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The Graduate School Commencement Page is up and running. See videos from Dean Barbara Krauthamer, Chancellor Subbaswamy,...
05/08/2020
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The Graduate School Commencement Page is up and running. See videos from Dean Barbara Krauthamer, Chancellor Subbaswamy, Student Speaker Yolanda Wiggins and the Graduate School Staff!

Online support for submitting your thesis or dissertation to ScholarWorks is available from 2 to 3 pm each weekday from March 20 through May 7, 2020.

Who's tuning in to ?uestlove's virtual performance tonight at 8 pm? #UMasstogether
05/07/2020

Who's tuning in to ?uestlove's virtual performance tonight at 8 pm? #UMasstogether

Graduate School website has been updated with Commencement 2020 information. Continue to follow the website for more ann...
04/29/2020
Commencement 2020 | Graduate School

Graduate School website has been updated with Commencement 2020 information. Continue to follow the website for more announcements as they come in!

Graduate School Commencement To our Master’s and doctoral degree recipients in the class of 2020, Sadly, we are unable to gather in person to celebrate the graduate class of 2020 but we do have plans to celebrate you on our website! The Graduate School’s 2020 commencement program will be availab...

How are you feeling about the transition to remote learning?
03/27/2020
Remote Learning Launched; On-Campus Operations Drastically Reduced

How are you feeling about the transition to remote learning?

UMass Amherst embarked this week on a complete transition to remote learning for the balance of the spring semester, as faculty and staff quickly adapted the curriculum and organized a dedicated suite of resources for online learning in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

While most of our students will finish their semester away from campus, we understand some have personal circumstances r...
03/19/2020
Update from UMass Amherst Residential Life | UMass Amherst Response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

While most of our students will finish their semester away from campus, we understand some have personal circumstances requiring them to remain. Today is the final day to request permission to stay. View the application and criteria outlined by Living At UMass Amherst below.

As previously announced, the university has suspended in-person instruction and students are asked to stay away from campus for the remainder of the spring semester.

Commencement Announcement
03/17/2020

Commencement Announcement

It is with a heavy heart that we announce, because of the ongoing prohibition of large gatherings and our own efforts to mitigate the spread of coronavirus/COVID-19, our 2020 Commencement, which was scheduled for Friday, May 8th, and all commencement weekend activities, will be postponed.

We realize what an important moment this day is for our students, their families, and the entire UMass community. Unfortunately, at this point, we do not have a definitive answer for how and when we will honor our graduates, but we can assure you that we will.

At this moment, we're asking for input from our students for whom this day means so much. Those wishing to share ideas can email them to [email protected]. As our plans take shape, we will keep the campus updated.

Once again, we thank you, our community, for pulling together to confront the unprecedented challenge we are facing.

More information: https://bit.ly/33BDlkd

Continue to check the website for updates regarding Covid-19 and UMass's response.
03/17/2020

Continue to check the website for updates regarding Covid-19 and UMass's response.

We continue to thank everyone for their patience as we navigate through UMass Amherst's response to COVID-19. Please note the following updates:

➡️ RESIDENTIAL LIFE
▪️We are building out the logistics for how our residential student population can return to collect belongings in a way that enables social distancing and ensures the well-being of everyone involved. In the meantime, please do not come to campus and attempt to move out of your room. More information: https://bit.ly/2WkAv1o

➡️ LIBRARY
▪️Libraries will remain closed until further notice. Libraries staff will continue to work remotely to support teaching, learning and research. More info on available remote resources: https://bit.ly/2IOUw8k

➡️ VISITING CAMPUS
▪️Undergraduate Admissions has canceled the Destination Day for Admitted Students scheduled for March 22, and is also suspending campus tours now through April 3. We'll reassess the situation on 4/3 and resume events if the situation allows. More information: https://bit.ly/39Ym46Q

➡️ EVENTS
▪️Per Gov. Baker's announcement, public gatherings in the state are limited to a maximum of 25 people. All gatherings with more than 25 participants scheduled to be held on campus must be held virtually, postponed or canceled. More information: https://bit.ly/39YlCpa
▪️The remainder of Fine Arts Center events are canceled and visual arts spaces are closed through the end of the spring semester. More information: https://bit.ly/2x68fEP

➡️ DISABILITY SERVICES
▪️We have ongoing updates on disability services and continuity of accommodations. More information: https://bit.ly/39VXO5s

➡️ TRANSIT
▪️Effective Monday, March 23, some PVTA bus schedules will be running reduced service, remaining in effect until further notice. More information: https://bit.ly/3d2BatX

We will continue to provide updates as the situation evolves — Thank you!

