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Fall 2011 Week 5

We’re approaching the midpoint of the term, and fall – especially lovely so far this year – is in full swing. We wish you all the best in your midterm work. There are a number of thesis workshops planned for the next few weeks (details below), and we hope you can make time for any that would be of use to you. Here’s what else is going on this week:

 

UHC Announcements & Events

1.      Upcoming thesis workshops

2.      Dean and Friends Lunch with Dan Euhus

3.      UHC Student Activities Assistant and Trip Coordinator position

4.      Honors Experience Scholarship

 

Opportunities

5.      2012 National Capital Area Leadership Award

6.      College of Engineering midterm preparation workshop

7.      Internships with the Corvallis Chamber of Commerce

8.      Udall Scholarships competition for 2012-2013

9.      Oregon NASA Space Grant Scholarships

10.  Dow AgroSciences R&D Summer Intern Program

11.  Historic Albany Recovery Program (HARP) internship

 

OSU Events & Announcements

12.  Kay Redfield Jamison – “Depression and Bi-Polar Disorder in Young Adults”

13.  Women’s Center Workshop – “How to Help a Friend in an Abusive Relationship – Advice from the Experts!”

14.  Visiting Writers Series – Brian Turner

15.  Fall library workshops for undergraduates

16.  Education double degree informational sessions

 

 

UHC Announcements & Events

1.      Upcoming thesis workshops

We will offer several workshops over the next few weeks designed to help you in your senior thesis process. No matter what stage you are at, there is a workshop for you. You were all emailed the details of these workshops, but this is a reminder of the schedule and to please let Kevin (kevin.stoller@oregonstate.edu) know if you plan to attend a workshop or have any questions. Note that the first workshops are offered this week:

  • Finding a Mentor & Writing a Proposal – Engineering

This workshop is designed for students who are planning to complete a thesis in engineering and are currently working on a proposal, looking for a mentor, or are trying to figure out next steps following taking HC 408 last year. This is primarily intended for students in the UNDERTAKE stage of TheSIS, but students at earlier stages who already have a good idea of a topic are encouraged to attend. The workshop will be this Wednesday, 10/26 at 4:00 p.m. in Strand 111. We expect this workshop to repeat in the winter and spring.

 

  • Institutional Review Board (IRB) – Research Involving Human Subjects

Are you considering, planning, or currently working on a thesis project that involves human subject research? This can include projects that use surveys or interviews as well as laboratory subject volunteers. If this might describe your project (or if you have any questions about whether or not you are using human subject research), you are encouraged to attend this workshop. All research involving human participants must be reviewed and approved by the Institutional Review Board (IRB), and this workshop will take you through the steps required by the IRB. It is important to plan ahead and not wait until too late to get approval for your research. This workshop will be this Wednesday, 10/26 at 5:00 p.m. in Strand 109.

 

  • Finding a Mentor & Writing a Proposal – Humanities, Social Sciences, and Business

This workshop is designed for students who are planning to complete a thesis in the humanities, social sciences, or business and are currently working on a proposal, looking for a mentor, or are trying to figure out next steps following taking HC 408 last year. This is primarily intended for students in the UNDERTAKE stage of TheSIS, but students at earlier stages who already have a good idea of a topic are encouraged to attend. The workshop will be this Monday, 11/07 at 4:00 p.m. in Strand 111. We expect this workshop to repeat in the winter and spring.

 

  • Workshop for START

This workshops is for new students in the UHC. It will cover the basics of the UHC thesis requirement and the Thesis Success in Stages (TheSIS) process. Attendance at this workshop and completing the associated questions on Blackboard satisfies one of the two tasks required for START, the first step in TheSIS. This workshop will be on Monday, 11/07 at 5:00 p.m. in Strand 109. It will be repeated in the winter and spring.

