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Itzigsohn Receives Graduate Advising and Mentoring Award

José Itzigsohn, Professor of Sociology, received the 2015-16 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.

Four PhD Students Receive Teaching Awards

The teaching abilities of Nicholas A. Friesner, Magnus Pharao Hansen, Natalie E. Lozinski-Veach, and Cassady E.Rupert, earned them a 2015-16 Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching. Dean Peter M. Weber presented the awards at the University Awards Ceremony on May 2. The annual Graduate School prize recognizes outstanding pedagogical achievement by a Brown University graduate student.  Students are nominated by their departments.

Peer Mentors Needed for International Orientation

Peer Mentors are needed to help incoming international graduate students on August 25. Mentors will lead small group discussions during a two-hour lunch session at International Orientation between 11:30 am - 1:30 pm. A brief training for peer mentors will be held on Wednesday, August 24. Both days include a free lunch. To sign up, please complete this short form.

Parental Relief Support Process Is Set

The new parental relief support policy has been incorporated into the Graduate School Handbook and applications are available. The policy provides a full semester (12 weeks) or summer of parental relief for eligible students, effective July 1, 2016. The policy ensures gender and adoption inclusivity. The aim is to support new parents and to help graduate students successfully balance parenting responsibilities and their academic and professional pursuits. 

Graduate Students in the Community: Providence’s Modern-Day Middle Schoolers Tackle Shakespeare

As part of the First Folio exhibit at Brown University, graduate and undergraduate students, including doctoral candidates in Hispanic studies, Ian Russell and Berta Garcia Faet, have joined forces with middle-school kids to explore ‘Romeo and Juliet’ in English and Spanish.

In a bright classroom in the Elmwood section of Providence, four sixth graders and one fifth grader sit in a circle and debate the meaning of the word “feud.”

Student Research: Flipping a Chemical Switch Helps Perovskite Solar Cells Beat the Heat

Thin films of crystalline materials called perovskites provide a promising new way of making inexpensive and efficient solar cells. Now, an international team of researchers, including doctoral Engineering student Yuanyuan Zhou, has shown a way of flipping a chemical switch that converts one type of perovskite into another — a type that has better thermal stability and is a better light absorber. 

Student Loan Workshops for Graduation and Exit Counseling

The Loan Office is holding hands-on workshops to help graduate students access their loans online and understand loan repayment. Dates are April 27, 28 and May 2 or 4. All sessions will be held in the List Art Building, room 100. Plan to bring a laptop, your login info (FSA ID, ECSI KEY or PIN), and full contact information for two references. Learn more and register.

Cogut Center Offers Research Travel Grants

The Cogut Center issued a call for applications from graduate students associated with the Humanities for a limited number of grants in support of research travel abroad. The opportunity come from an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation award to the Cogut Center and is being provided through the Brown in the World Travel Grants program.  Grants may cover transportation, housing and other research-related expenses.