Graduate Student Resources

Progressing through the Degree

Dissertation Chapter Event--13 April 2016

Presentation on Ph.D. Qualifying Exams--14 October 2015

Ph.D. Completion Workshop: How a Writing Group Can Change Your (Graduate) Life--5 November 2015
       To start or join a writing group, see the Graduate School Writing Center page


Graduate Student Rights

Know Your Rights, How to Use Them, and How to Fight for More of Them--23 February 2016

UAM GA Employee Rights.pdf

The Graduate Student Legal Aid office provides free legal advice to graduate students and can be good advocates for you. 


Professionalization Resources

The GEO Professionalization chair hosts several events each semester.  Other professionalization events occur through ARHU, the libraries, and other centers on campus.  

Archive of GEO events:

Professionalizing English Graduate Degrees--6 April 2016
    Terp Career & Internship Guide 2016.pdf

    UMD Online skill training courses offered free to UMD students & staff

Alternative Careers for English PhDs--5 May 2015

MA Alumni Panel: What do you do with an MA in English?--24 April 2015

Making the Most of Conference Presentations--9 Mar. 2015

Benefits of Event Attendance for Graduate Students --13 Oct. 2014

Preparing for and Navigating the Academic Job Market--5 Nov. 2014

Archive of other events on campus: 

Library guide to Author Rights for publication

Professional Pathways After Graduate School: Careers outside the Academy--ARHU panel, 5 Nov. 2014


Grants, Fellowships, & Other Financial Support

Two sites that often list grant and fellowship opportunities are ARHU's Graduate Fellowships and Grants page and the Graduate School's Student Fellowships and Awards page. 
For help writing the grants, see the ARHU Grant Writing Resources page.

ARHU Research Development and Grant Writing Workshop, Cara Kennedy (Grants Development Coordinator)--28 April 2015
See also the accompanying handout with example documents. 

Travel & Research Support:
When funds are available, the English Department offers travel support for students presenting at professional conferences, conducting archival or other special research, and attending the MLA conference for academic job market interviews. You must apply through the English Department as well as to ARHU. Make sure you start your application in enough time to meet the deadlines for both!
Here's an FAQ about the ARHU Travel Awards


Teaching & Pedagogy Resources

The Teaching and Learning Transformation Center (TLTC) (formerly the Center for Teaching Excellence) also runs several events each semester, including speakers, a brown bag lunch discussion series, workshops, webinars, and more.  Here's also a link to the old CTE website.  

There are a number of CTE pedagogy books on the bookshelf in the Graduate Lounge that are free for anyone to use in planning or to scan content for posting on ELMS. 

Archive of GEO events:

Campus Safety (hosted by AWP)--5 November 2015
     BETA Team Handout on Responding to Concerning Situations

Event on Teaching Assignments--7 October 2015 (a discussion with schedulers Michele Drummond & Theresa Coletti)

Using VoiceThread--1 October 2015 (includes instructions on how to add VoiceThread to ELMS)


Graduate Student Life

The office of Graduate Student Life runs the Graduate Student Lounge in Stamp, offers a monthly social series, and offers this handbook of resources.  



See the new Off-Campus Housing page, with links to apartment finders and roommate finders. 


Residency Reclassification

If you have moved to Maryland, follow the directions on this page to apply for a reclassification of your residency.  You need to complete this process before the first day of the semester in which you wish in-state residency to apply.  


Health Insurance

See the Business Office page.   See the Open Enrollment benefit packets distributed to your mailbox for more information about the various health plans offered, or review the documents online.


Graduate Assistantships

The Career Center's guide to finding Graduate Assistantships

The office of Graduate Student Life also sends out a weekly email with GA positions currently being posted. 


Managing Finances

UMD has just launched an online financial literacy tool called iGrad that offers personalized mini-courses, articles and videos, financial calculators, and online advising options.  It also allows you to create a personal financial plan, track your student loans, and search for scholarships.  Sign up is free!

The Graduate School has posted the videos from a series of workshops called "Make $ense of your Money: Financial Literacy Workshop Series", covering pensions and investments, credit, and repaying student loans.   

UMD also provides tax resources such as Graduate School's Tax Assistance Program (TAP), especially for international students. 



Managing Parenthood and Graduate Study in the UMD English Department

Tawes has a lactation room on the 3rd floor.  For information about how to access the room, see here.


Archive of Departmental & University Meeting Notes

Departmental Assembly GEO rep notes, 04.18.16.docx