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Student and faculty nominations for the 2020 Commitment to Diversity Awards are now due on March 16th...
03/13/2020
Graduate Diversity & Inclusion Awards | Graduate School

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Student and faculty nominations for the 2020 Commitment to Diversity Awards are now due on March 16th, by 5 PM.

There's still time to nominate that person you've had in mind! Details can be found here: https://www.umass.edu/…/inclusion/graduate-diversity-inclus…

Graduate Diversity & Inclusion Awards Each year, the Graduate School selects two members of the university community to receive a Commitment to Diversity Award. This award recognizes one graduate student and one faculty member for their outstanding contributions to diversity and inclusion in graduat...

03/04/2020

Check out the Graduate School's 2020 Three Minute Thesis winner Kira Tait, a PhD candidate in Political Science. #UMassAmherst3MT

And the 3MT winner is...Kira Tait, PhD candidate in Political Science! Kira (center) was named the 2020 Three Minute The...
03/02/2020

And the 3MT winner is...Kira Tait, PhD candidate in Political Science! Kira (center) was named the 2020 Three Minute Thesis winner by the judges and received the People's Choice Award, voted on by the audience. Jarrel De Matas (left), PhD student in English, and Jennifer Ryan (right), master's student in Environmental Conservation, tied for the 3MT Runner Up. Thanks to all ten finalists who shared their amazing research with our audience! #UMassAmherst3MT
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It's here! Join us today for the 3MT Campus Final and hear Kira Tait, PhD student in Political Science, talk about her r...
02/28/2020

It's here! Join us today for the 3MT Campus Final and hear Kira Tait, PhD student in Political Science, talk about her research on human rights in South Africa. Old Chapel, 1-2:30pm. Audience members have the chance to vote for the People's Choice recipient--winners are announced live at a reception. #UMassAmherst3MT
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Like science fiction? 3MT Finalist Jarrel De Matas, PhD student in English, will get you thinking about it in a whole ne...
02/27/2020

Like science fiction? 3MT Finalist Jarrel De Matas, PhD student in English, will get you thinking about it in a whole new way. Join us for the 3MT Final TOMORROW, 1-2:30pm, Old Chapel. #UMassAmherst3MT
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Another 3MT Finalist! Dipika Nandi, PhD student in Veterinary and Animal Sciences, will share her research at the 3MT Ca...
02/27/2020

Another 3MT Finalist! Dipika Nandi, PhD student in Veterinary and Animal Sciences, will share her research at the 3MT Campus Final on Friday, February 28, 1-2:30pm in the Old Chapel. #UMassAmherst3MT
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PhD student in Afro-Am and 3MT finalist Olivia Ekeh will give you a new appreciation for soul music. Hear her and the ot...
02/27/2020

PhD student in Afro-Am and 3MT finalist Olivia Ekeh will give you a new appreciation for soul music. Hear her and the other nine 3MT finalists on Friday, February 28, 1-2:30pm in the Old Chapel. #UMassAmherst3MT
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What's the most imperiled species in the Northeast? 3MT finalist Jennifer Ryan, a graduate student in Environmental Cons...
02/26/2020

What's the most imperiled species in the Northeast? 3MT finalist Jennifer Ryan, a graduate student in Environmental Conservation, will tell you Friday! Join us Friday, February 28, 1-2:30pm in the Old Chapel. #UMassAmherst3MT
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What happens when a chemist uses a few physics tweaks in his research? PhD student and 3MT Finalist Arash Manafirad will...
02/26/2020

What happens when a chemist uses a few physics tweaks in his research? PhD student and 3MT Finalist Arash Manafirad will tell us at the 3MT Campus Final! Join us in the Old Chapel on Friday, February 28, 1-2:30pm. #UMassAmherst3MT
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Another 3MT Finalist! Kelin Loe, PhD student in English, will share her research at the Three Minute Thesis final on Fri...
02/25/2020

