How do I find Fellowships, Internships, and Research opportunities?

There are a number of different ways to go about finding fellowships, internships, and research opportunities. Below are a number of the main resources for searching for these opportunities to give you a sense of the differences between them.

You should also be asking older students, alumni, and faculty about opportunities they may know about, especially if they are in areas of study or industries related to what you are interested in. They are the most likely to know about things and be able to talk with you about the process. The databases and lists below are places to start as you go about your search.

You may want to make a spreadsheet that you can use to keep track of anything you come across that is interesting to you including information like the title, what company or organization is offering it, the deadline, and what supplemental materials are required.


Alumni Job Board (AJB)

Use AJB after graduating to find job and internship postings, particularly from other alumni. You can also use this to get access resources for finding and applying for jobs and networking.

Bridge.Jobs

This site is primarily used for current and graduated students to connect with employers in Rhode Island to find internships as a step towards finding a job. Bridge.Jobs saves your resume and also allows you to sort your internship searches by deadline, employer, or whether you’ve submitted your application. They also maintain a blog that provides useful job and internship tips.

BrownConnect

Use BrownConnect to find internships, funding opportunities (such as fellowships), and connect with alumni. Try using advanced search.

+ You can search for internships based on field, type of opportunity (i.e. paid or unpaid), and sector (i.e. private companies, non-profits, or government). Also pay attention to whether internships are marked Bruno internships. Bruno internships are either specifically for Brown students or have spots available specifically for Brown students. Many of the Brown connect internships can be applied to through Handshake.

+ You can search for alumni to connect with based on many different metrics including their previous concentration, class year, and area they currently work. You can use the connect button on an individual alumni’s page to send them an email using a pre-made template (though I suggest you edit the template provided to personalize it).

+ The funding opportunity list draws from the Fellowships @ Brown site as well as the opportunities available from individual departments.

Brown Undergraduate Research Portal

Listing of various Brown supported Fellowships and Research Opportunity Programs.

Careers in the Common Good (CCG) Database

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Use the CCG Database to find jobs, internships, and fellowships specifically related to social change work such as education. You can access this from the CareerLAB tab on ASK and clicking Exploring Options.

 

CRC FIRe List of Targeted Opportunities for Students from Historically Underrepresented Groups

Use this list for looking for opportunities that are specifically for members of certain groups, particularly underrepresented minority students. It is curated by the FIRe coordinator in conversation with University Deans and staff. If you know of other opportunities that are not listed on this list please email the FIRe coordinator at crc@brown.edu with more information.

Fellowships @ Brown (F@B)

Use F@B to find fellowships and research opportunities. Some are nationally competitive while others are internal to Brown. See FIRe FAQ to learn more about fellowships.

Handshake

Undergraduates, graduate, and alumni use Handshake to find and apply for jobs, internships, and funding opportunities, and access other resources and services offered by the CareerLAB. The site allows you to create a profile for a more customized approached based on your interests, experiences, and timeline.

+ You can sign up for CareerLAB job and internship search and skill-building workshops, employer information sessions, and on-campus interviews. There are restrictions on the opportunities alumni can apply for. For example, only current graduate and undergraduate students can participate in on-campus recruiting.

+ This site is also linked to BrownConnect and all internships posted in Handshake will also appear in BrownConnect.

Serve Rhode Island Volunteer Portal

Serve Rhode Island connects schools, nonprofits, and other organizations with people looking for volunteering and community service positions. Take a look at their website if you are looking for an organization to get involved with in Rhode Island.

UFunds

You can use UFunds to apply for many different funding and fellowship opportunities. Visit their site to apply for Emergency  Gap funding, which may be helpful for supplementing things other funding might not cover such as travel costs.

 Watson Institute Undergraduate Opportunities

The Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs has various research and fellowship programs available to undergraduate students, especially those concentrating in Public Policy and International Relations.

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Beginner’s Guide to Graduate School

What is graduate school?

Graduate school is a component of higher education following undergraduate study. In graduate school, students focus on a specific subject within an academic discipline or field. There are two mains types of degrees you can obtain in graduate school: a master’s and a doctorate of philosophy (Ph.D.) degree. You can pursue a master’s degree program in a variety of disciplines that usually lasts between 1-2 years and may involve a producing a creative or scholarly project. A doctoral program can take anywhere from 4-7 years of study. A doctoral program involves coursework and producing an original scholarly contribution to your field under the guidance of a faculty mentor. For information on more specific types of graduate programs, see the Intro to Grad School Glossary.

