Our competitive 6-week summer Research Intensives program places high-achieving high school students in professional working labs alongside distinguished faculty, graduate and undergraduate students in state-of-the-art labs.
Pre-college programs at UMass combine all the major elements of college, including great academics, living in a residence hall, and eating in our award-winning dining commons. Of course, it takes a little help to adjust to life on a college campus, so we have great live-in program assistants who are specially trained to help you get used to a new environment, both geographic and social. We have lots of great events in the evenings and on weekends that help you connect with other pre-college students.
We offer placements in Biology, Biochemistry, Environmental Conservation, Physics, Psychology and Food Sciences. Students eligible to apply should have grades of B or above in mathematics and science courses as well as an interest in majoring in the biological Sciences. Applicants should indicate their top 3 lab choices and reason for interest in the personal statement portion of the application.
Interested in research but can't make the 6 week commitment? Try a 1-week program such as Investigating Genetic Engineering & GMO's; or a 2-week program such as Genetics, Genomics & Evolution or Forensic Chemistry.
Cost and Session Information
Dates: June 30-August 10, 2019
Six-Week Intensives (with six academic credits): $9,890
Program fees include tuition, housing, a full meal plan, co-curricular activities, and a one-time registration fee. All students receive a UMass student ID card (UCard) as well as access to the campus Recreation Center.
Students living in or near Amherst, MA may apply to attend as commuter students. Commuter students must have their own transportation to and from campus.
6-Week Commuter Fees: $6,616
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