Earth Systems major ‘13
Coolest UMass Experience: Interning for the Lunar and Planetary Institute at NASA in Houston, studying the Gale Crater on Mars.
Plant, Soil, & Insect Sciences major ‘13
Coolest UMass Experience: Internship at Smith College Botanical Garden, working in every part—conservatory, collections, forestry.
Physics & Astronomy double major ‘13
Coolest UMass Experience: Analyzing galaxy spectra at an internship in Hawaii—one of the best places for astronomical observation.
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology major '13
Coolest UMass Experience: Serving as president of the Pre-Med Society, and working in a neuroscience research lab.
Microbiology major '13
West Roxbury, Mass.
Coolest UMass Experience: "Analyzing DNA using the PCR technique—my first try was perfect and so exciting!"
Food Science major '13
Coolest UMass Experience: Developing a new product: "Joe Nuts, liquid-filled solid foods. My partner and I hope to bring this product to market."
Microbiology major '12
Coolest UMass Experience: “Working in a lab taught me what I’m capable of, and solidified my path toward a career in science.”
Chemistry major '11
Coolest UMass Experience: Working in a chemistry research lab; learning to channel his passion for environmental conservation with his academic interests.
Psychology major '11
Coolest UMass Experience: Spending a semester abroad in Cape Town, South Africa was “one of the most amazing experiences” and redirected her academic focus.
Food Science major
Coolest UMass Experience: Developing a new flavor for the Italian line of Gatorade X-plore as a summer intern at PepsiCo.
Coolest UMass Experience: Being the supplemental instructor for Organic Chemistry "helped me see how much I want to teach."
Biology major & Pre-med
Elmwook Park, N.J.
Coolest UMass Experience: Spending a semester abroad in Thailand and discovering that "whenever I had free time, I did things that only a bio major would do."
Building & Construction Technology
Coolest UMass Experience: Visiting post-Katrina New Orleans and seeing first-hand the application of low-income, energy-efficient building. "I love to see new building projects go from start to finish."
Coolest UMass Experience: Watching a blind woman regain her sight while volunteering in the ER. Working under Nobel Laureate Craig Mello at UMass Medical School.
Coolest UMass Experience: Helping Peruvian farmers learn skills to support their Alpaca herds. After vet school, hopes to care for large and wild animals internationally.
Geology & Psychology double major
Coolest UMass Experience: Discovering she was a science person after all! Love inspiring middle-schoolers by using "fun" scientific activities.
Microbiology & Finance double major
Coolest UMass Experience: Working with scientists aboard the research ship Atlantis to study hydrothermal vents at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean.
Earth Systems major
Coolest UMass Experience: Spending last summer in arctic Norway doing climate research: "At midnight you'd have your sunglasses on."