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Graduate School Awards Three New Master’s Prizes

Three students will receive the Graduate School’s new Master's prizes, with Elizabeth Kinnard of the School of Public Health to be recognized for academic accomplishment;  Christopher Godfrey of the Executive Master’s of Healthcare Leadership program for professional excellence; and Amelia Grabowski of Public Humanities for engaged citizenship and community service. The new awards recognize the accomplishments of a growing segment of the student population and will be conferred at the Graduate School’s May 24 Commencement Convocation.  

Two PhD Students Receive Teaching Awards

The teaching abilities of Andrea Flores and Jonathan Sozek earned them both the 2014-15 Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching. Dean Peter M. Weber presented the awards to Flores, a PhD candidate in Anthropology, and Sozek, Religious Studies, at the University Awards Ceremony on May 4.

The annual Graduate School prize recognizes outstanding pedagogical achievement by a Brown University graduate student.  Students are nominated by their departments.

NASA Scientist to Receive Horace Mann Medal

Lynn Rothschild ’85 Ph.D., a pioneer in Astrobiology and a Senior Scientist at NASA, will receive the Horace Mann Medal at the Graduate School’s Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, May 24, 2015.

“The Search for Life in the Universe,” her Commencement Forum Talk, is open to the public and takes place on Saturday, May 23, at 11 a.m. in Metcalf Research Laboratory, Friedman Auditorium, Room 101, located at 190 Thayer St.

Ybarra Recognized for Graduate Advising and Mentoring

Patricia Ybarra, Associate Professor of Theater Arts and Performance Studies, received the 2014-15 Graduate School Faculty Award for Advising and Mentoring. The award is for a faculty member who has made a significant contribution as an advisor or mentor to graduate students. Any Brown faculty member who has served as graduate advisor, trainer, or dissertation chair, unofficial or official mentor is eligible for nomination.

Hazeltine Fellowship RFP Announced

The Business, Entrepreneurship and Organizations program is calling for proposals for the Hazeltine Fellowship for Entrepreneurship Research for Graduate Students. This Fellowship is open to graduate students working with or under the guidance of a faculty member; priority is given to proposals that are interdisciplinary in nature. Fellowship funds can be used for dissertation-related research or provide seed money for initiating a new topic of research with a faculty member. Graduate students in all disciplines are welcome to apply.

Brown/Trinity Rep MFA Program Presents Two Dramatic Works

Look Back in Anger, under the direction of MFA student James D. Palmer and The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant, directed by MFA student Caitlin Ryan O’Connell will run through May 3 at the Pell Chafee Performance Center on alternating nights. The shows are adapted from dramatic literature and feature members of the Brown/Trinity Rep MFA Acting program. For more information and tickets, visit

Master’s Student Dialogue Sessions

The Graduate School and the Graduate Student Council (GSC) will begin hosting Master’s Student Dialogue sessions, an occasional and ongoing series of feedback sessions to better understand community needs and foster student representation. The first meeting will be on Tuesday, April 21 at 7 pm in Horace Mann 103. Pizza and beverages will be provided. Sign up and provide feedback

Two PhD Students Win Fulbright Grants

Stephanie Galasso and Brian Horton have been awarded grants by the Fulbright U.S. Student Program for 2015-16. Horton is a third-year doctoral student in Anthropology who will travel to India. He will serve as a volunteer grant writer and researcher for the Humsafar Trust, helping to complete projects and proposals for their research with sexual minorities in Western India. Galasso, a third-year student in German Studies, will be affiliated with the University of Konstanz in Germany. She will explore the instability of the notion of elegy as it appears in German Romantic poetry.

Sea Sponge Anchors are Natural Models of Strength

Life may seem precarious for the sea sponge known as Venus’ flower basket. Tiny, hair-like appendages made essentially of glass are all that hold the creatures to their seafloor homes. But fear not for these creatures of the deep. Those tiny lifelines, called basalia spicules, are fine-tuned for strength, according to new research led by Brown University engineers, including doctoral student Michael Monn.