Upcoming Events

Dec - Jan

Images of Research Competition

Dec 3, 2020 - Jan 3, 2021

The University of Massachusetts Amherst Graduate School is proud to host its 1st annual Images of Research Competition! In academia, the act of research often goes unseen. This competition seeks to make graduate student and postdoc research visible in a literal sense: a photography / image contest! “Research” is defined broadly to include creative and scholarly work in all fields and the image can represent your work or its impact either concretely or abstractly. A “People’s Choice” award valued at $250 will be given to the photo with the most likes on OPD's Instagram and will be announced at the 3MT Campus Final on February 28, 2020. Submissions must be received by Monday, February 3, 2020.


Winter Dissertation Writing Group

Dec 7, 2020

Online with OPD!

Working on your dissertation, but feeling isolated at home? Open to graduate students who are at the dissertation-writing stage, this two-week intensive (January 11th - January 22nd) offers both synchronous and asynchronous opportunities to participate in a focused community of writers in order to build support and accountability. 


Grant Series Part I: Funding Search Strategies (that you can use from home!)

Dec 8, 2020 | 11:00am - 12:00pm

Online with OPD!

Need external funding to support your research? Get started by learning about basic tools available to UMass graduate students and postdocs to help find grants and fellowships, all of which you can access remotely. We’ll also discuss tips to manage your funding search. 


How to Write a (Better) Cover Letter

Dec 10, 2020 | 10:30am - 12:00pm

Online with OPD!

In an oversaturated job market, demonstrating “fit" is critical - and the cover letter is the best place to make the persuasive argument that you are right for this job! We’ll discuss common cover letter mistakes and discover some foolproof ways to write a cover letter that will make employers take notice. This workshop will be helpful whether you are writing your first or fiftieth cover letter! (Please note that this workshop does not discuss cover letters for faculty jobs.) 


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