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Almeida Wins Fulbright-Hays Award

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Thamyris Almeida, a fourth-year History student has been awarded the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Award to continue her field research in São Paulo, Brazil. “Both the extended time and financial resources will allow me to return to Brasília and Rio de Janeiro to continue the archival research I started there,” says Almeida. Read more.

Professional Development Workshops for Graduate Students at CSREA

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The Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America is offering faculty-led workshops designed to support graduate student research on race and ethnicity, build research community across disciplines and aid in the professional development of Brown graduate students. Workshops begin December 10; topics include exams, writing, publishing, teaching and grants. Learn more and register.

Brown/Trinity Rep Present Tick, Tick…Boom!

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The Brown/Trinity Rep MFA Program December thesis show, tick, tick…BOOM!, is directed and choreographed by Ken-Matt Martin, a third year student in the MFA Directing program. This rock musical set in 1990 New York City tells the story of an aspiring theater composer, as he is forced to reevaluate his passions and decide whether he should keep pursuing his dream or give it all up for a stable career. MFA students Brendan Hickey, Olivia Miller and Antonio Michael Woodard star in the show. Performances run November 29 through December 9 at the Pell Chafee Performance Center. Learn more.

Explore Brown/Wheaton Faculty Fellowships

Advanced PhD students interested in a teaching fellowship at a liberal arts college are invited to attend a December 10 info session at 4:30 pm in Horace Mann 103.  The Brown/Wheaton Faculty Fellowship program provides an opportunity for advanced PhD students to teach at nearby Wheaton College. Associate Dean of Student Development, Vanessa Ryan, will answer questionsApplications are due January 30, 2019. Learn more.

Brown University, graduate student organizers finalize terms for Nov. 14-19 unionization vote

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On Thursday, Nov. 8, Brown University finalized a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the student organization Stand Up for Graduate Student Employees (SUGSE) and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) that establishes dates, times, locations and procedures for an election to determine whether or not eligible graduate students will be represented by a union. The MOU follows an Oct. 11 notice from SUGSE/AFT of their intent to file a petition to hold an election at the University, an action that has been expected since Brown and SUSGE finalized an agreement in June 2018 that set the terms for a possible union representation election. Read more.

New Graduate Student Grievance Procedures Adopted by Faculty

Changes to the Graduate Student Grievance Procedures in the Faculty Rules and Regulations were unanimously approved by the Brown University Faculty earlier this week. The revised policy was developed by a working group comprised of faculty, staff and graduate students. Important highlights of the policy include:

  • explicit time frames for responses to grievances
  • student involvement in the adjudication of grievances
  • clear distinctions between informal efforts and the formal grievance process
  • students are not required to attempt to resolve the complaint directly with the respondent

Read the revised policy.

New Community Fellows Selected

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The newly selected Community Fellows are already making plans to strengthen the graduate student community at Brown. Motivation for becoming a Fellow varies, but many of the students describe wanting to contribute on campus and carry on a tradition of involvement they had as an undergraduate. "I've appreciated and benefited from the work of other Community Fellows in the past. I'm excited to continue the progress that has been made for graduate student of color programming and to find ways to make such programming more sustainable,” says Felicia Bevel, a PhD student in American Studies. Read more.

LoVette Wins Chamberlain Award

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This year’s Mariam K. Chamberlain Dissertation Award recipient is Ashleigh LoVette, a PhD candidate in Behavioral and Social Health Sciences. The award, granted by the International Center for Research on Women, commemorates Dr. Mariam Chamberlain, who shaped a legacy of leaders to advance women’s issues in the realms of social justice. 

"I am honored and filled with gratitude. The award's emphasis on supporting the work of a first-generation doctoral student is particularly meaningful to me as someone who is the first in their family to pursue a doctorate,” says LoVette. Read more.

Student Research: New, Durable Catalyst for Key Fuel Cell Reaction May Prove Useful in Eco-Friendly Vehicles

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A new catalyst, developed by PhD Chemistry student Junrui Li and other researchers at Brown, exceeds Department of Energy targets for performing the oxygen reduction reaction, a key step in generating an electric current in a hydrogen fuel cell. 

One factor holding back the widespread use of eco-friendly hydrogen fuel cells in cars, trucks and other vehicles is the cost of the platinum catalysts that make the cells work. One approach to using less precious platinum is to combine it with other cheaper metals, but those alloy catalysts tend to degrade quickly in fuel cell conditions. Now, Brown University researchers have developed a new alloy catalyst that both reduces platinum use and holds up well in fuel cell testing. Read the full article the full article by Kevin Stacey.