Undergraduate Forms

There are three main sections to this page: Helpful Worksheets & Information, Paper Forms, and Web Forms. Course requirement checklists for Animal Science and Pre-Veterinary majors as well as information for applying to veterinary school can be found in the Helpful Worksheets & Information section below. Academic forms that need to be printed on paper and signed are listed under Paper Forms.

University of Massachusetts Amherst Academic Calendar 2018-2019

Biotechnology Research Experience Contract

Please complete this electronic contract with a faculty sponsor. Your faculty sponsor should send the completed contract to mschneider [at] vasci [dot] umass [dot] edu (Mary Schneider) to be enrolled. If you prefer, a printed paper contract can be brought to ISB 427Z for enrollment.

ANIMLSCI 291C - Biotech Research -Cell & Molec I         1 credit
ANIMLSCI 291M - Biotech Research-Animal Models I      1 credit
ANIMLSCI 391C - Biotech Research-Cell & Molec II         2 credits
ANIMLSCI 391M - Biotech Research-Animal Models II     2 credits
ANIMLSCI 491C - Biotech Research-Cell & Molec III        3 credits
ANIMLSCI 491M - Biotech Research-Animal Models III    3 credits
    

Internships and Practica  - should be registered as ANIMLSCI 298, 398 or 498 through

To access your UMass Handshake account

1. Go to: https://umass.joinhandshake.com - Handshake has a great help center full of Questions and Answers, short videos, and materials to help you find your way.
2. Click on the blue button
3. Log in with your UMass single sign-on (SSO) username (Net ID) and password
4. Once you are logged in, go to the Career Center tab at the top
5. Pull down “Experiences” from this menu
6. Click “Request an Experience” on the top right, and fill-in the appropriate contract details

1 credit = 3 hours per week. There must be an academic product - usually a journal documenting hours worked and lessons learned that must be submitted to your faculty sponsor at the end of the semester. The University provides liability insurance which is often required by employers. Students can participate in Internships and Practica during the academic semesters (no extra charge) or during the summer (~$250 per credit). After the form as been submitted through Handshake, your faculty sponsor will receive an email asking for approval. The form is then forwarded to a VASCI (academic year) or CPE (summer) staff member who will enroll you.

Independent Study

Most independent research will now be registered through a Biotechnology Research Class, please see the course descriptions above and use the Biotechnology Research Contract.

ANIMLSCI 296, 396, 496, or  596 courses may be taken under the direct supervision of a UMass faculty sponsor and may be used for literature or data review and analysis or other projects of that do not fit in the ’91 Biotechnology Research course structure. A letter grade and course title “Independent study” is listed on the student’s transcript. ANIMLSCI 596 is a graduate-level course; generally this level is used by upper level undergraduates but can be used by beginning graduate students. Products to be generated in the296, 396, 496, and 596 courses are determined by the sponsoring faculty and agreed to by the student. Examples of appropriate independent study outputs include: papers, posters, oral reports or a portfolio of work. A 1 credit independent study course averages 3 hours of work per week over 15 weeks of the fall or spring semester, or 45 hours total per semester. Credits may vary from 1 to 6, or 3 (1 credit) to 18 (6 credits) hours of work per week. Please complete this Independent Study Form. Send the completed form to mschneider [at] vasci [dot] umass [dot] edu or bring the form to ISB 427Z.

Helpful Worksheets & Information

Paper Forms

Petition to Substitute a course for a Major Requirement

If you would like to substitute a course for a required course, please complete and submit this form. Your petition request will be reviewed and voted upon by the department Curriculum Committee.  Please include your email address on the Petition to Substitute a Required Course form.  Curriculum Committee decisions will be sent to the student at the email address provided on the Petition to Substitute a Required Course form.

PETITION to substitute an upper-level science elective for Animal Science 101

If you would like to substitute a upper-level science elective (i.e. class number greater than or equal to 300) course for Animal Science 101, please complete the form and return the completed form to ISB 427X.  This form will be reviewed by a member of the VASCI Curriculum Committee.

Contract for Independent Study

Most independent research will now be registered through a Biotechnology Research Class, please see the course descriptions above and use the Biotechnology Research Contract.

ANIMLSCI 296, 396, 496, or  596 courses may be taken under the direct supervision of a UMass faculty sponsor and may be used for literature or data review and analysis or other projects of that do not fit in the ’91 Biotechnology Research course structure. A letter grade and course title “Independent study” is listed on the student’s transcript. ANIMLSCI 596 is a graduate-level course; generally this level is used by upper level undergraduates but can be used by beginning graduate students. Products to be generated in the296, 396, 496, and 596 courses are determined by the sponsoring faculty and agreed to by the student. Examples of appropriate independent study outputs include: papers, posters, oral reports or a portfolio of work. A 1 credit independent study course averages 3 hours of work per week over 15 weeks of the fall or spring semester, or 45 hours total per semester. Credits may vary from 1 to 6, or 3 (1 credit) to 18 (6 credits) hours of work per week. Please complete this Independent Study Form. Send the completed form to mschneider [at] vasci [dot] umass [dot] edu or bring the form to ISB 427Z.

