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Academic Opportunities

The UMass Amherst Libraries invite submissions for the Friends of the Library Undergraduate Research Award. The deadline is March 24, 2017. Submission guidelines and evaluation criteria are available at: The ninth annual Friends of the... Read More
Established in 2008, Aisthesis is an annual, online periodical published by the University Honors Program at the University of Minnesota Duluth. Each year, Aisthesis publishes works not just from UMD Honors... Read More
Sophomores-Serve ("Soph-Serve") is a two-semester program that provides CHC students with hands-on learning and practical skills for engaging with the public. This program focuses on the links between science and public policy. This program is designed for rising sophomores in any major.  Using... Read More
Attend this workshop on writing clear and engaging abstracts. Professor Marya will provide a step-by-step process for getting started as well as strategies for strengthening writing. This is a great opportunity if you plan to submit an abstract for the Undergraduate Research Conference. You will... Read More


This spring, the CHC Writing Coach, Dixie Brown, can work with CHC students on their writing – structure and editing, style and process, class papers and thesis sections. This help will be available in the CHCRC Elm classroom wing (room 235) on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.   Honors students may: 1. ... Read More
CHC Senior Lecturer Yehudit Heller is available this spring by appointment in 30-minute sessions to work with thesis writers, providing advice on thesis structure and approach (not proofing or grammar). She has office hours by appointment on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and Skype sessions by appointment... Read More
Each year, the Massachusetts Statewide Undergraduate Research Conference welcomes student presenters from the commonwealth's public college and university campuses. The conference is for students in all academic disciplines. Students can present on completed work as well as research in progress.... Read More
Commonwealth Honors College offers a range of scholarships for current honors students. Do you plan to study abroad? Do you have an interest in business?  Are you a member of the Minuteman Marching Band? There are scholarships available for students in every class year. Review each opportunity for... Read More
The last day to add or drop a spring 2017 class with no record is Monday, February 6, 2017.
The UMass Amherst campus will observe Presidents' Day on Monday, February 20, 2017. No classes will be in session that day.

Honors College Events

This is the second workshop in the series: The Honor Thesis/Project: We'll Get You There. Attend "Developing an Honors Thesis/Project proposal" to hear more about creating your Honors Thesis/Project proposal, and find out how to continue your work. This event is for current Commonwealth Honors... Read More
Housing selection for the 2017-2018 year begins soon... It’s time to start looking for roommates! If you would like a Commonwealth Honors College roommate, please join us for the CHC Roommate Round-Up on Monday, February 27, 5:30pm-7:00pm in the CHC Events Room. --You haven't made plans for... Read More
Hear from two professors and their CHC students who have taken their learning outside of the classroom and into the local community. And learn how you can too.  Two programs will be featured: Sophomores-Serve Lisa Troy, assistant professor and Commonwealth Honors College professor in nutrition,... Read More
This is the first workshop in the series: The Honor Thesis/Project: We'll Get You There. Attend "What is the Honors Thesis or Project? How do I get started?" to hear an overview of the Honors Thesis/Project, and find out how to begin your work. This event is for current Commonwealth Honors College... Read More
Manisha Sinha will deliver a talk on what you didn't know about the abolition movement: the ordinary men and women, black and white, free and enslaved, who are the unsung heroes of American democracy. Former UMass Amherst professor Manisha Sinha will be speaking at the event. She researches early... Read More
The UMass Amherst Libraries host a series of interactive climate change events which run from January 30 through April 22, 2017. Unless otherwise indicated, all events take place in the W.E.B. Du Bois Library, University of Massachusetts Amherst. All events are free and open to the public. Seating... Read More

Internships and Employment

Do you want to learn about climate communication? Do you want to help climate science reach the hands of those who really need it? The Northeast Climate Science Center (NE CSC) seeks an undergraduate student with exceptional writing, data management, and... Read More
Commonwealth Honors Hollege seeks a Conference Assistant. Their priority will be to aide Conference Coordinator, Christina Dickens in planning and implementing the 23rd Annual Massachusetts Statewide Undergraduate Research Conference, which will take place on April 28, 2017. Duties include... Read More
Learn about a career that will allow you to be creative and intellectually engaged. This outreach is to encourage students from underrepresented backgrounds to consider this career field. Free and open to all majors. Sponsored by the Five College Consortium. Refreshments provided.
The Historic Deerfield Inc. is offering an internship for one enthusiastic intern this summer. The intern will have responsibilities that include planning and assisting the company’s teachings, setting up for hour-long summer camp activities, and attend weekly meetings at the Department of Museum... Read More

