Overview

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.

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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:
July 1 - August 11, 2018

Fees for Six-Week Research Intensives 
Program fee (with six academic credits): $5,970 
One time Registration fee: $47 
Housing and full meal plan: $3,504 
Activity fee: $175 
Total for six weeks: $9,696

Commuter Option
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. A lunch-only meal plan, UCard, Rec Center access and activities are included. Fees for 1-week programs are $994, 2-week programs are $1,898, 3-week programs are $2,760, and Research Intensives are $6,586.

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