Contract for Practicum

Department Practicum (298/398/498) – Practica usually take place off-campus under the sponsorship of a faculty member for credit. Normally, a 3 credit practicum would consist of working about nine hours per week for the entire Spring or Fall semester (14 weeks). Departmental practica are limited to 3 credits per semester and are graded on a pass/fail basis. Register through

Summer Practicum (298) –   Summer practicums must be registered for through the Continuing and Professional Education Office. A summer practicum of 4 pass/fail credits and consists of working 8-10 weeks, 40 hours/week. Maximum of 15 credits allowed. The student submits a written report to the faculty sponsor. Most faculty sponsors require that a journal of activities be kept and that the final report integrates both the work and learning experiences into an overall evaluation.

 

VASCI, CNS and UMASS Scholarship Information

Scholarships and Awards for Pre-Veterinary Science and Animal Science Undergraduates

The Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences and the College of Natural Sciences offer a variety of scholarships and awards to recognize the hard work and academic success of our students, assist students with the expense of their education, and support student research and internships. The majority of these scholarships and awards are funded through the generosity of alumni and other members of the CNS community. We encourage all current Pre-Veterinary Science and Animal Science students to apply.

How to apply

The university has implemented AcademicWorks, an online application system for scholarships offered at UMass Amherst. Simply enroll in AcademicWorks, fill out both the UMass general application and the CNS application. The system will automatically submit your application to the scholarships and awards for which you are fully eligible and will inform you of other scholarships for which you would need to supply additional materials to apply.

Enroll in AcademicWorks

Go to the AcademicWorks webpage and sign in with your UMass Net ID and password.

  • Complete both the general application and the CNS application. The system will show if you are eligible for scholarships that require additional application materials.
  • Click on each scholarship link and upload any required supplementary materials (such as resumes or faculty recommendations).
  • Submit your application and check your dashboard to see the status of any pending and submitted applications.

Email acadworks [at] umass [dot] edu if you have any questions.

Veterinary and Animal Sciences Department Scholarships

Anthony Borton Equine Studies Scholarship
The Anthony Borton Equine Studies Scholarship, established in honor of the former professor and program director, provides stipends for undergraduate students in the Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences who have an interest in equine studies.  Award is based on need and merit.
     Award: Varies
     Deadline: 04/30/2019

Byron E. Colby Scholarship
The Byron E. Colby Scholarship, established in honor of the late professor, provides awards for animal science majors. The recipients will be chosen based on scholarship and need.
     Award: Varies
     Deadline: 04/30/2019

Equine Studies Program Endowment
The Equine Studies Program Endowment was established to support equine studies, primarily through graduate training, research, and outreach. The endowment provides graduate student stipends and funding for graduate and undergraduate research in equine-related studies. Students must be in the Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences.
     Award: Varies
     Deadline: 04/30/2019

Jay A. Pirog Scholarship (Veterinary and Animal Sciences)
The Jay A. Pirog Scholarship Fund was established in memory of Joseph Pirog by his mother and the proceeds of a fundraiser sponsored by WITT/WRNX radio after Jay was killed in an apartment fire. The scholarship supports one undergraduate major in the Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences with financial need and a GPA of 3.2 or higher.
     Award: Varies
     Deadline: 04/30/2019

R.C. Foley Scholarship
The R. C. Foley Scholarship, established by the bequest of the late Professor Foley, is awarded to a senior majoring in Veterinary and Animal Sciences who ranks academically in the top 20 percent of departmental seniors on the basis of three years work all taken at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and who has shown exceptional qualities of leadership and high character. The award is merit based.
     Award: Varies
     Deadline: 04/30/2019

V.A. Rice Scholarship
The V.A. Rice Scholarship was created in honor of Professor Rice at the time of his retirement from the university. The scholarship is awarded to worthy students majoring in animal science or pre-veterinary science in the Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences. The award is merit based.
     Award: Varies
     Deadline: 04/30/2019

William P. Brooks, William B. Drew and Shirley Upton-Drew Memorial Fund
The William P. Brooks, William B. Drew and Shirley Upton-Drew Memorial Fund was established in memory of alumni Brooks (class of 1875), Drew (class of 1930) and Upton-Drew (class of 1931). The Fund supports an annual scholarship for one or more undergraduate students in the Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences who have an interest in equine studies.
     Award: Varies
     Deadline: 04/30/2019

Richard E. and Isabelle M. Nilsson Scholarship
The Richard E. and Isabelle M. Nilsson Scholarship is awarded to one or more undergraduate students in the Veterinary and Animal Sciences Department or the Food Sciences Department. Selection of recipients will be based on financial need as determined by the Office of Financial Aid. Mr. Nilsson ’48AS, ’51, established the scholarship, and family and friends brought it to the endowment level after his death.
     Award: Varies
     Deadline: 04/30/2019

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