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For Second Year Running, Brown Produces Most Fulbright Winners in the U.S.

For the second year in a row, students and recent graduates from Brown University earned more Fulbright student scholarships than from any other university in the nation, data released by the Fulbright Program reported on Monday, Feb. 19. In total, 39 Brown students and recent graduates received Fulbright awards for the 2017-18 year — 25 undergraduates, six graduate students and eight recent alumni. Awarded by the U.S. State Department, the grants fund research or teaching abroad for up to one year. Read more.

GSC Calls for Commencement Speakers

The Graduate Student Council invites students who intend to complete their programs in May 2018 to apply to be the Commencement Speaker at the doctoral or master's ceremonies, both to be held on May 27.  Interested students can apply up until midnight on Sunday, March 4. For more information, see the application.  

Othello at Trinity Rep Directed by MFA Alum

Shakespeare’s Othello opens mid-February at Trinity Rep. The show is directed by Brown alum Whitney White MFA ’15 and stars MFA students L’Oreal Lampley, Ryan Joseph Broussard, Brendan Hickey, and alum Daniel Duque-Estrada MFA ’13, alongside resident acting company members. The tragic play will explore military themes, as well as the friendships and relationships that form the basis for the story of betrayal and jealousy. More information can be found at

Commencement: Awards and Preparation

The Graduate School will confer doctoral and master's degrees on Sunday, May 27, 2018. Students who are poised to complete in 2018 must take the following essential steps: submit the Application to Graduate via Banner by May 1, complete the Award Form (if applicable) May 1, and rent or purchase academic regalia by April 22. Additionally, nominations for Graduate School awards are due April 1. For more information on Commencement, please visit the Commencement website.

Ramachandran and Braun to Speak at Feb. 28 Academy in Context

Sohini Ramachandran and Lundy Braun are the featured speakers of the February 28, 2018, Academy in Context dinner-seminar entitled, "Approaches to Studying Race and Health." Ramachandran will discuss how current genomic studies of disease focus on homogeneous, and usually European, patient data. Braun will describe how the spirometer, a machine that measures lung function, routinely "corrects" for race in clinical and research settings. Ramachandran is an Associate Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Computer Science and Director for the Center for Computational Molecular Biology. Braun is a Professor of Medical Science and Africana Studies. Learn more.

New Career Exploration Tool: ImaginePhD

ImaginePhD is a free, online career exploration and planning tool designed for PhD students and postdoctoral scholars in humanities and social sciences. Students can assess skills, interests and values; explore career paths; create self-defined goals; and map out next steps for careers. Developed by experts from over 50 universities, ImaginePhD offers a unique platform that teaches PhDs about popular job sectors, search strategies, and how to transfer skills across settings. A similar site targeting STEM graduate students, My IDP, has over 100,000 Ph.D. users and continues to grow. The ImaginePhD project is powered by the Graduate Career Consortium.

5th Year Master's Fair on Feb. 8

The Graduate School is hosting a 5th Year Master's Fair on Thursday, February 8, from 3-5 p.m. in the Sayles Hall Auditorium. Brown juniors and seniors are encouraged to come explore their options for a master's degree on College Hill. Seniors may apply up until Commencement. Program representatives and the Graduate School will be available to answer questions. See the list of programs offering a 5th year degree. 

Financial Aid Counseling: Open Hours

Stop by the Graduate School Offices in Horace Mann (47 George Street) to speak with Financial Aid assistant director, Peter Baron. Upcoming drop-in hours will be: January 25, 3-5 pm in room 102He can assist with guidance on the financial aid process, connect students with other financial departments at Brown (Registrar, Bursar, Loan Office), help determine eligibility for federal and private loans, and provide guidance on how to research and where to apply for grants, scholarships, and fellowships. 

Students can also either call or walk-in to the Office of Financial Aid during on-call hours to speak with a financial aid counselor. Walk-in hours are Monday through Friday from 10 am to 4:30 pm, except Wednesdays when walk-in hours start at 11 am. Students can also view when counselors are available or if the office is closed on the counselor calendar page.

MFA Students and Alum Part of Into the Breeches! at Trinity Rep

Into the Breeches! opens on Jan. 25 at Trinity Rep and stars MFA student Meghan Leathers and alum Lynette Freeman MFA ’09. MFA student Maurice Decaul is dramaturg; he serves within the Theater Communications Group as the first official artist-in-residence as part of the launch of the Veterans and Theatre Institute. The play is set in 1942 Providence and follows the women of the fictional Oberon Playhouse, who continue to produce a Shakespearean production even though the company’s men are fighting overseas in World War II. Learn more.