How do I know if it’s right for me?

While you’re an undergraduate, get involved with conducting research, find opportunities to teach, attend academic conferences, develop your academic interests, write a thesis, listen to your peers present their theses, and talk to your mentors and professors. Make sure that you take the time to reflect on why you want a graduate degree. Why pursue a graduate degree in one subject over another? How will a graduate degree help you in your long-term career aspirations? The more you know yourself and your goals, the more you will be able to speak to the commitments you are willing to make.


What does a graduate application consist of?

A typical graduate school application has seven standard materials. These include:

  1. Statement of purpose
  2. GRE scores
  3. Official transcripts
  4. 3-4 letters of recommendation
  5. Personal Statement
  6. Additional document (CV, Resume)
  7. Writing Sample

A statement of purpose explains what type of research you want to pursue. This statement should be specific and articulate the research questions you have in mind for pursuing. Within this statement, you should describe your methodological leanings and scholars you hope to draw from or build on. You should include explanations of why you have chosen this specific research and how it builds on research you have already done. Mention professors you want to work with, highlighting their current research and your research intersects, differs, highlights synergistic relations. You should also drive home why you would be a good fit for the program given your strengths, and why the program is a good fit for you given its key elements, program structure, or resources. A good statement of purpose will also be able to imagine the implications of your research on broader societal issues. You should also be thinking about the trajectory of your research following graduate school. Statements are typically no longer than two pages.

For more information on the Graduate Records Examination (GRE), visit this post, What is the GRE and how do you prepare for it?

Official transcripts take time to order. Usually, graduate schools require you send transcripts from your entire undergraduate studies, which includes transcripts if you studied abroad or if you transferred colleges. Make sure you do research on how much these transcripts will cost to send and how long they might take to arrive.

Graduate programs can ask for 3-4 letters of recommendation. These letters may come from your academic advisor, your thesis director and readers, or a professor you’ve taken a class with or multiple classes with that can speak to your growth over the years. Letters can also come from the director of a fellowship program you may have been a part of, and a faculty member or job manager you have worked with on an academic or other project. A general rule of thumb is that you ask at least three faculty members to write these letters for you. The more seniority the person has the better. Even though the graduate programs you are applying to may only ask for 3 letters of recommendation, you might want to ask 4-5 total people to write one for you. Decide who might be best suited to send a letter to a particular school based on their academic background or relationship to the school.

If you’re taking at least a year off in between undergraduate and graduate school, in the spring semester of your senior year, approach professors you think could be able to provide you with letter. Tell them that you are planning to attend graduate school and talk to them about your academic interests. When you later send them a formal email requesting a letter, they can remember back to that conversation. In the email, ask them if they might be able to provide you with a strong letter of recommendation. Phrasing it in this way gives professors an out if they honestly feel they might not be able to write a strong letter.

A personal statement describes elements of your non-academic life that occured during college that you learned and grew from. These non-academic elements can be from a campus job, an internship, a student group you had a leadership role in or time you spent abroad. You should be able to tie back these experiences to your broader academic interests and pursuits but they say more about yourself beyond academics themselves. This statement should be shorter than your statement of purpose. Ask your professors to read over your statement and provide multiple rounds of feedback.

Typically, universities ask for an additional document, such as a curriculum vitae (CV) or a resume. CVs are documents that detail your education and achievements, including your degree, research interests, publications, conference presentations, awards, and honors. CVs can be two or more pages. A resume is a one page document that summarizes the skills and experiences you want to highlight for the particular opportunity you are applying to. The CareerLAB has Peer Advisors who hold open hours and are specifically trained to provide feedback on these two documents.

A writing sample is meant to provide the graduate admissions committee with a sense of your writing. This sample can be from a midterm or final paper you wrote, a chapter of your thesis, or a published piece of writing. Writing samples are typically 15-20 pages or 20-25 pages in length. Take time to think about your writing sample and potential papers you might revise or write in the future. Start revising early! If you want to revise a paper you wrote for a class, ask the professor who assigned you the paper to read it over and provide feedback. The Writing Center also employs graduate students who can provide helpful insights and feedback on your writing sample, personal statement, and statement of purpose. When you book an appointment, simply ask to be paired with a graduate student.


What’s the timeline for applying to graduate school?

Applying to graduate school can be a lengthy process. Before you begin, make sure to organize yourself by starting a Google folder or creating a physical binder that will house all the materials you will be preparing for your application. You can also start a Google Sheets document or print out a spreadsheet where you can keep track of which materials are required, which items you need to work on, and which items you have finished or submitted for each program.

