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Summer Programs Faculty Focus: About “Forensic Anthropology” with Professor Stacey Matarazzo-Rine

Posted by UMass Summer Programs on Mar 31, 2017 2:50:52 PM

Have you ever watched popular crime shows like Bones or Crime Scene Investigation, maybe even Dexter, and wondered what was really going on behind the scenes? During the two-week summer pre-college program with Professor Stacey Matarazzo-Rine running from July 9-July 22, 2017, you will have the opportunity to work in a university laboratory and explore the fields of forensic anthropology and science with hands-on experiments with human skeletons! Have more questions about what that will entail? We had a conversation with Professor Matarazzo, exploring the program, her current research, and what it takes to be a successful forensic anthropologist. The transcription of that conversation is below.

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8 Things to Consider When Choosing a Summer Program

Posted by Alexander Phillips on Mar 7, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Pre-college summer programs are becoming more and more popular. Students learn about different majors, make lifetime friends, experience what college is like, and improve their credentials for college acceptance. Here are 8 things to think about when selecting a program for yourself or your son or daughter.

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Summer Programs Faculty Focus: Hydrology & Climate Change with Dr. David Boutt

Posted by Lily Cigale on Mar 3, 2017 12:07:52 PM

Dr. David Boutt is an Associate Professor of Hydrology in the department of Geosciences here at UMass. He grew up in Michigan and spent much of his time as a child fishing and spending time on the Great Lakes. Dr. Boutt attended Michigan State University and was always interested in environmental issues. He started out as a Microbiology major but he realized that he didn't want to spend all his time in a lab, instead he wanted to be out in the field and in nature, collecting data. Dr. Boutt began studying bio remediation and geosciences and went on to get his PhD in Hydrology at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology.

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Topics: UMass Amherst, summer, geoscience

2 Pre-College Summer Programs for Sports Fans

Posted by summercollegeumass on Feb 9, 2017 10:08:10 AM

Dreaming of a career in sports? From producing the stories you see on ESPN to organizing major sporting events such as the World Cup, a wide range of career opportunities exist in the sports world.

This summer, UMass Amherst is giving high school students a chance to go behind the scenes of two real-life career paths in the sports industry. Join teens from around the country for 2-week pre-college programs in Sport Management and Sports Broadcasting. Attend one or both back-to-back, and spend your summer learning from the pros.

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Topics: 2017

6 Pre-College Agriculture & Sustainability Programs for Summer 2017

Posted by summercollegeumass on Jan 25, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Founded in 1870, the Stockbridge School of Agriculture at UMass Amherst is one of the oldest and most prestigious agricultural programs in North America. Today, almost 150 years later, Stockbridge is also a leader in sustainability, forming part of UMass's new School of Earth & Sustainability (SES) in partnership with the Departments of Geosciences and Environmental Conservation.

UMass Summer Programs has partnered with faculty from across SES to offer a range of pre-college agricultural programs perfect for the future farmers, business owners and scientists of America (and the world!). Each program offers a blend of lectures and hands-on learning, both outdoors at the UMass Hadley farm and the surrounding Pioneer Valley, and in UMass's state-of-the-art laboratory facilities.

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Topics: 2017

Jump! 2016 Staff: Introducing Lily Cigale

Posted by Lily Cigale on May 5, 2016 3:55:48 PM

Hi pals! My name is Lil and I am a BDIC (Bachelor's Degree with Individual Concentration) major here at UMass Amherst. My concentration is in social justice and holistic herbal healing and I'm really interested in the ways that earth-based healing practices and spirituality can be used to disrupt oppressive narratives and systems. I am from Westchester, New York but Western Massachusetts has become my home over the past few years.

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Topics: UMass Amherst, 2016, summer, PAs

Jump! 2016 Staff: Introducing Brock Parent

Posted by Brock Parent on May 3, 2016 3:43:27 PM

Hey friends!! My name is Brock and I am one of the two Program Coordinators for Jump! 2016. Last summer, myself and my amazing partner Lily were the only two undergraduate staff members working on the Jump! program, but this year we are beyond excited to continue organizing the program with the help of our 8 new Program Assistants to provide you all with a dynamic, fun summer that grounds you in our community and eases your transition into college life. 

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Topics: 2016, Jump!, PAs

Summer Programs Faculty Focus: About Music & Technology with Professor Robert Eisenstein

Posted by Lily Cigale on Apr 28, 2016 3:02:39 PM

Professor Robert Eisenstein grew up in Buffalo, NY. He studied violin as a kid and played in the University of Buffalo orchestra while he was in high school. It was also in high school that he first experienced Medieval (early) music, which in his own words "gradually took over my life!" Professor Eisenstein went to Antioch College as an undergraduate, and met his future colleagues Christopher Kendall and Scott Reiss there (the three of them went on to found the Folger Consort, an early music ensemble in residence at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC.)  After a year teaching high school in Brooklyn, he went to grad school at Sarah Lawrence, to study historically informed performance. Professor Eisenstein always has to have a foot in the scholarly world as well as the performance world, so music has always been an academic interest as well as something he enjoys performing. He also teaches music history as well as directing student performances.

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Topics: UMass Amherst, 2016, summer

Summer Programs Faculty Focus: About Food Science With Dr. Yeonhwa Park

Posted by Lily Cigale on Apr 25, 2016 2:30:00 PM

Dr. Yeonhwa Park is an Associate Professor in the Department of Food Science here at UMass Amherst. Dr. Park was born and grew up in Seoul, South Korea and attended undergraduate and graduate school (MS) at the Seoul National University, majoring in Pharmacy. She then came to the University of Wisconsin, Madison to attain her Ph.D. degree. She chose to study pharmacy because her father wanted her to have a major with job security and her brother was already studying pharmacy as well. She liked studying pharmacy because she liked knowing that she could potentially help others with their health. By the time she graduated with her MS degree, she wanted to reach more people, so she decided to study Food Science.

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Topics: UMass Amherst, 2016, Lab, summer

Jump! 2016: Introducing Sean (Hoatian) Gao

Posted by Sean (Haotian) Gao on Apr 21, 2016 1:57:00 PM

Bio:

Hello! I’m Sean and I will be a Sophomore student next semester. I’m an Economics major and will also major in Architecture & Design this fall. I am a one hundred percent Chinese, so English is definitely my second language. In most times, I’m back and forth between my dorm room and my classrooms, but this semester I started to work in Worcester Dining Commons during my spare time. I am an art person, indeed my life fills with arts. One thing I prefer about UMass more than any other universities is that the material offering is wonderful. You can explore numerous places in the Fine Art Center and the Du Bois Library. I believe this summer will be one of the most unforgettable summers I have ever experienced, since it will offer lots of opportunities for me to know new friends and share my experience with them. Moreover I believe the activities held by this program will absolutely provide each of the participants a wonderful summer.

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Topics: UMass Amherst, 2016, summer, Jump!, PAs

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