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
Just in time for Halloween, Ph.D. candidate Tricia Peone, '15, shares her expertise on the Salem Witch Trials of the late seventeenth century: During the Salem witch hunt, 200 people were accused of practicing witchcraft. Twenty were put to death; 15 women and five men; 19 by hanging, and one man was pressed to death. Read more about Tricia's work and the historical context of the Salem Witch Trials.
Associate Professor Martin Wosnik, doctoral student Ivaylo Nedyalkov (above) and former graduate student Nathaniel Dufresne (M.S. 2013) received awards from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) at the Summer Meeting of the Fluids Engineering Division. Professor Wosnik and co-author Dufresne received the prestigious Lewis F. Moody award given annually for "outstanding original paper useful to the practice of mechanical engineering," for their 2013 paper "Similarity Solution and Experimental Investigation of the Axisymmetric Turbulent Wake with Rotation." Ivaylo Nedyalkov also received the Graduate Student Scholarship Award for a second consecutive time. Read more about the recipients of the ASME awards and their research.
We are pleased to announce that the Graduate Council has approved the Graduate School’s proposal to move to a fully electronic thesis and dissertation submission process. The move to electronic submission has been requested many times over by both students and faculty. This change will not only simplify the submission process and decrease the time spent on submission, but will, in most cases, reduce the cost for the students. As of the start of the fall semester, all students submitting a thesis or dissertation will do so electronically via a secure submission website. The Graduate School will no longer accept or require paper copies for binding. Students who still wish to receive bound copies, either for their department, or for their own use, can place an order through the submission website. Please see the new submission instructions and the updated thesis/dissertation formatting manual for more information.
Tuesday was the first Circle Meeting of the new academic year at OISS! We had over 80 members join us. We enjoyed pizza, cake, and cookies. The OISS and Counseling Center staff were introduced, and spoke about the purpose of Circle. Several regular participants also shared what Circle means to them: a time to make friends, relax, practice English, learn about American culture and talk about their traditions, get information and advice and have a meal together. We heard about a lot of fun upcoming events through OISS, such as an upcoming trip to Boston, the Deerfield Fair and more! If you are in search of upcoming activities, please be sure to check out the OISS website and OISS Facebook page for updates on events and activities. Also, please join us on Fridays from 3:30-5 pm for the weekly Cultural Connections presentations! Graduate student meetings will be held September 18, October 2, October 16, October 30, November 13, and December 4; visit the OISS website for more details!
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 http://www.amphilsoc.org/grants/lewisandclark.
Ph.D. candidate Jamie Burke, Education, knows a lor about resilience and perseverance, both on the field and off; she recently competed in her third U.S. Women’s World Cup rugby tournament. Read more about Jamie and the challenges she has faced as a competitive athlete and doctoral student finishing her dissertation.
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.
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.
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
The UNH Graduate School holds frequent Preparing Future Faculty (PFF)/ Preparing Future Professionals (PFP) events throughout the semester. These professional development workshops include University and guest speakers courtesy of the Graduate School.
Are you interested in getting a job in academia? If so, be sure to attend the Preparing Future Faculty panel discussion, “The Hiring Process in Academia” on Friday, November 14th from 12:30-2:00 pm in the MUB Entertainment Center, Room 18. With a focus on defining the roles of advisees and advisors in a research committee, a panel of university professionals will address the skills and logistics required for successful cooperation between all members such as communication, time management, and student responsibilities. A healthy lunch will be provided for students in attendance. Register for this event on the Graduate School event registration page.
Join us on Tuesday, November 18, 2014, from 3:00-5:00 PM in the MUB Strafford Room for an engaging presentation, “The Leveraged Freedom Chair Project” by Dr. Amos Winter, Prof. of Mechanical Engineering at MIT and Director of the Global Engineering and Research Lab and NH Native! This talk will focus on the creation of high-performance, low-cost assistive technologies that enable people with disabilities in developing countries to enhance their mobility, productivity, and inclusion. “Helping people with disabilities get off road and on with their lives.” This event is sponsored by the UNH President’s Commission for the Status of People with Disabilities and is in celebration of International Day for People with Disabilities (which we have chosen to celebrate early to engage an optimum number of folks). Following the Reception we will bring students to Holloway Commons for dinner complements of the Graduate School. Register for this event on the Graduate School event registration page.
The Graduate School will be hosting several information sessions during the fall semester; find out if graduate school is right for you! Plan to learn more about: What is grad school? Why should I consider it? What does UNH offer? How do I apply and how do I fund it? Register for a session on the Graduate School event registration page.
The UNH Graduate School is hosting Dissertation Year Fellowship Information Sessions this fall. At each session we are hoping to compile a panel including this past AY recipients. The information sessions will shed light on the application process and include a question and answer session with the panel as well as information from the Graduate School on the Fellowship’s details. Register for a session on the Graduate School event registration page, and visit the Graduate School's Graduate Aid page for more information about the Dissertation Year Fellowship's eligibility requirements and instructions.
The UNH Graduate School is hosting Summer Teaching Assistant Fellowship Information Sessions this fall. At each session we are hoping to compile a panel including this past AY recipients. The information sessions will shed light on the application process and include a question and answer session with the panel as well as information from the Graduate School on the Fellowship’s details. Register for a session on the Graduate School event registration page, and visit the Graduate School's Graduate Aid page for more information about the Fellowship's eligibility requirements and instructions.
The UNH Graduate School offers free Thesis and Dissertation Workshops on a first come first serve basis at various times throughout the semester. These workshops are recommended for students who are within 1 year of completing their thesis/dissertation. The workshops last about 45 minutes and cover the basics of formatting and submitting your thesis or dissertation. We will spend the majority of time addressing the most common formatting errors that we see students make.
Register for one of these workshops on the Graduate School event registration page.