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Florida State University's Students Leading on a National Level

The National Black Graduate Student Association (NBGSA) is pleased to announce the election of three FSU graduate students at the organization's 28th National Conference in Houston, TX. 

Education Doctoral Student Wins National Fellowship

A Florida State University graduate student has received a prestigious fellowship from the National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation to complete her dissertation.

Chemistry Graduate Student Wins the Ocean Optics Young Investigator Award

Congratulations to Wentao Wang, a Chemistry graduate student in Hedi Mattoussi's group, for winning the Ocean Optics Young Investigator Award at the SPIE WEST 2016 Conference.

2015 Florida Book Award Winners Announced

With its 10th annual competition now complete, the Florida Book Awards has announced winners for books published in 2015. More than 200 eligible publications were submitted across the nine categories of competition.

Former FSU Graduate Student Elected to National Academy of Engineering

COLLEGE PARK, MD - Antonio Busalacchi, professor of atmospheric and ocean science at the University of Maryland and director of the Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE).

FSU Names Founding Director of Jim Moran School of Entrepreneurship

Florida State University Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Sally McRorie has appointed FSU business professor, entrepreneur-in-residence and university administrator Susan S. Fiorito as the founding director of Florida State’s newly established Jim Moran School of Entrepreneurship. 

Recent FSU Graduates Receive Directors Guild of America Awards

Three recent graduates of Florida State University’s College of Motion Picture Arts have earned prestigious awards for their extraordinary creativity as film directors. Saad Nawab, Yingxiang Huang and Clara Diez were recognized at the Directors Guild of America’s 21st annual Student Films Award Ceremony Thursday, Dec. 10, in New York City. Three of the DGA’s eight awards went to FSU alumni.

FSU Interior Design Program Voted 'Most Admired' by DesignIntelligence

For the fourth consecutive year, the graduate program in the Department of Interior Design at Florida State University has been named the most admired program of its kind in the country, according to a national survey of deans and department chairs. The undergraduate program was ranked No. 4 in the Southeast.

Globetrotting Graduate Student Searches for Answer to One Scientific Query

How is mankind affecting the global carbon cycle? That was Travis Drake’s introduction to Florida State University this fall. The new doctoral student, studying with Assistant Professor in the Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science, Robert Spencer, spent his first few weeks with some serious on-the-job training. Spencer’s research focus is on how human impacts such as climate change, land-use change and combustion of fossil fuels are affecting the carbon cycle, particularly the movement of carbon between reservoirs. His graduate students are a key part of that work, traveling with him to collect and process samples from all over the world.

FSU Among Top U.S. Public Universities in World University Rankings

Florida State University is among the best universities in the United States — and the world — according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015-2016. Florida State is one of 147 U.S. institutions on the list of 800 universities ranked worldwide. Among U.S. public universities, Florida State is tied with 10 other institutions at No. 32 on the list.

FSU Ranked Among Top Public Universities

Florida State University is among the best universities in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report,which ranked Florida State 43rd among all public “national” universities in its 2016 edition of “America’s Best Colleges.”

Four Graduate MOB Students Receive Prestigious Awards

Exciting news coming out of the Institute of Molecular Biophysics!!

FSU Graduate Students in Biological Sciences Receive Guy Harvey Awards

Both students have received $5,000 from the Florida Sea Grant, Guy Harvey Scholarship to support research methods. 

FSU Chemistry Doctoral Student in Final Round of ACS Competition

Hadi Fares, a doctoral student at Florida State University's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, is one of Dr. Joseph B. Schlenoff's graduate students who has made it to the final rounds of the "Chemistry Champions" competition organized by the American Chemical Society (ACS). He is one of four finalist who will be competing in the final rounds of the competition.

FSU Online Graduate Programs Among Best in Nation for Veterans

Four Florida State University online graduate programs are ranked in the Top 25 nationally for educating veterans, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 Best Online Programs for Veterans rankings.

Founder of Versatile PhD Provides Insight to Future PhD Students

Dr. Paula Chambers founder of the Versatile PhD visited Florida State University on April 18, 2015.  She provided an informative overview and pep talk to the more than 100 students, postdocs, and faculty who were in attendance. 

Kimberly Smith Wins First Place at Conference of Southern Graduate Schools 3MT Regional Competition

The Conference of Southern Graduate Schools (CSGS) held its second Three Minute Thesis® Regional Competition at its 44th Annual Meeting in New Orleans on Sunday March 8, 2015. FSU's 2014 3MT Winner Kimberly Smith, Neuroscience/Psychology, competed at the regional competition as the FSU representative and won first place!

Art in STEM Research Event Winners

The Art in STEM Research Event was hosted on Thursday, February 12, 2015 from 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM in the Dirac Science Library. Art in STEM Research, is a science art exhibit showcasing images taken by FSU students conducting research in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).

FSU Doctoral Student Selected for a 2015 Ludo Frevel Crystallography Scholarship Award

The International Centre for Diffraction Data (ICDD) has announced that Elias Nakouzi, an active doctoral student in the Chemistry program at Florida State University, has been selected for a 2015 Ludo Frevel Crystallography Scholarship Award for his work in Understanding and controlling the non-classical crystallization of silica-carbonate biomorphs. 

