FAU, Virtual Planet, and City of West Palm Beach Unveil VR Experience

Virtual Planet, in partnership with Florida Atlantic University and the City of West Palm Beach, announced the launch of a revolutionary new virtual reality experience, “Sea Level Rise Explorer WPB.” The multidisciplinary team created a virtual simulation of the devastation that a Category 5 hurricane and sea level rise could have on West Palm Beach. Read more.

'New Horizons in Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias' Awardees

Florida Atlantic University and the David and Lynn Nicholson Center for Neurodegenerative Disease Research formed a collaboration to establish the “New Horizons in Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias” Pilot Funding Program. The pilot funding competition awarded three research projects that include faculty and a Ph.D. student from the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. Read more.

FAU Among 'U.S. News' 2023-24 'Best Graduate Programs'

Several Florida Atlantic University graduate programs are included in the latest U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Graduate Programs” for 2023-24. Each year, U.S. News ranks professional school programs in business, education, engineering, law, medicine and nursing, including specialties in each area. Read more.


2023-24 U.S. News “Best Graduate Programs" from the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science:

#149 Earth Sciences (Geosciences)

#160 Mathematics

#167 Physics

#185 Psychology

#201 Chemistry

#203 Biological Sciences

Schmidt College of Science Celebrates 2023 Honors Convocation Awardees

Pictured, left to right: Dean of the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science, Valery Forbes, Ph.D.; undergraduate student, Casey Leary, Distinguished Student of the Year; Associate Professor, Mare Cudic, Ph.D., Distinguished Mentor of the Year; Associate Dean for Faculty, John Baldwin, Ph.D; Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences, Sarah Milton, Ph.D.; Associate Dean for Research, Predrag Cudic, Ph.D.; and Professor, John Renne, Ph.D., Scholar of the Year.

The Charles E. Schmidt College of Science is pleased to announce that four members of the College were recognized during Florida Atlantic University’s 54th annual Honors Convocation on April 12. The ceremony celebrates the University’s most outstanding students and faculty. Read more. View photos.

Sea Turtle Grants Program Awards Funding to FAU

Congratulations to Jeanette Wyneken, Ph.D., Professor of Biological Sciences and Director of FAU’s Marine Science Lab at Gumbo Limbo Environmental Complex, and her Ph.D. student, Samantha Trail, for being selected to receive funding from the Sea Turtle Grants Program, during the 2023-24 grant cycle. Read more.

Schmidt College of Science Hosts Inaugural Excellence Awards

Pictured left to right: Professor, John Renne, Ph.D., Scholar of the Year; Brittanney Adelmann, Ph.D., Staff Service Award; Professor, Vicki Sarajedini, Ph.D., Faculty Service Award; Dean of the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science, Valery Forbes, Ph.D.; Scientist, Korey Sorgey, Ph.D., Excellence and Innovation in Undergraduate Teaching and Advising Award; Associate Professor, Marianne Porter, Ph.D., Researcher of the Year; Assistant Professor, Wazir Muhammad, Ph.D., Researcher of the Year; Associate Professor, Rindy Anderson, Ph.D., Scholar of the Year; Professor, Deguo Du, Ph.D., Researcher of the Year.

To recognize the achievements of its faculty and staff, the Schmidt College of Science hosted its inaugural Excellence Awards celebration on April 26. The awards highlight excellence in the areas of research, teaching, advising, service. Read more.

Science Fest Celebrates Diversity and Student Research

The Charles E. Schmidt College of Science hosted the inaugural Science Fest throughout the Breezeway on the Boca Raton campus on April 14. Approximately 1,000 visitors, including area high school and middle school students, community members, FAU undergraduate and graduate students, as well as faculty and staff enjoyed science-related exhibitions, a student poster competition, along with interactive games and activities. Read more. View photos from the event.

Pictured left to right: Eric Shaw, Ph.D., FAU alumnus and Emeritus Professor; Hamza Hanafi; Stephanie Toleno; Rised Philogene; Valery Forbes, Ph.D., Dean of the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science.

Winners of the 2023 Science Fest Undergraduate Poster Competition

$1,000 Dr. Eric Shaw Excellence in Science Undergraduate Research Award

Hamza Hanafi

“How Fast is Too Fast? Studying β-Hairpin Peptide Degradation by Enzymatic Proteolysis”

Honorable Mention Winner

Rised Philogene and Stephanie Toleno

“Reversing the Gut-Wrenching Effects of Environmental Toxins”

Postdoc Spotlight: Juliana Marques, Ph.D.

Juliana Marques, Ph.D., is an awardee of the College's inaugural Jumpstart Postdoctoral Program. Marques is collaborating with principal investigator, Professor Salvatore Lepore, Ph.D., Charles E. Schmidt College of Science, and co-principal investigators, Associate Professors Claudia Rodrigues, Ph.D., and Bommareddy Ajay, Ph.D., Schmidt College of Medicine. The team is investigating the role of a novel compound developed at FAU, in preventing damage to the heart caused by chemotherapy in their study, “Development of Cardioprotective Treatments for Cancer.” Read more.

FAU Program Named Top 25 'Most Affordable Urban Planning School'

The Schmidt College of Science's Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree was named in the top 25 "Most Affordable Urban Planning Schools" by Read more.

2023 FAU Technology Fee Grants Support Science

The Charles E. Schmidt College of Science is pleased to have been awarded 2022-23 Student Technology Fee grants that will support our students and core teaching activities. The fee revenues are used to enhance instructional technology resources for both students and faculty. Read more.

Medical Physics Students Accepted to Residency Programs

Congratulations to four medical physics students who were accepted into residency programs: (top row, left to right) Panagiota Galanakou, Touhid Feghhi, (bottom row, left to right) Samaneh Rikhtehgaran and Shawn String. Read more.

