Announcements


Katelyn Mullen, a senior Biology major, is the recipient of a Biology Undergraduate Travel Award. She will be presenting her research in a poster titled “New single-copy nuclear loci for scale insect’s systematics” at the International Symposium of Scale Insect Studies in Catania, Sicily this June. Katelyn works in the laboratory of Professor Ben Normark; he and Scott Schneider are coauthors on the abstract. She looks forward to presenting her research in this professional meeting and discussing her work with experts in her field. Congratulations, Katelyn!




About the Junior Fellowship Program:

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.


Eligibility:

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 2016-2017 and graduate in May 2017 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.


Deadlines: Friday, May 31, 2016

Applications for the 2016-2017 academic year is now open.

How to apply:

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 2016-2017 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.




For information about the program, please contact:

Madelaine Bartlett, Ph.D.
mbartlett@bio.umass.edu
545-2235

Craig Albertson, Ph.D.
albertson@bio.umass.edu
545-2902

Past Junior Fellows:

2011-2012 Junior Fellows

2010-2011 Junior Fellows

2009-2010 Junior Fellows

2008-2009 Junior Fellows

2007-2008 Junior Fellows

2006-2007 Junior Fellows