Research Intensives

Biology, Biochemistry and Clinical Psychology

The 2014 Summer College Research Intensive is a 6-week program that takes place from June 29 through Saturday August 9, 2014, during which qualified high school students participate in authentic laboratory research in the Departments of Biology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Psychology.


WHO is Qualified
Students eligible to apply should have grades of B or higher in mathematics and science courses as well as an interest in one of the research topics offered.  Research groups can accommodate a limited number of students.  

The recommended deadline for applications is March 31, 2014;  we will, however, be accepting applications until all lab placements are filled. Each application is reviewed for admission based on merit, places are awarded to qualified candidates on a first come, first served basis. 


Selected students will engage in an authentic research experience working with research faculty, undergraduates and graduate students in a variety of experimental systems, from microbes to plants to animals to humans.


The BIOLOGY Department offers research experiences in several areas:

The research in BIOCHEMISTRY and MOLECULAR BIOLOGY focuses on the following areas:


Research in CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY focuses on neuropsychology, aging, emotion, cognition, learning disorders, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.


Research in FOOD SCIENCE focuses on Food and Environmental Chemicals' Impact on Human Health.


To apply for a 2014 Summer Research Intensive go to

Please Note:  your statement in support of your application (no more than 500 words) should describe:

  • Your interests in biology, biochemistry or clinical psychology and you career aspirations.
  • Your first, second and third choice lab preferences and why you are interested
  • Any prior research accomplishments.
  • What you hope to gain from the program.


Essays can be uploaded into the UMass Amherst Summer College application form.