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 2021 GSAW will include the Scholarly Forum with 100+ research presentations, the Graduate Student Social, and the Provost Awards Recognition Reception.

Check out the events for GSAW 2021 below!

Scholarly Forum

Day 1, April 7th, 2021 | Scholarly Forum |

  • 9:30 – 10 AM | GSAW Welcome Remarks
  • 10 – 11:30 AM | Group A Poster Presentations: Health Sciences
  • 12 – 1:30 PM | Group B Poster Presentations: Engineering
  • 2 – 3:30 PM | Group C Poster Presentations: Physical and Life Sciences
  • 4 – 5:30 PM | Group D Poster Presentations: Social and Behavioral Sciences

Graduate Social Events

  • 9 AM – 12 PM | In-Person Giveaways | MMC; GC Lawns, BBC; WUC Table 7, EC; Panther Pit (2nd floor)
  • 2 – 3:30 PM | FIU Career and Talent Development Workshop | Resume, CV, & Zoom Etiquette
  • 3:45 – 4:45 PM | UGS Alumni Colloquium: Gönül Tol, Ph.D.
  • 5 – 6 PM | FIU Wellness and Recreation Center Workshop
  • 7 – 9 PM | DJ Gala Night

Provost Awards

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University Graduate School Provost Awards 

Graduate Student Engagement: Ana Lucia Rodriguez
The Graduate Student Engagement Award recognizes nominees who have demonstrated significant local, regional, or global community engagement initiative(s) with a community partner that has led to demonstrable community impacts.

Graduate Student Outstanding Creative Project: Xin Zhao
The Graduate Student Outstanding Creative Project Award recognizes nominees who have outstanding creative activity of local, national, or international significance.

Graduate Student Outstanding Paper or Manuscript STEM: Beatriz Herrera
The STEM Graduate Student Outstanding Paper or Manuscript Award recognizes nominees who have contributed to the body of literature in their discipline via an outstanding paper or manuscript.

Graduate Student Outstanding Paper or Manuscript non-STEM Winner: Brynna Heflin
The non-STEM Graduate Student Outstanding Paper or Manuscript Award recognizes nominees who have contributed to the body of literature in their discipline via an outstanding paper or manuscript.

Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant: Elsa Bravo
The Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award recognizes exceptional contributions made by a Graduate Teaching Assistant to the educational excellence of FIU.

Outstanding Graduate Program Director: Dr. Okezi Otovo
The Outstanding Graduate Program Director Award recognizes a program director’s accomplishments and contributions to the success of a program.

Mentorship of Graduate Students: Dr. Elizabeth Anderson & Dr. Elisa Trucco
The Mentorship of Graduate Students Award recognizes excellence in the teaching and mentoring of graduate students outside the formal classroom experience.

UGS Mentoring Lifetime Achievement Award: Dr. Fatma Huffman
UGS Mentoring Lifetime Achievement Award is given to a faculty or staff member who has made a significant contribution to graduate education at FIU and dedicated their time to supporting graduate students through excellent mentoring.

GPSC Above and Beyond Award: Brett Serfozo, Ellen Campos Sousa, & Chelsea Palermo
The GPSC Above and Beyond Award recognizes students who went the extra mile to assist other students or individuals outside the University during the still-ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Many of our FIU graduate students have been involved in activities to support at-risk individuals through proactive and creative plans. These students overcame their fears and concerns and placed the needs of others above their own.

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