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PhD Works Professional Development Awards Advance Diversity and Inclusion

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Fifteen graduate students from the arts, humanities, sciences and engineering at Stony Brook University received 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.

Phd worksThe 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
Sarah Weaver, Music Composition

Funding supported the awardees in several professional and socially aware activities including 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 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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