Innovative Program Helps Students Tackle Science, Math

Submitted on Thursday, 8/14/2014, at 9:52 AM

By Peter Rooney

On a summer afternoon in an Amherst College chemistry lab, new friends and incoming first-year students Natalia Dyer of Queens, N.Y., and Alejandra Possu of Houston take a break from writing a lab report.

They’re part of a group of admitted Amherst students selected to participate in an innovative science and math program that introduces them to some of the toughest calculus and chemistry problems they’ll face during their first year at Amherst.


Sun and SURF: Amherst Researchers Stay for Summer

Submitted on Wednesday, 8/13/2014, at 10:43 AM

by Bill Sweet

For an increasing number of Amherst College students, summer isn’t the time to get away; it’s the time to get cracking on their research.

Soon after Commencement and Reunion, students representing numerous disciplines in the sciences and humanities come back to campus to dig deeper.

At a geology lab in the Beneski Earth Sciences Building, Mollie McDowell ’14 has been crushing, grinding, burning and testing soil sediment from Ireland, for a research project with Professor Anna Martini.

“We both wanted to fill in some data gaps that I didn’t have time to fill in during the year,” McDowell said.

About 100 students—undergraduates and recent graduates doing postbaccalaureate research—are staying at Amherst for the summer. They are funded by several programs, including the Summer Science Undergraduate Research Fellows Program (SURF), the Gregory S. Call Student Research Program (SRP), individual academic departments, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Tutorials, among others.

Mollie McDowell ’14 in the lab Mollie McDowell ’14, summertime researcher


Baseball team to tour Japan with reading list, professors, to play historic games

Submitted on Friday, 8/1/2014, at 7:01 AM

By Peter Rooney

Amherst College played Williams College in the first intercollegiate baseball game 155 years ago. In August, the team travels to Japan to make history again, playing a series of games against Doshisha University,  a private college in Kyoto founded by Joseph Hardy Neesima, Amherst Class of 1870. 


The Language of Love: Gates Cambridge Scholar to Study Troubadour Narratives

Submitted on Friday, 7/11/2014, at 4:09 PM

Already an accomplished speaker, researcher and teacher of languages, Terrence Cullen ’13 is one of only 40 U.S. scholars to receive a Gates Cambridge Scholarship this year.

Video: What Are You Doing After Graduation?

Submitted on Monday, 6/16/2014, at 1:33 PM

Research, teaching, business, exploration: We asked members of the Class of 2014 recently about their plans for after graduation.

Fifteen Fulbrights for Amherst

Submitted on Friday, 6/6/2014, at 3:36 PM

An unprecedented number of Amherst College students, 12 graduates of the Class of 2014 and three recent graduates, have been offered Fulbright Fellowships to teach and study abroad.

In addition, two students have been named alternates, meaning they may yet receive Fulbright offers, and two others will be teaching in France on French Government Teaching Fellowships, which is not a Fulbright program but offered to Fulbright applicants.

Yun (Nancy) Tang ’14 Awarded Carnegie Fellowship

Submitted on Saturday, 5/24/2014, at 9:54 AM

Amherst College student Yun (Nancy) Tang ’14 has been awarded a one-year fellowship with one of the world’s top foreign-policy think tanks, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

V is for Volunteerism

April 10, 2014

Since 2011, more than 40 Amherst College students have served as music mentors in Amherst Regional Public Schools, providing guidance for children who want to learn about wind, brass, percussion and string instruments, as well as vocal performance. The program is the brainchild of Amherst Music Professor David Schneider and has been supported by the college’s Center for Community Engagement.