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Mellon Foundation Renews Support for Open Graduate Education Program

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded the Graduate School a $1.675 million, five-year grant to support the University’s Open Graduate Education program. Launched in 2011 with prior support from the Mellon Foundation, the program enables doctoral students to simultaneously complete a master’s degree in a different field of study.

“The Open Graduate Education program is inspired by the Open Curriculum for undergraduate students at Brown,” said Andrew G. Campbell, dean of the Graduate School. “We are leading the way in one of the most notable movements in graduate education today: seeking to bridge fields of knowledge and types of inquiry from multiple academic disciplines.” Read more.

Graduate Student Space at Horace Mann

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The fourth floor space at Horace Mann is officially open and reservable. All graduate students are welcome to use the space for meetings or study. Enter through the main door and take the elevator or stairs to the 4th floor. The space occupies the east side of the top floor. Learn more.

Child Care Subsidy Applications Available for 2019

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Human Resources is now accepting Child Care Subsidy applications for calendar year 2019. Eligible graduate students should submit applications by October 16, 2018. Learn more about the program and apply

The subsidy helps students pay for child care expenses by granting awards up to $4,000 a year. Eligibility requirements include a total household adjusted gross income of less than or equal to $100,000 per year. The subsidy covers child care for dependents between the ages of 0 to 6 and will vary from family to family and year to year depending on a family's financial need and a range of other factors.

Swearer Center New Student Learning Communities

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The Swearer Center is offering five learning communities for faculty and graduate students holding an instructor role with Brown undergraduates. Join a small group of colleagues discussing key themes, best practices and their own experiences and questions related to community-engaged teaching and research; specific topics including community-engaged research, developing effective K-12 partnerships and creating a community-engaged course. Application deadline is September 17, 2018. Learn more.

Brown alumna ushers in a new era at the National Air and Space Museum

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As a college sophomore, Ellen Stofan ’85 ScM, ’89 PhD, took an internship with the planetary research group of the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. Now, decades later, she has returned to the institution — as its first-ever female director. Stofan’s career is, in some ways, a family affair: Her father was an engineer at NASA, her mother an elementary school science teacher. “I just grew up around space and science,” she says. She saw her first rocket launch at age 4. At 14, while celebrating another launch, she attended a talk by astronomer Carl Sagan for the families of NASA scientists. By the end of his speech, she’d decided on her future career: She was going to be a planetary geologist. Read more.

Santos Awarded Simmons Scholarship

Master’s student Francheska Santos was named the 2018 Ruth J. Simmons Urban Education Policy Scholar, which includes a full-tuition award. Santos is from the Bronx in New York City, is a 2015 graduate of Amherst College and began the Urban Education Policy in June.

During her time at college at Amherst, she worked as an America Reads Tutor for Girls Inc. of Holyoke, a driving force behind her decision to pursue education as a career.

Executive Master's Graduate Brings Updated Medical Care to Puerto Rico

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This article appeared in the July/August issue of the Brown Alumni Magazine.

Brown's executive master's program helped obstetrician and gynecologist Pedro Escobar-Rodriguez refine cancer care in his hometown of San Juan, Puerto Rico. When Dr. Pedro Escobar-Rodriguez, 47, moved back to his hometown of San Juan in 2013 to take care of his sick father—after long OB-GYN stints at Northwestern University and the Cleveland Clinic—he was shocked to find out how much Puerto Rico lacked in terms of healthcare. “The technology was behind, the insurance landscape more challenging, and affordable medical choices limited,” he says. He wanted not only to practice medicine there but to attain a deep understanding of the systems he’d need to upgrade services on his native island. Read more.

Four Graduate Students Win Fulbright Awards

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Brown University, again in 2018, produced the most Fulbright winners in the nation. Graduate students Katherine Freeze, Watufani Poe, William Skinner and Edward (Geoffrey) Wildanger are among the 35 current and former students to receive the award. They are traveling in Tajikistan, Brazil, Barbados and Germany respectively for research in the coming months. Read more.

MFA Student Directs Bilingual Community Play

Members of the cast and crew for La Tempestad. Far left: Tatyana-Marie Carlo, far right: Orlando HernandezMembers of the cast and crew for La Tempestad. Far left: Tatyana-Marie Carlo, far right: Orlando HernandezNow in it’s third year, Trinity Repertory Company has again partnered with Rhode Island Latino Arts (RILA) to present Teatro en El Verano (Theatre in the Summer), with a production of The Tempest (La Tempestad). Brown/Trinity Rep MFA student Tatyana-Marie Carlo was selected to direct the show by RILA, which includes a diverse cast of actors from the community, the Brown/Trinity MFA program, and Trinity Rep staff and faculty.

Graduate School Attracts More Underrepresented Students, International Applicants Remain Steady

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Brown Graduate School will welcome 281 new doctoral students in the next academic year, with 39% coming from outside the U.S. This percentage remains steady at Brown, despite declining trends nationally. The Graduate School accepted 10% of applicants to Brown's 51 doctoral programs, a selectivity rate that has increased each of the past five years. The new international PhD students come from 39 nations, with the largest number from China and India. Among the new domestic students, 31% self-identify as members of historically underrepresented groups (HUG), which is the highest percentage to date and an increase of 18% from last year.