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Equine Management Summer College Experience Program

The UMass Amherst Summer College Equine Management Program is a two-week intensive program for motivated high school students seeking to explore what it takes to succeed in the horse industry, and in doing so, challenge themselves to become better horsemen and future leaders in the equine profession. The program includes hands-on practicums and workshops and concludes with a summer equine exposition in which students will display their equine management projects and showcase their horsemanship skills.

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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.

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Food Safety from Farm to Preschool

Through this USDA-funded project, we will address Farm and Garden to Preschool programs in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, two New England states among the highest in the US for costs per case from produce-related foodborne illnesses (Scharff 2010). There is currently no inventory for the types of fresh produce-related activities in early child care programs, and thus limited information regarding the food handling behaviors and potential food safety risks related to fresh fruits and vegetables in preschools.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Information Technology Capstone

In this full-year, community-based capstone, student teams create and implement a service-learning project which provides technical support to a community partner. Previous projects have included designing websites, developing databases and training teachers. For example, one team project included planning and implementing four trainings for approximately 100 Holyoke Public School teachers, enhancing the ability of local educators to use technology for their own efficiency, as well as to enhance the educational experience of their students.

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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.

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Institute for Cellular Engineering

The Institute for Cellular Engineering is a multidisciplinary, interdepartmental research initiative focused on coordinating and expanding cellular engineering educational and scholarly activities on campus and enabling translational research through strategic industry partnerships. Through ICE, engineering, life science, and information science departments collaborate to understand, and ultimately harness, cellular “machinery” in plants, animals, and microorganisms.

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Leadership Pioneer Valley

LPV is a regional community leadership program for mid-career professionals from non-profit, public, and private sector organizations throughout Franklin, Hampden, and Hampshire counties. In this year-long monthly program participants spend the day either in leadership development programming or community orientation/network development. Field experiences bring the group to sites within a specified sub-region to meet with community leaders. UMass has been actively involved on the Steering Committee, Curriculum Committee, and Marketing Committee.

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