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From the Dean: All Good News!

The Celebration of Excellence recognizes Honors graduates and presents each with a gold-colored stole to wear during the University Commencement ceremony. For more information, visit the Celebration of Excellence page.  Due to this year’s final exam schedule, over 7,000 students living on campus... Read More
POSTPONED to Wednesday, February 13. Commonwealth Honors College Annual Black History Month Celebration The Cooking Gene: Tracing My African American Story through Food For African American culinary historian Michael W. Twitty there was a giant hole in the story of American cooking as big as the... Read More

Academic Opportunities

Are you interested in a law career? Wondering about what law school is like? Curious about the different legal practice areas? Get those questions and many others answered by UMass Alumni Attorneys at Meet the Law, where you will have the opportunity to meet up to eight alumni attorneys in a fun,... Read More
Are you interested in studying abroad this summer? This could be your chance! The UMass Oxford Summer Seminar is six week Study Abroad Program at Trinity College (part of Oxford University) in Oxford, England. Students take two honors level classes and have the opportunity to take a 2-credit... Read More

Scholarships and Support

Get started on exploring national scholarship by attending spring semester’s scholarship info sessions and applications workshops, led by the... Read More
Get the competitive edge by mastering the Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant application process — for either overseas research or teaching English to non-English speakers. Learn tips in creating your grant proposal and choosing which country best suits your goals. Come to our last Fulbright info... Read More
Pell Grant undergraduates: Want to study abroad during summer or next academic year? Come to one of the Office of National Scholarship Advisement’s info sessions to learn about the Gilman International Scholarship, which provides up to $5,000 for U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad for a... Read More
Don’t miss out! The campus deadline for scholarship applications is February 15, 2019  The Udall Scholarship is a funded opportunity for sophomores and juniors committed to careers related to the environment, tribal public policy, or Native American health care. Contact the Office of National... Read More
The Commonwealth Honors College Application opens on December 15 in the Academic Works Scholarship Application System. What does that mean for you? If you’ve never used the system, watch the video tutorial:... Read More


The Annual Massachusetts Statewide Undergraduate Research Conference will be held this year on April 26th. Now in its 25th year, this conference hosts thousands of students each year from across the state. Students gather to share their research and learn from their peers, and presentations will be... Read More
Is there an undergraduate researcher deserving of recognition? They could be the next UMass Amherst Rising Researcher.  Rising Researchers are exceptional UMass Amherst undergraduate students who demonstrate leadership and impact in their area of study. This can take the form of research results,... Read More
Are you looking to get your academic or creative work published? The University of Minnesota Duluth's Honors Program is currently accepting submissions for the 2019 issue of Aisthesis, their honors student journal. As an interdisciplinary publication, they welcome academic work, including honors... 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
CHC students graduating in Spring 2020 from the College of Engineering are invited to the “We Will Get You There Thesis Workshop." This workshop gives you the opportunity to meet Neal Anderson, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Gordon Wyse, CHC Thesis Coordinator and Biology... Read More

Honors College Events

Lessons from Space Lead Straight Back to Earth Dr. Cady Coleman flew twice on the Space Shuttle and lived on the International Space Station for six months. She uses the compelling background of her space missions to showcase valuable lessons that are essential to solving present and future... Read More
Learn how to write clear and engaging research 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 Massachusetts Undergraduate Research Conference.... Read More
The 25th Annual Massachusetts Undergraduate Research Conference will take place on Friday, April 26, 2019, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. This is an annual one-day convening of undergraduate students from the 28 public colleges and universities across the Commonwealth who present their research, share... Read More

Internships and Employment

Campus Design & Copy is seeking qualified freshmen and sophomores to work with a student-run business on the UMass Amherst campus. CD&C provides print, design, photo and marketing services to the UMass community, ranging from RSOs to academic departments. Qualified candidates will possess... Read More
The Center for EcoTechnology is seeking candidates for an 11-month paid fellowship position, in which they will work with staff on various climate action initiatives and educational programming in western Massachusetts. Based in Northampton, EcoFellows will be involved in a variety of departments,... Read More

Open Courses

Service Learning 293H, Learning through Community Engagement – 4 credits, Gen Ed SB DU Instructor: Nicole Nemec, Senior Lecturer, Commonwealth Honors College Wednesdays 4:00 – 6:30 pm COURSE DESCRIPTION: In this course, students integrate academic learning with experiential learning. Placement... Read More
HONORS 499DZ, Digital Communication & Society Instructor: Jarice Hanson, Professor Emeritus of Communication Monday and Friday, 9:05PM-12:05PM * * Students will meet in seminar format with the professor on Mondays 9:05PM-12:05PM. An additional time block is reserved on Fridays 9:05PM-12:05PM... Read More

Campus Announcements and Activities

UMass to Hold Symposium on Polarization, “Understanding the Forces That Drive Us Apart” The UMass Office of Equity and Inclusion will present a day-long symposium on polarization titled “Understanding the Forces That Drive Us Apart” on February 5, 9:30am-7:00 PM in the Campus Center Auditorium. As... Read More