OGFA Outreach

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2022 CFGS Meeting

The Conference of Florida Graduate Schools provides networking and collaboration with other higher education professionals working in Florida graduate schools. The conference also provides opportunities to communicate and discuss issues/concerns and topics of interest, and develop new/more effective methods to address issues regarding graduate education in Florida.


McNair/TRIO Campus Visits

Prior to the start of the new academic year, the Office of Graduate Fellowships and Awards hosted a Grad School Bootcamp for a group of McNair/TRIO Scholars from the University of Florida, the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss), Tougaloo College, Alcorn State University, and our very own Florida State University CARE SSS SCOPE and SSS STEM Programs.

Thank you to the Graduate School faculty and staff (Dr. Debi Fadool, Jermaine Williams, Katrina Williams, and Ashley Jarvis), graduate peer mentors, and CARE staff (Roxanne Simpson, Dr. Campos, and Jacourie Clark) for making this event a tremendous success. The graduate peer mentors (see picture below) talked about their program of study and graduate school experiences during the “Day in the Life of a Grad Student” panel and Speed Networking session and created an inviting space for all participants to get to know each other during the Collaborating with Strangers icebreaker.


University of Florida McNairs Scholars Campus Visit

Fall 2019, The Office of Graduate Fellowships and Awards hosted the University of Florida McNair Scholars Program at FSU for their 2 day Graduate School Bootcamp. The scholars began their day with an extra special welcome by Dean Mark Riley followed by a graduate student panel, luncheon, and campus tours of various Colleges and Departments. These extra special touches of personalized interaction and engagement with the campus community made their visit one for the books and as Dr. Samesha Barnes, UF Director of the Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program stated, a model for other institutions to follow! Dr. Barnes also shared that the private tour of the FAMU Black Archives at FAMU was an awesome addition and added a cultural component to an already outstanding visit and gave the students an opportunity to learn some Florida history and take a break from the academic side of things. The students enjoyed the tour and fell in love with the tour guide!


Jackson State University McNair Scholars Campus Visit

Spring 2019, The Office of Graduate Fellowships and Awards hosted McNair Scholars from Jackson State University McNair Scholars Program during a campus visit to FSU. The JSU McNair Scholars were welcomed by Dr. Mark Riley, Dean of the Graduate School and transitioned into a day full of interactions with graduate students who shared their experiences and insight about “a day in the life” of a graduate student at FSU. Dr. Debi Fadool, facilitated a private tour of her Biology Lab for students interested in pursuing a graduate degree in a biology related field while other scholars continued on a walking tour to various Colleges and Departments around campus. The day ended with a tour of the College of Engineering and the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory.


Time Management Workshop

The goal of the IntentioNOLE Time Management Workshop was to help students re-think their attitude towards planning. In college, time management is essential for the collegiate journey. Student success in academics depends on how efficient time is being managed. As a student progresses into adulthood, learned habits of managing time carries into their professional life. The habits they form now during their undergraduate and graduate career will set the foundation for later years in life. Time management takes intentionality and practice so the Office of Graduate Fellowships and Awards set out to provide scholars from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University and Florida State University with free Passion Planners to jumpstart the process of living a purposeful and passionate life. Dr. Stephenson applied for a mini grant through the Passion Planner Get One Give One Program and was able to secure free Passion Planner for all participants. Facilitators Jasmyn Pollock and Carolyn Harris conducted 4 total workshops during the Spring 2018 semester for undergraduate and graduate students majoring in various fields of study from FAMU and FSU. The scholars represented various offices, organizations, and award programs (FAMU Feeder Scholars, McKnight Doctoral and Dissertation Fellows, McKnight Affiliates, McNair Scholars, GEM Fellowship Program, CARE, WEB Dubois Honor Society, and InternFSU).