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Fall 2011 Week 11

Thank you everybody for a great fall term in the UHC! We wish you all the best in finals week and a very happy winter break. We’ll see you in 2012! Here’s what else is going on this week:

 

UHC Announcements & Events

1.      SLUG finals week hours and UHC library study room

2.      UHC/College of Engineering Faculty-Student Mixer!

3.      HAAC winter 2011 meeting times

4.      UHC Sunriver trip sign ups

5.      Colloquium added for winter term: PHL 407H Buddhist Thought Past and Present, An Overview

 

Opportunities

6.      Oregon Climate Change Research Institute research internship

7.      Teach For America application deadline

8.      Winter term research skills course

9.      Engineering thesis projects

10.  OSU Cross-Cultural Mentoring Program

11.  ASOSU Internship Program

12.  Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in Sustainable BioEnergy at the Center For Sustainable Energy (CSE) at Kansas State University

13.  Dow AgroSciences R&D Summer Intern Program

 

OSU Events & Announcements

14.  Education double degree informational sessions

 

 

UHC Announcements & Events

1.      SLUG finals week hours and UHC library study room

This week, the SLUG will be open from 7:30 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Friday, we will open at 7:30 and close for the break at noon. The SLUG will reopen on Monday, January 9th at 7:30 a.m.

 

Also, during this busy time, keep in mind that the UHC holds a study room for student use in the Valley Library. This can be checked out in four-hour blocks and reserved overnight in the SLUG. Talk to the SLUG staffer to schedule the room in advance or pick up the key.

 

2.      UHC/College of Engineering Faculty-Student Mixer!

Engineering students mark your calendars! On the first Friday of winter term, 1/13/12, at 4:00 p.m. the UHC will host the first College of Engineering Faculty-Student Mixer in Strand 233. At this event, several faculty members from throughout the College of Engineering, representing a diversity of fields, will give short presentations about their current research projects that could involve an undergraduate assistant. They will then be available to answer questions and speak with students. Food will be provided! This will be a fantastic opportunity to both learn more about research in engineering and make important connections that will help you to get involved in a project that will form the basis for your senior thesis. All students who are interested in finding out about a range of engineering fields and/or are looking for a research project are encouraged to attend. You could leave the event with a clear path toward a project and a lab posting! Additional details will be forthcoming; if you are interested, email Kevin Stoller (kevin.stoller@oregonstate.edu).

 

3.      HAAC winter 2011 meeting times

Next term, the Honors Activities and Advisory Committee (HAAC) will meet on Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. in the SLUG. All UHC students are welcome to attend meetings, and it’s a great chance to help shape your UHC community and determine UHC events.

 

4.      UHC Sunriver trip sign ups

The UHC Sunriver trip has filled up, but don’t despair! If there is enough waitlist interest, additional space will be reserved. Express interest by signing up in SLUG 1 or emailing Kellie French (frenchke@onid.orst.edu) and making “Sunriver Trip” the email subject, and you will be contacted if room opens up. The UHC Sunriver trip is during the second weekend of winter term (January 20th-22nd). Activities will include skiing, snowboarding, sledding, snowshoeing, and good old sightseeing and relaxing. The trip cost of $45 includes lodging in a Sunriver house, some snacks, and dinner on Saturday night. Transportation will not be arranged; participants are responsible for finding their own rides to and from Sunriver. If you have any questions about the trip, please contact Kellie at the address above.

 

5.      Colloquium added for winter term: PHL 407H Buddhist Thought Past and Present, An Overview

We have added a new colloquium to the winter term UHC schedule: PHL 407H Buddhist Thought Past and Present, an Overview. This course will offer students a broad survey of Buddhist philosophical thought. The course will be divided into two parts: The first part will examine some of the major Buddhist thinkers and philosophical schools from ancient India. This will give students the philosophical background to critically evaluate the material in the second part of the course, which will look at contemporary Buddhist thinking, examining the ways in which Buddhists in the past thirty years have drawn on the insights of their predecessors in the tradition to address contemporary problems, from the climate crisis to global justice issues to the problems and byproducts of patriarchy. While there are no prerequisites nor a presumed background in Buddhism, students should be prepared to investigate difficult and subtle philosophical subjects. The class will meet on Wednesday from 12:00-1:50 in Hovland 202.

 

 

Opportunities

6.      Oregon Climate Change Research Institute research internship

The Oregon Climate Change Research Institute at OSU has an opening for a paid student research internship. This will involve testing and tweaking a prototype budburst sensor. Students interested in plant phenology and biological sensor development are particularly encouraged to apply. Some driving to field sites to work with trees in the outdoors will be required. This project could be the basis for a UHC thesis project. The internship will pay a stipend of $400 per month and require a minimum of 40 work-hours per month. The start time is spring, 2012 and could last through the summer. If interested, send a resume and two professional references to Heather Lintz at the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute (hlintz@coas.oregonstate.edu).

