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Students Honored for Pedagogical Achievement

Four graduate students received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching at the University Awards Ceremony on April 30: Sarah Kaptur (Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, and Biochemistry), Jonathan Lande (History), Justin Pombrio (Computer Science), and Ian Russell (Hispanic Studies). “Winning this award is an enormous delight for me because it recognizes an aspects of my work at Brown for which I’m very proud,” says Russell. All four students received glowing recommendations from their advisors, directors of graduate students, and students. Read more.

Ragtime at Trinity Rep Include MFA Student Actors

Trinity Rep ends their Spring season with Ragtime, a musical, set in 1906, that reflects the country’s political and social climate at that time. The cast is packed with current MFA students: Alexander De Vasconcelos Matos, Evan Andrew Horwitz, Olivia Miller, Antonio Michael Woodard, and alums Mia Ellis ’12 MFA, Rebecca Gibel ’10 MFA, Charlie Thurston ’12 MFA, and Jude Sandy ’09 MFA. Based on a novel of the same name, the show tackles race, women’s rights, immigration, and workers’ rights. Ragtime runs through May 27. Learn more.

Fischer Wins Pelzer Prize

Doctoral student Anne Gray Fischer wins the prestigious Louis Pelzer Memorial Award from the Organization of American Historians (OAH). “It's an incredible honor to have my work recognized by the OAH, and a very gratifying measure of support from established scholars in my field,” says Fischer. A graduate student is presented the annual award for the best essay in American History. This is the second year in a row a Brown graduate student has won (Daniel Platt won in 2017); both students are under the mentorship of Professor Robert Self.

Nine Current Graduate Students Win Prestigious NSF Fellowships

The National Science Foundation has selected 30 Brown University students and alumni, including nine current graduate students, to receive funding for graduate study under the Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP). “Brown University graduate and undergraduate students have again done an excellent job distinguishing themselves as outstanding scholars by being named NSF GRFP fellows,” said Andrew Campbell, dean of Brown’s Graduate School.  

Brown Alumna Ellen Stofan to Head National Air and Space Museum

Ellen Stofan, a former chief scientist at NASA who earned her Ph.D. in geology from Brown in 1989, will be the first woman to lead what is one of the world’s most widely visited museums.

As the John and Adrienne Mars Director, Stofan will take the helm of one of the world’s most popular museums with more than 8 million visitors annually. She’ll assume the post on April 30.

New Transitional Stipend for Incoming Students

The Graduate School will offer a new $1,200 transitional stipend for incoming doctoral students this fall. The stipend aims to help offset moving and other costs associated with relocating to Providence and beginning Graduate School. Previously doctoral students have received their first monthly stipend payments at the end of September. 

Salgado Thesis Show Opens in March

Directed by MFA student Mauricio Salgado for his senior thesis show, An Acorn, runs March 1-11 at the Pell Chafee Performance Center. The play deals with humanity’s response to a crisis and how memory, grief, and finding each other can save us all. Salgado said he was drawn to the play for its observations on how humans handle traumatic and shocking events. He is a first generation US artist pursuing justice and healing through a decolonial framework. Learn more.

Brown to Cover Full Tuition for Acting and Directing MFA Students

Beginning in the 2018-19 academic year, Brown University will provide scholarship funds to cover the full cost of tuition for all returning and future students in the Brown University / Trinity Rep master of fine arts (MFA) programs in acting and directing. Not only will the additional funding ease debt for individual MFA students, Brown and Trinity Rep officials say, it will diversify the pool of actors and directors in training, encourage innovation and experimentation in art-making and ultimately redefine whose stories are being told through on-stage performance. Read more.

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.