Upcoming Events


Monthly REAL & Spaulding-Smith Fellows Luncheon

Oct 25, 2021 | 11:30am - 1:00pm

A major goal of the Office of Inclusion and Engagement (OIE) is to help underrepresented minority (URM) students build a supportive community here at UMass through regular professional and personal development opportunities. 

Our monthly REAL and Spaulding-Smith Fellows Luncheons are designed to accomplish both.

We're excited to see you on Monday, October 25, in the Goodell Lounge, from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM.

Please RSVP here by Tuesday, October 19.

Stop by, grab some food, and enjoy your remarkable community!

Please direct any REAL and Spaulding-Smith Fellows and Office of Inclusion and Engagement questions to oie@umass.edu. We look forward to seeing you!


Bringing Your Students’ Lives into the Classroom

Oct 28, 2021 | 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Online with OPD!

A major tenet of an inclusive classroom is acknowledging that your students are whole people with rich experiences and knowledge and then actually bringing their diverse experiences and knowledge into the classroom. The connections that students make between your class and important aspects of their lives actually help them learn course content better. In this workshop with UMass grad student Hazel Gedikli, you will learn more about how to incorporate students’ personal contexts into teaching and you will have time to begin redesigning a class activity or assignment in order to better integrate students' personal contexts. Part of the Teaching Academy!


Call for Applications: Winter 2020 Dissertation Writing Retreat (January 10-14)

Nov 15, 2021

Make progress on your dissertation over winter break! Open to graduate students who are at the dissertation-writing stage, this in-person retreat offers extensive structured time to write and develop effective writing strategies. Throughout the retreat, graduate student writers will have sustained writing time; participate in a community of writers in order to build support and accountability; and experiment with best-practice writing skills for things like drafting, goal setting, and time management. Completed applications must be received by the end of the day on Monday, November 15, 2021.


Recent News

UMass Grad School Oral Exams

Doctoral Oral Exams for October 25, 2021 – October 29, 2021

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:

Supporting Graduate Student Mental Health and Well-being

UMass Amherst Graduate School Endorses Statement of Principles & Commitments to Support Graduate Student Mental Health & Well-being

The findings and recommendations summarized in Supporting Graduate Student Mental Health and Well-being are intended to provide a starting point for discussion and action for all campus groups with a vested interest in the quality of graduate education


Eric Ostrander Wins NSDEG Fellowship

Eric Ostrander, a PhD student in Chemistry, has been selected as one of only 159 recipients of the 2021 National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship. With an average success rate of 7%, these highly competitive fellowships are designed to support graduate students working in science and engineering disciplines relevant to the Department of Defense.  

NSF Funding Recipients

Four Students Awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Four current graduate students were awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship to support their graduate studies at UMass Amherst. The Fellowship provides a $34,000 stipend for three years, along with a $12,000 cost of education allowance to the institution.

According to NSF, the Graduate Research Fellowship is the oldest graduate fellowship of its kind and the program “has a long history of selecting recipients who achieve high levels of success in their future academic and professional careers. The reputation of the GRFP follows recipients and often helps them become life-long leaders that contribute significantly to both scientific innovation and teaching.”


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.