2023 OURI Research Day Winners

Congratulations to the 2023 Office of Undergraduate Research and Inquiry Research Day winners! The winners from the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science include:

First Place Student Presenter

Edward De La Uz

"Calcium Carbonate and Hydroxyapatite Biomineralization of Chitin Utilizing TEMPO Oxidation and Poly(acrylic acid) Modification"

Second Place Student Presenter

Seymour Haque

"Encapsulation of Cromolyn Within Neuroprotective PEGylated Chitosan-Palmitic Acid Nanoparticles"

View all the winners in Oral/Performing Arts Symposium and the Poster People's Choice Symposium. View photos from the event.

Science Student Earns Top Award at FAU Wave Competition

The FAU Wave Competition, an undergraduate and graduate applied research and entrepreneurial competition organized by FAU’s Division of Research, challenges students to develop innovative ideas targeting societal problems. Rachel Kavalakatt, a junior majoring in behavioral neuroscience in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science, received the Dr. Eric H. Shaw FAU Wave Excellence in Innovation Award and a $2,000 cash prize for the innovation Carpal Tech 2.0, a carpal tunnel preventative biotech wearable that pairs with an app to help those suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome. Read more.

Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions 50th Anniversary Reception

Wednesday, May 17 | 5:30 pm at Lake Pavilion, West Palm Beach

Conversation and light refreshments, sharing memories

and a vision for the future

Join the Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions (CUES) for this extraordinary occasion as we honor CUES’ remarkable achievements and prepare for its future legacy. CUES values your bold thinking, enduring commitment, and tremendous impact and partnership on CUES’ research, engagement, and education. 

Learn More and Get Tickets

Two College of Science Graduate Students Launch 'To Dive For' Podcast

Haley Davis and Sydney Bell, graduate students, Charles E. Schmidt College of Science, are conducting research with the FAU Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute and recently launched a podcast called "To Dive For." Listen here.

Social Media Spotlight: Elasmolab Students Tag Tiger Sharks

Instagram @sharkmigration: "Beautiful big tiger shark tagged today by the expert crew of @fauscience graduate students. They did a great job safety and efficiently handling such a powerful shark."

Application Preparation for Pre-Med Students Course

Monday, May 8 to Friday, May 12

8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily

In-person, Davie Campus

The Application Preparation for Pre-Med Students Course (APPS) is a 5-day intense application preparation program for pre-medical and pre-dental students who will be applying in the current cycle. APPS is designed to help highly motivated students learn how to showcase their abilities, skills, and motivation throughout the application process to medical or dental school. Students receive hands-on individual support throughout the five day program. Learn more.

Polo Reef Science Internship
Registration is now open for interested students to apply for a 12-week internship opportunity on-site at the Polo Reef Company in New York. The internship is available for Florida Atlantic University students in the Summer 2023 semester. A diving certificate is preferred for internship applicants. The intern should reside within driving distance of the Polo Reef Company for the duration of the internship. Learn more.

  • Identify and take care of a variety of coral species, and rehabilitate species back to full health when needed
  • Dive in a 17,000-gallon tank
  • Evaluate and provide for the nutritional needs of fish species and coral in an aquarium environment (aquarium ecosystem)
  • And much more!
Continuing Education Courses
DNA Forensics and Assisted Reproductive Technology
Summer ‘23: Jul. 6-Aug. 8 | Fall ’23: Oct. 17-Nov. 16

The DNA Forensics certificate course is for professionals and non-professional students contemplating a career in biotech, forensic science, criminal justice and other allied life science programs. Learn more and register.

The ART certificate course is for professionals or current students seeking a career in human reproductive medicine, veterinary medicine, nursing, biomedical science and other allied life science programs. Learn more and register.
Become a Cybersecurity Expert
Earn an advanced graduate degree or certificate in cybersecurity and elevate your career path. Our graduates in the Department of Mathematical Sciences acquire high-demand, specialized skills and are sought after by some of the biggest names in the technology industry, government, and academics. Learn more.
In the News

Disney Parks Blog Features Maria Fadiman, Ph.D.

In April, the Disney Parks Blog showcased how to "travel like an expert" with Maria Fadiman, Ph.D., Professor of Geosciences. Fadiman has participated in numerous National Geographic Expedition Trips as a National Geographic Expert to locations such as Costa Rica, Spain, and New Zealand. Read more.

Professor Joins CBS News Broadcast

Nwadiuto Esiobu, Ph.D., Professor of Biological Sciences, joined a CBS News segment broadcast nationally to discuss a possible rise in fatal flesh-eating bacterial infections due to global warming on April 18. Watch video.

FAU Professor Hosts 'Astronomy Minute' Podcast

Ata Sarajedini, Ph.D., professor of Physics, was featured in Physics Today magazine, highlighting his bite-sized podcast covering various topics about astronomy, called Astronomy Minute. Listen here.

'Southern Living' Features Three College Alumni

Last fall, Southern Living magazine featured three College of Science master's alumni, Jeff Guertin, Jacki (Lorne) Kingston, and Caitlin Bovery (shown at left), along with Professor Jeanette Wyneken, Ph.D., Professor of Biological Sciences, for their devotion to saving sea turtles. (Photo credit: Cedric Angeles) Read more.

John Renne, Ph.D., Tapped as Expert

John Renne, Ph.D., Professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, joined the Los Angeles-based Bike Talk show this month. Listen here.

Renne also spoke this past month to the publication Salon about post-car future being more equitable. Read more.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, May 3

Future Doctors Reception

Friday, May 5

Spring 2023 Schmidt College of Science Commencement

Monday, May 8 to Friday, May 12

Application Preparation for Pre-Med Students Course

Wednesday, May 17

CUES 50th Anniversary Reception

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