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 Fellows Society is assumed of all members.
Missions of the Fellows Society
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 and to develop an interdisciplinary network of scholars.
Honors, Scholars, and Fellows House (HSF)
The Grand Opening of the new Honors, Scholars, and Fellows House, located in the heart of the FSU campus overlooking Landis Green was held on March 6, 2014. The house is now home to the Office of Graduate Fellowships and Awards, the Program for Instructional Excellence, and the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs as well as the undergraduate Honors program, the Office of National Fellowships, and the Office of Undergraduate Research. The house provides space for graduate fellows and other highly motivated and engaged students and postdocs to interact with one another, share creative ideas, discover new ways of thinking, and build lasting relationships. Additional media coverage for the opening of the HSF House can be found here .
Fellows Society Events
Fellows participate in regular events, including the Fellows Forum, the Annual Induction Ceremony/Networking Session, the President's Social, and other special events, designed to encourage interdisciplinary exchange and to promote academic and professional development.
2016 Fellows Forum: "Make Room for Me: Widening the Circle of Diversity & Equity"
On Friday, April 1, 2016, Fellows, faculty and staff gathered in the Great Hall of the Honors, Scholars, and Fellows House for the 6th Annual 2016 Fellows Forum, "Make Room for Me: Widening the Circle of Diversity & Equity."
The Fellows Forum is an opportunity for members of the Fellows Society to put into action the interdisciplinary ideals of the Fellows Society by organizing a symposium that brings together scholars and professionals from a variety of viewpoints to address a problem of broad humanistic significance. This year’s forum on the topic of ""Make Room for Me: Widening the Circle of Diversity & Equity" was developed by a number of Fellows who began brainstorming in August 2015 at the annual Fellows Induction Ceremony and Networking Session.
The speakers of the 2016 Fellows Forum included Keynote speaker, Dr. Laura Osteen, Director, Center for Leadership & Social Change, FSU, Dr. Roxanne Hughes, Education Policy, Director, The Center for Integrating Research and Learning at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (MagLab), FSU, Dr. Tarik J. Dickens, Associate Professor, Department of Industrial Engineering, FAMU, Dr. Lara Perez-Felkner, Assistant Professor, Higher Education and Sociology, FSU,Dr. Deborah Armstrong, Associate Professor, Management Information Systems, College of Business, FSU, Dr. Rhea Estelle Lathan,Associate Professor, English Department, FSU, Dr. Ayesha Khurshid, Assistant Professor, Sociocultural & International Development Education Studies, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, FSU, and Dr. Simon Cabulea May,Assistant Professor, Philosophy Department, FSU.
Quotes from those who attended the 2016 Fellows Forum:
- “It's interesting to talk and think about topics like inclusivity/diversity across disciplines. The three presenters I saw had really different perspectives yet had similar themes come through, which was nice. I also appreciated the presenters' frank discussion of their personal experiences. The dinner was great! Dr. Osteen's talk was fantastic and I was definitely ruminating on some of the things she mentioned over the weekend. She is a wonderful speaker and I felt that her closing the forum was perfect. Big thanks and congrats to all involved in planning!”
- “The presenters all had some very interesting research interests from different areas that related to the topic. The Keynote speaker, Dr. Osteen, was PHENOMENAL!!”
- “What I liked best about this event was the possibility to listen from diverse points of view about contemporary debated topics.”
- “It was excellent, and the keynote speaker was powerful in her speech.”
- “Overall, this was a great event and I look forward to next year’s Fellows Forum!”
Annual Induction Ceremony & Networking Session
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.
Fellows Society Social
As a tradition, the FSU President invites members of Fellows Society to the President's House each year for a social event. This event provides Fellows with an opportunity to meet the University president, tour the President's House and to discuss their research interests with one another. This year's Fellows Society Social was held on Wednesday, October 12, 2016 from 5:30- 7:30 P.M. This event provided present Fellows with the unique opportunity to take a group photo with President John Thrasher and Dr. Nancy Marcus, Dean of the Graduate School, for the 2016-2017 academic year.