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Scholarships and Support

Learn about the prestigious Harry S. Truman Scholarship, which awards up to $30,000 to juniors, or third-year students with senior standing, who will pursue graduate studies in public service. ONSA Director Madalina Akli will speak about the application process and answer questions about this... Read More
The student deadline to apply for Honors Research Grants or Research Assistant Fellowships for Fall 2017 is Monday, October 2 at 11:59 p.m. Juniors who will be seniors next year may apply for grants to support their research expenses, and freshmen and sophomores may apply as research assistants for... Read More
Learn about the prestigious Harry S. Truman Scholarship – awarding up to $30,000 to juniors or third-years with senior standing who are pursuing graduate studies in public service-related fields. ONSA Director Madalina Akli will speak about the scholarship application process and answer questions... Read More
Are you thinking about applying to law school?  Curious about the different kinds of practice areas? Want to know what the life of a lawyer is really like?  Meet some UMass Amherst alumni attorneys and get all your questions answered at Meet the Law.  A light dinner of sandwiches and sides will be... 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 result/scholarly publications; innovation/entrepreneurial activities; or significant contribution to a creative work... Read More
Do you know a faculty member deserving of recognition? They could be the next UMass Amherst Spotlight Scholar.  The Spotlight Scholar Program recognizes faculty members whose research, scholarship, or creative activity really shines. Anyone can nominate a scholar, and it takes only minutes to do!... Read More

Honors College Events

"Rethinking Western Massachusetts: What the Princes and DuBois Can Tell Us about Our Past" Commonwealth Honors College Dean Gretchen Gerzina will be delivering the Fall 2017 Plenary Lecture. This year, she discusses how though W.E.B. DuBois was born in Great Barrington, Massachusetts in 1868, over... Read More
Looking for a chance to reconnect with old friends and meet new people while you learn more about your opportunities here at the CHC? At this year's Sophomore Meet-and-Greet, we will:   Discuss CHC Sophomore milestones Talk about the steps you can take in the upcoming year to maximize your CHC... Read More
Families of current CHC students are invited to a program that explores opportunities in Commonwealth Honors College through interviews with a faculty member, two current students and a CHC program director. This program is part of the campus-wide Family Weekend programming. RSVP at: https://apps.... Read More
Commonwealth Honors College holds an Honors Induction Ceremony to welcome first-year CHC students and kick off the academic year. The event is open to students, family members, and guests.

Internships and Employment

The Commonwealth Honors College is hiring a communications assistant! By drafting news and feature stories, engaging in social media, and conducting event publicity, communications assistants help to highlight the activities, accomplishments, and innovation of the Commonwealth Honors College... Read More

Open Courses

The Nazis were perhaps most successful among fascist movements in using mass media to turn politics and even war into a form of aesthetic spectacle. In this course we will use films from a variety of cultural contexts and key theoretical texts to illuminate the relationship between film/photography... Read More
Classics 360H:  Disasters and Disaster Narratives in Classical Antiquity Fall 2017 TuTh 11:30-12:45 Elizabeth Keitel 531 Herter Hall This course will examine the ways in which the Greeks and Romans conceived of, coped with,... Read More

Campus Announcements and Activities

BDIC is sponsoring a guest lecture by one of the program's alumni, Emmy-nominated screenwriter Jack Monaco. 
Come hear about how women entrepreneurs are revolutionizing farms and food systems. UMass Student Farm's Amanda Brown and Book & Plow Farm's Maida Ives will speak on Sept. 26 at 5:30 p.m. in the Paige Lab Conference Room-Room 202 at the Stockbridge School of Agriculture. During this lecture,... Read More
Are you interested in graduate degree programs in public policy, public administration, and international development? Attend the Harvard Kennedy School information session to learn more about degree programs, student life, and career opportunities.  Please RSVP if you will attend this session.
Support UMass Football! Attend the Saturday, September 9 game against Old Dominion. Kickoff is at 3:30 PM Undergraduate students get in for free with a valid student ID! There will be a student BBQ under section 10, and a new student village open for the 2017 season.
UMass Amherst Academic Services seeks tutors for student athletes in varying areas of study. Hours are very flexible and the pay rate is $11.00 per hour. Qualifications: Must be a UMass student Achieved “B” or above in subject area classes Possess thorough knowledge of subject matter and the ... Read More
The UMass Amherst Libraries invite the public to the 19th Annual Fall Reception, “If You Want to be Happy, Be Grateful: The Life and Teachings of Brother David Steindl-Rast,” on Sunday, October 1, 2017, from 3 – 6 p.m. in Old Chapel, at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The event is free and... Read More
Classes begin on Tuesday September 5!