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Spring 2011 Week 10

We hope you all had a terrific long weekend and are now prepared for the final push to the end of the academic year! We’ll celebrate the occasion this Friday at our UHC Spring Picnic in Corvallis Central Park starting at 5:00 – here’s hoping the weather takes a turn for the better before then. If not, watch for the announcement of an alternate location. In any event, don’t miss the fun! Here’s what else is going on this week:

 

UHC Announcements & Events

1.      UHC Spring Picnic

2.      UHC Pathway Scholar Mentor Program lunch celebration

3.      BB399H Protein Portraits Art Show and Competition

4.      Reminders for graduating students!

5.      UHC colloquium added for fall term – OC 407H!

6.      Drop-in advising at McNary

7.      New UHC scholarship opportunity!

8.      Call for updates from UHC students

 

Opportunities

9.      International Student Orientation Leadership positions

10.  College of Engineering Finals Preparation Workshop

11.  Research Assistant position at OHSU (for graduates)

12.  Summer position with the National Northwest Marine Renewable Energy Center (NNMREC)

13.  Research opportunity for UHC mechanical engineering students

14.  Environmental science internship – Laboratory Manipulation of Phytoplankton Population Dynamics

15.  Glamour 2012 Top 10 College Women competition

 

OSU Events & Announcements

16.  OSU Wind Ensemble concert

17.  OSU Chamber Choir concert – East Meets West: The President’s Concert

 

UHC Announcements & Events

1.      UHC Spring Picnic

Please join us for an end-of-year celebration at the annual University Honors College Spring Picnic and Barbeque this Friday, June 3rd at 5:00 p.m.! We are planning to meet in Corvallis Central Park, weather allowing – keep an eye out for an announcement of an alternate location if rain seems likely. There will be food, awards, and other fun to mark the year that was and look forward to the summer; we hope to see you all there!

 

2.      UHC Pathway Scholar Mentor Program lunch celebration

The UHC Pathway Scholar Mentor Program gives UHC students the opportunity to help guide international students through their first year at OSU. Participants meet with a student in the INTO/Pathway program for weekly conversations that bridge language and cultural barriers; this can earn HC 409 elective credit, in addition to being a fun, rewarding activity. If you are a current or past participant, would like to learn more about getting involved, or are interested in an International Student Orientation Leadership position (see below in Opportunities), please join us for a celebratory and informational lunch this Thursday, June 2nd from noon-1:30 p.m. in Strand 226. American Dream pizza will be provided! Please RSVP to Jason (jason.schindler@oregonstate.edu) by Wednesday if you plan to attend. And if you are a current or past program participant, please invite your conversant partner as well!

 

3.      BB399H Protein Portraits Art Show and Competition

Students enrolled in BB399H will display their Protein Portraits artwork this week from Tuesday, May 31st through Friday, June 3rd in SLUG 2. Please come by to see these works of molecular art+science and fill out a ballot to vote for your favorite(s). The winners will be announced on our course blog at http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/psquared/.

 

4.      Reminders for graduating students!

Graduation day is less than two weeks away! Amidst the excitement, please keep the following in mind:

  • Regents Recognition Reception. UHC graduating seniors and their families are all invited to an elegant evening reception honoring 2010-2011 UHC graduates and faculty. This is held the night before commencement, on Friday, June 10th, from 5:00-6:30 p.m. in the CH2M Hill Alumni Center Ballroom. Invitations have been mailed to your families. Please RSVP at http://oregonstate.edu/dept/honors/regents-recognition-reception-rsvp. There will also be a morning graduation reception for UHC students on commencement Saturday in Strand 233 from 8:00-9:00 a.m. (no RSVP required).
  • Exit survey. We want to hear from you about your UHC experience. Please complete the UHC Graduate Exit Survey (http://oregonstate.edu/dept/honors/exit-survey-2) before moving on! In addition, we appreciate when graduates leave us with an updated resume for their files to help in future recommendation letters.
  • Thesis! For spring term grads, bound and signed theses are due in the UHC office by 5 p.m. on Friday, June 3rd. Don’t forget to drop this off before celebrating at the Spring Picnic!

 

5.      UHC colloquium added for fall term – OC 407H!

The UHC fall schedule of classes will include OC 407H – Astrobiology, taught by Martin Fisk and Frederick Colwell. This colloquium is a new addition to the fall schedule. Check out the online schedule for meeting information.

 

6.      Drop-in advising at McNary

This is a reminder that Jason holds open-door advising in the McNary UHC Office (room 118) on Wednesdays from 1-3 p.m. No appointment is necessary, and this is a perfect opportunity here at the busy end of the term to get those last-minute questions about registration answered or quickly check in on your UHC progress – or ask just about any other general UHC question that you might have!

 

7.      New UHC scholarship opportunity!

We are excited to announce a new UHC scholarship opportunity. The Honors Experience Scholarship can provide students with up to $2,000 in support of learning experiences outside of the classroom such as study abroad, research, internships, or service learning. This scholarship is open to all UHC students; experiences planned for the 2012 academic year (summer term, 2011 through spring term, 2012) that will earn university credit are eligible. For further details 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 list other sources of funding (including details of paid internships or fellowships). Applications will be evaluated by a selection committee, and in some cases a portion of support will be withheld until the completion of the experience and the production of some documentation of the experience for use by OSU and the UHC – details, in these cases, will be arranged following determination of the award. The application will remain open throughout the year, but in order to receive funds for summer term, apply by June 10th, 2011. All applications in support of eligible 2011-2012 experiences will be considered! Contact Kevin (kevin.stoller@oregonstate.edu) with questions.

