HITM Funding & Awards

Honors in the Major students are eligible to apply for specific awards to supplement their undergraduate research project endeavors. Students may also nominate their Honors in the Major Thesis mentor for recognition as well. 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 can be found after logging in to each of Honors Awards and Scholarship Application pages linked below.


HONORS CONFERENCE ATTENDANCE AWARD

The Honors Conference Attendance Award is for partial support to attend a professional conference. We anticipate that for the Spring 2023 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 spring funding cycle, the conference in question must have occurred in full between December 3, 2022, and April 28, 2023.

Eligible Expenses for Spring 2023 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 for Spring 2023 include:

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

The deadline to apply for the Spring 2023 award is Friday, April 14, at 4:30 pm Eastern. Applications can be submitted as early as the first day of the semester. They will be reviewed on a rolling basis and will be considered pending availability of funds

"Arizona Maki, Spring 2022 Honors Conference Attendance Award Winner"

ARIZONA MAKI

Spring 2022 Honors Conference Attendance Award Winner

"In April 2022, I attended the Society for American Archaeology annual conference in Chicago Illinois. This was my first professional conference and simply attending provided invaluable networking opportunities and professional insight into my chosen career field...Meeting other students from all over the U.S. who are going through the same process that I am made me feel less alone. Seeing my peers present their research has motivated me to share mine at future conferences...Not only did this award help me financially, but the reflection essay allowed me to sit down and critically examine my experience which made me fully appreciate it. I am grateful I was able to attend this conference and believe it was worth every penny."

READ MORE ABOUT ARIZONA AND OTHER CONFERENCE ATTENDANCE AWARD WINNERS


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. We anticipate that for the Spring 2023 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, along with consideration of the scope and purpose of the conference and other funding granted for the conference. Award amounts are up to $1500. 

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 spring funding cycle, the conference in question must have occurred in full between December 3, 2022, and April 28, 2023. Students must have clear evidence of their conference presenter status in hand at the time of application.

Eligible Expenses for Spring 2023 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 for Spring 2023 include:

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

The deadline to apply for the Spring 2023 award is Friday, April 14, at 4:30 pm Eastern. Applications can be submitted as early as the first day of the semester. They will be reviewed on a rolling basis and will be considered pending availability of funds

MORGAN KIRWAN

Spring 2022 Honors Conference Presenter Award Winner

"This award allowed me to present my honors thesis at the annual Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP) conference in San Francisco. This conference was the biggest networking opportunity I have been able to attend as an undergraduate student at Florida State University, and has greatly enhanced my public speaking skills and community engagement. Acceptance to this conference has given me a huge sense of personal accomplishment and has bolstered my confidence in my academic and research abilities... With this award, I was able to proudly represent my university and myself at this conference...I am truly thankful and appreciative for this award and for persevering throughout the Honors in the Major experience."

READ MORE ABOUT MORGAN AND OTHER CONFERENCE PRESENTER AWARD WINNERS


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 project 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 project.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Have a minimum FSU GPA of 3.200
  • Be actively working on an Honors in the Major project and registered for HITM credit hours
  • Have not previously received the Bess H. Ward Honors Thesis Award

The deadline to apply for the Spring 2023 award is Friday, March 10, at 4:30 pm Eastern. Applications can be submitted as early as the first day of the semester. They will be reviewed after the submission deadline and will be considered pending availability of funds

"Lani Daes, Spring 2022 Honors Thesis Award Winner"

LANI DAES

Fall 2021 Honors Thesis Award Winner 

"The Bess H. Ward Honors Thesis Award provided me with the financial help I needed complete the second phase of my thesis titled,  "Black Stage: A Universe of Afro-Surrealist Fiction." My goals for this thesis were to design a physical model out of laser-cut materials and visually display this piece for my department and peers with the best tools available to me. Seeing this project become a catalyst for future adaptations of Black Literary Artists has been an inspiration to me and to my committee members. I do not represent all the Black community, but I do share a desire to see our stories told on and off-screen. I am extremely grateful that the financial stressors of this creative project were taken care of by this award. I don’t think it would’ve been as successful without this assistance."

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


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.

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 2022-2023 academic year is Friday, February 24, at 4:30 pm Eastern.

"Dr. Debra Fadool, Ph.D.-Biological Science-Spring 2022 Honors Thesis Mentor Award Winner"

DEBRA FADOOL

Spring 2022 Honors Thesis Mentor Award Winner

Professor, Department of Biological Science

Student Nominators: Nicholas Maykut, Camilla May, and Claudia Silver

READ MORE ABOUT DR. FADOOL 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 here at the start of the Spring 2023 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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