New Pre-College Programs for 2018

    Posted by UMass Summer Programs on Jan 31, 2018 2:25:14 PM

    In Pre-College, 2018


    Our new pre-college programs for Summer 2018 range from lab research to the arts to social thought and community engagement. Check out what's new!

    Plant Biology: Researching Plant DNA for Tomorrow's Cures (2 weeks, July 8 - 21)

    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


    Plant Biology - Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology


    Visualizing Cells in Cancer and Disease (2 weeks, July 22 - August 4)

    Cells are the fundamental unit of life.  In this two-week laboratory course, students will observe live cells during mitosis and make movies of the process.  They will learn to culture cells, to perform various staining protocols, and image the cells with a fluorescence light microscope. full description


     Visualizing Cells in Cancer and Disease - Department of Biology


    Summer Portraiture Intensive (2 weeks, July 22 - August 4)

    This two-week course is a rigorous studio engagement surrounding the topic of portraiture. What exactly IS a portrait? How is a self-portrait different than a portrait of another person? What were portraits used for in the past? What are they used for now and how have they changed? How is portraiture connected to identity, history, politics and economics? What are you trying to say or show by creating a portrait of yourself? full description


    Summer Portraiture Intensive - Department of Art


    Black Lives Matter: Race and Policing in the United States (2 weeks, July 8 - 21)

    Are you interested in Black Lives Matter as a social movement? Are you interested in learning more about the current relationship between policing and communities of color? Or maybe you’re wondering about racial disparities within the prison population? In this class, we’ll put these contemporary issues into context using a sociological perspective. full description

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    Black Lives Matter - Department of Sociology


    Engaging Communities (2 weeks, July 22 - August 4)

    This two-week summer service-learning course is for high school students who are interested in exploring how community engagement can enhance our ability to understand and compassionately address current social, cultural and political issues. In the complex political and social moment we are living through many are wondering how they can make a difference, and work collectively for a more just world. This course provides a context for students to address some key questions. full description 

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    Engaging Communities - Civic Engagement & Service Learning


    Join us for Summer 2018
    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.