UNH Coronavirus Updates
**Beginning April 19, COVID-19 vaccines will be available for all UNH students, not just those who permanently reside in New Hampshire.

Frequently Asked Questions & Testing Dashboard:
UNH Plans to Be Fully Open for Fall ’21 Semester
Fall 2021 course registration begins on April 19th for graduate students. The UNH President and Provost have announced that UNH courses will be predominately face to face. The work surrounding course modality changes displayed on courses.unh.edu and Webcat will not be complete by that time.
Therefore, UNH is encouraging students to register for courses based on the day/time schedule listed at courses.unh.edu and not by the modality (this does not apply to online graduate programs).
Teaching & Learning Technologies will utilize myWildcatSuccess communication tools to spread this message. Also, students will be presented with the below message when they access Fall 2021 registration at Webcat’s Add/drop link.
Support and Resources
**Schedule for Weekly Events & Workshops

UNH Health & Wellness provides integrated health and wellness services that operate from a holistic perspective. In support of the University's academic mission, this center provides medical care, wellness education, and health promotion. They also work very closely with UNH Psychological and Counseling Services (PACS) to coordinate care and services.

Check out the Health & Wellness website for in-person or tele-health medical care and wellness counseling and coaching; a wealth of resources for integrative mind-body services (great self-care including massage, meditation, and biofeedback therapies); and more.
Join the Graduate Student Support Group (GSSG) Oasis
Tuesdays, 5-6:30pm
Call for more info: 603.862.2090
Other Group Counseling Options here.

NOTE: PACS Guide to
Supporting Students in Distress
If you are concerned about a student, don’t let uncertainty stop you from taking action. UNH is committed to supporting students in crisis. This brief, digital guide has been developed to help you Recognize, Respond, Refer and Report troubling student behavior. For additional information, talk to your supervisor or department chair and contact the Dean of Students Office at (603) 862-2053.
Reach PACS at (603) 862-2090.
Incident Report Form (IRF)
UNH announces a new comprehensive system for the reporting of all incidents of discrimination and discriminatory harassment, bias, hate, retaliation, bullying and sexual harassment and/or violence that involves any member of the university community. The IRF will replace our outdated tools—ReportIt! and the Title IX Incident Report form—and is for faculty, staff and students on all three campuses, including mandatory reporters.
To learn more about this new tool and how it will work on our campuses please review this FAQ document
Month of April Grad School
Drop In Writing Accountability Blocks

We all have writing to do, whether we're coding, grading, tending to email, doing homework, or working on publications, theses, or dissertations. The Grad School is offering 2-hour blocks of time for you to sit down, Zoom in, and write in the company of peers. If you've been to any of our writing retreats, you know the positive peer pressure of committing to writing for a few hours in the group setting.

Writing Accountability Blocks offered:
Mondays, 1-3pm
Tuesdays, 1-3pm
Wednesdays, 9-11am
Thursdays, 9-11am

Use this form to sign up for writing blocks (as many you want!), and use this recurring Zoom link to attend. Email Caroline (crk1025@wildcats.unh.edu) if you have any questions.
Monday, April 12, 2021 - TONIGHT at 7:00pm!
  • Meeting ID: 984 2964 1963
  • Passcode: 642225
Tuesday, April 13, 2021 - Thursday, December 16, 2021
NOAA-hosted, publicly accessible, environmental science and climate seminars across the nation.

NCEI is transitioning to a new website and paths to data resources will be changing. Please contact NCEI.Info@noaa.gov with any questions of issues. See the new website at www.ncei.noaa.gov.
Tuesday, April 13, 2021
Department of Natural Resources and the Environment Spring 2021 Seminar Series

FlashTalks from Members of the Congalton Lab.

Begins at 12:40 pm

Full Schedule Poster here.
Wednesday, April 14, 2021
The UNH Carsey School's April Coffee & Conversations will feature three faculty speakers from Granite State College (GSC) discussing the popular social media platform LinkedIn and how to leverage this tool for professional success. So if you're a new LinkedIn user, or an advanced user seeking ways to use the social platform even more effectively, considering joining us for this discussion!
Register here.
Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Thesis & Dissertation Formatting Workshop

These free workshops are recommended for students who are within 1 year of completing their thesis/dissertation. The workshops last about 30 minutes and cover the basics of formatting and submitting a thesis/dissertation. We will spend the majority of time addressing the most common formatting errors that we see students make.

