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Graduate School Attracts Larger PhD Cohort

Brown Graduate School will welcome 322 new doctoral students in the next academic year, with 42% coming from outside the U.S. The Graduate School accepted 11% of applicants to Brown's 51 doctoral programs, and the matriculating cohort is 5% larger than in the prior year. The new international PhD students come from 36 nations, with the largest number from China and India. Among the new domestic students, 23% self-identify as members of historically underrepresented groups (HUG). The number of HUG students doubled compared to a year earlier.  

Modeling Method Advances Work on Cellular Processes

Brown researchers, including Veronica Ciocanel, a doctoral student in Applied Mathematics, have developed methods to use data from FRAP, an experiment used to study how molecules move inside cells, in ways it’s never been used before. Understanding how proteins and other molecules move around inside cells is important for understanding how cells function. Scientists use an experiment called Fluorescence Recovery after Photobleaching, or FRAP, to investigate this molecular motion, and now Brown University researchers have developed a mathematical modeling technique that makes FRAP much more useful.

Student Leads Study of Mars Rover Landing Sites

Mike Bramble, a doctoral student in Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences, played a leading role on a Brown University research team that published the most detailed geological history to date for a region of Mars known as Northeast Syrtis Major, a spot high on NASA's list of potential landing sites for its next Mars rover to be launched in 2020.

Fischer Wins Women’s Studies Fellowship

Anne Gray Fischer is one of ten candidates to receive the Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowship in Women’s Studies for 2017. The doctoral student in History will receive $5,000 toward expenses incurred while completing her dissertation, Arrestable Behavior: Women, Police Power, and the Making of Law-and-Order America, 1930-1980. Her research examines the morals policing of women as the sexual and racial politics of American cities underwent massive transformations across the twentieth century. “I am honored to be recognized by this prestigious community of scholars, and hope to one day support in turn a rising generation of students devoted to the interrogation of gender and racial power inequities,” says Fischer.

Platt Wins Pelzer Prize

Daniel Platt received the Louis Pelzer Memorial Award at the Organization of American Historians (OAH) annual meeting in New Orleans on April 8. The Brown University PhD student in American Studies won the essay competition with his piece, “The Natures of Capital: Jewish Difference and the Decline of American Usury Law, 1909-1925”, which will be published in the Journal of American History.

DCP Funding Tops $6 million

The Graduate School is pleased to announce that all 77 Dissertation Completion Proposal (DCP) requests from rising sixth-year students in the Humanities and Social Sciences for 2017-18 support were met, totaling $6.2 million. The support, which includes tuition, stipend, and health and dental insurance, has been communicated to the 77 students enrolled in 24 doctoral programs.

Dean's Office Hours: Week of April 10

For the week of April 10, Dean Andrew G. Campbell will hold office hours on Wednesday, April 12, from noon-1:00 p.m. at the School of Public Health, 121 S. Main Street, in the third floor Faculty Lounge. This is a departure from the typical schedule, which is on Monday from 2 pm to 3 pm. His office is located at Horace Mann House, at 47 George St.  

Nelson Center Offers Summer Scholars Fund

Graduate students are invited to submit proposals for the Summer Scholars Fund offered by the Jonathan M. Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship. Proposals that intersect academic disciplines and that seek to shape entrepreneurship research debates both in the United States and globally will be given priority. Funding covers the cost of one summer stipend equivalent to 20 hours per week for 12 weeks. The deadline to apply via UFunds is Friday, April 21 at 5 p.m. Learn more.

Global Mobility Fellowships for Research Abroad

The Global Mobility Fellowship is open to doctoral students for research abroad during one summer or academic semester. The program seeks to fund current research projects of exceptional value that require international research activity. Award recipients expand Brown’s global reach and will contribute to the institution’s mission of discovering, communicating, and preserving knowledge.  Applications for 2017-2018 are due by May 15. Learn more.