The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Professional Development Events

Professional Development Events

Dear grad students and postdocs,

Our mission is to position graduate students and postdocs for success at UMass and beyond and we are committed to this mission, even if we aren’t able to offer events in person. We offer resources to help graduate students and postdocs foster a sense of community and develop good habits while working remotely; just look for “Online with OPD” to find our facilitated sessions! We strive to create interactive sessions where participants feel encouraged to engage and ask questions. To support this and to protect the privacy of participants, we do not record our sessions - so be sure to join us live! Continually check our website and the eblast each week for upcoming OPD events and resources — we’re still here for you!

- Shana, Johanna, Heidi, Bryan, Millicent, and Kelin


OPD offers more than 300 events each year. Our extensive programming—created in collaboration with a far-reaching network of partners—prepares participants to thrive in academia, industry, government, and the non-profit sector. These free events are open to all UMass graduate students and postdocs.

Upcoming events are described below. Check back often, as events are continually added and updated! Please note that pre-registration will open approximately 2-3 weeks before an event.