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Spring 2011 Week 8

It’s Thesis Fair week, and we look forward to seeing many of you on Wednesday as we explore and celebrate our seniors’ diverse research accomplishments (details below)! We’d also like to draw your attention to the exciting new “Honors Experience” scholarship opportunity in support of learning opportunities outside of the classroom – submit your application today! Plus, don’t forget to pick up a schedule of classes and make an advising appointment with your UHC advisor (please plan to meet after seeing your major advisor). Here’s what else is going on this week:

 

UHC Announcements & Events

1.      UHC Thesis Fair

2.      New UHC scholarship opportunity!

3.      Workshop for TheSIS: START

4.      UHC spring trip

5.      Call for updates from UHC students

6.      Reminders for graduating seniors

 

Opportunities

7.      International Affairs Club invitation!

8.      Community outreach fundraiser – Reser Stadium movie night!

9.      Focus group on the impact of technology on the learning experience

10.  Research opportunity for UHC mechanical engineering students

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

12.  Upcoming Peace Corps events

13.  Glamour 2012 Top 10 College Women competition

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

 

OSU Events & Announcements

15.  OSU Student Sustainability Initiative Bike Extravaganza & Sustainability Celebration

16.  Glory Road and the Desegregation of College Basketball – The Untold Story at Oregon State

17.  Senator Avel Gordly Lecture and Book Reading – “Remembering the Power of Words”

18.  COAS Marine Geology & Geophysics Seminar – “Over Thirty Years of Deep-Sea Hydrothermal Microbiology: Where Are We Now?”

19.  Spring Geography Seminar – “Science Learning Laboratory at HMSC: Building Outreach and Engagement for 21st Century Learners”

20.  Hydrology Seminar – “Water Management, Knowledge, and Adaptation: Tensions, Legacies, and the Next Best Thing”

21.  Visiting Writers Series – Andrea Barrett

 

UHC Announcements & Events

1.      UHC Thesis Fair

The UHC Thesis Fair is this week! Please join us on Wednesday, May 18th in the main floor gallery and rotunda of the Valley Library between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to celebrate the research accomplishments of this year’s graduating class and explore the diversity of honors research through fun and informative poster displays. There will be food, and this is a fun and interesting way to acknowledge your peers’ work and learn more about the thesis process and the wide range of thesis projects. If you have any questions, please contact Kevin (kevin.stoller@oregonstate.edu) or call the UHC main office, 7-6400. We look forward to seeing you there!

 

2.      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.

 

3.      Workshop for TheSIS: START

The final workshop of the year for TheSIS: START will be held this Wednesday, May 18th at 4:00 p.m. in Strand 111. Attending this workshop and answering the associated questions on Blackboard will satisfy one of the two required START tasks. Successful completion of START is required in advance of receiving credit for the Introduction to Thesis class, HC 408: LEARN. If you have any questions about this process, contact kevin.stoller@oregonstate.edu.

 

4.      UHC spring trip

Looking for some adventure this May? Come hang out with other UHC students on May 28th in Silver Falls for hiking, picnicking, and great views! Sign-up 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).

 

5.      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.

 

6.      Reminders for graduation 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 this Wednesday (see above)! Participation is required for all spring term graduates and strongly encouraged for others planning to walk this year. If you plan to present and have not provided us with details, please contact Heather (heather.boren@oregonstate.edu) immediately.
  • 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 233from 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.

 

 

Opportunities

7.      New International Affairs Club invitation!

The International Affairs Club (IAC) will be hosting its first meeting this Friday, May 20th at 4:00 p.m. in Bexel 207. The IAC is a new organization dedicated to promoting the International Business Option, International Exchange, and the general subjects of international politics and international business. Its goal is to act as a hub for students to receive information on study abroad opportunities, as well as to serve as an environment to further education on international studies more broadly. This club will be a platform for students of all fields and knowledge levels to learn more about the world around us and how politics and business interact on the world stage. Finally, for our most passionate members, we’ll also engage in a Model United Nations program. We’ll be working to organize and send a delegation of our most qualified students to a regional or national mock UN during the next academic year. The IAC is a newly created student-sponsored organization endorsed by the College of Business, the College of Liberal Arts, and the University Honors College. Please contact Riley (internationalaffairsclub@oregonstate.edu) for more information.

