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    UMass Amherst Summer Pre-College: Modern Astronomy

    UMass Amherst Summer Pre-College: Modern Astronomy


    • Listing Type: Summer Camps & Programs
    • Program Delivery: Day, Residential
    • Provided By: College
    • Session Start: July
    • Session Length: Two Weeks
    • Entering Grade: 10th, 11th, 12th
    • Gender: Coed
    • Category: Academic
    • Sub-Categories: Astronomy, STEM, Computer Science, Physics, Coding
    • Selective: No
    • Ages: 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
    • Minimum Cost: $1,500 - $2,999
    • Career Clusters: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
    • Credit Awarded: Yes
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    Learn about Summer 2024 Pre-College opportunities at UMass Amherst. Our residential and online pre-college programs are designed to give you a preview of the UMass student experience, including college-level academics and being part of a learning community of high school students from all across the U.S. and the world. Our programs feature faculty-led courses, state-of-the-art facilities, and the #1 campus dining in the U.S., as ranked by the Princeton Review.


    This two-week, in-person program will introduce students to the fundamentals of modern astronomy and astrophysics, from the life cycles of stars to the evolution of galaxies. We'll also talk about the most recent and exciting results in the field, such as the exciting new science being produced by the James Webb Space Telescope.

    In addition, students will gain hands-on experience in astronomical research by undertaking a simple research project. To learn how astronomers analyze data, we’ll introduce basic computer programming using Python, and learn how to extract useful information from images of the sky.

    At the end of this course, students should have a basic understanding of the fundamentals of astrophysics as well as exposure to Python coding in a scientific context.

    *No python programming experience is necessary to apply. 

    This course is offered at the UMass Amherst campus as a residential program. Local students may apply to attend as a commuter.

    Cost and Session Information

    Dates: July 28 - August 10, 2024
    Two-Week Residential Intensives: $3,636

    *Program fees listed above include tuition and room & board.
    *All programs require submission of $35 application fee.