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Samantha Nix receives prestigious fellowship award

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Samantha Nix

Samantha Nix, doctoral student in the Higher Education program, received a National Academy of Education/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship for 2016-2017. Nix is the first Florida State University student to receive this prestigious fellowship.

The Dissertation Fellowship Program seeks to encourage a new generation of scholars from a wide range of disciplines and professional fields to undertake research relevant to the improvement of education. Nix was one of only 35 winners out of 400 applicants to receive the award through this highly competitive program.

Nix received her M.S. in Higher Education from Florida State University in 2013. While at FSU, she has worked as a research assistant under several faculty in her department and at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory’s Center for Integrating Research and Learning. In addition, her professional work has included coordinating the FSU Certificate in Institutional Research and FSU’s Women in Mathematics, Science, and Engineering (WIMSE) Living Learning Program.

Her research interests include examining college students’ resilience and its impact on postsecondary educational outcomes, particularly science, technology, engineering, and mathematics major choice and persistence. Furthermore, she seeks to investigate the influence of gender, race/ethnicity, and socio-economic status on perceived resilience in specific academic contexts, as well as the role of college environments in shaping students’ beliefs about fields and selves. Nix currently serves as a graduate research assistant in the Center for Postsecondary Success.

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