Graduate Student Wins Award

Congratulations to Xin Su from the Aprahamian group for winning the prestigious Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-Financed Students Abroad. This award was founded by the Chinese government in 2003 with the purpose of rewarding the academic excellence of self-financed Chinese students studying overseas cross all fields of study. Only those with outstanding performance in their PhD studies are considered by the award selection panel and no more than 500 young talents are granted the award each year all over the world.

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New Graduate Student Council-recognized Groups

Republished from the Graduate Student Forum

During this academic year, six new graduate student groups have come into existence and were offered recognition by the Graduate Student Council (GSC) thus far. Recognition allows student-run groups to apply for annualblock funding from the GSC (up to $1000/year). This financial sponsorship from the GSC helps the student groups plan interesting and exciting events and programming for the broader graduate student body. The groups that were offered GSC recognition this year are very diverse and are already very busy organizing events for the whole graduate community. This article highlights four of those newly formed student groups.

Women in Academia Panel

Republished from the Graduate Student Forum

On January 16, Graduate Women in Science and Engineering (GWISE), in collaboration with the Graduate Studies Office, hosted a “Women in Academia” panel. The panel was comprised of four Dartmouth faculty members, including: Professors Mary R. Albert (Thayer School of Engineering), Mary K. Hudson (Department of Physics and Astronomy), and Kathryn Cottingham (Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Program), and Assistant Professor Meredith A. Kelly (Department of Earth Sciences). These women are very successful in their respective fields, with more than 70 publications combined in the last decade.

Communicating Science Class Held at Dartmouth

Republished from the Graduate Student Forum.

This past fall, 15 Dartmouth graduate students took part in Communicating Sciencea term-long class to learn how to communicate their research more effectively, drawing on improvisation and storytelling techniques. The course was based on a model pioneered by the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University. As reported previously, Alan Alda visited campus and led a session for the class on October 11.

Graduate Alumni Research Award, Sadik Antwi-Boampong

Republished from the Graduate Student Forum.

Chemistry PhD student Sadik Antwi-Boampong describes how he used the Graduate Alumni Research Award to assist him in his research.

Formaldehyde is a dangerous chemical that is found in many common materials. The Graduate Alumni Research Award supported my group’s work in developing a sensor that can detect the presence of formaldehyde in real time so that people can be warned about immediate exposure.

Letter from Dean F. Jon Kull

Republished from the Graduate Student Forum

Dear Graduate Community,

Greetings from Hanover!

I have had a really fantastic year in my role as Dean of Graduate Studies. It has been extremely rewarding to be able to work with the Trustees, President Hanlon, Dean of the Faculty Mike Mastanduno, and the other senior leaders on a regular basis. As you no doubt have heard, one of President Hanlon’s aspirational goals is to set up a freestanding Graduate School. I feel that creating a Graduate School will be a clear signal that Dartmouth is committed not only to maintaining its excellence in undergraduate education, but also to supporting and expanding the research and scholarship of its graduate students and faculty. A Graduate School is a way to acknowledge the essential and distinctive role of graduate students within the broader Dartmouth community, and it will definitely strengthen Dartmouth’s national and international reputation.

Graduate Student Leaders Attend Networking Event

Republished from the Graduate Student Forum.

Every term the Graduate Studies Officeorganizes events that help graduate student leaders build new skills, the most recent of which was a networking event held on November 21. At the event, the leaders of graduate student-led organizations on campus were given tips on how to be successful during networking events. Assistant Dean of Graduate Student Affairs Kerry Landers hosted the evening, and Graduate Studies Dean Jon Kull and Assistant Dean of Recruiting and Diversity Jane Seibel were also in attendance and offered their advice and insights as well.

Dartmouth Programs Awarded Dept. of Education Grants

Bonnie Barber

The graduate programs in Dartmouth’s departments of biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics and astronomy have been awarded more than $2 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Education through the Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) program. These federal grants will fund 17 three-year graduate fellowships, supporting the training of top graduate students who demonstrate financial need and are pursuing doctoral degrees in designated fields of national need.

Dartmouth Graduate Studies programs have received nearly $8 million in GAANN awards since 2004, and Dean of Graduate Studies F. Jon Kull says he is “delighted that Dartmouth has had unprecedented success in the last two rounds of funding.”