Florida State University College of Medicine


Partner Since 2020

Toffler Scholar Program

The mission of Florida State University College of Medicine is to develop exemplary physicians who practice patient-centered health care, discover and advance knowledge, and are responsive to community needs, especially through service to elder, rural, minority, and underserved populations.

The Toffler Scholar Program provides crucial early-stage funding and network support for Florida State University College of Medicine students. Students earn the Toffler Scholar award through  research excellence and innovative thinking.

“I am very pleased and delighted that the Karen Toffler Charitable Trust has provided a generous gift to establish the Toffler Scholar Program at the FSU College of Medicine. This gift, matched by our college, will provide critical funding for new and emerging investigators in neuroscience and neurodegenerative disease to support their programs and their research. We appreciate the support and confidence in our university and research programs.”

- Dr. John P. Fogarty,
Dean of Florida State University College of Medicine

Toffler Scholars


Jie Chen


Dr. Douglas Storace


Stephen Beesley, PhD

Dr. Caitlin N. Suire

Toffler Scholar Spotlights

Get an in-depth look at some of our previous and current Toffler Scholars.


Stephen Beesley

Stephen Beesley earned the Toffler Scholar Award in 2021 at Florida State University College of Medicine. Currently, he holds a research faculty position at the University of Florida College of Medicine, where he is researching frontal lobe epileptic seizures. His current research focuses on understanding how astrocyte cells change in the early stages of epilepsy.

Douglas Storace

Dr. Douglas Storace

Dr. Storace earned the Toffler Scholar Award in 2022 at Florida State University. He serves as a faculty member in the Department of Biological Science at Florida State University. There, he and his team pursue key questions of how humans perceive using the mouse olfactory bulb as a model system.

Jie Chen

Jie Chen

Jie Chen earned the Toffler Scholar Award in 2023 at Florida State University. An assistant professor at the Florida State University College of Nursing, Dr. Chen’s research projects focus on pain and symptom management in older adults with multiple chronic conditions (MCC), i.e., cancer and cardiovascular disease.


4 Toffler Scholar Awards

3 Year Partnership

$125,000 In Funding To-Date

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