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Spring 2012 Week 2

We hope you are all enjoying the lovely spring weather! The term is already in full swing, and there are a number of upcoming events in the UHC and around campus. We are excited to announce that there we will be offering five Honors summer courses this year! See below for details about this terrific expansion of the Honors curriculum. The application for Honors tuition scholarships for returning students is also now online; the deadline to submit applications is June 1. Here’s what else is going on this week!

 

UHC Announcements & Events


1.      Honors Summer Session
2.      Spring thesis workshops
3.      LAST CALL: Submit your UHC T-shirt design!
4.      PLLEEAASE share your talent at the Moms & Family Weekend UHC Talent Show!
5.      Calling all artists and otherwise-crafty people!
6.      UHC scholarships
7.      Volunteer for the Honors Activities & Advisory Committee
8.      Earn UHC elective credit in the INTO OSU Conversant Program
9.      UHC Study Room in the Valley Library

     

    Opportunities

    10.  Office of Undergraduate Research Ambassador Program

    11.  On-campus opportunities with the Student Sustainability Initiative (SSI)

    12.  Mi Familia Weekend

    13.  Beavs Helping Kids Dance Marathon for Children’s Miracle Network

    14.  Career Services resources

     

    OSU Events & Announcements

    15.  OSU Socratic Club debate - “Have Science and Technology Made God Irrelevant?”

    16.  Chamber Music Corvallis – The Daedalus Quartet

    17.  Nobel Peace Prize winner Adolfo Perez Esquivel

    18.  Holocaust Memorial Week 2012

    19.  Earth Month events

    20.  MANRSS and Teach For America film event

    21.  Spring term research workshops at the Valley Library

    22.  Research transcript notation for OSU undergraduates

     

     

    UHC Announcements & Events


    1.      Honors Summer Session

      The UHC is offering several summer session courses this year! For students who will be on campus, this is a fantastic opportunity to fulfill some OSU and/or UHC requirements or try something new. A schedule containing details about each course is available on the UHC web page and in the UHC office (Strand 229). The following courses are planned:

      • ENG 213H Literatures of the World: Middle East

      Instructor: Gilad Elbom

      • GEO 307H National Park Geology and Preservation

      Instructor: Bob Lillie

      • HC 199 Honors Writing

      Instructor: Eric Hill

      • HC 407 Writing About Music

      Instructor: Eric Hill

      • WS 223H Women: Self and Society

      Instructor: Kryn Freehling-Burton

       

      Registration for summer session begins on April 15th. See http://summer.oregonstate.edu/new-visiting/register/ for details.

       


      2.      Spring thesis workshops

        Once again, the UHC is offering a range of thesis workshops this term that provide support for students at every stage of the thesis process. Students are also encouraged to review the schedule of workshops – including an IRB workshop – for undergraduates and graduate students offered by the Valley Library (see below, under “OSU Events & Announcements,” for a link to the schedule). If you have any questions, please email Kevin (kevin.stoller@oregonstate.edu).

        • Workshop for START

        This introductory workshop will provide information about the thesis requirement and the Thesis Success in Stages (TheSIS) process. Attendance at this workshop and completing the associated questions on the Blackboard TheSIS: START page satisfies one of the two required START tasks. All UHC students are expected to complete START in their first UHC year. The workshop will be held on Thursday, April 19th at 5:00 p.m. in Strand 233.

        • Writing a Proposal & Finding a Mentor – Humanities, Social Sciences, & Business

        This UNDERTAKE workshop is designed for students who are currently working on a proposal or attempting to develop a thesis topic in a field in the humanities, social sciences, or business. It is primarily intended for students who have already completed HC 408 Introduction to Thesis, but students at an earlier stage who already have an idea for a thesis topic are welcome to attend. If you plan to attend this workshop, please RSVP to kevin.stoller@oregonstate.edu. This workshop will be held on Monday, April 16th at 5:00 p.m. in Strand 237.