Open Courses

Honors 499D: Psychology and Social Issues
Class#: 21663.
Instructor: Bonnie Strickland, Professor Emeritus of Psychology.
Credits: 6.
Mtg. Pattern: MON 2:30-5:00 p.m. Students will meet in seminar format with the professor on Mondays 2:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m. An additional time... Read More
HONORS 499D: Digital Communication & Society
Class#: 21580.
Instructor: Jarice Hanson, Professor Emeritus of Communication.
Credits: 6.
Mtg. Pattern: WED 1:25 p.m.-3:50 p.m. Students will meet in seminar format with the professor on Wednesdays 1:25 p.m.-3:50 p.m. An... Read More
This class will teach students the basic skills necessary to give engaging, effective, content-rich presentations in a variety of contexts, including research presentations, job interviews, and professional interactions. It will focus on optimizing presentation length, content structure (openings,... Read More
HONORS 495LH: Psychology in the Workplace: An introduction to applied concepts and tools.
Instructor: Michael Klein.
TUES 4:00-5:15, Elm 226. This course will investigate the direct role of psychology in today's workplace. Multiple dimensions of workplace effectiveness and management... Read More
HONORS 495BH: Front Page II
Instructor: Michael Klein
TUES 2:30-3:20, Elm 226 This course engages students in reading domestic and international news outlets and reflecting upon and discussing contemporary issues. Students from all majors are welcome, as the principal prerequisite is... Read More
HISTORY 397SCH - What has the U.S. Supreme Court said about what type of sexual activity or sexual relationships are constitutionally protected and how and why has this changed over time? What is or should be the Court’s role in weighing in on these most intimate issues? We will examine several... Read More
HISTORY 397LEH - The last fifteen years have seen incredible legal victories for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender and queer (LBGTQ) people in the United States, and yet, in most states, it remains legal to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in employment,... Read More
For those wishing to teach English Language Learners (ELLs), consider taking Honors 497AH: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. A Continuing & Professional Education (CPE) class, Honors 497AH aims to have students explore teaching English Language Learners from the perspectives of... Read More
Have you ever been curious about how the Earth itself works? GeoSci 101 is designed to acquaint you with how the Earth functions, how it is changing, how its features shape human society, and how we change the Earth through our actions. You can expect to become better at observing the world around... Read More

Campus Announcements and Activities

What's Eating Katie? is a musical written by Dina Zeckhausen, founder of the Eating Disorders Information Network. Katie is about to start her freshman year of college when she meets ED, who sways her into restricting her diet and overexercising. What's Eating Katie? combines satirical humor with... Read More
The Office of National Scholarship Advisement and Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society present this event. Luke Dittrich will be discussing his book Patient H.M.: A Story of Memory, Madness, and Family Secrets. on Tuesday, March 7, at the UMass Student Union Ballroom.  The book discusses the surgery... Read More
There is only one chance to study abroad as a UMass undergrad -- while you're a UMass undergrad. Don't let this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity pass you by. To find out how to study abroad and what your options are, come to the UMass Amherst International Programs Office (IPO) Education Abroad Fair... Read More
This series provides HFA majors and HFA Exploratory Track students with tools that will help with successful internship searches. Free dinner! Register with:    
The UMass Amherst Libraries host the 23rd Annual Du Bois Lecture, "Viewing the Past Through the Eyes of the Present: A Dialogue Around the Work of Kara Walker." The lecture features a panel comprised of Dr. Barbara Krauthamer, associate professor of history and associate dean of the Graduate... Read More
This information session is hosted by Career Services. Patricia Scroggs, director of the Rangel International Affairs Program, along with State Department Diplomat in Residence Jon Danilowicz, will speak about opportunities for international engagement through the Rangel Program and the Donald M... Read More
Dr. Jose Blackorby will discuss the current status of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) policy, research and implementation, as well as new challenges the field faces that come with growth. UDL is a framework to improve and optimize teaching and learning for all people based on scientific... Read More
Opportunities throughout the year are available for students working on degrees/certifications in alcohol &substance certification/licensure, mental health counseling, psychology, and social work. This event, hosted by Career Services, is only for juniors and seniors and for candidates applying... Read More
Did you have an awesome study abroad experience? Learn how to translate it to your resume, cover letter, and interview. Bring your resume and questions to this Career Services event. There will be free pizza and cookies!
The largest career fair on campus, this Career Blast hosts more than 150 employers with available internships, co-ops, or full-time positions. The event is open to all majors and all students. Professional dress is encouraged.
Formerly called the ALANA Fair, this fair, hosted by Career Services, is for employers who wish to diversify their employment pools, especially with ALANA and LGBTGQ students. This event is open to all majors and all students at all levels.
Hosted by Career Services, this special event is arranged exclusively for UMass Amherst students, and will bring experienced professionals from a wide range of employers, from major corporations to non-profit organizations, to engage and assist students with career guidance and employment... Read More
The UMass Amherst Libraries host Color Woodblock Prints, an Exhibition by Linda Mahoney ’79, from January 23 through April 28, 2017, in the Science & Engineering Library (SEL), Lederle Graduate Research Center Lowrise, at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Linda Mahoney has been a... Read More
The UMass Amherst Libraries are hosting an exhibit “All That Dwell in the Light: 350 Years of Quakers in New England,” from January 23 through August 18, 2017, in the W.E.B. Du Bois Library, both on the Lower Level and in Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA), on Floor 25, at the... Read More
Undergraduate students from across Massachusetts are selected to present the results of their research, creative work,  independent study, community service, or study abroad. The conference is attended by students, faculty, and the public.