New Pre-College Programs for 2019

    Posted by UMass Summer Programs on Jan 28, 2019 2:25:03 PM

    In Pre-College, 2019


    Our new pre-college programs for Summer 2019 range from lab research to sustainability to computer science and video game design. Check out what's new!

    Drug Discovery: Medical Properties of Plants (2 weeks, July 7 - 20)

    Plant-derived products have been used to cure diseases throughout the course of human history. It’s no surprise that the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine was awarded to Chinese pharmaceutical chemist Youyu Tu for his discovery of artemisinin, an anti-malaria drug that has saved millions of lives ( This 2-week summer program will utilize the Plant Cell Collection Library (PCCL) at UMass Amherst, a unique resource containing over 2,000 plant cell lines collected from across the globe. full description


    Drug Discovery - Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology


    A Sustainable Planet: Legal and Ethical Issues (2 weeks, July 7 - 20)

    In this class, we will explore some of the major environmental challenges that exist for society today, including climate change, water issues, waste, and pollution, and we will examine the legal and ethical issues that surround the search for solutions.  Corporate sustainability and the role that business plays in both harming and preserving the environment will be a focus for discussion.  This class will also give participants the opportunity to take a look at sustainability initiatives here at UMass and beyond. full description

    SILS Group at Permaculture Garden 

     A Sustainable Planet - Isenberg School of Management


    Circuits, Robotics and Arduino (2 weeks, July 21 - August 3)

    Inspired by the Maker movement, this course will encourage and empower students to invent, design, and build fun and practical hardware projects that interact with the physical world. The course will provide a hands-on introduction to basic electronics and circuit design, mobile robotics, and microcontroller programming using Arduinos. full description


    Circuits, Robotics and Arduino - College of Information & Computer Science


    Video Games as Worldbuilding (2 weeks, July 21 - August 3)

    This 2-week intensive uses the power of imaginative storytelling in gamic worlds as an introduction to video game studies and video game design. We will approach video games by exploring various techniques for telling compelling stories in the medium. Why are some games like the Mass Effect trilogy, Skyrim, Red Dead Redemption 2, the Tomb Raider franchise, and Mafia 3 so often celebrated for their creation of immersive, captivating worlds and stories? How do these games create virtual worlds that are believable and meaningful? full description

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    Video Games as Worldbuilding - Department of English


    Join us for Summer 2019
    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.