        • Writing a Proposal & Finding a Mentor – Science

        This UNDERTAKE workshop is designed for students who are currently working on a proposal or attempting to develop a thesis topic in a science field. It is primarily intended for students who have already completed HC 408 Introduction to Thesis, but students at an earlier stage who already have an idea for a thesis topic are welcome to attend. If you plan to attend this workshop, please RSVP to kevin.stoller@oregonstate.edu. This workshop will be held on Wednesday, April 18th at 5:00 p.m. in Strand 237.

        • Writing a Proposal & Finding a Mentor – Engineering

        This UNDERTAKE workshop is designed for students who are currently working on a proposal or attempting to develop a thesis topic in an engineering field. It is primarily intended for students who have already completed HC 408 Introduction to Thesis, but students at an earlier stage who already have an idea for a thesis topic are welcome to attend. If you plan to attend this workshop, please RSVP to kevin.stoller@oregonstate.edu. This workshop will be held on Wednesday, April 18th at 5:00 p.m. in the Strand 229 conference room.

        • Thesis Poster Fair – Design and expectations

        The UHC will offer two workshops to help UHC students prepare for the Senior Thesis Poster Fair, which is scheduled for Friday, May 25th from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in the Valley Library. Participation in the poster fair is expected of all UHC students who plan to graduate in the spring, summer, or fall terms (you will receive more information about the Poster Fair via email soon). This workshop will provide you with guidelines and models for developing your own poster presentation, whatever the stage of your research at the time of the Fair (whether complete or in progress). UHC instructors will be on hand to answer general and specific questions about posters and provide guidance about expectations at professional poster presentations. The first workshop will be held on Monday, April 30th at 5:00 p.m. in Strand 233. A second workshop will be held on Wednesday, May 9th at 5:00 p.m. in Strand 233.

        • Thesis Nuts & Bolts

        These Q & A sessions will answer questions about bringing your thesis to the finish line, including questions about the defense and thesis formatting. One session will be held on Tuesday, April 24th at 4:00 p.m. in Strand 233, and a second session will be held on Friday, May 11th at 1:00 p.m. in Strand 233.

         


        3.      LAST CALL: Submit your UHC t-shirt design!

          Do you want to see your design all over campus as one of the representations of the UHC! All UHC students are encouraged to submit designs for an Honors t-shirt! We are holding a shirt design contest for 2011-2012 shirts. Please submit electronic copies of your design to Arlyn Moreno Luna at morenola@onid.orst.edu or a hard copy to the UHC office in Strand 229 marked to Arlyn’s attention. The deadline for submission is this Friday, April 13th at 5:00 p.m.

           


          4.      PLLEEAASE share your talent at the Moms & Family Weekend UHC Talent Show!

            The talent show just won’t be the same without you! We need talented UHC students to perform at our annual talent show on Moms & Family Weekend. Groups are welcome! Unique talents are encouraged! If you are interested, register at http://oregonstate.edu/dept/honors/talent-show-webform. If you know someone who should perform but is too shy, contact LeeAnn Baker at leeann.baker@oregonstate.edu.

             


            5.      Calling all artists and otherwise-crafty people!

              The UHC wants to display your artwork, crafts, sculpture, photos, or other artistic and crafty creations at the Moms & Family Weekend Talent Show on Saturday, May 5th. This is another excellent opportunity to showcase your talents and contribute to this awesome event! If you are interested or want to nominate someone, contact LeeAnn Baker at leeann.baker@oregonstate.edu or call 541.737.6400.

               


              6.      UHC scholarships

                The application for continuing UHC student scholarships is now available at http://oregonstate.edu/dept/honors/uhc-scholarship-webform. The deadline to submit an application for a continuing scholarship is June first. Please read the instructions carefully and complete all required fields when applying.

                 

                In addition, all Honors students are eligible to apply for UHC scholarships funding experiential learning opportunities (such as research, unpaid internships, and study abroad), thesis-related research expenses, and professional travel. The Honors Experience scholarship provides students up to $2,000, and the UHC Excellence Fund and “Grandma Honors” Professional Travel Award provide $500 stipends. For more information on these scholarships or to apply, see http://oregonstate.edu/dept/honors/research-scholarship-internships. Contact the UHC (email us at honors.college@oregonstate.edu, call us at 541.737.6400, or visit us in Strand 229) if you have any questions about these opportunities.

