June 22, 2022
[FSU News] The Honors Program congratulates Honors in the Major student, Brenna Miller, on being named an FSU Student Star for June 2022. Brenna is double-majoring in both Woodwind Performance & Editing, Writing, and Media. While at FSU, Brenna Miller has participated in the FSU Marching Chiefs, as well as conducted UROP and IDEA Grant research on dance and popular culture and the mapping of Tallahassee musical communities respectively.
“FSU has given me amazing opportunities to pursue my passions, because I’ve been able to do more than just perform on a stage and write,” she said. “They’ve really been encouraging of me studying different disciplines, and I’ve been able to pursue what I’m interested in.”
MEREDITH ELLIS, RECENT HONORS GRADUATE, REFLECTS ON THE RESEARCH AND LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES AT FSU
June 15, 2022
During her time at FSU, Meredith Ellis, recent honors graduate, explored many avenues of undergraduate research and student leadership. She advises students to seize the many opportunities that are offered. "Since graduating, I have not regretted a single course, program, club, activity of opportunity that I tried; I only regret the things that I didn't [try]. College accounts for such a short period of your life, but it is your time to try everything that you can!"
Meredith completed her B.S. in Psychology, with a minor in Sociology, and plans to earn a doctorate in Social Psychology to uncover more about the effects of prejudice and discrimination. The Honors Program is incredibly proud of Meredith and wishes her great success in her future endeavors! Read the e-interview with Meredith to learn more about her and her experiences at FSU.
June 15, 2022
[FSU News] The Honors Program congratulates recent graduate and Honors in the Major student, Guissella Elizabeth Cruz Rodriguez, on being named an FSU Student Star for June 2022. During her time at FSU, she was involved in the Service Scholars Program, which selects first year students for their "excellence in service and leadership in planning and promoting community involvement. "The Service Scholars Program taught me how to approach service in an efficient and effective manner within Leon County, specifically among marginalized and vulnerable communities, including survivors of sexual violence. We are taught how to serve and make a real impact in a way that’s sustainable and truly empowers the people we’re serving." Guissella was also involved in undergraduate research on social justice and human rights issues. She is currently working as a community outreach specialist with Legal Services of North Florida, which provides pro bono legal services in Leon County, and hopes to eventually pursue a J.D. and Ph.D. in Sociology and advocate for survivors of sexual violence.
June 9, 2022
[FSU News] The Honors Program congratulates four of our outstanding students, who have received Gilman Scholarships to study abroad this summer. "The scholarship enables American students to gain proficiency in diverse languages and cultures, skills that are critically important to their academic and career development." Congratulations to the following honors students:
- Hannah Fulk (Public Relations & Interdisciplinary Social Sciences) - Spain.
- Gabriela Gavranic dos Reis, (International Affairs) - Brazil
- Tina Lu (Music) - Czech Republic.
- Samantha Salisbury (Biological Sciences) - Spain.
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ABRIL HUNTER, HONORS STUDENT, RECENTLY NAMED TRUMAN SCHOLAR, AND FSU PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLAR, EARNS PRESTIGIOUS UDALL SCHOLARSHIP
June 6, 2022
[FSU News] At the end of the Spring 2022 semester, Abril Hunter was named a 2022 Truman Scholar, selected as one of 58 recipients from a pool of 706 candidates nationwide. She has now earned another prestigious and coveted award: The Udall Undergraduate Scholarship. The Udall Foundation selects students who are dedicated to "Native American self-governance, health care and the stewardship of public lands and natural resources." The scholarship will provide $7,000 toward her senior year of academic study. In August, Abril will meet with the other scholarship recipients, as well as program alumni, tribal leaders, and environmental experts in Tucson, Arizona.
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June 6, 2022
[The English Department] This past spring, the Honors Program had the privilege to watch many of our best and brightest students walk across the stage at the Honors Medallion Ceremony at Ruby Diamond Concert Hall. One of these exceptional students was Kiersten Wright, a 2019 Gates Scholarship recipient, an FSU English Department awards winner, and a recent Honors Program Outstanding Senior Scholar. The English Department recently featured Kiersten on their website, including an e-interview about her time in the Honors Program and her Honors in the Major creative thesis project, Sunonoma, under the direction of Robert O. Lawton Professor of English, Dr. David Kirby.
