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Graduate Student Opportunities: Research Matters, Community Fellows, Effective Performance training & Teaching workshop

September 5, 2017

Dear students: 

We invite you to explore several initiatives that provide graduate students with additional ways to share their research ideas, create community, and build communication skills:

1)  Research Matters. Know a graduate student with a strong research story to tell? Nominate them for the Graduate School’s third Research Matters event, featuring brief talks for a general audience on “why my research matters.”  We’re looking for 5-minute talks on research projects by Brown University master’s and doctoral students. Nominate yourself or someone else by September 11, 2017. Nominees will be invited to apply as they are nominated. All submissions from interested nominees are due to the Graduate School by September 19, 2017. For more information, see the promo video and visit

2) Graduate Community Fellows Program. Graduate Community Fellows will design and implement initiatives that strengthen the Brown graduate community and foster a culture that celebrates diversity, inclusion, and equity. The Graduate School, with support from the Offices of Global Engagement, Institutional Diversity and Inclusion, and the Provost, offers this new program. Apply to be in the second cohort by September 29, 2017. See

3) Effective Performance: Improvisation and Performance Techniques for Graduate Students, 5 session workshop. A pilot project with Trinity Repertory Theater, this 5-session workshop gives participants an opportunity to explore in a fun and interactive setting how to engage their bodies, voices, and passions to communicate in compelling ways. Participants will receive an introduction to performance values, drawn from improvisational and theatrical techniques, rather than formal public speaking training. Sessions will be held Mondays, 5-8pm starting Oct. 16. Apply for the 5-session workshop by October 11, 2017. For more information, see

4) SAVE-THE-DATE: Teaching at teaching-intensive institutions conference, October 6, 2017. Westfield State University, Westfield, MA. This conference, sponsored by Brown Graduate School and other regional teaching-intensive institutions, is a free all-day workshop that introduces graduate students and recent PhDs to careers at teaching-intensive institutions.  Registration link to be posted soon on this site:

Questions? Contact me at [email protected].

Best wishes,
Vanessa Ryan
Associate Dean for Student Development
Brown University Graduate School