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Fall 2011 Week 7

Although we’re in the thick of the present term, it’s already time to start looking ahead toward winter: priority registration begins on Sunday, November 13th! Stop by the UHC office in Strand 229 to pick up the UHC winter 2012 schedule of classes (also available online at http://oregonstate.edu/dept/honors/class-schedule). Even if you’ve already looked at the schedule, you are encouraged to review it again as some course information has changed! While you’re in the UHC office, take a moment to schedule an advising appointment with a UHC advisor. We ask that you schedule an appointment with us after you’ve met with your major advisor. You can also call 541.737.6400 to make an appointment. For a complete OSU schedule of classes, visit http://oregonstate.edu/registrar/node/256. Remember - meet with the UHC after meeting with your major advisor. We hope to see you soon!

 

Also, please note that the last day to change to or from S/U grading for a fall class is this Friday, 11/11 at 5:00 p.m. and the last day to withdraw (marked as a W on your transcript) is Friday, 11/11 at 11:55 p.m. For details on this process, visit the Office of the Registrar on the first floor of Kerr. S/U grade changes require instructor approval, so plan ahead. You should talk to your major advisor if you have any questions about the implications of S/U grading or withdrawing from a class. NOTE: If you have a HOLD on your account, you may go to the Registrar’s Office for assistance in withdrawing from a class. It is important not to miss the deadlines, even if you have a hold.

 

UHC Announcements & Events

1.      UHC Sunriver trip sign up begins today!

2.      Dad’s Weekend Breakfast 2012

3.      Fall Study Break

4.      Thesis workshops this week

 

Opportunities

5.      Engineering thesis projects

6.      Teach For America/Peace Corps informational session

7.      OSU Career Services Grad School Panel

8.      Undergraduate Research, Innovation, Scholarship, and Creativity (URISC): START

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

10.  Department of Energy Scholars Program

11.  The Last Year Experience course opportunity

12.  OSU TRIAD Faculty Club scholarship

13.  Student Sustainability Initiative call for grant proposals

14.  2012 National Capital Area Leadership Award

15.  Internships with the Corvallis Chamber of Commerce

16.  Udall Scholarships competition for 2012-2013

17.  Dow AgroSciences R&D Summer Intern Program

 

OSU Events & Announcements

18.  2011 Thomas Condon Lecture – “Get Rich and Save the World, or Else: Challenges and Opportunities in a Warming World”

19.  Taste of the Mediterranean Cultural Dinner

20.  Visiting Writers Series – Aimee Bender

21.  OSU Socratic Club – “Is There an Absolute Basis for Morality”

22.  Fall library workshops for undergraduates 

23.  Education double degree informational sessions

 

 

UHC Announcements & Events

1.      UHC Sunriver trip sign up begins today!

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 today, 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.

 

2.      Dad’s Weekend Breakfast 2012

Kick off the weekend in scrumptious style at the UHC’s Dad’s Weekend Breakfast on Saturday, 11/19 from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. in the McNary Hall main lounge. Bring your dads, family members, and friends for food and fun. You might want to brush up on your family history, too, in case “How Well Do You Know Your Dad?” makes a triumphant reappearance!

 

3.      Fall Study Break

Dreading the pre-Thanksgiving doldrums? The UHC will help pick you up at the Fall Study Break in SLUG 2 on Thursday, 11/17 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. There will be snacks and fun activities to take your mind away, however briefly, from the avalanche of midterms, projects, and homework.

 

4.      Thesis workshops this week

Beginning this afternoon, the UHC will offer several thesis workshops over the 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). Drop ins are also welcome. (Please note that posted flyers listed workshops as being on Wednesday [although listed dates, times, and locations were correct]; the schedule below and in previous Monday Messages is accurate):

  • 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 today, 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 today, 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.

 

 

Opportunities

5.      Engineering thesis topics

We have been notified of several research projects with work for an undergraduate student that would lead to a UHC senior thesis topic. See below for project details and contact information.

  • Catalytic Combustion of Hydrogen and Propane

Combustion of gaseous fuels is used to increase the thermal energy content and temperature of working fluids. A broad range of applications, from automobile engines, rocket engines, and power plants to homes and water heaters, utilize combustion. Combustion can occur either within the volume of the gas (homogeneous) or on the surface of a catalyst (heterogeneous). In heterogeneous combustion, typically metals such as platinum and palladium are used as catalysts. This project will compare the efficacy of different catalyst beds in hydrogen and propane combination. The work entails development of catalyst beds, characterization of the catalyst distribution, and combustion performance testing and analysis. Student will have access to state-of-the-art characterization and testing facilities. Applicants must be either a junior or senior in Mechanical Engineering. Participation of women and other minorities is highly encouraged. For more information about this project, contact Vinod Narayanan, Associate Professor in the School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering at vinod.narayanan@oregonstate.edu.

