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A big congratulations to Dr. Crystal Taylor, the Director of Research at the The Devoe L. Moore Center!!

If you'd like to read more about her nomination and work within the Center and our college, visit coss.fsu.edu/devoe-l-moore-center-director-of-research-receives-honors-thesis-mentor-award


Syde P. Deeb Eminent Scholar in Political Science and Marian D. Irish Professor of Political Science William D. Berry, Ph.D., will retire after 34 years at Florida State University.
Dr. Berry has mentored dozens of students over his tenure, shaping the next generation of political scientists. He has also served on over a dozen University and Department committees, including numerous graduate review and tenure committees.
Dr. Berry is a world-renowned researcher and has served as a Visiting Scholar in Taipei.

Read more at: https://coss.fsu.edu/marian-d-irish-professor-of-political-science-retires-after-34-years-of-service/.


Florida State University's The Devoe L. Moore Center (DMC) produces interdisciplinary, market-oriented research to analyze, develop, and propose policy recommendations and guidance for policymakers at the state and local levels. The Center's research focuses particularly on issues regarding economic development, land use and urban development, and government accountability and transparency.

Learn more about the DMC at their website: https://coss.fsu.edu/dmc.


A big congratulations to Shallom, one of Florida State University Department of Political Science’s students!

Our next Boren recipient for 2024 is Shallom Tabib, a senior pursuing a major in political science with a minor in Russian and Eastern European studies.

As a Boren recipient, Shallom will be studying Russian in Latvia this fall. After graduation, she plans to pursue a master’s degree in international affairs while continuing to study U.S Intelligence and National Security.

“Studying in Latvia will allow me to advance my novice Russian language skills and be better equipped to work with analysts in the target language,” Tabib said. “Moreover, mastering a foreign language is imperative when dealing with issues in foreign policy and can help bridge the gap between countries.”


The final deadline to apply to our graduate programs is quickly approaching! Apply by June 1st to be considered for admission to Fall 2024 programs.

More information about our graduate programs and how to apply is available on our website.

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A big congratulations to Sarah Brophy, one of Florida State University Department of Political Science's students and a 2024 Social Science Scholar!


Graduates, families, faculty, and staff gathered in the Bellamy Atrium on Friday, May 3, to celebrate the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy's newest graduates. This semester, over 1,200 COSSPP graduates joined our 50,000+ alumni worldwide.

FSU COSSPP Grads, remember to update your contact info with us so we can stay in touch! Please remember to update us about the great things you go on to do!

View and download the images: https://coss.fsu.edu/spring-2024-cosspp-graduation-celebration


The Master of Applied Politics & Policy (MAAPP) program celebrated the graduation of its 8 students at the Florida Capitol on Friday, May 3.

“The ceremony in the Florida House Chamber provides the perfect setting to recognize the accomplishments of our Spring 2024 graduates who continue to set the standard for excellence both in the classroom and the political arena,” said MAAPP Director Brad Kile, Ph.D. “This graduating class is prepared to apply their skills and knowledge to help make positive change.”

Read more and view the full album photos: https://coss.fsu.edu/spring-2024-maapp-graduates-recognized-at-the-florida-capitol/


A big congratulations to Auria, a third-year student in our very own International Affairs program!

Congratulations to Auria Rembert, one of two ONF students to receive the 2024 Critical Language Scholarship!

Through CLS, Auria, a junior majoring in international affairs and studying Arabic, will be studying at the Jordan Language Academy in Amman, Jordan. Her goal is to work in diplomacy, specifically in the Middle East.

“I am deeply grateful to get this opportunity,” Rembert said. “My goal abroad is to be a sponge: Learning the culture, the food and, of course, developing in the language. I am truly honored and excited to broaden my global knowledge.”


Are you looking to get involved with the Institute in programming events, being a student ambassador, engaging with the Tallahassee community, or philanthropy? Make sure to take the survey at bit.ly/CRIgetinvolved to express your interest!


Over 30 alumni of the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy were highlighted in the most recent Spring 2024 issue of INFLUENCE magazine.

