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Graduate students advance diversity and inclusion with PhD Works professional development awards

PhD Works ACE 2019

Fifteen graduate students from the Arts, Humanities, Sciences, and Engineering at Stony Brook University received the PhD Works Professional Development Awards for Inclusion and Equity during 2018. Awardees received up to $750 to enhance their career and professional skills while advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in their own fields. These awards were made possible through the generous sponsorship of the Office of the Chief Diversity Officer and the campus Diversity Plan implementation.

The awardees are Ignacio D. Arellano-Torres (Hispanic Languages and Literature), Janice Darling (Computer Science), Natalie De Paz (Creative Writing), Katelyn Ellison (Philosophy), Eugina Gelbelman (Film), Jon Heggestad (English), Maureen Lynch (Ecology and Evolution), Vanessa Lynn (Sociology), Cecilia O’Leary (SoMAS), Luigi Pesce-Ibarra (Health and Rehabilitation Sciences), Anna Reguero (Music History/Theory), Mariola Szenk (Biomedical Engineering), Katherine Thompson (Anthropology), Jingmin Wang (Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology), and Sarah Weaver (Music Composition).

Funds supported the involvement of the awardees in several professional and socially aware activities. These included training in business skills for non-profits, improvisation techniques for public speaking, and technological tools for fostering an inclusive workplace. Some awardees attended national conferences focused on broadening participation in their professions by underrepresented minorities or on enhancing professional skills. One student even used the award to support an internship with SBU’s Office of Federal Relations.

PhD Works supports meaningful career development activities for Stony Brook graduate students that prepare them for the professional workforce outside the traditional academic research track. In 2019, new funding from the SBU Graduate Student Organization has broadened the program’s reach. This year’s competition, renamed PhD Works Awards for Career Exploration (PhD Works ACE), is open to all Master’s and PhD students from all disciplines and provides up to $750 for professional development activities taking place during Spring or Summer 2019.The deadline for applications is Friday, April 19, 2019.

For more information about PhD Works ACE 2019, please visit the PhD Works website.

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