Jane McPherson Named Recipient of the 2015 Society for Social Work and Research Doctoral Fellows Award

Jane McPherson was named the recipient of the 2015 Society for Social Work and Research Doctoral Fellows Award for her dissertation proposal entitled “Human Rights Practice in Social Work (HRPSW): a Rights-Based Framework & Two New Measures.”

FSU Neuroscience: A Celebration of Excellence

The 2015 Rushton Lecture Series will be held on Sunday, January 25, 2015 from 9:00 AM- 4:45 PM in the Psychology Department Auditorium. This special alumni event will honor eight outstanding graduates from the program in Neuroscience who have been notably successful in their early careers. 

Florida State's Online Graduate Programs Among Best in Nation

Florida State University’s online graduate programs in education, criminal justice, information technology and business are among the best in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 Best Online Program Rankings.

New Year, New Name: College of Fine Arts

With the New Year, comes a new name for Florida State University’s College of Visual Arts, Theatre & Dance. Starting in 2015, the college will go by the College of Fine Arts (CFA).

Several FSU Grads Recognized as Leaders by the American Meteorological Society

Accolades of past FSU graduates being honored as outstanding leaders by the American Meteorological Society (AMS). 

FSU Rises in 'Best Colleges for Vets' National Rankings

Florida State University moved up two spots to No. 8 in the latest “Best Colleges for Vets” rankings, which are published annually by Military Times magazine.

McRorie to Serve as Interim Provost

Florida State University President John Thrasher said today that he will appoint Sally McRorie as interim provost upon the departure of Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Garnett S. Stokes.

Fall Commencement Set for Dec. 12 and 13

Florida State University will confer an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree on Louise Jones Gopher, a member of the Seminole Tribe of Florida and noted champion of education, during fall commencement ceremonies, which will take place Dec. 12 and 13.

Learning Systems Institute Faculty Member Contributes to U.N. State of the World's Children Report

Stephanie Simmons Zuilkowski of Florida State University’s Learning Systems Institute, cautioned educators against using tools developed in the United States to gauge the cognitive development of young children in other cultures in the United Nations’ latest State of the World’s Children report.

Neuroscience Student Wins Timed 3-Minute Thesis Competition

Kimberly Smith, a doctoral candidate in Florida State University’s neuroscience program, won first place in the finals of the Three-Minute Thesis competition Nov. 18 hosted by The Graduate School at the College of Medicine Auditorium.

Law Faculty Ranked One of the Nation's Best

Readers of the influential blog Brian Leiter’s Law School Reports have voted the Florida State University College of Law faculty as the nation’s 35th best in a 2014 survey on the nation’s top law faculties.

Interior Design Program Voted 'Most Admired in the Nation'

For the third consecutive year, the graduate program in the Department of Interior Design at Florida State University has been named the most admired program of its kind in the country, according to a national survey of deans and department chairs.

FSU hosts Deep-C consortium graduate student symposium

The  story on FSU's recent Deep-C student research symposium.

Doctoral Student Receives Prestigious Department of Defense Scholarship

A Florida State University doctoral student is a recipient of a Science, Mathematics and Research Transformation (SMART ) Scholarship for Service, established by the Department of Defense (DOD).

Florida State Kicks Off $1 Billion Raise the Torch Campaign

Florida State University has launched a $1 billion fundraising campaign that will help the university improve the student experience, serve as an economic engine for the state through research and job creation, and improve the quality of life for society as a whole through the creation and dissemination of knowledge and ideas.

Florida State Receives National Award for Excellence in Diversity

Florida State University’s continuing efforts to move diversity and inclusion to the forefront of the university mission received national recognition as the institution earned INSIGHT Into Diversity’s 2014 “Higher Education Excellence in Diversity” (HEED) Award

Nick Heath Selected as Winner of the 2013 NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship

NASA has announced the 2013 winners of the the NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship (NESSF) Program.

Nobel Laureate To Give Annual Lecture Series

Nobel laureate and Florida State University Professor Sir Harold Kroto will host his annual “Opening Minds” lecture series this October to help spur creativity and scientific experimentation within the university and surrounding community.

John E. Thrasher Named President

The Florida State University Board of Trustees has selected state Sen. John E. Thrasher, an FSU alumnus, to serve as the university's 15th president. Thrasher, 70, succeeds Eric J. Barron, who became president in 2010. Provost Garnett S. Stokes has served as interim president since Barron left in April to assume the presidency of Penn State University. “I am honored to have been selected by the Board of Trustees to serve as Florida State University’s next president,” Thrasher said. 

Three Graduate Students Receive Prestigious P.E.O. Awards

Three Florida State University graduate students are recipients of prestigious P.E.O. awards.

Florida State Ranked Among Top Public Universities

Florida State University is among the nation’s best universities, with U.S. News & World Report ranking Florida State 43rd among all public “national” universities in its 2015 edition of “America’s Best Colleges.” 

FSU Named the Nation's # 2 Law School for Hispanic Students

HispanicBusiness magazine has named Florida State University the nations #2 law school for Hispanic students.

Puja Upadhyay Wins 2014 Amelia Earhart Fellowship

2014 AE Fellow Puja Upadhyay from Nepal

FSU Law School SBA Wins Top Honor

For the fifth time in seven years, Florida State University's law school’s Student Bar Association (SBA) received the top Student Bar Association Award from the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Law Student Division.