 

  • Finding a Mentor & Writing a Proposal – Science

This workshop is designed for students who are planning to complete a thesis in the sciences and are currently working on a proposal, looking for a mentor, or are trying to figure out next steps following taking HC 408 last year. This is primarily intended for students in the UNDERTAKE stage of TheSIS, but students at earlier stages who already have a good idea of a topic are encouraged to attend. The workshop will be this Wednesday, 11/09 at 5:00 p.m. in Strand 109. We expect this workshop to repeat in the winter and spring.

 

  • Getting Started Writing

This workshop is designed for students who are at the point of writing their thesis. It will provide tips and answer questions about turning your carefully collected research into an actual written document with a clear argument. This is designed for students who have already completed a thesis proposal and are at the writing/research stage. The workshop will be on Monday, 11/14 at 4:00 p.m. in Strand 111. It will be repeated in the winter.

 

All workshops will last from 1-1.5 hours. Again, please let Kevin (kevin.stoller@oregonstate.edu) know if you have any questions or plan to attend any of these workshops.

 

2.      Dean and Friends Lunch with Dan Euhus

The UHC will host its first Dean and Friends Lunch hour on Friday, November 4th at noon in SLUG 2 (Strand 032). The guest will be Dan Euhus, Associate Professor in Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering at OSU and a UHC graduate. Prof. Euhus was in the UHC’s first class of freshman, graduating in 1999. After attending graduate school at Georgia Tech, he worked for a number of years in the energy industry, researching biofuels. He returned to OSU last year, and he is developing a research program in biofuels here that will have strong academic and industrial connections. This year, Prof. Euhus was honored as an OSU Alumni Association Alumni Fellow, one of the most distinguished awards for OSU alumni, recognizing accomplishments and service to the community; he is the very first UHC graduate to become an Alumni Fellow. All UHC students are welcome to lunch, where Dean Arp and Prof. Euhus will host a conversation on the topic “Do Biofuels Always Make Sense?” Lunch will be provided. If you have any questions, contact Kevin (kevin.stoller@oregonstate.edu).

 

The Dean and Friends Lunch hour is an opportunity for UHC students to get to know and interact with Dean Arp and some of his friends in an informal setting and engage with a variety of individuals with unique and interesting perspectives on the world.

 

3.      UHC Student Activities Assistant and Trip Coordinator position

We are seeking applicants for the UHC Student Activities Assistant and Trip Coordinator position beginning immediately. Duties include planning, organizing, and coordinating student trips; assisting with UHC formal and informal student functions and meetings; attending regularly weekly meetings; and assisting with UHC/OSU recruiting events. Applicants must be VERY outgoing, inclusive of others, have good communications skills, pay excellent attention to organizational details, and be able to lead groups of students in various endeavors while following OSU policies. Interested students should submit a cover letter and resume to LeeAnn Baker, 229 Strand Hall no later than November 1st. This is a paid position through the UHC. Hours vary from 30 minutes per week to 2-6 hours per week during trip preparation and travel.

 

4.      Honors Experience Scholarship

Are you planning a study abroad this year? Are you thinking about doing research over a break or during the summer? The UHC’s Honors Experience Scholarship can provide students with up to $2,000 in support of learning experiences outside of the classroom including study abroad, research, internships, or service learning. This scholarship is open to all UHC students; all experiences planned for the 2011-2012 academic year that will earn university credit are eligible (applications for retroactive awards funding completed or ongoing experiences may be considered). For more information and to apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/dept/honors/experience-scholarship. Applications must include a budget proposal outlining how requested funds will be used and must list other sources of funding (including details of paid internships or fellowships). Note that this is not a tuition scholarship; requested funds must be budgeted in support of the experience itself. Applications will be evaluated by a selection committee, and in some cases a portion of support will be withheld until completion of the experience and participation in a project documenting the experience for use by the UHC and OSU – details, in these cases, will be arranged following determination of the award. In order to be sure of receiving any awarded funds by the start of winter term, applications must be submitted by November 13th. Contact Kevin (kevin.stoller@oregonstate.edu) with questions.