Register here.
Via Zoom
Thursday, April 15, 2021
Earth Sciences/Oceanography Thesis Presentation

Relationships Between Microbial Enzymatic Activity and Environmental Parameters in the Gulf of Maine and the Deep Pacific Ocean

Presenter: Kerry Dykens, MS Oceanography

Advisor: Dr. Kai Ziervogel

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Monsoons, Tropical Rainfall, and Climate Change: A Paleoclimate Perspective from Southeast Asia
Associate Professor
Department of Earth System Science
University of California, Irvine

3:40 pm via Zoom
Please register to receive the Zoom information for the seminar here https://bit.ly/3cXx5de

A full list of the spring colloquia speakers and their topics is available at: https://ceps.unh.edu/earth-sciences/academics/seminars/randolph-w-chapman-colloquium
Thursday, April 15, 2021
LAST ONE! UNH Research Communications Academy online event

UNH’s 2021 Research Communications Academy is all virtual via Zoom. Session is free and open to all. Launched in 2019, the RCA is hosted annually by the Research Office, NH EPSCoR and the UNH Graduate School. More info here.

Thursday, April 15, 3:30 – 4:30pm. Register here.
Hear from your colleagues about how to use social media to communicate scholarship, connect with collaborators, create a personal learning network and increase the impact of your work. Panel will include four UNH scholars who reflect a range of social media activity.
Friday, April 16, 2021

Join us for
NRESS Virtual

Fridays 9-10am

On Zoom:

Friday, April 16, 2021 - NRESS PhD Dissertation Defense
NRESS PhD Dissertation Defense

Presenter: Andrew Robison

Carbon emissions from streams and rivers: Integrating methane emission pathways and storm carbon dioxide emissions into stream and river carbon balances

Andrew is advised by Professor Wil Wollheim.

More about Andrew's research:
River networks play an important role in carbon cycling at watershed, regional, and global scales. They serve as pipes that transport carbon from the watersheds they drain, and as complex processers that modify the timing, form, and magnitude of these fluxes. My research examines the sources of and controls on carbon dioxide and methane emissions from streams and rivers. Using emerging sensor technology and novel monitoring designs, I describe these dynamics on rarely observed temporal and spatial scales, thereby informing a more robust accounting of stream ecosystems in global carbon budgets.
Password: Streams
Friday, April 16, 2021 - NRESS PhD Proposal Defense
NRESS PhD Dissertation Proposal Defense

Presenter: Emily Whalen

A Trait-based Framework for the Formation and Persistence of Fungal-derived Soil Organic Matter

Emily is advised by Professor Serita Frey.

More about Emily's research:
Soils contain twice as much carbon as the atmosphere and vegetation combined in the form of soil organic matter (SOM). Soil microbes (fungi and bacteria) are important agents of both SOM formation and destabilization, the latter often leading to the loss of carbon from soils as carbon dioxide. My research examines the microbial traits that favor SOM formation, with a focus on fungi. Understanding the factors that render soil microbes net SOM accumulators may make the management of soils for carbon accrual possible, with implications for climate change mitigation and soil fertility. 
Password: 886245
Friday, April 16, 2021 (plus 4/23, 5/7, 5/14, 5/21)
Critical Conversations: Why Integrated Earth and Environmental Science Might Define Your Future
A collaboration between our NSF Critical Zone Research Coordination NetworkCUAHSI and the National Association of Geoscience Teachers. Our goals are to introduce concepts in integrated earth and environmental science around the "critical zone" (CZ), provide professional development for those interested in science, and build a network for the next generation of scientists. 

