Graduate Student Appreciation Week

Monday, April 4th to Friday, April 8th is this year’s Graduate Student Appreciation Week, a week full of online and in-person activities and events designed to celebrate graduate students here at UConn. We have the following events happening next week:

Monday, April 4th – The Graduate School: Drinks & Refreshments

Wednesday, April 6th – Center for Career Development: LinkedIn Headshots and CV/Resume Reviews

Wednesday, April 6th – International Student & Scholar Services: Hot Cocoa, Cookies, and S’mores

Thursday, April 7th – The Graduate School & Off-Campus and Commuter Student Services: Pizza Party & Goodie Bag Giveaway

Thursday, April 7th – Women’s Center: Start Smart Salary Negotiation Workshop

Thursday, April 7th – Rainbow Center: Coffee and Donuts

Friday, April 8th – The Graduate School: Lunchtime Trivia

Other department-specific events hosted by various academic departments.

All events are free for graduate students to attend. For more information about the university-wide and departmental events, please visit the website below.

For more information: Graduate Student Appreciation Week

myUConn App – Graduate Student Persona

myUConn is the official app of the University of Connecticut designed for students, staff, faculty, and visitors to explore all UConn has to offer. For more information on the app, visit UConn Mobile.

The Graduate School has recently released a Persona specific to Graduate Students on this app. Designed to present students with the resources they need in the palms of their hands, this Persona gathers resources specific to the graduate student experience from across campus and centralizes them in one convenient location. Within this app, you can find tiles with resources related to Academics, Athletics, Bus Tracker, Campus Maps, Career Development, Dining, Events, and other areas that you may need during your time at UConn. In addition, you can receive important notifications related to campus closings, reminders for applications to graduate, and information on this year’s Graduate Student Appreciation Week from April 4th through April 8th.

The myUConn app can be downloaded via the iOS App Store or Google Play Store. To access the Graduate Student Persona, select “Storrs” as your location and “Graduate Student” as your Persona.

2022 Marth Award Recipient – David Knecht

Portrait image of Marsh Award recipient, David Knecht
David Knecht - Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

It is our pleasure to announce the recipient of this year’s Edward C. Marth Mentorship Award. This award recognizes a faculty member for outstanding leadership and dedication to excellence in mentoring graduate students. It was established by the UConn AAUP to honor Edward Marth, former Executive Director of the UConn AAUP Chapter.

This year’s recipient of the Marth Award is Professor David Knecht from the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology. Professor Knecht joined the MCB faculty in 1987 and has been conducting research with graduate students here at UConn for the past 35 years. It is clear from the testimonials received that he has had a very significant impact on both the professional and personal lives of the students who have worked under his wing, many of whom continue to seek his advice well beyond graduation. His students and colleagues speak to how generous he is with his time and energy, and to his unwavering commitment to his students and to the training of the next generation of researchers. Known as a tough mentor, Professor Knecht sets high standards and expectations for both himself and for his students. He encourages students to develop a “gritty mindset” that he believes is a key to advancing scientific knowledge. Professor Knecht’s receipt of the Marth Award is a fitting recognition of his dedication over the past three decades to both his own students as well as to graduate education more generally.

Professor Knecht is also a very accomplished researcher. His research expertise is in microscopic cellular imaging and computational assessments of cellular movement. He has nearly 100 scholarly publications and in 2019 received the CLAS Research Excellence Award in Life and Behavioral Sciences. In honor of his contributions, Professor Knecht will be giving an address at The Graduate School commencement ceremonies.

Past recipients of the Marth Award include Crystal Park (2021), Preston Britner (2020), Sandra Chafouleas (2019), Maria-Luz Fernandez (2018), Elizabeth Jockusch (2015-2016), Shareen Hertel (2014-2015), John Mathieu (2013-2014), JC Beall (2012-2013) and Dipak Dey (2011-2012).

Last day of work for GAs holding F-1 and J-1 visas


Federal government regulations allow graduate students on F-1 and J-1 visas to hold on-campus employment while they are pursuing their degree. If you complete your degree requirements during Spring 2022 and if your degree is conferred in May, you will no longer be pursuing your degree after 8 May 2022.

