FAU Awarded $2.4 Million NSF Grant To Train Data Scientists
Researchers from across Florida Atlantic University, including collaborators in the FAU Charles E. Schmidt College of Science, have received a five-year, $2.4 million grant from the National Science Foundation to train graduate students in data science technologies and applications. Elan Barenholtz, Ph.D., an associate professor of psychology in the Schmidt College of Science, and an expert on deep learning and brain-behavior, was one of the members on the grant's interdisciplinary team. Read more.
Apply for the College of Science Fall 2020 Scholarships!
College of Science General Scholarships available for students:

  • Sarajedini Family Scholarship (Financial-Aid Based)
  • Science Graduate Research Support Scholarship (New)
  • Stuyvesant Legacy of Excellence in STEM Scholarship Fund (Financial Aid Based Award)
  • Andrew R. and Marjorie C. Buglione Endowed Scholarship Fund (Financial Aid Based Award - Yearly)

For more information about these scholarships and others, click here. For questions, contact
Spring 2020 Dean's List
The Charles E. Schmidt College of Science is proud to announce the Spring 2020 Dean's List. Congratulations to our high achieving undergraduates. Read more and view the Dean's List.
Sarah Milton Named Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences
The Charles E. Schmidt College of Science welcomes Sarah Milton, Ph.D., as the chair of the Department of Biological Sciences. Dr. Milton previously served as the interim chair for the department, beginning in 2019, and continues to serve as a professor of biological sciences. Read more.
Mapping Cavefish Brains Leads To Origin Of Behavioral Evolution
A groundbreaking study mapping cavefish brains leads to the origin of behavioral evolution. Lead author, Alex Keene, Ph.D., an associate professor of biological sciences, states, "This work has broad implications for our understanding of how brains evolve in many different animal models and we hope that it will be widely used by the scientific community." Read more.
Hot Dogs, Chicken Wings, and City Living Helped Wood Storks Thrive
Betsy Evans, Ph.D., an alumna of the College of Science, and Dale Gawlik, Ph.D., a professor and director of FAU’s Environmental Science program, were published in Scientific Reports for a study on how wetland bird species persist and even thrive in an urban environment. Evans was the lead author, conducting the study as a graduate student, and is now a natural resources specialist with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Read more.
Mathematical Sciences Ph.D. Candidate Alex Milbrand is Leading the Way
Ph.D. candidate in Mathematical Sciences, Alex Milbrand, is teaching future scientists at FAU. With her sights set on pursuing a career in higher education, Alex shares her experience as a graduate teaching assistant, the range of leadership roles she has assumed along the way, and the opportunities afforded to mathematics students at the University. Learn more about pursuing a graduate degree in mathematics.
Andrew Terentis Recognized as Fulbright Scholar
Andrew Terentis, Ph.D., an associate professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, was selected as a 2020-2021 Fulbright Scholar in Cyprus. He will be conducting research and teaching a course in Raman spectroscopy at the University of Cyprus, as part of a project to study how cell-penetrating peptides (CPPs) interact with lipid membranes. Read more.
University Coronavirus Updates
FAU continues to closely monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19). For the most recent updates, visit the University's dedicated web page at
Second Annual Art of Science Photography Contest
The second annual Division of Research Art of Science photography contest is an opportunity to showcase the cutting-edge research, scholarship and creativity happening across all the colleges.⁠
The contest is open to all members of the FAU community – students, faculty and staff – the Division of Research is accepting new photograph submissions through Oct. 15, 2020.⁠ Prizes include an iPad and possible publication in an upcoming issue of Owl Research and Innovation magazine. Learn more.
Alumna Discovers Manta Ray Nursery
FAU graduate, Jessica Pate, an alumna of the master's in biology program, discovered the first urban nursery ground for manta rays off the South Florida coast. And in 2016, Jessica founded the Florida Manta Project to learn more about the understudied, and threatened manta rays. Read more.
Alumna Featured as Frontline Medical Professional
Tiffany Comerie, an FAU alumna who majored in biology, is now a Physician Assistant, serving on the front-line in the Emergency Room at Florida Medical Center. Tiffany was featured in Coconut Creek Lifestyle magazine in the article, "Pandemic Stories," showcasing medical personnel making a difference in the lives of countless people during the pandemic. Read more.
South Florida PBS Star Gazers: Mission to Mars
FAU and South Florida PBS collaborated on the Mission to Mars live virtual event, which took place September 24. An all-star panel of space experts discussed what it takes to travel to our neighboring planet and learn all about the future of space exploration. Featured panelist include: NASA scientist Jim Rice, Ph. D.; NASA Engineer Bobak Ferdowsi; and professor and the inaugural Bjorn Lamborn Endowed Chair in Astrophysics at FAU, Ata Sarajedini, Ph.D. Read more.
Register for the Virtual Data Science, Analytics and AI Conference
Connect with the data science and AI community across industry, government, and higher education • Learn from the experts in business and academia • See the latest trends and developments
Virtual Conference Date:
Saturday, November 14, 2020  
9:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m. ET
Three Minute Thesis Championship Competitor Skylar Hooler
Skylar Hooler is a doctoral candidate in Geosciences who presented, "Investigating the impact of dams on water interactions" at the 2020 Three Minute Thesis Competition. Click here to learn more and see all of the 3MT Competition winners from the College of Science.
Pre-Health Professions Fall 2020 Virtual Workshop Series
Learn about preparing for the MCAT, medical school admissions exams, and letters of recommendation through a series of workshops taking place from October to December through the Pre-Health Professions Office. Workshops include Interview Bootcamp, First Generation Pre-Health Students, Post Baccalaureate "Career Changer" program, and much more. Learn more and register.
Certified Nursing Assistant Test Prep Course
The College of Science is offering a Certified Nursing Assistant Test Prep Course (CNA), intended for students to “challenge” the CNA exam. The instructors are nurses and approved through the Florida Board of Nursing to teach a variety of certification courses. The first session will begin on October 19 and will run until October 25. The course meets Monday through Thursday from 5:00-7:00 p.m. through Webex and in-person on Saturday and Sunday 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.. Learn more.
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Follow the Pre-Health Office on Instagram. Learn about upcoming events, services and support they provide, tips for pre-health track students, and everything else in between.

