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Professional Development Events

Professional Development Events

Dear grad students and postdocs,

Do you miss the awesome workshops from OPD? We miss seeing you on campus! 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 have some remote programming planned for spring semester; just look for “Online with OPD” to find our facilitated sessions.

In late spring, we will begin our routine cyclical events related to the fall grant and fellowship season and preparing for the academic job market, all in a new online format. We’re also developing new resources to help graduate students and postdocs foster a sense of community and develop good habits while working remotely. So keep checking 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 250 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. To get a sense of the kinds of events we offer, you can see a list of all our Fall 2019 events here.

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.