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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Carbon Bomb with a Long Fuse: Ph.D. Student Makes Key Finding in the Climate Change Puzzle

Postdoctoral student Claire Treat makes an important finding that will impact climate change research: her dissertation work essentially found that not all permafrost is created equal and that the potential bomb appears to have a long fuse. As part of her current postdoctoral work with the University of Alaska, Claire will be working with UNH Earth Systems Research Center’s Steve Frolking (a member of her Ph.D. committee), current supervisor Miriam Jones of the USGS and Katie Walter Anthony of the University of Alaska Fairbanks, compiling fossilized wetland vegetation datasets to look at species composition and peatland extent in the panarctic. Read more about Claire's climate change research and her experiences in the field.


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A River Runs Through It: Ph.D. Candidate Studies the Hydrologic-Human Cycle

University of New Hampshire Ph.D. candidate Danielle Grogan's scientific career was cemented by her undergraduate research experience at Smith College, where she majored in mathematics and minored in geology. Ever since then, water has been the constant theme through Grogan’s academic career, which included a master’s in paleoclimatology from Brown University that focused on hydrological processes of the past. With the hydrologic-human connection having been forged by her undergraduate experience, three years into her doctoral work at UNH she is blending her expertise in hydrologic modeling with social science and economics on a number of projects. Read more about Danielle's hydrologic research and her experiences in the field.


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Summer Teaching Assistant Fellowship (STAF) Now Accepting Applications

The Graduate School is pleased to announce the opening of our annual competition for Summer Teaching Assistant Fellowships. These fellowships are intended to support research or study during the summer for individuals who have held a TA position during the current academic year, and have performed exceptionally well as a TA and as a student. Visit the Graduate School's Graduate Aid page for more information about the Summer TA Fellowship's eligibility requirements, instructions, and links to the online application submission portal.

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The Season of the Witch

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.


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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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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: Working With Difficult Students and Kognito

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.

This workshop will feature an interactive discussion with David Cross, Director of the Counseling Center. He will present strategies for dealing with students as well as identifying students at risk using the online training simulation, Kognito. TA/RAs are encouraged to take the Identifying Students/Faculty at Risk: An Online Training Simulation. New Users: Click "Create New Account" Fill out form using enrollment key: unh624. Follow screen instructions. Lunch will be provided for attendees of this workshop, compliments of the Graduate School.

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


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PFF/PFP: Life After Academia in STEM

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.

This discussion of alternative STEM careers with Valerie Stein Foster (USDA Forest Service) and Anabelle Allen (Structural Project Engineer) will provide students with valuable information regarding their career path. Join us on Thursday, March 26 from 12:40-2:00 pm in Kingsbury N113 for an engaging discussion as part of Woman’s Herstory Month hosted by the Association for Women in Science, UNH Affiliate Chapter, the UNH Women in Science student organization, the UNH Graduate School, and Senior Vice Provost for Research. Lunch will be provided courtesy of the Graduate School.

Read more about this presentation on the Life After Academia in STEM promotional flyer and register for this event on the Graduate School event registration page.


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Dinner and a Show: My Gay Banjo

The UNH Stonewall Grads will be hosting the musical group “My Gay Banjo,” featuring Owen Taylor and Julia Steele Allen on guitar, banjo, uke and vocals. On Monday, April 13th the UNH Graduate School will be sponsoring this event as part of Graduate Student Appreciation Week and the Dinner and a Movie series. Dinner at Holloway Commons will be provided to participants prior to the performance. “My Gay Banjo” will take the stage in the MUB Strafford Room on April 13 at 7:30 pm.

Learn more abou the group's music at http://www.mygaybanjo.com and register for this event on the Graduate School event registration page.


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Spring 2015 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.