Grants Info Session

Students interested in funding opportunities for independent projects, divisional work, or internship/volunteer positions are encouraged to attend a “Grants Info Session” on Thursday (March 7th) in Kern 202 (12-1:30pm). The event is hosted by managers of student funds from across campus; and will feature presentations of funding opportunities from several departments. Students will also learn how to write a strong proposal and create a budget.

This event is open to all students in all divisions. Lunch will be provided.

Need a Library Carrel?

The library is now accepting applications for library carrels for the Spring 2018 semester!

  • Carrels are reserved, private study desks located on the 2nd & 3rd floors of the library
  • More info about policy & assignment process can be found here
  • Library carrels are assigned to students through an application process
  • Applying for a carrel does not guarantee that you will be assigned a carrel
  • Demand for carrels generally exceeds the number of carrels available
  • Library staff will consider all eligible applicants who submit completed applications by the closing date
  • Library staff will notify all applicants no later than one week after the closing date & usually earlier!

In assigning carrels, the library will give priority:

  • To final semester Div III students willing to share carrels
  • To final semester Div III students, and
  • To first semester Div III students who are willing to share carrels

In all three of these groups, students who have not previously had carrel access will be given priority over those who have already had carrels assigned to them. Carrel space is limited, so we highly encourage you to find a carrel mate with whom you can share the space. If you list a specific carrel mate in your application, that individual must also submit an application and list you as carrel mate. Make sure you communicate with your intended carrel mate before submitting your application. If you are willing to share a carrel, but don’t have a carrel mate in mind, the library will facilitate a match.

Knowledge Commons Skill Share

We are putting on a Skill Share Nov. 30th, this Thursday, with four workshops on how to use excel, write scientific papers, make DIV3 invites, and give DIV3 elevator pitches, as well as a space to network and express ideas for future workshop and collaboration spaces.

The details are:

Nov. 30 in the KC

1:00-1:20 Snacks and Opening, Pizzas, Mixer (This continues as a separate space outside the workshops during the entire event)

1:30-2:20 XTRE(M)EXCEL Workshop

2:30-3:20 How to Write a Scientific Paper Workshop

3:30-4:50 Elevator Pitch Workshop

5:00-6:30 Div III Invitations Workshop


Div 3 Writing Jams!!!

Writing Jams, otherwise known as write-on-sites, are a spaces to come write with other Div3s! If you are feeling isolated in your writing or are feeling like you need a community to keep you accountable to getting your work done, these sessions offer a group space to do so. These meetings are useful for setting work goals and engaging in the practice of writing (or whatever kind of independent reading, writing, planning, organizing, reflecting, etc. that your project entails). The collective energy of writing will hopefully inspire a focused and productive working space. Post-writing, there will be debriefing and setting next working goals, as well as time for socializing.

Join the Div 3 Academic Community Network for a writing jam. Jams are currently held on Mondays from 1:30-3:00 p.m. in the Airport Lounge (APL) and Thursdays 4-6 p.m. in the Roos Rhode House.

These events are student-organized and student-run!


Make the most of your Div III meetings

Your committee meetings should propel you  forward. To get the most out of them, there are things you can do before, during, and after the meeting to share your work, clarify your questions, and plan for next steps.

See if this handout helps you organize yourself to make the most of your meetings. Use what is helpful and adapt it.


Bullet Journals to Keep You on Track

Some people find the practice of keeping a bullet journal helpful. It organizes your to-do lists, sets dates for tasks, helps with prioritizing and seeing what you have finished and what you still need to do. Watch this video to see if it might be for you. Of course, there are other ways to use a journal if this one way is not helpful.


Archive your Div III

Congratulations! You just finished or are close to finishing up your Division III project! As you are ringing the bell and enjoying the glories of being Div Free you should also consider archiving your Div.  Archiving your project is a wonderful way to share your work with the community and for future students to get inspired.

You can find the Div III archives online or you can browse the Library’s physical collection.

For instructions on how to submit a physical or digital copy of your Division III project click here!

Div III Orientation: Faculty Advice + Audio

Here are some highlights from a past faculty panel (NOTE: audio is currently as .mov files)

First, a bit on expectations (.mov) — Laura Wenk


Jason Tor (.mov)  Associate Professor of Microbiology


  • Stay connected to other students
    • ask committee members for suggestions of other students who do similar things
    • attend events
    • set up peer reading/writing groups
  • Time management
    • It gets complicated. If you start work early it will give your project time to evolve.
  • Instead of avoiding your sore spots get help from your committee and campus resources

Elly Donkin (.mov) Professor of Theater

  • Establish a balance between staying connected to other students and retreating into your workspace and work time.
  • You will reach a moment of truth where you might feel adrift in an ocean. Consider your faculty committee as collaborators and seek out their input.
  • Be prepared to have some progress made by December. Don’t wait to move ideas forward.
  • Leave time to encounter the unexpected.

Rachel Rubinstein (.mov) Associate Professor of American Literature & Jewish Studies


  • Don’t be afraid to approach faculty outside of your disciplinary area. They can bring a fresh perspective to your work.
  • No one knows how to do a Div III until you’ve done one. Be patient with yourself in the process.
  • Meet regularly with your full faculty committee.You’re responsible for getting them in the same room and when you do: write everything down!
  • Meet with the librarians to get help with research. Including online bibliographical systems like Zotero.
  • Seek out writing support through concentrator seminars, peer groups, and the writing center.
  • As you’re reading, write down your thoughts. Trust your ideas!
  • Expect moments of pain and struggle.
  • Don’t disappear! There’s always a way to get back on track and your committee can help.

Aaron Berman (,mov) Professor of History


  • Div III is an exciting and important part of your Hampshire experience (it is his favorite as a faculty member and was his favorite as a student)
  • Picking a topic can be complicated. Here are some tips.
    • Like your topic. If you’re not invested in it you’ll be miserable by April.
    • It needs to be doable in 2 semesters. Consider access to resources when making your decision
    • Have fun!

Melissa Burch (.mov) Associate Professor of Cognitive Development

  • In defining the scale and scope of your process, consider:
    • A sustaining question and what you’re prepared to do to investigate it.
    • The methods you want to explore and your ideal outcomes.
    • Consider the future. What experiences will get you where you want to go?

Q & A (.mov)

Any advice for students with Five College faculty on their committees or other off-campus members?

  • If you can’t meet in person, just be sure you’re all on the same page.
  • Skype members in.

How long of a reading period should I aim for?

The first semester of your Div III is a time to be reading and writing all the time. As you move into second semester you may end up reading only as needed and working on revising your writing. You should speak with your committee members about what the best plan is for you.

Where can students find grants?

  • Want more advice?
    Visit the Creativity Center drop-in hours:
    Wednesdays from 1-4pm in the Lemelson Building
    Thursdays from 4-6pm at the Library Info Bar.

Introduction of some Hampshire Resource Staff (.mov)