Upcoming Events & Workshops

Graduate Student Fall Events and Training Sessions

Graduate Assistantship Orientation Sessions

The Office of Graduate Studies and Graduate Admissions in collaboration with the Department of Human Resources, International Student and Scholar Office, Bursar's Office, Financial Aid Services, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, and the Graduate Employees Organization (GEO) will conduct new graduate student employee orientation sessions each fall and spring. These orientations are highly encouraged as all the necessary paperwork required of new graduate student employees, including the I‐9, tax information, and direct deposit form are filled out and/or submitted at these sessions.

The following New Graduate Employee Orientation Sessions are scheduled as they appear below. All sessions will take place in the Campus Center, 3rd Floor, Ballroom A. Prior to the session or for your information, you can download and read a copy of the presentation.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

  • 9:00 - 11:00 am for New Graduate Student Employees
  • 1:00 ‐ 4:00 pm for New International Graduate Student Employees

Friday, August 28, 2015

  • 9:00 ‐ 11:00 am for New Graduate Student Employees
  • 2:30 ‐ 5:00 pm for New International Graduate Student Employees

Friday, September 4, 2015

  • 9:00 ‐11:00 am for New Graduate Student Employees

Extended Hours for the Office of Graduate Studies and Graduate Admissions

Meet the Office of Graduate Studies and Graduate Admissions staff and have your questions answered about Graduate Employees Organization, Graduate Student Assembly, graduate assistantships, billing, international student issues, health services, public safety, Beacon Fitness Center, etc.

  • Tuesday, September 8, 5:00 - 7:00 pm
  • Thursday, September 10, 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Welcome Reception for New and Returning Graduate Students

  • Thursday, September 17, 3:00 ‐ 6:00 pm, Campus Center Ballroom A

Mandatory Immigration Clearance Sessions (conducted by the International Student and Scholar Office)

International students are permitted to enter the U.S. 30 days prior to the start date on the Form I‐20. Please plan to arrive at least two weeks early. All Immigration Clearance Sessions are held in the Campus Center, Room 3540, and last approximately 1.5 hours. To attend a clearance session please contact the International Student and Scholar Office at

Five Immigration Clearance Sessions are offered for fall 2015. It is important for you to arrive on time for start of the session.

  • Monday, August 24, 10:00 am
  • Tuesday, August 25, 11:00 am
  • Wednesday, August 26, 11:00 am
  • Friday, August 28, 11:00 am
  • Tuesday, September 1, 11:00 am

International Student Orientation (conducted by the Office of Global Programs)

September 2‐4, (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday). For information, visit the Office of Global Programs website.

Welcome Week

Stop by for refreshments and have your questions answered about being a graduate student at UMass Boston on either

  • Wednesday, September 9, 3:00 ‐ 5:00pm, Campus Center, 2nd floor, or
  • Tuesday, September 15 , 1:00 – 3:00 pm, Integrated Sciences Complex (located between the Healey Library and the Quinn Administration Building).

All Teaching Assistants are Cordially Invited to the 2015 Training Session

This training session for teaching assistants,sponsored by the Office for Faculty Development as well as the Office of Graduate Studies and Graduate Admissions, will take place on Friday, September 11, 10:00 am ‐ 3:30 pm, in the Campus Center, Ballroom A (located on the 3rd floor). To attend, RSVP to


10:00: Mid‐morning Snack

10:15‐12:15: Seven Principles of Effective Teaching: Presenters are Joan Liem, PhD, Judith Goleman, PhD, and Stephanie Hartwell, PhD

12:15‐12:30: Graduate Teaching Program: A New Professional Development Initiative: Presenter Judith Goleman, PhD

12:30‐1:00: Lunch Buffet

1:00‐2:00: Keynote Lunch Address on Issues of Diversity Relevant to Teaching Assistant Effectiveness: Speaker Professor Shirley Tang, Asian‐American Studies

2:15‐3:30: Disciplinary Break‐out Sessions (Teaching Assistants self‐select during this time)

  • Management: Facilitator to be announced
  • Social Sciences: Facilitator: Ping‐Ann Addo, PhD
  • Humanities: Facilitator: Sari Edelstein, PhD
  • Mathematics and Science: Facilitators: Jason Evans, PhD, and Gerald Gilligan, MS
  • Psychology: Facilitator: Jane Adams, PhD
  • Education and Nursing: Facilitators: Melissa Pearrow, PhD, and Laura Hayman, PhD

Workshops for Graduate Students

Manage Your Citations with RefWorks

Learn how to get started with RefWorks, a citation management tool. We will show you how to collect and organize references to create your own personal research database; automatically create a formatted paper and bibliography using one of the many styles available such as APA, MLA, and Chicago; insert references from RefWorks into your paper; share your references with others and more. This workshop is open to all UMass Boston students, faculty, staff and alumni. For more details and/or to register for one of the workshops listed below, contact Workshops will be held in the Center for Library Instruction (room 015) located on the 4th floor of the Healey Library.

