMass. Find out more at the Meet & Greet on September 7th (see Advising)!
BMB Rising Senior Johanna L’Heureux receives Marions Mahoney Scholarship:
This annual scholarship is awarded to two rising juniors or seniors in good academic standing who are female U.S. citizens interested in teaching mathematics or science after graduation. See the CNS website to learn more about the Marions Mahoney Scholarship and other scholarships provided by the College of Natural Sciences.
BMB Senior Samuel Kamlarz named 2016 Rising Researcher:
Eight of the campus's most promising undergraduates have received the Spring 2016 UMass Amherst Rising Researcher Award in recognition of their achievements in research, scholarship and creative activity, including BMB Senior Samuel Kamlarz.
How some of your fellow majors spent their summer vacation:
Paul Travers participant in CAFE's Undergraduate Summer Scholars Program
Paul took part in this competitve new program that provides full-time summer employment internships in the labs and offices of UMass faculty. Last summer, he presented a poster of his work analyzing transposon dynamics among a set of F. oxysporum genomes at the annual meeting of the American Phytopathological Society in Pasadena, CA, where he also assisted in a workshop. [Read more]
Diana Akpoyibo wins prize for her poster presentation at the Annual Biomedical Conference for Minority Scholars (ABRCMS) 2015
Diana Akpoyibo, class of 2016, conducted a 10-week long biomedical research internship at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, in NYC, in the lab of Dr. Yasmin L. Hurd which studies the neurobiology of addiction. Here at UMass, she researches the pH signailing transduction pathway in the fungus Fusarium oxysporum in Dr. Li-jun Ma's lab. Diana was chosen as a Junior Fellow for the 2015-2016 academic year and is also a BMB Peer Advisor. [Read more]
Rachel Levantovsky interned in the Target Discovery division at Cell Signaling Technology
Rachel Levantovsky, class of 2017, is grateful for the techniques, including tissue culture, Western blots and flow cytometry, among others, which she learned or strengthened while working over the summer in the Target Discovery division of the Danvers, MA, biotech company Cell Signaling Technology. During the academic year, Rachel is a BMB Peer Advisor and conducts research in the Sela lab in the Food Science Department. [Read more]
Duncan Robertson was chosen as a Research Intern at Genzyme
Duncan Robertson, class of 2016, spent the summer conducting research as an intern in the Research and Development division of Genzyme in Framingham, MA. He studied a possible genetic therapy for osteoarthritis. Duncan is a member of the Wang lab in Biochem and researches the function of the extracellular domain of a receptor kinase important in plant-bacteria symbioses. [Read more]
Yekaterina Kori completed a co-op at Alexion Pharmaceuticals
Yekaterina Kori, class of 2016, completed an eight-month co-op in the Product Characterization division of Alexion Pharmaceuticals in Cheshire, CT. She worked over spring semester and through the summer. She not only learned many new techniques, she also was able to investigate several divisions of the company to learn how all of the areas work together in the development of therapeutic drugs. This fall, she will return as a BMB Peer Advisor and resume research in the Hebert lab on how the integrity of maturing proteins is evaluated by the cell's quality control process. [Read more]