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Fall 2011 Week 6

Happy Halloween! Stop by the UHC office to take in some Hogwarts-themed atmosphere and – of course! – get some candy; after all, ‘tis the season! Here’s what else is going on this week:

 

UHC Announcements & Events

1.      Dean and Friends Lunch with Dan Euhus

2.      UHC Student Activities Assistant and Trip Coordinator position

3.      Upcoming thesis workshops

4.      UHC Sunriver trip

 

Opportunities

5.      Internships with the Department of Commerce

6.      Department of Energy Scholars Program

7.      The Last Year Experience course opportunity

8.      OSU TRIAD Faculty Club scholarship

9.      Student Sustainability Initiative call for grant proposals

10.  2011 NASA Student Symposium

11.  Oregon NASA Space Grant Scholarships

12.  2012 National Capital Area Leadership Award

13.  Internships with the Corvallis Chamber of Commerce

14.  Udall Scholarships competition for 2012-2013

15.  Dow AgroSciences R&D Summer Intern Program

 

OSU Events & Announcements

16.  Halloween Party

17.  OSU Diversity Summit

18.  Fall library workshops for undergraduates

19.  Education double degree informational sessions

 

 

UHC Announcements & Events

1.      Dean and Friends Lunch with Dan Euhus

The UHC will host its first Dean and Friends Lunch Hour this 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 alumnus. 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 his 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.

 

2.      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 tomorrow, 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.

 

3.      Upcoming thesis workshops

We will offer several additional thesis workshops next week. No matter what stage you are at, there is a workshop for you! If you plan to attend a workshop or have any questions, please email Kevin (kevin.stoller@oregonstate.edu):

  • 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.

 

4.      UHC Sunriver trip

Looking for some fun this winter term? Enjoy the snow with your friends on the UHC Sunriver trip during the second weekend of the term (January 20th-22nd). Activities will include skiing, snowboarding, sledding, snowshoeing, and good old sightseeing and relaxing. Sign-up starts November 7th in SLUG 1. The trip cost of $45 includes lodging in a Sunriver home, some snacks, and dinner on Saturday night. Space is limited, and you must pay in order to reserve your spot, so don’t delay! Also, don’t forget to sign up for a group discount on your lift ticket. Pay in cash or write checks to Tina Dinh. 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 French (frenchke@onid.orst.edu) and make “Sunriver Trip” the email subject.

 

 

Opportunities

5.      Internships with the Department of Commerce

The U.S. Department of Commerce has a number of paid internship opportunities in Washington D.C. for the spring and summer. To apply, students must be U.S. citizens with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Internships are available for students majoring in business, sociology, statistics, communications, mathematics, computer science, and many more fields, at undergraduate, graduate, and rising graduate levels. Interns receive a biweekly stipend, a housing allowance, and paid round-trip transportation between their homes and the internship location. The deadline to apply for the spring is Friday, November 5th. For more information, see http://see.orau.org/ProgramDescription.aspx?Program=10038.

 

6.      Department of Energy Scholars Program

The Department of Energy Scholars Program offers summer internships with stipends of up to $650 per week to students interested in energy and environmental research and policy. U.S. citizens in engineering, physical sciences, environmental sciences, computer science and information technology, business, mathematics, statistics, communications, and a range of other related disciplines are eligible to apply. The deadline to apply is November 15th, 2011. See http://orise.orau.gov/doescholars/ for additional details.

 

7.      The Last Year Experience course opportunity

The OSU Center for Leadership Development will be offering ALS295 The Last Year Experience during the winter term. This course is designed for juniors and seniors who are exploring next steps after graduation. The class will be offered Monday from 4:00-5:20 and earns two credits. Topics include personal finance, career search techniques, communication skills, self-exploration, and organization integration. The CRN is 34375.

 

8.      OSU TRIAD Faculty Club scholarship

The OSU TRIAD Faculty Club expects to award two $500 scholarships to OSU students. Undergraduates from all majors are encouraged to apply; preference is given to current juniors and seniors. Awards are based equally on the applicant’s record of academic progress and record of service to OSU or the community. The application deadline is December 2nd. For additional application information, see http://physics.oregonstate.edu/~kranek/TRIADscholarship.pdf.

 

9.      Student Sustainability Initiative call for grant proposals

The Student Sustainability Initiative is now accepting grant applications for student projects pursued during the current school year. $26,000 is available for grants, and projects may apply for up to $6,000 in support. Projects that improve sustainability, benefit OSU students, and support student efforts to create a sustainable community at OSU are more likely to be funded. To apply, you must be currently enrolled at OSU. Applications are due by November 20th. Application details are available at http://oregonstate.edu/sustainability/ssi/resources/grants/project. Submit completed applications or questions to Justin Russell at ssi.feeboard@oregonstate.edu.

 

10.  2011 NASA Student Symposium

Students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend the 2011 NASA Student Symposium this Friday, November 4th in the MU Journey Room. The Symposium will feature student posters and presentations describing research and internships funded by NASA and the Oregon NASA Space Grant Consortium. This is a great opportunity to learn about the ways NASA can help further and support your educational or career goals. Food and refreshments will be provided. The Symposium will run from 9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.; the poster sessions will be in the morning, oral presentations and question and answer sessions in the afternoon.

 

11.  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.

 

12.  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, D.C. 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.

 

13.  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).

 

14.  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.

 

15.  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

16.  Halloween Party

The Women’s Center and INTO OSU are presenting a Halloween party tonight from 7:00-10:00 p.m. in the MU Ballroom. This cross-cultural celebration of American Halloween traditions will feature food and candy, music and dancing, pumpkin carving, apple bobbing, a costume contest, and more fun activities. Contact the Women’s Center (womenscenter@oregonstate.edu or 541.737.3186) with questions.

 

17.  OSU Diversity Summit

The Division of Student Affairs at OSU will present OSU’s second diversity summit this week, themed “[c.a.r.e] harmonize our voices, transform our world.” The summit will be on November 2-3 in the CH2M Hill Alumni Center. Space is limited, so participants are encouraged to register online at http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/care/registration/. There is no cost to register. During the summit, participants will continue work towards developing a coherent institutional approach where diversity is an explicit value expressed in the mission. The core areas of inquiry of the conferences include identity, culture, consciousness, justice, and engagement. The summit will include a variety of nationally-renowned keynotes, engaging program sessions, and opportunities geared towards OSU students, staff, and faculty.

 

18.  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.

 

19.  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, 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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