Below is a timeline that can guide you through the process of applying to graduate school.

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There’s a lot to consider when making a decision to attend a particular graduate program. Visit this Graduate School Guide for more in-depth insights on applying to graduate school, including finding and choosing a graduate program, creating a strong application, and funding a graduate education.

FIRE Guide For Undocumented Students

The Undocumented Student Resource Guide is a guide of fellowships, internships, funding, and research opportunities open to undocumented students and students with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status.  These opportunities are both Brown-specific and unrelated to Brown and include opportunities for graduate school preparation and funding, special projects, public service, law, government, health, medicine, and general resources.

The list is not extensive (i.e. if there is an opportunity at Brown that is not listed on this sheet, it does not mean that it is not open to undocumented/DACA students). Although this guide was created to make resources more accessible to undocumented and DACA students, it can also be used for people with other legal statuses and work permits. This guide will be continually updated.

For a paper copy, please visit the Curricular Resource Center, the First-Generation Low-Income Student Center, or the CareerLAB.

 

 

 

Student Spotlight – Maryori Conde

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Name: Maryori Conde

Class Year: 2018

Concentration: Ethnic Studies

Maryori  has interned at American Public Media, Breakthrough Providence, and with the AFSCME Union Scholars Program. Read on to learn more about how her desire for social change led her to pursue a career in teaching.


What kind of research experiences, internships, or fellowships have you been involved with during college?

During the summer, I have had internships that fall into different categories. My first internship was at American Public Media where I interned as a Financial Analyst and Office Clerk. I took this internship because it was way out of my comfort zone and I thought I should do it in order to learn communication and finance skills and I am happy I did. I learned how to use Excel and how much care and attention to detail the finance department has to have on a daily basis.

My second internship was at Breakthrough Providence where I was a Teaching Fellow. Breakthrough Providence is a non-profit organization that primarily serves academically motivated, first-generation, low-income students of color from the Providence area. As a summer teaching fellow, I co-taught a 15-student, heterogenous 7th grade English class. We created lesson plans that blended a social justice curriculum with an academic one. Our social justice curriculum taught issues related to the school-to-prison pipeline using the book Monster by Walter Dean Meyers as the primary class reading. I also taught an elective on Gender and Sexuality to the 8th graders, which was very impactful.

My last and most recent internship was being a Union Scholar for AFSCME (American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees). The program was sponsored through the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, as well as the Harvard Labor and Worklife Program.  Through the program, I was able to learn how to be a labor organizer in Jacksonville, Florida, and rebuild a local of residential nurses that encompassed three hospitals. I had the opportunity to attend meetings with AFSCME international and state-wide organizers to report on the local and discuss different organizing methods for the future. This definitely helped change the way I saw organizing outside of a college setting.

How have these experiences shaped your goals and plans for the future?

My internship with Breakthrough furthered my passion and love for teaching and really cemented my desire to be a teacher in secondary elementary. My last internship with AFSCME showed me the importance of organizing around labor and how much diversity is needed within that field. I hope to be a teacher that is able to not only help my students succeed inside, but also outside the classroom. I hope to help their families and be an active member of their community.

What was your favorite part of or an interesting story about a research experience, internship, or fellowship you participated in?

My favorite part of each of the internships was that I was able to meet many different people of different backgrounds and hear their stories. It was great to be surrounded by people who were passionate about social justice and helping others. They were aware of their positionality through it all and how they were interacting with other folks and taught me how to do the same. I love them and feel like the people I worked for are mentors I learned so much from. They taught me how to care for myself and still be involved in activism.

Do you have any advice for students looking to potentially pursue opportunities similar to what you’ve pursued?

I did not pursue any research experiences, but I wish that I had. I didn’t believe in myself nor my ideas and felt that I would not be able to contribute as a professor to the academy in a meaningful way. Because of this, I steered away from those opportunities. My advice for students is to work everyday at believing yourself and your ideas. Talk to a professor about your ideas, meet with professors who are probably thinking about the same things, and they will definitely help you find the opportunities you need. If you are first-generation, low-income, these opportunities are still for you! Trust me, there are mad grants and scholarships out there that professors will push you to apply for if you want to do research.

If you don’t want to pursue research and want to do internships as I did, just look. Be comfortable with the uncomfortable. There are so many opportunities for student activists like the Dream Summer Fellowship at UCLA, the Union Scholars Program with AFSCME, and the Summer Activist Training. Don’t limit yourself if you are into activism and want to learn more. Also, if you want to be a teacher with a social justice focus, Breakthrough Providence was such an amazing resource. Would 100% recommend.