 

 

Opportunities

5.      2012 National Capital Area Leadership Award

The OSU Alumni Association invites all students planning or considering an internship in the Washington, D.C. area during this academic year to apply for the 2012 National Capital Area Leadership Award. Ideal applicants will work in a congressional or judicial office, government agency, non-profit organization or association, or private organization in the Washington, DC area. One $3,500 award is available for an undergraduate student. Award recipients will also receive mentorship and guidance while in Washington from OSU alumni in the area. The application deadline for winter, spring, or summer 2012 term awards is December 1, 2011. For more information about this scholarship and an application, see www.osualum.com/scholarships.

 

6.      College of Engineering midterm preparation workshop

The College of Engineering academic coaches will host a workshop on Wednesday, October 26th in Kearney 212 from 6-7 p.m. on midterm preparation, time management, managing test anxiety, and other exciting middle-of-the-term topics! Food will be provided.

 

7.      Internships with the Corvallis Chamber of Commerce

The Corvallis Chamber of Commerce is looking for two interns to work during the fall. One intern preferably will be a marketing and/or new media communications major, who will assist with Celebrate Corvallis. The other intern preferably will be a political science major, who will assist with the Government Affairs Committee and related duties. These are not paid internships but may earn credit. Hours will be variable, but expect two and a half days per week.  If interested, contact Erin Wiedeman (ewiedeman@corvallischamber.com).

 

8.      Udall Scholarships competition for 2012-2013

Applications for 2012-2013 Udall Scholarships are now available! The Udall Foundation anticipates awarding eighty $5,000 scholarships and 50 Honorable Mention awards of $350 to current sophomore and junior undergraduates from across the U.S. with plans to pursue careers in any of the following areas: Native American health care (includes health care administration, social work, medicine, and research into health conditions affecting Native American communities); tribal public policy (includes fields related to tribal sovereignty, governance, or law; Native American education or justice; natural resource management; cultural preservation and revitalization, Native American economic development, and other areas affecting Native American communities); the environment (includes policy, engineering, science, education, urban planning and renewal, business, health, justice, and economics). To apply in the first two categories, you must be Native American/Alaska Native. Students must have a demonstrated record of leadership and commitment to careers related to one of these three areas. Not only do Udall Scholars receive a monetary award, they also attend a Scholar Orientation in Tucson, AZ, a four-day event that brings Udall Scholars, alumni, faculty representatives, and Udall Foundation staff together to network, share ideas, hear from distinguished leaders, and see first-hand what it means to be a part of the Udall legacy. For information, see http://udall.gov/OurPrograms/MKUScholarship/MKUScholarship.aspx.  

 

To apply, you must be selected by your university for registration and for nomination. The OSU Faculty Representative is Patricia Muir, and she leads the registration and nomination process. She will meet individually with competitive applicants to discuss their potential nomination and the application process. Students interested in applying should email muirp@science.oregonstate.edu during the fall term. This is a great opportunity, and OSU students – both from the UHC – received Udall Awards in both 2008-2009 and 2010-2011.

 

9.      Oregon NASA Space Grant Scholarships

Oregon Space Grant Scholarships are now open for application. Scholarships range from $1,000 to $5,000 and can be made in support of research, tuition, or as achievement awards. Review the scholarship guide at http://spacegrant.oregonstate.edu/scholarships for additional details about the scholarship opportunities and for application procedures. Applications are due by November first, and awards will be made in December of this year. Contact 541-737-2414 or spacegrant@oregonstate.edu with questions.

 

10.  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.

 

11.  Historic Albany Recovery Program (HARP) internship

The Historic Albany Recovery Program (HARP) is a City of Albany program designed to improve tourism, employment, and commerce in the city. They are looking for an intern or temporary employee to work on a diverse set of projects under a Team Leader with global experience managing multinational corporations. This is a paid position($8.50/hour) with flexible hours ranging from 20-40 per week and a duration of 3-9 months. Projects include collating city assets and activities to establish the “Historic Albany” label, establishing a brand roll-out plan, working as liaison with HARP “Godparents” to coordinate city development, and assisting in media and press releases for specific events and publicity points. Candidates should by enthusiastic, energetic, and effective communicators capable of distilling complex issues and arguments. They must have a willingness to work on a wide range of projects with a broad set of community allies. To apply, email a cover letter and resume to Kate Porsche, Urban Renewal Manager, City of Albany at kate.porsche@cityofalbany.net.

