Please upload your abstract here. Please be aware abstracts are due April 7, 2015.
The year-long Junior Fellowship Program provides an invaluable opportunity for seniors majoring in the life sciences to enhance their research experience through mentoring and professional development activities. Each Junior Fellow participates in a seminar course that involves discussion of their research projects, as well as topics in modern cell and molecular biology, neuroscience, biomedicine, evolution, biodiversity, and biomedical ethics. At the close of each semester, the Fellows will present a poster session and learn to host a campus-wide research symposium targeted to showcase undergraduate research excellence.
Students eligible to apply to the Junior Fellows Program include life science majors in their Junior year with an overall grade point average of 3.33 or better. You must be a senior during the academic year 2015-2016 and graduate in May 2016 to be eligible to apply. You must have already worked in a research laboratory for a minimum of 1 semester by the time you submit this application.
Applications for the 2015-2016 academic year is now open.
Your application should contain each of the following 6 components for full consideration:
1. Complete the Student Application Form.
2. Upload a Personal Statement (using the "Student Application Form" link above): This essay is a very important part of the application. Please write a 1-2 page essay (less than 1500 words) describing your research interests, academic history, career goals, and any other research experience that will help us assess your application.
3. Upload a Proposed Research Project (using the "Student Application Form" link above): Please develop and discuss the specific goals of your Junior Fellow's research project with your Faculty Sponsor. Then, write a 1-2 page summary of your proposed research plan for the 2015-2016 year.
4. Upload an Unofficial Copy of your Transcript.
5. Request a letter of reference from your Faculty Sponsor. Please provide this URL to your faculty sponsor.
6. Request a second letter of reference: This letter should be from someone (a faculty member, not a TA or postdoctoral supervisor) who can comment on your academic abilities and aptitude for research. We do not recommend that students use employers, unless employment was related to scientific research (such as pharmaceutical company or university lab). Please provide this URL to your second reference.
Madelaine Bartlett, Ph.D.
Wei-Lih Lee, Ph.D.
Biology Seniors Victoria Phu (left) and Amanda Rutherford (right) have both been recently honored by the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Victoria Phu, who is a Junior Fellow and an Honors biology senior, has been honored with the Welch Scholarship. This scholarship has given her the opportunity to pursue research focusing on song-bird communication and work towards her goal of attending dental school. The full article, which was featured in UMass Magazine, can be found here.
Amanda Rutherford, who is also an Honors biology senior, has been named a Rising Researcher. Over her four years, Amanda has studied the effects of insecticide exposures on the development of obesity and type 2 diabetes. The full article can be found here.