Event(s), conference(s), lecture(s), performance(s), exhibit(s) (non-credit)

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.

Protect Our Breasts

Protect Our Breasts is a national student-based/experiential learning organization that shares about environmental toxins that contribute to breast cancer. A team of students from different academic specialties come together to research and share the scientific discoveries and safer alternatives to everyday toxins. Protect Our Breasts hosts a variety of events through chapters on different campuses (including UMass/Amherst) throughout the academic year.

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.

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.

Stand Against Racism

UMass Amherst has joined the YWCA in its national Stand Against Racism (SAR) movement. The YWCA is the largest multicultural women’s organization whose mission is to eliminate racism and empower women. A series of activities and programs are being held to promote the movement and are free and open to the public. SAR aspires to eliminate racism by holding educational workshops, engaging participants in awareness campaigns through social media outlets and bring together like-minded organizations.

The Large Millimeter Telescope Project

UMass Amherst, in collaboration with the Instituto Nacional de Astrofiscia, Optica y Electronica in Mexico, successfully built a 50 meter diameter telescope at a high altitude site in Mexico. The LMT is known to be the biggest millimeter-wave telescope in the world. Designed for astronomical observations it assists in the exploration of the physical processes that lead to the formation and evolution of planetary systems, stars, black-holes and galaxies throughout the 13.7 billion year history of the Universe.

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.

India Association of Greater Springfield

India Association of Greater Springfield (IAGS) serves the cultural and social needs of the Greater Springfield Indian Community. IAGS is a non-profit, non-political and non-secretariat organization formed to promote unity, friendship and goodwill within the community. Events by the organization have hosted Indian classical musician Amjad Ali Khan at UMass Amherst’s Fine Arts center. He is world’s greatest master of the 25-stringed sarod and a world ambassador of Indian classical music.

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.

Multicultural Association of Psychology Students

Multicultural Association of Psychology Students (MAPS) is an organization that promotes awareness of diversity, knowledge and skills regarding multicultural, diversity and social justice issues. MAPS, encourages diversity in the field of psychology and provides support for students from diverse backgrounds. MAPS holds meetings, educational events, social activities and guest speakers to help students who wish to pursue careers that involve working with diverse populations.

American Society of Civil Engineers

The goal of the American Society of Civil Engineers is to enhance infrastructure, environment, and the quality of life of the public and to promote engineering excellence through public policy activities. The UMass Amherst Chapter of ASCE is a student run organization which participates in three design competitions including Concrete Canoe, Steel Bridge and Seismic Design projects. The organization holds monthly general body meetings in which guest speakers from the community lecture about the civil engineering profession.

Asian Arts and Culture Program

The Asian Arts and Culture Program was founded in 1993 by the Fine Arts Center to provide an awareness, appreciation and knowledge of Asia and Middle Eastern arts, culture and heritage. The program provides a consistent presence to non-western arts on campus and events for K-12 grades, college students and adults and seniors. Performances, festivals and events help showcase traditional, international and contemporary artists on campus for audiences to experience and enjoy.

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.

Futurescape City Tours

Futurescape City Tours is a national public engagement project that enables citizens to explore how new technologies are changing their cities. Springfield, MA, was one of six participating cities in 2013. In addition to UMass/CPPA, partners included the Center for Nanotechnology and Society at Arizona State University, the Loka Institute, the Springfield Science Museum, Putnam Technical High School, the UMass Design Center, and U.S Congressman Richard Neal’s office, among others.

The Ronald H. Frederickson Center for School Counseling Outcome Research

The Ronald H. Frederickson Center for School Counseling Outcome Research (CSCORE) is dedicated to improving the practice of school counseling by generating, identifying, and disseminating research related to the field, providing evaluation and consultation to support best practices, developing interventions with demonstrated efficacy and positive outcomes, and building the capacity of school counselors. CSCORE provides a range of services, including professional development training, intervention and program evaluation, and consultation.

Center for Educational Assessment

The Center for Educational Assessment provides technical expertise in areas such as test development, item response theory applications, equating, standard setting, test selection and evaluation, and program evaluation. The Center is a valuable resource for educational policy makers and others who use tests to make important decisions regarding individuals, organizations or institutions.

Science Quest

High school students in grades 10-12 from across the Northeast and beyond are encouraged to visit the UMass Amherst campus to engage in hands-on science activities, demonstrations and guided lab tours. Students are allowed to select their own schedule of mini-classes offered to explore physics labs and learn more about science. A panel of UMass undergraduate science students are available to talk about their experiences as a science major and an admission representative will briefly present and answer questions about preparing for college/applying to UMass.

The Sunwheel Project

The long-running Sunwheel Project involves the construction of sun wheels all over the world starting at UMass Amherst. The project brings a greater awareness and understanding of astronomy to school children, University community members and the general public. In Amherst, the sunwheel - located south of the football stadium - is a gathering spot for people to visit and learn about the sky together through regular public gatherings posted on the website (and usually timed with the equinox and solstice events).

jubilat / Jones Reading Series

The jubilat / Jones Reading Series brings to Amherst a variety of new and established poets to read in tandem with poets who live closer to Amherst and Western Massachusetts. Every jubilat / Jones poet travels to Amherst with the help of a $200 honorarium, which the series is able to offer through the generosity of the Friends of the Jones Library and Amherst Cultural Council. Dara Wier (UMass-Amherst MFA Program for poets and writers) is co-founder and co-director of the series.

Pioneer Valley Tip Off

The Pioneer Valley Tip Off, organized by students in the Mark H. McCormack Department of Sport Management at UMass-Amherst, is a high school basketball tournament at the Curry Hicks Cage. One goal of the Pioneer Valley Tip-Off and its participating schools is to help in the fight against cancer by partnering with Coaches vs Cancer, a partnership between the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches. The goal of the program is to raise funds for this organization while also promoting cancer awareness to the Western MA community.

Sport Sales Strategies

Students sell tickets to a high school basketball tournament run by UMASSM, the Sport Management student club, held at the Curry Hicks Cage each December to benefit the American Cancer Society’s Coaches vs. Cancer program. The tickets are purchased by businesses in towns whose high school teams are playing and then distributed to youth organizations and schools in those towns so children can attend for free on behalf of the local businesses.