Interdisciplinary Initiatives

The Graduate School sponsors the following programming events and initiatives to promote interactions among graduate students and campus community members in different disciplines.

GRAD Talks

GRAD Talks are short presentations that occur in an informal conversational setting and allow graduate students to present their research to the broader university community. The Graduate School and the Kathryn A. Martin Library co-sponsor these events to foster interactions among faculty and grad students in disparate disciplines that could grow into meaningful new transdisciplinary collaborations. In accordance with current social distancing guidelines, these talks will be held online via Zoom.

Spring 2022

  • Contact the Grad Office at [email protected] if you would like to present a GRAD Talk.

3MT at UMD

The 3-Minute Thesis (3MT®) is a research communication competition that challenges graduate students to communicate the significance of their independent projects without the use of props or industry jargon, in just three minutes. The exercise develops academic, presentation, and research communication skills and enhances the capacity of research students to explain their work to a non-specialist audience and to leave their audience wanting to know more.

The 2021 systemwide contest will take place on November 12, 2021 on the Twin Cities campus. Local rounds take place the week of October 18. See more information linked here.

Graduate Student Association

The student representatives to the UMD Graduate Programs Committee are also the leaders of the Graduate Student Association at UMD. The Grad Student Association hosts socials and activities that allow students to meet others from programs outside of their own, as well as give them the opportunity to share their experiences as graduate students at UMD. Join the GSA on Bulldog Connect!

Your student representatives for 2021-22 are Dakota Leget (Psychological Sciences MA, 2nd year), Dylan Reed-Fuglestad (Music MM, 2nd year), and Sai Charitha Kothapalli (Computer Science MS, 1st year).

Elections for the 2022-23 academic year are coming up soon! Current graduate students are encouraged to nominate themselves or another student for a leadership role. Nominations close April 25 at 4:30pm.

If you're interested in learning more about any of these initiatives, please contact the UMD Graduate School Office at [email protected] for more information.