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Florida State University, distinguished as a pre-eminent university in the state of Florida, is identified by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education as engaged in very high research activity, the highest status accorded to a doctoral-granting university. The wide-ranging scholarship of FSU faculty and graduate students is nationally and internationally recognized for its contributions to science, business, government, culture, and society. FSU faculty members are also recognized for their exceptional level of instruction.

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New Graduate Student Orientation Photo'.jpg2017 New Graduate Student Orientation

Tuesday, August 22, 2017, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Ruby Diamond Auditorium and Classroom Building (HCB)

Overview: This event will begin in the Ruby Diamond Auditorium with a general orientation session followed by a panel discussion on topics of interest to new graduate students in the Classroom Building. Sessions will be scheduled in HCB on the following subjects: “Nuts & Bolts of FSU Student Systems: Waivers, Finances, Taxes, and Subsidies” and “Funding Your Graduate Education.” There will be an Informational Fair in the HCB Breezeway representing campus and community organizations. We will offer tours of the FSU Campus and Strozier Library’s Scholars Commons. All new graduate students will receive an email invitation to register in July. More information is available online here.

2017 Program for Instructional Excellence (PIE) Teaching Conference/TA Orientation

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Thursday, August 24, 2017 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Classroom Building (HCB 101)

Overview: This two day PIE conference/orientation introduces attendees to FSU teaching resources, policies, and best practices for grading, communicating with students, encouraging critical thinking in the classroom, and technology usage. It is open to all graduate students, post docs, and faculty/staff. The PIE TA Orientation satisfies the required graduate student TA policy training according to the University-wide TA Standards. For more information, please visit the PIE Website here. The agenda and registration link will be posted on the PIE website by July 1st.

FSU Day in the Capital


The Florida capitol rocked garnet and gold during FSU Day at the Capitol.

Florida State University celebrated its status as a preeminent Florida university and all things garnet and gold during FSU Day at the Capitol from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2.

Several of the university’s colleges and academic departments set up information tables on the first three floors of the Capitol throughout the event. The highlight of the day was an outdoor pep rally from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the plaza between the old and new Capitols. It featured remarks by President John Thrasher, recognition of FSU alumni serving in the Legislature and performances by the FSU Cheerleaders, members of the Flying High Circus and Seminole Sound, a pep band from the College of Music.

Thank you to everyone who took time out of their busy schedules to share the accomplishments of their departments and programs with the legislative community, and to the volunteers who helped make this special day possible. Please click the links to view the pictures from the Seminole Evening reception and FSU Day at the Capitol.

Profiles in Leadership: Nancy Marcus Reflects on 30 Years of Research, Students and Service


When Nancy Marcus arrived at Florida State University in 1987, she didn’t have plans to stay very long.

Thirty years later, the oceanographer-turned-administrator has left an indelible mark at FSU — as a pioneer in her field, as a role model for women in STEM and as the dean of the Graduate School for the past 12 years.

“I love Florida State. I think I’ve contributed to it, but certainly Florida State has provided me with some wonderful opportunities,” Marcus said.

A native of the Northeast, Marcus pursued her undergraduate degree at Goucher College in Baltimore, Md. She studied biology and spent time in the marine field with stints at the Duke Marine Lab and the Bermuda Biological Station for Research.

“At the time, back in the late 1960s, the most likely path for women was to teach in the public schools,” Marcus said. “But when I went to visit one of my college friends who was doing that, I realized that wasn’t what I wanted to do.”

Marcus returned to school, heading to Yale University where she would earn both her master’s and doctoral degrees. She then completed post-doctoral work at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution on Cape Cod, Mass., eventually joining the facility’s scientific staff for the next 11 years until the opportunity arose to come to FSU.

“Florida seemed like a ways away from what I’d been familiar with,” Marcus said. “But I said, ‘Hey, I’ll give it five years and go somewhere else,’ and here I am, 30 years later.”

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