• Campus Culture

    Campus Culture

    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.

  • Leadership

    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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In socially distanced Graduate School ceremony, speakers call on peers to ‘show up’ and ‘do good work’

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For brief moments, a casual onlooker could be forgiven for assuming Brown’s Graduate School Ceremony during Commencement Weekend was no different than ever.

Like the ceremonies of years past, the event on Saturday, May 1, opened with a stirring rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” by one of Brown’s own — Arlen Austin, a Ph.D. graduate in modern culture and media. As usual, Graduate School Dean Andrew G. Campbell took to the podium to preside, welcoming and congratulating the 763 master’s and Ph.D. graduates. Read more.

Student Research: Thick lithosphere casts doubt on plate tectonics in Venus’s geologically recent past

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At some point between 300 million and 1 billion years ago, a cosmic object smashed into the planet Venus, leaving a crater more than 170 miles in diameter. A team of Brown University researchers, including doctoral student Evan Bjonnes, has used the ancient impact scar to explore the possibility that Venus once had Earth-like plate tectonics. For a study published in Nature Astronomy, the researchers used computer models to recreate the impact that carved out Mead crater, Venus’s largest impact basin. Mead is surrounded by two clifflike faults — rocky ripples frozen in time after the basin-forming impact. Read more.

Student Research: A new tool discovered for reconstructing ancient sea ice to study climate change

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Sea ice is a critical indicator of changes in the Earth’s climate. A new discovery by Brown University researchers, including Karen Wang, a doctoral student in Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences, could provide scientists a new way to reconstruct sea ice abundance and distribution information from the ancient past, which could aid in understanding human-induced climate change happening now. In a study published in Nature Communications, the researchers show that an organic molecule often found in high-latitude ocean sediments, known as tetra-unsaturated alkenone (C37:4), is produced by one or more previously unknown species of ice-dwelling algae. As sea ice concentration ebbs and flows, so do the algae associated with it, as well as the molecules they leave behind. Read more.