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Top Five Productivity Tools that Helped Me Finish My Dissertation

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Feeling stuck on your dissertation? Join Dr. Kate Henry, Productivity Coach and UMass alumna, as she breaks down five tools and approaches that helped her to find motivation, keep up momentum, and complete her dissertation.

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Convincing Funders that Your Work Matters

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A critical component of any funding application is communicating the contribution that your work will make to academia and society. Using NSF’s Intellectual Merit and Broader Impacts as our guide, we will brainstorm strategies to communicate the significance of your work to diverse audiences in any type of funding proposal.

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Adopting a Growth Mindset

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Do you take failure hard? We all do, but the most successful scholars view failure as an opportunity. Learn how to grow from setbacks by adopting a growth mindset. While a fixed mindset tells us that we cannot improve, a growth mindset makes failure easier to bear and sets us up for success. 

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Identify and Overcome Your Productivity Pitfalls

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Progress is never linear and the best-laid writing plans often fall apart - but why? This workshop will help you identify the common productivity pitfalls (distraction, boundaries, overcommitting, multitasking, etc.) that might be your barrier to progress. Dr. Kate Henry, Productivity Coach and UMass alumna, will then offer approaches for avoiding these pitfalls in the future and for mitigating them when they occur. 

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Doctoral Oral Exams

Doctoral Oral Exams for December 12, 2022 – December 16, 2022

The Graduate Dean invites all graduate faculty to attend the final oral examinations for the doctoral candidates scheduled as follows:

Katrina Zarrella Smith

From the Lab to the Sea: The Work of Fisheries Scientists 

Fishing is a big part of life in the coastal towns of Massachusetts; even all the way out here in Amherst we see the benefits that being a coastal state has. Katrina Zarrella Smith, a PhD candidate in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, is researching why some species are in decline and how to better manage populations impacted by significant environmental change. 

3D Model System to mimic human tissue

The Power of Brain Mimicking

Becca Huber, a PhD candidate in Chemical Engineering, wants to make it easier to get accurate information about human health. Currently, most medical drugs are developed using 2D plastic models that are inexpensive but do not effectively mimic human tissue. Huber is working to create an alternative 3D model system that could adequately and inexpensively mimic human tissue. 

Doctoral Oral Exams

Doctoral Oral Exams for November 14, 2022 – November 18, 2022

The Graduate Dean invites all graduate faculty to attend the final oral examinations for the doctoral candidates scheduled as follows:

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Graduate School by the Numbers

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Brian Mullen applies positive pressure

With undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Brian has invented a vest that improves care for people with autism.