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Alums Named Notable Noles for 2016

The Florida State University Alumni Association has named its 2016 Notable Noles (formerly the Thirty Under 30), recognizing the outstanding accomplishments of FSU's young alumni.

Graduates of the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy make up 40% of the honorees this year - 6 out of 15.

Each recipient of the honor has shown exceptional achievement and significant contributions to his or her profession, community/society, or the university and demonstrate outstanding professional and personal development either through traditional channels or innovative approaches.

Planning Student Honored by Professional Organization

Kayla Costello (MS in Planning 2016) has been selected as the American Planning Association Florida's Student of the Year. She will be presented her award during the upcoming APA Florida Conference in Tampa in September.

Students selected for this honor must demonstrate "outstanding achievement during the nominee’s academic career in planning,” “support of planning,” and “effectiveness, results, and potential” for a successful career as a planning professional.

6 Grads Honored by Scholar Society

Florida State University welcomed 20 new members into its Garnet and Gold Scholar Society this summer, of which six are students with majors in the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy.

Established in 2010, the Garnet and Gold Scholar Society facilitates involvement and recognizes undergraduate students who excel within and beyond the classroom in at least three of five areas: international experience, internship, leadership, research and service.

Public Health Program Collaborates on Regional Conference

The Florida State University Master of Public Health (MPH) program is partnering with other university academic units, statewide agencies and nonprofits to present a regional health conference focused on primary care and stronger public health collaborations.

Grads Find Success at International Development Company

Efforts to connect our students to jobs in international affairs have had a wide impact across a range of companies and organizations. These efforts have been particularly fruitful at the international development company Chemonics, thanks in large part to the company’s Executive Vice President Eric Reading, himself an alum of the college.

The company recently marked its 41st anniversary, and a number of COSSPP alums were on hand to celebrate. Six graduates joined the Chemonics team in the spring and summer of 2016, bringing the total number of FSU grads at the company to 12.

Planning Lab Wins Another Project Award

The American Planning Association (APA) Florida has selected “Envisioning Florida’s Future: Transportation and Land Use in an Automated Vehicle World” for its Student Project Award to be presented at the organization’s conference in Tampa in September 2016. It is the fifth time a student planning project at Florida State University has won the award since the state APA began presenting them in 2009.

DURP Students Win Eisenhower Fellowships

Joel Mendez and Shaleen Miller, Ph.D. students in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning (DURP), have been awarded U.S. Department of Transportation Eisenhower Fellowships for 2016-2017.

Planning Project Wins FPZA Innovation Award

The Florida Planning and Zoning Association (FPZA) has selected "Envisioning Florida’s Future: Transportation and Land Use in an AV World" as its 2016 Innovation Award recipient.

Produced for the Florida Department of Transportation by an outstanding team of faculty and students from the Department of Urban and Regional Planning (DURP), this project utilized an innovative visioning process to anticipate the impact of automated vehicle (AV) technology on Florida’s communities.

COSSPP Students Win Language Study Awards

Five students from the college are among the eight FSU students who have received prestigious scholarships that will allow them to travel abroad to study languages deemed critical to the nation’s interests.

Matthew Hebron, a sophomore majoring in political science, has received a Boren Scholarship. It will allow him to travel to Azerbaijan to study Azerbaijani. Hebron hopes to be able to use his language skills to build deeper ties between the United States and other nations, as well as promote a positive image of the United States abroad.