Education

Initiative for Maximizing Student Development

The Initiative for Maximizing Student Development program aims to increase the number of underrepresented minority doctoral students who complete Ph.D. degrees and postdoctoral fellowships to become leaders in biomedical and behavioral science research. The IMSD program provides academic support, specialized multi-stage mentoring, state-of-the-art professional training and awards fellowships to support the recruitment of underrepresented minority students into doctoral programs in STEM, behavior sciences and public health.

Navajo Language Academy

The Navajo Language Academy is a non-profit educational organization committed to promoting the scientific study and preservation of the Navajo language. Since 1997, Navajo linguistics workshops for language teachers and scholars have been held every summer. The NLA covers complicated areas of grammar and teach students how to apply scientific methods to language studies. UMass Amherst is represented on the NLA's board of directors.

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Club

The Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Club is a non-profit, student-driven, scientific and educational service organization dedicated to serving students in the biochemistry and other life sciences majors with respect to academics, research and careers. Supported by our daily fundraisers throughout the school year, we are able to offer interesting and informative events each month, for example, networking opportunities with speakers from top life sciences companies, tours to these companies’ labs, workshops with Career Services, and student to student panels for peer mentoring.

Project DEEP

Over 200 students participate in Project DEEP offered each semester at UMass Amherst. Project DEEP (“Diving Education Extension Program”) is a nonprofit organization that offers courses in both basic and advanced diving for credit through the Natural Resources Conservation program. Project DEEP has dive bases out of Gloucester and Rockport. The course puts undergraduate and graduate students in touch with the world’s oceans.

Cree Culture, Natural Resources and Sustainability

Cree Culture, Natural Resources, and Sustainability is an interdisciplinary course that involves reading and group discussions for self-motivated juniors, seniors, and graduate students. The course involves a 10-day experiential learning trip to the James Bay region of northern Quebec. Students learn about the complex influences of a global market for energy and natural resources on the forests and indigenous people of northern Quebec.

Computer Science Education Week

Twelve schools, colleges and community organizations offer workshops, technology showcases, field trips and contests to help raise awareness of the importance of computer science education during CS Ed Week each December. With support from NSF, CAITE and BPC Alliance, students are exposed to an array of activities that encourage computer science education for students K-12 from the Amherst, Holyoke, Greenfield and West Springfield areas.

Learning for Life

The Center for International Education in coalition with the International Rescue Committee and seven other local NGOs, implemented the Learning for Life project. The goal was to improve the literacy and mathematical skills of women while increasing knowledge about health related concerns in 12 provinces in Afghanistan. Due to the lack of access, this innovative and instructional program helped provide women with basic education to become eligible for training in health professions. Learning centers allowed women to attend classes and use non-formal, gender-sensitive pedagogies.

Climate System Research Center

Climate System Research Center focuses on the climate system, climatic variability and global change issues. Issues span from contemporary climate variations to paleoclimatic and paleoenvironmental changes. The center brings together graduate students, post-docs, research scientists and University faculty who are interested in the variability of the climate system in time and space. Faculty are working in more than 24 countries with studies ranging from ancient lake sediments in Siberia to the impacts of Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

Center for Women and Community

The Everywoman’s Center changed its name to The Center for Women and Community in September of 2012. CWC supports and encourages women and is a nationally recognized leader in achieving gender equity. The center offers services to people of all genders throughout the campus and the greater community. These services include information, referral, counseling, training, support groups and education in many areas. Individual counseling, crisis intervention and rape crisis services are offered for Hampshire County, the Five Colleges and UMass Amherst.

Center for Hierarchical Manufacturing

The Center for Hierarchical Manufacturing is an NSF Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center (NSEC). CHM aims to be a leading research and education center for the development of cost-efficient manufacturing of nanostructured components, devices and systems. The center provides educational programs that reach K-12, community college, undergraduate & graduate students as well as the general public and has a significant industry relations program via MassNanoTech Institute.

Association for Women in Science

UMass Amherst is an institutional partner in the Association for Women in Science (AWIS). AWIS is the largest multi-disciplinary organization for women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in the country. Its mission is to achieve equity and full participation of women in all disciplines and employment sectors. The organization provides networking, online resources for career opportunities, leadership training and other benefits that will promote women in the STEM fields.

Upward Bound Program

The Upward Bound program is a federally sponsored educational program that serves high school students from the High School of Commerce in Springfield that are potential first generation college students and those from low income backgrounds. The program aims to help students prepare for and succeed in higher education. It provides individual tutoring, career advising, SAT and MCAS prep, college workshops, cultural enrichment and more programs that can help develop academic skills and motivation for students.

Orchard Hill Observatory

The Orchard Hill Observatory is UMass Amherst's optical observatory. It is located on the highest point on the UMass campus and is home to a 16-inch Cassegrain telescope. It is used for public events and for holding open observatory nights. It is supported by members of the Five College Astronomy Club.

