Best Places to Study On and Off Campus

    You can probably imagine how difficult it can be to find a quiet place to study with about 30,000 students around who are also trying to find a study spot. Here is some insider information on the best study spots on and off campus at UMass Amherst. I usually pick places that have easy access to food because it's more convenient, especially if you're planning on studying for hours. There are a lot of great options for a study space on campus, but in the end, we all have different preferences and it's important that you find what works best for you.

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    Introducing the New Face of the Summer Programs Office

    Today we are introducing a new staff member here at UMass Summer Programs, Winnie Ching. Winnie is working on all things summer, and will be writing a series of new blog posts about student life at UMass Amherst. Below she answers our pressing questions about studying at UMass.

    Hello friends! My name is Winnie and I am a senior at UMass Amherst majoring in Psychology with a concentration in neuroscience. Throughout my years at UMass, my increasing interest in the relationship between brain and behavior and passion for helping others made me realize that I want to pursue medical school in the near future. I am also a member of the Commonwealth Honors College, which allowed me to work more closely with my professors and to conduct my honors thesis.

    Within psychology, I am conducting my own research project in visual cognition to answer questions on the effects of verbal encoding on visual search tasks. In order to answer these questions, I track eye movements to better understand how often participants fixate on particular search items.

    During the school year, I also peer advise in the Psychological and Brain Sciences advising office and have the wonderful opportunity to get to know my peers and talk about our goals and aspirations. I am also the Treasurer for Nu Rho Psi, a national neuroscience society where we educate students more on the brain and also building connections with people who share the similar interests.

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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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Jump! 2016: Introducing Sean (Hoatian) Gao


    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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    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!

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    Jump! 2016 Staff: Introducing Yanni Lan

    Hi all, my name is Yanni and I’m a rising Sophomore Economics major, and maybe I'll be a business major in the future. I was a participant last year in the Jump! program just like you guys, I can definitely tell you, what you get is more than just classes! I am from China, and I came to the U.S. for college. I love travelling and trying new things, maybe that’s one of the reasons I chose to study abroad. Finding good food is always my priority. Looking for good restaurants around our school? Ask me! One of best things about UMASS is the New Student Orientation. Don’t miss it. It is a huge event that helps you get involved with our school and make new friends though various activities! UMASS’s food is very good, too. Each Dining Common has its own special dishes, you should try them all. I am here to help you have an amazing summer experience, and get ready for the first year of UMASS!
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