Upcoming Events


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.


Difficult Discussions and Gendered Communication in the Workplace

Mar 8, 2021 | 4:00pm - 5:30pm

Online with OPD and BTP!

It’s not uncommon for conflicts (small and large) to arise in our daily lives, and many require proactive discussion for successful resolution. In this session, Dr. Joanne Kamens, Executive Director of Addgene, will talk about common communication barriers, constructive strategies for conflict resolution, and tips for effectively communicating "bad news". Co-sponsored with the Biotechnology Training Program (BTP). 


3MT Final Round Virtual Competition

Mar 18, 2021 | 4:00pm - 5:30pm

Online with the Graduate School!

The University of Massachusetts Amherst Graduate School is proud to host its 5th annual Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition! These popular events have become a global phenomenon and offer graduate students the opportunity to communicate the significance of their research to a general audience, all in three minutes or less. Our campus 3MT Final will feature engaging presentations from UMass graduate students who advanced from the preliminary rounds; the winner of the Final will receive $1,000, with the runner-up and People’s Choice winner each receiving $500. Come and cast your vote for your favorite speaker! Winners will be announced live at this virtual event. This event will also showcase finalists from the Images of Research contest. Co-sponsored by the Amherst Jones Library. Zoom link will be posted here approximately one week prior to the event. 


Mental Health and Resiliency During a Crisis

Apr 12, 2021 | 4:00pm - 5:30pm

Online with OPD and BTP!

The COVID-19 pandemic has turned our world upside down, and racial injustice and political divides have further shaken us. Crises like these exacerbate underlying mental health conditions, instigate new ones and make it hard to focus. We feel lost without our routine schedules, and we feel like failures as we struggle to meet our typical levels of output. But there is hope - we can work individually and together to build resilience and take care of our mental health while pursuing our personal and professional goals. Join Dr. Brittany Uhlorn from PhD Balance to kick off this well-being week with a discussion on supporting your mental health during these trying times. Co-sponsored with the Biotechnology Training Program (BTP).


Recent News

Return to Research Grants

Return to Research Grants

“The Graduate School understands that the pandemic has presented exceptional challenges and delays to many of our graduate students,” says Jacqueline Urla, Dean of the Graduate School. “I'm pleased to announce this special ‘Return to Research’ fund to help our students get back on track with their goals for meaningful and innovative research."



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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