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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.

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