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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 2018-20197 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.

Disaster Simulations Prepare Students for Emergency Management Careers

Florida State University students taking a course on designing disaster simulations are preparing well for future careers thanks to a valuable combination of the most up-to-date classroom knowledge, hands-on experience, and professional connections.

10 COSSPP Students Named to Honor Society

The Garnet and Gold Scholar Society named 37 students in its Fall 2015 inductees, December 2. Ten students from the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy were among those inducted:

18 Named to 2016 Social Science Scholars Cohort

After a rigorous interview and selection process, 18 outstanding juniors have been named to the 2016 cohort of the college's Social Science Scholars program.

CRC Grant Covers Study of Deforestation

The Florida State University Council on Research and Creativity has awarded Department of Geography Assistant Professor Stephanie Pau $13,000 to do fieldwork and satellite imagery analysis of deforestation in Sumatra, Indonesia, during summer 2016.

The project seeks to: 1) use super high-resolution satellite data (0.5m) and ground measurements to quantify forest cover associated coffee cultivation in Sumatra and 2) link satellite measures of forest cover to field surveys of biodiversity and carbon storage.