FSU Graduate Student Bob Ellis Wins Prestigious Knauss Fellowship

The FSUCML is pleased to announce that Bob Ellis, a PhD candidate in the Department of Biological Science (Advisor, Dr. Felicia Coleman), is one of the 2015 recipients of the John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship.

McKnight Fellow Joining Biomedical Sciences Scholars

Every year, about 2,000 members of underrepresented minorities seeking science, technology, engineering or math doctorates in Florida apply to the McKnight Doctoral Fellowship Program. Only 50 are selected.

Alumna Jennifer Feltman Selected for NEH and Kress Funded Seminars

“This experience has enriched my understanding of the multisensory spaces in which devotional acts took place. It has also challenged my assumptions about the relationship between parish churches and cathedrals as well as the interactions of clergy and laity in these spaces. More significantly, as someone whose previous work has focused on the European continent, studying in England has opened up new ways for me to think about the internationalization of Gothic architecture and sculpture.”

Dr. Marshall Shepherd Honored with Captain Planet Foundation (CPF) Protector of the Earth Award

Dr. J. Marshall Shepherd is a leading expert in meteorology who received his B.S., M.S., and PhD in physical meteorology from Florida State University. 

Melissa Martin, a Doctoral Student from Biomedical Sciences, Wins Prestigious Research Fellowship

Florida State University doctoral student Melissa Martin could be one step closer to achieving her goal of becoming a funded research scientist after winning a prestigious research fellowship that will take her to Paris.

Take a Digital Tour of the New Honors, Scholars, and Fellows House

Go on a digital tour of the new Honors, Scholars, and Fellows House with Craig Filar, Assistant Dean, Undergraduate Studies, and Keisha John, Assistant Dean, Director of the Office of Graduate Fellowships and Awards and the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs. 

FSU Graduate School Names New Assistant Dean

Lisa Liseno has been named an assistant dean of The Graduate School. In that role Liseno serves as the director of the Program for Instructional Excellence (PIE) and the Fellows Society.

Stephanie Brown, a Graduate Student from Communication Science and Disorders, Awarded Prestigious Grant from AAUW

Stephanie Brown, a first-year School of Communication Science and Disorders  graduate student, has received an $11,000 Career Development Grant from the American Association of University Women  for the upcoming academic year.

Two Graduate Students in the Department of Economics Selected to Participate in an Annual Meeting with Nobel Laureates in Germany

Two graduate students in the Florida State University Department of Economics have been selected to participate in an annual meeting with Nobel laureates in the field, a prestigious honor afforded only to the top young researchers worldwide.

FSU Philosophy Graduate Student Wins the 2014 Philosophical Explorations Essay Prize

Mirja Perez de Calleja, a Florida State University Philosophy graduate student, has won the 2014 Philosophical Explorations Essay Prize.

Two FSU Graduate Students Among Elite Crop of Aerospace-Related Scholarship Winners

Two Florida State University graduate students are among the 35 women chosen from across the globe for Zonta International’s Amelia Earhart Fellowship that supports women who are pursuing advanced studies in aerospace-related sciences.

FSU Legacy Fellow, Ryan Kopinsky, gets Tallahassee's Shop X App Approved for Users of Google Glass

Users of Google Glass now have access to Tallahassee startup Shop X’s unique Glassware that simplifies a user’s shopping experience. 

Graduate Student Receives U.S. Department of State Scholarship to Study in Bangladesh

A Florida State University graduate student will study in Bangladesh this summer after receiving a U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship.

Dr. Meaghan Brown Appointed Postdoctoral Fellow in Data Curation for Early Modern Studies

The Folger Library is the US's premiere research facility and collection in Renaissance studies (including all the humanities; learn more at ). The interdisciplinary, international competition for this coveted opportunity was fierce, but Meg's knowledge and skill won the day. (And she did so from a kind of outsider position: FSU is not a Colloquium university [or, not yet, I say], so to win this job is a special mark of regard for her work.)  Particular thanks go to Meg's doctoral committee members, Gary Taylor and David Gants, for expert support along the way.

Two FSU Graduate Students Recognized by AIA for their Passion in Classical Archaeology

Ann Glennie and Allison Smith became interested in the study of archaeology before college, but it was under the influence of great professors at the College of William and Mary and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill respectively that they both discovered the desire to pursue archaeology as a career. 

National Law Journal: FSU Law Nation's 25th Best For Placement

A new National Law Journal report rates Florida State as Florida’s #1 law school, and the nation’s 25th best, in terms of the percentage of 2013 graduates employed nine months after graduation in full-time, long-term, bar passage-required jobs not funded by the school. The report, which was published April 21, is based on American Bar Association data.

The Center for Intensive English Studies celebrated its new home in the historic Hecht House on Friday, April 11th.

Following a beautiful renovation of the historic building, CIES faculty, staff and students celebrated their new home by holding an Open House that featured food and fun from all over the world.  Students took charge of the 3rd floor classrooms and transformed them into different regions of the world.  The Middle East room featured tea, dates, and a tent under which visitors could play regional board games.