(Photo Credit: Bruce Palmer, FSU Communications. From left to right: Honors Director, Dr. Annette Schwabe, Kiersten Wright, and FSU President, Dr. Richard McCullough)
June 1, 2022
Opportunities abound at Florida State University, and Priscilla Reyes, honors student and Public Health major, is making the most of all that FSU has to offer! In her short time thus far at Florida State University, Priscilla has fully immersed herself in the medical field, researching hypertension with the FSU/FAMU Global Health Collaboration Project, creating a student organization for pre-med majors to learn more about treating patients with compassion, and participating in an externship at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital with the Internal Medicine Unit. Priscilla's anticipated graduation date is Spring 2024, after which she plans to attend medical school.
May 27, 2022
[FSU News] Nine Florida State University students are the recipients of the the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship, which is funded by the Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Of the nine recipients, two are recent graduates from the Honors Program: Lauren "Kinsey" Kuhlman (Spring '22) and Alexa Scalchunes (Fall '21). Kinsey studied International Affairs and will work in Brazil. Alexa studied International Affairs and will pursue her master's degree in Global Development at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark.
May 23, 2022
The Honors Program enjoys featuring our wonderful and hardworking students! This past semester, we had the pleasure of interviewing Elena Villamagna, whose major is Public Health. Prior to attending FSU, Elena took a gap year, during which she completed her doula certification through DONA. During her time at FSU, she has participated in the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) studying the postpartum period following a woman giving birth. Elena hope to one day have a career in midwifery.
May 16, 2022
[FSU News] Honors student and Meteorology major, Hanna McDaniel, was selected as a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Hollings Scholarship winner. This scholarship will provide Hanna with funding for two years of full-time study and a 10 week, full-time paid internship at the NOAA facility during the summer between the two years of study. Hanna hopes to pursue her doctorate in meteorology upon graduation from FSU in 2024.
THREE SPRING 2022 OUTSTANDING SENIOR SCHOLARS EARN PRESTIGIOUS NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION FELLOWSHIPS
May 12, 2022
The Honors Program is proud to recognize Jessica Dixon, Leanna Gharbaoui, and Trystan Loustau, three of our recent honors graduates and Spring 2022 Outstanding Senior Scholars, who have earned research grants through the National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Program. These fellowships will provide each student with both an annual stipend of $34,000 and a cost of attendance allowance of $12,000 for up to three years, while they are completing research toward their doctoral degrees.
May 10, 2022
Congratulations to Kayla Duncan, senior honors student and Music Therapy major, on being named an FSU Student Star for May 2022! During her time at FSU, Kayla has brought music therapy to a variety of clinical settings, including hospitals, schools, adult day care, correctional facilities, and behavioral health centers. In July, Kayla will intern at the state mental health facility in Chattahoochee, Florida. Post-graduation in Fall 2022, she plans to earn a master's degree in Counseling and a doctorate in Clinical Psychology.
May 5, 2022
[FSU News] On April 25, 2022, The Honors Program celebrated 363 high-achieving graduates at the Honors Medallion Ceremony held in Ruby Diamond Auditorium. Of those, 225 students completed the University Honors program requirements; 94 students completed an Honors in the Major project; 18 students completed both University Honors program requirements and an Honors in the Major project; and 26 students completed University Honors program requirements, an Honors in the Major project, and graduated with a 3.9 or higher GPA from Florida State University. Speakers included FSU President, Richard McCullough; FSU Honors Program Director, Dr. Annette Schwabe; Associate Director of Alumni & Student Engagement, Amy Haggard; and FSU Honors Program Associate Director, Jeff Badger.
