Graduate Student News

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 (tdean@fsu.edu) or Amanda Conway (aep16d@fsu.edu).

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."

Religion Graduate Student Rebecca Peters Wins Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship

The $44,000 Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship (DDRA) will fund Rebecca's research in Mumbai, India from January 2020 to December 2020. While there, Rebecca will be conducting an ethnographic study on women directors in Bollywood, where she will investigate the relationship between gender identity and film production by exploring how Bollywood women directors define and negotiate gender roles. Click here for more information.

Tucker Adkins Awarded Episcopal Church Foundation Academic Fellowship

The Episcopal Church Foundation has named ARH graduate student Tucker Adkins one of its two academic fellows for 2019. The fellowship recognizes promising doctoral research being conducted by students who are from a member church within the Anglican Communion. It will award Tucker $15,000 for the year and give him the opportunity to visit various archival sites.