2020 Commitment to Diversity Award Winners

The faculty winners of the Commitment to Diversity Award are Nathaniel Whitaker, Professor & Chair of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics and Stephanie Shonekan, Professor & Chair of the W.E.B Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies.

The student winner of the Commitment to Diversity Award is Patricia (Tita) Feraud-King, PhD Student in Higher Education.

Kelly Giles Presented With Distinguished Teaching Award


By providing exemplary classroom instruction Kelly Giles has been picked as one of the Distinguished Teaching Award recipients. Chosen from representatives of every department on campus, Kelly has been widely praised by the students and alumni for their ability to communicate, motivate, and inspire.

2020 Distinguished Graduate Mentor Award Winners Announced


The 2020 Distinguished Graduate Mentor Award winners are John Higginson from the Department of History, Asha Nadkarni from the English Department, and Paige Warren of the Environmental Conservation Department.

Mentoring is a crucial skill for any faculty member who works with graduate students. Excellent mentors both provide effective instruction inside the classroom and enrich their students’ lives in the larger world. They spend countless hours inspiring, advising, nurturing, and challenging students, ensuring their intellectual and professional development. Beyond that, they often help students balance the parallel needs of academic accomplishment and personal fulfillment. Three outstanding faculty mentors are being recognized today.

Andrea Wilson Honored With Distinguished Teaching Award

Andrea Wilson

By providing exemplary classroom instruction Andrea Wilson has been picked as one of the Distinguished Teaching Award recipients. Chosen from representatives of every department on campus, Andrea has been widely praised by the students and alumni for their ability to communicate, motivate, and inspire.

Regina Bortone de Sa Wins The Distinguished Graduate Staff Award

Regina Bortone de Sa

This award recognizes the indispensable role staff members play in supporting the university’s graduate teaching mission. Staff members are essential to the smooth operation of every graduate program across campus.

Yolanda Wiggins Named 2020 Commencement Student Speaker Contest Winner

Yolanda Wiggins

For the second year in a row the Graduate School received dozens of competition entries and each one reflected the diversity and excellence of the university’s graduate student population. We would like to thank the selection committee and each of the students who entered and look forward to seeing the growth in entries over the coming years.

Mariamar Guitierrez Ramirez Wins the Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship

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Mariamar Gutiérrez Ramirez was awarded a one-year stipend of $25,000, an invitation to attend the yearly Conference of Ford Fellows, and mentoring from a vast network of Ford Foundation alums.

Anatomy of a Leader speaker series inspires future biotech leaders

Edie Stringfellow event

Edie Stringfellow, Director of Diversity & Inclusion at MassBio, motivates UMass graduate students to become skillful and inclusive industry leaders.

UMass champion ready for National 3 Minute Thesis Competition

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Karl Lyn, the 2019 UMass champion and Northeast Regional champion of the 3 Minute Thesis Competition, is preparing for the national competition in Nashville in just a few weeks.

Graduate Students of Color Mixer Kicks off the Year

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GSCA Mixer is a success!

Real Fellow Profile: Claudia Wilson


REAL fellow, Claudia Wilson, talks about mentorship, teaching, and poetry.

Graduate Students Gain New Skills through Business Foundations Series

Participants in the Business Foundation Series

50 STEM graduate students and postdoctoral researchers recently completed an innovative Graduate School program designed to supplement scientific and technical expertise with fundamental business skills.