The Biology Intensive Orientation Session (BIOS) is a rigorous academic program designed to enhance the success of first-year students in life science majors. BIOS immerses incoming students in college-level biology coursework, and encourages interactions among academically like-minded students in the week just before the Fall semester. The BIOS experience includes lectures, discussions, writing and test experiences and engagement in a group project for presentation. Students are also embedded in campus life and become familiar with dorm living, dining halls, the layout of campus. Most importantly students meet each other, work together on challenging projects, and have a chance to develop friendships and study groups that can last for their entire college career and beyond. For more information about BIOS, please contact Susan Clevenger (, 413-545-2287).

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The year-long Junior Fellows Program supports the research of outstanding seniors majoring in the life sciences. Each Fellow receives a cash award and participates in a seminar course that involves discussion of their research projects, as well as topics in modern cell and molecular biology, neuroscience, biomedicine, and research ethics. At the close of each semester, the Fellows present a public poster or seminar session.

Congratulations to this year's Junior Fellows:

Click here to learn more about this years current Junior Fellows and their research.

Alexis Tomaszewski in Magdalena Bezanilla's lab in the Biology Department

Cassandra Pelletier in Patricia Wadsworth's lab in the Biology Department

Jaymes Farrell in Steve Sandler's lab in the Microbiology Department

Joseph Homsi in Barbara Osborne's lab in the Veterinary and Animal Sciences Department

Katherine Day in Ana Caicedo's lab in the Biology Department

Kathryn Silva-Brow in Sam Hazen's lab in the Biology Department

Kayla Pelland in Rolf Karlstrom's lab in the Biology Department

Mike Vilkhovov in Susan Roberts lab in the Chemical Engineering Department

Nathen Bopp in Elizabeth Vierling lab in the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Department

Sean McDougall in Heather Richardson's lab in the Psychology Department

Andrew Taylor in Craig Albertson's lab in the Biology Department

Veronica Pace in Rolf Karlstrom's lab in the Biology Department

Past Junior Fellows:

2011-2012 Junior Fellows

2010-2011 Junior Fellows

2009-2010 Junior Fellows

2008-2009 Junior Fellows

2007-2008 Junior Fellows