Annual Meeting and Upcoming Spring Events

Dear NAGS Colleagues:

This serves as a reminder that the annual meeting of the Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools will be held virtually on April 9. The meeting will feature 3 plenary sessions, an awards presentation, and a virtual social hour over the course of the day. Individuals at all active institutional members of NAGS may attend the meeting at no additional cost. A program agenda for the meeting can be found here. Individuals may register for the annual meeting by using this short form (Zoom link provided upon submission).

There are also two other events that are open to NAGS institutional members this spring.

Spring 3MT Competition

Friday, April 23, 3:00-5:00 pm

The 2021 NAGS 3MT competition will be held live over Zoom much like the competition in the fall.  Active institutional members of NAGS may register their institutions’ winner here.

NAGS Webinar

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

1:00 – 2:30 pm
Register Here | Zoom Meeting Details

How to Capitalize on Supporting Graduate Student Mental Health

The need to support graduate student mental health has been profiled as our graduate students struggle with the many challenges associated with our present time and circumstances. This session is designed to give Graduate School Deans an understanding of the different determinants of graduate student mental health and to showcase the shared responsibility of being active campus partners. We will also discuss strategies that have been endorsed through the CGS Initiative to Support Graduate Student Mental Health and Wellness. The bulk of our time will be spent sharing and listening to other institutions that have found meaningful ways to support graduate student mental health, including discussions on challenging mentoring situations, destigmatizing help-seeking behavior, the intersectionality of identities as related to graduate student experiences, and more. The goal of this session is to help develop a set of best practice initiatives within our attendees to share with other institutions.


Scott Delcourt
NAGS Secretary-Treasurer

Update on Upcoming Events for Spring 2021

Dear NAGS Colleagues:

I hope your spring semester is off to a good start! On behalf of the NAGS Executive Committee, I wanted to provide this update on recent activities.  

  1. First, the panel discussion on issues and best practices in developing mentoring relationships is posted on the NAGS website here.
  1. A new panel discussion on holistic admissions will be offered in partnership with our colleagues at ETS on Friday, February 19 from 1-2 pm. You may register for the webinar here and obtain the link to the panel discussion on February 19.

Title:  Holistic Admissions: Recruiting and Admitting Diverse Students 

Description:   Recruiting, admitting, and ensuring the success of a diverse and talented cohort of graduate students is one of the most important tasks graduate faculty undertake. In this panel discussion, three experienced former graduate deans will discuss best practices for recruiting underrepresented students, the use of holistic admission approaches to increase diversity, and strategies to promote the success of every student. Each panelist will share their own experiences and provide recommendations for implementing policies and procedures at your institution.

Presenter Information:

Panelist 1: Maureen Grasso, Professor of Textile Sciences and Former Graduate Dean at North Carolina State University, Former Graduate Dean at University of Georgia, and ETS Graduate Education Advisor

Panelist 2: Carlos Grijalva, Emeritus Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, Former Graduate Associate Dean at the University of California, Los Angeles, and ETS Graduate Education Advisor

Panelist 3: Steve Matson, Biology Professor, Former Graduate Dean at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and ETS Graduate Education Advisor

Moderator: Matthew Bashi-Kadlubowski, Associate Director, Academic Support Services, Global Higher Education Division, ETS

  1. The NAGS Executive Committee is assessing the demand for a spring 3MT competition.  We are pleased to announce that Erica Graham from the University of Albany was named the runner-up at the recent CGS 3MT event. If your institution is interested in participating in a spring 3MT competition and will have a finalist by March 31, please indicate your interest here
  1. Finally, please SAVE the DATE of April 9, 2021, for the NAGS annual spring meeting which will feature additional panel discussions and an announcement of the 5 NAGS faculty and student award recipients.

– Scott

Scott Delcourt
NAGS Secretary-Treasurer

2020 3MT Competition


You are invited to join the LIVE (via Zoom) 2020 NAGS 3MT competition, Wednesday, December 9 from 3-5 p.m. EST. Register here to attend. A confirmation email will include the link to join the event.  

Hosted by the University of New Hampshire, the 3MT competition will feature winners of each NAGS member’s own competition, with the winner and runner-up being sent to the upcoming Council of Graduate Schools national competition.

