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Alumni Medal Goes to Google's Ramaswamy

Google executive Sridhar Ramaswamy '95 PhD is the 2016 recipient of the Horace Mann Medal. The honor is bestowed annually to a Brown University Graduate School alumnus or alumna who has made significant contributions in his or her field. As Senior Vice President for Ads and Commerce at Google, Dr. Ramaswamy has helped to shape the global online advertising business, while helping create Google's multi-billion dollar advertising business and its original product, AdWords.

Itzigsohn Receives Graduate Advising and Mentoring Award

José Itzigsohn, Professor of Sociology, received the 2015-16 Graduate School Faculty Award for Advising and Mentoring. The award is for a faculty member who has made a significant contribution as an advisor or mentor to graduate students. Any Brown faculty member who has served as graduate advisor, trainer, or dissertation chair, unofficial or official mentor is eligible for nomination.

Four PhD Students Receive Teaching Awards

The teaching abilities of Nicholas A. Friesner, Magnus Pharao Hansen, Natalie E. Lozinski-Veach, and Cassady E.Rupert, earned them a 2015-16 Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching. Dean Peter M. Weber presented the awards at the University Awards Ceremony on May 2. The annual Graduate School prize recognizes outstanding pedagogical achievement by a Brown University graduate student.  Students are nominated by their departments.

Peer Mentors Needed for International Orientation

Peer Mentors are needed to help incoming international graduate students on August 25. Mentors will lead small group discussions during a two-hour lunch session at International Orientation between 11:30 am - 1:30 pm. A brief training for peer mentors will be held on Wednesday, August 24. Both days include a free lunch. To sign up, please complete this short form.

Parental Relief Support Process Is Set

The new parental relief support policy has been incorporated into the Graduate School Handbook and applications are available. The policy provides a full semester (12 weeks) or summer of parental relief for eligible students, effective July 1, 2016. The policy ensures gender and adoption inclusivity. The aim is to support new parents and to help graduate students successfully balance parenting responsibilities and their academic and professional pursuits. 

Graduate Students in the Community: Providence’s Modern-Day Middle Schoolers Tackle Shakespeare

As part of the First Folio exhibit at Brown University, graduate and undergraduate students, including doctoral candidates in Hispanic studies, Ian Russell and Berta Garcia Faet, have joined forces with middle-school kids to explore ‘Romeo and Juliet’ in English and Spanish.

In a bright classroom in the Elmwood section of Providence, four sixth graders and one fifth grader sit in a circle and debate the meaning of the word “feud.”