 

OSU Events & Announcements

12.  Kay Redfield Jamison – “Depression and Bi-Polar Disorder in Young Adults”

Internationally-renowned scholar and writer Kay Redfield Jamison will deliver a public lecture tonight, Monday, 10/24, at 7:00 p.m. in the LaSells Stewart Center. Dr. Jamison is professor of psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Honorary Professor of English at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. She is the author of the bestsellers An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness, Night Falls Fast: Understanding Suicide, and Touched with Fire: Manic-Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament. A Q & A and book signing will follow the lecture. She will also lead a discussion and book signing on An Unquiet Mind on Tuesday, 10/25 from 9-10:30 a.m. in the Ch2M Hill Alumni Center. All are welcome to attend.

 

13.  Women’s Center Workshop – “How to Help a Friend in an Abusive Relationship – Advice from the Experts!”

This Tuesday, October 25th, the Women’s Center will host a workshop on “How to Help a Friend in an Abusive Relationship – Advice from the Experts!” from 5:00-6:30 p.m. at the Women’s Center. Representatives from the Center Against Rape and Domestic Violence (CARDV), Sexual Assault Support Services, and Counseling and Psychological Services will be on hand to discuss and answer questions about healthy relationships, intimate partner violence (IPV), what men can to do help end IPV, and what you can do if you or a friend is in an abusive relationship. This discussion will be LGBTQ inclusive. See https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=233205146737983 for additional event details.

 

14.  Visiting Writers Series – Brian Turner

Brian Turner, one of New Zealand’s most prominent writers on the landscape, environmentalism, and sports, will be the guest of the Visiting Writer Series on Friday, 10/28 at 7:30 p.m. in the Valley Library Rotunda.

 

15.  Fall library workshops for undergraduates

This fall term, the Valley Library will host a number of workshops designed to assist undergraduate students. This term, the workshop theme of “Build Your Research Skill Set” will be of particular interest to UHC students. There will be separate workshops on the topics:

  • “Move Your Research Paper Beyond Good Enough” So you have a big research paper to write? We’re here to help! Take your research paper to the next level. In this workshop you’ll hear about advanced search strategies, using the Libraries’ resources smarter, and organizing your searches and results.
  • “Work Smarter Not Harder: Turn One Good Article Into Several” Got one or two really good sources but need more for your project? Learn to use a source you already have to find additional useful sources by “citation searching.” Citation searching can help you find sources both older and newer than the source you are starting with. We’ll explore citation searching in discovery tools like Google Scholar, Web of Science, and even Wikipedia.
  • “Bibliographies in a Snap: Using Web-Based Citation Tools” Does creating a bibliography make you want to tear your hair out or cry? Ever lose that perfect reference in a stack of notes? Come learn how to use Zotero (a free, web-based tool) and create reference lists of bibliographies with the click of a button. As an added bonus, Zotero also helps you keep track of all the references you find in one place.

 

For a schedule and to register, visit http://ica.library.oregonstate.edu/subject-guide/1481-Research-Skills-for-Undergraduates. All workshops will be held in the Barnard Classroom of the Valley Library (room 5420). Workshops are quickly filling up, so register as soon as possible! Attendance at workshops will satisfy one of the two required tasks for TheSIS START.

 

16.  Education double degree informational sessions

If you are interested in adding an Education major this term, you are required to attend one of the following informational sessions:

  • Tuesday, October 27th, 1-2:30 p.m. in Waldo 456
  • Tuesday, November 8th, 2-3:30 p.m. in Waldo 400
  • Monday, November 14th, 9-10:30 a.m. in Waldo 456
  • Wednesday, December 7th, 1-2:30 p.m. in Waldo 400

 

 

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