 

8.      Community Outreach fundraiser – Reser Stadium Movie Night!

On Sunday, May 22nd, come have a great time supporting Community Outreach at the Reser Stadium Movie Night featuring The Adjustment Bureau starring Matt Damon. Gates will open at 7:30 p.m., and the movie will play on the big screen starting at 8:30 p.m. Bring donations to Community Outreach, a non-profit organization that provides a variety of assistance services to low-income, homeless, and unemployed persons; we are specifically hoping to collect items such as canned foods, hygiene products, diapers, soap, socks, and other items that cannot be purchased with food stamps. The more donations we collect, the more futures we can impact. For each item you donate, you will receive a raffle ticket and the opportunity of winning a great prize at the conclusion of the movie. This event is hosted by the HDFS 447H UHC class and the SAAC, the Student Athlete Advisory Committee. We appreciate your support and hope to see you there. Don't forget to bring a blanket and snacks!

 

9.      Focus group on the impact of technology on the learning experience

UHC students are invited to participate in a focus group to discuss how technology is used in the educational setting and how this may (or may not) inadvertently dis/advantage some students. This material will be used primarily in support of a research projects for Sociology 526: Social Inequality, but will likely also be presented to the group of faculty and administrators who make decisions about how technology is used on campus. Free coffee and pastries will be provided. Interested students should come to the Valley Library, from 6420 on Thursday, May 19th, from 10-11 a.m.

 

10.  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.

 

11.  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.

 

12.  Upcoming Peace Corps events

There are two more Peace Corps events this month to provide interested students with information and tips about the application process. O 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.

 

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 exhibition 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!

 

 

OSU Events & Announcements

15.  OSU Student Sustainability Initiative Bike Extravaganza & Sustainability Celebration

Join the Student Sustainability Initiative (SSI) Transportation Group and ASOSU in the MU Quad Brick Mall on Thursday, May 19th from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and give your trusty bicycle a makeover! This event will feature a bicycle decorating stations and lots of free giveaway items (including lights!) We’re also partnering with the Corvallis Bicycle Collective, Public Safety, and the OSU Alternative Transportation Advisory Committee to provide basic bike tune-ups, registration, and informational material. Even if you do not yet own a bike, this is an event not to be missed – there will be information about buying used bikes through OSU Surplus. Contact Rose at ssi.transportation@oregonstate.edu with questions or to help us out!

 

Then, join us next Wednesday, May 25th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. for the 2011 Sustainability Celebration. This is an interdepartmental effort to reflect on the highlights and lessons of this year and begin planning out the steps needed to achieve even more next year. If you know students, faculty, or staff at OSU who might be interested in weighing in on how the university at student body might move forward with their sustainability efforts, please let them know about this opportunity. Input is always appreciated, but this is a rare opportunity to bring people together from across the university. American Dream pizza will be provided. Location is TBD. Please see https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=119078918174280 for more information.

 

16.  Glory Road and the Desegregation of College Basketball – The Untold Story at Oregon State

Attend a unique panel and presentation that discusses the desegregation of basketball at OSU circa 1965. Come and listen to the players and coaches discuss what it was like at OSU during this time. This special event is free and open to the public and will be on Tuesday, May 17th from 4:30 – 7:00 p.m. in the Reser Stadium Loge.

 

17.  Senator Avel Gordly Lecture and Book Reading – “Remembering the Power of Words”

Avel Louise Gordly, the first African American woman elected to the Oregon Senate, will speak about her experiences and sign copies of her new book, Remembering the Power of Words: The Life of an Oregon Activist, Legislator, and Community Leader on Tuesday, May 17th at 7:30 p.m. in the LaSells Stewart Center.

 

18.  COAS Marine Geology & Geophysics Seminar – “Over Thirty Years of Deep-Sea Hydrothermal Microbiology: Where Are We Now?”

Anna-Louise Reysenbach of Portland State University will speak on Tuesday, May 17th at noon in Burt Hall 193.

 

19.  Spring Geography Seminar – “Science Learning Laboratory at HMSC: Building Outreach and Engagement for 21st Century Learners”

Nancee Hunter, Director of Education at Hatfield Marine Science Center (HMSC) will speak on Tuesday, May 17th at 4:00 p.m. in Wilkinson 108.

 

20.  Hydrology Seminar – “Water Management, Knowledge, and Adaptation: Tensions, Legacies, and the Next Best Thing”

Maria Carmen Lemos of the University of Michigan will speak as a part of the Spring Hydrology Seminar Series focusing on “Climate Impacts on Freshwater: Interdisciplinary Perspectives” on Wednesday, May 18th at 4:00 p.m. in ALS 4000.

 

21.  Visiting Writers Series – Andrea Barrett

Andrea Barrett, the author of six novels and two story collections and a finalist for the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction will read in the Valley Library Rotunda on Friday, May 20th at 7:30 p.m. as a part of the Visiting Writers Series.

 

 

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