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Launch! No Cost First-year College Specific Programs

Some colleges are offering specific Launch! Seminar classes that are tailored to your college and led by highly coveted faculty. These specific Launch! Seminar courses are free of charge.

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College Specific Programs

College of Fine Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Manning School of Business
Zuckerberg College of Health Sciences
College of Education
Kennedy College of Sciences (KCS)
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College of Fine Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (FAHSS) 

We have designed a unique experience for you to engage as a new student at UMass Lowell. In the Launch! Program, you’ll learn about the unique range of research and learning opportunities in the college.

This opportunity is provided at no cost to you. The FAHSS Launch Program consists of the UML Launch! Seminar course on Monday and Wednesday afternoons from 1:30-2:45 p.m. and Summer Success workshops on Thursdays. On Mondays, you will get to participate in a master class with some of the college’s most exciting faculty, who will talk about the kinds of projects you may do someday. On Wednesdays, you’ll participate in small-group weekly seminar to get you connected with other students, faculty, and alumni, and to help prepare you for your first semester in college and beyond.

Race, identity, and systems of power will be discussed in all the Master Classes and Seminars. We’ll help get you ready to succeed in college and to change the world.

WeekTopic
Week 1Library of New England Immigration
Setting the Stage & Meeting Where You Are
Week 2Why Do Innocent People Plead Guilty? 
Facing Your Fears 
What Are Your Biggest Concerns?
Week 3Biosecurity & False Information in the Age of Coronavirus 
Current Student Panel: Their Advice & Your Questions
Week 4The Weird World of the Lowell Mill Girls 
How to be Successful in a Digital Environment
Week 5The Politics of Drug Violence in Latin America 
What Does UML Mean to Me? Alumni Panel Discussion
Week 6Making Life & Death Decisions with Coronavirus 
Preparing for Fall – Launching Your College Career

At the same time on Thursday afternoons, there will be academic success workshops that will help you be successful in your first semester of college and throughout your career. Attendance in all UML Launch! Seminar class sessions and Thursday success workshops will waive your 1-credit first-year seminar course, resulting in free elective options that can be used towards a minor or additional major. Sign up and participate in the FAHSS option.

Manning School of Business

This opportunity is provided at no cost. You will participate in a UML Launch! Seminar on Monday and Wednesday afternoons from 1:30-2:45 p.m. The Launch Virtual GE2 seminar is designed to offer in-coming UML freshmen with an intensive introduction to entrepreneurship and innovation. It is modeled after our award-winning Global Entrepreneurship Exchange (GE2) program. The course consists of twelves virtual modules aimed at developing students’ essential business skills such as creative problem-solving, identifying customers, pitching business ideas, starting a business venture, and collaborating within a team. Each module will be 75 minutes long. Instead of lecturing, an approach of “tell me, what did you learn” will be used to create an interactive learning experience with a focus of “Be Curious, Be Creative, Be Innovative."

WeekTopic
Week 1Be an Entrepreneur & Let’s Create a Mini-Venture
Week 2What is Wrong with this Item? & Ideation
Week 3Customer Discovery – The Art of Interviewing 
Week 4Understanding and Translating Customer Needs/Wants
Week 5Is this a Viable Product? & Building a Business Model Canvas
Week 6Building a Business Model Canvas & Mini-Venture Poster and Pitch


At the same time on Thursday afternoons, there will be academic success workshops that will help you be successful in your first semester of college and throughout your career. Attendance in all UML Launch! seminar sessions and Thursday success workshops will give you to complete The Freshmen Difference Maker (ENTR.1000) 1 credit course at no additional cost. Sign up and participate in the Manning School of Business option.

Zuckerberg College of Health Sciences (ZCHS)

This opportunity is provided at no cost. You will participate in a UML Launch! Seminar course on Monday and Wednesday afternoons from 1:30-2:45 p.m. that will cover the following topics:

WeekTopic
Week 1Nutrition and Health: One Depends on the Other!
Week 2Breaking the Ice with Your Faculty: Professors are People, too!
Week 3The Brilliance of the Community in Addressing Public Health Issues
Week 4It All Stars with Anatomy and Physiology!
Week 5Health Sciences is a Team Sport!
Week 6Fast Forward: Recent ZCHS Alumni Share their Wisdom

At the same time on Thursday afternoons, there will be academic success workshops that will help you be successful in your first semester of college and throughout your career. Sign up and participate in the ZCHS option.

College of Education (COE)

This opportunity is provided at no cost. You will participate in a UML Launch! Seminar course on Monday and Wednesday afternoons from 1:30-2:45 p.m. that will cover the following topics:

WeekTopic
Week 1What's a Bug got to do with being a Learner/Teacher? Let's Communicate and Get to Know Each Other!
Become a Better Learner to Become a Better Teacher
Week 2#MathArtChallenge - Math and Art Together - Tapping Into your Learners' Creative Side to Motivate your Learners
Becoming a Social Justice-oriented Teacher to Support the Success of All Learners
Week 3Student Drive Topics: Re-visiting Your Questions
What is The Science of Happiness? Learn How to Use the Lens of Positive Psychology to Help you Become a Resilient Teacher
Week 4Working with Diverse Student and Communities - A Conversation with a Principal, Teachers, and Faculty
What Do I Do When Students Don't Listen To Me?
Week 5Nurturing Your Teacher Self: Becoming A Reflective Teacher
Who Talks About Numbers? Developing Your Students' Mathematical Intuitions
Week 6Tips and Strategies for Building an Inclusive Classroom Environment
A Transition Smoother: A Conversation with Current Education Students and Alumni

At the same time on Thursday afternoons, there will be academic success workshops that will help you be successful in your first semester of college and throughout your career. Sign up and participate in the COE option.

Kennedy College of Sciences (KCS)

This opportunity is provided at no cost. You will participate in a UML Launch! Seminar course on Monday afternoons from 1:30-2:45 p.m. that will cover the following topics:

WeekTopic
Week 1Let’s stick together: The Role of Molecular Interactions in COVID-19
Week 2A Virtual Tour through Geologic Time in Zion, Bryce, and the Grand Canyon National Parks
Week 3Packing Problems in One, Two, and Three Dimensions
Week 4Algorithms for Search-and-Rescue Robots
Week 5Chemical Sensors for Illicit Drugs
Week 6SPACE HUAC: A Small Satellite Designed an Built by UMass Lowell Undergraduates

At the same time on Thursday afternoons, there will be academic success workshops that will help you be successful in your first semester of college and throughout your career. Attendance in all UML Launch! Seminar class sessions and Thursday success workshops will waive your 1-credit first-year seminar course, resulting in free elective options that can be used towards a minor or additional major. Sign up and participate in the KCS option.