                 


                7.      Volunteer for the Honors Activities & Advisory Committee

                  Now is the time to join the Honors Activities & Advisory Committee (HAAC)! HAAC meets every Tuesday from 5:30 to 6:00 p.m. in the SLUG. This week, we will be planning the spring term calendar, making it the perfect time to get involved and be heard!

                   


                  8.      Earn UHC elective credit in the INTO OSU Conversant Program

                    The University Honors College has partnered with INTO OSU’s Conversant Program to provide a cool opportunity for Honors students to earn credit while helping INTO OSU students practice their English. It is a great way to make a new friend, increase your cultural awareness, and help teach INTO OSU students more about life in the United States. To earn one elective credit, Honors students need to commit to meeting with an international student in the INTO OSU Pathway Program for an average of one hour per week throughout the term. Students keep a log of the times and places of meetings and the topics discussed, and at the end of the term, they turn in a two-page “reflections” paper about the experience. For details, visit http://oregonstate.edu/dept/honors/pathways. We are excited to offer this unique learning opportunity in partnership with INTO OSU. If you have any questions about the program, please contact us at 541.737.6400.

                     


                    9.      UHC Study Room in the Valley Library

                      Honors students have access to a private research/study room in the Valley Library. This room is available for check-out in four-hour blocks, with some overnight check-out availability as well. Reservations can be made in advance! To make reservations and pick up the key, speak to the staff in SLUG 1or call the SLUG at 737-6455. This is a great resource if you need some quiet time while you’re on campus!

                       

                      Opportunities

                      10.  Office of Undergraduate Research Ambassador Program

                      The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) at Oregon State seeks applications from undergraduates in all majors who are participating in research, engagement, or creative endeavors outside of the classroom to serve as Ambassadors of Undergraduate Research for the 2012-13 school year. OUR Ambassadors will represent OSU research at campus and community events to help promote and expand undergraduate research and creativity efforts across campus. Students who are in good academic standing with at least 30 completed credits at the time of application, who have engaged in or are currently engaged in research and/or creative activities under the guidance of an OSU faculty mentor, and who can commit up to 40-60 hours or service during the 2012-13 school year will be considered. Students from all academic disciplines are encouraged to apply. The deadline for submitting applications is April 16 at 5:00 p.m. and interviews will be held on April 25, 26, and 27. Application information is available at http://oregonstate.edu/students/research//files/ambassadorapplication_0.pdf. Please address questions concerning the program to Kevin Ahern at ahernk@onid.orst.edu.

                       

                      11.  On-campus opportunities with the Student Sustainability Initiative (SSI)

                      The Student Sustainability Initiative (SSI) has two internship openings and a position opening. The internships entail a commitment of 1-5 hours/week minimum. These are unpaid internships but have the opportunity of earning credit. Applications can be submitted by emailing a cover letter and resume to Alisa Narvaez, the SSI Visibility Coordinator (ssi.visibility@oregonstate.edu). Applications must be submitted by Wednesday, April 11th, 2012:

                      • Journalism Intern: The News and Journalism Intern (Journalism Intern) will be responsible for promoting the SSI through the research, writing, and publication of original content (such as articles, blog posts, news stories, etc.). The intern will work with the Visibility Coordinator, SSI staff, volunteers, OSU faculty and staff, and Corvallis community members to make sure that SSI activities are successful. For more information, check out the Position Description.
                      • Web Intern: The Web Intern will be responsible for promoting the SSI through pursuit and improvement of digital visibility efforts (e.g. website, online social media, etc.). The intern will work with the Visibility Coordinator, SSI staff, volunteers, OSU faculty and staff, and Corvallis community members to make sure that SSI activities are successful. For more information, check out the Position Description.

