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.


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 2017-2018 and graduate in May 2018 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, June 23, 2017

Applications for the 2017-2018 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 2017-2018 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:

Ana Caicedo

Tristram Seidler

Craig Albertson, Ph.D.

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

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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RESEARCH FELLOW, University of Massachusetts Amherst 

The Fritz-Laylin Lab at the University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass, Amherst) seeks a Research Fellow. The Fritz-Laylin lab studies cell movement at the interface of evolutionary biology and cell biology (see for more information). The initial responsibilities of the Research Fellow will focus on setting up the lab, including ordering supplies, interfacing with venders, and designing lab-wide organization systems. The successful candidate will also work with the PI to establish protocols and cell lines, and collect and analyze data using various cell migration assays and microscopy methods.

This is a non-benefited, full-time position. Initial appointment is for one year; reappointment beyond the first year is contingent upon availability of funding and job performance. Primary responsibilities will include, but are not limited to: Management management of lab inventory, including placing orders, and following up to make sure they are delivered correctly; preparation of solutions, reagents, and media; developing and maintaining database of frozen cell lines and other biological reagents; growing cells, and learning to recognize when they are healthy or sick; acquiring and analyzing microscopy data; writing detailed protocols for newly-learned lab techniques. Active participation in laboratory meetings is required of all lab members.

The successful candidate is required to have a B.S. in biology or a related field. Also required are impeccable record keeping and excellent communication skills (phone, email, in person), excellent interpersonal skills, and the ability to work both independently and collaboratively on a team. Preference may be given to candidates with experience in cell culture, molecular biology, microscopy, and/or phylogenetics. Salary commensurate with experience.

Candidates must apply online by submitting a cover letter, CV, and the contact details of three references willing to provide letters of recommendation to:

Review of applications will begin June 28 and continue until the position is filled. Applications received by June 28 will be given priority consideration.
The University of Massachusetts Amherst is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities and encourages applications from these and other protected group members.