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September Highlights: The GSAS E-Newsletter
Brandeis University | Graduate School of Arts and Sciences | HIGHLIGHTS | AN E-NEWSLETTER FOR GSAS STUDENTS



GSAS established the Master's Research Fund in 2009 to provide small grants of up to $300 to a growing master's student population. The Fund supports students as they present at conferences or conduct master's research for a thesis or major project. This year, GSAS has already awarded 18 of its 30 grants available to students conducting research on subjects ranging from genetic testing for Huntington's Disease to tracing racism in Roman imperial art. Two students who have received a grant are featured below.

Matthew Flynn
Program: MFA, Musicology
Title of Conference Presentation: "Manuscript Variations in Three Works of Francesco Landini"

Matthew traveled to Certaldo, Italy this summer to present a paper at the Medieval and Rennaissance Music Conference. His presentation examined three Italian manuscripts from the 14th century which all contained the same three pieces by the famous 14th century Italian composer Franceso Landini: L’alma mie piange, Donna s’i t’o fallito, and Poy che da te. He discussed the slight variations in these pieces and explained what they illustrate about how the pieces were conceived and performed in the 14th century.

Margaret Hayes
Program: M.S., Genetic Counseling
Title of Thesis: "Exploring BRCA1/2 genetic testing experiences of breast cancer patients who do not meet with a genetic counselor before ordering testing"

Margaret is investigating what the genetic testing process is like for breast cancer patients who undergo BRCA testing without first meeting with a genetic counselor. She hopes to find out which healthcare providers are ordering the test and to explore patients' understanding of the results when no genetic counselor is involved. She'll also look at patients' understanding of how their test results could impact their medical management and if they know what it could mean for their relatives. Finally, she'll examine what motivates patients to undergo genetic testing. She'll be conducting this research through patient interviews.


Announcing Resume Books!
Career Services is pleased to announce Resume Books, a new feature in GradHIRE, GSAS's main career-seeking software. Employers often contact Career Services and request student or alumni resumes. A Resume Book enables Career Services to share resumes with prospective employers. Resumes must be approved by GSAS Career Services in order to be included in a Resume Book so that we can present Brandeis candidates to employers in the best possible light.

Participating in Resume Books is easy as 1-2-3!
1. Develop an effective resume. We encourage you to consult the Graduate Students' Resume Writing Guide and the resources in GradHire (login located here. Click on Resources >> Document Library.
2. E-mail your resume to Career Services for review and approval (required). Once your initial resume is approved, you do not have to have subsequent versions approved.
3. Register and/or login to your GradHIRE account and click on the 'Documents' tab to upload your resume.

If you have questions, please contact Career Services.


Then please be sure to do the following four things:
checkmarkComplete the Application for Degree online by FRIDAY, November 1.
checkmarkTurn in your DEC form (if completing a Ph.D.) at least two weeks before your defense, keeping in mind that the final day to defend is Friday, December 13.
checkmarkTurn in your Certification of Master's Thesis Acceptance Form (if completing a Masters thesis) at least one day before the thesis submission deposit deadline.
checkmarkThe final day to deposit your dissertation or thesis is Thursday, January 16, 2013 at 4 p.m.

Dissertation Workshop
Monday, November 11, 2-3 p.m.
Kutz 132
This workshop will cover the guidelines for formatting and depositing your dissertation. Formatting guidelines have changed this year, so we urge you to join us. Register here.

Master's Thesis Workshop
Wednesday, November 13, 2-3 p.m.
Kutz 132
This workshop will cover the guidelines for formatting and depositing your master's thesis. Formatting guidelines have changed this year, so we urge you to join us. Register here.


GSAS Master's Research Fund
Provides master's students up to $300 to help cover research expenses primarily for a thesis or major paper. Apply at any time as long as funds are still available. Read more.

The Tauber Institute: Graduate Research Awards
The Tauber Institute offers grants for pre-dissertation and dissertation research in any academic discipline of Jewish Studies. Grants up to $5,000 will be awarded to cover travel expenses (such as visits to archives), purchase of research materials such as microfilm (but excluding books), and costs of data collection and processing. All students enrolled in a doctoral program at Brandeis University are eligible to apply. Preference will be given to students who have successfully completed their course work by the end of the 2013-2014 academic year. The application deadline is December 10. Read more.

Mellon Dissertation Year Fellowships (DYFs)
These fellowships provide a $33,000 stipend and a $2,000 research grant to support ABD students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences during the final year of dissertation research and writing. Applicants must be entering their 5th or 6th year as of fall 2014 and certify that they will graduate by August 2015. Mellon DYFs will be required to attend a year-long, noncredit dissertation seminar. Up to 8 DYFs will be awarded. The application will be posted here on November 15 and will be due on January 30, 2014.

University Prize Intructorships (UPIs)
This $6,000 prize supports doctoral students as they design and teach an undergraduate course in their field of research. Up to 5 prizes will be awarded. Applications will be posted here on December 3 and due on February 13, 2014.

Mellon Dissertation Research Grants
These grants support doctoral students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences as they incur expenses associated with dissertation research. Grants are typically in the $3,000 range. Applications will be posted here on January 7, 2014 and due March 6, 2014.


National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships (NSF)
The NSF Graduate Research Fellowships are for students in the fields of mathematical, physical, biological, engineering, and behavioral and social sciences, including the history and philosophy of science. The awards are open only to applicants who are citizens, nationals of the United States, or permanent residents. Applicants may have completed no more than 12 months of full-time graduate study or its equivalent by August 1, 2013. The NSF also allows students in research-based terminal Master's programs to apply. Each award consists of three years of support ($30,000 annual stipend) usable over five years. Application deadlines vary by discipline, but fall between November 4 and 9. Read more.

American Association of University Women (AAUW) Fellowships
AAUW offers a variety of fellowships to both international and American female students including the Dissertation Fellowships (for female U.S. citizen doctoral candidates) and International Fellowships (for international students studying in the U.S.). Please refer to each program for application details, eligibility requirements and deadlines. Most application deadlines are in mid November. Read more.

Inter-American Foundation (IAF) Doctoral Field Research Fellowship Program
Fellowships are available to advanced Ph.D. students (by the time research begins) in the social sciences, physical sciences, and technical fields conducting research in Latin America and the Caribbean on topics related to grassroots development. Fellowships fund 4 to 12 months of research. Many general informational webinars on the program, eligibility, application process, etc. have been scheduled for October and November. The application deadline is January 6, 2014.  Read more.

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