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Spring 2012 Week 4

We hope you all had a wonderful weekend and enjoyed a summer-weather preview! It was a big week in the UHC as Oregon State announced that our Dean, Dan Arp, has been named as the Dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences, effective May first. Dan will continue to serve as Dean of the UHC until a successor is named, which should be sometime before the end of spring term. If you have any questions about this process, don’t hesitate to stop by the UHC office or give us a call. In the meantime, it continues to be a busy time with a full and exciting schedule of upcoming events in the UHC and around campus! Read on for details:

 

UHC Announcements & Events

1. Candy & Coloring this Wednesday the 25th!
2. Save the Dave – UHC/College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences 3. Faculty-Student Matching Reception
3. UHC HerStory Professor Award Nominations – Deadline is April 30th
4. UHC Spring Hiking Trip
5. Moms & Family Weekend Brunch & Talent Show
6. Honors Summer Session – Registration is now open!
7. HAAC – Why wouldn’t you want to join?
8. UHC scholarships

    Opportunities

    9. Summer Research Internship with UHC Associate Dean Toni Doolen
    10. Paid summer research opportunity
    11. Research opportunity with faculty from College of Public Health & Human Sciences
    12. Undergraduate research and science outreach opportunity with College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences
    13. Positions with the Student Sustainability Initiative (SSI)

       

      OSU Events & Announcements

      14. Right now! Catch solar phenomena in the MU Quad
      15. Pauling Peace Lecture – David Cobb
      16. Free showing of film Addicted to Plastic
      17. Beavs Helping Kids Dance Marathon for Children’s Miracle Network
      18. University Career Fair
      19. Earth Week events
      20. Spring term research workshops at the Valley Library
      21. Research transcript notation for OSU undergraduates

         

         

        UHC Announcements & Events


        1. Candy & Coloring this Wednesday, April 25th!

          Take a break this Wednesday for some fun and treats! There will be candy and coloring in the SLUG between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. and in McNary lounge between 6:00 and 8:00 p.m. Stop by and enjoy!

           


          2. Save the Dave – UHC/College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences Faculty-Student Matching Reception

            This spring, the University Honors College will offer UHC students a unique opportunity to meet with faculty from the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences (CEOAS) and learn more about current research opportunities. At the UHC/CEOAS Faculty-Student Matching Reception, UHC students will connect with CEOAS faculty members, hear about their research, and potentially get involved in projects that will likely form the basis of an Honors senior thesis. The event will run from 4:00-5:30 p.m. on Friday, May 18th (location TBA). Fifteen to twenty CEOAS faculty, from across the spectrum of College fields, will offer brief introductions of their research programs and then be available at a catered reception to meet with students to discuss current opportunities in their labs. Examples of research areas within CEOAS include studies of the past, present, and future climate; natural hazards such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and coastal erosion; and ocean ecology and biogeochemistry. Each of the presenters at this reception is currently looking to place undergraduate researchers on their team, and you could very well leave this event with a research project/laboratory posting in hand! Students who are not currently looking for lab work but would like to learn more about research in the Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric sciences or are interested in building their network or cultivating interview skill are also welcome to attend this event. All attendees are encouraged to bring a resume to this event and dress appropriate to an interview context. Food will be provided! Please RSVP or direct questions to Kevin Stoller (kevin.stoller@oregonstate.edu).

             


            3. UHC HerStory Professor Award Nominations – Deadline is April 30th!

              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.

               


              4. 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 this Saturday, April 28th. 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 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!

                 


                5. Moms and Family Weekend Brunch & Talent Show

                  Have you been worrying about what to get your mom for Mother’s Day! LOOK NO FURTHER! You can take her to the UHC Moms & Family Weekend Bruch and Talent Show for free! You, your mom, and your family will be treated to a lovely brunch and fabulous entertainment featuring members of the UHC community! When is this event? Saturday, May 5th with brunch from 9:00-10:15 a.m. and the talent show from 10:30 a.m.-noon. Where? In the LaSells Stewart Center. Plan on it!

