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

    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.

    In UMass Amherst, summer, geoscience

    Jump! 2016 Staff: Introducing Lily Cigale

    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.

    In UMass Amherst, 2016, summer, PAs

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

    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.

    In UMass Amherst, 2016, summer

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

    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.

    In UMass Amherst, 2016, Lab, summer

    10 Songs That Perfectly Capture Summer in Amherst


    Summer playlists are a really important way to carry good, sunny vibes with you wherever you go. Play them in your car as your cruise around, or bring a portable speaker to the pond and vibe in the sun with your toes in the water. Everyone's perfect summer playlist is going to be different, but here are 10 awesome summery songs to get you started on yours!

    In UMass Amherst, 2016, summer, Jump!

    7 Things You Absolutely Must Do During Your First Pioneer Valley Summer


    When I was a senior in High School, the Jump! program for incoming UMass undergraduates didn't exist, so I had to wait until after my Freshman year to experience my first summer in The Valley. Now that the Jump! program is established and growing, there's a chance for UMass students to spend a summer in the area before even starting their freshman year. I have to say, I definitely didn't feel completely comfortable and at home here until I spent the summer. There’s something about being in The Valley when you don’t have classes that really makes you realize: this is my home, this is where I live. I’m so excited for the incoming class of 2020 to be able to feel at home by the time they begin their freshman year! If you’re thinking of spending your summer with us in the Jump! program, here is a list of things you absolutely have to do this summer!

    In UMass Amherst, summer, Jump!

    Jump! Local Adventures: Mass MoCA

    For me, summer is always a time of creativity. You're out of classes and don't have to worry about grades or deadlines, so your brain is free to explore and create. Summer is the time when we love to read big novels, travel to beautiful places, grow colorful flowers, and maybe try our hand at a type of art we haven't tried before.

    In 2015, UMass Amherst, 2016, summer, Jump!

    Top 8 Sandwiches on UMass Amherst's Campus


    One of the best things about going to UMass Amherst is eating at UMass Amherst. We've been ranked number two nationally for best campus food by the Princeton Review (number one in my heart and belly). When you're a full time student, and busy with work and extracurriculars, it can be hard to find time to sit down and eat a meal, but luckily UMass offers a wide variety of sandwiches for you to scoop up and take on the go! Here are the top sandwiches that I've bitten into during my years at UMass.

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    Top 5 Classes I've taken at UMass Amherst (In No Particular Order)


    I am nearing the end of my Sophomore year at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and facing the scary truth that I am nearly half done with college, nearly half of the way to graduating. Wow. I can still clearly remember the stress, nervous excitement, and freedom that I was feeling as I applied to schools over two years ago, it really doesn't seem that far away. When I was 17 I could never have imagined the ways that college would shape the person I am becoming, but as I look back on my first couple of years, I can pinpoint specific classes that widened my mind and made me a better learner and person.

    I am interested in community health education, understanding and correcting health inequities, and incorporating traditional herbal healing methods into modern medicine. These are interests that I never knew I had, because I was never able to explore them in high school. But UMass gave me the chance to take classes that introduced me to the things I am passionate about and the work I am good at doing. I'm not saying that you will develop these same interests, of course not! What I'm saying is that college will expose you to new things and that you will find new passions and skills that you never even knew you had.

    If you choose to participate in the Jump! program for incoming UMass undergraduates or in one of our many pre-college programs for high schoolers, you will get a good idea of what college academics are like. I want to tell you about some of my favorite UMass classes and get you excited for the endless possibilities that you will experience when you come to college, wherever you go!

    1. Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies 187: Gender, Sexuality and Culture with Professor Alexandrina Deschamps

    This was one of the first classes I took at UMass and I still think about it all the time. I was lucky enough to enroll in this class when it was taught by Dr. Alexandrina Deschamps, a distinguished faculty member and the Associate Dean of recruitment and diversity for the Commonwealth Honors college. I had been considering myself a feminist for a while at this point but I didn't know exactly what that meant. This class showed me that the experiences that I have as a woman can be turned into theory to form solidarity and build relationships. I realized the power that I had as a woman and as a student. Further, I got the chance to get to know Professor Deschamps on an academic and personal level. Building relationships with your professors is very important, but it's also fun! Professor Deschamps is an amazing resource and friend to have on campus.

    In UMass Amherst