2014 Celebration of Graduate Student Excellence

Award Winners of the 2014 Celebration of Graduate Student Excellence

FSU's Great Give- April 17-18, 2014

FSU's Great Give is a 36-hour online giving campaign in support of academic programs and scholarships at Florida State University. Starting on Thursday, April 17, at 9 a.m., supporters of Florida State can make gifts to any of the many projects created specifically for FSU's Great Give.

2014 Celebration of Graduate Student Excellence

The Florida State University honored the achievements of its graduate students at the annual Celebration of Graduate Student Excellence on April 9that the new Honors, Scholars, and Fellows House. This event sponsored by The Graduate School, the Office of Research, and the Congress of Graduate Students, recognizes FSU’s graduate students for excellence in teaching, research and creativity, and leadership.

FSU Graduate Student Wins Gold in Poetry at the Florida Book Awards

The Florida Book Awards exists for one purpose--to honor the best work written by Florida authors and about Florida culture in the previous year. Begun in 2006, the Florida Book Awards is the most comprehensive state book awards program in the United States, and the only one with a Spanish Language category. The successes and growth the Florida Book Awards have enjoyed in the last six years are testimony to the quality of authorship and the rich culture of books that exists and continues to prosper in the Sunshine State.

Florida State Graduate Programs Moving Up In Rankings

Florida State University’s graduate programs in education, law, statistics, chemistry and physics continue to move up in national rankings and are listed among the best graduate and professional programs in the United States, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 edition of “Best Graduate Schools.”

Grand Opening of the Honors, Scholars, and Fellows House

Watch the Webcast Here.

Spring 2014 Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Finalist Competition

February 25, 2014, the Graduate School conducted its first Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Finalist competition at the FSU College of Medicine, with an audience of over 250 people.

FSU graduate named recipient of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers

Dr. Patrick Taylor, an FSU Meteorology M.S. and Ph.D. graduate, has been "named one of 102 recipients of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers"

Former University Fellow and Florida State MFA Graduate Invents Wheelchair for Dancers

Merry Lynn Morris danced in a professional ballet company and studied at USF and Florida State, and more recently, invented the Rolling Dance Chair.

FSU News coverage of the New Graduate Student Orientation

The newest group of Florida State University graduate students join The Graduate School Dean, Nancy Marcus, for an orientation to the university. The annual event features tours of the campus and Strozier Library as well as informational sessions on professional development opportunities, funding sources and academic and social opportunities.

Center for Intensive English Studies hosts Brazilian Educators

This summer, Florida State’s Frederick L. Jenks Center for Intensive English Studies is hosting a group of 19 Brazilian high school English teachers who have come to the United States to improve their English fluency and the quality of their English language teaching.

Doctoral candidate studies in Canada under Fulbright Program

Christine Helfrich, a Fulbright scholar and Florida State University doctoral candidate, realized her passion for family therapy in 2008 after reading a thought-provoking publication by psychologist Peter Fraenkel.

The Graduate School sets goal for The Great Give

Office aims to expand the academic horizons of graduate students by encouraging them to think about issues in a broader context.

FSU Congress of Graduate Students Proclaim Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week

Events planned for the week of April 15th through April 19th aim to highlight and reward FSU graduate student work.

Art History Student Receives Multiple Grants for Research

In the past month, graduate student Brad Hostetler has received three fellowships for his dissertation research on Byzantine reliquaries in Europe. 

Art History Student Wins Prestigious Fellowship to Pursue Doctoral Dissertation

Florida State University doctoral student Deirdre Carter has been awarded a prestigious fellowship to complete detailed study of late medieval artworks.

FSU Graduate Student Invited to Speak at Protein Society Conference

Article published in Protein Science selected as one of two to be presented at annual symposium.

FSU Hosts Vietnamese Education Conference

For many Americans, the word “Vietnam” just refers to a long-ago war or a third-world country that makes much of today’s clothing, but the country also produces a growing number of young scientists and researchers.

10th Annual Vietnam Education Foundation Fellows and Scholars Conferance

The Vietnam Education Foundation (VEF) is pleased to announce that the 10th Annual VEF Fellows and Scholars Conference will be hosted this year by Florida State University January 3 - 5, 2013. The theme of the Conference is Leading the Change.

FSU Medical Student Wins $10,000 Tylenol Future Care Scholarship

A second-year student in the Florida State University College of Medicine, has been named one of only 40 students nationwide to receive a 2012 Tylenol Future Care Scholarship.

Eight Florida State students named Gubernatorial Fellows

Students were selected based on a competitive application process and their ability to show strong leadership, written and oral communication skills, community activism, and a desire to serve the people of Florida.

Doctoral degrees on the rise at Florida State

Florida State University reached a new high in the number of doctoral degrees awarded over the past year — a result of The Graduate School's effort to focus on recruitment and retention of doctoral students.

FSU Graduate Student Raises Money, Awareness for Important Cause

Jane McPherson, principal organizer of One Million Bones/Tallahassee, heads up a project that is intertwined with a national art-and-action effort intended to create awareness about the horrors of genocide and raise money for survivors.

Florida State honors graduate students at annual event

Florida State University honored the achievements of its graduate students during the annual Celebration of Graduate Student Excellence April 11. Students were recognized for excellence in teaching, research, creativity and leadership.

