An important part of your scientific training is getting experience in your field. The Biology Undergraduate Apprenticeships (BUA) program provides equitable access to research and teaching assistant positions at UMass. Please apply for positions that interest or excite you, even if it seems you don't have the expertise (yet!). Professors know that you are here to learn, and are excited to train folks interested in the same things they are. These experiences are important foundations for your future career, and the opportunity to get involved is one thing that makes UMass a great place to be an undergrad.

To apply for projects, log into BUA using your UMass email, set up your profile and respond to the prompts for up to 3 positions.  Starting this year you can "opt in" to be considered for projects in addition to the 3 you applied for.

*** This past summer we have updated the system and added new features to expand the scope of the program for the recruitment of teaching assistants, simplify the application process, enable pronoun usage, and to evaluate the success of the program in eliminating structural racism and creating equitable access to research and teaching opportunities. ***

Timeline for BUA Spring Semester Recruitment

For Research Mentors

  • Monday, November 22 at 8:00am - First day to post projects
  • Monday, December 6 at 11:59pm - Last day to post projects
  • Saturday, January 15 at 12:01pm - First day to accept applications
  • Thursday, January 27 at 11:59pm - Last day to accept applications

For Students

  • Tuesday, December 7 at 12:01pm - First day to apply for projects
  • Friday, January 14 at 11:59pm - Last day to apply for projects

Recent Blog Posts

Without BUA I would not have had the opportunity to be a part of research and go to graduate school

Hi everyone! My name is Andrea and I’m a 5th year Masters student and recent graduate here at UMass. As an undergraduate, I wanted to be involved in on-campus research working with microbes, but I was unsure how to get my foot in the door. I knew getting involved in research required networking and strong connections with professors. However, I felt the task daunting, as all my professors were running lectures with more than 300 other students.