Upcoming Events

Dec - Feb

Images of Research Competition 2021

Dec 9, 2020 - Feb 9, 2021

The University of Massachusetts Amherst Graduate School is proud to host its 2nd 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 (photo, 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 9, 2021.


The Semester Strategic Plan

Jan 26, 2021 | 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Online with OPD!

Getting your semester off to a strong start requires knowing where you want to go and how you plan on getting there. This interactive clinic will provide strategies to plan your research/writing work and give you time to make those plans. Gather your planners, calendars, syllabi, schedules of family members, email—anything you need to make a map of the semester. 


3MT Info Session

Feb 2, 2021 | 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Online with OPD!

In spring 2021, UMass will host its annual Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition. This popular event challenges graduate students to communicate the significance of their research to a general audience, all in three minutes or less, with generous prize money available! The 2021 3MT will be entirely virtual; the Info Session will outline competition rules, offer strategies to prepare your presentation, and outline video submission instructions.


Teaching Distracted Minds

Mar 4, 2021 | 1:00pm - 2:15pm

Online with OPD!

Our concerns about distracted students have intensified as we have shifted online. Indeed, this session with Dr. James Lang (author of Distracted: Why Students Can’t Focus and What You Can Do About It) draws upon scholarship from history, neuroscience, and education in order to argue that distractions are endemic to the human condition, and can’t be walled out of the physical classroom or online course. The solution? We should focus on creating educational experiences that cultivate and sustain attention. Faculty, postdocs, and graduate student participants will learn about a variety of ways to develop such experiences for their students. Co-sponsored by the Center for Teaching & Learning, the Graduate School’s Office of Professional Development, and the Provost’s Office.


Recent News


2021 Graduate Staff Award: Call for Nominations

Does your graduate program have an outstanding staff member? Nominate them for the 2021 Distinguished Graduate Staff Award by March 12, 5:00pm!


2021 Commitment to Diversity Awards: Call for Nominations

The Graduate School announces the call for nominations for the Commitment to Diversity--Student and Faculty Awards. Nominations are due on Monday, March 12, 2021.

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