Photo Credit: Raeanna Murray
May 4, 2022
[FSU News] The Honors Program congratulates Hannah Fulk on being named an FSU Student Star for May 2022. Hannah is a senior majoring in Public Relations and Interdisciplinary Social Sciences. During her time at FSU, Hannah has worked on research concerning transgender individuals and hopes to use her research to educate others on LGBTQ+ issues and help FSU become a more diverse and inclusive community. This summer, Hannah will participate in the Moellership Program, which provides FSU students the opportunity to focus up to 12 weeks of service at a non-profit agency. She will serve as a communications intern for a social impact agency in Barcelona, Spain.
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April 15, 2022
[FSU News] Congratulations to Caitlyn Mann, employed by FSU Office of Financial Aid, who was selected as the '21-'22 Tony DiBenedetto Undergraduate FSU Student Employee of the Year during the Career Center's Student Employee of the Year Awards Ceremony, held virtually on April 13, 2022. She was selected for her contribution to outreach efforts within the Office of Financial Aid and for demonstrating "strength, skill and character while delivering exceptional customer service and always going above and beyond the duties of [her] role."
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April 14, 2022
[FSU News] The Honors Program would like to recognize and celebrate Abril Hunter's selection as a 2022 Truman Scholar. Abril was chosen as one of 58 Truman Scholars from a pool of 706 candidates nominated nationwide. The Truman Scholarship awards up to $30,000 to undergraduate students, who plan to attend graduate or professional school in preparation for careers in public service. After graduation this May, Abril plans to attend graduate school to study urban and regional planning, with a concentration on social justice, climate resiliency, and urban development.
“This university has helped me grow into a young student leader who is an agent for change throughout campus, and I am in awe to say that I am a 2022 Truman scholar,” Hunter said. “I am forever grateful to this institution for the love it has taught and instilled in me for not only leadership but public service.”
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April 13, 2022
[FSU News] Honors & Honors in the Major Program student, Dhenu Patel, is one of two FSU students to earn a prestigious Goldwater Scholarship. This award recognizes exceptional juniors and seniors for their research in the natural sciences, mathematics and engineering fields and provides them with scholarships up to $7,500 for continued undergraduate educational expenses. Dhenu is a junior studying exercise physiology with a research focus on cancer. She hopes to pursue a career in medical research after graduation.
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April 12, 2022
[FSU News] The Honors Program would like to congratulate Daniel Zuñiga on being named an April 2022 FSU Student Star. Daniel is studying Cell and Molecular Neuroscience with a focused interest on space medicine. Along with the help of College of Health & Human Sciences faculty, he has researched the effects of space radiation and microgravity in humans. Currently, Daniel is working on an Honors in the Major project studying the effects of nicotine on the brain and developmental disorders. After graduation, he hopes to attend medical school.
"FSU has given me the opportunity to grow as a student leader and has motivated me to create an open learning environment on campus. In the future, I want to give back to the FSU and Tallahassee communities for the opportunities I have been given and hope my involvement inspires other students to achieve their goals, no matter the hurdles. Thus, I hope my involvement at the College of Medicine serves as an inspiration for other students that it is possible to be a minority, scientist and physician."
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March 5, 2022
Grammy Award winner, master trumpeter, composer, and bandleader Chris Botti took to FSU’s Ruby Diamond stage for an Opening Nights show on March 5, 2022. Thanks to Peter Boulware Toyota, honors students were able to attend this live concert featuring Chris Botti and his accompanying band members. Students who attended this event were mesmerized by the talent they witnessed from the band that night. Students mentioned that this experience exceeded their expectations and piqued their interest even more in the art of Jazz.
Photo Credit: Opening Nights
HONORS STUDENT SENIOR, KARLA SCHUMACHER, REFLECTS ON TIME AT FSU & HONORS PROGRAM AS SHE PREPARES FOR THE NEXT STEP AFTER GRADUATION
March 2, 2022
The Honors Program enjoys featuring our wonderful and hardworking students every month. This month, we had the pleasure of interviewing senior, Karla Schumacher, who will graduate in April 2022 with a dual degree in Risk Management and Insurance & Marketing. We asked Karla to share a little about herself and reflect on her time here at FSU before moving on to the next chapter of life. In June, she will start a position as an Associate Broker with Aon Insurance Company, a position for which she interned during the summer of 2021. On behalf of the Honors Program, we wish you great success in your future endeavors and hope you will stay in touch!
