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Spring 2011 Week 7

We hope you all had a terrific weekend! It’s a busy time of the term, but don’t forget to schedule an advising appointment to begin planning for next year. The fall term schedule of classes, including a tentative listing of honors courses currently planned for the entire 2011-2012 academic year (subject to change) is available on the UHC website and in the UHC main office. Please arrange to meet with a UHC advisor after meeting with your major advisor. Also, keep in mind that this Friday is the last day to change grading for a course to S/U or to withdraw. Here’s what else is going on this week:

 

UHC Announcements & Events

1.      New UHC scholarship opportunity!

2.      UHC Spring Study Break

3.      Library resources informational reception for UHC students

4.      Summer honors (Bacc Core) course!

5.      UHC spring trips

6.      Reminders for graduating seniors

7.      UHC Thesis Fair

 

Opportunities

8.      Fulbright Scholarship informational meeting

9.      Research opportunity for UHC mechanical engineering students

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

11.  Upcoming Peace Corps events

12.  2011-2012 Student Alumni Association Board of Directors positions and scholarships

13.  Glamour 2012 Top 10 College Women competition

14.  Engineers Without Borders art exhibition and auction – call for donations

15.  Communities Take Charge fellowship positions

 

OSU Events & Announcements

16.  Center for the Humanities lecture – “The Curious Case of Cuba in American Foreign Policy”

17.  Science Pub Corvallis – “Trouble with Tunicates: Invasive species in Oregon”

18.  Spring Geography Seminar – “Potential spread of aquatic invasive species in the midst of climate change”

19.  Hydrology Seminar – “Water economics and climate change: The California experience”

20.  Linus Pauling Institute Seminar Series – “Maternal Exercise: Short-term Investment for Long-term Gain”

21.  Horning Lecture Series – “Food and Society at Real Alto, a Prehistoric Community in SW Coastal Ecuador”

 

 

UHC Announcements & Events

1.      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 Stoller (kevin.stoller@oregonstate.edu) with questions.

 

2.      UHC Spring Study Break

Need a break from studying for midterms? Afflicted with spring fever? Come down to SLUG 2 this Thursday, May 12th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for snacks, activities, and general relaxation!

 

3.      Library resources informational reception for UHC LEARN students

The staff of the Valley Library will be hosting a reception for UHC LEARN students on Wednesday, May 11th at 7:00 p.m. in the Autzen classroom on the library main floor. Although this has been designed for students who are taking or have taken HC 408: LEARN, all UHC students are welcome! There will be food, displays about library services, and library staff on hand to answer questions and offer tours of the library’s different units. This will be a terrific opportunity to learn more about how the library can support your studies and research, particularly your senior thesis, and all interested UHC students, whether you’re just beginning to think about the thesis or are well into writing, are encouraged to attend. Please contact Kevin (kevin.stoller@oregonstate.edu) with questions.

 

4.      Summer honors field trip class!

During the summer “mini-term” from August 15th-September 2nd, 2011, the UHC is offering GEO 307H (National Park Geology and Preservation). Web registration is now open at:

 

http://catalog.oregonstate.edu/CourseDetail.aspx?subjectcode=GEO&coursenumber=307H

 

We need at least 1 more student to enroll to run this course, so talk to your friends – this will be a great one! It is a Baccalaureate Core course (satisfying Synthesis: Science, Technology, Society) that includes classroom sessions and a three-day field trip (with camping) to Crater Lake National Park and Newberry National Volcanic Monument. The course is taught by OSU Professor Emeritus Bob Lillie, who has worked as an interpretive ranger at Crater Lake, Yellowstone, and other national parks and is the author of a textbook on the geology of national parks that is used in college courses across the country. Please contact laurel.busse@oregonstate.edu for further information about this amazing summer opportunity.

 

5.      UHC spring trips

Looking for some adventure this May? Come hang out with other UHC students in Portland, Silver Falls, or both! A group will be heading to Portland on Saturday, May 14th. The schedule is still being planned, but could include trips to the zoo, OMSI, shopping, and Powell’s! A meeting will be arranged close to the date to finalize activities. Then, on May 28th, a group will go Silver Falls for hiking, picnicking, and great views! Sign-up for both trips in the SLUG; a $5 deposit is required for gas costs. There will be no bus, but we will arrange carpools. Questions? Contact Tina Dinh (dinht@onid.orst.edu) or Jeannie Allen (allenm@onid.orst.edu).

 

6.      Reminders for graduating seniors

Seniors, graduation day is fast approaching! All your course requirements checked off and regalia ordered, there are still a few things to remember to do:

  • Thesis! For spring term grads, bound and signed theses are due in the UHC office by 5 p.m. on Friday, June 3rd. After you’ve scheduled your defense, please let us know by filling out the online form available at http://oregonstate.edu/dept/honors/thesis-defense-notification. And, of course, the Thesis Fair is next Wednesday (see below)! Participation is required for all spring term graduates and strongly encouraged for others planning to walk this year. The deadline for providing Heather with information about your display is today, Monday, May 9th!
  • 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 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.
  • Keep in touch! We want to hear about what you are doing after you leave the UHC! Call us, drop by, or send an email to let us know how you are doing.

