Check Out Our New Summer Pre-College Programs

    Posted by summercollegeumass on Jan 28, 2016 12:27:41 PM

    In 2016


    It may be winter out there, but it's always summer at UMass Summer Programs. This year we are working with University faculty from departments all across campus to bring you several new and exciting pre-college programs.

    Create/Critique: Media Making in the Digital Age (1 week, July 24 - 30)

    Here’s your chance to think critically about what stories get told in mainstream media and which do not, and decide on how you will tell your own story. Participants in this program will explore ways that words and images are combined through the use of technology and digital media to create and share stories. full description


    Create/Critique -- Department of Communication


    Biotech Boot Camp (1 week, July 10 - 16)

    What do medicine, agriculture, energy, and the environment all have in common? The answer is Biotechnology. Are you interested in learning how scientists manipulate living systems to develop products that better serve humankind? Do you enjoy critical thinking and problem solving? Does the idea of performing experiments in a laboratory sound exciting to you? full description


     BioTech Boot Camp - Department of Microbiology


    White Mountain Summer Dance Festival (3 weeks, July 10 - 30)

    Now celebrating its 37th year, White Mountain Summer Dance Festival offers three weeks of intensive dance training at its new home on the campus of UMass Amherst. WMSDF is an exploration of movement and creativity for students, educators, and anyone looking to enrich and deepen his or her understanding of the moving body and the creative process. full description 


    White Mountain Summer Dance Festival - Department of Music & Dance


    How Food Scientists Feed the World (2 weeks, July 10 - 23)

    Did you know that in order to feed the world's population in the next 50 years we will have to produce as much food as that produced throughout the entire history of mankind? A key to meeting this challenge is to decrease food spoilage as we now throw away over 40% of the food produced on farms. Are you interested in learning more about how food science can offer a solution to these challenges? full description


    How Food Scientists Feed the World - Department of Food Science


    The Science of Water & Watersheds (2 weeks, July 24 - August 6)

    Where does water go when it rains? Where does your drinking water come from? Where does water end up when you flush a toilet? In this 2-week course we will explore these questions and the nature of hydrology from a Geosciences perspective. full description


    The Science of Water & Watersheds - Geosciences Department


    Genetic Engineering and GMOs (1 week, July 24 - 30)

    What is genetic engineering, and how does it work? What are genetically modified organisms (GMOs)? Is it safe to eat them? What issues does gene therapy raise? This one-week program for high school students will explore the manipulation of DNA and its applications – from the reality of genetically modified crops to the promise of gene therapy. full description


     Genetic Engineering & GMOs - Department of Microbiology

    Join us for Summer 2016
    As you can see, UMass Summer Programs offers a wide variety of opportunities to learn and have fun. And this is just the tip of the iceberg -- visit our website at for a complete listing of available pre-college programs. We hope you'll consider joining us this summer. We look forward to hearing from you!

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    For questions about our programs or about applying, email or call (413) 577-2112.