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Academic Opportunities

Interested in how exercise can benefit the mind? Want to learn how to make those benefits accessible to all school-aged chidlren? Take EDUC 397JA this winter. Earn 3 credits with this online course, held 12/27-1/21. Scott Greenspan, the instuctor, is a PhD student at UMass focusing on school... Read More
Are you interested in social justice, activism, and community organizing? You might be interested in applying for Grassroots Community Organizing, a 5-credit honors class with an Alternative Spring Break. Study community organizing as a tool for change. Learn about structural inequality and... Read More
Prepare for you financial future this winter. Learn how to budget, manage credit, invest, and plan for retirement.  No pre-requisites. Must be comfortable with Excel. Registration begins October 19. 
Undergraduate Student Success is sponsoring the annual Majors Fair!  All current and prospective students are cordially invited to attend. The event will provide a chance for students to explore potential areas of study; majors, minors, certificates, study abroad, five college interchange, domestic... Read More
The honors program at UC Riverside will accept nationwide submissions to Audeamus, their multidisciplinary honors journal. Submissions may include creative works as well as research papers. There will be two $200 awards for the best submissions in print, and two $200 awards for the best submissions... Read More

Scholarships and Support

Find out about the renowned Harry S. Truman Scholarship, awarding up to $30,000 to students pursuing graduate studies in public service-related fields. Truman scholar Jacob Miller and Professor Susan Krauss Whitbourne, director of ONSA, will speak about the application process and answer your... Read More
Learn about the prestigious Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship for sophomores and juniors wishing to pursue a research career in STEM disciplines. Professor Susan Krauss Whitbourne, director of ONSA, will speak about this exciting scholarship opportunity and answer questions about the application... Read More
Learn about applying for the Boren Scholarship/Fellowship, an opportunity for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to receive funded study abroad  while learning non-Western languages in world regions such as Africa, Asia Central and Eastern Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East.  Attend... Read More


Come learn about a new opportunity from the Isenberg Graduate & Professional Programs: One-Year Master of Science in Business & Analytics (MSB&A). This 1-year accelerated on-campus program provides graduates of non-business majors with the business analytics tools and techniques that... Read More
The CHC writing coach can help with your midterms, final papers, and drafts of your honors thesis! Drop in or schedule an appointment with the coach, who can review your papers and assist with process, editing, structure, and style.
Train. Lead. Inspire. Have you considered a career in public service? Are you interested in learning more about leadership? Do you want to gain hands-on experience, expand your professional network, and jump-start your career? Join UMass Women into Leadership (UWiL) and prepare for a career in... Read More
Learn about applying for the Boren Scholarship/Fellowship - an opportunity for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to receive funded study abroad while learning non-Western languages in world regions such as Africa, Asia Central and Eastern Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East.  When and... Read More
Commonwealth Honors College has a tradition of planting daffodil bulbs on campus in the fall, to see them emerge in the spring. This began several years ago, and is linked to the Annual Spring Daffodil Lecture, a talk about an environmental topic.  We are reinstating the Daffodil Day, and would... Read More
The Institute for Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies is hosting a talk by Carolyn J. Dean, "The Making of the Secular Witness: From David Rousset to the 'Survivor.'" This talk will explore one chapter in the history of a particular concept of humanity forged in suffering and survival,... Read More
We are in the era of instant information. Through platforms such as Google, Wikipedia, Facebook, and Twitter, we have unlimited access to all the news, information, quick facts, and soundbites we can handle. How can a scholar who died over 60 years ago compete in a world where information comes at... Read More
Rising Researchers are exceptional UMass Amherst undergraduate students who demonstrate leadership and impact in their chosen area of study.  Impact can take the form of research results/scholarly publications; innovation/entrepreneurial activities; or significant contribution to a creative work... Read More
The student deadline to apply for Honors Research Grants or Research Assistant Fellowships for Spring 2017 is Monday, October 3, 2016, 11:59 p.m. GRANTS: Juniors and Seniors may apply for support of their research expenses. FELLOWSHIPS: Sophomores and Juniors apply as research assistant for a... Read More
Students must use CHC PATHS to submit spring 2017 course contracts for an Honors Independent Study (ISH) or an Honors Thesis/Project (499Y/T/P) no later than Wednesday, December 14.

