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     A Student-Led Program In Research and Education

A Student-led Program in Research and Education (ASPIRE) is an exciting program in which Center graduate students, with faculty supervision, mentor high school students in a laboratory experience at UMass Amherst. The program runs on Saturday mornings and afternoons in the winter months, and ASPIRE students perform hands-on polymer laboratory experiments in synthesis, molecular modeling, 3D printing, mechanical testing, and a final, independent project. The winter 2017 program will be advertised shortly, and interested students should contact the program by email at aspire@mail.pse.umass.edu.

Application for ASPIRE 2016

2016 dates: Jan 9, Jan 16, Jan 23, Jan 30 and Jan 13, (backup snow day: Feb 13)

Apply to be a part of the 16th annual APSIRE program in the Polymer Science and Engineering Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst! Sponsored by the Polymer Science and Engineering department, ASPIRE runs for 5 consecutive Saturday mornings commencing on Jan 9, 2016 [9, 16, 23, 30 and February 6 (Snow Date Feb 13)]. We are looking for students in 10-12th grade interested in science, technology and engineering. In this no-cost program, graduate students will guide you through the experience of research in a science and engineering lab. As a part of our program, you:

  • Get hands-on experience in a science and engineering lab
  • Do experiments in polymer chemistry, physics, and engineering
  • Learn about electron microscopes and 3D printers
  • Plan and run your own one-day independent project

Interested students can apply for the program online here. Application deadline is Nov 30th, 2015

Please note that the two necessary conditions:
  1. A recommendation from teacher (you will be directed in the form to forward them a link),
  2. Mandatory waiver signed by the legal guardian (download from here) should be submitted to complete the application.