B.A. Rudolph Foundation Scholarships for Unpaid Internships

The B.A. Rudolph Foundation offers scholarships for women seeking unpaid internships in public service and the sciences, as well as a mentorship program and networking opportunities. These internships must take place in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area.

They are currently accepting applications for their Undergraduate Public Service Scholarship, which funds unpaid internships that are centered on public service, including government, nonprofit endeavors, and/or women’s rights. Applications are due April 11th, 2018.

The Graduate Public Service Scholarship supports female graduate students and those who have recently completed their graduate degree who are applying to or have secured an unpaid internship that focuses on public service.  Applications are due March 28th, 2018.

The Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Scholarship is intended for female undergraduate students preparing to enter a profession in the sciences who are applying to or have secured an unpaid or underpaid summer position (internship, fellowship, research assistantship) in a related field. Applications are due April 4, 2018.

Post Baccalaureate Fellowship Program

The Carnegie Foundation offers a Post Baccalaureate Fellowship Program, a paid, two-year program that provides recent college graduates with a chance to learn from and contribute to the Foundation’s efforts in the field of education and, more specifically, networked improvement science in education.

Post-Baccalaureate Fellows serve in full-time appointments at the Foundation and are placed in different programs and departments and are assigned a supervising mentor. Fellows gain a range of widely applicable professional skills in research, communication, group facilitation, teamwork, project management, writing, and leadership.

Fellows must be willing to commit to the two years of the fellowship program starting July 2018, must have obtained their Bachelor’s degree, completed within the past two academic years (May 2016-June 2018), and must be able to provide proof of eligibility to work in the U.S.

Applications are received on a rolling basis. You can apply here.

Royce Fellowship Application Tips with Professor Kevin Escudero

Established in 1996, the Royce Fellowship enables undergraduates to explore their developing interests and passions. The program confers lifetime membership into the Society of Royce Fellows, a community of student scholars, faculty fellows, and Royce alumni that offers a forum for reflection, inquiry, and intellectual engagement within the university. Applications are due March 16, 2018 at 11:45p.m. through UFUNDS.


Application Tips from Royce Faculty Fellow Kevin Escudero:

1) What is the Royce Fellowship?

The Royce Fellowship is an opportunity for undergraduates to carry out independent research, curricular development, or public service projects in places across the U.S. and around the world. Accepted students receive a stipend of $4,000 that is distributed to pursue their project during the summer. Royce Fellows conduct their research under the guidance of a faculty mentor and as part of an interdisciplinary cohort that is composed of up to twenty students. All students in good standing who will return to Brown for at least one full semester are welcome to submit applications. First-generation, low-income, undocumented, and DACAmented students are especially encouraged to apply.

2) What characteristics do you value in an application?

Students selected for the Royce often have projects that involve community engaged scholarship. Engaged scholarship is a form of scholarship (including teaching, research or service) in which faculty and students partner with organizations and individuals outside the academy to address challenges that those organizations and individuals face. These partners may be private enterprises, government agencies, or community nonprofit organizations. Overall, we value Royce projects that deal with producing knowledge that communities want and need.

3) What kind of applicants stand out to you and why?

The committee looks for students that are excited about working on their project and building community knowledge, particularly in interdisciplinary ways. Students should understand and expect that their projects will change over time as it develops through the partnership and how they understand their project. We value students who think, “Maybe I should readjust this way,” over applicants who didn’t question themselves or who didn’t adjust. Some students conduct literature reviews before fully developing their project proposal and continue to be reflective throughout the process.

To see a previous iteration of application tips for the Royce Fellowship, see this post.

 

Research Opportunity: The Immigration and Border Community Research Experience for Undergraduates

This research opportunity allows undergraduates to learn social science research methods while collaborating with local organizations to conduct in-depth research about the unique challenges faced by border communities in the Paso del Norte region of southern New Mexico, El Paso, and Ciudad Juárez.

Successful applicants will spend 10 weeks in the El Paso/Cruces/Ciudad Juárez region during the summer from May 21-July 28, 2018. Positions are fully from by the National Science Foundation through a stipend of $5,000 and meal expenses. In addition, students traveling from outside the region will receive accommodation and $500 towards their travel expenses.

Applicants must be at least sophomore standing in a social science discipline (Sociology, Anthropology, Political Science, Geography) or related field, and have a GPA of at least 3.0. Spanish language skills are preferred by not required. Students must be currently enrolled; recent graduates are not eligible. Due to federal regulations, students must be U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals or permanent residents, and have valid passports.

