Writing & Research

The UNH Graduate School offers a variety of events and resources to help students and postdocs in the process of writing and research. From weekly writing groups, to annual retreats, opportunities to compete in national competitions, research communication workshops, and more, we strive to provide our community with the tools they need as they embark on the exciting and, at times, daunting tasks associated with research and scholarship. 


  • Shantel Palacio, PhD Student in Education
    Weekly Writing Group

    "The weekly writing group has been an incredible way to engage with and at times commiserate with fellow students. When you've hit an impasse with your studies and stay isolated, it feels like a mountain that cannot be climbed. The writing groups, not only keep me accountable with structured calendar blocks for study...(1/2)

  • Shantel Palacio, PhD Student in Education

    ...but when I express my concerns, I often get strategies or support from the incredible community of students who have either been there before or are also facing similar challenges. Knowing that I am not alone and am a part of a community of scholars turns that mountain into a small foothill! I am grateful for the support and encouragement I've received from my accountability buddies in the writing group!" (2/2) - Shantel Palacio, PhD Student in Education

  • Jennifer Spillane
    Jennifer Spillane

    "As a doctoral student in the final stages of my dissertation, some of the major challenges for me in the past year of the pandemic have been isolation and a sense of being untethered to any kind of schedule. I started going to writing sessions and retreats set up by the Graduate School to give me something to anchor my weeks and provide structure...(1/2)

  • Jennifer Spillane

    ...They did that, but I was totally unprepared for the support and accountability I also found during these sessions; they became an essential part of my weeks, and without them, I would not have finished my dissertation as successfully as I did.” (2/2)  - Jennifer Spillane, Ph.D. Molecular and Evolutionary Systems Biology

  • Bryan Mascio
    Research Communications Academy

    “I recommend the Research Communications Academy to any researcher — in any field. If we want our research to make a difference, then we need to constantly improve our ability to advocate for it.” - Bryan Mascio, Postdoctoral Researcher in Education

  • Dalton Marsh
    Leitzel Center Awards

    "Competing for the Leitzel award was an exciting opportunity to share my work and see other STEM
    education research from graduate students around the university. I am very grateful to the Leitzel Center for supporting me as a researcher and for their support of Joan and James’ mission for advancing STEM education." - Dalton Marsh, 2019 Leitzel Award Recipient

Upcoming Events

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UNH Graduate School Events and Resources

Writing Programs

The Graduate School invites you to join our Weekly Writing Group, a friendly and collaborative way to dedicate time to your writing and get support from peers as they work on their writing as well! The group will be run by Prof. Jessica Bolker, who will be available to answer questions you may have about writing.

This fall, the group will meet twice per week: once in-person and once over Zoom. The in-person session will take place in Thompson Hall G16 every Wednesday from 10am-12pm, starting on Sept. 21st, and will be followed by lunch in the Holloway Commons (HoCo) dinning hall! The online meetings will occur on Thursdays from 12:30-2:30 over Zoom. You can sign up for both in-person and online sessions or just for one of them at the following link: Sign up sheet.xlsx

Once you've signed up, Zoom invitations will be sent to your email. Because space is limited, we ask that if you sign up to commit to coming each week and being an active part of the group.

The Graduate School organizes a semester-long Dissertation/Thesis Writing Retreat for all graduate students who are currently working on their dissertation/thesis. The purpose of the retreat is to provide you with protected time and writing resources in a supportive environment so that you could advance towards the completion of your work. The writing sessions take place one Friday afternoon a month (1-4pm) and one Saturday a month (10am-3pm). The Dissertation/ Thesis Retreat is for anyone at any stage of dissertation writing (beginning, middle, finishing). Even if you finished your dissertation/thesis but still have a revision to do and plan to do it this semester you are welcome to register. Resources are made available to help you plan, write, and revise your dissertation/thesis. Helpful information can also be found in the Thesis and Dissertation Manual. You can register for the retreat at this link

The annual January Term Graduate Writing Retreat offers students a time and place to work on their dissertations, publications, theses and fellowship applications. Multiple community members, including faculty and the Writing Center provide on-site support and resources. Registration information will be available soon.

Research Communication

The Three Minute Thesis Competition cultivates students’ academic, presentation, and research communication skills. Presenting in a 3MT competition increases their capacity to effectively explain their research in three minutes, in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience. Competitors are allowed one PowerPoint slide, but no other resources or props. 

