How do I apply?
UMass students who are members of LSAMP may apply to this partnership program. UMass students who are eligible to become members of UMass LSAMP programs, may reach out to UMass Lowell Academic Adviser, Ms. Reaksmey Roeung-Meas (Reaksmey Roeung@uml.edu), or 978-934-2458 about how/why of becoming a member of LSAMP. Worcester State University (WSU) students may reach out to Dr. Ian Stephens with any eligibility questions. The online application for UMass and WSU students is open until March 15, 2023.
I am an international student, can I apply?
No, international students are not eligible to be UMSAMP scholars. Students must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
How do I register online?
Go to the Application Login page. Select "Update Account" then "Register". On the Registration page, enter your full email address and a password of your choice. Repeat the password for verification and select "Register Now." Your application is considered complete when you use the "Application Complete" button. You can update information until the application deadline even after marking your application as complete.
When is the deadline?
The deadline is March 15, 2023.
What format is required for uploading files?
Files should be in pdf format. If this is not possible, postscript or plain text is acceptable.
Can I edit my application online?
Yes, you can access the application as many times as you want until the deadline. After entering the new information, click on the "Save" button. You can enter more information or edit existing information each time. You can upload new files to replace existing ones until the deadline.
If my password does not work, what should I do?
On the "Fellowship Application: Login" page select "Reset Password" and a new password will be emailed to you if you have already successfully registered.
How will I know if all my application materials have been received?
After logging in to the application, select "View Application Status" to check what remains incomplete in your application. In addition, when viewing your application online, you can check previously uploaded files by clicking on the numbered button provided.
What should I do if I notice an error in my application after I submit it?
Until the deadline, you can access the application to make corrections, including uploading new versions of the pdf files.
What if I decide to withdraw my application?
If you want to withdraw your application, send an email to Christine Crowley at email@example.com stating your full name and which fellowship application you wish to withdraw.
What if I have other questions?
Please send an email inquiry to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do I get notified of my acceptance into the Program?
Ms. Christine Crowley, the Fellowship Coordinator at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO), will contact you to set up an interview with a potential adviser after your application materials have been reviewed. She will notify you by email of your acceptance after your interview(s) by Zoom with her and potential adviser(s).
How many hours a week do I spend as an intern at the Observatory?
Students work 35 hours during the summer from the first week of June until the second week of August. You work out the days and hours of your weekly schedule with your SAO Adviser. There is flexibility with your schedule but it must be approved by your research adviser.
What are the requirements?
Besides your weekly research hours, you are required to participate in two outreach projects including a center-wide poster session and a visit to the Cambridge Mayor's Summer Youth Program. Additionally, you will be required to participate in an intensive programming course during your first week of orientation. Interns also participate in a weekly Python course and Professional Development workshop. Other requirements include: Weekly Meeting with a Peer Mentor and a Weekly Report of research activities to the Program Director.
Can I get course credit?
Yes, but you must work out the details with UMass ahead of your internship. Some interns have used their internship as a capstone project.
How do I get paid?
Interns get paid a stipend of $6,000 for the summer. They receive a stipend payment of $2,000 for June, July, and August.
Do I have the opportunity to present my research?
Yes, at the end of your summer research experience, generally in the second week of August you will have the opportunity to present your research poster. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to present your poster at the American Astronomical Society (AAS) or at another conference dependent on your interests and at the recommendation of your research adviser.
Can I stay beyond my summer internship?
Yes, UMass students have been invited to stay longer as a research intern during the academic year. This depends on the quality of your work and the availability of funding from either your research advisor or UMLSAMP Program Office.