Honors College Events

Why is it so difficult to elect equivalent numbers of men and women to political office in the United States? Is sexism a factor in the 2016 presidential race? Discuss some of the answers offered—and debated—by political scholars and experts. Presented by Seth Goldman, Assistant Professor &... Read More
Attend an info session to learn about study abroad opportunities and scholarships. Campus staff and faculty will present on these topics: International Program Office What is Study Abroad? Programs Available for Study Abroad Plan your Travel Now International Scholars Program Boost... Read More
Students who are interested in law careers are invited to meet alumni attorneys in a fun, speed-dating format.  Get your questions answered about practice areas, applying for law school, and what to expect as a law student and as a working professional and more!  A light dinner of sandwiches and... Read More

Internships and Employment

UMass Amherst Transit Services is seeking prospective bus drivers. Bus drivers will be trained to receive the Class B Commercial Driver's License to operate the buses. All associated license fees will be covered, and applicants will be paid during training.

Applicants must be able to... Read More
Commonwealth Honors College seeks two Honors students with exceptional writing skills to serve as communications assistants beginning in the spring 2017 semester. Orientation and training will begin in the fall 2016 semester. By drafting news and feature stories, engaging in social media, and... Read More
Join Pi Sigma Alpha, the political science honors society, and Tenzin Thargay, US Department of State Foreign Affairs Campus Coordinator to UMass, in a "Foreign Policy Classroom." The event will feature a video conference call with the State Department's Office Director of South and Central Asia,... Read More
Interested in residential life? Check out this opportunity! Resumes being accepted NOW. The Commonwealth Honors College Residential Community (CHCRC) Residence Education Student Supervisor (SS) oversees the Residence Education Main Office located within CHCRC. The SS also manages the day-to-day... Read More
Red Oak Sourcing, the country’s largest sourcing company for generic medications, is seeking recent college graduates who love analyzing data. The company hired a CHC superstar last year and is looking for more... Read More

Achievements and Accolades

Louis Graham, Commonwealth Honors College professor and assistant professor of community health education, is the lead investigator on a $2.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health's National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities. The five-year grant supports community-... Read More
Gretchen Gerzina, Commonwealth Honors College Dean and Paul Murray Kendall Chair in Biography, hosted the radio program "Britain's Black Past" on BBC radio. The series explores the lives of black people who settled in Britain in... Read More

Campus Announcements and Activities

Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, President Emerita at Spelman College, will present Why Are All the Black Kids Still Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations About Race in the 21st Century, for the College of Education Fall 2016 Convocation. Dr. Tatum is widely recognized as a race... Read More
A film about the power of survivor networks, and more specifically, the power of teen peers to reverse the tragic effects of online and in-person bullying. A panel discussion will be held with some of the women from the movie following the showing of the film. Watch the trailer. Co-sponsors: ... Read More
Longtime civil rights attorney Flint Taylor, founding partner of the People's Law Office, will discuss police torture and violence in Chicago. Taylor will focus on the 1969 assassination of Black Panther leaders Fred Hampton and Mark Clark, the torture of African American suspects by police... Read More
Is exercise really medicine? Dr. Lieberman will use the lens of evolution to consider the kinds of physical activity and inactivity for which humans are adapted and their health implications. Dr. Lieberman’s evolutionary perspective offers insights for how to help each other prevent illness and... Read More
No classes will be held on October 10, 2016.
A Monday class schedule will be followed on Tuesday, October 11.
Registration for the spring 2017 semester begins on November 7.
No classes will be held on Friday, November 11.