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

photo of doctoral student Sarah Andrews and her faculty adviser Dr. Serita Frey

The Dirt on Studio Soilss

Doctoral student Sarah Andrews's research shows the effectiveness of innovative science teaching, like the hands-on studio approach of Dr. Serita Frey's (NRESS) class on soils. Frey steered her class into uncharted territory with inspiration from the physics department and a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Read more about Frey, Andrews, and their research on the learning outcomes of different teaching styles in science.

photo of UNH Graduate School Thompson Hall

Graduate Assistant Position Available for 2015-2016 Academic Year

The Office of National Fellowships provides information, counsel, and editorial support to highly motivated students (undergraduates, graduate students, and UNH alumni) applying for national and international fellowships and scholarships, such as Rhodes, Fulbright, National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships, Gilman Study Abroad scholarships, etc. This graduate assistant position will provide administrative support to the director and staff of the office. We are seeking a highly motivated independent worker. The successful candidate will be able to learn about the process of competitive scholarship applications and national fellowships competitions. Priority will be given to applications received before June 1, 2015. For more information about applying to this position, please review the Office of National Fellowships Graduate Assistant flyer (PDF).

photo of NSF Graduate Research Fellowship recipient Mark Anthony

Three UNH Students Recieve Prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

Three UNH students have received National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships, one of the nation’s premier national science, math, engineering and technology (STEM) scholarship competitions. These prestigious fellowships will fund their research on invasive plants, bobcats, and theoretical physics. Read more about these recipients and their research.

photo of UNH graduate students at the 2015 GRC

Highlights from the 2015 Graduate Research Conference

The Graduate Research Conference (GRC) is an annual 2 day research symposium sponsored by the UNH Graduate School. Over 283 Graduate Students participated in the 2015 GRC which represents about 14.5% of the graduate student population. The GRC has been steadily increasing over 12 years and participation rose by 11.5% from 2014 to 2015.

Want more fast facts? Check out the 2015 GRC Highlights flyer!

photo of men holding tablet with charts and graphs

UNH Launches Northern New England’s Only Residential Master’s in Analytics

he University of New Hampshire will offer a new Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) program beginning this spring. The three-semester, full-time program commences in May and will offer students in-depth training in quantitative analysis, applications and reasoning, critical thinking and analytics presentation/communication skills. The first two areas of specialization in the program are health and business. In addition, a one-semester graduate certificate in analytics will also be offered beginning in May.

Analytics is among the fastest growing and in-demand fields in the world today and has been described as an imperative for the future of economic growth, industry, innovation and health. Companies and governments from all sectors have reported steep gaps in the need for analytic talent. UNH is the only university in New Hampshire to provide a face-to-face analytics education to prepare students for this growing job market.

To read more about the launch of this exciting new program, check out the UNH Media Relations program release. For more information about applying to the new Master of Science in Analytics programs, visit

photo of UNH kinesiology graduate student Alex Leuchanka

Soaking Up Boston: Kinesiology Graduate Student Alex Leuchanka

Kinesiology graduate student and recent College of Health and Human Services's Basil J.F. Mott award recipient Alex Leuchanka placed 50th in the 2015 Boston Marathon, clocking in at under three hours; he is one of seven Seacoast-area residents to break the three-hour mark. Read more about Alex and his experience running in the Boston Marathon.

photo of UNH doctoral student Sophie Burke

Have Funding, Will Travel

Ph.D. student and Fullbright Fellow Sophie Burke, NRESS, has traveled to places as diverse as Sweden and New Zealand to research the impact of climate changes on subarctic and subtropical environments. She also plans on contiuing to teach and mentor other young scientists through her participation in the EcoQuest program. Read more about Sophie's climate change research and her experiences traveling abroad.

photo of UNH doctoral recipient Claire Treat

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.

Clipart stick figure on arrow making announcement

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

photo of Thompson Hall clock tower

Spring 2015 Graduate School Information Sessions

These informational sessions cover why you may want to consider a graduate degree, how to increase your chances of admission, general funding opportunities, and other related topics, including the Accelerated Master’s program at UNH for those students who will have senior status next year. Join us to learn about how a graduate degree can enhance your career; this information session will be extremely valuable even if you’re considering schools beyond UNH.

Register for one of these sessions on the Graduate School event registration page.

photo of bound thesis and dissertation copies

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.