Upcoming Events


Managing Procrastination

Oct 19, 2021 | 10:00am - 11:00am

Online with OPD!

Even with our best intentions, we often put off doing the things we need to do. Why does this happen and what can we do about it? Come learn about the science of procrastination and concrete strategies to move past procrastination into productivity. 


How the Writing Center Can Help Your Students and You!

Oct 22, 2021 | 11:15am - 12:15pm

538 Goodell

Do you have students who struggle with writing assignments? The UMass Writing Center can be a great resource for them! In this workshop, the Writing Center Assistant Directors (and fellow grad students) will introduce you to the Writing Center's philosophies and what to expect in a session, as well as how you might encourage your students to make an appointment. Additionally, you will learn how the Writing Center can support you in making your writing instruction as straightforward and productive as possible. Part of the Teaching Academy!


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!


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

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.”

Another UMass Graduate Student awarded NSF funding for Cutting Edge Internship

Brooke Burrows, a PhD student in in the Psychology of Peace and Violence program in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, 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.


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.