Student PIRG hiring Campus Organizers

October 29th, 2014 by msagan

On any college campus, you find students who want to stop global warming, are fed up with big money in politics, and are driven to alleviate hunger and homelessness. As a Student PIRG Campus Organizer, your job is to recruit these students to get involved — and to train them to be effective leaders who can run campaigns that make an impact in the community, in the state capitol, in Congress, at the White House, or wherever it will make a difference. Our Campus Organizers don’t sit behind a desk. You’ll be out in the real world—recruiting new students to join a chapter, teaching students how to organize and run an issue campaign, organizing a news event or rally, or doing whatever else it takes to empower students to solve problems in our communities and in our country. Learn more and apply:

Coakley Campaign Looks for Volunteers

October 29th, 2014 by msagan

The Martha Coakley campaign is looking for help in their Springfield, Holyoke, Westfield, Chicopee, Adams, North Adams, Pittsfield, Northampton and Amherst locations. Canvases and phone banks will take place at the times below. If you are interested in gaining campaign experience and volunteering, contact Jon D’Angelo, the Regional Field Director, at or (413) 636-7051.

Canvas/Phone Bank times:

9PM (door hangers)
Election Day
7AM (door hangers)


Student Legal Services Internship: Due Nov. 1

October 28th, 2014 by jfahey

The practice of law is happening everywhere–even on UMass’ campus. Each fall and spring, Student Legal Services accepts UMass undergraduate students for a 12 credit, semester long internship program cultivating skills in case management; legal research; drafting letters; and more administrative support required in any legal profession. Most of the graduates of the internship program with the Student Legal Services Office have gone on to a career in law or in the legal profession.

Check out this link for more information!

The Science of Policy: A Network Perspective

October 28th, 2014 by jfahey

See below for information about a great event with Professor Bruce Desmarais and Dean John Hird about the role of science research in U.S Federal Policy from 2008-2012.

“Monday, Nov. 3, 12:15-1:15, Thompson 620

Bruce Desmarais

For decades scholars of public policy have studied the ways in which connections with science shape policymaking. Either explicit or implicit to this research is the concept of a policy network. In the project Desmarais will speak about, he and co-principal investigator John Hird are gathering extensive data on research cited in regulatory impact analyses produced by U.S. federal regulatory agencies between 2008 and 2012. They also construct, visualize and analyze the science-policy network created through these citations. Desmarais will present findings on the domains of policymaking that are supported by dense networks of science, as well as characterize the supporters of science that exhibit deep and broad reach in policymaking.

Desmarais is associate director of the Institute for Social Science Research and serves as one of the core faculty members of the UMass Amherst Computational Social Science Initiative, a collaborative organization of scholars in sociology, political science, statistics and computer science. Earlier this year Desmarais and Hird were awarded a $527,233 grant from the National Science Foundation titled “Scientific Evidence in Regulation and Governance.”


FAQ: When can I enroll in my Spring 2015 classes?

October 27th, 2014 by sadler

Because many thousands of people need to enroll in classes and we don’t want to crash the database, UMass Amherst employs a rolling enrollment schedule based on students’ academic levels and total credit counts at the end of the current semester.  Your enrollment priority is based on your projected total credits at the end of the current semester.  Enrollment dates for Spring are now visible in SPIRE, so you should see that you fall into one of the categories listed below:

Seniors (87+ credits) enroll Nov 12 – 13 (W/Th)

Juniors (57 – 86 credits) enroll Nov 14 – 15 (F/Sa)

Sophomores (27 – 56 credits) enroll Nov 17 – 18 (M/Tu)

Freshmen (up to 26 credits) enroll Nov 20 -21 (Th/F)

To find out what time you can enroll, click on the “details” link under the enrollment date on your student center.  You will then know exactly when you are able to enroll in classes.


  • You should make every effort to select your classes ahead of time and enroll right away when your SPIRE enrollment appointment goes live.  If you wait, you may miss out on classes as other people take the available seats.
  • You should be checking RIGHT NOW to see if there are any enrollment holds on your account (e.g. bursar, health services, Dean’s office, advising, etc.) and take necessary steps to have these holds removed.   You will not be able to enroll in classes until all holds are lifted.
  • Be sure to empty your shopping cart once you have enrolled in all of your courses.  If you are waiting for an override into a class, there is no reason to leave the class in your shopping cart since you will be enrolled manually and the advisor who enrolls you cannot take the class out of your cart.

