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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. It is presented at the Graduate School Commencement ceremony in May.

Nominations for the Wilson-DeBlois Award should be made to the Graduate Student Council by completing the nomination form by February 28. Questions should be sent to

Current and former recipients of the Wilson-DeBlois Award:

Angelica Vargas, Academic Programs Manager in the Economics Department 

Brian Walton, Associate Dean for Administration and Program Development, Graduate School
Gail Lee, Payroll Specialist, Graduate School

Janet Peters
, Coordinator, Writing Center

Dr. Gail Cohee, Director, Sarah Doyle Women's Center

Chelsea Shriver, Administrative Coordinator (former), John Nicholas Brown Center

Muriel Bessette, Graduate/Administrative Assistant, Sociology

Pamela McNulty, Administrative Assistant/Dossier Service Coordinator, Brown University Career Development Center

Nancy Picard, Administrative Manager, Brown University Graduate School

Douglas Brown, Director, Brown University Writing Center

Erma Wallace, Coordinator of Administrative Affairs, Brown University Graduate School

Laura Hess, Associate Director for the Humanities and Social Sciences, The Harriet W. Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning 
Janet Rankin, Associate Director for Life Sciences and Physical Sciences, The Harriet W. Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning

Michael Diffily, Associate Dean, Brown University Graduate School