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Shakespeare: Performed

Posted by summercollegeumass on Sep 9, 2015 12:26:25 PM

A highlight of our final day at UMass Amherst Summer Pre-College was watching a series of scenes and soliloquies from the Performing Shakespeare class, presented in the sunny outdoor amphitheater at the Integrated Sciences Building. Taught by Matteo Pangallo, junior fellow at Harvard, the students took on challenging roles from plays such as Macbeth, Twelfth Night, and Much Ado About Nothing, and really impressed the audience with their performances -- all put together in just two weeks on campus.

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Topics: 2015

You Made Summer 2015 Great

Posted by summercollegeumass on Sep 4, 2015 11:13:16 AM

We have many great summer's-end photos to share, but first we want to dedicate this post to you, our Summer Pre-College students. This summer the program drew a large, diverse group of high school students from over a dozen countries and 23 states with a wide range of interests and backgrounds who came together on the UMass Amherst campus to explore college academics and college life. We are grateful to each and every one of you for being a part of the program and we were truly impressed with the work you showed at your final presentations. Thank you for making summer 2015 great.

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Topics: 2015

Thank you!!

Posted by summercollegeumass on Jul 26, 2015 3:23:10 PM

With session 1 wrapped up, today we are welcoming students and families in session 2 courses.  Session 2 courses include

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What Should I Major In?!?

Posted by summercollegeumass on May 28, 2015 5:52:22 PM
It's hard to know what you are interested in studying before you've taken a variety of courses, but more and more colleges are requiring you to choose a major before you even arrive on campus.
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Topics: College Admissions

Great Resource for Understanding College Admissions

Posted by summercollegeumass on May 27, 2015 4:39:04 PM

Many students are unaware of resources that can help them go to college.  Here is a great website that profiles several students who realized they could be college bound too.  Summer pre-college programs are a great topic for admissions essays -- colleges want students who are passionate about a major or majors.

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Center for Popular Economics Hosting Summer Institute August 2nd-8th

Posted by summercollegeumass on May 26, 2015 3:27:37 PM


The CPE Summer Institute is a residential, weeklong intensive training in economics for activists, educators, media makers, and anyone who wants a better understanding of how the economy works. This year’s special track will offer economic tools and analysis to support efforts to build a broad based, cross-issue movement for climate justice. Our participatory curriculum will allow you to benefit from the rich knowledge and experience of other participants. No background in economics is necessary!

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Topics: Uncategorized

Interview with Professor Susan Krauss Whitbourne

Posted by summercollegeumass on May 26, 2015 12:37:00 PM

A new blog post by Susan Krauss Whitbourne, psychological and brain sciences, examines the effectiveness of active bystander programs, such as the one implemented by UMass Amherst, to prevent sexual assault on college campuses. Whitbourne writes, “These bystander education programs will ultimately pay off as they spread the word about the need to avoid the unfortunate diffusion of responsibility that we all fall prey to, especially when in a large group,” but she also points to new research that shows alcohol use and other factors greatly decrease the tendency of men to be active bystanders. (Psychology Today, 5/16/15)

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Topics: UMass Amherst

What Makes a "Good" Summer Program?

Posted by summercollegeumass on May 21, 2015 2:41:00 PM

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Topics: College Admissions

Meet Brock and Lily!

Posted by summercollegeumass on May 20, 2015 3:40:39 PM


Hey pals welcome to Brock and Lily's first blog post!

We are both rising sophomores at UMass Amherst and are working this summer as Student Activities Coordinators for UMass Amherst Summer Programs.

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Topics: Brock and Lily's Place

Pre-College Program Spotlight: Urban Forestry

Posted by summercollegeumass on May 19, 2015 6:41:00 PM

Urban Forestry (Arboriculture) is the art, business, and science of caring for trees in residential areas. Trees provide many benefits like shading houses and cleaning the air and water; they also improve our quality of life. Planting trees in our towns and cities is a great way to make them nicer places to live and work. 

Students in the Urban Forestry program will learn the importance of and how to care for trees. Students will take a proactive approach to climate as they learn what they can do now and in the future to make their communities greener. Arboriculture and urban forestry are core aspects of environmental conservation. 

This program covers a number of earth science-related topics including: botany, physiology, soil composition, run-off, and pollution. Students will also receive hands-on experiential training in: identifying trees, identifying disease in trees, climbing trees (knot tying, ascension, limb walking, tree worker safety), pruning, plant health care, and pest management. 

Our 1-week intensive will balance academic study of the science and business of arboriculture while offering an introduction to the basic skills required to work in the field. 

Arborists are in great demand in many towns and cities because it is important to properly plant and maintain trees. There are currently multiple career opportunities for graduates with either a two- or a four-year degree in Arboriculture at UMass Amherst.

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Topics: Program Spotlight