Graduate 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 2018 GSAW included the scholarly forum with 100+ research presentations, the graduate symposium, the Graduate Student Social, and the Provost Awards Recognition Reception. Check out our page below and stay connected through FACEBOOK.COM/UGSGRADSCHOOL.

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Scholarly Forum


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The Scholarly Forum was held on March 19-20, 2018. It included poster sessions and oral presentations which 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.

        2018 Scholarly Forum Winners

Graduate Symposium


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The Graduate Symposium was held on March 21, 2018 and it focused on Alternative Ph.D. Career Paths.

The panel included the following speakers:

  • FBI Agent:  Special Agent Katrice Stubbs has been an agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation for 8 years.  As an agent, she spent five years investigating narcotics organizations and some of the most notorious gangs in our nation’s capitol.  She also served as one of the lead agents on the Blackwater investigation resulting in her receipt of several awards including the Attorney General’s Distinquished Service Award.  Upon her arrival to the Miami Division, she worked in the counterintelligence division until her selection as an Associate Division Counsel.  Prior to being an agent, she worked for several years as an attorney and middle school teacher.  She is also a proud University of Miami graduate having completed her undergraduate and law degrees there. 
  • Licensed School Psychologist:  Monica Oganes, Ph.D., is a licensed school psychologist in private practice with offices in Miami and in Orlando, Florida. Monica obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from George Mason University, graduating with highest honors and the Mellinger Award for being the most outstanding graduate in her psychology class. She has an Educational Specialist degree in School Psychology from the University of Central Florida and a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology from Fielding Graduate University. She began her career as a bilingual school psychologist working in the public schools for over a decade. While working in the schools, she embarked in doctoral studies in the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program, Neuropsychology Track, at Fielding Graduate University, specializing in pediatric neuropsychology. Monica completed an internship in clinical psychology at the Jackson Memorial Hospital Pediatric Neuropsychology and Rehabilitation Unit in Miami, Florida. She has the unique ability to combine the fields of school psychology and neuropsychology in her practice, providing targeted services in English and Spanish.
  • FIU Career and Talent Development Career Coach:  Monica Cano serves as the Internships Coordinator with the Career Development and Management team at Florida International University (FIU). Within this role, Monica provides career advising to students and alumni. Monica obtained a Master’s degree in Forensic Mental Health Counseling from City University of New York and a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice/Psychology at FIU. Prior to joining FIU, Monica worked in the private and public sectors conducting psychological, vocational and academic assessments, mental health counseling, and social services to a variety of adult populations. 
  • FIU Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Assistant Professor:  Dr. David Garber joined the FIU CEE department in 2014 as Assistant Professor of Structural Engineering and a member of the Accelerated Bridge Construction University Transportation CenterDr. Garber obtained his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin 2014. His research focus has been in the areas of time dependent behavior in prestressed concrete members and shear behavior in reinforced concrete deep beams and prestressed members. He is author or coauthor of a number of peer reviewed journal articles in both of these areas.
  • FIU Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Assistant Professor:  Dr. Priyanka Alluri is currently an Assistant Professor with the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Florida International University. She received her doctoral degree in Civil Engineering from Clemson University in 2010. Her research has focused on a wide range of topics in transportation safety, including advanced safety analysis models, implementation of the Highway Safety Manual (HSM) and SafetyAnalyst, pedestrian and bicycle safety, safety design of traffic control devices, and human factors in transportation. She is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of South Carolina. Dr. Alluri also serves as the Faculty Advisor for the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) Student Chapter at FIU.

Graduate Student Social


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The Graduate Student Social was held on March 22, 2018. A workshop on Guide to Getting Published, presented by Patti Davis from Emerald Group Publishing, was offered to students. The social then followed where many enjoyed free food and music with their fellow graduate students at the Frost Art Museum Patio!

Provost Awards Recognition Reception


2018 Provost Awards Recipients

Congratulations to the 2018 Provost Award recipients!

Outstanding Graduate Student Engagement

  • Mohsen Taheri, Computer Science

For his work in the South Florida startup community, including StartUP FIU.

Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant

  • Joshua Raji, Biological Sciences

For educating and inspiring his undergraduate students as well as training new teaching assistants within the department.

Graduate Student Outstanding Creative Project

  • Mitra Naseh, Social Work

For her project titled “Sheltering Survivors”, exhibited at the Coral Gables Museum.

Graduate Student Outstanding Paper or Manuscript

  • Claudia Battistel, Modern Languages

For her paper “El ‘Otro’ en nosostros: Inversion de roles en Retorno a Hansala de Chus Gutierrez”, which has been accepted for publication in Hispanic Journal.

  • Daniel Roncancio, Chemistry and Biochemistry

For his paper titled “A label-free aptamer-fluorophore assembly for rapid and specific detection of cocaine in biofluids”, that was a published in the journal Analytical Chemistry

  • Tiyash Parira, Biomedical Sciences

For her paper “Novel detection of post-translational modifications in human monocyte-derived dendritic cells after chronic alcohol exposure: Role of inflammation regulator H4K12ac,” that was published in Scientific Reports.

Outstanding Graduate Program Director

  • Mihaela Pintea, Associate Professor, Economics

For the extensive contributions she has made to the Economics graduate program.

Mentorship of Graduate Students

  • Yi Xiao, Associate Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry

For guidance and mentorship of graduate students within the department. 

  • Arvind Agarwal, Professor, Mechanical and Materials Engineering

For guidance and mentorship of graduate students within the department. 

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