Graduate school of arts and sciences

Three students named inaugural Quad Fellows

Three Yale graduate students are among the inaugural group of Quad Fellows, a scholarship designed to build ties among the next generation of scientists and technologists. The Quad Fellowship sponsors 100 exceptional American, Japanese, Australian, and Indian master’s and doctoral students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to study in the United States. Recipients from Yale are Maya Foster, a PhD candidate in biomedical engineering; Emma Louden, a PhD candidate in astronomy; and Masashi Kaneda, a PhD candidate in chemical and environmental engineering. The fellowship develops a network of science and technology experts committed to advancing innovation and collaboration in the private, public, and academic sectors, in their own nations and among Quad countries. The program is operated and administered by the philanthropic group Schmidt Futures in consultation with a non-governmental taskforce composed of academic, foreign policy, and private sector leaders from each country. Each Quad Fellow will receive a one-time award of $50,000 which can be used for tuition, research, fees, books, room and board, and related academic expenses (e.g., registration fees, research-related travel).

Graduate students vote to unionize

Yale graduate and professional school students have voted to form a labor union. In October 2022, the labor union UNITE HERE Local 33 petitioned the National Labor Relations Board for an election, seeking to represent graduate and professional school students at Yale. The university honored that request and worked with Local 33 representatives on the terms of the election, which was held on campus on November 30 and December 1 and included an option for mail-in ballots for those eligible to vote but who could not participate in person. A total of 2,039 votes were counted out of the 3,214 graduate and professional school students who were eligible to vote; 1,860 voted in favor of unionization, and 179 voted against unionization. The NLRB certified the results. The bargaining unit will include students in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences who have teaching or research appointments and students in the professional schools who have teaching appointments. The university is committed to bargaining in good faith with Local 33 to reach a contract.

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