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Brown Alumna Ellen Stofan to Head National Air and Space Museum

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

GSC Calls for Commencement Speakers

The Graduate Student Council invites students who intend to complete their programs in May 2018 to apply to be the Commencement Speaker at the doctoral or master's ceremonies, both to be held on May 27.  Interested students can apply up until midnight on Sunday, March 4. For more information, see the application.  

Othello at Trinity Rep Directed by MFA Alum

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Shakespeare’s Othello opens mid-February at Trinity Rep. The show is directed by Brown alum Whitney White MFA ’15 and stars MFA students L’Oreal Lampley, Ryan Joseph Broussard, Brendan Hickey, and alum Daniel Duque-Estrada MFA ’13, alongside resident acting company members. The tragic play will explore military themes, as well as the friendships and relationships that form the basis for the story of betrayal and jealousy. More information can be found at www.trinityrep.com/othello.

Commencement: Awards and Preparation

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The Graduate School will confer doctoral and master's degrees on Sunday, May 27, 2018. Students who are poised to complete in 2018 must take the following essential steps: submit the Application to Graduate via Banner by May 1, complete the Award Form (if applicable) May 1, and rent or purchase academic regalia by April 22. Additionally, nominations for Graduate School awards are due April 1. For more information on Commencement, please visit the Commencement website.