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    Graduate students make up a quarter of Brown’s student population. Learn about our culture, distinctive 
    opportunities, and academic programs. Read about initiatives in doctoral education and support.

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    Leadership

    Andrew G. Campbell, the 15th dean of the Graduate School: We are deeply committed to the work of broadening participation in higher education and creating a more diverse and inclusive scholarly community.

  • GradCON 2019

    GradCON 2019

    More than 30 alumni shared insights at GradCON 2019. “Reach out to researchers to learn about their experiences and career paths; talk to people with a variety of titles. Gain strong communication skills in conveying complex research to non-technical audiences by taking opportunities to teach, give talks and write," says Anna Hartley ’13 PhD, Senior Research Scientist, Amazon.

  • Research Matters!

    Research Matters!

    Twelve graduate students explained the importance of their research at the Graduate School’s fourth Research Matters event. Topics ranged from oceans on Mars to creating privacy-preserving tools for blockchain. Read more.

  • Orientation 2019

    Orientation 2019

    Welcome! The Graduate School's incoming class of almost 800 students enjoyed sessions on thriving at Brown, gender inclusion, advising, wellness, professional development opportunities, as well as a resource fair and campus tours.

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News and Announcements

Student Research: Cracks in perovskite films for solar cells easily healed, study finds

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A new study, published in the journal Acta Materialia, finds that though perovskite films tend to crack easily, those cracks are easily healed with some compression or a little bit of heat. That bodes well, the researchers say, for the use of inexpensive perovskites to replace or complement pricy silicon in solar cell technologies. Nitin Padture, a professor in Brown’s School of Engineering and director of the Institute for Molecular and Nanoscale Innovation led the study, with doctoral student Srinivas Yadavalli as first author.

For the study, Yadavalli deposited perovskite films on plastic substrates. He then bent the substrate to put tensile (pulling apart) stress on the perovskite film while using a scanning electron microscope (SEM) to detect cracks. Once the film was cracked, the researchers then bent the substrate in the opposite direction to see if compressive stress might heal those cracks. Read more.

Backup Care Now Available for All Graduate Students with Care.com

Care.com, a family care service that can assist students with backup care and finding caregivers, is now available to all degree-seeking graduate students at Brown. A Care.com premium membership includes access to a database of providers for a child, an elderly adult, home, pet, or tutoring. There is no cost to find care providers on the self-service site. Students can identify prospective caregivers and then discuss the cost of care directly with them.

Eligible graduate students can also take advantage of subsidized backup care for in-home or in-center childcare. Backup care is charged at a subsidized rate of $4.00/hour for in-home care and $10 per child per day at a child care center. Brown will cover five days of backup per calendar year.Questions? Learn more at brown.edu/go/care and signup at browngradfamilies.care.com.

Campbell Named in List of 100 Inspiring Black Scientists

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As part of a celebration for Black History month, CrossTalk, a blog from Cell Press, named Dean Andrew G. Campbell as one of 100 inspiring black scientists in America. The list includes established investigators that range from tenure track assistant professors to associate and full professors, as well as scientists the organization considers rising stars. "Our hope is that this resource will have a significant and long-lasting effect on all members of the scientific community and continue to emphasize the need for diversity in the academy," says their website. Cell Press is a publisher of cutting-edge biomedical and physical science research and reviews.