                       

                      The SSI is also seeking a new Director. This is a student employment position and is directly responsible for all activities and programs in the SSI, including the use and well-being of the Student Sustainability Center (SSC). In particular, this position is responsible for: (1) the coordination, supervision, development, and well-being of SSI staff, (2) the representation to and relationships with partnering organizations, and (3) the health, longevity, efficiency, effectiveness, and advancement of the program as a whole. The SSI is seeking a qualified individual to be a leader of this student program. The position starts at a pay rate of $11/hour. Regular hours are 20-40 per week during the summer term and 20 hours per week during fall, winter, and spring terms. Applications are due Friday, April 20th. Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume addressed to the SSI Search Committee via email to the SSI Fee Board Chair (ssi.feeboard@oregonstate.edu). If you have any questions, please address them to the current Director (ssi.director@oregonstate.edu). Details about this position and the application process can be found at http://oregonstate.edu/ssi/jobs/director.

                       

                      12.  Mi Familia Weekend

                      Mi Familia Weekend is an event designed to connect Hispanic and Latino families with their college students and the OSU community. The event program features keynote speakers, a dance, a resource fair, breakout sessions, four meals, a soccer match, and other activities. Mi Familia Weekend is April 27th through April 29th in the MU Ballroom. Please register for you and your family by April 13th at http://agsci.oregonstate.edu/mifamiliaweekend-rsvp. There are only 150 spots for Friday’s dinner and 300 for Saturday’s. Travel scholarships are available for families in need. If you have any questions, please contact Arlyn Moreno Luna or AnnaRose Adams at mifamiliaweekend@gmail.com.

                       

                      13.  Beavs Helping Kids Dance Marathon for Children’s Miracle Network

                      Beavs Helping Kids (BHK) is a new community service Oregon State student organization sponsored by the UHC that raises funds and awareness for Children’s Miracle Network hospitals. BHK will be holding is first Dance Marathon on Saturday, April 28th from 8:30 p.m. to midnight in McNary Dining Center. This event is FREE, but registration is required! Dance Marathon is a fun way to get involved in community service by meeting and supporting families treated at our local Children’s Miracle Network hospital. Fundraising for attendees is encouraged by not required. For more information and to register, go to http://www.helpmakemiracles.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.eventDetails&eventID=1107. Please email beavshelpingkids@oregonstate.edu with questions.

                       

                      14.  Career Services resources

                      With the approach of spring and, for many students, job and internship application season, OSU Career Services offers a number of resources for student job seekers. You can drop by the Career Services center in the Kerr basement for resume or cover letter feedback Monday-Thursday from 1:00-4:00 p.m., the Valley Library CLC Tuesdays from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Milam 116 on Thursdays from 2:00-4:00 p.m., or the HUB in Batcheller on Fridays from 2:00-3:00 p.m. You can also make a more in-depth appointment to speak with a career counselor by contacting the Career Services office. Career Services will offer a number of workshops during the spring as well: the complete schedule is available at http://oregonstate.edu/career/programs-workshops. And save the date for the Spring University-Wide Career Fair on Wednesday, April 25th from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. in the CH2M Hill Alumni Center.

                       

                      OSU Events & Announcements

                      15.  OSU Socratic Club debate – “Have Science and Technology Made God Irrelevant?”

                      The Socratic Club at OSU will sponsor a debate on the topic “Have Science and Technology Made God Irrelevant?” tonight, Monday, April 9 in Gilfillan Auditorium at 7:00 p.m. The speakers are Kenneth Funk from the OSU College of Engineering and Mark Walsh from the OSU Department of Mathematics. A description of the debate is below:

                       

                      We live in a world where the technology exists to banish poverty and dramatically improve the lives of all. Yet for so many, our daily burdens are becoming heavier, while technology itself often seems to be an enemy. How do we make sense of this extraordinary contradiction? Do we still need God, or do our advances in science and technology make God obsolete? Can we rely solely on the power of our own ideas to prevail against health problems and mortality, relationship difficulties, social and political issues, and the other quandaries we now and will face without help “from above”? With science and technology can and should we finally take full charge of our own destiny? Do we need the intervention of God in our daily lives? Or, does a materialist conception of history give us a better chance for making sense of our world? Our two speakers will engage in spirited debate. Kenneth Funk will advocate a Christian perspective, while Mark Walsh will argue from a materialist point of view.

                       

                      The debate is free and open to the public. For more information visit the OSU Socratic Club online at http://oregonstate.edu/groups/socratic/.

