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FSU’s Garnet & Gold Scholar Society welcomes 316 new inductees in a virtual ceremony

Florida State University welcomed 316 new student inductees into its prestigious Garnet & Gold Scholar Society this spring, the largest class of inductees to date since the program was started. This spring’s ceremony was held virtually due to COVID-19. Established in 2010, the Garnet & Gold Scholar Society facilitates student involvement and recognizes undergraduate students […]

Collaborative Collision: FSU researchers join together to fight COVID-19

A Florida State University event that connects faculty for interdisciplinary projects is taking aim at COVID-19. The Office of Research Development organized its eleventh Collaborative Collision event to bring together faculty members from various departments to work together on projects specifically targeted at the global pandemic that has affected everyone’s life. This spring’s event had […]

FSU Innovation Hub builds face shields to protect local health care workers in COVID-19 fight

During a normal spring semester, the Innovation Hub at Florida State University would be buzzing with students studying design, dreaming up various projects and building prototypes with the facility’s laser cutter and many 3-D printers. This is not a normal time. Instead, the Innovation Hub has become the center of an effort to help outfit […]

Top climatologist named 2020-2021 Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor

A Florida State University professor whose work has been fundamental in understanding the climate of Africa has been named the university’s 2020-2021 Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor. Sharon Nicholson, a meteorologist with the Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science, has been recognized by FSU faculty members with the highest honor they can bestow upon […]

Earth Day 2020: FSU celebrates the research that helps us better understand Earth

April 22 marks Earth Day, an occasion to celebrate our shared home in the universe. At Florida State University, people are working every day to better understand that home. In the past year, researchers have investigated climate change on a local level, studied the long-term effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, researched aquaculture across […]

FSU students recognized virtually through President’s Undergraduate Humanitarian of the Year program

For more than 20 years, Florida State University has recognized undergraduate students who exhibit a tremendous commitment to service through its annual President’s Undergraduate Humanitarian of the Year Program. This year’s 11 nominees have done everything from starting their own nonprofits to supporting local migrants and refugees to being a camp counselor for children affected […]

FSU celebrates outstanding student employees 

The Florida State University Career Center recognized the notable contributions of student employees at FSU during its sixth annual Student Employee of the Year (SEOTY) awards ceremony on Thursday, April 16, which was held virtually this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “The SEOTY ceremony gives us the opportunity to recognize the invaluable service and impact of our student employees in our […]

FSU to host virtual commencement ceremony for Spring 2020

Editor’s note: Names of the 7,000 graduates will be read aloud by their college in separate videos to be posted at on May 2. Graduates’ names will not be read aloud during the virtual ceremony as doing so would extend the program by several hours. Graduates and families invited to participate remotely while practicing […]

Students, faculty and staff honored virtually on annual Leadership Awards Night

Florida State University students, employees and organizations were recognized during the university’s annual Leadership Awards Night Tuesday, April 14. The winners were announced virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The awards, sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs, honor the diverse collection of individuals and groups across campus who engage in leadership learning.   The awards and their recipients are:  President’s Award, given to an […]

FSU goes the ‘virtual’ extra mile to recruit high-achieving students

While the novel coronavirus is causing disruption for enrolled college students, the pandemic is also affecting how prospective students interact with universities. The transition to a remote campus has drastically impacted how the Florida State University Honors Program recruits potential students. Instead of bringing future students to campus, program staff have been hard at work […]

FSU neuroscience undergraduate wins prestigious Goldwater Scholarship

A Florida State University student whose personal experiences inspire her dream of being a neuroscience researcher has received the prestigious Barry Goldwater Scholarship, awarded to the nation’s brightest mathematics, science and engineering college sophomores and juniors. Jessica Dixon, a sophomore from Indialantic, Florida, will receive up to $7,500 in both her junior and senior years […]

Florida State earns highest rating from national campus free speech organization

Florida State University revised its policies on free expression to earn the top free speech rating from the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education. FIRE, a national campus free speech organization, rates more than 470 institutions nationwide to determine whether their policies restrict student speech that is protected by the First Amendment. The top, “green light” rating is held […]