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Graduate School 2020 Founder’s Medalist: Thea J. Autry

May. 8, 2020—Thea Jean Autry, from Katy, Texas, is this year’s Founder’s Medalist for the Graduate School. She is graduating with a doctor of philosophy in English. Thea’s research and teaching focus on U.S. literature and visual arts of the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries, with emphasis on theories of visuality, race, gender, sexuality, and cultural geography....

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Graduate Student Funding Opportunity

Feb. 26, 2020—The Office of Science Graduate Student Research is accepting applications from qualified Ph.D. candidates for the SCGSR program.   Per the SCGSR website, the program “provides supplemental awards to outstanding U.S. graduate students to pursue part of their graduate research at a DOE laboratory/facility in areas that address scientific challenges central to the Office of Science...

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Financial Planning Seminars for Graduate Students and Postdocs

Jan. 28, 2020—Intimidated by the prospect of preparing your grad student or postdoc tax return?  Are you ready to take the next step with your finances? Emily Roberts, Ph.D., of Personal Finance for PhDs, is returning to campus to offer basic insights on financial management for graduate students and postdocs. Roberts will be hosting two sessions: Demystifying...

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Graduate Students in Engineering Awarded Eisenhower Fellowships

Jan. 27, 2020—Five engineering Ph.D. students were recently awarded Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowships, earning awards of up to $30,000 from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration. The fellowships were awarded to: Will Barbour, civil and environmental engineering Charles Doktycz, civil and environmental engineering Derek Gloudemans, electrical engineering and computer science Yanbing Wang, civil and...

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Postdoc Profiles: Katrina Leaptrot

Jan. 17, 2020—Katrina Leaptrot is a postdoctoral researcher in the Chemistry Department in the McLean Research Group where she analyzes lipids and related biomolecules via ion mobility-mass spectrometry. She is also developing analysis methods with liquid chromatography-ion mobility-mass spectrometry for quantification of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in aqueous samples exposed to non-aqueous phase liquid waste. A native of...

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AAAS Workshop Applications due January 31

Jan. 14, 2020—The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is hosting a workshop in Washington, DC, about science policy. Vanderbilt University will be selecting up to 4 graduate students to attend. Registration costs, lodging, and airfare for selected students will be fully paid, thanks to sponsorship by the Vanderbilt Graduate School, the Russell G. Hamilton Graduate...

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Ph.D. candidate’s op-ed featured in Washington Post

Dec. 20, 2019—An opinion piece written by Jon Meacham, Carolyn T. and Robert M. Rogers Chair and Distinguished Visiting Professor of Political Science, and Michael E. Shepherd, a Ph.D. candidate in political science was featured in the Washington Post this week. The piece, “Republicans face political risks on impeachment. But history shows not all is lost,” discusses...

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Chateaubriand Fellowship Call for Applications, 2020-2021

Oct. 14, 2019—  The Chateaubriand Fellowship call for applications is now open. Complete applications must be submitted by January 7, 2020. The Chateaubriand Fellowship is a grant offered by the Embassy of France in the United States. It supports outstanding Ph.D. students from American universities who wish to conduct research in France for a period ranging from...

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Postdoc Profiles: Tom Folland

Sep. 19, 2019—Tom Folland is a postdoctoral researcher in the Caldwell Lab in the School of Engineering at Vanderbilt, where he works on creating optical components for manipulating infrared (thermal) radiation. “Tom is truly an exceptional researcher,” said Joshua Caldwell, associate professor of mechanical and electrical engineering, and Tom’s primary mentor, “and is without doubt the best...

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2019 Gilliam Fellowship Recipients

Sep. 10, 2019—Three Vanderbilt graduate students and their advisors were recently awarded Gilliam Fellowships for Advanced Study: Neuroscience student Justin Avila and mentor Michelle Southard-Smith Biological sciences student Jacob Steenwyk and mentor Antonis Rokas Neuroscience student Kellie Williford and mentor Danny Winder Through the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Gilliam Fellowships for Advanced Study supports diversity and...

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