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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New Online Thesis & Dissertation Submission Process for Fall, 2014

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.

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Call for Applications for 2014 Veterans Innovation Partnership (VIP) Fellowship

For veterans who are considering careers in diplomacy and international development, the U.S. Department of State has launched the Veterans Innovation Partnership (VIP), a new public-private alliance platform aimed at serving America’s Veterans and separating Servicemembers by preparing them for diplomacy and development careers and providing education, employment resources, and expertise while enhancing America’s global leadership. The USDVA is currently accepting applications for the Fall 2014 class of VIP Fellows. The main focus of VIP is to build and deploy strategic partnerships between the U.S. government and the U.S. private sector to mobilize resources and build networks to promote foreign affairs career opportunities for Veterans. Please check out the 2014 VIP Call for Applications flyer for more information, including eligibility requirements and terms of the award.

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Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) Circle Meetings

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!

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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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A Study in Discipline: Doctoral Candidate Jamie Burke

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.

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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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PFF/PFP: Welcome Session

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 and complimentary food/beverages courtesy of the Graduate School.

You are invited to attend the Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) Welcome Session on Friday September 26, 2014. The event will take place in the MUB Entertainment Center- Room 18 from 12:30-2:00 pm. You will get the opportunity to meet Associate Dean Cari Moorhead as she will discuss upcoming PFF plans and workshops. You will also be able to provide input on workshops you would be interested in seeing offered on campus. A free lunch will be provided compliments of the Graduate School.

Register for this event on the Graduate School event registration page.

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UNH Boston Alumni Network Executive Forum Breakfast

Graduate students are invited to attend the UNH Boston Alumni Network Executive Forum Breakfast with Tim Collins ’85, President and CEO of EBSCO Industries, Inc., on October 1st. The event will take place at the Omni Parker House Press Room, 60 School Street, in Boston, MA, and will discuss the EBSCO Evolution, beginning as a UNH student business and transforming into a multibillion-dollar leader in online research. The breakfast will begin at 7:30 AM followed by the start of the program at 8:15 AM. To register for this event, please visit the UNH Connect registration page and enter code "GOUNH" to waive the fee. In the executive bio field, please enter graduate student. We hope to see you there!

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UNH STEM Work-Life Integration Panel Discussion

Join us for a panel discussion on Work-Life Integration and finding your fit in a STEM Career on October 16th from 12:40-2:00 pm in S145 Kingsbury Hall. During the panel discussion, panelists will discuss challenges, trends, and personal experiences working in STEM career fields. This discussion is sponsored UNH Women in Science, Association of Women in Science (UNH Chapter), The Graduate School, Senior Vice Provost for Research. Register for this event on the Graduate School event registration page.

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LGBTQ+ Student Group Meetings Sign-up by 9/23

The LGBTQ+ is a small group of LGBTQ+ students where topics are based on your interests. Meetings are Friday afternoons from 2:30 – 4:00pm in a safe, relaxed location on campus. Sign up by SEPTEMBER 23rd.

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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.