Whether you are a summer pre-college student, a UMass Amherst undergrad or grad student, one of the key benefits of studying at UMass Amherst is the faculty. You probably know that some colleges and universities are two-year schools, while others are four-year schools. Something you may not be aware of is that there are other factors that distinguish institutions within those categories.
The Carnegie Foundation classifies schools by the length and kind of degrees they offer, their areas of focus, and their level of research activity. UMass Amherst is an RU/VH institution, meaning that it is a research university with very high research activity. When we talk about research in this context, we are talking about each faculty member's particular work in her or his field -- everything from bio labs to biographies.
The connection between faculty research and your education may not be clear at first blush, but there are great advantages to taking courses with faculty members at the cutting edge of their fields. It means the faculty will be teaching the most up-to-date material, as keeping up with research findings is a part of their daily routine. It also means that the faculty can bring real-life examples of concepts you are learning into the classroom, even examples from their own research.
Because we are so proud of the UMass Amherst faculty who participate in our summer pre-college programs for high-school students, we will be bringing you blog posts from many of them over the weeks and months leading up to our pre-college programs. Stay tuned to hear about a wide range of topics!