Funding and Awards

The Honors in the Major program coordinates several awards for students and faculty. In addition, students are encouraged to apply for funding and awards in their major departments, other offices at FSU, and from national and international organizations.

The awards we offer are:

Bess H. Ward Honors Thesis 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.

To be eligible for this award you must:

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

The deadline to apply for this award for the Spring 2020 semester is February 28, 2020, by 11:59 pm Eastern.

Honors Conference Attendance Award

The Honors Conference Attendance Award is for partial support to attend a professional conference. 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.

Eligible students include those who are currently in the Honors in the Major program.  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 Spring funding cycle, the travel in question must have concluded by April 24, 2020.

The Spring 2020 deadline to apply for this award is Sunday, March 8, 2020, by 11:59 pm Eastern. Applications will be reviewed as they are received and will be considered pending availability of funds.

Eligible Expenses 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)

Ineligible Expenses:

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

Honors Conference Presenter Award

The Honors Conference Presenter Award is for partial support for students who will be presenting their research at a professional conference. Each award amount will be based, in part, on the expense summary submitted with the application. Award amounts are up to $500. 

Eligible students include those currently in the Honors in the Major program as well as students 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 Spring funding cycle, the travel in question must have concluded by April 24, 2020.

The Spring 2020 deadline to apply for this award is Sunday, March 8, 2020, by 11:59 pm Eastern. Applications will be reviewed as they are received and will be considered pending availability of funds.

Eligible Expenses 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)

Ineligible Expenses:

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

Kingsbury Undergraduate Writing Award

This award is offered annually to a student who demonstrated excellence in the writing of an undergraduate honors thesis. Students may nominate themselves, but their application must be accompanied with a letter of support from a faculty member (traditionally a thesis director or member of the faculty committee for their project). Nominated students must submit a polished draft of their thesis 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.

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

  • currently be enrolled full-time as an undergraduate at FSU
  • be in good standing and currently enrolled in the Honors in the Major program or have already defended an Honors in the Major thesis
  • have a thesis that is at least 50 pages of double-spaced text
  • be the sole author of the thesis

Applications for this award are submitted through FS4U. The deadline for nominations for this award is February 28, 2020, by 11:59 pm Eastern.

Honors Thesis Mentor 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.

Students seeking to nominate their thesis director must submit an application along with a supporting letter of nomination to HITM@fsu.edu.

Once a faculty member has been nominated, they will be notified and information will be requested by the selection 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 is February 9, 2020, by 11:59 pm Eastern.

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