SGA Judicial Advisers Needed for Spring 2015

October 24th, 2014 by sadler

The Judicial Advisers Program within the Student Government Association is hiring for Spring 2015.  We are a team of students who advocate on behalf of those involved in the conduct process at the school. This job opportunity is a wonderful way for students to get involved with advocacy, conduct issues, and students’ rights and have a true impact on the UMass community.

Time commitment: 10 hours a week
Pay rate: $9.00/hr.
Application Deadline: Friday November 14th by 5:00 PM.

The application can be found at:  and is also posted on the UMass student job board at

Ritika Kumar
Attorney General
Student Government Association
University of Massachusetts
420 Student Union
Amherst, MA 01003

“Your Voice, Your Vote” College Tour

October 23rd, 2014 by sadler

Why should students vote in the midterm elections? What is really at stake? The College Democrats of Massachusetts invite you to hear from Congressman Joe Kennedy and Congressman Jim McGovern at UMass Amherst about the importance of student activism and why we all need to vote this November.

Brought to you by the College Democrats of Massachusetts, the event takes place on Tuesday October 28th in the Commonwealth Honors College Events Hall 160 East, from 12 to 1:30 pm.  RSVP is optional, but if you’d like to let them know you’re coming, go to the UDems facebook page and join the event!

Job Posting–Research Fellow at Stanford Law School

October 21st, 2014 by jfahey

About to graduate, and looking for some valuable experience before Grad School? Look no further than this fellowship from Stanford Law School, where several Professors are seeking Research Fellows starting the summer of 2015. Read below for more information about the posting at how to apply!


“RESEARCH FELLOW, STANFORD LAW SCHOOL (Fixed term) *multi-job posting


Full-time, starting Spring/Summer 2015.  Fellowships last for one year, with an option to renew for a second year by mutual agreement of
the professor and the fellow.


Assist with the research of Professors John J. Donohue, Daniel Ho, Daniel Kessler, and Alison Morantz at Stanford Law School.  Designed for graduating seniors or recent college graduates, fellowships provide a unique opportunity for those considering graduate school, law school, and/or business school in the future.

Prior Research Fellows have matriculated to Ph.D. programs at Harvard, Stanford, Yale, and MIT, and law school at Harvard, Yale, Stanford, and Columbia.  They have been drawn from a variety of undergraduate disciplines, including economics, political science, applied math, public policy, statistics, and computer science.

Successful applicants will be matched with a specific professor based on background and interests.  As full-time Stanford University employees, fellows will receive a competitive salary and benefits package, including full medical and dental insurance, access to campus athletic and academic facilities, paid vacation time, professional development funds, and the capacity to audit Stanford courses and attend on-campus lectures and seminars free of charge.

Job responsibilities will vary by position, but involve all aspects of the research process including:

·         Conceptualization of suitable empirical methodologies and models

·         Collecting, managing, and structuring quantitative datasets

·         Statistical analyses of complex datasets and interpretation of results

·         Communication with government officials, industry
stakeholders, and research collaborators

·         Report writing and manuscript preparation

Job qualifications:

·         Bachelor’s degree, preferably in the social sciences,
mathematics, or another relevant field

·         Outstanding academic credentials and intellectual creativity

·         Eagerness to take initiative and solve intricate problems

·         Excellent time-management skills and ability to work
effectively with minimal supervision

·         Experience in a quantitative discipline such as economics,
political science, statistics, applied math or engineering

·         Exceptional research and analytical writing skills

·         Programming experience in Stata, SAS, R, Python or other
languages is preferred, but not required

·         Prior research experience in the social sciences is
preferred, but not required

How to apply:

There will be two rounds of application review. The deadline for the first round is 11:59PM PST on Sunday, December 7, 2014. The deadline for the second round is 11:59PM PST on Sunday, February 1, 2015. Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis and preference will be given to first-round applicants. Please note this position is not visa sponsorship eligible, but applicants with OPT are eligible for
this position. To apply, please do both of the following:

(1) Apply online at Upload a brief cover letter explaining your interest in the position, a resume, an unofficial transcript, a short academic writing sample, and at least two references with contact information. The writing sample should be an academic paper, preferably empirical or social science-related. Standardized test scores (e.g. GRE, LSAT, GMAT) will be considered, but are not required.

