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Spring 2011 Week 11

We’ve made it to the last week of the term! We’d like to begin this final Monday Message of the academic year by wishing everyone a hearty congratulations on your accomplishments this year, with a special congratulations to our graduates. We are proud of you and all that you have done; it is your achievements, both individually and collectively, that truly bring honor to the University Honors College. We wish you the best in whatever comes next and urge you to stay in touch.

 

UHC Announcements & Events

1.      Commencement week activities

2.      UHC student award winners

3.      Honors Experience Scholarship deadline

4.      TheSIS: START

5.      Call for updates from UHC students

 

Opportunities

6.      International Student Orientation Leadership positions

7.      Research Assistant position at OHSU (for graduates)

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

9.      Research opportunity for UHC mechanical engineering students

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

11.  Glamour 2012 Top 10 College Women competition

 

OSU Events & Announcements

12.  Commencement

 

UHC Announcements & Events

1.      Commencement week activities

Congratulations graduates! If you are graduating (this includes summer and fall, 2011 graduates), you and your families are invited to the UHC’s Regents Recognition Reception this Friday, June 10th. This elegant event will be held in the CH2M Hill Alumni Center Ballroom from 5:00-6:30 p.m. on the evening before commencement. Please RSVP at http://oregonstate.edu/dept/honors/regents-recognition-reception-rsvp. Then on the morning of commencement day, join us for a breakfast reception in Strand 233 from 8:00-9:00 a.m. (no RSVP necessary). We hope to see you there!

 

Finally, make sure you fill out the UHC Graduate Exit Survey (http://oregonstate.edu/dept/honors/exit-survey-2) and leave us with an updated resume (mail to honors.college@oregonstate.edu or drop off in the office) before moving on! We want to hear about your UHC experience, and the resume will facilitate future letters of recommendation.

 

2.      UHC annual awards

Last Friday, at our wonderfully sunny Spring Picnic, we announced the recipients of several of our annual awards: Chelsea Parker was named the UHC Student Employee of the Year, matching her earlier award as OSU’s Student Employee of the Year. Nathan Atkinson and Michael Yee received the UHC Student Service Award in acknowledgement of their hard work on behalf of the UHC. Our faculty judges recognized Caitlin Crimp, Ryan Frederick, and Neebinnaukzhik Southall for their outstanding posters at this year’s thesis fair in Science, Engineering, and Humanities/Business categories respectively. The Honors Activities and Advisory Committee, on behalf of the UHC student body, named Ping-Hung Hsieh from the College of Business as the Outstanding UHC Professor for 2010-2011 and recognized Glenn Evans, Eric Hill, and Kenneth Krane for their courses. Please join us in congratulating all of our award recipients! Pictures from this year’s picnic will be available at http://oregonstate.edu/dept/honors/photo_gallery_2010-2011 by the end of the day.

 

3.      Honors Experience Scholarship deadline

This is a reminder that, in order to receive funds for summer term, applications for the new Honors Experience Scholarship must be submitted by June 10th, 2011. All applications in support of eligible 2011-2012 experiences will now be considered! 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. Contact Kevin (kevin.stoller@oregonstate.edu) with questions.

 

4.      TheSIS: START

First year UHC students: there is still time to finish the first step of the TheSIS process, START, before heading off for the summer! Details about eligible START tasks (two must be completed) are available on the TheSIS Blackboard organization. Completing START typically takes less than two hours, and finishing START will keep you on track in your path toward the UHC senior thesis. Contact Kevin (kevin.stoller@oregonstate.edu) with questions.

 

5.      Call for updates from UHC students

Before heading off for the summer, we’d love to hear about your accomplishments, awards, and plans; this helps us to better recognize and serve you, and it allows us to communicate 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

6.      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. 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.

 

7.      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.

 

8.      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).

 

9.      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.

 

10.  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.

 

11.  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

12.  Commencement

Commencement is this Saturday, June 11th at 10:30 a.m. in Reser Stadium, rain or shine. See http://oregonstate.edu/events/commencement/schedule for the complete schedule. And be sure to attend the UHC’s pre-commencement reception (details above)!

 

 

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