Graduate Student News

Religion Graduate Student Marah Litchford Wins Fulbright Fellowship

The Department of Religion is pleased to announce that Marah Litchford has been awarded a prestigious Fulbright-Nehru Student Research Fellowship. The Fellowship will fund Marah's research in Dharamsala, India beginning in March 2022. While there, Marah will be conducting an ethnographic and historical study of the role of Buddhism in Tibetan political protest. Click here for more information.

Roundtable Discussion on Journal Publications - Friday, May 7th, 3:00 pm

The Graduate Students of the FSU Department of Religion invite you to a Roundtable Discussion on Journal Publications on Friday, May 7th at 3:00 pm via Zoom, with guests Phillip Goff (co-editor of Religion and American Culture), Andrea R. Jain (editor of Journal of the American Academy of Religion), Alex P. Jassen (editor of Journal of Ancient Judaism), and Urmila Mohan (founder and managing editor of The Jugaad Project). Registration is required. Please click here to register. Download the flyer here.

Questions may be directed to Taylor Dean ( or Amanda Conway (

James Waters receives Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award for 2020-2021

James Waters, PhD student in Religion, Ethics, and Philosophy, has received a 2020-2021 Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award sponsored by FSU's Program for Instructional Excellence (PIE). He is one of only two students this year in the College of Arts & Sciences, and seven total in the entire University, to have been awarded this outstanding honor. James will also be recognized at FSU's annual Celebration of Graduate Student Excellence.

Guanxiong Xi wins First Place in Master's in Four 2021 Competition

Guanxiong Xi, MA student in History and Ethnography of Religions (Asia), has been selected as the First Place Winner for the 2021 Master's in Four (MI4) competition. Guanxiong's prize-winning video presentation on his research, How a Buddhist Monastery Became a Tourist Destination in 17th Century China, can be viewed here. Guanxiong will also be recognized at FSU's annual Celebration of Graduate Student Excellence.

Joshua Matson receives Arts & Humanities Research & Creativity Award for 2021

Joshua Matson, PhD student in Religions of Western Antiquity, has won the 2021 Arts & Humanities Research & Creativity Award in recognition of his outstanding research, publication, and presentation record. Josh will also be recognized at FSU's annual Celebration of Graduate Student Excellence and will be featured in the spring 2021 GradConnection newsletter.

Graduate Student Awards 2019-2020

The Religion Department congratulates the following graduate student award winners for 2019-2020: 

  • Moore Travel Grants (Spring 2020): Taylor Dean, Michael McLaughlin, Nathan Moats; (Fall 2019): Luke ArredondoMarah Litchford, Jesse Young
  • Best Dissertation Award: Luke Arrendondo
  • Excellence in Research Award: Amanda Propst
  • Porterfield Prize: Tucker Adkins
  • Excellence in Teaching: John Cole
  • Excellence in Service: Michael McLaughlin
  • Sandon Prize, Graduate Student Symposium: Florence Egbeyale for her paper, "Biblical Interpretive Strategy in the Epistle of Barnabas and Justin’s Dialogue with Trypho: A Tool for Policing Christian Identity."