UMass Extension's Green School

UMass Extension’s Green School is a short course for Green Industry and agricultural professionals taught by UMass Extension specialists and faculty. The course is designed for landscapers, lawn care specialists, arborists and vegetable producers who wish to advance their understanding of plant care fundamentals. This course is offered bi- annually where students must choose a specialty track from the following four offered; Landscape Management, Turf Management, Arboriculture and Sustainable Vegetable Production.

STEM Diversity Institute

The STEM Diversity Institute works to promote a nurturing environment and sustainable academic & research excellence. SDI provides programs to increase, retain and advance under-represented minorities, particularly women in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce. SDI provides research experience opportunities and workshops to serve undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and faculty.

The Inter-American Network for Integration, Research and Development in Higher Education

The Inter-American Network for Integration, Research and Development in Higher Education focuses on improving quality, access, equity and development of education in the Latin America and the Caribbean region. The College of Education at UMass Amherst is collaborating with University of Missouri and Universidad de los Andes in Colombia to be the first multinational association that will promote regional and global partnerships and improve the integration of policy and practice across tertiary institutions.

National Society of Black Engineers

National Society of Black Engineers formed to motivate students and enhance the number of culturally responsible black engineers to excel academically, professionally and positively impact the community. The NSBE UMass Amherst student chapter is a 501 (C) (3) non-profit association dedicated to promoting the academic and professional success of African-American engineering students and professionals through mentoring opportunities, career placement services and professional development.

Health and Nutrition Diversity Scholars

Health and Nutrition Diversity Scholars (HANDS) is a program designed to increase the diversity of students in the nutrition field. HANDS Scholars are able to participate in a 1-credit seminar each semester and are given access to tutoring, mentorship and career counseling. Scholars will also be able to participate in nutrition conferences, workshops, research & education opportunities, self-assessment programs and other programs for professional development.

Multicultural Engineering Program

The Multicultural Engineering Program (MEP) aims to encourage students of African-American, Native-American, Hispanic, and Cape Verdean descent in the engineering field. The program provides support services to assist students in a successful college experience, increase the enrollment, retention, graduation and to attain a professional career in engineering. MEP offers professional development workshops, conferences, summer undergraduate research opportunities and works with ESRO, an outreach program for middle and high school students interested in engineering from the William R.

Northeast Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate

UMass Amherst is the lead university for the NSF's Northeast Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (NEAGEP), and one of 26 NSF-funded alliances for Graduate education and the professoriate (AGEP) programs in the US. It sponsors a number of programs to recruit, retain and prepare under-represented minorities for careers in the professoriate. The NEAGEP’s goal is to increase the number of domestic students receiving doctoral degrees and pursuing careers in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) field.

Advancing Diversity in Research and Practice

The Advancing Diversity in Research and Practice program promotes education and experiences to undergraduate students to benefit them for future careers in psychology. The program promotes diversity in the field of psychology and is designed for undergraduates who identify as a member of a diverse group or have a strong interest in research of diverse populations. Over the course of two semesters, students are engaged in a research assistantship or internship, and a seminar held at UMass Amherst.

Agricultural Learning Center

In 2013, UMass started the Agricultural Learning Center (“ALC”) as a hands-on living “classroom” or field laboratory for undergraduates, graduate students and residents of Massachusetts to pursue active learning about all forms of agriculture. The ALC will provide experiential learning opportunities in a wide variety of farming, horticultural, nursery and landscape industries. With small areas devoted to livestock, fruits, vegetables, turf, and landscape crops, the ALC will offer a broad array of agricultural topics to both UMass students and the general public.

Society of Women Engineers

Society of Women Engineers (SWE) is a non-profit, educational service organization dedicated to encouraging women to achieve their full potential in the engineering profession and as leaders. SWE holds various meetings and events that help inform undergraduates about industry opportunities, mentor programs and to serve as a center of information for women in engineering. UMass Amherst has a SWE chapter which meets regularly.

Circuits and Beats

Middle school students from the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Holyoke, Inc. learn digital circuits and programming concepts from undergraduate electrical engineering majors at UMass Amherst. The program was developed by UMass Amherst's M5, an educational initiative of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. The two week summer workshop teaches students electrical engineering skills to create a “beat machine” where they were able to present and keep their final products.

Fish & Fisheries Public Seminar Series in Gloucester

A series of four seminars organized by the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s Large Pelagics Research Center at Hodgkins Cove (LPRC) will begin on April 3rd, 2014 at 7 p.m.at Maritime Gloucester. The LPRC is notable for its international research and partnership with fisherman on the study of giant Bluefin tuna, leatherback turtles and other open-ocean wandering species, or pelagics. Four expert speakers will discuss topics based on the latest research of the Atlantic bluefin tuna, fisheries and food webs, ocean ecology and right whale conservation.