Student Awards and Grants

The Dr. James S. Brooks Graduate Student Award in Materials Science & Engineering

Click here to learn more about this new award/fundraising effort. 

2015-2016 Dissertation Research Grant

The Dissertation Research Grant is an award paid by The Graduate School to assist doctoral students with expenses associated with research necessary to prepare dissertations.Awards will be $1,000 for top tier awardees and up to $750 for second tier awardees. The tiers will be determined by the rankings of the review committee. The applicant must complete the online application and submit their CV as well as the major professor's statement form to The Graduate School prior to the deadline. The application cycle is currently open.

Please contact David Beck at  with any questions.


2015-2016 Graduate Student Research and Creativity Awards Program

The Graduate School and the Office of Research at the Florida State University request nominations for the Graduate Student Research and Creativity Awards Program. This awards program is designed to recognize the superior scholarship of FSU graduate students.

FSU graduate students will be recognized for their outstanding contributions to research and creative endeavors at the Celebration of Graduate Student Excellence held each spring. Awards of $750.00 will be made to students in three disciplinary categories: natural and physical sciences including mathematics and engineering; social and behavioral sciences; and the humanities and arts


  1. Must be an FSU degree-seeking graduate or professional student in good academic standing;
  2. Must show evidence of outstanding scholarly/creative productivity as a graduate/professional student at FSU; if the effort is part of a team the nomination materials must clearly delineate the contributions of the applicant;
  3. Must show evidence of national visibility in research/creative activity (e.g., publications, presentations, juried exhibits or performances). This could also include evidence of recognition and honors in endeavors related to the research and/or creative activities.

For more information about the nomination/application process and submission of materials, please download the Nomination Instruction Form (PDF) by clicking here . You can also download the Nomination Instruction Form located in GradSpace (Funding and Awards > Award Competitions and Grants > Student Awards and Grants). Blackboard log-in required.

Nomination materials (with endorsement letters) are due in the FSU Dropbox. The application cycle is now open.

Questions about the nomination process, materials preparation, etc. should be directed to Dr. Judith Devine (644-3501 or ).


2015-2016 Graduate Student Leadership Award

Sponsored annually by Florida State University’s Graduate School and the Congress of Graduate Students (COGS), the Leadership Award recognizes outstanding graduate student leaders who are making a positive difference in their scholarly/creative work, campus, and wider communities. Graduate students who exhibit strong leadership skills are encouraged to apply. The person selected for the prestigious Leadership Award and his/her department is recognized at the Celebration of Graduate Student Excellence held each spring. The Leadership Award recipient will also receive a $750.00 award.


Each applicant must be an enrolled, FSU degree-seeking or professional graduate student in good academic standing and must provide the following to the FSU Graduate School:

  1. A one-page personal essay that includes a rationale for receiving the leadership award
  2. An up-to-date Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  3. A letter of endorsement from the Departmental Chair, Faculty Advisor, or Graduate Coordinator supporting the student for the leadership award

Please be sure to review the Leadership Award Instruction Form as many of the guidelines, criteria, nomination and application procedures from last year have changed. You can also download the Instruction Form from GradSpace  (Funding and Awards > Award Competitions and Grants > Student Awards and Grants). Blackboard log-in required.

The nomination/application cycle for this award is currently closed, but will open on Monday, November 2, 2015.

Questions pertaining to the Leadership Award should be directed to James Beck (644-3501 or )


Graduate Student Teaching Associate Assistantship

The Graduate School appoints senior, experienced, teaching assistants (TA) as Program for Instructional Excellence (PIE) Teaching Associates to assist with academic departmental TA training and to serve as small group leaders and mentors during university-wide programs held by PIE. Associates are experienced teaching assistants nominated by their academic departments and selected and trained by the Program for Instructional Excellence. Teaching Associates receive a stipend for the academic year. This stipend is in addition to the TA stipend (and waiver) that will be provided by the department.

For more information regarding the PIE Teaching Associate Program, please see the PIE website ( ) or contact Lisa Liseno at


Outstanding Teaching Assistant Awards

Sponsored annually by the Florida State University’s Graduate School these awards recognize outstanding graduate student teaching assistants (TAs) for their distinguished contributions to student learning through excellence in instruction. Recipients of the Outstanding Teaching Assistant Awards (OTAA) are recognized at the annual spring Celebration of Graduate Student Excellence event. Information about the nomination and selection process can be found at:

For more information regarding the Outstanding Teaching Assistant Awards, please contact Lisa Liseno at


Three Minute Thesis

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT™) is a research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland, Australia. The exercise develops academic, presentation, and research communication skills and supports the development of students' capacities to effectively explain their research in language appropriate to an intelligent but non-specialist audience.

Doctoral students have three minutes to present a compelling oration on their dissertation topic and its significance. 3MT™ is not an exercise in trivializing or ‘dumbing-down’ research but forces students to consolidate their ideas and crystalize their research discoveries.

Register Here:

Important Dates & Deadlines

Registration Open: August 24, 2015 - October 6, 2015

  • ***Registration Deadline Extended to Tuesday, October 6th***

Preliminary Rounds: October 19 - 23, 2015

Finalist Competition: November 17, 2015

3MT™ Eligibility

Currently enrolled doctoral students at Florida State University will be eligible to participate in 3MT™. Graduates and master's students are not eligible.

Preparing for the 3MT™ Competition

Prior to the 3-Minutes Thesis (3MT™), the Graduate School hosts workshops for graduate students intending to enter the competition: 

You want me to describe my dissertation topic in three minutes? Really? [Late stage, PFF, PFP, PIE]

September 18, 2015, Two sessions:11:00 AM or 4:00 PM

Honors, Scholars & Fellows House, Room 3009

Presenter: Dr. Judith Devine, Senior Associate Dean, FSU Graduate School

In preparation for the fall 2015 competition, this workshop will demonstrate effective and ineffective techniques for 3MT slide development.

To register:  

3MT™ Prizes

  • Winner: $500
  • Runner-up: $350
  • People's Choice: $250

3MT™ Rules

  1.  A single static PowerPoint slide is permitted (no slide transitions, animations or 'movement' of any description).
  2. No additional electronic media (e.g. sound and video files) are permitted.
  3. No additional props (e.g. costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment) are permitted.
  4. Presentations are limited to 3 minutes maximum, and competitors exceeding 3 minutes are disqualified.
  5. The decision of the judging panel is final.

Judging Criteria

Comprehension and Content: Did the presentation help the audience understand the research and was the thesis topic and its significance communicated in language appropriate for an intelligent but non-specialist audience? 
Engagement and Communication: Did the oration make the audience want to know more? 

To watch other universities’ winning presentations, please click here

Fall 2014 3MT™ Winners:

  • 1st place- Kimberly Smith, Psychology
  • 2nd place- Michael Mitchell, Computer Science
  • People's Choice (selected by the audience)- J. Hendry Miller, History

Videos of  3MT™ Finalists:

Other U.S. schools with 3MT competitions

Emory University
Purdue University
University of Georgia