Another 3MT Finalist! Kelin Loe, PhD student in English, will share her research at the Three Minute Thesis final on Friday, Feb. 28th, 1-2:30pm in the Old Chapel. #UMassAmherst3MT
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Worried about brain eating fungus? Mrinalini Ghosal, PhD student in Microbiology, is on it! Learn more about her researc...
02/25/2020

Worried about brain eating fungus? Mrinalini Ghosal, PhD student in Microbiology, is on it! Learn more about her research at the 2020 Three Minute Thesis Campus Final on Friday, Feb. 28, 1-2:30pm in the Old Chapel. #UMassAmherst3MT
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Mimi Alkattan, a PhD student in Civil Engineering, is one of the 2020 Three Minute Thesis finalists. Come hear about her...
02/24/2020

Mimi Alkattan, a PhD student in Civil Engineering, is one of the 2020 Three Minute Thesis finalists. Come hear about her research on water quality (and the amazing research being done by our other nine 3MT finalists) at the Campus Final on Friday, February 28, 1-2:30pm in the Old Chapel. #UMassAmherst3MT
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01/15/2020
2019 Three Minute Thesis at UMass Amherst: Karl Lyn, Higher Education

Last year's Three Minute Thesis campus winner, Karl Lyn, made it all the way to the national competition! Register to participate in the 2020 3MT for your chance to share your research with a wider audience. More info on the Grad School's 3MT website: https://www.umass.edu/graduate/professional-development/three-minute-thesis

Graduate student Karl Lyn was the First Place finisher at the Three Minute Thesis this year with his talk "Decriminalizing Education: A Black Freedom Struggl...

TODAY!    Branding Yourself for Biotech6:00pm - 7:30pm Life Science Lab, Room S340How do you market yourself as someone ...
10/24/2019

TODAY! Branding Yourself for Biotech

6:00pm - 7:30pm Life Science Lab, Room S340

How do you market yourself as someone who can add value to the life sciences industry? Join MassBio's Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Edie Stringfellow, to discuss networking, promoting your research, personal branding, and mastering confidence in your skill set.

Join the Office of Inclusion and Engagement for the upcoming event:"Branding Yourself for Biotech", with Edie Stringfell...
10/11/2019
Branding Yourself for Biotech

Join the Office of Inclusion and Engagement for the upcoming event:
"Branding Yourself for Biotech", with Edie Stringfellow, Director of Diversity & Inclusion at MassBio. Register here:

Date: Thursday, Oct. 24 Time/Location: 6:00 - 7:30 PM, LSL S340 Interested in an industry position in the life sciences, but not sure how to prepare? Edie Stringfellow, Director of Diversity and Inclusion at MassBio, will discuss how to market yourself as someone that can add value to the life scien...

What a beautiful evening for an Orientation barbecue! It was great seeing so many new students having fun after a day of...
08/31/2019

What a beautiful evening for an Orientation barbecue! It was great seeing so many new students having fun after a day of terrific workshops and presentations designed to help them navigate the transition to graduate school. We enjoyed welcoming our newest class of students to campus and look forward to supporting them as they pursue their academic and professional goals.

Congratulations to Jessica Sizer, a master's student in the School of Public Policy, on her election to the Town Council...
06/27/2019
Public Policy Student Elected to Town Council | School of Public Policy (SPP) | UMass Amherst

Congratulations to Jessica Sizer, a master's student in the School of Public Policy, on her election to the Town Council in her hometown of Palmer, MA! Jessica exemplifies one of the many ways UMass graduate students positively impact the world around them even as they perform the challenging work of completing an advanced degree. #UMassGradsRock

Jessica Sizer will serve a three-year term as an at-large councilor on the Palmer Town Council.

ICYMI: The UMass Amherst graduate program in Sport Management has been ranked #1 in the world! Congratulations to the Is...
06/19/2019

ICYMI: The UMass Amherst graduate program in Sport Management has been ranked #1 in the world! Congratulations to the Isenberg School of Management on this remarkable accomplishment!