                       

                      16.  Chamber Music Corvallis – The Daedalus Quartet

                      The Daedalus Quartet will play works by Haydn, Lerdahl, and Dvorak on Thursday, April 12th as a part of the Chamber Music Corvallis series in the LaSell Stewart Center at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free for OSU students with ID.

                       

                      17.  Nobel Peace Prize winner Adolfo Perez Esquivel

                      Adolfo Perez Esquivel, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1980 for his work for human rights in Latin America, will speak in the Memorial Union Ballroom on Friday, April 13th in a free event. Doors will open with entertainment beginning at 7:00 p.m. and the talk will begin at 7:30 p.m.

                       

                      18.  Holocaust Memorial Week 2012

                      The 26th annual observance of Holocaust Memorial Week will be held from April 16th through April 20th. Oregon State, in association with the City of Corvallis, the Benton County Public Library, Beit Am, and School District 509-J, is supporting a program during Memorial Week to raise awareness of the Holocaust, combat bigotry, and foster respect for diversity. While the Holocaust is the main focus of the annual program, this year there will also be an event discussing the Tolawa tribe of Southern Oregon and Northern California. For a full list of events, see the Holocaust Program website at http://oregonstate.edu/dept/holocaust/.

                       

                      19.  Earth Month events

                      April is Earth Month at Oregon State, and the University is sponsoring a number of events about environmental, sustainability, and energy issues. OSU has celebrated Earth Day since the first one in 1970 and Earth Week since 2000. This year, the program has been expanded to an entire month! For more information about programming, see http://recycle.oregonstate.edu/earthmonth.

                       

                      20.  MANRSS and Teach For America film event

                      OSU’s chapter of Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences (MANRSS) and Teach For America are teaming up to provide students with the opportunity to engage with the topic of educational inequity through a viewing of Precious Knowledge, a film with a thematic focus on race, politics, and education (see the trailer at http://www.preciousknowledgefilm.com/). Pizza will be provided at the showing next Wednesday, April 18th in Kelley Engineering Center 1003. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and the event will last from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Please bring $2 or two cans of food in support of the Linn-Benton Food Share.

                       

                      21.  Spring term research workshops at the Valley Library

                      This term, the Valley Library will again host a number of workshops designed to assist undergraduate students. The workshop theme of “Build Your Research Skill Set” will be of particular interest to UHC students. Advanced UHC students are also welcome to register for the Valley Library’s research workshops for graduate students. Many of these workshops offer in-depth examinations of important research tools that will be of great use to UHC thesis writers. For a schedule of undergraduate workshops and to register, see http://ica.library.oregonstate.edu/subject-guide/1481-Research-Skills-for-Undergraduates. Workshops fill up quickly, so register as soon as you can! Attendance at a workshop will satisfy one of the two required tasks for TheSIS: START. To register for a Graduate and Faculty workshop, visit http://ica.library.oregonstate.edu/subject-guide/656-Library-Workshops-for-Grad-Students-Faculty?tab=2451.

                       

                      22.  Research transcript notation for OSU undergraduates

                      Beginning with June, 2012 graduation, OSU students who have engaged in research/creative activities that meet required criteria can be formally recognized for these efforts by an honor designation on their transcripts as a “Research Fellow” or an “Arts Fellow” as appropriate. Students who receive this notation may wear a blue honor cord at commencement ceremonies. Students seeking this transcript notation must have performed a significant research/creative project under the guidance of an OSU professor (mentor) and make a presentation of their project to a wider audience than the circle around their mentor. They must show evidence of their presentation and place documentation of the project (see application) in the OSU Scholars Archive. Last, they must fill out the OSU Undergraduate Research/Art Fellow Application for 2012 and submit it to the head advisor of their college no later than noon on June 1, 2012. In the application, the mentor’s signature is necessary to certify that the work meets the criteria necessary for transcript notation. Most Honors thesis projects will qualify for this notation. More information, answers to frequently asked questions, and application forms are available at http://oregonstate.edu/students/research/. For additional information, contact Kevin Ahern at ahernk@onid.orst.edu.

                       

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