The magazine offers subscribers insight into Florida politics and business, along with spotlights on top performers in the state.

The recent issue of INFLUENCE showcased major stories, such as the Rising Stars of Florida Politics and other highlights.

Read more: https://coss.fsu.edu/cosspp-alums-recognized-in-spring-2024-influence-magazine/


Beyond proud of FSU Sociology's Syd Cole and wishing the best in her endeavors to receive a Master's in Sociology as a Fulbright Scholar!

We're so excited to begin sharing the 2024-2025 FSU Fulbright cohort with you!

First up, we have Sydney Cole. As the recipient of a Fulbright scholarship to Belgium, Sydney will spend the 2024-2025 academic year pursuing a Masters in Sociology at Universiteit Gent. During her time there, she plans to study the concepts of sustainable development, analyzing environmental policy and ethical models of engagement within a globalized world. She hopes to translate this into further work with issues of humanitarianism. Sydney is a graduate of Florida State University's class of 2024.

Interested in applying for a Fulbright? Register for our Canvas course and set up an advising appointment today!


Florida State University’s Social Science Scholars program honored its 2023 cohort and introduced the 2024 cohort at its Spring Reception on Wednesday, April 24, 2024.

The Social Science Scholars Program, housed within the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy, is a highly competitive leadership development program for exceptional undergraduates in the College. Students participate in a leadership seminar in the spring semester that prepares them for internships, research, and service projects the following summer semester. Students then finish the program in the fall by completing a reflection course.

Read more: https://coss.fsu.edu/2024-social-science-scholars-celebrated-at-spring-reception/


The FSU Emergency Management and Homeland Security Program (EMHS) offers programming for both undergraduate and graduate students. In addition to three certificate programs, they offer three professional pathways seminar series on different topics. Students also have the opportunity to apply for an internship with the Disaster Intelligence Analysis Laboratory (DIAL).

For more information, check out the EMHS website: https://em.fsu.edu.


The College of Social Sciences and Public Policy invites our Spring 2024 graduates and their families and friends to join us for a come-and-go reception in Bellamy’s First Floor Atrium on the afternoon of Friday, May 3, from 12 – 3 p.m., the day before Commencement!

This semester, more than 1,100 students will graduate from FSU with degrees from COSSPP, joining our 50,000+ alumni.

Students can enjoy light refreshments, pick up a small congratulatory gift, and connect with our Alumni Engagement Coordinator Elizabeth Jones and our Career Center Liaison T.J Johnson during our graduation celebration in Bellamy on Friday, May 3, the day before FSU’s Commencement Ceremony at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 4, in the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center.

To read more, visit coss.fsu.edu/cosspp-celebrates-spring-2024-graduates-at-commencement-day-celebration/.


Jack Hitchcock – a fourth-year student double majoring in Florida State University Interdisciplinary Social Science and International Affairs – serves in many leadership roles at Florida State University and beyond.

In April 2023, Hitchcock began his tenure as President of FSU’s Student Body and a University Trustee. FSU’s Student Body President is elected each Spring semester and represents all 45,000 students by administering and enforcing programs that address each students’ needs.

“Serving as FSU Student Body President, Chairman of the Florida Student Association, and on the Florida Board of Governors, has allowed me to make decisions that directly impact the lives of hundreds of thousands of students, advocating for their needs and driving positive change,” Hitchcock said. “These experiences have shaped my understanding of advocacy and leadership and my career trajectory toward a path where I can continue to fight for what is right.”

Read more: https://coss.fsu.edu/student-spotlight-jack-hitchcock/


Congratulations to Dr. Patricia Homan for winning Florida State University's Developing Scholar Award!

Dr. Homan is an incredible member of our faculty with FSU Sociology, FSU Center for Demography and Population Health, FSU Public Health Program, FSU's Claude Pepper Center, and FSU's Pepper Institute on Aging and Public Policy.

The award provides $10,000 to be used to promote Dr. Homan’s program of research and creativity during the coming academic year.

