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COSSPP Students Earn Prestigious Boren Scholarships to Study Abroad

Three of the four Florida State University students who earned prestigious David L. Boren Scholarships this year to study abroad in areas of the world critical to U.S. national security are from from the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy.

Seniors Kelly Baker, Christine Fleitas, and Ljubica “Kiki” Nikolic were among 194 undergraduates nationally to earn scholarships from the federal program, which provides scholars up to $20,000 for 12 months of study.

Lectures Bring the World to Your Doorstep

The college’s Get More Than a Degree initiative was established to give undergraduates opportunities for expansive and transformative educational experiences outside the traditional classroom. One of the key components of the initiative is bringing scholars and experts to campus for talks on a wide range of issues. But it’s more than undergrads who gain from these programs.

Pepper Institute Offers Post-Doc Fellowship

2017-2018 Postdoctoral Fellowship in Social Gerontology Pepper Institute on Aging and Public Policy

The Pepper Institute on Aging and Public Policy, located within the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy at Florida State University, is currently recruiting a Postdoctoral Fellow for a one-year position (with a possible one-year renewal) to begin on or around August 25, 2017.

COSSPP Represented Well in 2017 Garnet and Gold Inductions


Florida State University’s prestigious Garnet and Gold Scholar Society welcomed 216 new members this spring, its largest group of inductees to date.

Once again, students with majors in the college represented well: 38 inductees or close to 18% of the total. Undergraduates within the college account for about 12% of the total student population.

College Undergrads Win Leadership Awards

Leadership Awards Night is an annual recognition of students, faculty, staff, and organizations that have epitomized the definition of leadership by their exemplary contributions to the Florida State University community through achievement, service, or organizational leadership involvement.

At this year’s ceremony, April 11, 2017, the following students from the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy were honored.

Grad Students Honored for Excellence

When FSU celebrated the achievements of its graduate students on April 18, 2017, eleven students of the college were among those recognized for the awards they have received from sources both within and outside the university.

The following students were recognized for external awards at the Celebration of Graduate Student Excellence:

Tim Chapin Named Dean of College

Florida State University Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Sally McRorie announced, April 20, 2017, the selection of Tim Chapin as the dean of the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy, effective May 8.

Political Science Recognizes Student Achievements

Congratulations to the students who were honored April 12, 2017, at the annual awards ceremony for the Department of Political Science.

Research Intensive Bachelor’s Certificate Completions, 2016-2017:
Katherine Smith
Franklin Bailey
Steven Keen
Melissa Magalhaes
Samuel Peltier
Alexandra Bajo
John Alexander Ball
Ryan Beehler
Rachel Berger
Emily Higgins
Celli Horstman
Joan Joseph
Alexander Lenk
McCayla Sica

Thomas Dye Scholarship: Allison Lang

Pepper Institute Offers Fellowship

The Claude Pepper Center and Pepper Institute on Aging and Public Policy invites applications for the 2017-2018 Claude and Mildred Pepper Dissertation Fellowship.

The award provides up to $25,000 to cover tuition, health insurance, and a bi-weekly stipend for two semesters.

The recipient must be enrolled full-time during the duration of the award (i.e., at least 9 hours in fall or spring; at least 6 hours in summer). Eligible applicants are doctoral candidates with plans to conduct dissertation research on a topic related to aging and public policy.

Oscar-Nominated Film Kicks Off New International Series


The International Affairs program inaugurates a new foreign film series with the screening of the Oscar-nominated 2015 film Embrace of the Serpent.

The movie tells the story of an Amazonian shaman, the last survivor of his people, who works with two scientists over the course of 40 years to search for a sacred healing plant.

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