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 2019 GSAW will include 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.

Check out the events for GSAW 2019 below!

Scholarly Forum


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The Scholarly Forum will be held on April 1-2, 2019. It will include poster sessions and a Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition. This will provide a platform for graduate students to showcase their research, compete for cash prizes, gain professional experience, and compete for a place at the statewide Graduate Symposium.

Day 1 – Poster Presentations

Day 2 – Poster Presentations

Here are the 3MT® College Finalists:

Chapman Graduate School of Business

Lucas Wenger, PhD in Business Administration

College of Arts, Sciences and Education

Manqi Zhang, PhD in Biochemistry

Heba Ali, PhD in Biology

Carissa Gervasi, PhD in Earth Systems Science

Boya Zhang, PhD in Earth Systems Science

College of Communication, Architecture and the Arts

Kaitlyn Fuson, MA in Architecture

Kevan Kasmai, MA in Architecture

College of Engineering and Computing

Seyedeh Maedeh Mozneb, PhD in Biomedical Engineering

Ricardo Siu, PhD in Biomedical Engineering

Jenniffer Bustillos Castro, MS in Materials Science and Engineering

Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work

Alicia Sneij Perez, PhD in Dietetics and Nutrition

Wissam Al Khoury, PhD in Public Health

Michelle Thompson, PhD in Social Welfare

Steven  J. Green School of International and Public Affairs

Joseph Marin, PhD in History

Vera Beloshitzkaya, PhD in Political Science

Shawn Lorenzo Benaine, PhD in Public Affairs

Graduate Symposium


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The Graduate Symposium will be held on Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019 at 2 pm in GC 243.

More details coming soon!

Graduate Student Social


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The Graduate Student Social will be held on Thursday, April 4, 2019 at 5 pm in SASC 100.

More details to come!

Provost Awards Recognition Reception


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Check back to see the 2019 UGS Provost Awards recipients!

The awards are intended to recognize the outstanding achievements of FIU graduate students and faculty mentors who are committed to the development of the next generation of scholars.

Below are this year’s award categories:

Graduate Student Engagement

Graduate Student Outstanding Creative Project

Graduate Student Outstanding Paper or Manuscript

Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant

Outstanding Graduate Program Director

Mentorship of Graduate Students

The awards reception will recognize the scholarly forum winners and the recipients of the 2019 Provost Awards. The reception will be held on Friday, April 5, 2019 (by invitation only).

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