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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A Profile in Excellence: Mech. Eng. Graduate Students and Faculty Receive ASME Awards

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.

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Fall 2014 LGBTQ Coming Out Week

National Coming Out Day is internationally celebrated every October 11th, as a day to "come out" and increase visibility of people that identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, etc. and allies. The first National Coming Out Day was held on October 11, 1988. This date was chosen for the annual event in commemoration of the 1987 March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights. It also marks the anniversary of the first visit of the AIDS Memorial Quilt to Washington D.C. Many communities and college campuses sponsor activities such as dances, film festivals, workshops, literature booths, and rallies on National Coming Out Day. Join us for fabulous events and gatherings as we celebrate National Coming Out Week, October 6-11, at UNH! Check out the UNH LGBTQA Coming Out Week Facebook event at

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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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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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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: Professionalism Seminar with Maureen Crawford-Hentz

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.

Join us in the MUB Theater 1 on November 3, 2014, from 6:00-8:00 PM for a Professionalism Seminar with special guest speaker Maureen Crawford-Hentz. She will help you prepare to be highly competitive in landing your dream job and provide you with important interviewing skills. She will also make you laugh! This event is co-sponsored by the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics and the UNH Graduate School. Register for this event on the Graduate School event registration page.

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PFF/PFP: The Hiring Process in Academia

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.

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Fall 2014 Graduate School Information Sessions

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.

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Dissertation Year Fellowship (DYF) Information Sessions

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.

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PFF/PFP 3-Part TA Series: Part III: Working with Difficult Students and Kognito

The Graduate Student population plays a very significant role on campus in setting the tone and mentoring the undergraduate population. Through attendance in this 3 part series, students will gain skills from UNH professionals to be better equipped and improve the information delivered to undergraduate students. Students may attend 1, 2, or all 3 sessions. These workshops aim at informing TA’s, but all Graduate Students are welcome. Following the workshop, the UNH Graduate School will provide students in attendance with a FREE dinner at Holloway Commons.

October 27th, 3:30-5:00 pm, MUB Entertainment Center: Learn strategies for dealing with students. TA/RA’s are encouraged to take the Identifying Students at Risk: An Online Training Simulation at New Users: Click "Create New Account" Fill out form using enrollment key: unh624. Follow screen instructions. Register for this event on the Graduate School event registration page.

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Fall 2014 Thesis and Dissertation Workshops

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.