National Science Foundation awards Graduate Research Fellowships to three students

Three Florida State University students have received Graduate Research Fellowships from the National Science Foundation for 2012.

21 Colleges Win Grants to Study What Helps Minority Ph.D. Students in Sciences Succeed

The Council of Graduate Schools is awarding grants of $30,000 to 21 institutions, which will participate in a qualitative investigation of the experiences of minority graduate students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, commonly referred to as STEM fields.

Florida State Film Students Successfully Raise $20,000 for Thesis Projects

Graduate students from Florida State University's College of Motion Picture Arts can mark "raise $20,000 for thesis projects" off their to-do lists.

Florida State University to Launch The Great Give

Florida State University will launch its first exclusively virtual campaign starting at 9 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 23. The Great Give is a 36-hour online giving campaign that will involve the entire campus and community in supporting FSU.

Students Learn Value of Community Service

Beautification efforts at homeless shelter provide lessons beyond the classroom walls.

FSU students gain experience as Gubernatorial Fellows

Seven Florida State University students have been selected by Gov. Rick Scott to be part of the 13-member 2011-2012 class of Florida Gubernatorial Fellows.

New Opportunities in Material Science Research at FSU

Attracting and training the best minds in the rapidly growing field of advanced materials science is the goal of a new partnership between Florida State University and Cytec Industries Inc., a global specialty chemicals and materials company.

FSU Graduate Students as Successful as They are Diverse

FSU Graduate students are recipients of some of the nation’s most prestigious fellowships and awards.

2011 Research and Creativity Award Winners

In 2011, five Research and Creativity Award recipients were recognized for superior scholarship.

2011 Leadership Award Winner

David L. Albright was announced as the winner of the 2011 Leadership Award.

Former FSU Graduate Student sourced in New Yorker Magazine

Dance critic Joan Acocella's story Bare Truths: Eiko and Koma in “Naked” quotes from Shoko Letton's MA American Dance Studies thesis on Eiko & Koma.

FSU Music Grad Wins Big at the Met

A recent graduate of The Florida State University College of Music has been selected as one of five winners in the 2011 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.

FSU's 'Writing for Stage' Program Sweeps Category at Theater Festival

All five Master of Fine Arts (MFA) students in Florida State University’s Stage and Screen Writing program who participated in competition received recognition.

Former Student Wins Second News Emmy

Former Meteorology Graduate Student wins the second TV news Emmy award of his career for a 2009 story about Hurricane Ida.

Computer Science Department Wins $1.85 Million Grant To Offer Scholarships in Exchange for Government Service

Computer Science Department Wins $1.85 Million Grant To Offer Scholarships in Exchange for Government Service

FSU Film School Grad Wins Top Screenwriting Award

Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences Awards Micah Ranum $30,000 For ‘A Good Hunter’ Script

Florida State Law School Ranked Sixth Best in Nation for Hispanics

Hispanic Business magazine has named Florida State University College of Law the sixth best law school in the nation for Hispanics in its September 2010 issue.

FSU Doctoral Student Named Only Recipient of P.E.O. Scholar Award in Florida

A Florida State University doctoral student is the only recipient in the state of Florida to have been awarded the prestigious P.E.O. Scholar Award.

FSU Real Estate Program Ranked No. 2 in the World for Faculty Research

World-Renowned Scholars, Private Donations Fuel Rise to Pre-eminence

Eight Florida State University students selected as 2010 Gubernatorial Fellows

Eight Florida State University students have been selected by Gov. Charlie Crist as 2010 Gubernatorial Fellows.

Grad Connection Newsletter Spring 2010 Edition

The Graduate School is excited to share with you the spring 2010 edition of the Grad Connection newsletter.

FSU’s Film School Claims Its 25th Student Emmy

With the latest Hollywood success of its alumni, the Florida State University College of Motion Picture Arts has burnished its reputation as one of the nation’s leaders in film education.

Research and Creativity Award Recipients Announced

The six Research and Creativity Award recipients were recognized for superior scholarship.

2010 Outstanding Teaching Assistants Announced

The ten Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award recipients were recognized for excellence in teaching.

FSU Honors Its Graduate Students At Annual Event

The Florida State University honored the achievements of thirty-five of its best graduate students at the annual Celebration of Graduate Student Excellence.

2010 Leadership Award Winners

At this year's Celebration of Graduate Student Excellence, Layal Rouhana and Sheau Ching Chai were announced as the 2010 winners of the Graduate Student Leadership Award.

2010 Preparing Future Faculty Fellows Announced

This year’s Preparing Future Faculty Fellows are Justin Michael Conrad, Political Science, and Yvonne C. Earnshaw, Educational Psychology & Learning Systems.

Prestigious Cannes Critics' Week Selects Florida State Alumni Film

Seven alumni of the Florida State University College of Motion Picture Arts made a film that was just selected by international film critics to screen at the 49th Cannes Critics’ Week, one of the world’s most prestigious film competitions. This is the only feature from the United States selected for the competition since 2005.

Record Number of Florida State University Students Receive NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

A record number of Florida State University students have been selected to receive highly competitive and valuable National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowships.