Fridays at 12:00 p.m. ET
April 16: The interdisciplinary nature of CZ research 
Hosted by Lixin Jin & Diane Doser, University of Texas El Paso
Planned breakout rooms: 1) Applying to graduate school; 2) Thriving in graduate school and building a career; 3) Career choices; 4) Work-life balance; 5) The societal impact of CZ science; 6) Working on collaborative teams
April 23: An introduction to reactive-transport modeling in CZ science 
Hosted by Alexis Sitchler, Colorado School of Mines
Details and registration link to come soon!
May 7: An introduction to LiDAR for CZ science
Hosted by Adrian Harpold, University of Nevada-Reno
Details and registration link to come soon!
May 14: Careers in CZ science 
Hosted by Holly Barnard, University of Colorado-Boulder
Planned breakout rooms: 1) U.S. Forest Service Careers; 2) Hydrology careers with U.S. Geological Survey and National Park Service; 3) Careers in Environmental Consulting and Industry; 4) U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Careers; 5) Environmental Compliance and Science Support Careers; 6) The Nature Conservancy; 7) Earth Science Careers in Education and Outreach; 8) Natural Resource Conservation and Planning; 9) Careers in Academic Research
May 21: Why dust in the CZ matters 
Hosted by Kevin Perry, University of Utah & Greg Carling, Brigham Young University
Planned breakout rooms: 1) Introduction to dust transport; 2) Introduction to dust and water chemistry; 3) Challenges of being women in STEM; 4) Things I wish I'd known before I applied to grad school; 5) Working in collaborative teams; 6) Mentoring and networking
Registration link to come soon!
For more information, check out: https://sites.google.com/view/czrcn/critical-conversations; the missing registration links will be available there soon and also through Twitter at @joinCZscience.  
Week of April 19-23
Sunday, April 18, 2021
Campus Rec East Foss Hike (Meet at Hamel Rec Ctr)

Join Outdoor Adventures for a hike right in Durham! Distance: 5-7 miles. Difficulty: all levels! Bring sneakers, snacks, water, and warm layers. Outdoor Adventures Trips are rain or shine events. Please dress accordingly. A pre-trip e-mail will be sent out the week of the trip with any updates and the trip leader contact information. In the event that you cannot attend, PLEASE contact us ASAP so that you space can be given to another participant (only 8 spots available). If you have any questions, please contact  Outdoor.Adventures@unh.edu. Learn more and register here
Monday, April 19 & Tuesday, April 20, 2021- GRC goes LIVE!

The GRC is an annual showcase of the work of over 200 UNH graduate students from all academic disciplines. This year, it’s in a virtual format, and participants have created a poster or oral presentation. Check out last year’s GRC gallery to get a feel for how this will look.
Link to virtually attend the GRC coming soon!

Pictured here is NRESS PhD student Tamara Marcus presenting at an earlier in-person GRC!
Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Register to virtually attend the April 21st final round!
This year, the finalists come from English, Education, Molecular, Cellular and Biomedical Sciences, Natural Resources, and Psychology.

Use this link to register and get the zoom link and a reminder on the day of the competition https://unh.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_mPfSQvpVTrSCYhf3eKMHKQ 
Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Women in Science Meet & Greets

Last Wednesday of every month Spring 2021

Please register to join us!

Apr 28, 2021 05:30 PM
May 26, 2021 05:30 PM
Coming in May & June
Saturday, May 8, 2021
University of Delaware FREE Webinar Series - LAST ONE!

ONLINE — RSVP required
Saturday, 10-11:30am

Tuesday, June 1, 2021
Cayuse IRB/Human Ethics coming June 1, 2021
The UNH Institutional Review Board (IRB) for the Protection of Human Subjects in Research will begin using Cayuse IRB/Human Ethics coming June 1, 2021. Information about the implementation, including about disruptions in the IRB review process in May and implications for current studies is now available at https://www.unh.edu/research/human-subjects/cayuse-irb Please contact the IRB staff (Melissa McGeeSusan Jalbertor Julie Simpson) with questions about Cayuse IRB/Human Ethics or any of the information posted on the webpage. 
Courses, Professional Development, Support Resources,
Funding Opportunities
Available Graduate Position with the UNH Office of National Fellowships

