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Summer Scholars Program

Eugene Amponsah ('19) researches floral chemistry and bee disease resistance

The CAFE Summer Scholars Program offers paid, summer internships for UMass Amherst undergraduate students who have the unique opportunity to make significant contributions that advanced the design, implementation and goals of an existing research or extension project.  CAFE Summer Scholars is more diverse than similar undergraduate experiences, which are typically focused more tightly on a single disciplinary area. Projects reflect the broad portfolio of programs supported by CAFE and students spend their summer in faculty research laboratories, offices and field stations, as well as in communities where extension professionals are engaged directly with citizens.  The program is made possible through a combination of UMass, Federal (USDA/NIFA) and private funds. In addition to project-based work, field trips to research and Extension facilities and professional development activities help students to prepare for future careers and educational opportunities while gaining insight into the relationship between research and public education.

Student Majorsort descending Project Year
Melanie Sierra Animal Science New Moms Wellness Study 2020
Taariq Woods Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Terpenes in Fungal Pathogens 2020
Benjamin Peters Biology Combining Genetic Datasets from Armored Scale Insects 2020
Adriana Chiaramida Biology Comparative RNA-seq analysis of developmental double mutant gt1 ra3 and single mutant sts1 to determine GT1 repression patterns 2020
Amy-Mei Lynch Biology Determining the causal role of floral traits in transmission of a bumble bee pathogen 2020
Katie Tumang Biology, Art History Comparing defense pathways in human and plant systems 2020
Julia Muise Civil Engineering East River Data Analysis 2020
Neil Ford Environmental Science Nursery Catalog for Invasive Plants 2020
Minting Zeng Environmental Science Application of copper-based nanoparticles as fungicides in agriculture 2020
Ralph Ferrigno Environmental Science Cover Crops and the Fate of Nitrogen 2020
Isaac Wolfson Environmental Science and Political Science Climate Change Adaptation, Peer Learning and Network Building 2020
Thomas Dugan Environmental Sciences Modeling the Middle Connecticut River Watershed 2020
Louisa Bachman Food Science Improving Access and Motivation for Small/Medium Processors in the Northeast to be in Compliance with the Food Safety Modernization Act 2020
Qixiang Gao Food Science Improving the Accuracy of Classification and Quantification of Saffron Adulteration by Data Fusion 2020
Jeron Leblanc Geology Making and Monitoring Microclimates in the Wetland 2020
Jessica Ellis Horticultural Science New England Grape Survey 2020
Asia Jimenez Microbiology Culture and Characterization of Epitheliocystis Agents in the aquaculture fish species 2020
Brett Barnard Natural Resource Conservation (IT Minor) Developing More Effective CAPS Metrics for Assessing Ecological Integrity of Salt Marshes 2020
Emily Woo Nutrition New Mom’s Wellness Study 2020
Ana Prados-Bacó Nutrition Major in the Dietetics Track New Mothers Wellness Study 2020
Mahoro Shimiro Sustainable Community Development Massachusetts 4-H STEAM Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) Summer Virtual Exploration 2020
Danielle Dailey Sustainable Community Development, Geography Research of Adoption of a Racial Equity Impact Assessment in Springfield, MA 2020