Applications are due on March 1st, 2018.

To learn more visit this link. For more information and for any questions or concerns, please contact Neil Harvey at (575) 646-3220 and nharvey@nmsu.edu or Jeremy Slack at (915) 747-6530 and jmslack@utep.edu.

Mellon Mays Application Tips with Dean Asabe Poloma

The Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF) aims to increase the number of historically underrepresented racial and ethnic groups in the academy. Rising juniors across eligible fields are invited to apply. As a private university, Brown’s MMUF program is open to U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent residents, DACA and undocumented students. Applications are due March 5, 2018 through UFUNDS.


Application Tips from Mellon Mays Associate Director Dr. Asabe Poloma:

1) What is the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship?

The Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship is two-year research fellowship that sponsors students who are interested in pursuing a research project, particularly centered around issues of race, equity, and access. The program makes up a nationwide network that hopes to establish a cadre of young and aspiring scholars that want to contribute to the research enterprise across disciplines. Fellows should be prospectively interested in academic careers.

2) When should students begin thinking about this opportunity and their application?

It is never too early to start thinking about this opportunity. For first-year students, this means starting to think about what are your academic interests are and what interests you hope to pursue at Brown. When you engage in seminars and classes, what are the intellectual questions that draw your interest? If you were to design your own seminar, what scholarship and tools would you want to use?

In the fall semester of your second year, talk with your professors, faculty members, and those in your advising network about academic careers. Ask about what an academic career entails, not simply in relation to research but also teaching and service. What were their pathways? Start to think about what your driving focus could potentially be within and beyond your concentration. How would the Mellon elaborate on those interests? How can your current academic interests be a clear pathway to an academic career and a world beyond Brown?

If you enjoy the courses you are taking, talk to graduate students and faculty mentors; start engaging with the program through an information session and a meeting with the program director.

3) What does the selection process for the MMUF program look like?

The selection process is a very competitive process but also a very clearly outlined process. There are two main steps. The first involves applying to the program. The admissions committee, comprised of Brown faculty members across a range of disciplines, then review the applications thoughtfully and carefully and from an applicant pool, invite shortlisted candidates to interview. After the interview process, the pool is narrowed down to the finalists who are made the offer.

4) What qualities make an application stand out?

Academic promise. One quality that we look for is for applicants to demonstrate academic promise. In many ways, Mellon is not a just a meritorious award based on past accolades, but also about fellows’ imagined possibilities and potential impact as future scholars, mentors, and critically engaged educators. Intellectual creativity, risk-taking, and thinking about the world and engaging social and critical issues are academically promising qualities. We want to understand how students have mapped their academic experience and where they see them taking them.

Conceptualizing the power of academic tools. Another quality has to do with how students have started to think of the tools of their academic discipline to construct and deconstruct new forms of understanding about the world and what they care about. Students should see where the academic opportunities and gaps are. Take what you have learned and think about what you want to gain from the Mellon in terms of a personalized map for yourself, networks, advisors, and meeting other Mellon fellows.

Self-reflection. We want to see students who engage in a lot of self-reflection in the contemporary moment but also looking forward. In that reflection process, we want students to demonstrate how their individual reflection goals are related to larger social goals. How do you see your research contributing to important social justice issues and advancing racial justice?

5) Do you have any general tips for potentially applicants?

Develop and leverage a network that is informed about and would help you craft a competitive application. Talk about your work, talk about what upsets you, what excites you, and talk about how they could be used for a research agenda. Be comfortable with soliciting and seeking advice or feedback whether it be current fellows, faculty mentor who are familiar with other fellowships, and think about how you might conceptualize this in a proposal.

Develop nonacademic habits. As a Mellon research fellow, develop the other nonacademic habits that are integral to a successful research career. The ability to adapt, be coached, and self-reflect all are important to the process.

Keep your research a dialectical processResearch is not a solitary enterprise, especially if it is research dedicated to solving issues of racial and social justice. Mellon is based on the principles of community engaged scholarship, as well as community and peer collaboration. As individuals move through the process, it is such an important skill to be able to connect bridges, for people to give you feedback and translate the project for the communities you hope you are either representing or giving voice to. Think about your research as an intellectual application.

6) Is there anything else you want to say about the Mellon Mays Fellowship?

