Upcoming Events


Dissertation Writing Groups (Summer 2021)

May 11, 2021

Online with OPD!

Working on your dissertation, but feeling isolated at home? Open to graduate students who are at the dissertation-writing stage, this two-week intensive offers both synchronous and asynchronous opportunities to participate in a focused community of writers in order to build support and accountability. Apply by May 11th!


Developing Your Elevator Pitch

May 11, 2021 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Online with OPD!

Whether your goal is to communicate the relevance of your work, recruit a potential collaborator, or impress a prospective employer, success hinges on your ability to articulate what you are doing and why it is worth doing. In this first session, participants will learn about elevator pitch structure and draft a baseline elevator pitch. Participants are strongly encouraged to return for next week’s practice session. 


Developing Grant and Fellowship Resiliency

May 20, 2021 | 10:00am - 10:45am

Online with OPD!

The effort required to apply for grants or fellowships can be exhausting, especially when you don’t get the results you were hoping for. The key to getting funding is persistence, but how do you learn from rejection and keep going? At this session graduate student Mélise Edwards will share her story of regrouping and moving forward after a round of funding rejections, leading to her being awarded a prestigious Ford Foundation Fellowship. We will also discuss how grant and fellowship writing fits into your overall professional development and the skills you gain from applying, regardless of the outcome.


Summer 2021 Reading Intensive

May 25, 2021

Online with OPD!

In courses, we get used to reading with others, perhaps even dependent on these social structures to get our reading done. The transition to independent research (for an independent study, comprehensive exams, an article, the thesis/dissertation, or even just familiarizing yourself with a new field) can be a tough one to make. The Reading Intensive will focus on reading skills that support your research, writing, and deadlines. Over the course of the week, OPD will offer both synchronous and asynchronous opportunities to participate in a focused community of academic readers in order to build support and accountability. Apply by May 25!


Recent News

The Graduate School

Graduate Commencement Award Winners Announced

Every year the Graduate School receives inspiring nominations for our commencement awards. The award winner selection committees always have a tough decision when picking their winners. With almost one hundred nominations over the various awards, this year is no different.

Adam Netzer Zimmer

Adam Netzer Zimmer Wins Graduate School's Three Minute Thesis Competition

Adam Netzer Zimmer, Ph.D. candidate in anthropology, has been named the winner of the 2021 Three Minute Thesis competition. 

Three Minute Thesis

Graduate School to Host Virtual Three Minute Thesis Final

Ten graduate students will distill their doctoral or master’s research into compelling three-minute oral presentations as they contend for $2,500 in prize money during the concluding stages of the university’s fifth annual Three-Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition. 

A Catalyst for Student Success

2021 Photo Tribute

To honor the Graduate Class of 2021, the Graduate School will continue the tradition of a photo tribute to degree recipients. To make the tribute as meaningful as possible, the Graduate School needs your help!


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.