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.

Puffers Pond and Studying Abroad

This week I went to Puffers Pond for the first time ever. It was so great. I had never been to a pond before so it was a great experience. It is a pond with a small beach and a beautiful waterfall. There’s actually a bus that takes students there but I drove with my friend. It’s about 6 miles a way, maybe a 10-minute car drive so it’s fairly close. I would definitely recommend that every student go there at least once before you leave Amherst. People dive into the pond from small cliffs and it’s a lot of fun and best of all…it’s free!

Life Outside of College

So this is my first blog post (YAY?!!?). I am both excited and nervous right now. Excited because I’ve never really been in the public eye before--I pray to God that I don’t make a fool out of myself--and nervous because I am hoping that you will find my post entertaining and will want to read more.

After a marathon of Game of Thrones Season 1 (I am trying to get Julia, the other blogger, to get into GoT, so please pester her about watching!!! Just kidding. But not really though……), I have finally mustered up the motivation to write my first blog post. Here goes nothing…..!

The Flip Side of Amherst

Soooo, not to be super cheesy guys, but I’m learning really cool stuff about Amherst all the time.  I love hanging out at and in Amherst during the year because there’s always so much going on, either on our campus, on one of the Five College campuses, or in town. 

Yale this summer, theological study?

The Amherst College Chaplains have received the following note with attachments. You might be interested in seeing what Yale might have to offer you or a friend this summer.

Summer Camp(us)

By Katherine Duke '05

You might think that, after Commencement and Reunion each year, the Amherst College campus empties out for the summer. You might picture the 1,000 acres lying mostly quiet and uninhabited, except by a few student interns and the occasional tour group, from June through August. You might assume that that the classroom buildings, the gyms, the performance spaces and the dining hall basically shut down. You’d be wrong. Every summer, the campus hosts more than two dozen programs for kids and adults, from Nike Tennis Camp, to the Summer Science & Humanities Programs for incoming Amherst first-years, to the Ko Festival of Performance, to a Biology Teachers’ Workshop in Genomics.

Opportunities for the College Community

Amherst Field Hockey Academy

Summer Programs has been able to arrange a limited number of scholarships (a $50 reduction) for daughters of employees to attend one of the sessions of the Amherst Field HockeyAcademy.  Please call Carol Knerr at 413-542-8376 for more information.

Great Books Summer Reading Program

Special Savings for Amherst Employees on Great Books Summer Program!
Save $200 on One-week and $400 on Two-week Sessions.

Welcome to Summer Programs 2015

King Hall and Wieland Hall Amherst College does not offer regular college-level classes during the summer.

Amherst College hosts a variety of sports and educational programs for children, and meetings and seminars for adults during the summer.