The Fellows Society, Florida State University's graduate fellowship society, brings together our outstanding graduate students who hold competitive university-wide fellowships for the purpose of interdisciplinary learning. Graduate students whose merits have been recognized through national fellowship programs, such as the Gates Millennium Scholars, NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program, Charlotte Newcombe Woodrow Wilson Fellows, and other qualifying fellowship programs are also invited to become members. If a national fellowship recipient has not been invited by the Graduate School to become a member he/she should self-identify by completing this form. Active participation in the Fellow’s Society is assumed of all members.
- To recognize and advance academic excellence at the graduate level by developing leadership skills
- To promote exchange and interactions among fellows from multiple disciplines
- To encourage service to the University and Community
- To develop an interdisciplinary network of scholars
Honors, Scholars, and Fellows House
The Fellows Society will soon have a home in the new Honors, Scholars, and Fellows House, which will be located in the heart of the FSU campus by Landis Green. The new facility, scheduled to be completed in October 2013, will also house the undergraduate Honors Program, the Office of National Fellowships, the Office of Undergraduate Research, the Office of Graduate Fellowships and Awards, and the Program for Instructional Excellence. This new building will provide space for Fellows Society events and will create an environment for fellows and other highly motivated and engaged undergraduate and graduate students to interact with one another. Click here to view a live webcam of the construction site.
Fellows Society Events
Fellows participate in regular events, including the Fellows Forum, the Annual Orientation & Leadership Training, President's Social, and other special events, designed to encourage interdisciplinary exchange and to promote academic and professional development.
Each year, members of the Fellows Society organize an interdisciplinary symposium that addresses a complex problem of broad humanistic significance. The
2012 Fellows Forum, "Journey to the Table: A Discussion of the Food System," broached scientific, cultural, and humanitarian issues facing modern food systems. Click here (pdf 1.07 MB) for the program and abstracts. Pictures from the recent Fellows Forum, taken by FSU Photographic Services, are available here.
Click to here (pdf 9.82 MB) see the program and abstracts from the 2011 Fellows Forum, “Global Climate Change and North Florida: Facts, Perceptions, and Planning.”
Annual Orientation & Leadership Training
New fellowship holders are welcomed into the Fellows Society by the Dean of The Graduate School at an induction ceremony and orientation that takes place at the beginning of each fall semester. During the ceremony, current Fellows provide each new member with a Fellows Society Pin, which is worn to all Fellows Society events. An interactive training workshop, designed for both new and returning Fellows, takes place after the ceremony and provides fellows with the opportunity to network and discuss their research.
The Fellows Society pin, given upon induction, is a meaningful symbol of Florida State University’s only graduate fellowship society. The flame represents the interwoven torches of the University seal, Vires, Artes, and Mores, and stands for the combined strength, knowledge, and character that our fellows strive to embody.
Click here to see pictures of the Annual Orientation & Leadership Training.
As a tradition, the FSU President invites members of Fellows Society to his house each year for a social event. This event provides the Fellows with an opportunity to meet the University president and to discuss their research interests with one another.
Click here to see pictures of the President’s Social.
Fellows are invited to other special events throughout the academic year. One such event was a networking reception held at the FSU Museum of Fine Arts, where two art exhibitions were installed: the 25th Tallahassee International and African and Mesoamerican Artwork from the Mooney Collection. Fellows, FSU administrators, faculty, and special guests were invited. Fellow, Sunny Spillane, developed the idea for the event to give currently enrolled Fellows the opportunity to practice their professional networking skills.
Click here to see more pictures of the Networking Reception.
Questions about FSU's Fellows Society may be directed to:
Dr. Jennifer Feltman
Fellows Society Coordinator
The Graduate School
314 Westcott, Mail Code 1410
Tallahassee, FL 32306-1410