Graduate News and Events

Welcome to our news and events page, where we highlight information relating to graduate students, including news stories, cutting-edge research articles, and upcoming events such as workshops, seminars and social gatherings.

News and Announcements

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APS Lewis and Clark Fund Grant Call for Applications

The American Philosophical Society promotes useful knowledge in the sciences and humanities through excellence in scholarly research, professional meetings, publications, library resources, and community outreach. Through its Lewis and Clark Fund, the society will award grants of up to $5,000 to doctoral students for exploratory field studies that include collection of specimens and data to provide the imaginative stimulus that accompanies direct observation. The program supports projects within disciplines that have a large dependence on field studies, including but not limited to archeology, anthropology, biology, ecology, geography, geology, linguistics, paleontology, and population genetics. To be eligible, applicants must be doctoral students, postdoctoral fellows, or master's degree candidates. In addition, applicants must be citizens or residents of the United States. For more information about applying for APS Lewis and Clark Fund grants, please visit

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2014-15 Graduate Assistantship Opportunity

The Office of National Fellowships is looking for a graduate assistant to work in their office for the 2014-2015 academic year (late August, 2014, through May, 2015). They are seeking a detail-oriented graduate student with excellent skills in communication, writing, and editing. Tasks will include maintaining social media sites; advertising and coordinating information sessions, workshops, and other events; filing and organizing; and some editing/advising work. This position offers the opportunity for a graduate student to learn valuable skills and information about the area of competitive scholarships, fellowships, and grants.

The position pays $10 per hour with a commitment of 15 hours per week. Interested individuals are encouraged to contact Jeanne Sokolowski, Director, Office of National Fellowships, for more information or to apply.

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Glacial Race: Doctoral Student Ryan Cassotto Studies Glacial Movement with NASA Fellowship

With a prestigious NASA fellowship, doctoral student Ryan Cassotto tracks the world’s fastest glacier. This important research could shed light on the rate of sea-level rise over the next century, a topic of particular interest to climate researchers. Read more about Ryan and his research on glacial movement and its impacts on climate change.

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Strawberry Fields Forever: Matt Kochka, Plant Biology Graduate Student

Plant Biology graduate student Matt Kochka is working with the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station (NHAES) to investigate promising strawberry cultivation systems for the region. Researchers believe the annualized plasticulture system holds economic promise for New Hampshire’s and New England’s strawberry producers. Kochka recently presented this research during an NHAES education session at the 2014 New Hampshire Farm and Forest Expo. Read more about Matt Kochka and his research on strawberry cultivation with NHAES.

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"Mr. Personality," Jack Mayer: UNH Professor and Intelligence Researcher

UNH psychology professor Jack Mayer is an innovator in intelligence research. He has written more than 125 scientific articles, books, and psychological tests, including the internationally known Mayer-Salovey-Caruso Emotional Intelligence test. He has lectured around the world and appeared on National Public Radio and BBC-TV. His work has been covered in the New York Times, Time, Washington Post, and New Republic.Yet, he had begun to think that his research on emotional intelligence wasn’t comprehensive enough. In his latest work, Mayer details the history of personality research and proceeds to shape the framework for a new theory of learning—personal intelligence. Read more about Prof. Mayer, his book, and his research on personal intelligence.

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Assoc. Prof. Tom Safford, Graduate Faculty Researcher

Associate Professor of Sociology Tom Safford's research focuses on the social aspects of environmental issues, particularly in coastal areas. While other scientists are measuring algal blooms, fecal coliform, or water runoff, Safford is measuring people’s perceptions.These perceptions are crucial and impact how stakeholders, the public, and decision-making officials view threats to coastal ecosystems. Given the substantial coastal tourism economy in New Hampshire and Maine as well as the importance of coastal resources to fishermen and women, Safford’s research could play a crucial role in sustaining the coastal economy far into the future. Read more about Tom and his sociological research on New Hampshire and Maine coastal residents' environmental beliefs.

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Dissertation Defense Schedule

Doctoral students who have an upcoming dissertation oral defense will be posted on our website to help raise awareness of the research our graduate students are doing. So why not take this oppurtunity to learn about the research that our graduate students are doing!


Events and Workshops

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National Institutes of Health Webinar

Attend the National Institutes of Health Webinar to learn about the fundamentals of the NIH grants process. The webinar will be held at the MUB Theater 1 on Friday, September 12, 2014 from 1:00 - 3:00pm.

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Disability Services for Students Echo Smartpen Information Session

Disability Services for Students (DSS) will be holding information sessions for students interested in learning more about the Echo Smartpen from Livescribe. This tool enables users to record everything you write, hear, or say, as well as replay your meetings or lectures simply by tapping on your notes. Notes and audio recordings can then easily be shared as PDFs or audio files. Information sessions will be held on September 9 and October 2, 2014, in Dimond Library Room 343. The September session will run from 12:40-2:00 PM, and the October sessions will run from 2:00-4:00 PM. Check out the DSS Smartpen Information Session flyer for more details.

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Disability Services for Students Read&Write Gold Information Session

isability Services for Students (DSS) will be holding information sessions for students interested in learning more about Read&Write Gold. This tool is a discrete, customizable toolbar that integrates reading, writing, studying, and research support tools with common applications. Read&Write literacy software solutions help struggling readers and writers, students with learning disabilities, and English Language Learners access the support tools they need at school, work, or home. Information sessions will be held on September 4, 2014, from 12:40-2:00 PM, and September 25, 2014, from 2:00-4:00 PM, in Dimond Library Room 343. Check out the DSS Read"Write Gold Information Session flyer for more details.