Management Professor Honored for Decades of Mentorship

A faculty member in the Florida State University College of Business is being recognized for his more than three decades of contributions to the development of scholars in the field of management, as well as the impact of his and his students’ research in the field.

Former Student Has Nation's Top Dissertation in Nuclear Physics

A recent doctoral graduate of The Florida State University has earned top honors in his discipline as the author of the nation’s best doctoral dissertation in nuclear physics.

FSU Dialogues Conference

Florida State University's Congress of Graduate Students, The Graduate School, and The Libraries invite applications for the third FSU Dialogues Conference. FSU graduate students are invited to present their interdisciplinary research on the theme of "We don't do this in my discipline."

FSU ranked among nation's top doctorate-granting institutions

The Florida State University ranks 44th among doctorate-granting institutions in terms of number of research doctorates produced in 2008, according to a new report released by the National Science Foundation.

FSU-SLIS Grad student named ALA Emerging Leader

Graduate student Nicole Stroud of the Florida State University College of Communication & Information’s School of Library & Information Studies was chosen for the American Library Association (ALA) 2010 Emerging Leader program.

Medical students win scholarships in exchange for service in areas of need

Two Florida State University College of Medicine students have been awarded scholarships that cover the entire cost of their remaining time in medical school in exchange for service in medically underserved areas.

Discontinuation of the Thesis/Treatise/Dissertation Manuscript Fee and Associated Service

The Graduate School will no longer provide a DVD copy of the final dissertation, thesis, or treatise to the graduate student author and the major professor.

FSU Doctoral Student Wins Top Award in Evolutionary Biology

A Florida State University doctoral student who studies DNA sequence data has won a prestigious award in evolutionary biology, marking the first time an FSU student has received the award.

English Department alum combats Pakistan stereotypes

Florida State University graduate Masood Raja (Ph.D. 2006), along with some friends, has created, an online, academic journal of Pakistan studies.

Department of English Graduate Student News

Recent accomplishments of graduate students from the Department of English.

FSU researchers gearing up for ASIS&T

A large group of faculty, students, and colleagues of The Florida State University College of Communication & Information are presenting research at the upcoming 2009 Annual Meeting of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T), Nov. 6–9, Vancouver, BC.

School of Library and Information Studies researchers pubished in First Monday

The article, published in First Monday, questions how successful Latina IT professionals construct and reconstruct their conceptions of gender before, during, and after contact with the information world of the IT industry.

FSU law, medical schools ranked in top 10 for Hispanic students

Florida State University's colleges of law and medicine are among the Top 10 best in the nation for Hispanics, according to Hispanic Business magazine, which has published its annual rankings of graduate schools in the magazine's September issue.

Outstanding Human Sciences Graduate Students

Congratulations to Shirin Hooshmand and Girdhari Sharma of the Department of Nutrition, Food, & Exercise Sciences on their recent awards.

Graduate Student Kudos

Recent Florida State University graduate student accomplishments.

MBA class learns from the pros

MBAs in marketing Professor Mike Hartline's Corporate Affairs class offered this past spring said not only did they ask questions, but they received precious insight into running multi-million-dollar corporations that will benefit them for years to come.

College of Business revamps MBA curriculum

Florida State University's College of Business this year altered its Master of Business Administration program in a way that further drives home FSU's practice of providing all MBA students the same quality degree, regardless of whether they're on campus or online.

New Master of Science in Finance program begins

This summer, 23 students started in the College of Business' new MSF program. It's an elite group of students with an average GMAT score of 602 and an average grade-point average of 3.6. They will spend the next 10 months boosting their quantitative and analytical skills through hands-on application and exposure to the best faculty and speakers the finance department has to offer.

Students visit Chile for lessons in corporate social responsibility

The Florida State University College of Business’ new Global Experience Seminar for master’s students culminated in a weeklong trip to Chile in March to study international commerce and corporate social responsibility.

With $2.3M Award, FSU Nursing to Educate More Experts for Underserved Areas

Amid the national debate on health care quality and access, $2.3 million in new grants to The Florida State University College of Nursing will support a unique Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree program that aims to increase the number of advanced practice nurses and see them lead and manage health care delivery in poor, underserved areas.

H1N1 Virus Information

Florida State University has created a site to share information about the H1N1 virus and the University's plans for handling the expected issues this fall term.

Office of Graduate Fellowships and Awards Opens to Help Students

The Graduate School at The Florida State University has announced the opening of the Office of Graduate Fellowships and Awards, a new resource designed to assist graduate students in identifying external funding opportunities.

Florida State Hosting Orientation for New Graduate Students

Florida State University’s fall 2009 New Graduate Student Orientation will take place Tuesday, Aug. 18, from noon to 5 p.m. in the New Classroom Building (HCB) on the FSU main campus.

Shoko Letton recognized by Dance on Camera Festival

Shoko Letton, in conjunction with the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography (MANCC), was recognized nationally by Dance Films Association at the 2009 Dance On Camera Festival for their “Research Highlight” videos and podcasts.

School of Theatre Graduate Students' Success

Master of Fine Arts graduates Geoffrey Kershner (Directing, 2006) and Krista Franco (Scene Design, 2006) founded Endstation Theatre when they graduated from FSU.

