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Commencement 2016

May 26, 2016

Graduate Mentor Awards Given at Convocation

This year, the Graduate Mentor Award selection committee reviewed 177 letters of nomination and chose to honor Professor of Psychology John (Jack) Dovidio, Professor of English Roberta Frank, and Professor of Chemical and Environmental Engineering Chinedum Osuji. All received glowing nominations from their grateful students. Read the full article here

Number of Degrees Awarded in this Academic Year

What’s Next for Our Graduates?

GSAS’s newest PhDs are heading off to exciting challenges. Here’s a small sample:

Ashley Bonneau (Genetics) will be a postdoctoral fellow at MIT.

Maureen “Molly” Brady (Law) will join the faculty at the University of Virginia Law School. She is in the very first cohort at Yale to earn a PhD in Law.

Esther Chadwick (History of Art) is taking a position as a curator in the Department of Prints and Drawings at the British Museum in London.

Yuwei Cheng (Computational Biology and Bioinformatics) will join Tesla Motors as a data scientist.

Gerardo Con Diaz (History) will begin a tenure-track position at the University of California, Davis. 

Fabrizio Fenghi (Slavic) has accepted a tenure-track position at Brown University.

Chao Gao (Statistics) has accepted a tenure-track position at Stanford University.

Emily Ward (Psychology) is heading to the University of Wisconsin to take up a tenure-track position.

Jenna Healey (History of Science and Medicine) has accepted a postdoctoral fellowship at York University in Toronto, Canada. She says, “My time at Yale has been defined by both great intellectual enrichment and a vibrant sense of community.”

Stafford Sheehan (Chemistry) will work at Catalytic Innovations, which he founded. He was featured recently in “30 Under 30” in Forbes for discovering a material used for electrolysis and biofuel production.

Isaiah Wilner (History) will be the Rothenberg Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University’s Mahindra Humanities Center next year. The following year, he will be a junior fellow at the Berlin Center for the History of Knowledge, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Germany.

Tributes from Grateful Students

Thibault Bertrand (Engineering and Applied Science) says, “I could not have asked for a better place to do my PhD than at the Graduate School and the School of Engineering and Applied Science at Yale. My department as well as the Center for Engineering, Innovation and Design offered a unique environment that allowed me to become a better scholar and a better teacher.” His adviser was Corey S. O'Hern. “He is totally committed to the development of young scholars, and this commitment is manifest in all he does. With Corey, I have always felt valued as a scientist and challenged — he asks hard questions and expects thoughtful and complete answers.” Bertrand will be a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Université Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris.

Matthew Lebowitz (Psychology) will start a postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for Research on Ethical, Legal and Social Implications of Psychiatric, Neurologic and Behavioral Genetics at Columbia University. He says, “Although graduate school had its difficult moments, as I'm sure it does for anyone, I think I could hardly have asked for a better experience than the one I had at Yale, and I'm moving on with the knowledge that the training and education I received during my time at Yale will stand me in good stead for whatever the future holds, in my postdoc and beyond.”

Kevin McLean (FES) is heading to Borneo and then Amazonian Ecuador on a National Geographic Fulbright for Digital Storytelling. He studies arboreal mammals in forest canopies. After the fellowship year, he will return to Tangled Bank Studios, a documentary production studio at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in Washington, DC, where he is already working on feature films and television programs as a Science Education Fellow. He credits his adviser, Os Schmitz, for “providing me with every resource and freedom I could have asked for as a doctoral student. I was encouraged to pursue ideas and interests that were truly my own, yet I always had the security of his guidance and advice in times of need.”

Convocation and Commencement Photos

GSAS Diploma Ceremony Video - Woolsey Hall

Professional Photos of Diploma Ceremony (for purchase)

Diploma Ceremony & Convocation Program PDF- listing all 2015-16 GSAS degree recipients & prizes