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ASPIRE: A Student-Led Program In Research and Education

ASPIRE is aimed to engage high school students in a longer time commitment for introducing lab, and some classroom experience in polymer science. This unique program offers an opportunity to get a real-life experience to be in a research career. Spanning five consecutive Saturdays in January and February you will be doing 'hands-on' experiments in our laboratories including molecular modeling, 3d printing, mechanical testing and a completely independent project.

More photos, announcements and discussion from previous years can be found at Facebook page.

The program is offered to High school students (except Freshmen) free of cost to the students, thanks to support from MRSEC at UMass.

Contact: 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.