  • Tuesday, September, 22 4:00 – 5:00 pm
  • Thursday, October 8, 12:00 – 1:00 pm
  • Monday, October 19 5:30 – 6:30 pm

Librarians' Office Hours: You can also schedule an appointment with a librarian. In the sign‐up form, please provide details about your assignment and what you need help with! Students can also sign up for a personalized introduction to library research resources with a librarian as needed by visiting

Graduate Writing Center Workshops

Located in the Campus Center,1st floor, room 1300, during the 2015 semester the Graduate Writing Center (GWC) will offer

  • weekly individual (one‐to‐one) writing sessions with a dedicated GWC tutor,
  • two drop‐in writing workshop sessions each week (usually Tuesdays 5:00 ‐ 6:00 pm and Wednesdays 6:00 - 7:00 pm; check the GWC wikispace for updates), and
  • writing strategy sessions on specific topics such as Cite/Write/Right, and time management and research writing orientations and other guidance for student‐led writing support.

Students can find information about other GWC workshops (those offered later in the semester) and about individual tutoring on the GWC wikispace at

Research Workshops (offered by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs)

Office of Research and Sponsored Programs staff and university faculty will offer a workshops focused on the Institutional Review Board process, the ethical conduct of research, animal research ethics, conducting research at UMass Boston, and funding available for graduate and PhD student research including the National Institutes of Health predoctoral research fellowship program. A complete listing of workshops offered can be found on the UMass Boston Training Portal. Please register by visiting the portal at

Using Statistical Software in Research

All workshops are presented by Senior Statistician Jie Chen, PhD. To register for a workshop, please do so through the UMass Boston Training Portal at


This is a hands‐on workshop to enable students to perform useful analysis of data using SPSS for Windows. The topics covered include: entering and reading data, documenting the file with variable and value labels, examining frequency and crosstab tables for individual and group data, recoding variables, independent sample t‐test and simple linear regression. Participants will be provided extensive notes on the topics covered in the workshop, work with sample datasets and will produce examples of the graphic output available from the program.

Schedule of Workshops

  • Wednesday, September 16, 10 a.m.-noon
  • Wednesday, October 28, 10 a.m.-noon


This workshop covers more data management and statistical procedures. Data management includes selections of cases, combining cases from two files and linking together files with different information. Statistical procedures include Chi‐square test, One‐way ANOVA, repeated measurement analysis, non‐parametric statistics, multiple regression and logistic regression.

Schedule of Workshops

  • Wednesday, October 7 10 a.m.-noon


This workshop is an introduction to the SAS system that concentrates on the SAS DATA STEP with emphasis on data input, manipulation, output and summary. The topics covered include: creating SAS working data sets and data files, importing data from SPSS and Excel files, formatting variable and value labels, and simple statistical procedures such as PROC FREQ, PROC MEANS.

Schedule of Workshops

  • Wednesday, October 14, 10 a.m.-noon


This workshop covers the analysis of designed experiments with PROC ANOVA and PROC GLM and Analysis of data utilizing linear and non‐linear regression techniques in SAS with PROC REG, and PROC GENMOD. Topics include ANOVA, linear and multiple regression, regression diagnostics, and logistic regression.

Schedule of Workshops

  • Wednesday, October 21, 10 a.m.-noon


STATA 1 is an integrated statistical package that provides point‐and‐click tools for you to analyze, manage, and graph data. This workshop covers both graphic user interface and intuitive command syntax approaches that enables you to learn basic Stata operation in a fast and accurate way. Also, topics include Browsing the Data, Data management, Descriptive Statistics, Independent sample test and Simple regression models.

Schedule of Workshops

  • Wednesday, September 23, noon-2 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 11, noon-2 p.m.


This workshop covers more about data management such as data transforming, recoding variables, and computing new variables. It also covers the use of log and do files and more of statistical procedures such as Chi‐square test, One‐Way ANOVA, linear and multiple regression and regression diagnostics.

Schedule of Workshops

  • Wednesday, September 30, noon-2 p.m.

Using Excel in Statistical Analysis

This is a hands‐on workshop to show students how to perform statistical analysis using Microsoft Excel. The topics covered include: tips to improve your efficiency in using Excel for data analysis, such as entering data, data organization and descriptive statistics, examining frequency and crosstab tables, independent and paired sample t‐test, correlation and simple linear regression. Participants will be provided extensive handouts on the topics covered in the workshop, work with sample datasets and further explanations and applications.

Schedule of Workshops

  • Thursday, October 8, 10 a.m.-noon

An Introduction to R for Statistics

R is interactive statistics software that is specialized for probability statistics. This workshop introduces students to perform useful operation and data analysis using R. The topics include: download and install R, entering and reading data, basic operations, independent sample t‐test, Chi‐Square test, simple and multiple linear regression, One‐Way ANOVA and using R for graphs.

Schedule of Workshops

  • Thursday, October 29, 10 a.m.-noon

Institutional Review Board (IRB) and Human Subjects Research Ethics

This workshop will explain how to apply to the IRB, the regulations developed by the U.S. government and how these apply to UMass Boston. There will be time for questions and answers. To register for a workshop, please do so through the UMass Boston Training Portal at

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) and Animal Research Ethics

This workshop will explain how to apply to the IACUC, the regulations developed by the U.S. government and how these apply to UMass Boston. There will be time for questions and answers. To register for a workshop, please do so through the UMass Boston Training Portal at

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