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2016 IMS Symposium – Call For Abstracts

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Dear IMS grad students,

This is the first call for abstracts for the 2016 UMass Intercampus Marine Science Symposium!

The 2016 UMass Intercampus Marine Science Symposium will be held on Friday, March 25th, 2016, from 9:30am to 5pm at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Oral presentations will begin at 10am, and a poster session will occur during lunch. We hope to begin the program with short keynote talks from a faculty member at each of the four UMass campuses, with the remainder of the program being filled by graduate student presentations. This event is a wonderful opportunity for SMAST and IMS graduate students to share their current or proposed research, get feedback from other students, faculty, and scientists, and boost their CV.

Submissions for oral and poster presentations will be accepted beginning February 5, 2016 until spaces are filled or until the deadline on February 29, 2016. We highly encourage visiting IMS students from the Amherst, Lowell, and Boston campuses to submit abstracts and attend the meeting.

The time allotted for oral presentations is 12 minutes, with 3 minutes for questions. There is no limit to the number of accepted posters.

Please submit your abstracts to our volunteer program coordinator, Brooke Wright, at with your last name and “IMS Symposium Abstract” in the subject line. Your email should contain a PDF attachment with:

  • Your full name and campus affiliation
  • Indication of your degree track (MS, PSM, or PhD)
  • Indication of whether your submission is an oral presentation or poster
  • Your abstract (250-word limit) with title and authors

Prizes will be awarded for oral and poster presentations in the following divisions:

  • Best Oral Presentation by a MS student
  • Best Oral Presentation by a PhD student
  • People’s Choice
  • Best Poster

We’re looking forward to your involvement!

Thank you,

IMS symposium student coordinators
Robert Wildermuth and Chang Liu

Cost of living in this area

Are you an incoming student to SMAST and wonder what the cost of living in this area is? If yes, you may find this information helpful.

In 2013 the International Student & Scholar Center of UMass Dartmouth conducted a fairly comprehensive Cost of Living Survey to the international students attending UMass Dartmouth on their costs of specific items, ranging from rent, utilities to furniture, school supplies and bedding.

Click here to view the full 2013 Cost of Living Report.

Katy Shoemaker – Graduate Student Senator

The following message is from Katy Shoemaker, a senator representing SMAST at the Graduate Student Senate (GSS) of UMass Dartmouth.

Greetings fellow SMASTers! In addition to being represented by our two wonderful department representatives, the SMAST college has one seat in the UMD Graduate Student Senate. As your senator, I meet twice a month with the senators from the other colleges to discuss issues pertaining to our graduate community. We plan campus-wide activities as well as accept proposals for events hosted by individual organizations. Just this year, the GSS has voted to start an endowment fund in which monies raised through graduate events will be applied to a fund in which the interest accrued will be used as a scholarship for future graduate students.

The GSS can be a great source of extra funding for conferences. After asking the graduate school and SMAST for travel grants, the GSS often approves requests for small sums (up to $500 typically) to support individual travel.

As a part of the senate, I serve on two subcommittees: the election and social committees. If you are interested in running for my seat next year, or if you have any ideas or suggestions for events held through the school or through SMAST, feel free to contact me. Other schools and organizations use quite a lot of the GSS resources planning fun or enriching activities, and we should too!


Katyanne Shoemaker


UMass Amherst Library Access

Updated Feb. 2017

This is a very helpful tip for new students and those who did not know about it. As IMS students we have access to UMass Amherst library. They have a very extensive online catalog of journals and it is easier to find and article and download the full text immediately than in UMassD library.

In order to obtain a username and password, please follow the instructions for Non-Employee, Non-Student (NENS) Application on UMass Amherst. You will need a signature from the SMAST Dean.