(2) Submit your resume online via the Stanford jobs website – enter the job number 64432 in the keyword search field to locate this job posting and apply.

If you have any additional comments or questions, please send them inan e-mail to

Stanford complies with the Jeanne Clery Act and publishes crime statistics for the most recent three-year period. Stanford University is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer and is committed to recruiting and hiring qualified women, minorities, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.”

Fellowship Opportunity at Partnership for Public Service–Deadline Oct. 24th!

October 21st, 2014 by jfahey

Look below for information regarding a fellowship with the non-partisan, non-profit Partnership for Public Service! Perfect for both undergrads and recent grads looking to spend time in D.C learning what it takes to be a public civil servant. Applications for the Spring Term are due October 24th!

“The Public Service Fellows Program at the Partnership for Public Service is an opportunity for undergraduate students, graduate students and recent graduates to participate directly in transforming the way government works while developing valuable professional skills.

At the Partnership, fellows are integral to the day-to-day operations, programs and activities of our organization. We value the contributions of fellows and work to provide relevant and useful experiences in return. Fellows are assigned substantive and meaningful work to support our wide variety of programs, events and projects to help revitalize the federal government by focusing on the people working in it. Fellows’ duties vary across the Partnership’s internal teams, but often include event planning and execution, conducting research, writing and preparing correspondence, and conducting outreach to external partners, such as government agencies and colleges and universities.

True to the Partnership’s emphasis on people, the fellows program incorporates opportunities for professional and personal growth through workshops and trainings specifically geared toward students and young professionals. We also strive to ensure a quality experience in terms of work and personal relationships throughout the fellowship term. Fellows also receive the following stipends:
• Full-time fellows with an undergraduate or graduate degree receive $1000 per month.
• Full-time fellows who are currently undergraduate students receive $800 per month.
• Stipends for part-time fellows will be pro-rated accordingly.
Who Should Apply
The Partnership strives to be an inclusive organization that fosters learning, collaboration and respect. We actively recruit for diversity in our workplace, believing that a range of backgrounds, perspectives and experiences contributes to our mission of revitalizing government. We seek extraordinary undergraduate students, graduate students and recent graduates with:
• A commitment to public service
• Strong written and oral communication
• Analytical thinking
• An ability to work well in teams
There is no single academic major or background we prefer over another—if you share our passion and are committed to developing your skills while gaining valuable experience, we want to hear from you!

The application for the Spring 2015 term closes on Friday, October 24. Apply today!”

Advising FAQ: When should I choose classes for Spring 2015?

October 20th, 2014 by sadler

Enrollment for Spring 2015 starts November 12 and we’re already hearing from students who want to choose their classes for spring RIGHT NOW!  We urge each of you to take a deep breath and consider the following:

  • Spring classes should be visible in SPIRE sometime between Oct 25-30.  Once they are visible in SPIRE, you can put classes in your shopping cart.
  • Putting a class in your shopping cart will NOT guarantee you a seat.  You cannot enroll in any classes until your SPIRE enrollment appointment.
  • Your SPIRE enrollment appointment (both date and time) depends on how many credits you have completed PLUS the number of credits in which you are currently enrolled.  (e.g. If you are currently a sophomore, but you will have 57 credits at the end of this semester, you will be enrolling as a junior and will have access to classes restricted to juniors.  Conversely, you will not be able to automatically enroll in courses restricted to sophomores.)
  • The only people who should be putting classes in their shopping carts once classes are visible in SPIRE are students who will be enrolling as SENIORS, and maybe second semester juniors.
  • If you are not a senior or a junior and you fill your shopping cart with classes weeks in advance of your enrollment date, you may just be filling your shopping cart with broken dreams.
  • No matter what your academic level, you should plan to enroll in classes at or shortly after the precise time of your SPIRE enrollment appointment.  Do not wait too long, or classes will fill up.
  • You do NOT need to meet with an advisor to enroll in your classes. But if you want a second opinion about your choices, feel free to meet with Barb, Harita, Lori, or a peer advisor to find out if there are other options that might work better for you.
  • If you plan to meet with an advisor, please MAKE AN APPOINTMENT.  If you do not make an appointment, there is no guarantee that an advisor will be available when you come in.
  • If you do plan to meet with an advisor to review your classes, don’t make the appointment too early in the process. Make the appointment a day or two before (or the day of) your enrollment appointment.
We will open extra advising hours and we look forward to helping you during Spring enrollment!