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Andrew G. Campbell on Listening

Andrew G. Campbell

A listening tour was at the top of my agenda when I began my term as dean in July. I wanted to hear from you, graduate students. I wanted to know more about your experience at Brown and what the Graduate School can do to further enrich your time here. What I heard at input sessions and meetings taught me that my decades-old experiences as a graduate student are not transferable and relevant to graduate students today. I am now more aware of the complexity and challenges of the educational and personal lives of Brown graduate students. What I do share with you is an interest in making the current graduate student experience positive and rewarding. The Graduate School is a place to call your own and a resource. This inaugural Graduate School newsletter issue represents one of the ways we will share information on matters affecting you and your development, celebrate student achievements, and tell you about opportunities. I hope you will read it regularly and take advantage of the opportunities before you, just as we strive to listen and better serve you.


Graduate Student Study Center Opens

Even before the official opening, graduate students are making use of the Vincent J. Wernig Graduate Student Study Center at the Rockefeller Library. Designed for advanced students, with their input, the second-floor study center was created through a $2 million renovation and features a large study and research room, a seminar/presentation room, lounge with kitchenette, separate consultation rooms and 40 lockers. Capacity is 105, with access for graduate and medical students by swipe card.

This space is dedicated to graduate students, with space for quiet study, to rehearse presentations, and hold TA meetings,” said Barbara Schulz, head of Library Facilities and Building Safety. “They didn’t have anything like that. Read more.

Travel Funds Rise 31% 

The Graduate School’s student travel-fund budget increased $119,000 to $507,878 for 2016-17, compared with $388,878 in the prior year, or 31%. Over the past five years, the Graduate School general operating funds for research, conference, and international travel have more than doubled from $196,597 in 2012-13. In addition, separate funding for the Joukowsky Summer Research Award increased to $71,629 in 2016-17, up 37% from $52,113 in 2015-16. Read more.

Resources for Graduate Education Dialogue

Brown University leaders support discussions among graduate students as they explore whether or not unionization is right for them. An August 23 National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruling found that Columbia University graduate students are employees and have the right to unionize. Provost Richard M. Locke has called for constructive dialogue about graduate education and offered FAQs and resources. Dean Andrew G. Campbell views this as a time for the larger community to focus on the contributions of graduate students, Brown initiatives in doctoral education, and the shared work of fostering a stronger graduate student community. The Graduate Student Council sees its role as facilitating “a fair and unbiased environment for conversation.”


New Faces at ELL

Sara Gramley

Two new English Language Learning staff members join the Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning. Students whose first language is not English can turn to Sara Gramley, English Language Learning Specialist for graduate students (left), and Anne Kerkian, Assistant Director of English Language Learning. The new staff members collaborate on ELL services, including individual appointments and group workshops. Gramley is available for individual student appointments with graduate students regarding writing, speaking, or any other aspect of language learning. To contact her, email Read more.

Khaled AlmilajiMaster’s Student Focus:
Dr. Khaled Almilaji, Public Health

Dr. Khaled Almilaji became a humanitarian responder in Syria and was eventually jailed for treating injured protesters. His journey, including his work in Turkey with refugees, is featured in this University article by David Orenstein. Dr. Almilaji told the Graduate School about settling in at Brown as a master’s student and his aims:
The humanitarian crisis in Syria, specifically the health of the IDPs or 'Internally Displaced Persons' in Syria and refugees, has been my area of experience for the last five years. I wanted to further study it in an academic setting where I can integrate my field knowledge with the vast experience of Brown's amazing faculty and scientific resources.
The beginning is very exciting; the open door policy that professors and administrators follow is amazing. Every time I have needed help, there are professors, teaching assistants, and colleagues ready to provide support.

I will use my advanced learning here at Brown to support my colleagues in Syria. I hope to help create policies, identify priorities, improve the humanitarian and development performance, and to increase of the quality of advocacy for the Syrian crisis based on scientific and evidence-based literature.

Graduate School Focus:
Maria E. Suarez, Associate Dean of Student Support

Andrew G. Campbell

In this inaugural Graduate School position, Maria works with graduate students, staff and faculty on matters concerning students’ personal, academic and departmental challenges. As a member of the Graduate School leadership team, Maria is focused on support practices and policies as well as medical and personal leave. She provides support for individual students, is the liaison with the Office of Campus Life and Student Services and the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion, and serves as Deputy Title IX Coordinator.

Academy in Context: Eighty-eight graduate students participated in a dinner-seminar on “Race and Knowledge," led by Brown University Professors Anthony Bogues and Tricia Rose on September 29. “Be rigorous and courageous” in your scholarship, urged Rose, Director of the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America. Bogues, the Director of the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice, called decolonizing knowledge a large, long-term undertaking. The Graduate School hosts Academy in Context each semester, based on topics suggested by students.


How to Have Difficult Mentoring Conversations Workshop
October 27, 2016, 4-5 pm, Sheridan Center, 201 Thayer St., 7th Floor | Register
Learn effective strategies for having a difficult mentoring conversation.

Versatile PhD Workshop: Taking Your Skills Beyond Academia
October 29, 2016, 1-3 pm, Crystal Room, Alumnae Hall
Register on Brown Student Job and Internship Board.
Define your skills and learn how to present them to employers outside academia.

Research Matters!
November 5, 2016, 3-5 pm, Granoff Center, 154 Angell St.
Outstanding graduate students and post-docs present brief talks on why their research matters.

November 12, 2016, 9:15 am - 5:00 pm, multiple campus locations | Register
Graduate Career Options Conference for master's and doctoral students looking for jobs in a myriad of career fields, including business, government and non-profit.

External Fellowships

Application deadline: Oct. 24 – 28 deadlines, depending on area
PD Soros Fellowship for New Americans
Application deadline: November 1, 2016
DAAD Study Scholarship
Application deadline: November 4, 2016
Woodrow Wilson Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship: Newcombe
Application deadline: November 15
Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fund Fellowships
Application deadline: December 30 internal deadline; see website

Inter-American Foundation Grassroots Development Fellowship
Application deadline: January 11, 2017

Other Resources for External Funds
Child Care Subsidy Applications Due Oct. 17 for 2017

BrownConnect: Your way to network with Brown alumni

SEAS Expands Service for Graduate Students

Graduate Student Resources

Graduate School Contacts

Versatile PhD

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