Read more: https://coss.fsu.edu/cosspp-sociologist-wins-developing-scholar-award


Alexandra Cosso – an FSU alumna­ (B.S. Economics ’16) – recently completed her 20th professional mentorship through the Career Center’s ProfessioNole Mentors Program.

“I am eager to share my experiences and insights with the FSU community,” Cosso said. “I’m hoping to inspire current students to pursue a career in data and simultaneously encourage other alumni to participate in the program.”

Since graduating, Cosso has applied her data skills to disaster response, helping communities recover from public health emergencies and natural disasters. She is currently a Data Analytics Manager at AC Disaster Consulting, where she leads a team of data analysts and engineers using tools like Python, R, and SQL to inform response in affected communities during emergencies.

Read more: https://coss.fsu.edu/cosspp-alumni-spotlight-alexandra-cosso/


Florida State University’s Department of Economics awarded scholarships for the Fall 2024 semester to six outstanding Economics students: Becky Gilland, Jesse Valdes, Liam Woolard, Juan Guerrero, Victoria Huguet, and Garret Coleman.

Read more: coss.fsu.edu/six-outstanding-economics-students-awarded-with-scholarships/


Associate Professor of Geography Tyler McCreary, Ph.D., received a Community Engaged Research Partnership Award. This award recognizes tenured faculty who are interested in collaborating with community members to create relevant and impactful research.

This award, given for the first time in 2024, is a part of the Institutional Challenge Grant Program. It is funded by the William T. Grant Foundation, Doris Duke Foundation, and Spencer Foundation.

Dr. McCreary’s planned project is a collaboration with the Office of the Wet’suwet’en in British Columbia, Canada. This office advocates for the indigenous Wet’suwet’en people to Canadian governmental organizations.

Read more: coss.fsu.edu/associate-professor-of-geography-receives-community-engaged-research-partnership-award/


Nadia Rassech, an undergraduate student studying International Affairs and Middle Eastern Studies, received the 2024 Global Citizen Award from FSU’s Center for Global Engagement (CGE).

The award recognizes outstanding students who have actively engaged in intercultural initiatives on campus or abroad and who have exemplified leadership in fostering a global community among FSU students.

This year, Rassech won the award alongside Yeimy Roberto, a Ph.D. candidate majoring in Hispanic linguistics.

“The CGE is proud to recognize these outstanding students and we appreciate the contributions they have made in helping create a welcoming and supportive environment for students from all cultures,” said Cindy Green, CGE director.

Read more here: coss.fsu.edu/cosspp-student-receives-2024-global-citizen-award


Mathew Hauer, Ph.D., an Associate Professor of Sociology and the Associate Director of the Center for Demography and Population Health (CDPH) at Florida State University, was recently awarded the Early Achievement Award from the Population Association of America (PAA).

“Dr. Hauer is one of our very best faculty members at Florida State University,” said Dean Tim Chapin, Ph.D., Dean of the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy. “He’s an exceptional demographer and educator who has brought tremendous value to FSU’s College of Social Science and Public Policy, Department of Sociology, and Center for Demography and Population Health.”

Read more: https://coss.fsu.edu/cdph-associate-director-awarded-early-achievement-award/


Florida State University’s DeVoe Moore Professor of Economics Randall Holcombe, Ph.D., was awarded the Distinguished Scholar Award from the Association of Private Enterprise Education (APEE) at the 48th annual APEE conference on April 8, 2024.

The Distinguished Scholar Award is presented annually to an APEE member who has contributed to scholarship about free market economics. Awardees are those who have communicated effectively about the market economy and entrepreneurship, both with colleagues and the public.

Read more: coss.fsu.edu/devoe-moore-professor-of-economics-honored-with-distinguished-scholar-award/


Ten College of Social Sciences and Public Policy students were awarded the inaugural Dunaway Family Celebrating Excellence Scholarships this spring and recognized at an awards presentation on April 3, 2024.