Researcher John Renne Talks with National Geographic
John Renne, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Urban and Environmental Studies and professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, shared his expertise on disaster planning in the National Geographic article "Hurricane Laura inundates Louisiana, Texas." Read more.

Image courtesy: National Geographic
Alumna Featured by NIST Cybersecurity Insights
Angela Robinson, Ph.D., is an alumna of the doctoral program in mathematics at FAU. She was featured by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) about her work with post-quantum cryptography and her volunteer initiative with young female students learning about math. Read more.
The Changing Face of Urban Planning
The Department of Urban and Regional Planning, and a panel of practitioners and faculty, held an online discussion to answer questions, such as:
How does planning policy relate to the needs of diverse communities? What do planners need to know about transportation planning for diversity and inclusion? Read more.
Built Environment on Traffic Safety Study Published
Researchers in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, including Dibakar Saha, Ph.D., Eric Dumbaugh, Ph.D., and Louis A. Merlin, Ph.D., published the paper, “A Conceptual Framework to Understand the Role of Built Environment on Traffic Safety” in the Journal of Safety Research. This study explores the relationship between built environment variables and crash frequency. Read more.
FAU Cares Emergency Fund for Students
Florida Atlantic University has established the "FAU Cares Emergency Fund" for currently registered, degree-seeking students who are experiencing financial hardship. The fund can be used for education-related expenses such as room, board, tuition, and personal expenses.
Students can apply here through FAU’s Office of Student Financial Aid. For more information and to donate to the FAU Cares Emergency Fund, visit
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