Funding and Awards

University Honors and Honors in the Major students are eligible to apply for several grants and awards to supplement their undergraduate experiences. In addition to the opportunities below, students are encouraged to apply for funding and awards in their major departments, other offices at FSU, and from national and international organizations.

The applications for all of the awards and scholarships offered by the FSU Honors Program can be found after logging in to each of Honors Awards and Scholarship Application pages linked below.


Bess H. Ward Honors Travel Grant

*Only University Honors Students are eligible for this award.

This grant is awarded each semester to University Honors Program students. Only students who are participating in programs coordinated by FSU International Programs, Global Exchange, Global Scholars or qualifying honors-sponsored opportunities and events (such as honors field trips that require fees) are eligible to receive this grant. These scholarships are a one-time only award and are to be used to defray the expenses incurred during one semester (fall, spring, or summer) during which an honors student participates in an approved activity.  Students must take at least the minimum number of credit hours required by the sponsoring program. Please see the application portal for current deadlines. 

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for this award you must:

  • Have a minimum FSU GPA of 3.20
  • Have taken 9 credit hours of honors classes
  • Be admitted to FSU International Programs, Global Exchange, Global Scholars or qualifying honors-sponsored travel (e.g. honors field trips that require fees).

 

 

The deadline to apply for this award for Fall 2021 is Wednesday, June 9, 2021 by 4:00 p.m.


HONORS CONFERENCE ATTENDANCE AWARD

*University Honors and Honors in the Major students are eligible for this award.

The Honors Conference Attendance Award is for partial support to attend a professional conference. We anticipate that for the Fall 2021 semester, conferences eligible for funding may be virtual or in person. Each award amount will be based, in part, on the expense summary submitted with the application. Award amounts are up to $250. Attending a conference is an invaluable way to gain exposure to current research and trends in a discipline and to hear and meet leading researchers. Conferences also offer the opportunity for networking, mentoring, and professional development.

Eligibility Requirements 

Each student is eligible for a single, one-time Conference Attendance Award, which may not be given in conjunction with a Conference Presenter Award. 

In order to be eligible for the Fall 2021 funding cycle, the conference in question must have concluded by December 3, 2021.

Anticipated Eligible Expenses for Fall 2021 include:

  • Conference registration fees
  • Airfare and ground transportation to/from the conference site
  • Rental car expense (must be in student's name)
  • Mileage, if a personal car is used for travel. Reimbursement will be at the established university reimbursement rate
  • Student share of hotel expense (i.e. if two students share a $200/night room, the award will only cover $100 in hotel expenses)

Anticipated Ineligible Expenses for Fall 2021 include:

  • Meals
  • Fees for illegal parking
  • Membership fees
  • Late registration fees

 

 

The deadline to apply for this Fall 2021 award will be posted by early September. Applications will be reviewed as they are received and will be considered pending availability of funds

Elias Larralde - Fall 2020 Conference Attendance Winner

ELIAS LARRALDE

Fall 2020 Honors Conference Attendance Award Winner

"The grant allowed me the opportunity to hear panels and talks by scholars from around the world talk about topics that interest me. These topics include archiving, LGBTQ studies, food studies and Indigenous studies. I got to participate in these conversations by asking questions to the panels and having productive conversations about these issues. Without the Conference Attendance Award, I could not attend these conversations and I am thankful for the opportunity to be a part of the conference."


HONORS CONFERENCE PRESENTER AWARD

*University Honors and Honors in the Major students are eligible for this award.

The Honors Conference Presenter Award is for partial support for students who will be presenting their research at a professional conference. We anticipate that for the Fall 2021 semester, conference presentations eligible for funding may be virtual or in person. Each award amount will be based, in part, on the expense summary submitted with the application. Award amounts are up to $500. 

Eligibility Requirements 

Eligible students include those, who have won research awards at FSU or who have been invited to present or participate at a professional conference. We encourage all eligible students who have a scholarly paper, poster, or creative work that has been accepted for professional presentation to apply for an award. Each student is eligible for a single, one-time Conference Presenter Award, which may not be given in conjunction with a Conference Attendance Award. 

In order to be eligible for the Fall funding cycle, the conference in question must have concluded by December 3, 2021.

Anticipated Eligible Expenses for Fall 2021 include:

  • Conference registration fees
  • Airfare and ground transportation to/from the conference site
  • Rental car expense (must be in student's name)
  • Mileage, if a personal car is used for travel. Reimbursement will be at the established university reimbursement rate
  • Student share of hotel expense (i.e. if two students share a $200/night room, the award will only cover $100 in hotel expenses)

Anticipated Ineligible Expenses for Fall 2021 include:

  • Meals
  • Fees for illegal parking
  • Membership fees
  • Late registration fees

 

 

The deadline to apply for this Fall 2021 award will be posted by early September. Applications will be reviewed as they are received and will be considered pending availability of funds


BESS H. WARD HONORS THESIS AWARD

*Only Honors in the Major students are eligible for this award.

