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Horace Mann Medal

The Horace Mann Medal 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. Any graduate of a Brown advanced-degree program is eligible.  The medal is awarded at Commencement exercises in May. 

The Graduate School issues a call for nominations in the fall. A nomination should, at a minimum, include a strong supporting rationale for the nomination, expressed in a letter of nomination. Up to two additional supporting letters may also accompany the nomination. All nominations will be made through UFunds.

The final selection process takes place in the fall, in conjunction with the University's selection of honorary-degree recipients. (Nominations received after the deadline will be considered in the next round of review.) Selection news is announced in May.

This award was created in 2003 and replaced the Distinguished Graduate School Alumni Award.  

2017-2018 Horace Mann Medal winner:

Silvia E. Giorguli Saucedo ’04 PhD

Silvia E. Giorguli Saucedo is the first female president of El Colegio de México (Colmex), the top research and teaching university for social sciences and humanities in Mexico.

After receiving her PhD at Brown in 2004, she joined the faculty of the Center for Demographic, Urban and Environmental Studies at Colmex. In 2009 she was named director of the Center, where she transformed and revitalized the master’s and doctoral programs, adding a new program of modular training in advanced research methods, and hiring a number of new faculty from top-tier U.S. doctoral programs. She also established a new demographic journal, Coyuntura Demográfica, and from 2009 to 2015 she was president of the Mexican Demographic Society. 

Her research and academic activities focus on the issue of international migration from Mexico to the United States and its consequences for the Mexican population on both sides of the border. She has also studied the transitions to adulthood in Latin America, and the effects of demographic change, particularly on education. 

“The Other Side of the Migration Story: The Implications of Mexico-U.S. Migration for Mexico,” her Commencement Forum talk, is open to the public and takes place on Saturday, May 26, at 11 a.m. in Metcalf Research Laboratory, Friedman Auditorium, Room 101, located at 190 Thayer Street.

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