AMHERST, Mass. – At the University of Massachusetts Amherst this summer, high school students will gain hands-on insight into popular career fields while getting a sample of college life. The university’s Summer College offers two-week intensive programs for motivated high school students who have completed grades 10-12. Program highlights include Digital Forensics, which introduces students to the acquisition, preservation, analysis and courtroom presentation of digital evidence, explores how digital information is recovered, and guides students in writing their own digital forensics tools. Another program, Digital Media in the Visual Arts, teaches students the fundamental ideas and software tools for animation, digital still photography and digital time-based production.
All of the programs include housing in the new Commonwealth Honors College residential facility, meals provided by UMass Amherst’s nationally recognized dining services, and access to the W.E.B. Du Bois Library. Through team-based learning, laboratory or studio experience, field trips, and lectures, Summer College participants complete college-level academic work for which they can earn two academic credits. Attendees can also participate in free college preparatory workshops and enjoy weekend field trips.
The session that runs July 6-19 has openings in these programs: Digital Media in the Visual Arts; Forensic Chemistry; Sport Management, and Arboriculture and Urban Forestry. The final session, to be held July 20-Aug. 2, is accepting applications for all programs including Astronomy, Digital Forensics, Introduction to 3D Animation, and the Summer Design Academy.
Two open programs, both sponsored by UMass Amherst’s Commonwealth Honors College, offer generous scholarships. The Summer Institute in Documentary Filmmaking gives students a hands-on introduction to video production as one way to address concerns about the world. The Summer Institute in Leadership and Sustainability introduces students to the many aspects of humans’ relationship with the environmentand provides practice in effective leadership, public speaking, strategic planning, and fundraising. The programs are collaborations with the UMass Amherst history department and UMass Alliance for Community Transformation (UACT).
The total cost for each residential two-week program is $2,156. Students may earn two academic credits for $100 more. Some programs have an additional $100 materials fee. Commuter rates are available. Students interested in attending Summer College for four weeks can apply for two consecutive sessions. Some complementary programs include: Sport Management and Human Health and Movement (Kinesiology); Digital Media in the Visual Arts and Intro to 3D Animation; Arboriculture and Urban Forestry and Summer Institute for Leadership & Sustainability; and Forensic Chemistry and Digital Forensics.