The Graduate School faciliates a six-part workshop series designed to help prepare you for the 3MT competition. From brainstorming your presentation content to honing your public speaking skills, these workshops guide you through all the necessary steps for a successful 3MT. More information on the workshop series and registering for the 2023 competition will be available soon!

The Research Communications Academy is a free, annual program that trains faculty members, graduate students, and research-related staff to effectively communicate the power and impact of UNH research and scholarship to broad audiences. Components include workshops on orally communicating scholarly work, grant and proposal writing, media training and more.

The Graduate Research Conference is an annual showcase in which over 200 UNH graduate students from all academic disciplines present their work and research over the course of two days. You can visit the GRC Student Research Media Gallery where students upload their GRC research for online viewing.

Grab and drink and learn what's going in the local scientific community! You're invited to Seacoast Sips of Science, an ongoing series of events where scientists host meet-ups at New Hampshire breweries and talk about their research! You can check out the event calendar here

Funding Opportunities

There are a variety of award opportunities available through the Graduate School to support and uplift students as they work towards their goals. Available awards include the Dissertation Year Fellowship (DYF), Summer Teaching Assistant Fellowship (STAF), Graduate Faculty Mentor Award, Graduate/Research/Scholarship/Creativity Award (GRSC), and Graduate Teaching Award. Further information about opportunities right here on campus can be found in the Fellowships, Funding, & Awards Available to Grad Students Guide. 

The Graduate School awards travel grants to students who are presenting their research and scholarship at professional meetings. Travel grants are also available to students who are attending professional development workshops and seminars that will enhance their research agendas.

The UNH Joan and James Leitzel Center for Mathematics, Science and Engineering Education awards are presented each year at the Graduate Research Conference (GRC). The awards recognize exemplary STEM education and outreach presented at the GRC. The Leitzel Center will make two awards - one for an oral presentation and one for a poster presentation. You can enter the competition by following instructions during the GRC registration process. 

The UNH Alumni Association Student Grants Committee awards grants to provide funds to UNH students, either as individuals or in groups, on campus for extracurricular activities and/or extraordinary student needs that otherwise would not be provided for. Grant funding is provided by the funds raised from the Alumni & Friends Wildcat Classic Golf Tournament which are directly applied to the J. Gregg Sanborn Enrichment Fund.

Broader UNH Events and Resources

Support

The UNH Library is an essential resource for graduate students. With millions of books, articles, and other media items available physically and/or electronically (as well as through interlibrary loan), the library has something for all members of the UNH community, in any field. Library locations offer wireless Internet access, computer workstations, individual study and collaborative group work spaces, and assistance by knowledgeable librarians and staff. As part of a public university, the UNH Library is open to all. Check out their full list of services to get started.

There is also a handy guide of Library resources specifically for graduate students, as well as an online plagiarism tutorial with helpful examples on what is and is not considered plagiarism.

Don’t forget to visit the Connors Writing Center to schedule one on one meetings with writing assistants for discussion and revision of drafted material.

The ability to secure financial support for research and outreach activities is becoming increasingly important. This course is intended for graduate and post-graduate level students who need to write proposals for their graduate work or to gain in-depth understanding of the proposal writing process through class discussions, insights shared by UNH faculty, and by writing a research proposal following the entire process.

This course is designed to enable students to receive information, guidance, and support in applying for the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship program (GRFP). Students will become familiar with the NSF, its mission, and the selection criteria for this fellowship. Through independent work and collaborative exercises, students will strengthen writing skills and develop a strong application.

The University of New Hampshire Speech-Language-Hearing Center (SLHC) is a premier center that offers a full range of speech, language and communication services to both children and adults. the SLHC also serves as a clinical training program for graduate students in the commuication sciences and disorders program.

Standards

Research, economic engagement and outreach at the University of New Hampshire, a Carnegie doctoral research university with very high research activity, seek to understand and improve the world around us, with high-impact results that transform lives, solve global challenges and drive economic growth.

The UNH RCR Committee offers training in the ethical and responsible conduct of research three times a year: February, May and October. All incoming Ph.D. students must attend RCR training by the end of their first semester.

Academic honesty is a core value at the University of New Hampshire. The members of its academic community both require and expect one another to conduct themselves with integrity. This means that each member will adhere to the principles and rules of the University and pursue academic work in a straightforward and truthful manner, free from deception or fraud. The academic honesty policy, including specific sections for graduate students, can be found on the Students Rights, Rules, and Responsibilities webpage.