Office of Graduate Fellowships and Awards

Seeing through her subject: FSU graduate student finds passion in study of fluorescent frogs

Courtney Whitcher always loved biology and learning about how things work. Little did she know that she’d find an interest in the world of biofluorescence and the world of amphibians. “And then a biofluorescent frog brought my two worlds together,” she said. Whitcher indeed has hopped into a glowing field as a doctoral candidate in […]

‘Coffee and Conversations’ perks up global interest in FSU

With a smile as wide as Florida State University’s global reach, Honorine Rouiller welcomes her guest to The Graduate School’s YouTube channel. “Today, I’m with Claudio Robelo Guzman, who is pursuing a Ph.D. in political science,” she says. “He is also the president of HiGSA and grew up in Argentina.” “That’s right,” says Guzman, who […]

FSU doctoral student balances motherhood while pursuing her passion for justice

Da’Shay Templeton always wanted to be a teacher, but more than that, a game-changer. Growing up in Los Angeles, she witnessed up close the effects of school policing and school criminalization on minority students. She came to reflect on how she could help. “If I could change policies, then I could effect change beyond just […]

Five questions with Chris Omni, the ‘Health Hippie’ earning a Ph.D. in Art Education

Chris Omni is a published author, documentary filmmaker, international presenter, community mobilizer and self-proclaimed eco-spiritualist. She’s also a doctoral candidate in the College of Fine Arts’ Department of Art Education. Affectionately known as the “Health Hippie” because of her 20-plus years in community health mobilization, Omni credits her current path to divine alignment, timing and […]

FSU celebrates newest McKnight Doctoral and Dissertation Fellows

This past November, more than 20 Florida State University graduate students from underrepresented populations were honored at the 37th McKnight Annual Fellows Meeting in Tampa for having received the McKnight Doctoral or Dissertation Fellowship. The Florida Education Fund’s (FEF) McKnight Doctoral and Dissertation Fellowship Programs are designed to address the underrepresentation of African American and […]

Florida State University graduate student earns prestigious Chateaubriand Fellowship

A Florida State University doctoral student has received a prestigious international fellowship to study in Europe this spring. Modern Languages and Linguistics doctoral student Nerea Delgado Fernández will use the Chateaubriand Fellowship to study the intonation, or the rise and fall of the voice when speaking, of bilinguals in Basque-speaking regions in France and Spain. […]

Six FSU professors receive McKnight Junior Faculty Fellowships

Six Florida State University assistant professors have received the Florida Education Fund’s (FEF) McKnight Junior Faculty Fellowship, a program that promotes excellence in teaching and research by underrepresented minorities and women. Fellows receive a one-year sabbatical to engage in research and training projects related to securing tenure and promotion. “I am proud of the ongoing commitment […]

Three FSU students earn prestigious fellowships from the AAUW

Three Florida State University graduate students have been awarded fellowships from the American Association of University Women (AAUW). Natali Ramirez-Bullon and Alexandra Hooks, two doctoral students in the Department of Biological Science, earned the American Fellowship. Sohaila Isaqzai, a doctoral student in the College of Education’s International and Multicultural Education graduate program, was awarded the […]

FSU doctoral student completes research in Sweden amid global pandemic

When the COVID-19 pandemic began to wreak havoc across the globe, Florida State University doctoral student Carrie Danielson was completing research in Sweden. The Nordic country kept large parts of society open during the pandemic, giving Danielson the opportunity to experience the much-debated approach to the public health crisis. Danielson is pursuing a doctorate in […]

FSU celebrates largest cohort of McKnight Junior Faculty Fellowships in recent history

Six Florida State University assistant professors have received the Florida Education Fund’s (FEF) McKnight Junior Faculty Fellowship. It is the largest cohort of FSU McKnight Fellows to date. The FEF’s McKnight Junior Faculty Fellowship Program promotes excellence in teaching and research by underrepresented minorities and women. Fellows receive a one-year sabbatical to engage in research […]

Nine FSU students earn U.S. Fulbright awards

Nine Florida State University graduate students and recent alumni will conduct research or have the opportunity to teach English abroad during the 2020-2021 academic year as a part of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Since 1945, the program has provided students and young scholars opportunities to develop research, study and teach all over the world. […]

Two FSU graduate students win state’s only P.E.O. scholarships

Only two graduate students in the entire state of Florida were awarded prestigious Scholar Awards from the Philanthropic Educational Organization (P.E.O.), and they’re both enrolled in programs at Florida State University. Jessi Thomsen, a doctoral candidate in the English Department with a specialization in Rhetoric and Composition, and Brittany Mathes, a doctoral candidate in the […]