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APRIL 2013 | AN E-NEWSLETTER FOR GSAS STUDENTS


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OUTSTANDING TEACHING FELLOWS TO BE HONORED
Outstanding GSAS teaching fellows will be recognized at this year's TF Award reception on April 30. Earlier this month, GSAS asked each department to select recipients for the award based on their overall teaching excellence, student and course instructor evaluations, and letters from faculty. See the list of recipients.
CHAERAN FREEZE RECEIVES GRADUATE MENTORING AWARD
At the faculty meeting on April 10, ChaeRan Y. Freeze, a professor in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies and in Women’s and Gender Studies, received the Dean of Arts and Science Mentoring Award. This annual award carries a $1,000 prize for “outstanding ability as a mentor by a faculty member who supervises GSAS students." See the full story in BrandeisNow.
GSAS ANNOUNCES 2013-14 MELLON DISSERTATION YEAR FELLOWS
The following eight students have received a Mellon Dissertation Year Fellowship (DYF) which provides a generous stipend and research fund as students complete their dissertations. The DYF is supported by the 1.8 million dollar, four-year grant for doctoral education in the humanities that GSAS received from the Mellon Foundation.

Winston Bowman, History
Casey Clevenger, Sociology
Sarah Feuer, Politics
Paul Herron, Politics
Allison Lange, History
Elizabeth Perten, Musicology
Emily Sigalow, Near Eastern and Judaic Studies/Sociology
Sarah Sutton, History
2013-14 MELLON DISSERTATION PROSPECTUS SEMINAR: REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!
The Mellon Interdisciplinary Dissertation Prospectus Seminar is a year-long, non-credit seminar that meets about every other week on select Thursdays from 12-2 p.m. Students in the seminar share drafts of their dissertation prospectuses and receive feedback from the other participants and the two faculty facilitators. Doctoral students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences may register. Read more/register.
COMMENCEMENT 2013
arrowCap and Gown Pick-Up Times
If you pre-ordered your cap and gown through GSAS, you may pick up your regalia at GSAS (2nd Floor, Kutz Hall). Pick-up times are:
  • May 15, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
  • May 16, 2-5 p.m.
  • May 17, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
If these hours are inconvenient, please arrange to have someone else pick up your regalia. Regalia will NOT be available for pick-up on Saturday or Sunday of Commencement weekend.

arrowCommencement Tickets
Tickets will be distributed in the Graduate Student Lounge (Kutz Hall). Tickets will not be distributed at GSAS. Pick-up times are:
  • May 7, 12-7 p.m.
  • May 8, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • May 9 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Announcements
Commencement announcements will be available outside Meghan Peck's office in Kutz Hall (Room 206) on May 7 and May 8. Each graduating student may pick up one invitation. You may also pick up an announcement with your regalia during cap and gown pick-up times.

Announcing the 2013 Commencement Marshal
The GSAS marshal for commencement is Vince Panzano, expected May 2013 Ph.D. recipient in Neuroscience. He will walk alongside Dean Malcolm Watson as they lead the GSAS processional.

ANNOUNCEMENTS
Summer Registration: April 10-May 22
Many students are required to register for the summer term. Please go here to see if you need to register.

Do you need a summer loan?
If you are taking a course or finishing a thesis this summer and need to borrow loans for the Summer term, please submit the Stafford Loan Application by April 30. If you have questions, contact Katharine Linnehan, Assistant Director of Financial Aid, ext. 6-3418.

Do you need loans for next fall and/or spring?
Please check Financial Aid for helpful information regarding the loan application process. The recommended application deadline for the Fall bill (sent out in July) is June 15. If you have questions, contact Katharine Linnehan, Assistant Director of Financial Aid, ext. 6-3418.

Student Loan Exit Counseling
Exit Counseling is a federal and institutional requirement for all student loan borrowers receiving a degree. For Federal Loans (Stafford, GradPLUS, and Perkins), Exit Counseling is done online. These interactive counseling sessions will help you to understand the rights and responsibilities that come with your student loans. Students who have borrowed funds directly from the University will need to meet with Steven Doona, the Assistant Director of Student Loans, to complete Exit Counseling, ext. 6-4451.

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Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
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PO Box 9110
Kutz Hall | Waltham, MA 02454
781-736-3410 | 781-736-3412 (fax)
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