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Spring 2012 Week 3

We hope you all had great weekends! As the term gets busy, try to keep some room on your calendar for some of the great UHC events listed below. Summer Session registration has started, so be sure to also check out the Honors course offerings! Here’s what else is going on this week:

 

UHC Announcements & Events


1.      Say Thanks! UHC HerStory Professor Award Nominations
2.      UHC Spring Hiking Trip
3.      Spring thesis workshops – beginning TODAY!
4.      Save the Date: Moms & Family Weekend UHC Talent Show
5.      LAST CALL! Get into the act – we want your talent in our show!
6.      Calling all artists and otherwise-crafty people!
7.      Honors Summer Session
8.      HAAC – We get more done in a half hour than some people do all week!
9.      UHC scholarships

     

    Opportunities

    10.  Office of Undergraduate Research Ambassador Program – DEADLINE TODAY

    11.  Undergraduate research and science outreach opportunity with College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences

    12.  Positions with the Student Sustainability Initiative (SSI)

    13.  Oregon Future Energy Conference and SolarWorld manufacturing plant tour

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

     

    OSU Events & Announcements

    15.  Holocaust Memorial Week 2012

    16.  Earth Week events

    17.  MANRSS and Teach For America film event

    18.  Spring term research workshops at the Valley Library

    19.  Research transcript notation for OSU undergraduates

     

     

    UHC Announcements & Events


    1.      Say Thanks! UHC HerStory Professor Award Nominations

      The UHC HerStory Professor Awards celebrate and share the stories of your favorite female professors and their amazing leadership, scholarship, and service contributions to Oregon State. Please take a moment to nominate one or more exceptional female professors for this recognition. You are encouraged to consider any woman who has excelled at stretching your limits within the classroom, contributed to your learning through research or published works, taken a leadership role that has impacted your clubs or organizations, and/or been a trusted and dependable advisor. To make a nomination, visit http://oregonstate.edu/dept/honors/herstory-professor-nominations. Nominations are due by April 30th.

       


      2.      UHC Spring Hiking Trip!

        Ready to get your hike on? The University Honors College is planning a hiking trip to the McKenzie River and Sahalie Falls on April 28th, 2012. We are going to spend the day hiking along ancient lava flows and past natural hot springs on our way to Sahalie Falls. Tentative departure from Corvallis is 9:00 a.m., with trailhead arrival by 11:00 a.m. We will picnic during the hike. We encourage everyone to head back to campus by 6:00 p.m. There is no charge for this trip; however, participants will need to bring their own food and drinks and help pay for transportation. Students can sign up in the SLUG from today (April 16th) through Wednesday, April 25th. There will be a pre-trip meeting on Thursday, April 26th at 5:00 p.m. in SLUG II to arrange rides and go over trip business and preparations. If you have any questions or concerns, contact Lauren Eyrich at eyrichl@onid.orst.edu with Honors College Hike in the subject line. Thank you to everyone who participated in the destination poll, and we are looking forward to seeing you all on April 28th!

         


        3.      Spring thesis workshops – beginning TODAY!

          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.

           


          4.      Save the Date: Moms and Family Weekend Talent Show

            Mark your calendars now for this AWESOME event! Saturday, May 5th, 9:00 a.m.-noon in the LaSells Stewart Center, we will hold our annual Moms and Family Weekend Talent Show, one of the highlights of the UHC year. Bring your mom and family to the UHC brunch at 9:00 a.m., and stay for the talent show beginning at 10:30. You will get a free, delicious brunch and enjoy outstanding, diverse entertainment! Acts this year include singing, piano, poetry, and baton twirling. Contact LeeAnn Baker at leeann.baker@oregonstate.edu or 541.737.6400 with questions.

             


            5.      LAST CALL! Get into the Act – we want your talent in our show!

              Speaking of Talent, do you know what your mom really wants for Mother’s Day? To see you perform at the Moms & Family Weekend Talent Show on Saturday, May 5th! Not only will she love it, but you won’t have to spend any money on other gifts! If you are interested, please register at http://oregonstate.edu/dept/honors/talent-show-webform.

               


              6.      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.

                 


                7.      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 has opened. See http://summer.oregonstate.edu/new-visiting/register/ for details.

                   


                  8.      HAAC – We get more done in a half hour than some people do all week!

                    Join us and see what all the fuss is about! Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. in SLUG 1 (Strand basement).

                     


                    9.      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.

                       

                      Opportunities

                      10.  Office of Undergraduate Research Ambassador Program – DEADLINE TODAY!

                      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.  Undergraduate research and science outreach opportunity with College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences

                      A project in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences has funding to support an undergraduate for part of the summer or part-time during the school year. This project will involve developing a 2-5 minute educational video about numerical models and numerical modeling for estuary dynamics research. An interested undergraduate, ideally with experience in video creation and editing, could be involved with the design and execution of this project. Anticipated start time is this summer, but the project is flexible. This project might form the basis of a senior thesis or be integrated into an existing thesis project. If you are interested, please contact kevin.stoller@oregonstate.edu for additional information.

                       

                      12.  Positions with the Student Sustainability Initiative (SSI)

                      The Student Sustainability Initiative (SSI) is 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.

                       

                      The SSI also has openings for ten other staff positions for the 2012-2013 academic year. Any interested student at OSU is eligible to apply for the following positions:

                       

                      Applications for these positions are due on April 27, 2012.

                       

                      13.  Oregon Future Energy Conference and SolarWorld manufacturing plant tour

                      The OSU Sustainable Energy Initiative (SEI) invites you to join us to visit the Oregon Future Energy Conference and tour the SolarWorld solar panel manufacturing plant on Saturday, April 28th. This trip is open to all OSU students! Departure will be at 8:00 a.m. sharp from Gleeson Hall, with a return time between 6:00 and 9:00 p.m. that evening. Current plans are to tour SolarWorld in the morning and attend the conference in the afternoon. Transportation, lunch and dinner, and conference admission will be covered by the event charge (see below).

                       

                      To sign-up to attend, send an email to SEI secretary Alyson Lovett (lovettal@onid.orst.edu) with the following information:

                      • Name
                      • Phone number
                      • Dietary restrictions or medical conditions trip organizers should be aware of
                      • Special transportation requests or questions (e.g. if you would like to be picked up at a different campus location).

                       

                      If you respond by Wednesday, April 18th, the fee for the trip is $10. If you respond by Friday, April 20th, the fee is $15. If you respond after Friday, there is no guarantee of space availability; if there is space, the fee will be $25.

                       

                      All OSU students are welcome, so feel free to invite your friends!

                       

                      14.  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.

                       

                      OSU Events & Announcements

                      15.  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/.

                       

                      16.  Earth Week events

                      The annual Earth Week celebration at OSU is a week of fun and educational activities geared toward raising environmental awareness and engagement. This year Earth Week is April 21-28, 2012. See below for a list of scheduled activities.
                      Saturday, April 21

                      Sunday, April 22

                      Monday, April 23

                      Tuesday, April 24

                      Wednesday, April 25

                      Thursday, April 26

                      Friday, April 27

                      Saturday, April 28

                       

                      17.  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.

                       

                      18.  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.

                       

                      19.  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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