  • 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 that 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. Applicants 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.

 

6.      Teach For America/Peace Corps informational session

Are you interested in learning more about Teach For America and/or Peace Corps? If so, you are invited to attend an informational session on Wednesday, 11/9 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. in Bexell 417. The next application deadline for Teach For America is January sixth, and you can get more information on the program at http://teachforamerica.org. Visit http://www.peacecorps.gov/index.cfm? For more information about the Peace Corps.

 

7.      OSU Career Services Grad School Panel

Are you interested in potentially applying for graduate school? Career Services will offer a panel on graduate school featuring representatives from different graduate programs (including the College of Orthopedic Medicine of the Pacific, Willamette University’s MBA program, and OSU’s Master’s in Public Policy, and more) who will discuss graduate opportunities, the application process, and what to expect in grad school. The panel will be this Thursday, 11/10 from 4:00-5:30 p.m. in Kelley Engineering 1001.

 

8.      Undergraduate Research, Innovation, Scholarship, and Creativity (URISC): START

The URISC: START program for winter/spring term(s) is now open. URISC: START is a program designed to engage students in a scholarly/professional relationship with faculty early in their academic careers. First-year students, sophomores, and recent transfer students in any discipline are encouraged to apply. For more information, see http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/urisc_start.htm. Application deadline is Friday, 12/2.

 

9.      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.

 

10.  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.

 

11.  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.

 

12.  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.

 

13.  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.

 

14.  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.

 

15.  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).

 

16.  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.

 

17.  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

18.  2011 Thomas Condon Lecture – “Get Rich and Save the World, or Else: Challenges and Opportunities in a Warming World”

Dr. Richard Alley, Evan Pugh Professor of Geosciences and Associate of the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute at The Pennsylvania State University, will deliver the 2011 Thomas Condon Lecture on Wednesday, 11/9 from 7:30-9:00 p.m. in the LaSells Stewart Center Austin Auditorium. Dr. Alley teaches and conducts research on climatic records, flow behavior, and sedimentary deposits of large ice sheets to aid in prediction of future changes in climate and sea level. His work has been widely recognized by professional and public groups. He was the presenter for the PBS special on climate and energy Earth: The Operator’s Manual and authored the accompanying book. His popular account of climate change and ice cores, The Two-Mile Time Machine, was Phi Beta Kappa’s science book of the year in 2001.

 

19.  Taste of the Mediterranean Cultural Dinner

University Housing and Dining will host a Taste of the Mediterranean Cultural Dinner featuring cuisine from Spain, Lebanon, Greece, Morocco, Italy, and Turkey at West Dining Hall on Wednesday, 11/9 from 5:00-7:30 p.m. Admission, including food, is $8.

 

20.  Visiting Writers Series- Aimee Bender

The Visiting Writers Series will feature Aimee Bender, author of four books, most recently 2010’s The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, winner of the SCIBA award for best fiction and the Alex Award. She will be in The Valley Library rotunda this Friday, 11/11 from 7:30-8:30 p.m.

 

21.  OSU Socratic Club – “Is There an Absolute Basis for Morality?”

The Oregon State University Socratic Club will sponsor a debate on the topic “Is There an Absolute Basis for Morality?” on Monday, 11/14 at 7:00 p.m. in Milam Auditorium. The speakers will be Father Lucas Laborde and Daniel Barker. If morals and ethical values change over time and from culture to culture, is there any solid basis for determining what is right and what is wrong? What allows us to say that the values of our age (or the ones we hold personally) are superior to those found in primitive cultures? Is our morality merely one possible code of values among an infinite list of possibilities? Is everyone right and no one wrong? How can we know without an objective standard? Fr. Lucas Laborde will present a Christian view and Dan Barker a secular or humanist view. Fr. Laborde served for five years as Campus Minister at the OSU Newman Center and is currently the director of the Portland State University Newman Center and pastor of St. Patrick Church in Portland. Dan Barker is co-president of the Freedom From Religion Foundation and the co-host of the radio program Freethought Radio. The debate is free and open to the public. For more information, visit OSU Socratic Club online at http://oregonstate.edu/groups/socratic/.

 

22.  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.

 

23.  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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