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HHMI Fellowships Support Life Science Leaders from Underrepresented Groups

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.

Two PhD Students Receive Ford Fellowships

Doctoral students Amanda Boston, Africana Studies and Elizabeth Rule, American Studies are recipients of the 2017 Ford Foundation Fellowship.

"I'm really excited and honored to have been selected for such a prestigious fellowship. I look forward to working with and learning from others in the network of Ford Fellows who are doing the critical work of promoting diversity and social justice within and outside of the academy," says Boston.

The competition is funded by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine with the goal of increasing the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.

Kaufman Wins American Indian Science and Engineering Society Fellowship

Doctoral student Sierra Kaufman was selected as part of the fourth cohort of students in the Lighting the Pathway to Faculty Careers for Natives in STEM from the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES). Kaufman is a member of the Shinnecock Nation, a small tribe on Long Island. At Brown she studies in the Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences program and is also a Presidential Fellow.

"This fellowship is important to me because it offers support and mentoring sensitive to the issues relevant to Native Americans. My short term goal is to become a capable and competitive applicant for future academic positions and in the long term, to be able to give back by mentoring young members of a diverse STEM community," says Kaufman.

Convocation 2017

Graduate students walk through the Van Wickle Gates, a rite of Convocation. On the Main Green, President Christina Paxson proclaimed the opening of the academic year and welcomed all students to campus. Daniel Jordan Smith,  Professor and Chair of Anthropology, Director, Africa Initiative, Watson Institute, and the Royce Family Professor of Teaching Excellence, offered the keynote address, "So You Want to Change the World?

Orientation 2017

Orientation featured a welcome from President Christina Paxson & Provost Richard Locke today, along with sessions on Thriving at Brown and Title IX, as well as a resource fair and historical campus walking tours. The Graduate School's incoming class of 866 includes 330 pursuing doctoral degrees, 516 entering master's programs, and 20 non-degree students.

Why Student Research Matters -- a Call for Nominations

The Graduate School is hosting its third Research Matters! event, featuring live talks by outstanding graduate students and post-docs on “why my research matters” in early November. Students, faculty and other community members are invited to make nominations by September 11, 2017. Students may nominate themselves. Those nominated will be invited to submit a synopsis of their research ideas and a short video of themselves presenting their scholarship due by September 19, 2017. Watch the video. | Learn more

Taylor-Singleton Named Simmons Scholar

Jalisia Taylor-Singleton, a new graduate student in Brown’s master's program in Urban Education Policy, was named the 2017 winner of the Ruth J. Simmons Urban Education Policy Scholarship, a full-tuition award.

The Board of Overseers of the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University established the permanent annual scholarship in 2012 for a UEP student who most epitomizes the former Brown University president’s commitment to education equity and social justice.

Student Research: Computer Models Provide New Understanding of Sickle Cell Disease

Computer models developed by Brown University mathematicians, including Lu Lu, an Applied Mathematics doctoral student, show new details of what happens inside a red blood cell affected by sickle cell disease. The researchers said they hope their models, described in an article in the Biophysical Journal, will help in assessing drug strategies to combat the genetic blood disorder, which affects millions of people worldwide.

Fulbright U.S Student Program Opportunities

The 2018-2019 Fulbright U.S. Student competition is open. To learn more about applying, please visit the Getting Started page. Brown's internal deadline for applications is September 12, 2017; learn more about the process here. This federal program enables students to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools worldwide.