"I plan on working in insurance for a year or two and then pursuing law school. I would love to work in the political sphere. Being an immigrant, I have been increasingly interested in politics and feel it is my duty as a naturalized American citizen to put my knowledge and experiences out there to help this great country."
March 1, 2022
[FSU News] Congratulations to Honors Colloquium Leader, Saejin Albright, on being named FSU's Student Star for March 2022! Saejin is an honors student, pursuing a medical degree in Family & Child Science. During the Fall 2021 semester, she served as an Honors Colloquium Leader, teaching a course designed to help first-year honors students grow personally, intellectually, and socially. She has also been involved with the Center for Leadership and Social Change's Service Scholar Program, which is designed to help students discover ways to engage and make meaning changes in their communities.
"Through the various leadership roles I have held at FSU, I have learned that true leadership means leading by example and serving those in need."
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On Saturday, January 15, 2022, honors students had the opportunity to attend a Ledisi concert sponsored by the Jane & John Marks Foundation. 2021 Grammy Award winner Ledisi honored late singer and songwriter, Nina Simone, through her album “Ledisi Sings Nina.” Over her extensive career, Ledisi has garnered an NAACP Theater Award, thirteen NAACP Image Award nominations, three Soul Train Music awards, and has most recently received two LA Alliance Ovation Award nominations. It is without a doubt this soul singer (and actress) is remarkably talented.
Photo Credit: Opening Nights
February 1, 2022
[FSU News] The Honors Program would like to recognize and congratulate Ni'A Landon as FSU's Student Star for February 2022. Ni'A is a Public Relations major with a minor in Business Administration. In 2021, she was selected as an Executive Leadership Council Scholar. Ni'A has organized and participated in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) panels within the School of Communication to bring awareness to the need for increased diversity on campus. She has also written and published articles on DEI issues, including multicultural identities. Ni'A has completed an undergraduate Honors in the Major thesis titled, “Where do we go from here? The Social and Cultural Power of Black Twitter in 2020," which "examines the presence of Black Twitter and its power to facilitate worldwide social and cultural discussions around the Black experience."
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HONORS IN THE MAJOR ALUMNA, ASHLEY ARCHER, PUTS HER RESEARCH INTO PRACTICE AS A SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST CLINICAL FELLOW
February 1, 2022
Honors in the Major (HITM) alumna, Ashley Archer, completed both her B.S. ('19) and M.S. ('21) in Communication Science & Disorders at Florida State University. As an undergraduate, under the direction of Dr. Elizabeth Madden, she completed her thesis on, "Effects of Cognitive-Linguistic Load on Gait Performance in Persons with Aphasia," which she later published and presented at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in 2019. Ashley is currently working in Destin, Florida as a Speech Language Pathologist Clinical Fellow.
December 6, 2021
The Honors Program proudly recognizes and congratulates three FSU Women's Soccer Team's honors student-athletes on their National Championship win on December 6, 2021: Lauren Flynn, Taya Hjorth, and Kristina Lynch (FSU Honors Graduate Spring 2021)
"...I learned about the importance of our FSU community and how helpful my fellow students, professors and coaches have been while I work to balance my academic obligations with our soccer schedule. I am very grateful for the support of the Honors Program all along the way and I look forward to the next two and a half years in this very special community." - Lauren Flynn
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December 2, 2021
[FSU News] The Honors and Honors in the Major Programs would like to recognize and congratulate Aoife Trotter on being named FSU's Student Star for December. Aoife is a junior at FSU studying psychology and social work. During her time thus far at FSU, she has been involved with the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP), serving as a research assistant with the Anxiety and Behavioral Health Clinic. As part of her research under the guidance of research professor, Brad Schmidt, she worked on a virtual treatment for sexual assault survivors with anxiety and post-traumatic stress. Her work led her to apply for an IDEA grant to further study specific communities, like the LGBTQ community, which are often left out of research studies on sexual assault. Her research was then presented this past fall at the President's Showcase for Undergraduate Research Excellence. Aoife will also complete an Honors in the Major research project, which features the use of an app to help reduce post-traumatic distress. After graduation in Summer 2023, she plans work on her Master's in Social Work.
