A variety of awards are offered to graduate students throughout the academic year. Click on the various links below to view each award's application guidelines, minimum requirements, deadlines and contact information.
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 for this award is now closed.
Master's in Four (Min4) Competition
Competition Details and Deadlines
Master's students who have earned 18 hours of graduate coursework toward the degree may compete in the Master's in 4 Competition during which they have four minutes, and four slides, for them to explain their research to a diverse audience.
The M4 Preliminary Rounds are conducted each January while the M4 finals are held in February. Monetary prizes are provided for the four Master's in Four (Min4) winners. The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prize winners are selected by judges while the "4 the People" prize is selected by the audience's vote.
*The Finalist Competition was held at 4:00 PM on Tuesday, February 25th in the Askew Student Life Center.
- A master's student with at least 18 hours of graduate coursework earned toward the degree.
- Four minute time limit.
- A maximum of four slides that have no animation, embedded video, audio, or movement of any kind.
- A solo, non-technical oral description of the student's research or creative endeavors.
- No props, notes or costumes are allowed.
- A clicker will be provided.
- A maximum of 14 points may be earned.
- The effectiveness of the following will be rated by the judges:
- Opening captured the audience's attention.
- Strength of the introduction.
- Organized, evidence-based body.
- Appropriate for a diverse audience.
- Presenter demonstrated a strong personal interest.
- Conclusion summarized the main points and referred to the opening.
- Delivery was well-prepared and confident.
- Presenter maintained good eye contact.
- Slides enhanced the presentation.
- The presentation was masterful!
Research and Creativity Award
The Florida State University Graduate School requests nominations for the Graduate Student Research and Creativity Awards Program. This awards program is designed to recognize the superior scholarship of FSU graduate students. Nomination materials (with endorsement letters) were due in the FSU Dropbox no later than 5:00 P.M., Monday, February 1, 2021.
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 $1,000.00 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.
- Must be an FSU degree-seeking graduate or professional student in good academic standing;
- 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;
- 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.
- Winners of the award will be required to complete and submit three-minute videos showcasing their research/creative endeavors for the Graduate School’s GradWorld FSU website. Instructions will be provided to the award winners.
*The application cycle for this award is now open!
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 in April. All nominees are recognized at the event. The Leadership Award recipient will also receive a $1,000 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:
- A personal essay that includes a rationale for receiving the Leadership Award. The essay needs to explicitly address the evaluation criteria noted in the Instruction Form. Maximum Length is 1 page, 12 pt. font.
- An up-to-date Curriculum Vitae or Resume
- A Letter of Recommendation supporting the student for the Leadership Award. The Letter of Recommendation 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.
*The application cycle for this award is now closed!
Please download the Instruction Form here!
Questions pertaining to the Leadership Award should be directed to James Beck.
The application cycle for this award is now closed. Completed applications were due no later than 5:00 PM on Friday, January 29, 2021.
Graduate Student Excellence in Visual Arts
The Graduate School is pleased to announce a revision to the art competition that was established last year 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 2020-April 2021).
We are looking for high quality works of art that clearly show excellence in visual arts. In addition, the artist’s statement will be assessed for its success in conveying to the judges (and a broad, general audience) why the artist was moved to create the piece, what the artist is trying to convey to the viewer and how successful the statement was in creating a deeper understanding and connection to the specific work presented. Consider the combination of the art work and the statement about the work to be a type of visual “Three Minute Thesis” combo…. bringing to life what the artwork is about.
In the statement, we are looking for the “so what factor.” Questions to consider addressing are: What is this?; Why does this piece matter?; Why is it important?; What is the connection to your field of study and what broader connections can one see in the work?, etc.
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. Up to eight applicants will be selected as finalists whose works will be exhibited at the Honors House. From that group, another jurying will select three graduate student winners each of whom will be awarded $500. In addition, there will be a $250 People’s Choice Award that will be determined by the votes cast by the attendees of the opening exhibition. 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 2020-April 2021). Please note that the three or four winners will be invited to exhibit 2-3 additional works in the Graduate School offices and 4th Floor Gallery Hall. The other finalists will each be recognized with an Honorable Mention designation and receive a $50 award and are encouraged to provide their artwork for display in the Honors, Scholars, and Fellows House.
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 noted below under Guidelines.
The identification of the award recipients will be a two-step process. First, a diverse panel of judges (faculty, staff, students) will identify a group of up to eight finalists. The judges will consider technical/artistic merit, personal appeal, as well as the artist’s statement. Second, three graduate student winners will be chosen from this group by a committee of faculty and staff from the Honors, Scholars and Fellows House, and the Art on Campus Director.
*The application cycle for this award is now closed!
Applicants must complete the form. This will ask for:
- your contact info
- student status info.
- image of your work in jpeg format, 1-3 no larger than 2MB
- work specifications and completion date
- Technical description of work (Materials used, size, date made)(Max: 100 words),
- Artist’s statement about the work that includes the conceptual background of work and the ideas/meaning/story of the work. The purpose is to have a broad audience understand the work and create in the viewer a strong connection to the work. Note that while visual quality of the work is an important element, a major part of the award is for the the abilty of the artist to convey an Understanding and Appreciation of the Visual Arts to the audience. Artist’s Statement must be MINIMUM:300 words, MAXIMUM: 500 words
If you have questions regarding artwork eligibility or installation, please contact the Art on Campus Director, Professor Lilian Garcia-Roig at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
The application cycle for the academic year is now closed!
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 on the PIE Website.
For more information regarding the Outstanding Teaching Assistant Awards, please contact Lisa Liseno at email@example.com
The application cycle for the 2019-2020 academic year is now closed!
Three Minute Thesis (3MT™) Competition
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.
All 3MT™Finalists will receive a certificate and a $100 award and are eligible for one of the three awards: 1st Place ($1,000), 2nd Place ($750), and the People’s Choice ($500) selected by the audience.