Are you interested in learning about the process of competitive scholarship applications? The UNH Office of National Fellowships is seeking a highly motivated independent worker to provide administrative support to the office. Applicants preferred with proficiency in Microsoft Office, Outlook, Adobe; and a knowledge of campus offices and departments is very useful. The time frame for this position is late August 2021—early May 2022 (10 hours per week at 15/hour, flexible scheduling). If interested, please send resume/CV and email detailing your interest in and qualifications for the position to Jeanne.sokolowski@unh.edu, Director of the Office of National Fellowships. Priority will be given to applications received before April 15, 2021.
Gloria Barron Wilderness Society Scholarship:
How to Apply
Deadline is April 23, 2021
An award of $15,000 will be given to a graduate student to support their research and preparation of a paper on an aspect of wilderness.
The Wilderness Society recently completed a strategic plan that identified two priorities: (1) Make public lands a solution to the climate and extinction crises by securing a resilient, continental network of landscapes and eliminating climate-changing emissions, and (2) Transform conservation policy and practice so all people benefit equitably from public lands. Research proposals broadly addressing biodiversity protection, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and the social and ecological context of landscape conservation, especially related to issues of equity are encouraged.
Click for the application: Gloria Barron Scholarship

The program offers students the opportunity to conduct part of their graduate thesis research at a DOE national laboratory/facility in collaboration with a DOE laboratory scientist for a period of 3 to 12 consecutive months. This can be a great way to solidify/extend research partnerships that you have with colleagues at the National Labs, as well as a tremendous learning experience for your graduate students. Applications that have a DoE Lab partner are much more likely to be supported. Please contact  Mark Milutinovich if you need support finding a DOE Lab contact. Applications are due May 5, 2021 at 5:00PM EST
A Great Outreach Opportunity for STEM Graduate Students!!!

Two local elementary schools in the Oyster River School District are looking to deepen their commitment to science teaching by connecting schools and STEM graduate students. Led by Ellen Ervin (UNH Environmental Conservation ’88),
this project seeks to create short instructional videos (4-8 minutes) for elementary students that feature scientists and engineers discussing their work while working in the field or lab. These will be very low-key videos giving students a glimpse into the life of a scientist- what they do, how they think, the tools, practices, and methods they use to better understand and communicate what they are learning. If you are interested and willing to share what you do via video, please contact Ellen at eervin@orcsd.org, who would film on sight in a socially distant manner.
#ESA2021 is coming up before we know it, but there are still plenty of ways to be part of the action. Latebreaking poster abstract submissions are now open through April 29, and we are still seeking proposals for social events and virtual field trips.
Worried about the expense? This year's registration rates are even lower than last year's for ESA members, and funding applications are open now -- early-bird registration opens on May 3, so join now to save!
Student registration: $55 for members; $110 for non-members
Dissertation Bootcamp

Help for Students Writing Their Dissertations/Theses Remotely

Free E-Learning Modules Available Now

Did you know that graduate students say their #1 challenge is writing their dissertation/thesis? Even more than finding a job?
To help with this challenge – made even more difficult in this remote learning environment – ProQuest has partnered with experts to develop free instructional resources for students.
This “Dissertations Bootcamp” includes three free modules:

Check it out here:https://about.proquest.com/products-services/dissertations/Dissertation-eLearning.html
Apply for UNH’s Virtual I-Corps Program

Want to learn how to turn an idea into a commercializable opportunity? The I-Corps program is a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded initiative to increase the economic impact of research. The program provides support and funding of up to $3,000 to teams of UNH community members (faculty, staff, grad students, and undergraduates are welcome to apply) to explore their innovation’s potential. In light of the COVID-19 health crisis, UNH Innovation is hosting a virtual version of their highly successful UNH I-Corps training to a small number of applicants in the UNH community. Apply here, and contact unh.icorps@unh.edu for more information.

UNH has recently become a member of the National Postdoctoral Association (NPA), which gives assess to all postdocs and graduate students to the great resources available through this organization (e.g., career center, advising, community, etc.). This is relevant to current and prospective postdocs, and those who are considering doing postdoc.