The Mellon cohort is one of the most tangible and long-lasting impacts of the program that students don’t always see. The cohort serves as a model for a group of peers to practice supporting each other’s intellectual process of discovery and also to have a community of like-minded individuals that can serve as a powerful antidote to what can be a solitary or isolated research process. Mellon is composed of people who are idealistic and passionate, and hold space for critical engagement and learn from each other. I don’t think a lot of students realize that when they are inducted into the Mellon family, their fellowship will translate to lifelong friendships.

For more resources, see this writing sample of the MMUF essay application.


 

 

Saying Hello

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Hi everyone!

My name is Liliana Sampedro, and I will be taking over for Victoria this semester as the new Fellowships, Internships and Research experiences (FIRe) Coordinator at the Curricular Resource Center. I’m honored to walk in the steps of Victoria, Victor, and Mya, and hope to continue the great work that they have been able to accomplish during their time at the CRC and at Brown.

To introduce myself a bit more, I write to you as a first-generation college and low-income student, and an Ethnic Studies and Sociology concentrator. I am a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow whose research is interested in the ways that Mexican immigrant knowledges are produced in community and family spaces and serve as education for survival and resistance. I hope to use my research to facilitate the tensions between schools and communities, particularly for underserved Mexican immigrant communities in the Pacific Northwest.

I hope to use this blog as an opportunity to make resources more accessible to undocumented, first-generation, and low-income students of color. Part of this involves advocating for more institutionalized support for these students, as well as actively thinking of creative strategies to serve these groups. It’s my goal to have all students feel like they come into the CRC with any questions or feelings they may have about a particular opportunity.

While this is an ongoing goal, I hope to work towards it by continuing past collaborative programming between the CRC and other university centers, holding office hours, meeting with administrators and student groups, and taking on new projects.

This blog will have three main types of posts:

  • Student spotlights
  • Application tips
  • Beginner’s guide

If there’s anything I can help with, please feel free to reach out. I’d love to talk with you about developing a research question, how to apply for different opportunities, learning the difference between a fellowship and an internship, building relationships with faculty, and any other questions or feelings you might have. There are times at Brown when I have felt stuck and didn’t know what questions to ask or who to ask them to—I might not know all the answers but I can definitely find others who might. I’m here to support you and hope that we can find time to work together.

Looking forward to this semester!

Liliana

Signing On!

Hi! My name is Victoria, and I’m the new Fellowships, Internships and Research experiences Coordinator for the Curricular Resource Center, and the new captain/blogger for CRCFIRe.

A bit about me: like it says on the CRC website (which you should visit), I’m currently a junior studying Ethnic Studies. My research interests are in critical refugee studies and critical human geography, specifically on how Vietnamese and other Southeast Asian refugee communities work to survive and organize within histories of militarism and land displacement, colonialism, and the violence of late-capitalist neoliberal America.

Victor and Mya have both left tremendous legacies as FIRe coordinators, which I hope to honor and build upon. As FIRe coordinator, my goal is to intentionally make fellowships and research opportunities more accessible for students marginalized by academic institutions: that includes first generation college students, low-income students, historically under-represented students of color, and undocumented students and those from mixed-status families. Research and fellowships can feel so unattainable for marginalized students, and I want to change that. If you’ve ever been made to feel that your ideas and interests don’t matter, I want to affirm that they really are worthwhile (and so are you!), and there are so many opportunities to make your ideas happen.

Things to expect from this blog:

  • Student Spotlights
  • Opportunities Spotlights
  • Tips and Advice on Applications

As FIRe Coordinator, I also plan to hold events and intentionally outreach to different communities on campus like those in the FLiCenter, BCSC, Swearer Center and LGBTQ Center. Follow the CRC newsletter (email crc@brown.edu) to stay on top of FIRe programming.   

I hold advising hours in the CRC and FLiCenter: Tuesdays 1-5pm and Fridays 10-2pm in the CRC (stay tuned for FliCenter hours).  During that time, we can talk about your academic interests and research, applying to fellowships and opportunities, and graduate school. I also advise more generally on coursework, integrating academics with community engagement and social responsibility, and thinking about life and The Future™️ (yikes!). Feel free to stop by regardless of where you are in your academic journey: maybe you have no idea what you’re doing, maybe you don’t even know what questions to ask, maybe your interests are different than mine, but we can work together to figure things out.  I’m pretty resourceful, so if I don’t know the answer to your questions, chances are I’ll know someone who will.

I hope to see you at my advising hours or at a FIRe event, or to hear from you over email sometime in the next few months. I’m here to support you, and I look forward to talking soon.

Take care,

Victoria