The Garnet and Gold Scholar Society facilitates involvement and recognizes the engaged, well-rounded undergraduate student who excels within and beyond the classroom in the areas of International, Internship, Leadership, Research and Service. An undergraduate student who meets the criteria in three of the five areas and completes a Synthesis Reflection will qualify to graduate as a member of the Garnet and Gold Scholar Society.
Students may use the same experience (e.g., an international internship) to qualify for no more than two areas. If the student elects to use the same experience for two areas, they are still responsible for all requirements of the two areas that the experience addresses.
At the time of submission of the Synthesis Reflection, which is the final phase, the student must hold a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher and clearance from the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities. The achievement will be noted on the academic transcript, and will be recognized at graduation and by the awarding the Garnet and Gold Scholar Society Medal, if the student completes the following:
- Completes criteria in 3 areas of engagement
- Receives approval for all three engagement area reflections
- Approved final Synthesis Reflection
Students can complete the 3 areas of engagement in the order of their preference and they can occur concurrently. Ideally, students will fulfill all requirements for their areas of engagement a semester prior to graduation. This allows students their final semester to complete and gain approval for their Synthesis Reflection. Please note that the deadline to submit the Synthesis Reflection is a student's final semester of enrollment. Students will not receive access to the Synthesis tab in their GGSS portal until their final semester at FSU.
Garnet and Gold Scholar Society members will demonstrate how they have developed their leadership, professional, citizenship and/or research skills while building collaborative relationships in the academic, local or global community.
Students will indicate their interest by completing an Intent to Participate form. In their proposals, students will outline courses and activities to be completed and develop plans for what they hope to accomplish through participation in the Program. Students will also choose their preference for an Overall Program Advisor.
If plans change after submission of their original Intent to Participate forms, participants may request the change from the program administrators.
For assistance in planning an Intent to Participate, see the Engagement Areas Checklist .
Students must complete 3 of the 5 required components. After completing each of the 3 selected Engagement Areas, the student will submit supporting evidence (e.g., completed courses or service documented on student's ServScript records) and respond to prompts to demonstrate how these learning activities have impacted their college experience.
For details on each engagement area and required criteria, visit the Engagement Areas website.
Reflections are submitted in the GGSS portal and approved by Area Approvers in each engagement area. If the student's reflection does not meet all 4 areas of learning as shown in the grading rubric, a revision is required. The student only has one additional attempt to revise their reflection in order to complete the engagement area.The student may contact their Area Approver if the submission needs revision and clarification is needed on the feedback. If the student's revised reflection is denied again, they will not be able to complete the Garnet and Gold Scholar Society.
If the student's reflection is not approved, they have one week to revise and resubmit. They only have one chance to revise. If the reflection is rejected a second time, they must submit a formal appeal if they wish to remain in the Program.
The Synthesis Reflection gives students the opportunity to reflect on the three submitted experiences and explain in their own words how the three experiences are related, how they have developed leadership, professional, citizenship and/or research skills through those experiences and how the student collaborated with others during these experiences. It should document perception, awareness and knowledge about the three areas and their interconnectedness. The student's Overall Program Advisor reviews the completed reflection. Visit the Synthesis website for more information.
- Participants have the right to appeal a missed deadline or the evaluation results from an area or the Synthesis if he/she believes that the initial ruling was unfair.
- No additional edits to the submission is allowed and a blind reviewer will evaluate the submission on the student's behalf.
- Only one appeal request may be submitted per student.
- Appeal Form must be submitted within two weeks (including holidays and weekends) of notification of evaluation results or program removal from GGSS Administrator.
- The final submission of the Engagement Area Reflection or Synthesis Reflection will be reconsidered only one time.
- The Program Administrator will contact the student with the decision within two weeks of the appeal request.
- Students must complete the appeal by clicking the link here: Appeal Form