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From the Dean: All Good News!

We're looking for a student speaker for the Celebration of Excellence -- Friday, May 12, at 1:30 p.m. in the Mullins Center. If you're interested in applying to be this speaker, please send a 3-4 page (double spaced) sample (speaking time at the ceremony will be 3-5 minutes, total) to Jennifer... Read More

Academic Opportunities

First-year and sophomore students— Want to build community and create change? Want to develop pathways for learning and work in areas you care about? The Citizen Scholars Program (CSP) combines four courses and work with local community organizations such as Safe Passage, MASSPIRG, Amherst... Read More
Spring is just around the corner...and so is summer. You could spend it at home. Or you could try something much more exciting, like studying abroad! The Oxford Summer Seminar, a 6-week program of study in Oxford, England, is still accepting applications for this Summer 2017. Students who go on... Read More
The deadline to apply for Research Assistant Fellowships for Fall 2017 is Monday, March 27, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. Guidelines: Students... 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
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

Scholarships and Support

Students will be guided through the nuances of the 2017-18 online application, so that they can confidently navigate the Fulbright website. It's everything you need to know to get started on your Fulbright application! Register online by April 12.   
The International Scholars Program is now accepting applications for the 2017-2018 academic year. The program is open to all first-year honors students in good standing who plan to spend all or part of their junior year studying abroad. Benefits of the program include limited funding for study... Read More
ISP information sessions will be held in Oak on Tuesday, March 7, from 5:00 to 6:00 pm, and in Sycamore on Wednesday, March 8, from 5:00 to 6:00 pm. These sessions are open to all CHC students and are an excellent opportunity to learn about the program. If you plan to attend one of these sessions,... Read More
Are you an undergraduate student with financial need (demonstrated via your FAFSA) who is interested in research, an internship, or service activity that complements your campus course work or major? The Maureen Flanagan Scholarship was created to support undergraduate students who have financial... 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
The spring 2017 recess is Sunday, March 12-Sunday, March 19, 2017. Classes resume on Monday, March 20, 2017.

Honors College Events

As our society races down the superhighway of consumption and natural resource use, we seem oblivious to road-side historical markers and flashing “climate change” lights. It is time to make a right turn at the exit marked grateful stewardship and voluntary simplicity (central tenets of Native... Read More
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
This is the third workshop in the series: The Honor Thesis/Project: We'll Get You There. Attend "Time Management and Winning Habits" to hear more on what it takes to develop your time management skills and winning habits as you find out how to continue your work. This event is for current... Read More
We are offering the fourth workshop in the series: The Honor Thesis/Project: We'll Get You There on Wednesday, April 5 at 5:30pm in the CHC Events Hall. Attend "Resources for research" to find the best resources for research as you continue your thesis/project work. This event is for current... Read More

Internships and Employment

The Student Recruitment Unit of the Commonwealth Honors College (CHC) is seeking applications for leadership opportunities in the CHC Peer Ambassadors Program. This is a paid position which provides valuable leadership, public speaking experience, and consumer skills. Peer Ambassadors participate... Read More
University of Massachusetts students interested in PR, marketing, sales, and social media are being asked to apply for committee openings with the McCormack Future Leaders Conference (FLC). These yearlong volunteer positions offer students unparalleled experiential learning opportunities and the... Read More
UMass Athletics is currently looking for tutors for our student-athletes. In order to tutor a course for UMass Athletics, a student must have received a “B” or better in the course they intend/wish to tutor. We are especially looking for tutors in the following courses/areas of focus: PUBHLTH 223... Read More
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

Campus Announcements and Activities

Markus Huss, from Södertörn University in Stockholm and Fulbright- Hildeman Fellow in Scandinavian Studies, will give a public lecture on March 22, 2017 at 4 pm in Herter 301 on the refugee situation in Sweden. Sweden has traditionally regarded itself as a socially progressive country with... Read More
Less than a year ago the BBC announced that over 160,000 asylum seekers had crossed into Sweden in 2015, which is more per capita than any other country in Europe. Sweden’s prime minister then declared: “My Europe doesn't build walls." But only months later, Sweden introduced border checks as it... Read More
The College of Natural Sciences at UMass Amherst is pleased to announce
the 5th annual Women in Science Initiative Spring Lecture 2017

"Negotiating for Life: Personal Fulfillment, Professional Success and the Power of Negotiation"
Presented by Sara Laschever Wednesday,... Read More
The UMass Amherst Libraries host an interactive sustainability event, “A Climate for Change: Research, Reflection and Action around Climate Change,” on Saturday, April 1, 2017, from 4 – 7 p.m. on the Lower Level of the W. E. B. Du Bois Library. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments... Read More
Friday April 7th, 2017 12-2:30PM
UMass-Amherst~Student Union~Cape Cod Lounge

Stephanie Y. Evans ('03) will preview her most recent book, Black Women's Mental Health: Balancing Strength and Vulnerability (SUNY, July 2017) and share the ups and downs of building a sustainable... Read More
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 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
Meet UMass alumni attorneys and get your questions answered about practice areas, the law school experience, legal career paths, and much more. There will be food and an opportunity for speed networking with up to eight alumni attorneys. The event is free to attend, and the RSVP due date was March... 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.