FSU ETDs Now On Facebook, Twitter, and Myspace

Information on Florida State University's Electronic Theses, Treatises, and Dissertations (ETDs) is becoming more available with pages now on Facebook, Twitter, and Myspace.

Psychology Doctoral Student Awarded Highly Competitive Fellowships

Sergio Iñiguez is one of Florida State University’s outstanding graduate students.

Classics Students Win Fellowships for Study In Greece

For the second year in a row, an FSU graduate student has been awarded a fellowship at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, Greece.

Psychological Services in Education (PSE) Graduate Students Well Represented at the National Career Development Association’s Global Conference in...

Fifteen graduate students in counseling psychology and career counseling were involved in making presentations at the National Career Development Association’s annual conference held in St. Louis, July 1-3.

Marketing Graduate Students Receive Scholarship

Two graduate students from the Florida State University's Department of Marketing are recent recipients of the Valuing Diversity Scholarship from the American Marketing Association.

Ben Thayer Receives Prestigious National Fellowship in Theoretical Particle Physics

In 2009 three Graduate Student and two Postdoc Large Hadron Collider Theory Initiative (LHC-TI)Fellowships were awarded nationwide. One of the recipients is Benjamin Thayer, from Florida State University's Department of Physics.

Outstanding Political Science Graduate Students

Congratulations to Jeremy Serna and Daniel Scheller of the Department of Political Science on their recent awards.

Laci Rogers selected as a 2009 Outstanding Reviewer

Laci Rogers, a second-year doctoral student in Management (Organizational Behavior), has been selected as a 2009 Outstanding Reviewer.

Meteorology Student Accomplishments

Meteorology graduate student recent publications and awards.

Kevin Wang awarded National Institute of Justice Graduate Research Fellowship

Doctoral student, Shun-Yung (Kevin) Wang has just been awarded a National Institute of Justice Graduate Research Fellowship.

Florida State Ranked No. 3 in Nation for Contributions to Arts Research

The Florida State University is one of the nation’s most prolific research institutions in the arts, according to rankings recently released by Science Watch that place Florida State third among the universities with the most published papers in the field of performing arts between 2003 and 2007.


The brainchild of FSU MBA alumnus Alex Miningham (class ’08) and FSU Associate Professor Molly Wasko, inDegree is the first and only website that uses the power of professional networking to create an enterprise solution for graduate student placement and alumni services.

Linda Most Wins ALISE Award

Linda Most, a doctoral candidate at The Florida State University College of Information, has been awarded the Norman Horrocks Leadership Award from the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE).

Annette Goldsmith Wins Research Award at ALISE Conference

Annette Goldsmith, who successfully defended her dissertation here at the Florida State University College of Information a few months ago, received Honorable Mention in the Jeanne Teague-Sutcliffe Doctoral Student Research Poster Contest on Jan. 21, 2009.

Education Students Receive National Fellowship

Two graduate students in FSU’s Program in Higher Education received fellowships for graduate study from the Association of Institutional Research (AIR) and the National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES).

Sociology Graduate Student Kudos

Sociology graduate student recent publications, presentations, awards, and grants.

Recent FSU Graduate Student Accomplishments

FSU graduate students are doing great things - here are a few noteworthy stories.

Instructional Systems Graduate Students Participate in National University Case Study Competition

This last spring, a team of Instructional Systems Students from Dr. Aubteen Darabi’s course on Performance Systems Analysis participated in a national University Case Study competition sponsored by International Society of Performance Improvement (ISPI).

New Global Pathways Certificate Program Available to FSU Graduate Students

This new graduate certificate is designed to recognize graduate students who, through their experiences, research, and courses, have become cross-culturally and globally competent.

College of Business Graduate Students Are Keeping Busy

Here's an update on recent awards, grants, presentations, and publications of the College of Business graduate students.

Anthropology Students Awarded NSF Fellowships

The Anthropology graduate students have been awarded NSF pre-dissertation research fellowships.

Florida State doctoral students win top research scholarships

Two outstanding Florida State University graduate students have won $15,000 scholarships to pursue research for their doctoral degrees.

College of Education Students Win International Award

Issy Masduki and Jennifer Myers, doctoral graduate students in the Florida State University College of Education’s Program in Instructional Systems, were recently awarded a top prize for the PacifiCorp Design and Development Award that recognizes the most innovative solution to a business problem dealing with learning and performance.

Accounting Student Wins 2008 Best Emerging Scholar Paper

Alisa Brink won the 2008 Best Emerging Scholar Paper at the Accounting, Behavior, and Organizations Conference held October 9-11, 2009, in Providence, Rhode Island.

Information Grad Student Nominated for President of ALA Division

College of Information graduate student serves young adults; nominated fro president of American Library Association division.

Students Win Fulbright Grants

From Argentina to Russia, eight Florida State University students will be traveling to locations all over the world after winning prized and highly competitive Fulbright grants this year.

2009 Preparing Future Faculty Fellows Announced

Preparing Future Faculty Fellows are dedicated and have a commitment to the profession of teaching, research and service. This year’s PFF Fellows are DeAnna Gore, Sociology, and Christopher Griffin, History.

Dustin Anderson Receives the 2009 Leadership Award

Dustin Anderson of the Department of English is the winner of the 2009 Graduate Student Leadership Award.