If you hold an Academic Year 2021/2022 or Spring 2022 appointment at Storrs or a regional campus (excepting UConn Health), the final date of your appointment is 22 May 2022. If your degree is conferred in May and you hold an F-1 or J-1 visa and your assistantship appointment is covered by a collective bargaining agreement with the Graduate Employee Union (GEU), the time from 8 May 2022 through 22 May 2022 should be treated as time off. Please work with your supervisor to ensure that you finish the duties associated with your assistantship before 8 May 2022. You will still receive your full Spring 2022 GA stipend.

In addition, ISSS will be updating your I-20 or DS-2019 program end date to 7 May 2022 if you are graduating in May and hold a GAship this term. This means your grace period to depart the U.S., or your first eligible date to begin post-completion practical training will begin 8 May 2022. Please plan for this accordingly. ISSS will adjust your I-20 or DS-2019 end date automatically based on notification that you have applied for graduation, or at the time you apply for post-completion OPT (F-1 students) or Academic Training (J-1 students), whichever comes first. ISSS will notify you when your adjusted I-20 or DS-2019 is ready to download from your ISSS portal account.

Please reach out to ISSS at if you have any questions about this change as it relates to your visa status, I-20, grace period, or practical training timeline.

Kent Holsinger

Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of Biology

Vice Provost for Graduate Education

   and Dean of The Graduate School

Rae Alexander

Director, International Student and Scholar Services

NIH Supplements to Support Diversity Mentorship

Sent on behalf of Kent Holsinger, Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Dean of The Graduate School to Department Heads, Directors of Graduate Studies, and Graduate Admins. Please share as appropriate.


The University of Connecticut is committed to building a diverse and inclusive community. As part of that effort, I wanted to let you know that faculty who hold active grants from the National Institutes of Health may be eligible for supplements to their awards to Recognize Excellence in Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility. The supplements provide up to $250,000 in direct costs to perform additional research within the scope of the original project, develop curricula or training activities, or to foster the research career development of additional students or postdocs. Proposals are due by 7 April 2022. Please visit this site for a brief overview of the opportunity and visit the link above for complete details.

Please let me know if there are ways in which The Graduate School can help you prepare a competitive proposal for one of these supplements.


Kent E. HolsingerBoard of Trustees Distinguished ProfessorVice Provost for Graduate Educationand Dean of the Graduate School

Posting: Associate Dean of The Graduate School

The Graduate School seeks applications for an Associate Dean. This management-exempt, 12-month position reports to the Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Dean of The Graduate School (50% Graduate School, 50% home department), and the appointment is expected to begin on or around 1 July 2022. The Associate Dean will receive an adjustment to their current base salary to reflect additional time and responsibilities associated with the position. The appointment may also include an additional administrative supplement.

The successful candidate will be a tenured faculty member at the University of Connecticut and member of the Graduate Faculty with a strong record of scholarly or creative achievement, a broad perspective on university affairs, excellent communication skills, a demonstrated ability to lead in an academic setting, and demonstrated experience with graduate education. The Associate Dean will work with the Vice Provost and Dean, the Associate Dean of The Graduate School at the Health Center, and the Assistant Dean of The Graduate School to develop and implement long-term strategic plans for The Graduate School. The Associate Dean will also play a crucial role in developing Graduate School policies and procedures. Specific duties will include:

  • Collaborating with the Vice Provost and Dean and the Assistant Dean to develop programs that support effective mentoring of graduate students and postdoctoral scholars,
  • Providing advice to departments and programs seeking to develop new graduate programs or to make changes to existing programs,
  • Overseeing review of proposals for creation or modification of graduate degree and certificate programs,
  • Collaborating with relevant University offices to evaluate proposals for new revenue-generating graduate degree or certificate programs,
  • Participating in decisions that affect the grades and academic standing of graduate students,
  • Acting as a hearing officer for cases of academic misconduct, academic dismissal, and for cases arising from the Graduate School complaint procedure,
  • Facilitating the work of the Graduate Faculty Council and its Executive Committee,
  • Maintaining the Bylaws of The Graduate School and the Bylaws of the Graduate Faculty Council and recommending changes to them as necessary,
  • Coordinating updates to the Graduate Catalog,
  • Representing The Graduate School on various university committees, and
  • Advising the Dean of The Graduate School on policies (including admissions, time to degree requirements, contractual relations with graduate assistants, etc.) and performing other duties as needed.

