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 closed. 

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 program will be recognized at the Celebration of Graduate Student Excellence held each spring semester. All nominees are recognized at the event. 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 personal essay that includes a rationale for receiving the Leadership Award. The essay should address the evaluation criteria noted in the Instruction Form. Maximum Length is 1 page, 12 pt. font. 
  2. An up-to-date Curriculum Vitae
  3. A letter of recommendation supporting the student for the Leadership Award. The letter should be provided by a faculty or staff member who can address the leadership skills and efforts of the student in light of the evaluation criteria. 

Please be sure to review the Leadership Award Instruction Form  as many of the guidelines, criteria, 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 application cycle for this award is currently open. 

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


2015-2016 Graduate Student Excellence in Visual Arts Award

The Graduate School is pleased to announce a new competition to recognize the artistic talents of graduate students at Florida State University.  Cash awards will be coupled with an exhibition of the selected works in the Honors, Scholars and Fellows House on the FSU Campus for one year (April 2016-April 2017). A parallel program opportunity is being offered to undergraduate students.  Submissions will be judged separately.

We are looking for two high quality works of art that clearly show excellence in visual arts. While all mediums will be considered, there are limited exhibition spaces in the Honors, Scholars and Fellows House as noted below.  The graduate awards will be presented at the Celebration of Graduate Student Excellence held each spring in the month of April. The two graduate student winners will each be awarded $750.  The award winners must agree to display their “winning” art work in the Honors, Scholars and Fellows House and the installation must remain up for one year (April 2016-April 2017).   

The competition is open to all currently enrolled, degree seeking graduate and professional students in good academic standing. Applicants should consider the criteria for submitted artwork by reviewing the Award Information Form .  

Application/Submission Process

This announcement is posted at:  

Applicants must complete the form on the Art Department webpage at: : This will ask for:

  • your contact info 
  • student status info.
  • image of your work in jpeg format
  • work specifications and completion date
  • Artist’s description of work
  • Optional artists statement

The application cycle for this award is currently open. All submissions are due by January 29, 2016. 

If you have any general questions, please contact The Graduate School at 850-644-3501.

If you have questions regarding artwork eligibility or installation, please contact the Art on Campus Director, Professor Lilian Garcia-Roig at


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.

Important Dates & Deadlines

Registration Open: August 24, 2015 - October 6, 2015 *Registration is now closed*

Preliminary Rounds: October 19 - 23, 2015 *Preliminary Rounds concluded*

Finalist Competition: November 17, 2015 *Finals completed*

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. This year, the Graduate School hosted two workshops on September 18, 2015 to assist students on how to demonstrate effective and ineffective techniques for the 3MT slide development.

3MT™ Prizes

* Each finalist will receive a certificate and a $50 award. 

  • 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 2015 3MT™ Winners:

  • 1st place- Aniket Ingrole, Industrial Engineering
  • 2nd place- Frank Annie, Geography
  • People's Choice (selected by the audience)- Austin Schwartz, Molecular Biophysics

*Florida State 24/7 News Article

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