Friends of the Library Research Award; apps due 2/20

Here’s a great opportunity to get paid for your research!

The Libraries invite submissions for the Friends of the Library Undergraduate Research Award, which recognizes excellence in the use of primary sources in the arts, humanities and social sciences.

Undergraduates may submit papers or projects that represent work completed for a class or independent study in any field within the 18 months prior to the application deadline of Feb. 20, and while the student was enrolled as an undergraduate at UMass Amherst. The first-place recipient receives a $1,000 scholarship and the honorable mention winner receives a $250 scholarship. The winning papers/projects will be posted to and added to the University Archives.

A primary source is a record of an event, an occurrence, or a time period produced by a participant or observer at the time, such as letters, diaries, writings, speeches, photographs, and scrapbooks, or the historic records (archives) of an organization (such as correspondence, memoranda, minutes, annual reports, etc.). Primary sources can also include government documents, artwork, artifacts, maps, music, audiovisual materials (film, audio and video tape), and computer files.

Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA) reserves the right to extend the deadline or cancel the contest if too few entries are received. The determination of number of entries required to award a winner is at the sole discretion of SCUA and the Libraries.

The award is sponsored by the Friends of the UMass Amherst Libraries and Special Collections and University Archives. Prizes are made possible thanks to generous donations from the Friends of the Libraries. Panels of faculty and community experts will judge the anonymous entries.

Winners will be announced by mid-March. Recipients will be invited to receive their awards at the Library’s Dinner with Friends fundraiser on March 28. For more information, contact Special Collections

Read more here.

Ugrad Research Engagement Program – New Openings Posted

Do you want to learn more about research? Develop a better relationship with a faculty member (think letters of reference!)? Or learn a new skill? Consider applying for our Undergraduate Research Engagement Program (UREP). UREP is a way for you to earn credits and practical experience all at once.

Students selected as UREP fellows work one-on-one with faculty and advanced graduate students on various research projects. Past fellows have gone on to present their research at national conferences, get published, and more.

Check out the listings today. (And look again if you’ve checked before. We recently added several new openings!)

Job Opportunity: Domestic Violence Victim Advocate

Seniors: Does this look like the job for you? Apply today!

Hilltown Community Health Centers
Hilltown Safety at Home Program
Domestic Violence Victim Advocate

Seeking 20-hour Domestic Violence Victim Advocate. Provide advocacy services to residents of the Hilltowns in collaboration with State and local law enforcement, and health and community service providers. Experience in safety planning, referrals, court preparation and accompaniment, support and education required. Qualifications include BA degree or equivalent, min 2 years working with individuals experiencing domestic violence. Car required and must be able to provide transportation. Knowledge of community and rural services required. Looking for candidate with strong commitment to mission of the organization. Send cover letter and resume to: Personnel Coordinator-, Hilltown Community Health Centers, Inc., 58 Old North Rd., Worthington, MA 01098 or to  AA/EOE

Please submit applications by February 6, 2015.




Do you want to be the Commencement speaker?!

What are your thoughts as a graduating senior? Would you like to share them with your classmates, family and friends? If so, you are invited to submit a speech proposal for consideration as the Student Commencement Speaker! All 2015 graduating Amherst seniors are eligible. Your proposed speech must be written by you as an individual, no group or collaborative submissions. It should be of general interest to graduating seniors as well as to parents and other guests. It may address your impressions and experiences, both academic and extra-curricular as well as your thoughts as you look to the future.

Students who are interested in giving the commencement address at the main commencement ceremony on Friday, May 8 in the stadium have until Tuesday, February 3 at 4:30 pm to submit a proposal.

We encourage all of you to submit! We’d love to brag about a Polsci or Legal Studies major receiving the honor!

More information can be found here.

New Gen Ed: Transnational Approaches to Queer and Sexuality Studies

Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies is announcing a new gen ed course:

Transnational Approaches to Queer and Sexuality Studies 4 credits, SB G #18383
Monday, Wednesday 11:15-12:05 p.m.
Discussion sections Friday 10:10 and 11:15
Professor Svati Shah

This interdisciplinary course will help students to understand what the term “sexuality studies” means, by providing a foundation in the key concepts, historical and social contexts, topics, and politics that inform the fields of sexuality studies, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender studies, and queer studies. Course instruction will be carried out through readings, lectures, films, and discussions, as well as individual and group assignments. Over the course of the semester, students will develop and use critical thinking skills to discern how “sexuality” becomes consolidated as a distinct category of analysis in the late nineteenth century, and what it means to speak about sexuality and transgender politics and categories today. Topics include queer theories and politics, trans theories and politics, LGBTQ social movements within and outside of the U.S., relationships with feminist reproductive justice movements, heterosexuality, homophobia, and HIV/AIDS and health discourses. The range of materials covered will prioritize developing analyses that examine the interplay between sexuality and class, gender, race, ethnicity, and neoliberalism.
Check out the Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies website for more great courses: /courseinfo.htm

Scholarships due Feb 15

Don’t forget to apply for Political Science or Legal Studies scholarships! All applications are due online by February 15 at noon. Last year, we gave out more than $26,000 in scholarships to our students, and we consistently give out more scholarships than any other department in the college — which is another reason you certainly picked the right major! So block out some time in your schedule to craft your essay and tell us why you deserve to win one of scholarships.

And while you’re at it, consider applying for one of the College scholarships, too. Pol Sci and Legal Studies majors are always top winners with those, and you can win a College scholarship AND a department one. Note the different deadlines for these SBS scholarships, though.

