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The University of Massachusetts Amherst

New England Science Boot Camp 2017

Main website for information about the 2017 New England Science Boot Camp.

Wireless Access

Wi-Fi access will be available throughout campus with a login provided by conference services. Username and password information will be in your Boot Camp packet.

You should also be able connect via Eduroam if your home institution uses it.

What to Bring

Things to bring:

  • shampoo, conditioner, SOAP (including hand soap), shower items
  • flip flops (for showers)
  • washcloth
  • pillow (if you have a favorite one)
  • power strip
  • alarm clock
  • musical instruments (if you play)
  • snacks and drinks
  • walking shoes
  • rain gear
  • clothes hangers
  • reading lamp
  • umbrella
  • fan
  • chargers (phone, tablet, laptop, mp3 player, etc.)
  • extra blanket (dorm temperatures can be unpredictable)
  • sweater or sweatshirt (library temperature can be unpredictable, too)
  • mattress pad (mattresses in dorms are often slick and it can be a challenge getting a flat sheet to stay on!)

Will be supplied:

  • 2 sheets & pillowcase
  • blanket
  • pillow
  • two towels

Nearby Hotels

Lodging in the dorms for Wednesday & Thursday nights is included with registration. If you prefer other accommodations, here are some recommendations nearby. (NOTE: We do have a hotel on campus, but Hotel UMass does not have rooms available on Thursday night.)

Directions & Maps

If you need a street address for your GPS, the Science & Engineering Library address is:

740 North Pleasant Street

Amherst, MA  01003


All of the Science Boot Camp sessions will take place in the Science & Engineering Library, which is located in the Lederle Graduate Research Center Lowrise. The Lederle Lowrise is the 3-story building by the road, attached to the 16-story Lederle Tower.

  • From either the dorms or the parking lot, walk South down North Pleasant Street to Arnold House, where there is a crosswalk.
  • Enter the building using the doors at the end of the crosswalk, then the stairs you see as you enter the building to the entrance to the Science & Engineering Library on the 2nd floor.
  • If you need to use an elevator to access the Science & Engineering Library, the nearest elevator is near the center of the building (to your right if you enter as directed above). You can also call the main Science & Engineering Library service desk at 413-545-1370 and someone will come down to help. 

Boot Camp check-in will be at the Science & Engineering Library starting at 8:30 am on Wednesday.

Dorm & Parking Info


We will be staying in the North Residential Area (C2 on the campus map), in North D. This residential area is made up of air-conditioned apartment suites, which include 4 single bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, and a shared living room/kitchen area. (Kitchen has stove, microwave, and full-sized refrigerator.)

Google Maps will find the correct location if you use North Apartments D, Amherst, MA

You will be checking in at North D. The desk will be staffed 24 hours.


Campers staying in the dorms can park in Lot 44(C1/D1 on the campus map), located behind the dorms. You will need to tell them at check-in if you have a car so that they can give you a pass to place on your dashboard. 

Commuters and single-day attendees will be parking in Lot 27 (C2 on the campus map). Your parking pass will be emailed to you prior to Boot Camp. (For Google Maps, use the location Lot 27, Amherst, MA.)

Accessible parking is available if you have handicapped license plates or a hangtag. Email Ellen if you need details.


All our meals except for Thursday's Buffet Dinner will be in the Franklin Dining Commons (D4 on the campus map). Our Buffet Dinner will be held in the Amherst Room on the 10th Floor of the Campus Center (C3 on the campus map).



You will have the opportunity to get in a lot of walking, since it is about half a mile from the Science & Engineering Library to Franklin Dining Commons.

However, if you would like to use the Recreation Center at UMass Amherst (B4 on the campus map), day passes should be available for $3.00 per day from the Conference Services staff in the dorm office.

Planes, Trains & Buses

If you don't plan to drive to Amherst, there are a variety of transportation options: