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Doctoral Students Selected for National Program to Shape Health Policy

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With the selection of two Brown University graduate students, Chinyere Agbai in sociology and Arjee Restar in public health, as Health Policy Research Scholars, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation will support their research and efforts to translate their findings into health policies.

With an Eye on the World Beyond Brown, Graduate School Welcomes Most Diverse Class to Date

Among the many ambitious goals set in Brown University’s 2016 Pathways to Diversity and Inclusion action plan was the plan to double the number of graduate students from historically underrepresented groups (HUGs) by 2022. Not only would achieving that goal benefit the Brown campus — with a greater diversity of perspectives central to excellence in teaching, research and more — but it would contribute to building a pipeline of potential leaders in higher education and the public and private sectors as well. This fall, as the largest-ever cohort of students from HUGs enters the Graduate School — representing 12 percent of the incoming class — the University has taken a significant step toward meeting the action plan’s goal and, even more importantly, contributing to a more diverse world beyond Brown.

Student Research: New Study Suggests Mercury’s Poles Are Icier Than Scientists Thought

A Brown University study, led by doctoral candidate Ariel Deutsch, identifies three large surface ice deposits near Mercury's north pole, and suggests there could be many additional small-scale deposits that would dramatically increase the planet's surface ice inventory. The scorching hot surface of Mercury seems like an unlikely place to find ice, but research over the past three decades has suggested that water is frozen on the first rock from the sun, hidden away on crater floors that are permanently shadowed from the sun's blistering rays. 

HHMI Fellowships Support Life Science Leaders from Underrepresented Groups

With humility even at a moment when they’ve been selected for significant honors, three young Brown University life scientists,  emphasized that they would never be where they are today without the generous guidance of many mentors. Now, as they accept the prestigious fellowships from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), doctoral students Kavin Nuñez and Shawn Williams, and postdoctoral researcher Arif Hamid all say that they are dedicated to becoming the mentors they know firsthand can make an existential difference in the careers of young scholars, particularly from historically underrepresented groups and low-income backgrounds.

Two PhD Students Receive Ford Fellowships

Doctoral students Amanda Boston, Africana Studies and Elizabeth Rule, American Studies are recipients of the 2017 Ford Foundation Fellowship.

"I'm really excited and honored to have been selected for such a prestigious fellowship. I look forward to working with and learning from others in the network of Ford Fellows who are doing the critical work of promoting diversity and social justice within and outside of the academy," says Boston.

The competition is funded by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine with the goal of increasing the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.

Kaufman Wins American Indian Science and Engineering Society Fellowship

Doctoral student Sierra Kaufman was selected as part of the fourth cohort of students in the Lighting the Pathway to Faculty Careers for Natives in STEM from the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES). Kaufman is a member of the Shinnecock Nation, a small tribe on Long Island. At Brown she studies in the Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences program and is also a Presidential Fellow.

"This fellowship is important to me because it offers support and mentoring sensitive to the issues relevant to Native Americans. My short term goal is to become a capable and competitive applicant for future academic positions and in the long term, to be able to give back by mentoring young members of a diverse STEM community," says Kaufman.

Convocation 2017

Graduate students walk through the Van Wickle Gates, a rite of Convocation. On the Main Green, President Christina Paxson proclaimed the opening of the academic year and welcomed all students to campus. Daniel Jordan Smith,  Professor and Chair of Anthropology, Director, Africa Initiative, Watson Institute, and the Royce Family Professor of Teaching Excellence, offered the keynote address, "So You Want to Change the World?

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: September 7, 12-2 pm, November 16, 2-4 pm, January 25, 4-5 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 may also walk-in or make an appointment throughout the year at the Office of Financial Aid, JWW, Second Floor.

Orientation 2017

Orientation featured a welcome from President Christina Paxson & Provost Richard Locke today, along with sessions on Thriving at Brown and Title IX, as well as a resource fair and historical campus walking tours. The Graduate School's incoming class of 866 includes 330 pursuing doctoral degrees, 516 entering master's programs, and 20 non-degree students.