Additionally, we are asking one individual from each NAGS institution to serve as a 3MT judge (one judge per institution). Complete this short form with the contact information for your institution’s judge by 5 p.m. on Monday, December 7. Judges must be present for all 3MT presentations in order to vote for the 3MT winner.

Judging process: 

  • Students will present live and votes will be collected from each judge
  • Judges will vote for one person only
  • 1st and 2nd place winners will be determined by the votes
  • A People’s Choice award will be selected through a poll distributed to ALL institutional attendees 

If you have any questions about the 3MT competition or judging process, please email

Updated Fall 2020 Webinar Series


Due to scheduling conflicts, the webinar session on mentoring has been rescheduled for Friday, December 18, 2020. Details about the session along with the registration link are listed below. 

In addition, the webinar on hosting virtual graduate research conferences previously scheduled for December 18 will be scheduled for sometime in the near future. 

Issues and Best Practices in Developing Mentoring Relationships

Join us for a facilitated discussion on developing mentoring relationships between students and faculty. Moderated by Dr. Elizabeth Kenney, a panel of deans and administrators will discuss best practices and issues in mentoring from both a student and faculty-based perspective. Discussion items will include what ‘good mentoring’ looks like, tips for students and faculty to establish their mentoring relationship, and advice for deans.

Day: Friday, December 18, 2020
Time: 9:00-10:30am EST
Register at: 

Langis Roy, Ph.D.
Dean of Graduate Studies
Professor of Electrical, Computer and Software Engineering
Ontario Tech University

Jennifer Aumiller, M.Ed. 
Director, GPILS/OPS Career and Professional Development
Director, Office of Postdoctoral Scholars
University of Maryland School of Medicine

Dovev Levine, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean for Student Affairs
University of New Hampshire


Elizabeth Kenney, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Center for Research and Creative Activities
Assistant Dean, Research and Graduate Studies
Salem State University

Fall 2020 Webinar Series


Here are the fall 2020 webinars we have planned:

  • Mentoring on November 20, 2020: facilitated by Elizabeth Kenney, Salem State University and Dovev Levine, University of New Hampshire
    • Best practices in providing support and resources to graduate students and their departments to foster productive mentor-mentee relationships.
  • Hosting virtual graduate research conferences + 3MT competitions on December 18, 2020: facilitated by Cari Moorhead and others from UNH
    • Best practices in hosting research conferences and competitions virtually.

November and December webinar events are open to all NAGS institutions (Zoom links will be provided) and the December 2020 3MT competition is open to NAGS institutions that had paid dues in AY 2019-20. 

October 2020: A note from the NAGS Secretary-Treasurer


The NAGS Executive Committee met recently to discuss planned events for NAGS institutional members during the 2020-21 academic year. The pandemic has posed many challenges for all of us, so we hope to provide some positive news. We are pleased to announce that there will be no charge for any events for any representative from a NAGS member institution who has paid 2020-21 annual dues. 

Here’s what we have planned:

During the fall and winter months, NAGS will host a series of informational webinars each focused on topics that graduate deans and their staff are currently facing. Webinar topics tentatively scheduled for November and December include:

  • Mentoring Graduate Students
  • Student Mental Health

In the spring, the annual meeting will transition to a one day virtual event to be held on Friday, April 9, 2021. The winners of all five student and faculty awards will be announced at the annual meeting. Awards nomination instructions and submission forms can be found here.

NAGS also plans to sponsor two 3MT competitions. The first competition will be held on December 9 (3-5pm) for all institutional 3MT winners who were unable to participate this past spring. The competition will be held live over Zoom. Please see the submission instructions and details on presentation format here.

The second 3MT competition will be held in the spring sometime near the annual meeting date.

The webinars, 3MT competitions, and the annual meeting all provide an excellent opportunity to network with graduate school colleagues from other Northeast institutions, and all of the events are free for current NAGS members. If your institution is not currently a member of the Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools, we hope you will consider joining! Renewal notices will be mailed in hard copy to institutional members who have not paid annual dues for 2020-21.

Scott G. Delcourt
NAGS Secretary-Treasurer