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Two PhD Students Win Fulbright-Hays Award

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Jerome Marston, a fourth-year Political Science student and Daniel McDonald, a third-year History student have been awarded the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Award. This award provides funding for doctoral students to conduct research outside of the U.S. for 6-12 months. Marston will be using his Fulbright to travel to Bogotá and Medellín, Colombia and McDonald to São Paulo, Brazil for a year. Read more.

New Global Health Master’s Degree Launches

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With an emphasis on global field experience and integration with social sciences, the Brown University School of Public will offer a global public health master’s degree that combines traditional public health training in population sciences with rigorous social science and international fieldwork experience. The Corporation of Brown University approved the new degree program at its annual fall meeting on Oct. 21.

Doctoral Students Selected for National Program to Shape Health Policy

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With the selection of two Brown University graduate students, Chinyere Agbai in sociology and Arjee Restar in public health, as Health Policy Research Scholars, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation will support their research and efforts to translate their findings into health policies.

With an Eye on the World Beyond Brown, Graduate School Welcomes Most Diverse Class to Date

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Among the many ambitious goals set in Brown University’s 2016 Pathways to Diversity and Inclusion action plan was the plan to double the number of graduate students from historically underrepresented groups (HUGs) by 2022. Not only would achieving that goal benefit the Brown campus — with a greater diversity of perspectives central to excellence in teaching, research and more — but it would contribute to building a pipeline of potential leaders in higher education and the public and private sectors as well. This fall, as the largest-ever cohort of students from HUGs enters the Graduate School — representing 12 percent of the incoming class — the University has taken a significant step toward meeting the action plan’s goal and, even more importantly, contributing to a more diverse world beyond Brown.

Student Research: New Study Suggests Mercury’s Poles Are Icier Than Scientists Thought

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A Brown University study, led by doctoral candidate Ariel Deutsch, identifies three large surface ice deposits near Mercury's north pole, and suggests there could be many additional small-scale deposits that would dramatically increase the planet's surface ice inventory. The scorching hot surface of Mercury seems like an unlikely place to find ice, but research over the past three decades has suggested that water is frozen on the first rock from the sun, hidden away on crater floors that are permanently shadowed from the sun's blistering rays. 

HHMI Fellowships Support Life Science Leaders from Underrepresented Groups

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With humility even at a moment when they’ve been selected for significant honors, three young Brown University life scientists,  emphasized that they would never be where they are today without the generous guidance of many mentors. Now, as they accept the prestigious fellowships from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), doctoral students Kavin Nuñez and Shawn Williams, and postdoctoral researcher Arif Hamid all say that they are dedicated to becoming the mentors they know firsthand can make an existential difference in the careers of young scholars, particularly from historically underrepresented groups and low-income backgrounds.