In order to utilize the resources, you need to register on the NPA website. Use your UNH credentials to create an account. You will get a confirmation in one or two days and you will be able to access everything on the NPA website. If you have any questions email Jovana.Milosavljevic@unh.edu

New and returning workshops for 2021

For info on workshops in Lidar Mapping and Feature Extraction form UAV photos and Lidar, as well as Drone sUAS operations and application, Soil Genesis and Classification, Wetland classification, and MANY other subjects, click here.
Online Ecology Seminar & Conferences

Want to receive notifications of online Ecology Seminars and Conferences? Subscribe to this new resource here.

This important resources provides information, counsel, and editorial support to highly motivated students (including grad students) who are applying for national and international fellowships and scholarships. Visit the office’s website to see a list of available funding opportunities, and contact jeanne.sokolowski@unh.edu for more information.
The Garden Club of America Awards

The Garden Club of America offers a range of awards in areas including botany, coastal wetland studies, conservation, garden history & design, and more. See website here . If you find an award that is a good fit and decide to apply, please reach out to the Office of National Fellowships for support in putting together a competitive application. Contact Jeanne.sokolowski@unh.edu.
Learning Skills in Data Science!

UNH's Online Graduate Certificate in Data Science exposes students to current, cutting edge algorithms, coding languages, statistical modeling and visualization tools through guided, online instruction and applied case studies.
Learn more about this UNH online offering here:

Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) through edX, an online platform for education and learning founded by Harvard and MIT. The course is entitled "Data Science: R Basics" Link: https://www.edx.org/course/data-science-r-basics-2
It is the first of a set of free, self-paced courses that can all be taken individually. Additionally, there is the option to pay $50 for each course if you would like to earn their "Professional Certificate in Data Science" (Linked here: https://www.edx.org/professional-certificate/harvardx-data-science).
The Graduate School

Aurora is an eLearning Platform with on-demand, self-paced learning modules that allow PhDs and Postdocs to explore career options and discover ways to apply the skills acquired through their education.
Through the two programs of study in Aurora, students are empowered to make informed decisions about their career path and learn successful job search strategies from other PhDs. Students and postdocs access resources to help them navigate the faculty job market, and explore professional careers beyond the professoriate.
Aurora's curated content consists of videos, and it provides information for students across disciplines in the Arts & Sciences. It was designed and built by PhDs - the Beyond the Professoriate team, as well as all of the contributors who deliver workshops and participate in career panels and interviews, are experts in their field who also successfully completed a PhD in the areas of Arts, Social Sciences, STEM, Business and Education.

Graduate Student Login on the UNH Aurora website here.

Academic Career Success Conference Fall 2020: Take-Aways
5 Things Grad Students & Postdocs Should Do Right Now
Read our post here.
UNH Graduate School

Available on Canvas>MYCOURSES LOGIN>UNH Graduate School Durham>Grad School Orientation

(Valuable resource for new students AND
current students!)

You'll find individual, ready-to-use modules that answer all your questions!
"How to Use this Online Orientation," Intro to Canvas, info for international students, instructions for graduate assistantships, details on health insurance, campus recreation, and the library, securing an ID and a Parking Permit, accessing student email, info on housing, knowing your acronyms (!), and MUCH MUCH more. Check it today! Keep it marked as a reference.

How to Manage Your Time
This Academic Year
Setting Goals (And How to Keep Them)
A 2-page worksheet to help you prioritize your tasks and goals for the new academic year

The Eisenhower Method can help you stay focused whether you're planning your goals for the month, the semester, or the full year. It will force you to clearly identify your main goals, and rank the urgency and importance of the tasks you need to do to achieve these goals.
Remember, you don't want everything filed under "URGENT." There are few tasks that actually fall under this category, so read the instructions and examples carefully.
Also make sure to take the time to identify specific personal and professional goals for yourself. If you need a job in the next few months, job searching will probably be one of your highest priorities right now. If you have more than a year before actively applying for jobs, your professional development might still be a priority, but your goal might simply be to learn more about non-academic career options.
UNH Natural Resources and Earth Systems Science (NRESS) PhD Program
Voice: 603.862.2227
Email: nress.phd@unh.edu
Website: https://gradschool.unh.edu/natural-resources-earth-systems-science-phd