 

8.      Call for updates from UHC students

Have you received a fellowship this year or an award? Do you have unique summer plans? We want to hear about it! We like to know about your accomplishments, recognitions, and plans; this helps us to better recognize and serve you, and it helps us in communicating the diverse awards and activities of honors students to family members, alumni, and supporters of the UHC. Take a moment to send us an update at honors.college@oregonstate.edu.

 

 

Opportunities

9.      International Student Orientation Leadership position

The INTO program is recruiting International Student Orientation Leaders to guide new international students through a variety of orientation activities during Connect Week (September 19th-23rd). Leaders will work during this time for a minimum of ten hours, and responsibilities might include leading groups of international students to required orientation events, assisting in welcome and check-in, proctoring student placement testing, and working at social events and activities. This is a great opportunity to gain multicultural leadership experience and help new international students feel welcome during their first days at OSU – plus, it’s fun! In addition, participation can count for HC 409 elective credit – find out more at this week’s INTO/Pathway Mentor lunch (see above). If you are interested in becoming an International Student Orientation Leader, contact Robert Hinderliter (robert.hinderliter@oregonstate.edu) to get additional information and an application form. Also, attend the informational meeting today, May 31st at 4:00 in the main lounge of Reed Hall. If you can’t attend this meeting, but would still like to participate, let Robert know.

 

10.  College of Engineering Finals Preparation Workshop

With finals looming, the College of Engineering Academic Coaches will be hosting a finals preparation workshop on May 31st in KEC 1007 at 7:00 p.m. They will be discussing topics such as test taking strategies and how to effectively prepare for tests. Any student in the College of Engineering is welcome to come, and sandwiches will be provided.

 

11.  Research Assistant position at OHSU for graduates

There is a full time Research Assistant position in biomedical sciences open at OHSU. This position will be in a laboratory focusing on membrane transport proteins in parasitic protozoa. The lab employs a broad spectrum of approaches including molecular biology, biochemistry, genetics, cell biology, and chemical biology. Motivated and capable students with backgrounds in biochemistry and/or microbiology who intend to do graduate work in biomedical science but are interested in first obtaining research experience, working on publications, and gaining additional recommendations are encouraged to apply. If interested, please contact kevin.stoller@oregonstate.edu, and he will pass your information to the laboratory. NB – this is a full-time position, not a summer research internship.

 

12.  Summer position with the National Northwest Marine Renewable Energy Center (NNMREC)

Are you interested in learning more about marine energy? Do you enjoy technical writing? Are you interested in developing marketing information about technology? If so, the NNMREC at Oregon State is interested in you! They are looking for a motivated UHC student to do summer work updating website content, assisting in the production of research posters for use at local conferences, and serving as a creative resource in the development of new outreach and marketing materials! This is a paid position. If interested or if you have questions, contact Belinda Batten (belinda.batten@oregonstate.edu).

 

13.  Research opportunity for UHC mechanical engineering students

Vinod Narayanan, Associate Professor in the School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering, is seeking a UHC student majoring in mechanical engineering to work on research exploring potential enhancements in boiling heat transfer afforded by the use of nanostructured surfaces in conjunction with jet impingement boiling. This research is central to the development of small-scale, high-power electronic devices and would offer the interested student experiences and materials that could form the basis of a senior thesis. Women and other minorities are encouraged to apply, and there is a possibility for summer support to be obtained through the National Science Foundation’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates program. If interested, contact Professor Narayanan at vinod.narayanan@oregonstate.edu for more information.

 

14.  Environmental science internship – Laboratory Manipulation of Phytoplankton Population Dynamics

The Oregon Climate Change Research Institute (OCCRI) is seeking a student intern for the summer to participate in a study of the relationship between the dynamics of populations and the variability of their environment using phytoplankton. This internship will introduce an undergraduate interested in environmental science to the process of testing ecological theory through controlled experiments. Specifically, the participant will learn how to culture and grow phytoplankton and how to measure and manipulate their populations using laboratory equipment. UHC students seeking thesis topics or looking to fulfill internship requirements are encouraged to apply; interested students must be prepared to commit to at least three credits of work. The timeline of the project is negotiable but would ideally occur over the summer break. Heather Lintz of the OCCRI and Allen Milligan of the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology will co-advise the internship. To apply, email your resume to Heather Lintz at hlintz@coas.oregonstate.edu.

 

15.  Glamour 2012 Top 10 College Women competition

Glamour magazine invites applications from any undergraduate woman who will be a junior during the 2011-2012 for the Top 10 College Women Competition. One grand prize winner will receive $20,000, and nine $3,000 prizes will also be awarded. Winners will receive a trip to New York City and recognition in Glamour. The deadline for application is July 15, 2011. For more information and to apply, visit http://www.glamour.com/about/top-10-college-women.

 

 

OSU Events & Announcements

16.  OSU Wind Ensemble concert

The Oregon State University Wind Ensemble will give a concert in advance of a tour to Japan on Wednesday, June 1st at 7:30 p.m. in the LaSells Stewart Center. Admission for OSU students, staff, and faculty is free with ID.

 

17.  OSU Chamber Choir concert – East Meets West: The President’s Concert

The Oregon State University Chamber Choir will perform on Saturday, June 4th at 7:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church. Arrive at 7:00 to hear the OSU Glee Choir perform! Admission free for OSU students.

 

 

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