Saying Hello


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!



New Beginnings


Hello! My name is Victor Bramble and I am the new coordinator for Fellowships, Internships, and Research experiences (FIRe) at the Curricular Resource Center and the new author (coordinator? steward?) of the CRC FIRe Blog.

Mya has left  a tremendous legacy with her work in this role last year and I hope to honour that legacy while expanding the role and this blog in my own way.

So we can begin with introductions. As it says on the CRC website (is this advertising?), I am currently a senior studying Ethnic Studies and Modern Culture and Media. My research focuses on digital media and in particular the power of digital media technologies wield given their evolution from histories of colonialism and violence. Right now I am working on research into the way violence committed by police officers is archived online as well as research into the circulation of images of Black death on social media.

In my role as FIRe coordinator I hope to continue and expand Mya’s vision for this role to make different fellowship and research opportunities more visible and more accessible to all students. When I say this, I mean that I want to work intentionally to help underrepresented minority students, First Generation and Low-Income college students, and any other student who has been made to feel like the things they are interested in and the work they want to do is unimportant or not worth supporting. I want to affirm that you have ideas that are worthwhile and there are opportunities out there that can help you pursue them.

Now I recognize that these are big goals and so to work towards accomplishing them I will be continuing to develop this Blog, holding my hours in the CRC (which you can view here), and doing other collaborative programming between the CRC and other university centers.

This Blog will continue to have primarily 3 types of posts:

  • Opportunity Spotlights
  • Student Spotlights
  • Application tips

In my hours you can also come talk to me about thinking about research and fellowship opportunities, developing your research questions, and how to apply for different opportunities as well as more general advising on your classes, life, the open curriculum, etc.

If you’re reading this, I hope to see you in the office or hear from you over email at some point over the next few months, even if you feel like you don’t have your questions narrowed down to something very specific.




Final Musings from the 2015-16 FIRe Blog Writer


I’m Mya Roberson and for the past academic year I have been the author behind the CRC FIRe blog. Today is my final shift at the CRC and I thought that I would post some final reflections on my experiences with fellowships and research at Brown, as well as on my role as the FiRE Coordinator this year.

I was fortunate to have an AP Biology teacher in high school who was so wildly passionate about science in research. As students in his class, we would always try to get him to diverge from the prescribed curriculum and tell us about his experience conducting research for his graduate work. While others may have viewed these digressions as tangents, they were where the real learning took place for me. Sparked by my innate curiosity for finding out more about everything I knew that I wanted to do research when I got to Brown.

I was fortunate in my freshman year that I stumbled upon great mentorship from a professor who took me under his wing and allowed me to work on one of his projects in my first spring semester. I was nervous that I would mess things up, I came in with no hard skills, but that was all part of the process I quickly came to find out. If we all knew everything already there would be nothing to learn.

From that point on, I was hooked on research, I loved how I got to go in every day and just ask and work on solving questions. I had spent the rest of my Brown undergraduate career trying to figure out what type of research really inspired me and was something I could see myself working on long term. Through some more great mentorship as well as inspiring courses, I found my calling at the intersection of science and public service by doing public health research on cancer disparities in marginalized populations.

This new found interest led me to conduct research at Princeton University as part of  the Leadership Alliance, in Birmingham, AL as a Royce Fellow, and finally at Brown as a senior honors thesis writer. Having the opportunity to conduct independent research on a topic that I love cemented my future plans to go to graduate school and become a career researcher. There are so many questions that remain unanswered, particularly within the realm of health disparities and I hope that I can one day leave my mark within that area of knowledge.

In my role as the CRC Fellowships, Internships, and Research Coordinator over the past year I made it my goal to increase awareness of fellowship and research opportunities, particularly for historically underrepresented groups, and support students to the best of my ability as they worked through their applications. This blog has been an act of consolidating resources and opportunities for students into one neat place. While it is by no means comprehensive, I enjoy the fact that students can identify opportunities, read up on application tips, and see student experiences all in one place.

Supporting students with their applications has by far been the most gratifying part of my job. I have gotten so see so many students’ passions from  history to physics and everything in between. Having seen so many great proposals and applications gives me great hope for the next generation of scholarship. It has been a wonderful year for me in this role and I look forward to seeing what future scholarship comes out of Brown.


Signing Off,