Minimum qualifications

  • Tenured faculty appointment (Associate Professor or Professor) at the University of Connecticut
  • Demonstrated experience with advising or mentoring graduate students
  • Strong record of scholarly or creative achievement
  • Demonstrated record of service at the school, college, or university level, e.g., service on school/college or university committees
  • Demonstrated record of leadership, e.g., leadership of departmental, school/college, or university committees; leadership in a relevant professional society

 Preferred qualifications

  • Appointment as Full Professor
  • Evidence that several advisees have completed graduate degrees and moved into successful careers
  • At least 2-3 years of experience as a Director of Graduate Studies or the equivalent
  • At least 2-3 years of administrative experience


This is a 50% appointment for 12 months/year, with an expected duration of five years. The university offers a full range of health/retirement benefits and tuition waivers. Compensation for this position will consist of an administrative supplement to current base salary. The size of the supplement is expected to be between $25,000 to $60,000 depending on the specific characteristics of the current appointment. The tentative start date is 1 July 2022.


Employment at the University of Connecticut is contingent upon the successful candidate’s compliance with the University’s Mandatory Workforce COVID-19 Vaccination Policy.  This Policy states that all workforce members are required to have or obtain a Covid-19 vaccination as a term and condition of employment at UConn, unless an exemption or deferral has been approved.

Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.


Applications should be submitted electronically by 21 March 2022, to Martha Marroni ( with the subject line “Associate Dean Application.” Applications should be submitted as a single PDF document and contain the following: a curriculum vita, a letter of interest (including a brief summary of relevant experience and a vision for graduate education), and the names and contact information for three (3) professional references.

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found at

The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.

Post Updated: February 28, 2022

No Papers, No Fear: Educator Accomplice Training Series

Sent on behalf of the Office for Diversity and Inclusion, and the Division of Enrollment Planning & Management

The Office for Diversity and Inclusion and the Division of Enrollment Planning and Management are pleased to announce No Papers, No Fear: Educator Accomplice Training for faculty, staff, and graduate students across the UConn system. This two-hour virtual interactive program will increase educators’ and administrators’ knowledge and skills for supporting undocumented students and families. The program was created in partnership with CT Students for a Dream, and will be facilitated by currently and formerly undocumented students.

Please note: These are stand-alone trainings and participants are encouraged to register for only one workshop. Workshops are capped at 40 participants. Registration is first-come, first-serve.


Student Resource Guide – Spring 2022

There are folks across the university ready to provide support and guidance, but you need to reach out for help. Listed below are offices you may reach out to for assistance. Reaching out early is key as there are more options to explore earlier in a semester.


Academic or Faculty Advisor:  A student’s major advisor is a resource in navigating academic challenges. Some academic departments also have program staff that can help you determine next steps academically and connect you to resources.  If you are a graduate student, make sure you discuss all possible options with your major advisor. If you aren’t sure who your advisor is, you can find this information in StudentAdmin.

Advising Centers: Each school or college as well as each regional campus has an office or center with oversight over undergraduate advising. These centers/offices serve as a resource to students, faculty and staff on a wide range of advising matters, including:

  • Permission to register for excess credit or add or drop a course
  • Requesting a late withdrawal from a course
  • Academic probation, dismissal, and appeals of academic dismissal
  • Requesting a general education substitution

To learn more about Advising resources, visit the University Advising website.

Academic Support Services: Graduate and undergraduate students can seek academic support from the Writing Center and the Academic Achievement Center.  The Writing Center provides online writing assistance to both undergraduate and graduate students.  An overview of support for graduate students is available at this link; undergraduates can view this link to learn about available services. The Academic Achievement Center (AAC) offers an array of academic support services, including coaching, mentoring, and student success workshops. Although many of the offerings are geared toward undergraduate students, graduate students can contact the AAC directly to discuss specific support needs and will be referred to available resources. Undergraduate students may seek support from the Q-Center for classes that have a quantitative component. Specifically, the Q-Center provides direct assistance to students via peer tutoring, review sessions, and the creation of innovative learning tools.

Course Instructors:  Students can speak with their course instructor to discuss options within the course, such as opportunities to make up work or extra time on an assignment, as well as the possibility of an Incomplete grade.  The Graduate and Undergraduate Catalogs provide more information on Incomplete grades for students considering this option.

