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Applications for Social Science Scholars Now Available


If chosen, you will:
- Join a select group of outstanding students
- Enroll in a unique leadership seminar next spring
- Participate in a variety of academic and extracurricular activities
- Design and carry out your own research or service project in the U.S. or abroad
- Receive up to $5,000 for project-related travel and other expense


Florida State University is among nine universities that will share a $12 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to build a unique network of scientists, industry leaders and policy partners committed to building better cities.

Father-and-Son Legislators to Speak at MAAPP event

August 5, 2015
11:00 a.m.

Florida State Capitol
Senate side

The Florida State University Masters of Applied American Politics and Policy (MAAPP) program hosts father-and-son legislators Sen. Don Gaetz and Rep. Matt Gaetz in a discussion of special sessions, lawmaking, and the intersection of family and politics.

Applied Economics Students Present Final Projects, Win Awards

Students in the master's program in applied economics presented their final projects at the annual symposium, July 29, 2015, at FSU's Turnbull Center, with faculty, college administration, and industry leaders present.

These capstone projects give students experience in performing practical economic research from start to finish, as commonly found in consulting projects or government agency reports. Additionally, students gain practical experience attending and preparing for regular meetings with senior partners, presenting formal presentations, and writing a final report.

6 Alums Honored as 30 Under 30

Six alumni of the college have been recognized for their outstanding accomplishments by the FSU Alumni Association in this year's Thirty Under 30 awards .

Pradiip Alvarez (MS International Affairs 2014) World Humanitarian Summit Project Assistant, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Panama City, Panama

Nydia Counts (BS Political Science 2008) Senior Managing Director, Teacher Leadership Development, Teach for America, Houston, Texas

Student Planning Lab Wins Awards for Pasco Project

The Department of Urban and Regional Planning's Florida Planning and Development Lab (FPDL), under the direction of Planner-in-Residence Lindsay Stevens, has won the American Planning Association Florida’s Student Project Award for 2015. The award recognizes the team's outstanding work on "Vision 19: A Catalyst for Change in The Harbors," a project that focused on economic development for Pasco County, Florida.

Planning Grad's Social Enterprise Supported in China

A social enterprise co-founded by Qinghong Wei, a 2014 doctoral graduate of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning (DURP), recently won a nationwide social innovation competition in China.

The organization, pARTicipate, won a $750,000 yuan, or $120,000, in equity investment from CSRDC, an institution that is a major driving force of social and educational innovation in China.

College Alum Named to Grads Made Good

Rodney Hero ('75, Political Science) has been chosen as one of the three FSU alumni to be honored as the university's "Grads Made Good" for 2015.

A magna cum laude graduate of what was then called the Department of Government (now Political Science), Rodney went on to earn his Ph.D. at Purdue University and forged a remarkable career as a scholar, teacher, and public servant. He has held professorships at Arizona State, Colorado, and Notre Dame and now holds the Haas Chair in Diversity and Democracy in the Department of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley.

Report: Social Sciences Produce Leaders

A survey released June 1 by the British Council has confirmed something we’ve known here at the college for years. Those in key leadership positions around the world, the people who make the big policy decisions and effect social change, more often have backgrounds in the social sciences and humanities.

Geography Professor Studies Hurricane-Climate Change Link

by Kathleen Haughney, FSU News

Climate change may be the driving force behind fewer, yet more powerful hurricanes and tropical storms, says a Florida State geography professor.

In a paper published today by Nature Climate Change, Professor Jim Elsner and his former graduate student Namyoung Kang found that rising ocean temperatures are having an effect on how many tropical storms and hurricanes develop each year.

“We’re seeing fewer hurricanes, but the ones we do see are more intense,” Elsner said. “When one comes, all hell can break loose.”