$1.1 million federal grant supports FIU’s first generation student initiatives

Today 23-year-old Jessica Pintado is an intern in a prestigious medical research program. But she almost gave up on her dream as an undergraduate at FIU. “For a long time I wanted to do research, but I didn’t feel like I had the skill set,” said Pintado, a first generation university student who earned bachelor’s […]

FIU to examine substance use in youths as part of national landmark study on brain development

The National Institutes of Health has awarded FIU $12.7 million as part of a multi-year national landmark study on substance use and adolescent brain development. The award, for the first five-year cycle of the research study, is the single largest NIH award ever received by FIU faculty. Raul Gonzalez, associate professor of psychology, psychiatry, and […]

SBDC at FIU: Thinking globally to help local companies

Since early 2014, the Florida Small Business Development Center at Florida International University has helped more than 900 South Florida entrepreneurs. The SBDC’s services are free and available to the community. Jacqueline Bueno Sousa, the program’s founding regional director, said SBDC at FIU looked at the landscape and needs in Miami-Dade County’s entrepreneurial community so […]

NSF makes Florida universities national hub for hurricane mitigation research

The National Science Foundation today announced grants to Florida International University and University of Florida totaling nearly $8 million that will position the state to become a national hub for research into making homes and businesses safer in hurricanes and tornadoes. FIU’s Wall of Wind and UF’s Powell Family Structures and Materials Laboratory are now […]

Animation designer named new SJMC fellow

Mariana Santos, a former interactive and animation designer at The Guardian in London, has joined the School of Journalism and Mass Communication as the new Knight Innovator in Residence. Santos will work with students and faculty to develop long-lasting, revolutionary media projects, along with new curriculum and methods in digital media. Currently, she’s the director of interactive and […]

Ultimate Software, FIU prepare students for job market

Ultimate Software (Nasdaq: ULTI), a leading provider of human capital management (HCM) solutions in the cloud, and FIU have announced a 10-year extension to their current technology-education partnership. The new commitment will help establish an endowment for the FIU College of Engineering and Computing’s School of Computing and Information Sciences, fund scholarships for students at […]

14th Annual Torch Awards: Breaking records by the numbers

The 14th Annual Torch Awards already broke one university record: The gala in March boasted the highest attendance in its history, with nearly 800 guests flooding the Fontainebleau’s Crystal Ballrooms. Now, it’s broken a second record: The Torch Awards raised its highest amount of funding ever, with more than $100,000 being divided evenly between first-generation scholarships and […]

FIU honored by White House for Bright Spots in Hispanic Education

The White House has recognized FIU’s Mastery Math Lab and the STEM Transformation Institute as Bright Spots in Hispanic Education, placing them among the top programs in the nation helping to close the achievement gap. The Mastery Math Lab was developed by the College of Arts & Sciences to improve student success in College Algebra, […]

FIU ranked 17th in Washington Monthly for engagement, contributions to community

FIU was recently named among the top universities in the country in terms of engagement and contributions to its community. According to recently-released rankings of national universities by Washington Monthly, FIU placed 17th out of 279 higher education institutions, up from 24th last year. Achieving a top 20 ranking in Washington Monthly by 2020 is one of […]