2009 Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award Recipients Announced

The ten Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award recipients were recognized for excellence in teaching.

FSU Graduate Programs Among Nation's Best

The Florida State University’s colleges of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Information, Education and Law are among the best graduate and professional programs in the nation, according to new rankings in U.S. News and World Report’s 2010 edition of “America’s Best Graduate Schools” on newsstands April 28.

Nathan Levine-Heaney named top student cinematographer

Once again, a top national prize has gone to an extraordinary graduate of The Florida State University College of Motion Picture, Television and Recording Arts -- best known as The Film School.

2009-10 Gubernatorial Fellowship Information

Governor Charlie Crist announced the opening of the application process for the Gubernatorial Fellows program, providing Florida university students with firsthand, high-level experience and insight into how government operates. This program, established in 2004 and endowed by Al and Dawn Hoffman in 2005, gives college and university students around the state the unique opportunity to spend a semester working alongside state government’s top staff.

Former Fellow Update

A former fellow, Scott McLeod, shares an update on the current happenings in his career since graduating from Florida State University.

American Academy Appoints FSU Alum as Visiting Scholar

CAMBRIDGE, MA - Michael Pasquier, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Louisiana State University, is among eight individuals who have been awarded fellowships as part of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences' Visiting Scholars Program. Dr. Pasquier received his Ph.D. from Florida State University's Department of Religion and was a Research and Creativity Award winner.

FSU Law Ranked Fifth Best in Nation for Hispanic Students

Hispanic Business magazine has ranked Florida State University’s College of Law the fifth best law school in the nation for Hispanics, while also giving a nod to the FSU College of Medicine. The rankings appear in the magazine’s September issue.

Alumni elected President of FL/OBGYN Society

Arthur Clements, M.D., Ph.D, an alumni from the class of ’73 and native of Tallahassee was elected President of the FL/OBGYN Society.

FSU wins SBA

Florida State Law’s Student Bar Association was named "SBA of the Year" by the American Bar Association’s Law Student Division at the 2008 ABA Annual Meeting in New York City.

FSU Law Graduates Achieve More than 99 Percent Placement Rate

Nine months after graduation, 99.6 percent of the Florida State University College of Law Class of 2007 was employed, pursuing a graduate degree or not seeking work, according to official data released by the National Associate for Legal Career Professionals.

Research Collaboration Reveals Alzheimer's Discovery

FSU Psychology Professor Natalie Sachs-Ericsson and graduate student Kathryn Sawyer have found that a gene that was believed to be only a risk factor for whites is also a risk factor for African-Americans.

FSU Students Awarded Top Internships

Students at Florida State University are filling some of Florida's most desirable internships in 2008. Four FSU students were chosen for the Gubernatorial Fellowship Program and two for Disney's sports management internship.

Film School Grad Receives Student Academy Award

For the fifth time in four years, a Student Academy Award has gone to a film written and directed by a student from Florida State University's renowned College of Motion Picture, Television and Recording Arts -- best known as The Film School.

Law Grad Receives National Award

Donna Duncan, a 2008 graduate of the Florida State University College of Law, has received the Clinical Legal Education Association's Outstanding Student Award. The award is presented annually to law students who have excelled in clinical education.

FSU Graduate Student Named 2008 Newcombe Fellow

A Florida State University doctoral candidate in Religion has received the renowned Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship.
Elizabeth Barre, finishing her final year of dissertation writing in law and religion, has been selected a Newcombe Fellow -- an honor that recognizes graduate students who have an interest in the study of ethical or religious values.

FSU Doctoral Student Receives Prestigious Scholar Award

A Florida State University doctoral student has been awarded a prestigious scholarship to further the clinical psychology studies that she hopes will allow her to one day literally save lives.

Kimberly Van Orden, 28, has received a $15,000 P.E.O. Scholar Award from the International Chapter of the P.E.O. Sisterhood for the 2008-09 academic year.

'Women in Science' Fellowship to Fund Postdoc's Study of Deep-Sea Methane

A L’Oreal USA Fellowship for Women in Science has been awarded to Florida State University alumna Laura Lapham, one of just five young women scientists in the nation selected for the prestigious $40,000 prize.

Kelly Smith, College of Education Graduate Student, Selected for Prestigious James Madison Memorial Fellowship

A student in FSU’s College of Education has been awarded a national competitive fellowship to support graduate study of American history, to include a concentration of courses on the history and principles of the United States Constitution.

Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award Announced

Ten Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award recipients were recognized for excellence in teaching.

Celebration of Graduate School Excellence Awards

At the annual Celebration of Graduate Student Excellence held at Dodd Hall Auditorium on April 2nd, the University honored graduate students for excellence in teaching, research and creativity, leadership, contributions to the university and community, and service to fellow graduate students.

Excellence Recognized with the 2008 Research and Creativity Awards

This year, the Graduate Student Research and Creativity Awards were presented to two winners for each of the three broad disciplines: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS), and Arts and Humanities (AH). These awards recognize students for their outstanding research and creative productivity within their programs.

Carolyn Sloane Sawtell receives the 2008 Leadership Award

The Graduate Student Leadership Award is given to a graduate student leader who is making a positive difference in their scholarly/creative, campus, and wider communities. The 2008 winner is Carolyn Sloane Sawtell.