Awards & Honors

Horace Mann Medal
The Horace Mann Medal was established in 2003 on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Brown University Graduate School. The award is given annually to a Brown Graduate School alumnus or alumna who has made significant contributions in his or her field, inside or outside of academia. The medal replaces the Distinguished Graduate School Alumni Award, and, since 2008, is awarded at the University’s Commencement exercises in May. Any graduate of a Brown advanced-degree program is eligible.

2015 Medalist
Lynn Rothschild ’85 Ph.D.

 


Joukowsky Dissertation Award
The Joukowsky Family Foundation Outstanding Dissertation Award is an annual prize awarded by the Graduate School for superior achievements in research by students who are completing their Ph.D.s. Supported through the generosity of the Joukowsky Family Foundation, the awards are usually given to four students per year, one from each of the four main areas: the humanities, the life sciences, the physical sciences, and the social sciences. The award and an honorarium are given out at the Graduate School Commencement ceremony.

2015 Award Winners 

  • Rebecca Stephens Falcasantos, Religious Studies, “'A Land Cleansed of Heretics' Cult Practice and Contestation in the Christianization of Late Antique Constantinople"
  • Nicholas W. Bellono, Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology, "Ionic Signaling in Pigmentation"
  • Martin Ulirsch, Mathematics, "Tropical Geometry of Logarithmic Schemes"
  • Sarah Elizabeth Newman, Anthropology, “Rethinking Refuse: A History of Maya Trash”

Outstanding Academic Accomplishment by a Master’s Student
This award recognizes an outstanding academic accomplishment demonstrated by a Brown University Master’s student in any department or program while enrolled at the University. The award and an honorarium are presented at the Graduate School Commencement ceremony.

2015 Award Winner
Elizabeth Kinnard, Behavioral and Social Health Sciences
 


Master’s Award for Professional Excellence
This award recognizes outstanding contributions by a Brown University Master’s student which influence or contribute to the field or profession. Such professional development may be accomplished during fieldwork, internship, or capstone experiences, for example. The award and an honorarium are presented at the Graduate School Commencement ceremony.

2015 Winner
Christopher Godfrey
, Executive Master's of Healthcare Leadership


Master’s Award for Engaged Citizenship and Community Service
This award recognizes outstanding engaged citizenship and service to the community within or outside of the University by a Master’s student in any program. The award and an honorarium are presented at the Graduate School Commencement ceremony.

2015 Winner
Amelia Grabowski, Public Humanities

 


Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching
The Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching is an annual prize awarded by the Graduate School to recognize outstanding pedagogical achievement by a Brown University graduate student. The award and an honorarium are given out at the University Awards ceremony, which is held in early May.

2015 Award Winners

Andrea Elizabeth Flores, Anthropology
Jonathan E. Sozek, Religious Studies

 

 


Graduate School Faculty Award for Advising and Mentoring
Created by the Graduate Council in 2010, the Graduate School Faculty Award for Advising and Mentoring recognizes a faculty member who has made a significant contribution as an advisor or mentor to graduate students. Any Brown faculty member who has served as graduate advisor, trainer, or dissertation chair, unofficial or official mentor is eligible for nomination. The recipient is honored at the annual University Awards Ceremony. The award is announced at Commencement.

2015 Award Winner
Patricia Ybarra
, Associate Professor of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies




Wilson-DeBlois Award
The Brown University Graduate Student Council confers the Wilson-DeBlois Award annually to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to graduate students and the Graduate School. The Wilson-DeBlois Award is named in honor of George Grafton Wilson and Austen K. DeBlois, recipients of Brown’s first Doctor of Philosophy degrees in 1889. The award is given annually on behalf of all Brown graduate students to express their appreciation for the recipient’s dedication and commitment to graduate students at the University.

2015 Award Winner
Angelica Vargas
Academic Programs Manager, Department of Economics