Professional development

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Riverside Industries Employment Services Partnership

The Riverside Industries Employment Services Partnership provides opportunities within our Special Projects grounds crew for people with developmental disabilities to find meaningful work they enjoy. Residential Life Operating Funds are used to employ a job coach from Riverside Enterprises and four Riverside clients, who are hired as University of Massachusetts hourly employees, and Residential Life employees provide program assistance and coordination.

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.

Academic Practice Partnership: Nursing Leaders & Baystate Health

The College of Nursing at UMass & Baystate Health have a partnership designed to address the goals of all partners. This partnership has many outcomes including multiple sustained evidence based educational, clinical practice, and organizational programs. Some examples are three successful dedicated education units (DEUs), new models for Nursing policy review, a systematic evaluation of the Shared Governance Structure, a program evaluation of the Nursing Falls Prevention program, and a new research based individualized Falls Risk Assessment tool.

Methods and Materials in Special Education

Training students to develop and implement project based learning to promote science knowledge among students with disabilities is the focus of this class. A substantial number of students partner with an ongoing project with the Holyoke Public Schools to develop and implement programs with students with emotional and behavioral disorders.

New Worlds of Adoption conference 2014, "Helping Families Overcome Early Adversity"

Children who have experienced foster care and adoption often have early childhood adversities that impact their development and complicate effective parenting. Keynote speaker Dr. Phil Fisher, of the University of Oregon, will discuss the effects of early stressful experiences on children's neurobiological and psychological development. In addition the conference will include panel discussions, topical concurrent sessions and posters displaying research and programs. Stay updated at: umass.edu/adoptionconference.

Heritage Assessment and Community Development, Eleuthera, Bahamas

The Center for Heritage & Society has initiated a partnership with a community development organization on the island of Eleuthera, Bahamas (oneeleuthera.org). We have conducted a pilot research project (Historic Building Survey) in Governor's Harbor, and we have developed a community engagement web portal for use by our partners. Finally, we are now in the development phase of an archaeological survey and excavation project in Millars on the site of a former plantation in collaboration with the descendent community.

Service-Learning Faculty Fellows Program

The Provost's Committee on Service-Learning runs a Faculty Fellows program to help faculty develop new service-learning classes. The purpose of this fellowship, available to faculty from all departments, is to help faculty integrate best practices in service-learning into a course so that members of a community benefit from the service and so that students' service experiences enhance their academic learning.

Expanding Computing Education Pathways (ECEP) Alliance

The Expanding Computing Education Pathways (ECEP) Alliance seeks to increase the number and diversity of students in the pipeline to computing and computing-intensive degrees by supporting state-level computing education reforms. ECEP works closely with many national organizations, relies on and deploys experts in computing education, promotes state-level computer science education reform, trains educators to provide professional development in computing, supports summer computing camps, and offers advice and tools in higher education transfer and program evaluation.

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.

Student Farming Enterprise

The UMass Student Farming Enterprise produces certified organic produce on 2 acres at the UMass Crop and Animal Research and Education Center. The UMass Student Farm is a collaboration of students and faculty passionate to learn about agriculture and food through the production and distribution of the highest quality organic produce. Our current customers include Earthfoods Cafe, Student Farmers Market, Dining Services, other student-run businesses, and the Amherst Big Y. In Fall 2013, we will provide 50 shares of local, organic produce to the UMass community.

ABLE4STEM

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.

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.

Engage in STEM

Engage in STEM or E-STEM is an afterschool mentoring program that pairs college students majoring in STEM subjects with middle and high school students engaged in independent research projects. The Massachusetts Academy of Sciences runs E-STEM and provides the recruitment and training of the college mentors, provides transportation to the target schools and pairs mentors with their mentees.

Science Education Online

The School of Education, in collaboration with the College of Natural Sciences, offers an on-line graduate degree program in science education for elementary and middle school teachers. Courses are designed to prepare elementary and middle school science teachers in science content and pedagogy. The program, originally funded by a $1.2 million National Science Foundation grant, has been approved by the Massachusetts Department of Education for Professional Licensure in five areas.

Sustainability Round Table - American Library Association

SustainRT is a sustainability group under the American Library Association (ALA). This professional forum develops programs of interest from all types of libraries and all forms of library service, including opportunities for continued learning, leadership training, professional involvement and networking, and, active engagement in the ALA and library community. Activities include the exchange of ideas and opportunities regarding sustainability in order to move toward a more equitable, healthy and economically viable society.