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FSU Discovery Days – a week of celebration of FSU research, creativity, and discovery enterprise! Discovery Days has something for everyone – from concerts to shark tank style pitch competitions - come experience some of what makes FSU so special!

Discovery Days 2024 will take place October 7-12

Monday, October 7, 2024

Learn how FSU Health is tackling rare childhood diseases

There are currently 7,000 rare diseases that impact more than 350 million people globally and 30 million people nationwide. Florida State University’s Institute for Pediatric Rare Diseases, part of the FSU Health initiative, is working to tackle some of these complicated diseases and change the lives of families worldwide. The day will kick off with a keynote address from Dr. Terence Flotte, dean of the T.H. Chan School of Medicine at the University of Massachusetts followed by a symposium on emerging trends in treatments and research in this field

Additional speakers to be announced soon

Time: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Location: College of Medicine Auditorium
1115 Call Street

Florida Research Development Alliance Annual Conference

Join research development professionals from around the state of Florida to share best practices and foster collaboration across the state’s research institutions.

Time: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Location: Florida State University Student Union
75 N. Woodward Ave.

Register Link Coming Soon

Tuesday, October 8, 2024

Principal Investigator Reception: Celebrating Campus Researchers and Initiatives

Join faculty and administrators to celebrate FSU’s success and record year in research funding

Time: 4 p.m.
Location: Seminole Legacy Golf Club
2550 Pottsdamer St.
Invite Only

Innovation in the Arts and Humanities

Join FSU’s arts and humanities faculty and students for an evening of interdisciplinary scholarship and exploration. Learn about the work of the new Native American and Indigenous Studies Center; philosophy, the supernatural, and film; and the relationship between law and classics through the writings of AHeantigone. The evening concludes with two musical performances including a rare performance of Petr Eben's Letters to Milena, a piano work inspired by the writings of Franz Kafka, and also a multi-media presentation with saxophone quartet.

Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Opperman Music Hall
114 N Copeland St.

Wednesday, October 9, 2024

Discovery Challenge: FSU entrepreneurs compete for cash to jumpstart companies

FSU startup companies pitch their big ideas for cash prizes in a shark tank-style competition. Audience members will get in on the action to pick the company they think can go the distance with a People’s Choice award. Networking Reception to follow formal program.

Time: 3 - 5 p.m.
Location: Augusts B. Turnbull Conference Center
555 W. Pensacola St.

Ask a Scientist

Ever wanted to know where colors come from? How stars form? How solar cells work? Here’s your chance to get answers to those questions and more during “Ask A Scientist Gaming,” where we combine mediocre video gameplay and professional science. Join Associate Professor Ken Hanson (chemistry) and Professor David Collins (physics) as they bring this hit Twitch streaming series to you live from the Challenger Center’s Imax Theater

Time: 6 - 8 p.m.
Location: Imax, Challenger Center
200 S. Duval Street

Thursday, October 10, 2024


Meet FSU’s new commercialization team and learn about our support for commercializing your idea and opportunities to explore turning research into business ventures. Event will include a light breakfast.

Time: 9 a.m.
Location: CAPS Seminar Room
2000 Levy Ave

Milton S. Carothers Faculty Lecture - The Beauty of Neutron Stars

Join Robert O. Lawton Professor of Physics Jorge Piekarewicz as he explores the beauty of neutron stars and how the study of them will help unravel greater truths about our universe. RSVPs are required for the provided lunch. RSVP Link coming soon!

Time: 12 p.m.
Location: Strozier Library, Bradley Reading Room
116 Honors Way

Meet the Team at Sponsored Research Administration

Stop by the Sponsored Research Administration offices for its annual open house. Enjoy a snack and chat with the staff members who help faculty submit proposals and manage awards.

Time: 3 - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Student Services Building
847 Traditions Way, 3rd Floor

President’s Showcase of Undergraduate Research Excellence

The President's Showcase of Undergraduate Research Excellence is the culmination of the Summer Research Award experience. FSU students share their original research and creative projects through poster and oral presentations.

Time: 5 p.m.
Location: FSU Student Union
75 N. Woodward Ave.

Friday, October 11, 2024

Collaborative Collision: Sustainability

FSU is a leader in sustainability research with nearly 250 faculty engaged in research and scholarship related to this topic. This networking event will help build connections and launch new research teams that will make a positive impact on our community.

Time: 9 a.m.
Location: TBD

Arts-Humanities-Health Symposium III

How can the arts and humanities improve our health and wellbeing?
FSU faculty from medicine and nursing unite with artists, creators and researchers from the arts and humanities to explore how poetry, art, music and interior design contribute to better health outcomes, working environments and lifestyle .

Time: 12 p.m.
Location: Claude Pepper Center
636 W. Call Street

Saturday, October 12, 2024

Saturday Morning Physics

Spin, Spin, Spin!
Explore the world of wheels, gyroscopes, and other spinning objects and the secrets behind how they move with Physics and Art Education faculty.

Time: 9:30 - 11 a.m.
Location: Richards Building
1055 Atomic Way