 

7.      UHC Thesis Fair

The UHC Thesis Fair is almost here! Come and celebrate the research accomplishments of this year’s graduating class by exploring the wide range of thesis topics through fun and informative poster displays. This year’s Thesis Fair is on Wednesday, May 18th from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Gallery and Rotunda on the main floor of the Valley Library. There will be food, and this is a fun and interesting way to acknowledge your peers’ work and learn more about diverse topics and the thesis process itself. For those living in McNary, group trips to the fair will be arranged. If you have any questions, please contact Kevin (kevin.stoller@oregonstate.edu). We hope to see you all there!

 

 

Opportunities

8.      Fulbright Scholarship informational meeting

The 2012-13 Fulbright US Student competition is now open. All interested OSU students must apply for a scholarship through the Fulbright Program Advisor, Marit Legler (marit.legler@oregonstate.edu). An informational session will be held on Thursday, May 12th from 10:00-11:30 a.m. in Snell 448. Complete program and application information is available at http://www.us.fulbrightonline.org. The campus deadline for receipt of applications is September 26th, 2011.

 

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.  Upcoming Peace Corps events

There will be several Peace Corps events this month to provide interested students with information and tips about the application process. On Wednesday, May 11th, there will be a Peace Corps 50th Anniversary Celebration in the Old World Deli from 6-8 p.m.; on Wednesday, May 18th, there will be an application workshop on “How to be Competitive” from 12-1 p.m. in the OSU Career Services office; and on Thursday, May 26th, there will be a send-off party potluck from 6-7:30 p.m. in the Lion’s Shelter at Avery Park. RSVP to all events on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/peacecorps via the “Events” page.

 

12.  2011-2012 Student Alumni Association Board of Directors positions and scholarships

The Student Alumni Association (SAA) is currently accepting applications for next year’s Board of Directors. Students on the SAA Board will be awarded an $800 scholarship during the tenure of their service. Applications are due by noon on Monday, May 19th and are available at http://www.osualum.com/saaboard; all applications must include an unofficial transcript, contact information for two references, and interview availability. Selections are based on Beaver spirit, involvement at OSU, and leadership potential both in and out of the classroom. Students on the Board of Directors are responsible for event planning, marketing, and recruitment for the student membership program, offering valuable organizational management experience. Please direct questions and concerns to Jenni Betschart (Jennifer.Betschart@oregonstate.edu).

 

13.  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.

 

14.  Engineers Without Borders art exposition and auction – call for donations

Engineers Without Borders is holding an art exposition and auction on May 27th at the LaSells Stewart Center to raise funds for their upcoming water project in Lela, Kenya! They are asking people with artistic skills to donate a piece of artwork which can be auctioned with all proceeds going to the village of Lela. Works in all mediums are accepted – the only requirement is that it fits through the doors! If you are interested in helping a community achieve basic human needs, please donate your artwork. Visit http://www.ewb-osu.org/art to register your artwork!

 

15.  Communities Take Charge fellowship positions

Do you want to be part of the solution to climate change and help build more sustainable communities? Energize Corvallis will be hosting a team of six “Summer of Solution Fellows” for 8 weeks to facilitate Communities Take Charge in three Corvallis neighborhoods. Communities Take Charge works through a collaboration of neighborhoods and Summer of Solutions “solutionaires” to radically reduce energy use through no-cost or low-cost actions. Full-time fellowship applications are due on May 15th. Apply online at http://energizecorvallis.org/index/.

 

 

OSU Events & Announcements

16.  Center for the Humanities lecture – “The Curious Case of Cuba in American Foreign Policy”

David Bernell, Assistant Professor of Political Science, will speak in the Autzen House today, Monday, May 9th at 4:00 p.m.

 

17.  Science Pub Corvallis – “Trouble with Tunicates: Invasive Species in Oregon”

Sam Chan will speak tonight, Monday, May 9th at 6:00 p.m. in the Old World Deli as a part of the Science Pub Corvallis series.

 

18.  Spring Geography Seminar – “Potential spread of aquatic invasive species in the midst of climate change”

Paul Heimowitz of the US Fish and Wildlife Service will speak in Wilkinson 108 on Tuesday, May 10th at 4:00 p.m.

 

19.  Hydrology Seminar – “Water economics and climate change: The California experience”

David Sundling of the University of California, Berkeley will speak at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 11th in ALS 4000.

 

20.  Linus Pauling Institute Seminar Series – “Maternal Exercise: Short-term Investment for Long-term Gain”

Kevin Pearson from the Graduate Center for Nutritional Sciences at the University of Kentucky, Lexington will speak on Thursday, May 12th at 2:00 p.m. in ALS 4001.

 

21.  Horning Lecture Series – “Food and Society at Real Alto, a Prehistoric Community in SW Coastal Ecuador”

Deborah Pearsall of the University of Missouri will speak in the MU Journey Room on Thursday, May 12th at 4:00 p.m. This is the final lecture in the 2010-2011 Horning Lecture Series on “The Historical Sciences.”

 

 

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