This undergraduate award is offered each fall and spring semester, and can provide up to $750 to support research or creativity leading to an Honors Thesis that will be completed as part of the Honors in the Major Program.

The awards can be used to cover expenses such as travel to perform research, books, basic supplies, or participant support for surveys. Any equipment or materials purchased with the award money become property of the student, although the student may elect to donate the equipment to a department or college upon completion of the thesis.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Have a minimum FSU GPA of 3.20
  • Be actively working on an Honors in the Major thesis and registered for honors thesis credit hours
  • Have not previously received the Bess H. Ward Honors Thesis Award

 

 

The deadline to apply for this award for the Fall 2021 semester will be posted by early September.

Image of Caroline Oteri, Spring 2021 Bess H. Ward Honors Thesis Award recipient. Also link to her individual student page.

CAROLINE OTERI

Spring 2021 Honors in the Major Thesis Award Winner 

"I am grateful to be a recipient of the Thesis Award, and I am thankful for the generous donors, selection committee, and my thesis director who encouraged me to apply. Overall, the Thesis Award and Honors Program have positively impacted my undergraduate experience, inspiring me never to stop asking meaningful questions. With all of the incredible support, I am motivated to continue pursuing research as an undergraduate student and beyond. "

READ MORE ABOUT CAROLINE AND OTHER BESS H. WARD THESIS AWARD WINNERS


HONORS THESIS MENTOR AWARD

*Only Honors in the Major students may nominate their thesis directors for this award.

This award is offered annually to recognize and honor faculty members whose direction and advisement of undergraduate honors thesis research or creative activity has significantly contributed to the enhancement and quality of education of undergraduate students at Florida State University.

Student Nomination Procedure

Students seeking to nominate their thesis director must submit their letter of nomination through the Honors Thesis Mentor Award nomination portal by the deadline. Previously nominated thesis directors may be nominated again. The letter of nomination should explain how the faculty member demonstrates outstanding guidance and mentoring practices and an overall commitment to the student's undergraduate education at Florida State University. The letter should be as specific as possible and provide examples. The letter should not exceed two pages.

Nominators may wish to address some or all of the following:

  • aspects of the mentor's effectiveness, innovation, and creativity in the classroom, the research lab, the studio, the performance setting, and/or in one-on-one conversations;
  • the ability to promote high academic standards for the honors thesis and to communicate those standards in a meaningful, consistent, and accessible way;
  • the ability to guide a student through the research process while fostering the student's independence and project management skills;
  • the ability to facilitate a student's intellectual and professional development through the use of regular constructive feedback;
  • the ability to make complex ideas understandable and useful to the student while helping the student make connections between their honors thesis and their undergraduate education;
  • the ability to serve as a positive role model with deep professional and personal integrity. 

 

Nominated Thesis Director Response to Nomination Procedure.

Once a faculty member has been nominated, they will be notified and information will be requested from them on behalf of the award committee. Specific information that will be requested includes: a curriculum vitae, a list of students for whom the faculty member has supervised HITM theses over the past five years, the number of previous nominations for the Honors Thesis Mentor Award, and an undergraduate mentoring philosophy statement.

 

The deadline to nominate your honors thesis director for this award for the 2021-2022 academic year will be posted by the start of the Fall 2021 semester.

Dr. Douglas Ahler - 2021 Honors Thesis Mentor Award Winner

DOUGLAS AHLER

Spring 2021 Honors Thesis Mentor Award Winner

Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science

Student Nominator: Chaston Pfingston

READ MORE ABOUT DR. AHLER AND OTHER THESIS AWARD WINNERS AND NOMINEES


KINGSBURY UNDERGRADUATE WRITING AWARD

*All university students are eligible for this award.

This award is offered annually to an undergraduate student who demonstrated excellence in writing. Nominated students who wish to submit their honors thesis must submit a polished draft or finalized version to be considered for the award.

The quality of student writing is of central importance in this competition. Although form and style should be appropriate to subject matter and in accord with the norms of the writers' home discipline, some criteria will operate across disciplines. Such criteria include, but are not limited to, originality, persuasiveness, accuracy, insightfulness, clarity, reasonableness, vividness, timeliness, etc.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible students can be from any college at FSU and must:

  • currently be enrolled full-time as an undergraduate at FSU;
  • be in good academic standing;
  • submit one or multiple works that total at least 50 pages of double-spaced text, but do not exceed 60 pages;
  • be the sole author of the work.

 

 

The deadline to apply for this award will be posted by the start of the fall semester. Applications for this award are submitted through FS4U.

Carolyn Sizemore - Spring 2021 Kingsbury Undergraduate Writing Award

CAROLYN SIZEMORE

Spring 2021 Kingsbury Undergraduate Writing Award Winner 

"Completing my honors thesis was the most rewarding academic achievement of my undergraduate career, and by far the most challenging...It allowed me to gain a lot more confidence in my writing and problem-solving in general, and it made me feel more hopeful that the things I am interested in learning more about are meaningful to others, too. "

 

 

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