Anurag Sharma, Associate Professor, Isenberg School of Management

Our lab's primary interest is understanding how plants reproduce to make seeds. While this is an important problem, since plant reproduction feeds the world and maintains an ecological balance, the process involves fascinating biology. Unlike animal sperm, plant sperm cannot swim – how does it travel to find its mate, the egg, for fertilization? Our research depends on experimental approaches ranging from molecular biology, genetics, cell biology and biochemistry, not unlike research in other systems ranging from bacteria to animals, normal development or development into the diseased states. Projects for high school students will range from generating genetically transformed plants to study expression of genes that are important for reproduction, and to dissect their functions, to biochemical approaches to produce and characterize the structures and functions of these proteins. Students will have the opportunity to learn how genetically modified plants are produced, work with molecular genotyping methods by polymerase chain reactionism, and produce and large amounts of proteins to study their biochemical properties. The Cheung lab can host 2 students.

Robert Eisenstein, Senior Lecturer, Director of the Five College Early Music Program

This research experience in the Karlstrom Lab will include working with zebrafish as a model animal system to examine nervous system development, growth, and possibly responses to injury. The student will work with current lab members on projects that could include: 1) the formtion of the pituitary gland in the ventral forebrain, 2) how signaling molecules affect the proliferation of neural stem cell populations, or 3) mapping gene expression and cell types in the brain using fluorescent transgenic fish. These projects are designed to provide the student with exposure to the study of nervous system development and neural stem cell regulation. Stem cell proliferation is a highly regulated process that is needed for tissue growth and for repair after injury. The zebrafish brain continues to add new neurons throughout life, and unliike humans, the zebrafish brain and spinal cord have amazing regenerative capacity. We are trying to understand what regulates the stem cell proliferation needed for this life-long growth and healing. Disruption of these processes can lead to tumors in humans, thus an understanding of the mechanisms of regulating cell proliferation in zebrafish promises to impact our understanding of human cancers. Overall, the student will learn how the zebrafish can be used as a model organism to study developmental and disease processes that are similar across vertebrate species, including humans. The Karlstrom lab can host up to 2-4 students.

Sarah Reedy, Lecturer, Department of Anthropology

Dr. Kari Loomis, Lecturer, and Katherine Dorfman, Professional Technician, Department of Biology

Refund Policy
If UMass Summer Programs cancels a course for any reason, students receive a full refund. If a student withdraws from the program, refunds are provided according to the schedule below. The $500 deposit is non-refundable.

Summer Pre-College Refund Schedule 2018

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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. We offer placements in Biology, Biochemistry, Environmental Conservation, Physics, Psychology and Food Sciences.

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Cells are the fundamental unit of life. In this two-week laboratory course, students will observe live cells during mitosis and make movies of the process. They will learn to culture cells, to perform various staining protocols, and image the cells with a fluorescence light microscope. Cancer cells undergo unregulated cell division. Experiments will be performed to observe cell division following treatment with drugs, such as taxol, that are used clinically to treat cancer. Experiments will also examine photoreceptors in zebrafish models of human diseases causing blindness.

Application Fee $35 - All Applicants

Greeley Kyle, Lecturer in Broadcast Journalism, Journalism Department, and Steve Fox, Senior Lecturer and Director of the Sports Journalism Concentration, Journalism Department

Fees for Six-Week Research Intensives

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.