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GSC Honors Two Program Staff Members

Carin AlgavaCarin AlgavaCatherine HanniCatherine HanniCatherine Hanni and Carin Algava are receiving Graduate Student Council awards for staff members who make a difference for graduate students. Hanni, Academic Department Manager in Egyptology and Assyriology receives the Wilson-DeBlois Award, which is awarded annually to recognize outstanding contributions to doctoral students and the Graduate School. The second annual Bates-Clapp Award goes to Algava, who is an Assistant Director of Teacher Education in the Department of Education. Read more.

Writing Center Celebrates Dissertators!

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This semester, the Writing Center was able to support the work of 36 graduate students in two, week-long writing retreats. An additional 30 weekly writing group meetings took place to sustain dissertators' retreat momentum with assistance from PhD student Kimberly Lewis, the Writing Center's Interdisciplinary Opportunities Fellow. Seven recent retreaters finished and will be graduating this month.

Graduate School Speakers to Draw on Personal Stories at Commencement

Javier Juarez and Pinar Durgun, both first-generation students who balanced their advanced scholarship with service to their peers and communities, will share personal stories at Commencement. Photo: Nick Dentamaro / Brown UniversityJavier Juarez and Pinar Durgun, both first-generation students who balanced their advanced scholarship with service to their peers and communities, will share personal stories at Commencement. Photo: Nick Dentamaro / Brown UniversityIn keeping with the tradition of elevating student voices at Commencement, The Graduate Student Council (GSC) has selected two students to deliver addresses at this year’s Graduate School ceremonies on Sunday, May 27. Javier Juarez, who will earn his master’s in American studies, will address graduates and guests at the master’s ceremony on Pembroke Field. Pinar Durgun, who will receive her doctorate in archaeology and the ancient world, will speak at the doctoral ceremony on Simmons Quadrangle. Each will draw on personal stories to raise larger questions about the role of scholars in the world. Read more.

New Role: Associate Dean for International Graduate Students

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In addition to continuing her current duties as Associate Dean for Master’s Education, Shayna Kessel will take on the new role of Interim Associate Dean for International Graduate Students as of May 1, 2018.  She will help strengthen the support for international graduate students, lead in the design and improvement of existing programming for academic advising, professional development, student support, and community building. This new position affirms Brown's commitment to enhancing the international graduate student experience while also strengthening the partnership between the Graduate School and the Office of Global Engagement.

Brown/Trinity Rep MFA Students Present Eurydice and Prowess

The Brown/Trinity Rep MFA Acting and Directing programs end their 2017-18 season with Eurydice and Prowess. MFA student Addie Gorlin directs Eurydice, a play that tackles grief and growing up through the lens of the reimagined Greek myth. Prowess, directed by MFA student Ken-Matt Martin, explores accountability in a world of vigilante justice. MFA student actors Will Adams, Ryan Broussard, Anita Castillo-Halvorssen, Katie Croyle, Viraj Gandhi, Brendan Hickey, L'Oreal Lampley, Lizzy Lewis, Louis McWilliams, and Aman Soni also star in the shows. All performances are at the Pell Chafee Performance Center and begin this week. Learn more.

Students Honored for Pedagogical Achievement

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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

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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

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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

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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.