UMass Amherst's McCormack Department of Sports Management named World's Top Ranked Graduate Program https://umass.info/34oLHM1

"We broke Fallujah in irreversible ways," UMass history PhD student Ross Caputi explains in an interview on his groundbr...
06/09/2019
We Broke Fallujah In Irreversible Ways

"We broke Fallujah in irreversible ways," UMass history PhD student Ross Caputi explains in an interview on his groundbreaking book, "The Sacking of Fallujah". This text inverts established understanding of the sieges of Fallujah by placing Iraqi experience at its core. Congratulations to Ross on this interview and the publication of his remarkable work! #UMassAmherst

In The Sacking of Fallujah, recently released by the University of Massachusetts Press, Authors Ross Caputi, Richard Hil, and Donna Mulhearn argue that the Iraqi city of Fallujah has become a locus of geopolitical conflict. In the course of its war on Iraq, the U.S. military, with aid from the coali

It won't be published until February, but "Everywhere You Don't Belong," the highly anticipated debut novel by 2017 UMas...
06/07/2019

It won't be published until February, but "Everywhere You Don't Belong," the highly anticipated debut novel by 2017 UMass MFA graduate Gabriel Bump is already garnering widespread acclaim! Check out an excerpt from this "astonishing" and "startlingly powerful" work here: http://ow.ly/LM0b50utmy4. Congratulations to Gabe on this wonderful accomplishment! We can't wait to read the whole novel in the winter. #UMass

The academic year ended in May, but UMass Amherst graduate students continue to do amazing things! Congratulations to Ga...
06/06/2019

The academic year ended in May, but UMass Amherst graduate students continue to do amazing things! Congratulations to Gabriel Adams-Keane, Sarah Nordberg, Gina Vitale, and Elizabeth Bermanthe--all master's students from the School of Public Policy at UMass Amherst--who were recently selected as fellows by the Civic Action Project. This initiative positions emerging public service leaders to positively impact society by providing them with transformative educational and training opportunities through an innovative paid internship program. Read more here: https://bit.ly/2HYhREP. #UMassGradsRock

Congratulations to Dean Barbara Krauthamer on her appointment as UMass Senior Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Program...
05/31/2019
Krauthamer Named to New Role in Interdisciplinary Programs and Innovation

Congratulations to Dean Barbara Krauthamer on her appointment as UMass Senior Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Programs & Innovation! She will fill this role while continuing to lead the Graduate School. Read more here: https://bit.ly/2JQC7um

Barbara Krauthamer, dean of the Graduate School, has been appointed as senior vice provost for Interdisciplinary Programs and Innovation by Provost John McCarthy. As senior vice provost, she will oversee the Bachelor’s Degree with Individual Concentration (BDIC) and the University Without Walls (U...

Congratulations to UMass graduate alumna Agnes Matilda Kalibata (PhD '05, Entomology) on receiving the 2019 Public Welfa...
05/20/2019
Entomology Alumna Awarded NAS Public Welfare Medal

Congratulations to UMass graduate alumna Agnes Matilda Kalibata (PhD '05, Entomology) on receiving the 2019 Public Welfare Medal from the National Academy of Sciences! Contributing to the transformation of agricultural practices and policies in Africa, Dr. Kalibata has helped lift more than 1 million Rwandans out of poverty.

Agnes Matilda Kalibata, who earned a Ph.D. in entomology at UMass Amherst in 2005, has been selected to receive the 2019 National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Public Welfare Medal.

More scenes from 2019 Graduate Commencement!
05/14/2019

More scenes from 2019 Graduate Commencement!

We're ecstatic that so many advanced degree recipients celebrated with us at Graduate Commencement on Friday. More than ...
05/13/2019

We're ecstatic that so many advanced degree recipients celebrated with us at Graduate Commencement on Friday. More than 1100 students participated--a record number. Check out these images from the ceremony.

05/11/2019

Wow! Ashley Carpenter, the first student speaker ever at Graduate Commencement, makes history with an amazing speech yesterday in the Mullins Center.Congratulations to her and all of the other members of the UMass Amherst graduate class of 2019! We are immensely proud of you and wish you the best in your lives beyond UMass.

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