New For 2014
New and Very Cool Residence Halls
This summer our residential program moves into the brand new, air-conditioned Commonwealth Residence Hall complex
In addition we will be offering evening workshops located in some of the newly outfitted classrooms located in the central area. There is also a new café for students to get snacks or grab a quick meal with friends. The Commonwealth Honors College Residence Hall complex has close proximity to the library, Campus Recreation Center, Student Union, Campus Center, Mullins Center, and Intramural fields.
UMass Amherst can seem like a big place so to help close the gap we are working with the Sustainability Initiative to expand their Bike Share program over the summer
Created to encourage alternative transportation, this pilot program was launched two years ago to provide students with free and convenient bike transportation. Funded by a gift from the class of 2010 and supported by the Student Government Association and the Sustainable UMass, campus bike share program provides free Bikes to those who sign up for them. Stay tuned for more information.
New Evening Activities
Summer College is pleased to add to its series of free workshops and activities offered in the evenings.
College Prep Workshops
College Prep workshops aim to help Summer College participants search for, select and apply to colleges and choose majors. The four workshops will be offered two evenings a week during each intensive and will include presentations by the Financial Aid office at UMASS Amherst and round table discussions with admissions representatives from the Five College Consortium which includes: Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College and UMass Amherst. These workshops were developed with assistance from the UMASS School of Education and member institutions from the Association of University Summer Sessions.
Stress Management Workshops
College life is fun, busy, intense and sometimes stressful. Join in this one hour workshop dedicated to helping you relax and manage the pressure.
For all levels of practice these workshops offer a place for you to learn and to give balance and proportion to every aspect of your life. As an ancient system of breathing practices, physical exercise, postures and meditation, the practice of yoga is intended to promote integration of the mind, body and spirit. These workshops will be sponsored by the Campus Recreation center (a short walk from your residence halls).
Sponsored by the Kinesiology Department these workshops focus on how to develop health-eating habits that will support you during the early transition to campus.
This introduction to permaculture gardening begins with a tour of the Franklin Permaculture Garden; this will be an opportunity to learn more about the UMass Permaculture Initiative and how sustainable food systems will be integral to the future. UMass is one of the only public universities in the country implementing sustainable permaculture gardens directly on campus each year and serving the local, healthy produce in the university's dining commons.
New Research opportunities
For Summer 2014 In addition to many six week research opportunities the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and the Department of Psychology the Department of Biology will be adding two new opportunities