Upcoming Events


Ideal Classrooms: Considering the Impact of White Supremacy and Ableism

Feb 10, 2022 | 1:00pm - 2:30pm

Online with OPD and CIRTL!

White supremacy and ableist thinking have pervaded education for decades, from notions of individual work to an emphasis on writing and timed exams. When we envision our ideal classroom, what biases or assumptions do we bring? In this workshop, we’ll craft a vision of our ideal classroom and then use Tema Okun’s “white supremacy culture” to examine our racist and ableist assumptions, working to move our vision closer to an inclusive and accessible classroom that serves all our students. Co-hosted by OPD and CIRTL@UMass. 


Yes, Scholars are Using LinkedIn and You Should Too!

Feb 14, 2022 | 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Online with OPD!

Are you missing out on jobs and internships? Searching in the right place is important, and so is letting companies find you! Learn how to use Linkedin and Handshake to find opportunities and set up a profile that will establish your reputation online.


Images of Research Competition 2022

Feb 15, 2022

The University of Massachusetts Amherst Graduate School is proud to host its 3rd 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: an image contest! “Research” is defined broadly to include creative and scholarly work in all fields and the image (photograph, collage, illustration) can represent your work or its impact either concretely or abstractly. Prizes will be given in three categories! Submissions must be received by Tuesday, February 15 2022.


Emotional Labor in the Classroom

Feb 18, 2022 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Online with OPD!

Do you work hard to be kind and accessible to your students? Does supporting them throughout the semester leave you exhausted? In this workshop, we will acknowledge the hard interpersonal work and unintended (yet very real) consequences created by increased flexibility for students that make teaching so draining. You will learn strategies for navigating emotional labor in order to be better teachers – and simultaneously create a better teaching/life balance. 


Recent News

Dissertation Completion Fellowships

The Graduate School Awards 18 Dissertation Completion Fellowships

The Dissertation Completion Fellowship was designed by Dean of the Graduate School Jacqueline Urla to help students complete their dissertation after Covid-related disruptions.

UMass Grad School Oral Exams

Doctoral Oral Exams for January 24, 2022 – January 28, 2022

The Graduate Dean invites all graduate faculty to attend the final oral examinations for the doctoral candidates below. Contact the department for more information about exams conducted by Zoom. Exams are scheduled as follows:

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Spaulding-Smith Fellow is Recipient of an American Association of University Women Fellowship

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) has awarded a 2021-22 international fellowship to Civian Massa, a Spaulding-Smith Fellow pursuing her PhD in electrical and computer engineering. Recipients will pursue academic work and lead innovative community projects to empower women and girls. AAUW is one of the world’s oldest leading supporters of graduate women’s education

Sarah Deckel Receives NSF INTERN Award

Sarah Deckel Receives NSF INTERN Award

Sarah Deckel, a Ph.D. student in Environmental Conservation, was recently awarded funding from the National Science Foundation to support a six-month internship. Part of NSF’s INTERN program, the award is designed to provide non-academic research experience and training to graduate students. Deckel is the seventh UMass graduate student to receive an INTERN award.


Graduate School by the Numbers

  • 7100+ Students Enrolled
  • 48 Doctoral Programs
  • 78 Master's Programs

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.