Grad Student Appreciation Week

Graduate Student Appreciation Week recognizes the contributions, impact and value of graduate and professional students on campuses throughout the United States. The 2016 GSAW includes the scholarly forum with 100+ research presentations, the graduate symposium, free massages, the Graduate Student Social at MMC, and the Provost Awards Recognition Reception. Check out our page below and stay connect through FACEBOOK.COM/UGSGRADSCHOOL.

Check out our weeklong schedule here.

March 28 – March 29 | Scholarly Forum

The Scholarly Forum, which includes poster sessions and oral presentations, provides a platform for graduate students to showcase their research, compete for cash prizes, gain professional experience, and compete for a place at the state's Graduate Symposium. Slick the icons below to see this year's lineup of oral and poster presentations:

Download and view the Scholarly Forum Book of Abstracts here

March 30 | Graduate Symposium | MARC Pavilion

All Symposium Activities will take place at the MARC Pavilion. All Symposium Activities will take place at the MARC Pavilion.

Symposium Schedule at a Glimpse:

GRADTalks - Noon to 1:30 pm

Join former TEDXFIU speakers for lunch during this year's GSAW Symposium. Hear all about their experiences preparing for TED, and learn about strategies that you can use when presenting research to non-expert audiences. Event is free and open to all Grad students-- Free lunch and free t-shirts for the first 100 attendees! MARC Pavilion.

Download event flyer here
Aromatherapy & Massages - 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm

Ready for some R&R? You deserve a break! Aromatherapy starts at 12:30, and free massages are from 1:30 to 3:00 pm.
Versatile PhD Info Table - 2:00 to 4:00 pm

Stop by the Versatile PhD table to learn more about how you can better prepare for life after grad school.

Check out the Versatile PhD page here.
CV Review - 3:00 to 4:00 pm

Get your CV critiqued on the spot by a career services expert. CV's will be reviewed on a first-come first-served basis
Escape the Room Team Activity to 4:00 to 6:00 pm

Put your mind and teamwork abilities to the test at your very own Graduate Student Escape the Room Event. Free refreshments and Free t-shirts for the first 50 students who attend!! RSVP here.

Download event flyer here


March 31 | Graduate Student Social | Chili's Too Patio

Join Miami band Super Fuzz at the Grad Student Social at the Chili's Too Patio from 3:00 to 6:00 pm. Free food and tons of fun!

Download event flyer here.


April 1 | Provost Awards Recognition Reception

GSAW ends with an awards ceremony acknowledging FIU's outstanding graduate students and faculty. Scholarly Forum and Provost Award recipients are recognized.


  • Graduate Student Engagement
    Jaeson Clayborn, Biology
    For his work with the National Park Service Schaus Shallowtail Butterfly Habitat Enhancement Project and the Miami Dade County Public Schools.

  • Graduate Student Outstanding Creative Product
    Abdiel Acosta, Art Education
    For his artwork titled "Exodus".

  • Graduate Student Outstanding Paper or Manuscript
    Alexandra Rodzinski, Biomedical Sciences
    For her publication: A. Rodzinski, R. Guduru, P. Liang, A. Hadjikhani, T. Stewart, E. Stimphil, C. Runowicz, R. Cote, N. Altman, R. Datar, and S. Khizroev, "Targeted and controlled anticancer drug delivery and release with magnetoelectric nanoparticles," Scientific Reports 6, 20867 (2016)" .

    Micah Oelze, History
    For his paper titled "Demolishing Legitimacy: Bogotá's Urban Reforms for the 1948 Pan-American Conference," forthcoming in the Journal of Latin American Studies.

  • Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant
    Andrea Salas, Earth and Environment
    For educating and inspiring her undergraduate students in the department of Earth and Environment.

  • Outstanding Graduate Program Director
    Mohamad Alkadry, Professor, Public Administration
    For the extensive contributions he has made to the Public Administration graduate programs.

    Lidia Kos, Professor, Biology
    For the extensive contributions she has made to the Biology graduate program.

  • Mentorship of Graduate Students
    Felix Martin, Professor, Politics and International Relations
    For guidance and mentorship of graduate students within the department.

    Lindsay Malloy, Professor, Psychology
    For guidance and mentorship of graduate students within the department.

The GPSC is proud to announce this year's Scholarly Forum Winners. Please join us in congratulating our graduate student winners for their achievements:

Oral Presentations


Eric Williams
Remy Dou
Jessica Bartley

Health and Biomedical Sciences

Nadine Mikati
Sharice Preston
Teshaun Francis

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Ricardo de Azevedo
Hoda Rajaei
Aparajita Singh


Broderick Turner
Qianying Zhang
Jose Rodriguez

Earth and Environmental Sciences

Mohammad Mamunur Rashid
Mohammadtaghi Moravej


Kendra Adams
Daniel Roncancio
Haixiang Yu

Biology and Biochemistry

Jill Beaver
Robert Nowicki
Joana Antunes

Civil, Materials, and Mechanical Engineering

Pranjal Nautiyal
Jin Zhu
Archana Loganathan

Humanities I

Yang Gyu Kim
Pallavi Awasthi
Venu Mehta

Humanities II

Auzeen Shariati
Nicolas Beckmann
Raymond Awadzi


Stephanie Diez
Starlie Belnap
Nicole Barroso


Poster Presentations


Anthony Castellanos
Wenbin Cui
Alison Simon

Biology & Biochemistry

Camilo Molano
Zahra Nafar
Mayur Doke

Health and Biomedical Sciences

Angel Chinea
Praew Chantarasinlapin
Daniel Castro


Emily Boeving
Jacqueline Doyle
Amanda Gauzens


Antonina Kulchitskaya
David St John
Alicia Sneij

Earth and Environmental Sciences

Thais Thiesen
Mohammadtaghi Moravej
Benjamin Wilson

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Mozhgan Azimpourkivi
Hoda Rajaei
Nonnarit O-larnnithipong

Civil, Materials, and Mechanical Engineering

Elnaz Mirtaheri
Amin Baghalian
Meer Safa

Check out GSAW Photos and Flyers from Previous Years