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Graduate Education: Brown to Participate in National Study of Doctoral Career Paths

Brown University is one of 29 institutions — and the only one in New England — selected to participate in a nationwide effort to study doctoral student aspirations and alumni careers in humanities and STEM fields, the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) announced. During the multi-year  project, universities will collect data from current Ph.D. students and alumni using CGS-developed surveys. The resulting information will allow universities to analyze Ph.D. career preferences and outcomes in order to strengthen career services, professional development opportunities and mentoring in doctoral programs. Brown will receive $80,000 in grant money to fund its participation.

Summer Scholars and Hazeltine Fellowship Winners Announced

From left to right: Liz Brennan, Felipe Brugués, Ann Daly, Kathrinne Duffy, and Prabhdeep KehalFrom left to right: Liz Brennan, Felipe Brugués, Ann Daly, Kathrinne Duffy, and Prabhdeep KehalThe Jonathan M. Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship has announced the winners of their Summer Scholarship and Hazeltine Fellowship for Graduate Research. Congratulations to the recipients: Liz Brennan, Felipe Brugués, Ann Daly, Kathrinne Duffy, and Prabhdeep Kehal. The Summer Scholars Program provides students with a living stipend to help them focus on addressing graduate student research questions in the realms of entrepreneurship education, diversity, and inequality, in ways that are academically rigorous. The Hazeltine Fellowship (administered through BEO) is awarded annually to support Brown Ph.D. and master students' research costs around promising areas of entrepreneurship. Read more about the winners.

Student Research: Sea Sponges Stay Put with Anchors that Bend but Don’t Break

Sea sponges known as Venus’ flower baskets remain fixed to the sea floor with nothing more than an array of thin, hair-like anchors made essentially of glass. It’s an important job, and new research by doctoral Engineering student Michael Monn, and others, suggests that it’s the internal architecture of those anchors, known as basalia spicules, that helps them to do it.

Brown Students, Recent Graduates Earn 37 Fulbright Scholarships

The prestigious award offers young scholars the opportunity to teach, study and pursue research internationally. Six graduate students, twenty seniors from Brown University's Class of 2017, and 11 recent alumni have landed coveted Fulbright student scholarships to conduct research or teach abroad. Last year, Brown produced the most Fulbright winners in the United States, and the University has consistently ranked in the top 10 of Fulbright's top-producing schools. Gradute students selected include: Omar Alcover (Guatemala), Fiorie Berhane (Italy), Benjamin Bradlow (Brazil), Sara Hefny (Italy), Peter Levins (Croatia), and Emily Monty (Spain).

Student Research: Ancient Mars Impacts Created Tornado-Like Winds That Scoured Surface

Plumes of vapor generated by ancient impacts on Mars created tornado-like winds possibly swirling at more than 500 miles per hour, which explain mysterious streaks seen near large impact craters on the Martian surface.

Using geological observation, laboratory impact experiments and computer modeling of impact processes, Brown University geologist Peter Schultz and doctoral candidate Stephanie Quintana, have offered a new explanation for how those streaks were formed. The researchers show that tornado-like wind vortices — generated by crater-forming impacts and swirling at 500 miles per hour or more — scoured the surface and blasted away dust and small rocks to expose the blockier surfaces beneath.

Graduate School Honors Econometrician

Guido W. Imbens is the 2017 recipient of the Horace Mann Medal. Imbens is an influential econometrician who teaches at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. The honor is bestowed annually to a Brown University Graduate School alumnus or alumna who has made significant contributions in his or her field.
He will be honored at Commencement on May 28, 2017.