LaShawnda Fields and her journey to disrupt

Written 6.8.21 During LaShawnda Fields’ last semester as a Washington University doctoral student in social work (PhD ‘20), where she conducted work around identities, she was recruited by the School of Social Work at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, for a full-time assistant professor position. Her friends and colleagues were surprised when she accepted […]

In their own words: Paul Tran discusses their WashU experience, the publishing journey and the role of poetry

Written 3.19.21 Paul Tran, MFA ’19 and Chancellor’s Graduate Fellow, is the recipient of a Ruth Lilly & Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation and a Discovery/Boston Review Poetry Prize. Their work appears in The New Yorker, Poetry Magazine, Good Morning America, NYLON and in the RZA-directed movie “Love Beats Rhymes” (Lionsgate). Tran won […]

A doctoral student’s converging of themes into chaotic beauty

Written 3.31.21 A 6th year doctoral candidate releases his first book, “Ghost Letters” Baba Badji is a 6th year doctoral candidate in Washington University’s Comparative Literature PhD program. He is a Senegalese-American poet, translator, researcher and a Chancellor’s Fellow who earned a Graduate Certificate in Translation Studies from WashU as well as an MFA in […]

Seizing every opportunity as a Chancellor’s Fellow

Written 5.4.21 María Gandarilla Ocampo, a 3rd year doctoral student in social work, came to Washington University to earn a PhD, but she plans to leave with much more. Chancellor’s Graduate Fellow Gandarilla Ocampo has taken advantage of countless opportunities at WashU – from entering (and winning) the Skandalaris Center Humanists’ start-up pitch competition to taking on a leadership role within the Graduate and Professional Advisory Council and serving on the Liberman Advisory […]

2020 challenges: PhD student pivots to realize opportunities

Written: 1-19-2021 Chanez Symister, a 6th year PhD student in Chemistry, was conducting research in Professor Timothy Wencewicz’s lab when the pandemic hit back in March. While disappointed that her lab was temporarily shutting down due to Covid precautions, Symister learned that she had been selected into the Edward Bouchet Honor Society, a network of preeminent scholars who exemplify […]