Youth Assembly at the United Nations – Register by Jan 15

Only 3 more days to register fro the Winter Youth Assembly at the UN!  A message from the organizers:

The conference rooms at United Nations Headquarters, New York City in February will have very limited space. Therefore we will once again evaluate applications and send official invitation letters on a first come, first served basis – as few as 100 delegate places remain. REGISTER HERE

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Initial Speakers and Workshop Leaders

Come, Hear, and Meet:

 Kal Penn (Invited)

TV and Film Actor,

(Includes viewing his film:)

Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain


Irina Bokova

Director General,

United Nations Educational, Scientific

and Cultural Organization


H.E. Ambassador Simona Miculescu

Permanent Mission of Romania to the United Nations,

Lead Endorser, 2015 Winter Youth Assembly


H.E. Ambassador Henry Mac Donald

Permanent Mission of Suriname to the United Nations

H. E. Ambassador Julia Maciel  

Permanent Mission of Paraguay to the U.N.


Amina Mohamed 

Secretary General’s Special Adviser on Post 2015 Development Planning


Ahmad Alhendawi

UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Youth


Kathy Eldon (Invited)

Founder, Creative Visions Foundation

(Includes viewing of Creative Visions’ documentary)


Ron Bruder

(Time Magazine‘s 100 Most Influential Persons)

Founder, Education for Employment Foundation


Stay Tuned – More to Follow! 


View 2014 Summer YA Program Agenda here

Register for YA here.


Reserve Accommodation Packages here.

Tufts Cummings School – Grad Open Houses

The Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine invites you to attend these Graduate Programs’ Open Houses:

Open House for M.S. in Animals and Public Policy (MAPP) Program, Monday, January 12, 2015 at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in North Grafton, MA. This unique one-year graduate degree program offers students the opportunity to explore the complex relationships between people and animals, and how those relationships are reflected in our culture, institutions, and public policy. Information or RSVP:,

Open Hours for M.S. in Conservation Medicine (MCM) Program, Friday, January 9, 2015 at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in North Grafton, MA. This twelve-month program focuses on health relationships at the interface of humans, animals, and the environment Information or RSVP:,

Master of Science in Infectious Disease and Global Health (MS-IDGH), Friday, January 9, 2015 at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in North Grafton, MA. This program is intended to train students in understanding the emergence, establishment and spread of infectious agents across the globe. Information or RSVP:,

Curran & Berger – Immigration Law Intern

Curran & Berger LLP ( – in Northampton, Ma. – is looking for students interested in assisting with AILA’s Pro Bono Project for detained families on the border. 


In June of 2014, the Obama Administration opened a detention center at the existing Federal Law Enforcement Center in the remote oil town of Artesia, New Mexico that was specifically designated for the detention of mothers caught crossing the border with their children. All of the women were subject to “expedited removal” but could not be deported without an interview with an asylum officer to determine whether they had a credible fear or returning to their home countries, and therefore a reasonable possibility of prevailing on an asylum claim. In June and July, w/ little access to attorneys, most women failed their interviews and were immediately deported.

In July, AILA began the Pro Bono Project to provide legal representation to the women in Artesia (and other subsequent detention centers). A growing support network developed around the country with volunteers in every state drafting briefs and motions, conducting legal research, collecting primary evidence, and translating Spanish documents into English.

What volunteers can do

The scope of this project is enormous and involves representation of hundreds and hundreds of women. Remote volunteers are preparing most of the filings for these cases. Specifically, in almost every case, we are filing a memorandum and documentation in support of a motion for custody redetermination. In other words, we are asking for the judges to issue an order granting each family release upon the payment of a reasonable bond amount. We also need remote help with translations and legal research.

We also need volunteers on the ground in Texas who can perform intakes with new arrivals, develop clients’ case theories, ready clients for court, prepare documents, and when possible represent them in interviews and hearings. Volunteers on the ground must be fluent in Spanish or bring their own interpreters.

Please let me know if you are interested in volunteering for this project and details about your availability and background.

Megan E. Kludt, Esq. (
Curran & Berger LLP
74 Masonic St
Northampton, MA 01060

Paid Summer Internship with Reproductive Rights Organizations

Check out this summer internship brought to you by the Civil Liberties and Public Policy Program at Hampshire College. A great internship for any budding activists or those with a passion for reproductive rights! More information below. Good luck!

“The Reproductive Rights Activist Service Corps (RRASC) is a 10-week paid summer internship program sponsored by the Civil Liberties and Public Policy Program at Hampshire College. Undergraduate students intern at reproductive rights and social justice organizations around the country. Organizations work on a wide array of issues from reproductive health, economic justice, immigrant rights, rights of indigenous peoples, LGBTQ rights, human rights, intimate partner abuse, and mass incarceration.

Some of the participating organizations include: Advocates for Youth, Sadie Nash Leadership Project, National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, National Domestic Workers Alliance, Political Research Associates, HealthRight International, Justice Now, the Audre Lorde Project, Stonewall Youth, llinois Caucus for Adolescent Health, SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children, Law Students for Reproductive Justice,  Native American Women’s Health Education Resource Center, Tewa Women United, Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, Prison
Birth Project, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum, and the Sylvia Rivera Law Project.

Locations include: Amherst, MA, Boston, MA, Burlington, VT, New York, NY, Washington, DC, Chicago, IL, Atlanta, GA, New Orleans, LA, Montgomery, AL, San Francisco/Oakland, CA, Los Angeles, CA, Denver, CO, Santa Fe, NM, Lake Andes, SD, Olympia, WA. 

Internship stipend is $3300.

Eligibility requirements

Must currently be an undergraduate student at a US college/university
Must not be graduating in Spring/Summer 2015
Must be able to attend the CLPP Conference in Amherst, MA, April 10-12, 2015 (CLPP will cover all travel costs for students who live outside of Western Massachusetts)

More information and an application are available at: