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Idea to Make Planes Safer Wins Three Minute Thesis Competition

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From L-R: Dr. Judith Devine; Madhuparna Roy (Winner); Shaleen Miller (Runner-Up);
Tania Reynolds (People's Choice)

Florida State doctoral student Madhuparna Roy is the winner of the university’s 2016 Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition.

Roy confidently walked on stage and without a hint of nervousness, explained to the crowd in the allotted three minutes how her research would make planes safer in stormy weather.

She aced it. Roy’s clear, succinct “elevator speech” won the competition in the Durell Peaden Auditorium in the College of Medicine Research Building on Nov. 29.

“I felt totally fine,” said Roy, who is earning a doctorate from the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering. “I was comfortable doing it and wasn’t nervous. I just enjoy my research it. I love it. When you love something, it shows.”

Roy was one of 10 finalists who embraced the challenge of distilling the voluminous research for their dissertations. An 80,000-word thesis would take about nine hours to present. These finalists had three minutes to explain their research in a simple, engaging way.

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Florida State Among World's Top Universities

Published: SEPT 29, 2016 I Univ. News

Florida State is one of 148 U.S. institutions on the list of 980 universities ranked worldwide. Among U.S. public universities, Florida State is tied with nine other institutions at No. 33 on the list. 

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State of the University: The Graduate School

Published: SEPT 18, 2016 I Univ. News

The Graduate School and its students fight for money and prestige in an academic environment that has a strong focus on the undergraduate experience and an ever-shrinking budget. How does FSU encourage and support graduate students while making difficult decisions on faculty and spending, among other things?

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FSU Graduate Student Receives $120K Grant to Study Health Policy

Published: September 12, 2016 I Univ. News

An FSU doctoral student has been awarded $120,000 grant through a new program trying to diversify the future generation of policy development leaders. 

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FSU Panama City names nurse anesthesia program administrator

Published: August 8, 2016 I Univ. News

Florida State University Panama City has named Stacey VanDyke, DNP, CRNA, as program administrator for the Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia program. VanDyke is director of the Nurse Anesthesia Clinical Residency Training Program at Eglin Hospital.

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College of Medicine among nation’s best at preparing diverse physician workforce

Published: June 26, 2016 I Univ. News

Fifteen years after enrolling its first class, the Florida State University College of Medicine has emerged as one of the most diverse medical schools in the country, according to current Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) enrollment data.

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Students to pursue graduate research with NSF fellowships

Published: June 23, 2016 I Univ. News

A group of four Florida State University students have received highly competitive Graduate Research Fellowships from the National Science Foundation. 

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New funding supports postdoc fellowships, research and outreach

Published: June 21, 2016 I Univ. News

Programs that place Florida State University at the forefront of scholarship on a range of critical contemporary issues are benefiting from a major influx of support for the fields of psychology, economics and criminal justice.

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10 to spend year abroad with Fulbright awards

Published: June 17, 2016 I Univ. News

A group of 10 Florida State University graduate students and recent alumni will study or teach English around the world during the 2016-2017 academic year as part of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.

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Doctoral student recognized by Hispanic honor society

Published: May 11, 2016 I Univ. News

A Florida State University doctoral candidate has been recognized by Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society. 

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