UMass Amherst Summer Pre-College: Modern Astronomy

    UMass Amherst Summer Pre-College: Modern Astronomy


    • Listing Type: Summer Programs
    • Program Delivery: Online
    • Provided By: College
    • Session Start: July
    • Session Length: Three Weeks
    • Entering Grade: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
    • Category: Academic
    • Sub-Categories: Astronomy, College Experience, STEM, Physics
    • Selective: No
    • Ages: 14, 15, 16, 17
    • Minimum Cost: $1,500 - $2,999
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    Learn about pre-college opportunities Summer Session 2021!

    Our online pre-college programs are designed to give you a preview of the UMass student experience, including college-level academics and being part of a learning community of high school students from all across the U.S. and the world.

    This three-week program will build a ground-up understanding of observational astronomy, exploring the basis of human extraterrestrial observation and the art of turning astronomy into a science.

    We'll use the foundations of astrophysics to explain the implications of modern observations, supplementing data with observations we will learn to take during the class. We will develop a physically motivated framework with which to understand observations by undertaking a survey of the lifetimes of different unique objects in the universe, from stars to galaxies to the universe itself.

    We will explore real astronomical data through python* based computer labs. Through these labs, we will turn raw data into beautiful astronomical images and use this data to analyze the ages, distances, and masses of stars.

    *No python programming experience is necessary to apply.

    Online Live Sessions Monday - Friday, 10:00am - 12:15pm, and 2:00 - 4:00pm (EDT).
    Mornings are lecture & discussion, afternoons are lab time.

    Cost and Session Information

    Dates: July 12 - July 30, 2021
    Program Length: 3 weeks
    Student Profile: Rising sophomore - senior
    Program Feest: $1,697
    Application Fee: $35
    Credits Offered: Yes

    *Applicants Program fees include tuition, a technology fee, and a one-time registration fee. Certain programs have an additional materials fee to cover the cost of necessary tools and supplies (included in total). These come pre-packaged through the host departments.

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