Tick-Borne Disease Network

The Tick-Borne Disease Network program allows free tick testing to people in 32 Massachusetts towns. The TBDN program is funded through the MA Governor’s office, the first network of its kind, and will increase the volume of people using the service giving researchers in the Laboratory of Medical Zoology on campus more data to work with. More information will help identify ticks, the diseases they are carrying and who is getting sick to help prevent future occurrences. Testing and results will be reported to residents, local boards of health and the state Department of Public Health.

Supporting STEM Teaching and Learning through Communities

S²TLC is building and supporting a community and pipeline of STEM educators that explore deep content knowledge, inquiry-based and culturally responsive practices, and the integration of technology in grades 6-12 STEM classrooms. Face-to-face and virtual communities of practice are hallmarks of the project that will connect teachers in western Massachusetts during and beyond the project. It is a six-year NSF-funded partnership of UMass Amherst, Greenfield, Holyoke, and Springfield public schools, Mahar Regional school district and Hitchcock Center for the Environment.

The Outsmart Invasive Species Project

The goal of the Outsmart Invasive Species Project is to strengthen ongoing invasive-species monitoring efforts in Massachusetts by enlisting help from citizens. Using web- and smartphone-based approaches, volunteers identify and collect data on invasive species in their own time, with little or no hands-on training. Because increasing numbers of people are equipped with smartphone technology, this approach will expand the scope of invasive-species monitoring, and is an effort to help control outbreaks of new or emergent invasive species that threaten our environment.

Advanced Practicum in School Psychology

This Advanced Practicum in School Psychology is centered around engaging with school communities and is the work of the School Outreach Team at the UMass Psychological Services Center. School Psychology doctoral students have the opportunity to engage in both a didactic seminar and as consultants in schools to help schools/districts develop and implement systems of positive behavioral support and data-based decision-making. To date, students have worked in over 20 schools in Western MA in districts such as Amherst, Holyoke, Westfield, Mohawk Trail, Southern Berkshire, etc.

SuperCuts SoccerFest

SuperCuts SoccerFest is organized by the Mark H. McCormack Department of Sport Management at UMass Amherst and supported by the Sport Event Management class. Representing one of the leading Sport Management Programs in the world, it is dedicated to organizing and running Supercuts SoccerFest with the utmost professionalism. This program creates a unique setting to bring the community together, promoting healthy competition as well as an active lifestyle, and providing a day full of entertainment and fun for all attendees!

Field School in Heritage Archaeology

The field school recently partnered with the W.E.B. Du Bois National Historic Site, an organization in Great Barrington supporting the development of a community wide plan to celebrate the work of W.E.B. Du Bois, with the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association’s project to present the African American history of Franklin County, and with the Pan African History Museum USA of Springfield a community based museum that presents the African American history of the Springfield area. In the past we have also worked with Historic Deerfield, Inc., a regional museum of New England history.

Jewish Literature: Film and Text

An offshoot of the People of the Book Discussion Group founded many years ago, this initiative combines literature with its cinematic adaptations. Amherst Cinema hosts the event which typically begins at 7:00 pm with a screening of the film followed by a scholar-led discussion of the film and the book paired with it.

Springfield Armory Alliance

Faculty member is a board member of the Springfield Armory Alliance, which is the public board of the Springfield Armory, a National Historic Site managed by the National Parks Service in Springfield, Massachusetts. The Springfield Armory holds a special place in the history of the Pioneer Valley as a major contributor to the Valley's regional planning, economic development, and contributions to innovation.

Ongoing Partnership with the Trustees of Reservations

This program is an ongoing partnership between the UMass Amherst Public History Program and the Trustees of Reservations, an organization that preserves, for public use and enjoyment, over 100 properties of exceptional scenic, historic, and ecological value in Massachusetts. Student projects have included the development of a youth program for the William Cullen Bryant Homestead; the award-winning project “Elizabeth Freeman: A Story of Courage;" and projects at the Ashintully Gardens.

Ongoing Partnership with Historic Deerfield

This program is an ongoing partnership between the UMass Amherst Public History Program and Historic Deerfield, an outdoor history museum that focuses on the history and culture of the Connecticut River Valley and early New England. Student-generated projects have included an exhibit and panel discussion on silk and agriculture in Deerfield; the creation of several new walking tours of Historic Deerfield; and involvement by Public History students and faculty in the Historic Deerfield Summer Fellowship Program.

Commonwealth Information Technology Initiative

CITI - the Commonwealth's Information Technology Initiative - is a public/private partnership to promote IT education through strategic investments that prepares graduates to participate, lead and innovate in the knowledge-based economy of Massachusetts. Launched in 2000, CITI brings together K-12, community colleges, public universities and industry to promote IT education across the curriculum and respond to technology workforce needs.

History Institute

Since 1994, the UMass Amherst History Department has hosted events, workshops and in-service trainings for K-12 teachers in Western Massachusetts. The Department’s signature offering is “The History Institute”. A joint endeavor with the Collaborative for Educational Services in Northampton, Massachusetts, The History Institute is an annual series of workshops organized around a central theme. At each workshop, a faculty member presents on a specific historical topic. Following the lecture, teachers and scholars work together to develop strategies for applying the content to the classroom.


ABLE4STEM is a dynamic program designed to double the number of Massachusetts students who earn Associate’s and Bachelor’s degrees in STEM fields. This collaboration among the University of Massachusetts, the 15 State Community Colleges, Mass Competitive Partnership and the Governors STEM Advisory Council draws on educators, policy makers, higher education administrators and industry leaders to recruit and prepare students for STEM careers. ABLE4STEM establishes pathways for associate’s degree graduates from community colleges to enter STEM majors at UMass campuses.

HT-MGT: 355 Food Production Management: The Marriott Meals

The Marriott Meals is a core course within the HTM program in which students have the opportunity to manage the restaurant with a team of student employees. Students deliver first-class dining experiences to guests for lunches and dinners. All of the menu items served are made fresh-to-order. Overall, this course provides an exceptional management and interactive learning environment, after which students feel confident moving forward within the hospitality industry.

UMass Extension Building Energy

The Building Energy Extension Program conveys current energy efficiency, renewable energy, and building science information to stakeholders, including those in the building trades, design professionals, state government agencies, building owners and occupants through workshops, web publication, and consulting. Applied research in building energy systems is conducted to respond to perceived stakeholder need.

Wetlands Conservation

Wetlands Regulations and Protection is part of a broader effort to provide training and information to municipal officials. This initiative provides workshops and materials for conservation commissions in the implementation of the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act.

Operation Military Kids

The primary component of the 4-H Military Project is Operation Military Kids (OMK) which connects children ages 5-18 with educational, recreational and social activities before, during and after the deployment of a parent. The project provides direct assistance to military children and families and educates the broader community on the effects of deployment on children to ensure that all Massachusetts military youth are safe, healthy, and supported.

Sustainable Landscape Management

To foster and prolong the growth of the Green Industry in Massachusetts, the Sustainable Landscape Management project teaches integrated pest management practices and environmental stewardship strategies to municipal and private landscape professionals, nursery growers and home gardeners. Participants learn to be responsive to client horticultural problems and to find workable short and long term solutions to pressing problems. Participants also focus their role as environmental stewards on reducing negative environmental impact by using best management practices.

UMass Extension Pesticide Education Program

The Pesticide Education Program works closely with the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources to educate pesticide users about safe application, state regulation and proper use of pesticides. The project team is also part of a New England Pest Management Network that collaborates to gather information on pest management and pesticide use for important crops and sites throughout New England, and to identify pest management needs and inform state regulations. This project helps agricultural and green industry businesses stay competitive and relevant.

UMass Extension Plant Diagnostic Lab

The University of Massachusetts Amherst recognizes the importance of reliable and prompt diagnosis of plant problems for the turf, floriculture, vegetable, nursery, urban forestry and landscape industries. The UMass Extension Plant Diagnostic Lab provides diagnosis of plant problems for farmers, horticulturists, landscape contractors, turf managers, arborists, nurseries, and others in agriculture and the green industries.

UMass Extension Nutrient Management: Livestock and Crops Project

The UMass Extension Nutrient Management: Livestock and Crops Project conducts applied research and provides educational opportunities and technical assistance to dairy farmers, livestock producers and horse owners to increase their knowledge of environmental issues and their ability to reduce the threat of pathogens and nutrient loss from barns, stables, fields and pastures. A major focus of applied research has been on growing cover crops as an efficient way to improve soil health. Other projects conducted included small grain production and biofuel crop production.

UMass Libraries' Outreach to local Community Development Corporations

Citizens interested in new business startups and living in the regions served by the Franklin County Community Development Corporation (CDC) and the Hilltown CDC may take free classes offered by their CDCs. Many of the participants are low-income residents of Western Massachusetts. UMass Librarian Mike Davis visits these classes and advises students. Classes learn about UMass Library resources and state-licensed databases.