The Dunaway Family Celebrating Excellence Scholarships are a tribute to Mark and Julie Dunaway’s vision to broaden scholar and policymaker awareness about successful African Americans whose works are not well-known.

The 2024 recipients included Allyson Anderson, Gabriella Behar, Emilie Parry, Jasmine Florexil, Jersey Tidwell, Julia Duncan, Alexandra Bauernfeind, Susan Espinoza, Amelia Dellamano, and Katherine Alonso.

To read more, visit coss.fsu.edu/cosspp-students-receive-dunaway-family-celebrating-excellence-scholarships/.


The Center for Demography and Population Health (FSU Center for Demography and Population Health) offers two graduate degree programs. The joint pathway program, in conjunction with State University Department of Urban and Regional Planning - DURP offers students a Master's in Science in both Planning (MSP) and Demography (MSD). The Center also offers the Master's in Demography by itself, which is a one-year program with a small cohort of students.

Check out the Center's website to learn more about their graduate programs!


Florida State University’s Department of Economics welcomed Anthony Kwasnica, Ph.D., to the faculty this semester as the new Rod and Hope Brim Eminent Scholar Chair.

The Rod and Hope Brim Eminent Scholar Chair position was established in 1993 to enhance instruction and research in Economics.

“I am so very pleased Dr. Kwasnica joined FSU’s Department of Economics as our new Rod and Hope Brim Eminent Scholar Chair,” said Tim Chapin, Ph.D., Dean of the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy. “The leadership and expertise he brings to FSU will take our experimental research group to the next level.”

Read more: coss.fsu.edu/fsu-department-of-economics-welcomes-new-rod-and-hope-brim-eminent-scholar-chair/


The College of Social Sciences and Public Policy Student Leadership Council (SLC) held its annual Spring Gala on April 22. The Gala is an event dedicated to recognizing the work and commitment SLC members have put into the organization.

The event opened with a keynote speech by Dean Tim Chapin, followed by an award ceremony dedicated to SLC members.

Five awards were presented at the Spring 2024 Gala:
Best Advisor: Tonja Guilford
Most Active Member: Phoenix Boland
Longest Standing Members: Shantae James and Kristen Rood
Best Officer: Jordan Brown
Most Valuable Player: Josiah Rivette

“We want to honor our members’ participation through our annual Spring Gala and recognize leaders in our College,” said Gisela Alvizures, Chair of the SLC. “We do this through our award ceremony, which serves to celebrate those that go above and beyond in the SLC.”

Read more here: coss.fsu.edu/college-of-social-sciences-and-public-policy-student-leadership-council-honors-students-at-spring-2024-gala


Assistant Professor of Geography Carolina Velásquez-Calderon, Ph.D., was recently accepted as a mentee in the inaugural cohort of the Florida State University ADVANCE Cohort Network Program.

The FSU ADVANCE Cohort Network is just one part of the National Science Foundation (NSF)-sponsored FSU ADVANCE Program, which aims to implement systemic change by increasing recruitment, empowerment, advancement, and systemic equity for underrepresented women faculty in STEM fields.

Throughout the six-month program, mentees will attend mentoring meetings, webinars, and a summer retreat.

To read more, visit coss.fsu.edu/geography-professor-accepted-to-inaugural-fsu-advance-cohort-network/


Florida State University’s former Student Body Vice President Rodney Wells has been named a finalist of the Harry S. Truman Scholarship.

Wells, an Florida State University Interdisciplinary Social Science major specializing in democracy and civil rights within the Florida State University College of Social Sciences & Public Policy, has made a mark on FSU’s campus and the community.

“Being named a Truman finalist reflects the profound impact of the community, student leaders, faculty, and staff at FSU,” Wells said. “Their dedication and support have been instrumental in my collegiate journey, and it is really an honor to have the opportunity to showcase the results of their efforts and investment in my growth.”

To read more about Wells and his accomplishments, visit the link in our bio (COSSPP News) or click here https://news.fsu.edu/news/university-news/2024/04/22/aspiring-public-servant-and-fsu-social-sciences-student-named-truman-finalist/

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