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

Scholarly Forum Winners

Congratulations to the 3MT® Competition winners!

First Place:

Manqi Zhang, PhD Student in Biochemistry

Presentation Title: Genetic Protection from Obesity Related Diseases

Second Place:

Seyedeh Maedeh Mozneb, PhD Student in Biomedical Engineering

Presentation Title: Healing Broken Hearts: A Comprehensive Drug Screening Model for Cardiac Disease

Jenniffer Bustillos Castro, MS in Materials Science and Engineering

Presentation Title: Three – Dimensional Graphene Foam – Polymer Composite with Superior Deicing Efficiency and Strength

People’s Choice:

Seyedeh Maedeh Mozneb, PhD Student in Biomedical Engineering

Presentation Title: Healing Broken Hearts: A Comprehensive Drug Screening Model for Cardiac Disease

Graduate Symposium


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The Graduate Symposium will be held on Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019 at 2 pm in GC 243. This year’s symposium will be focused on non-academic and academic job search strategies and entrepreneurship. The panelists will be Dr. Amita Quadros, Dr. Christine Spadola, Mr. Chad Moss, and Mr. Robert Hacker. 

Students can have their professional headshots taken starting at 1:30 pm.

Graduate Student Social


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Join your fellow graduate students on Thursday, April 4, 2019 at 5 pm in SASC 100!

Provost Awards Recognition Reception


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Congratulations to 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.

Graduate Student Engagement

David Riera, Curriculum and Instruction

Graduate Student Outstanding Creative Project

Monica Rodriguez, Landscape Architecture

Graduate Student Outstanding Paper or Manuscript

Abraham Mengist, Epidemiology (Non-STEM)

Juan Canoura, Chemistry and Biochemistry (STEM)

Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant

Chen Wang, Global Leadership and Management

Outstanding Graduate Program Director

Nezih Pala, Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Mentorship of Graduate Students

Laurel S. Collins, Professor, Earth and Environment

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).

For event photos, updates, and more, visit: FACEBOOK.COM/UGSGRADSCHOOL