“FSU has provided me with opportunities for learning inside and outside of the classroom. My time here has taught me skills like leadership, creative research processes and perseverance that will remain with me throughout my academic and post-graduate career.”
November 4, 2021
The Honors Program would like to congratulate and recognize two of its current students, Jonathan Marcus and Sneha Kapil, and two of its former students and recent FSU graduates, Hannah Kelsey and Paxton Rhoads, for their selection to represent FSU in the Fall 2021 Homecoming Court. Each year, students apply to be part of the FSU Homecoming Court representing the best of FSU during Homecoming. These engaged student leaders are given the opportunity to showcase their love for FSU through participation in various events both on campus and in the Tallahassee community.
"Florida State’s Honors Program provided me with the foundations to fight for the issues that I am passionate about on our campus, which eventually turned into serving in Student Government and representing my communities on Homecoming Court. Without the curriculum of the program’s focus on social justice and advocacy, I would have never forged the path that led me to this opportunity"
- Jonathan Marcus, Homecoming Court
November 2, 2021
[FSU News] The Honors Program would like to congratulate and recognize honors student and Presidential Scholar, Christelle Bucag, for being selected as an FSU Student Star for November. Christelle is a junior studying Interdisciplinary Medical Sciences and has been actively involved in FSU's Filipino Student Association (FSA), serving as its president. Through an Honors Signature Course (formerly an Honors Experience Course), she completed a research project on hospital architecture's influence on health care, which was included in the undergraduate research journal, The Owl, and the Spring 2021 Honors Experience Symposium. After graduation in Spring 2023, Christelle plans to attend medical school.
“One of the biggest things FSU has provided me with is that familial, warm, tight-knit culture you see across campus,” Bucag said. “This is something that I always try to enact in my interactions on campus.”
September 30, 2021
The Honors Program is proud to recognize Kiersten Kiara Wright as one of our outstanding honors students! Kiersten is an active Creative Writing major in her final year at Florida State University. She is the recipient of multiple writing awards, a writer and editor for two online publications, and a Bill and Melinda Gates Scholarship recipient. She is also currently working on an Honors in the Major project, which will be a collection of poetry that Kiersten has written on the process of spiritual awakening.
"Looking back on my younger years, it’s clear today that I’ve always had a vivid imagination and a knack for writing, but I never had the opportunity to develop either of these due to a lack of resources. The English Department programs and faculty—and FSU, in general—have provided me with countless incredible resources to help me improve my writing skills and boost my confidence when it comes to my creative abilities."
September 23, 2021
The Honors Program would like to congratulate Marvin Suarez-Pimienta, who was recently selected as the recipient of two prestigious national scholarships: The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship and the Hispanic Scholarship Fund. The combined total for the two awarded scholarships is $10,000. Marvin plans to use scholarships to fund a Directed Individual Study in Veracruz during the summer of 2022, prepare for the LSAT, and set up merit scholarship for other FSU students who identify as Hispanic/Latinx.
"As the first member of my immediate and extended family to pursue a Bachelor’s degree at a university, I recognize there are financial, social, systemic, and cultural barriers that bar us from opportunities. Nonetheless, as an adamant believer of fortune cookie philosophy, the difference between obstacles and stepping stones is how you use them. It is surreal to ponder all that I have accomplished here at FSU. I feel very fortunate to belong to this community and to represent us on the national stage. These scholarship awards are testaments to our mission of social mobility, cross cultural competency, and economic prosperity."
RECENT HONORS IN THE MAJOR GRADUATE, BEATRICE DAIN, ONE OF THREE FSU STUDENTS TO EARN FULBRIGHT AWARD
August 24, 2021
[FSU News] The Honors Program congratulates Beatrice Dain, recent Honors in the Major student, who graduated in May 2021 with a double-major in anthropology and international affairs. Beatrice is one of three FSU students to receive a Fulbright research scholarships. She will continue her studies at Queens University in Belfast, Northern Ireland, where she will work on her master's in Global Security and Borders.