 

7.      Teach For America application deadline

Teach For America’s fourth application deadline is Friday, January 6th. All academic majors and backgrounds are accepted into the program, which places outstanding young teachers in classrooms in high-need areas. The application requires a resume and a 500 word Letter of Intent – no letters of recommendation are required. To apply and for more information, go to https://www.teachforamerica.org/online/info/index.jsp.

 

8.      Winter term research skills course

Are you overwhelmed by primary source research and literature reviews or flummoxed by the prospect of using archives? Next term, you can gain invaluable research skills by taking History 499 Introduction to Archival Studies. Co-taught by a researcher (Larry Landis) and an archivist (Tiah Edmunson-Morton), this class will give students insights into navigating library and archival collections and tips on how to optimize your source collection and deployment in your research. Most examples will be drawn from history, but the skills will be broadly applicable for anyone who plans to do research that will use primary source materials. This is a unique opportunity for hands-on education in how archives are used and assembled. This is a four-credit class that will meet Mondays & Wednesdays from noon-1:50 in the Valley Library (CRN 39040).

 

9.      Engineering thesis topics

There are two engineering research projects with openings for an undergraduate student. These projects would provide the student with a UHC senior thesis topic! See below for project details and contact information.

  • National Park Service Device-Design

The National Park Service has asked the Mt. Rainier guide services to look into a way to passively melt snow used for drinking, cooking, etc. at Camp Muir. Currently we fly up large propane cylinders every spring and fall to fuel the stoves which we use to melt snow. Our goal would be to have a system in which snow can be added (via shovel) to an insulated cook pot or other vessel that is efficiently and constantly heated by solar power allowing snow to be added all day long. The water will be stored in insulated igloo coolers. This project will involve all aspects of designing, building, and testing the melting device. For additional project details or if interested, contact Professor John Parmigiani at parmigjo@engr.orst.edu.

 

  • OSU Marine Mammal Institute Whale Tracking 3-D Accelerometer

This project with the OSU Marine Mammal Institute will involve the development of a visual animation tool depicting and analyzing data collected during 40 days of sperm whale diving activity this summer in the Gulf of Mexico. This data includes 3-axis accelerometer information that can indicate whale “lunges” that serve as proxies for foraging attempts on squid. The animation tool should be able to provide information about these “lunges” and potentially create predictive conclusions that will be used in future whale analysis. Applicant should have strong computer skills and be a self-disciplined individual with considerable initiative. The project will be at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, and student will have assistance from the on-site data manager and other staff. If interested, contact Dr. Bruce Mate at bruce.mate@oregonstate.edu.

 

10.  OSU Cross-Cultural Mentoring Program

The OSU Cross-Cultural Mentoring Program is designed to connect students with faculty and staff from across campus and all majors through a supportive network and provide a cross-cultural educational experience. The program is now looking to recruit students. If you are interested in becoming a mentee, please contact Lauren Plaza (lauren.plaza@oregonstate.edu) for an application or for additional information.

 

11.  ASOSU Internship Program

All OSU students are invited to participate in the ASOSU Internship Program and gain experience working with the Associated Students of OSU. These internships involve registering for a class and are in the following areas: Organizing for Social Change, House & Senate Committees, and ASOSU Committees. For more information, see http://asosu.oregonstate.edu/internships.

 

12.  Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in Sustainable BioEnergy at the Center For Sustainable Energy (CSE) at Kansas State University

Running from May 29, 2012-August 3, 2012, CSE-REU will give participants the opportunity to contribute to one of many collaborative, interdisciplinary research projects relating to sustainable bioenergy production. Research spans a wide array of fields, including agriculture, technical issues, and socioeconomic issues. For additional information, visit www.sustainable-energy.ksu.edu/REU.

 

13.  Dow AgroSciences R&D Summer Intern Program

Applications are now being accepted for the R&D Summer Intern Program at Dow AgroSciences (http://www.dowagro.com/careers/internships/lab.htm). Internships are available in chemistry, biology, and computer science related disciplines including (but not limited to) biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology, microbiology, plant breeding, organic chemistry, engineering (chemical, biological, material, or optical), and informatics (bio and chem). Lab internships will be located in Indianapolis, IN and field internships at stations across the U.S. This is a paid, full-time internship for 10-12 weeks in the summer. Housing assistance is provided. Electronic resumes and cover letters are due to lmjones@dow.com by December 31st.

 

 

OSU Events & Announcements

14.  Education double degree informational sessions

If you are interested in adding an Education major this term, there is one remaining required informational sessions, on Wednesday, December 7th, 1-2:30 p.m. in Waldo 400.

 

 

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