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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

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
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

Honors College Events

After 33 years at UMass, Susan will be retiring at the end of this semester! Please join the Chair of the Psychology Department, Caren Rotello, and the Dean of the Commonwealth Honors College, Gretchen Gerzina, in honoring Susan’s many contributions to this campus and wishing her the best in her... Read More
DATE CHANGE!!!  PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT IS NOW ON TUESDAY, APRIL 11, 545-7PM This is a great opportunity to enjoy pizza and learn! The following topics will be discussed:  - The value of research laboratory experience in applications to health professions and schools - The most effective... Read More
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
Workshop series for the: The Honor Thesis/Project: We'll Get You There. We are offering the fifth and final workshop in the series: The Honor Thesis/Project: We'll Get You There on Wednesday, April 12 at 5:30pm in the CHC Events Hall. Attend The Honor Thesis/Project "Research: Finding Sources and... 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
Ceremony to recognize Commonwealth Honors College graduates.

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

Open Courses

This summer, HONORS 201H, Ideas that Change the World (4 credits, GenEd “I”) is being offered online during both Summer Session 1 (May 22 – June 30) and Session 2 (July 10 – August 18). Instructor: Dr. Susan Ware. Course Description: In this honors course, we will examine groundbreaking ideas... Read More
If you are not planning to do an individually-contracted Honors Thesis or Project, consider one of the following seminar courses that fulfill the Commonwealth Honors College culminating experience requirement. Thesis seminars are structured so that students complete their honors thesis in a... Read More
This course examines the legal status of women in the United States, focusing specifically on the 20th and 21st centuries. How has the law used gender, sex, sexuality, and race to legally enforce inequality between women and men (and among women)? We will examine the legal arguments feminists have... Read More
Following its spring pilot, this new honors course, “How the ’60s Changed America,” is being expanded. Each week, a different faculty expert speaks on a different topic such as medicine and health care, the Civil Rights Movement, marketing and the consumer, the Women’s Movement, environmentalism,... Read More
What did the 2010 soccer World Cup reveal about German society? How do multilingual comics address refugees? How does a film soundtrack comment on post-reunification Germany? How can a novel be a plea for climate change? What do we learn about Germany from a European song contest? How does changing... Read More

Campus Announcements and Activities

Drop in and celebrate the 22nd-anniversary publication of mOthertongue: the Multilingual Journal of the Arts! Meet the contributors! Hear the pieces performed! Pick up a copy of the journal! Food provided! Special Guest Speakers: Patrick Donnelly- Poet Laureate of of Northampton, MA, and Matthew... 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 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
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.