Tutoring: Students in need of tutoring may find help within specific academic programs. Below is a list of tutoring resources students may want to access for potential help.


The UConn Library is available to help students with research assistance.


Dean of Students: Staff in the Dean of Students Office are available to support undergraduate students with academic, personal, and other concerns that impact their student experience. Staff in this office provide support without judgement and can help students as they consider completing current courses, rescheduling final exams, or processing a withdrawal or cancellation for those considering taking a break. To schedule a meeting please call 860-486-3426 or use the chat feature on our website to request a meeting with an Assistant Dean. The Dean of Students Office also offers drop-in support, Monday through Friday from 1:00pm-3:30pm with no appointment needed at that time.



Regional Student Services Staff: Undergraduates at the regional campuses needing support of an academic or personal nature should connect with the Student Services staff on their home campus. Regional campus Student Services staff can help students as they consider completing current courses, rescheduling final exams, and processing a withdrawal or cancellation if you are considering taking a break. Visit this website to schedule an appointment with a Regional Student Services staff member.


Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Affairs, The Graduate School:  The Graduate School staff can answer questions about both academic and non-academic resources that are available to graduate students and advise on strategies for navigating challenges.  If you are struggling to determine what academic resources are available, you can email and a staff member can help you. Graduate students who feel the need to step away from their academic studies temporarily or to withdraw from their program can find more information about taking a leave of absence or voluntary separation at The Graduate School website or by emailing


Center for Students with Disabilities:  Students may want to explore the possibility of accessing accommodations with the Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD). To begin the process of requesting accommodations, visit and click on the MyAccess button to get registered. You will then be assigned to work with a Disability Services Provider who will engage with you to discuss your concerns and appropriate accommodations. Students requesting accommodations will need to provide supporting documentation. Please share the guidelines with your provider to obtain the appropriate documentation. Contact Timothy Smagacz, Program Assistant, at (860) 486-2020 or with questions regarding documentation.

Student Behavioral Health Services (SBHS) – The Student Behavioral Health Service (SBHS) provides evaluation and treatment to medical, dental and graduate students at UConn Health. To learn more about the resources available visit the SBHS website.

Student Health and Wellness – Mental Health: SHAW provides mental health services to promote the emotional, relational, and academic potential of all undergraduate and graduate students. SHAW-Mental Health offers:

  • Rapid access screening appointments
  • Emergency/Crisis assessment
  • Individual and group therapy
  • Medication management
  • Mindfulness/Meditation/Yoga workshops
  • Referral and off-campus support services


Storrs students (undergrad or graduate) may access SHAW-MH by calling 860-486-4705 or schedule a screening appointment online.

Regional campus students (undergrad or graduate) seeking mental health resources will find campus specific contact information at this link.

We are here to help. Please reach out to one of the many offices listed and the staff and faculty will try their best to provide support and identify solutions. Questions about this information should be directed to or


ARP Emergency Grant Application (Phase 3)

**Update – Due to limited remaining ARP funds and a large number of applications received the Phase 3 application has been closed. If future funding is made available updates will be made on our dedicated ARP website

Students who are experiencing an expense related to coronavirus (including eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, tuition and childcare) may complete an emergency grant application at To qualify for an emergency grant the student will have to meet the following criteria:

  •  Enrolled and degree seeking for Spring 2022 term

If eligible, the value of the grant will be for $500.

Spring awarding for ARP Grants will happen starting 02/07/2022 and continue until 05/31/2022.


Phase 3 Application Grant

Applications for emergency grants will open on 02/07/2022. Awarding will begin on 02/15/2022. Students who are experiencing an expense related to coronavirus (including eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, tuition and childcare) may complete an emergency grant application.


To qualify for an emergency grant the student will have to meet the following criteria:

·       Enrolled and degree seeking for the Spring 2022 term


If eligible, the value of the grant will be for $500. The awarded grant will be viewable on Student Admin and will be called either HEERF3/ARP Award 5 or HEERF3/ARP SEOG. Students who applied for, and received, an application grant in Phase 1 and/or Phase 2 can apply for additional funding in Phase 3.


Detailed information outlining all phases of ARP funding and a link to the application can be found on Financial Aid’s website: Please reach out to with any questions.