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Updated February 19, 2015
Updated February 19, 2015
77 Reviews
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Pros
  • Great benefits and professional development opportunities (in 9 reviews)

  • Very close to Boston and New York (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • some times graduate students can feel isolated, Brown is geared towards undergraduates (in 3 reviews)

  • Long hours best describe a graduate student's life, but this is true anywhere (in 3 reviews)

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    great!

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Providence, RI
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Providence, RI

    I have been working at Brown University

    Pros

    The environment is old-fashioned which i really liked.

    Cons

    weather was a bit problematic.

    Recommends
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  2.  

    Great people, great atmosphere, honest work

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    Current Employee - Intern in Providence, RI
    Current Employee - Intern in Providence, RI

    I have been working at Brown University part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    I interned with Brown University and everyone is very polite and caring. The hiring process is straightforward and HR is very courteous to one's needs.

    Cons

    Could be difficult to work while in school.

    Recommends
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    My experience as a Teaching and Research Fellow (as PhD student)

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    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in Providence, RI
    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in Providence, RI

    I have been working at Brown University full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Lots of resources for students, good stipend and funding (in the sciences at least). Grad students are generally treated with respect.

    Cons

    No dental coverage provided in the student health insurance plan. The supplemental insurance one can purchase is a terrible deal.

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  5.  

    absolutely awesome- but isolating without an outside network

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    Current Employee - PhD Graduate Student in Providence, RI
    Current Employee - PhD Graduate Student in Providence, RI

    I have been working at Brown University full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Loved my research, the professors for the most part are very nice, very intelligent and great to work with. Exceptions to every rule, of course, but for the most part it's a really great research community.

    Cons

    Loved my work, but my department (engineering) lacked much comradery among the other phd students in the program. You really have to be pro-active in order to meet other people and make friends. I'm originally from New England, otherwise I think I would have had a much harder time adjusting.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's a small program, but don't be afraid to hold everyone to a high standard. Some people just aren't worth holding on to, don't be afraid to weed them out. This goes for the professors that are real jerks to the grad students and the grad students that just are just wasting everyone's time.

    Recommends
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    research at Brown University

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Providence, RI
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Providence, RI

    I have been working at Brown University

    Pros

    Excellent research environment, nice people. Providence is a nice place to live, very convenient.

    Cons

    winter is not lovely here. Very cold and heavy snow.

    Recommends
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    Research Assistant

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Providence, RI
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Providence, RI

    I worked at Brown University part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Nice working environment, not stresssful

    Cons

    Too laid back at times

    Recommends
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  8.  

    Brown University Teaching Assistant

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    Current Employee - Undergraduate Teaching Assistant in Providence, RI
    Current Employee - Undergraduate Teaching Assistant in Providence, RI

    I have been working at Brown University

    Pros

    - relaxed environment
    - small campus, easy transportation

    Cons

    - work environment may change every semester

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n/a

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  9.  

    Positive experience as student researcher and teaching assistant

    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Providence, RI
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Providence, RI

    I have been working at Brown University

    Pros

    Networking is a strong possibility with the impressive faculty at Brown. Supervisors and professors are willing to give you the benefit of the doubt and time to do other work when the going gets tough.

    Cons

    Sometimes more time commitment than is realistically possible is expected of a student who is employed at Brown. They expect you to be good at balancing a course load and a work load.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try and do a good job of putting yourself in the shoes of a student who also has a job.

    Recommends
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  10.  

    Strong graduate program in molecular biology, cell biology, and biochemistry

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    Current Employee - PhD Graduate Student in Providence, RI
    Current Employee - PhD Graduate Student in Providence, RI

    I have been working at Brown University full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The graduate program is rigorous and very useful.
    There's a limited number of classes to take and you're usually done by your second or third year.
    You only have to TA a single semester-- and this is also completed in your second year
    Your qualifying exam is based on your thesis project and is more of a research proposal, this is finished in the second year.
    Graduate students and NOT postdocs are the focus.
    Professors and PIs really care about their students

    Cons

    Although the avg graduate time is 5.5 years, a number of students take longer (6-7 years) to graduate

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    Demanding workplace with a collaborative and supportive environment

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Providence, RI
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Providence, RI

    I have been working at Brown University full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Mine is a prestigious department with very high expectations for graduate students, but I've never felt like i was on my own trying to achieve it all. The faculty and staff are incredibly supportive; I have always felt like I have a whole team behind me who are invested in my success. Guaranteed funding makes for a strong sense of security, too.

    Cons

    Teaching is not really a priority of many of the departments here, and the teaching certificate program the university offers is very fluffy. It would be better to have teacher training more integrated with the TA experience, more of a mentorship.

    Recommends
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