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Shayna Kessel

February 1 was my one-year anniversary as Associate Dean of Master’s Education. The position exists, in part, because students requested more support for the growing population of master’s students here. Brown listened and took action, and I accepted the role because serving and supporting students and helping to shape the highest quality academic experiences have been the driving forces in my professional life. Graduate student perspectives and feedback matter at Brown. This month, please respond to the annual climate survey to help indicate what is working and where the Graduate School and others can help. (Responses are anonymous.) Read more.


New Class Gains Tools for Innovative Research

Brown Graduate School selected 11 PhD students for the Open Graduate Education program, which provides the flexibility and resources to pursue a master’s degree in a secondary field while they earn their doctorates.  The sixth cohort includes Parsa Bastani, Rachel Deraney, William Jordan, Lu Lu, Gabriela Manzano Nieves, Watufani Poe, Anni Pullagura, Diego Ramos Toro, Keith Spangler, Remington Stuck, and Martin Uildriks. “I will be exposed to rigorous and diverse perspectives,” says Economics student Ramos Toro, who will enter the History program. “This will be vital as I go through the process of formulating innovative research questions, and also in providing tools that will be crucial when answering them.” Read more.

Dean Holds Student Input Sessions

Andrew G. Campbell

Dean Andrew G. Campbell is holding the next set of what will be regular semester meetings with graduate students, following up on September discussions. Food will be provided at the sessions, which will last up to 60 minutes. Given potential room capacity constraints, they are organized by division, but students can attend the one that is most convenient. Location: Ma Digital Scholarship Lab, Rockefeller Library. 

Social Sciences: Wednesday, March 8 at 5:45 pm. 
Humanities: Wednesday, March 15 at 5:45 pm. 
Life Science: Thursday, March 16 at 5:00 pm. 
Physical Sciences: Thursday, March 23 at 5:00 pm.

Commencement: Awards and Preparation

Nominations for Graduate School awards are due April 1.

Students poised to complete degrees in 2017 must take the following essential steps:

DFF Program Provides Job-Market Edge

Natalie Lozinski-Veach saw the Deans’ Faculty Fellowship (DFF) opportunity as a great capstone for her graduate education. “I’m glad I did it,” she says of meeting the dissertation defense schedule, “but it wasn’t easy.” The Comparative Literature expert was one of nine PhD students who completed the program this year and are currently visiting assistant professors at Brown. “The fact that I defended in December made a difference in a bitter job market, with few tenure-track positions,” she says. Lozinski-Veach has accepted a position as visiting assistant professor at Williams College. “I look forward to teaching at a great college for two years, designing upper-level literature and theory courses, publishing, and turning my dissertation into a book.” Read more.

New Face at BWell Health Promotion

Tanya Purdy

Director Tanya Purdy, who came to Brown in August 2016 from Wesleyan University, is interested in working on public health interventions to improve the emotional well-being of graduate students. Through collaboration with graduate students and Graduate School staff, she is planning to make information on self-care more accessible and relevant for graduate students and to create an online wellness program specifically dedicated to graduate students’ needs, beginning next fall. Read more.

Academy in Context

More than 60 students enjoyed discussion at the February 15 dinner-seminar on climate change.


Grad Night at 'Our Country's Good' Performance
March 9, 2017
5:30 pm pre-play social with free food at Blake's Tavern
7:30 pm show at Pell Chafee Performance Center
Free seats are set aside for graduate students who registered to attend the performance.

International Graduate Student Community Dinner
March 10, 2017, 6-9 pm, Sharpe Refectory
Join the wait list: Email Mai Hunt.


March 10, 2017
Mellon Graduate Student Workshop applications due.

Deadline for DEP applications for humanities and social science students who plan to continue beyond the 6th year.

External Fellowships

Mellon Foundation Fellowship in Museum Education
Deadline: March 15, 2017

Hispanic Scholarship Fund
Deadline: March 30, 2017

Edward W. Said Fellowship
Deadline: April 3, 2017

CUHK Global Scholarship Programme for Research Excellence
Deadline: April 5, 2017

Other Resources for External Funds

Graduate Student Resources

Graduate School Contacts

Student Communications

Initiatives in Doctoral Education

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