Fellows Society

Fellows Society Page

The Fellows Society, Florida State University's graduate fellowship society, brings together our outstanding graduate students who hold competitive university-wide fellowships for the purpose of interdisciplinary learning. Graduate students whose merits have been recognized through national fellowship programs, such as the Gates Millennium Scholars, NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program, Charlotte Newcombe Woodrow Wilson Fellows, and other qualifying fellowship programs are also invited to become members. If a national fellowship recipient has not been invited by the Graduate School to become a member he/she should self-identify by completing this form . Active participation in the Fellows Society is assumed of all members.

Missions of the Fellows Society

To recognize and advance academic excellence at the graduate level by developing leadership skills.

To promote exchange and interactions among fellows from multiple disciplines.

To encourage service to the University and Community and to develop an interdisciplinary network of scholars.

Honors, Scholars, and Fellows House (HSF)

The Grand Opening of the new Honors, Scholars, and Fellows House, located in the heart of the FSU campus overlooking Landis Green was held on March 6, 2014. The house is now home to the Office of Graduate Fellowships and Awards, the Program for Instructional Excellence, and the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs as well as the undergraduate Honors program, the Office of National Fellowships, and the Office of Undergraduate Research. The house provides space for graduate fellows and other highly motivated and engaged students and postdocs to interact with one another, share creative ideas, discover new ways of thinking, and build lasting relationships. Additional media coverage for the opening of the HSF House can be found here .

Fellows Society Events

Fellows participate in regular events, including the Fellows Forum, the Annual Induction Ceremony/Networking Session, the President's Social, and other special events, designed to encourage interdisciplinary exchange and to promote academic and professional development.

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2017 Fellows Forum: "Empowerment Through Community Engagement"

On Friday, March 3, 2017, Fellows, faculty and staff gathered in the Great Hall of the Honors, Scholars, and Fellows House for the 7th Annual Fellows Forum, "Empowerment through Community Engagement."

The Fellows Forum is an opportunity for members of the Fellows Society to put into action the interdisciplinary ideals of the Fellows Society by organizing a symposium that brings together scholars and professionals from a variety of viewpoints to address a problem of broad humanistic significance.  This year’s forum on the topic of "Empowerment through Community Engagement" was developed by a number of Fellows who began brainstorming in August 2016 at the annual Fellows Induction Ceremony and Networking Session.

The speakers of the 2017 Fellows Forum included Keynote speaker, Gabriel Williams, Fellows Society Member, Dance, FSU, Heather Boni, Fellows Society Member, Dance, FSU, Dr. Petra Doan, Professor, Urban & Regional Planning, FSU, Dr. Denise Von Glahn, Curtis Mayes Orpheus Professor of Musicology, FSU, Dr. Brent Edington, Director, Office of Commercialization, FSU, Dr. Kenneth Hanson, Assistant Professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry, FSU, and Dr. George Pesta, Director, Center for Criminology & Public Policy Research, FSU.

Quotes from those who attended the 2017 Fellows Forum:

  • “Outstanding, brilliant, encouraging, stirring...I was simply moved by today's session. I'm looking forward to doing the work of activist scholarship.”
  • “The keynote was particularly inspirational. Gabriel's work motivated me to look for new and creative ways to make my own research more engaged with community.”
  • “The diversity of the panel speakers was excellent! The dancing performances were awesome as well!”
  • “I loved the first panel. Community engagement is a cornerstone of my discipline, and I loved seeing it across so many departments.”
  • “I was very impressed by the level of coordination of the event.  Thanks to the organizers and leaders of this year's event.”
  • “The event was great! It exceeded my expectations and great information/knowledge was shared.”
  • “Wonderful event, exceptionally well organized (kudos to the organizers!)”
  • “The event was motivating and gave me a different perspective on research purposes.”
  • “Thank you for the opportunity of attending this interesting and very informative day.  It was inspiring.”
  • “Great event. My first Fellows forum. I look forward to next years.”

Annual Induction Ceremony & Networking Session

New fellowship holders are welcomed into the Fellows Society by the Dean of The Graduate School at an induction ceremony and orientation that takes place at the beginning of each fall semester. During the ceremony, current Fellows provide each new member with a Fellows Society Pin, which is worn to all Fellows Society events.  An interactive training workshop, designed for both new and returning Fellows, takes place after the ceremony and provides fellows with the opportunity to network and discuss their research.

The Fellows Society pin, given upon induction, is a meaningful symbol of Florida State University’s only graduate fellowship society. The flame represents the interwoven torches of the University seal, Vires, Artes, and Mores, and stands for the combined strength, knowledge, and character that our fellows strive to embody.

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    2017 Fellows Induction Ceremony Photo Gallery

    The 2017 Annual Induction Ceremony and Networking session was hosted on Friday, August 25, 2017 in the Honors, Scholars and Fellows House. Dr. Felicia Coleman, Director of FSU's Coastal and Marine Lab was the featured keynote speaker at the event and spoke about the importance and process of sharing research with policy makers. Some fellows also discussed their ideas about sharing research with the public. 

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Fellows Society Social

As a tradition, the FSU President invites members of Fellows Society to the President's House each year for a social event. This event provides Fellows with an opportunity to meet the University president, tour the President's House and to discuss their research interests with one another. The 2017 Fellows Society Social was held on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 from 5:30- 7:00 P.M at the President's House. This event provided present Fellows with the unique opportunity to take a group photo with President John Thrasher and the Interim Dean of the Graduate School, Dr. Mark Riley. 

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    2017 President's Social Photo Gallery

    The 2017 President's Social was hosted on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 from 5:30-7:00 PM at the President's House. This was an extra special event where fellows were given the opportunity to meet the President, tour the President's House, socialize with each other, and have the annual Fellow's Society group photo taken with President Thrasher, Mrs. Thrasher and Interim Dean Riley!

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Questions about the Fellows Society may be directed to Dr. Lisa Liseno.


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