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Students Honored for Outstanding Achievements

We're very proud of our outstanding undergraduate and graduate students here at the college, and it's gratifying to see that they are recognized beyond the walls of the Bellamy Building!

At the university's annual Leadership Awards Night, April 5, the following students were honored by the Division of Student Affairs:

Crowdfunding Project Supports Entrepreneurship, Experiential Learning

The DeVoe Moore Center has launched a crowdfunding project through the university's Spark FSU site that will support experiential learning for students and social entrepreneurship projects that tackle pressing problems throughout the world.

Sociology Grad Students Awarded

Two graduate students in the Department of Sociology have been recognized with awards from the university and the National Science Foundation (NSF).

The FSU Program for Instructional Excellence has selected Lacey Ritter to receive an Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award for her work during the 2015-2016 academic year. In addition to a certificate of recognition, Ritter will receive a $750 cash prize at the university's Celebration of Graduate Student Excellence on April 13, 2016.

TOP 25! Public Affairs Ranked Among Nation's Best

The U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 edition of “Best Graduate Schools" has recognized our public administration programs as among the nation's best.

The college’s Askew School of Public Administration and Public Policy placed No. 19 in public affairs, with its public management administration program ranked No. 17, its public policy analysis program ranked No. 21 and its public finance and budget program ranked No. 23. And the Askew School's city management and urban policy program broke into the top 10 at No. 8 in the first U.S. News rankings of the discipline since 2012.

David Rasmussen Stepping Down as College Dean

David W. Rasmussen, dean of the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy since 2003, will step down May 6 after 13 years of distinguished service as dean. He will return to the college’s faculty for two years before retiring from FSU after 50 years of service in May 2018.

Scholarship Benefits Veterans Seeking Grad Degrees

Military veterans who are master’s degree students in the college can receive assistance through the Charles T. Haworth Graduate Scholarships for Student Veterans.
Awards will be disbursed in the 2016-2017 academic year in the amount of $5000 per year (or $2500 for a single semester). Students must be engaged in full-time graduate study for a degree in the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy.

Note that there are no tuition waivers attached to these awards at this time, and there is no work requirement attached to the award.

Student Group Offers Mentorship Programs

Everyone knows the benefits of having a mentor, someone who can share their experience and knowledge and guide you toward your goal. Now, students in the college have two new programs to help them develop academically and professionally, thanks to the college's Student Leadership Council.

Center Offers More Economic Research Workshops

After a successful series of research workshops last semester, the DeVoe L. Moore Center is offering another series for spring 2016, led by FSU economics faculty and graduate students. The five sessions are aimed at helping students develop their research skills.

All sessions are in the DeVoe Moore Center, 150 Bellamy.

JANUARY 28, 5:00-7:00 pm
Instructor: Christopher Clapp
Learn how to formulate a research question and use the best econometrics to find the answer.

COSSPP Student Gets Internship under AT&T Gift

A student from the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy is one of three Florida State University students who will intern with Florida TaxWatch thanks to a $25,000 gift to the organization from AT&T.

Diana Mercas, a double major in international affairs and economics, will begin her internship in January 2016. Along with Debbie Alfred (finance and management information systems) and Frank Perez-Siam (accounting), Mercas will tackle such research topics as taxation, budgets, education and corrections.

Planning Lab Envisions a Future with Automated Vehicles

The Department of Urban and Regional Planning (DURP) Florida Planning and Development Lab (FPDL) provides technical assistance and capacity to communities and institutions, acting as a consulting and research team on a wide range of issues related to innovative planning for sustainable growth and long-term viability. In taking on these studio projects, graduate students in the FPDL gain applied, place-based professional training in planning and urban design that proves valuable in their future job searches and career choices.