Gretchen Holbrook
Professor of English
Paul Murray Kendall Chair in Biography
(413) 577-3902
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301 Commonwealth Honors College
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What is an Honors RAP?

Honors Residential Academic Programs (RAP) are intentionally designed programs for honors students who want to live together and take honors courses together. A few Honors RAPs require a declared major (Isenberg School of Management, College of Engineering, and the School of Nursing) and others are multidisciplinary, allowing any student interested in exploring the topic a bit more to join. 

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Rising out of the ground at a rapid pace at UMass Amherst is the university's $186 million Commonwealth Honors College Residential Complex on Commonwealth Avenue. At the peak of construction, more than 400 workers will be on site. The 1,500-bed facility will also include classrooms, a conference center, study space and a café. The complex will open in fall 2013.

Applications are now open for undergraduate Peer Advising Assistant (PA) positions! If you are outgoing and enthusiastic, have a desire to learn more about the honors curriculum and help others, and are good with details and working independently, this job might be for you. PAs play an important role in the Advising Center by providing advice and information on several CHC-related curriculum and administrative subjects, and clerical support.

Hourly Rate: $12/hr

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Now that we’re a month into the new academic year, I can feel my course load piling onto my back. I’ve had to stop myself many times from dipping into my savings to hit up Elements Massage down on Main Street (although self-care is important, and if you find yourself stressing, along with the time and resources to indulge, have at it).

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Mr. & Mrs. Prince
Thu, 10/12/2017
Thu, 10/12/2017 - 16

With November just around the corner, it’s expected for one to think of Thanksgiving. Consequently, it’s expected for one to think of the pilgrims, who braved the ocean blue to come from England to the New World, and their descendants, who populated Massachusetts, and later, the entirety of the United States. However, that is the story of only one group of people.

Beinecke Scholarship Info Session

Wed, 10/25/2017 - 3:00pm
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Commonwealth Honors College 3rd Floor, Room 351
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The Beinecke Scholarship encourages highly motivated students to pursue courageous choices in graduate school courses of study in the arts, humanities, and social sciences, with an award of up to $30,000. Applications are open to current juniors with documented financial need. Come learn about this fantastic funding opportunity for your future graduate school career. The Beneicke Scholarship campus deadline is December 15, 2017. 

This information session is open to all undergraduate students. Register online to RSVP for this event. 

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