                   


                  6. Honors Summer Session – Registration is now open!

                    Going to be around this summer? Still need to take an HC 199 Honors Writing course? Perfect. Eric Hill will be teaching it for the first four-week session. Still need colloquium credits? Love music? Again, perfect. Eric Hill will also be teaching his Writing about Music colloquium this summer. In fact, for the first time ever, the UHC will be offering several summer courses. This is a great opportunity to satisfy some requirements and learn something new! A schedule containing details about each course is available on the UHC web page and in the UHC office (Strand 229). Registration for summer session is now open! See http://summer.oregonstate.edu/new-visiting/register/ for details.

                    The UHC is offering the following courses:

                    • 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

                     


                    7. HAAC – Who wouldn’t want to join?

                      Our meetings are only a half hour once per week! Student voices are heard and used to better the UHC experience for everyone! Leadership skills are developed and put into practice. Programs are planned and implemented. And, of course…we ALWAYS have fun! Come and find out more about what we do: Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. in SLUG 1 (Strand basement).

                       


                      8. 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


                        9. Summer Research Internship with UHC Associate Dean Toni Doolen

                          Dr. Toni Doolen, Associate Dean of the University Honors College and Professor in the School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering, is seeking a UHC student majoring in engineering or business to work on a research project focused on identifying risk indicators in the design of complex engineered systems. The student will work with the research team and engineers and managers from Boeing on this project. The intern will collect and analyze data from multiple design projects. Applicants should have strong writing skills, good oral communication skill, and in-depth knowledge of MS Excel and Word. The internship will pay $10/hour and will require the intern to work 25-40 hours per week for at least eight weeks. Interested students should send a resume, along with a schedule outlining their summer availability, by May 15, 2012 to toni.doolen@oregonstate.edu.

                           


                          10. Paid summer research opportunity

                            Would you like a job as a UHC DeLoach Scholar? Dr. Lisa Ganio, Associate Professor in the College of Forestry, is seeking a UHC student to work on a research project focused on identifying factors that impact retention in academic careers in biology, ecology, and earth systems science. The student will compile and produce graphical and written summaries of survey data. Applicants should have strong writing skills, good oral communication skills, in-depth knowledge of MS Word and Excel, and be willing to learn how to produce graphics in the R software language. The internship will pay $10/hour. We estimate that the position will require about 20-40 hours per week for 6-8 weeks. Interested students should send a resume, along with a schedule outlining their summer availability to lisa.ganio@oregonstate.edu by May 4, 2012.

                             


                            11. Research opportunity with faculty from College of Public Health & Human Sciences

                              Are you interested in doing research with faculty from the College of Public Health & Human Sciences? A project titled “INTERPLAY: Flame retardants and home environment on children’s school readiness” is expected to be up and running by the late summer, and the project leaders are looking for qualified undergraduates to work as research assistants/apprentices for this project. Participants will be trained in a number of assessments focused on the environment and child development. Students who have 6-9 hours of availability in blocks of 2-3 hours (morning or afternoons) during the fall term; are available for project training before the start of fall term; and are interested in or have experience working with young children are especially encouraged to apply. If you are interested, please send your resume to Dr. Megan MacDonald at megan.macdonald@oregonstate.edu and more information will be provided.

                               


                              12. 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.

                                 


                                13. Positions with the Student Sustainability Initiative (SSI)

                                  The Student Sustainability Initiative (SSI) has openings for ten staff positions for the 2012-2013 academic year. Any interested student at OSU is eligible to apply for the following opportunities:

                                   

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

                                   

                                  OSU Events & Announcements


                                  14. Right now! Catch solar phenomena in the MU Quad

                                    Catch it right away! At 2:00 p.m. today, PH 104H instructor Randy Milstein will set up a solar telescope in the MU Quad to check out nine sunspots and a major solar prominence!

                                     


                                    15. Pauling Peace Lecture – David Cobb

                                      The 29th Annual Ava Helen and Linus Pauling Memorial Lecture for World Peace will be delivered Tuesday evening, April 24th, at 7:30 p.m. in the Austin Auditorium of the LaSells Stewart Center. This year's Distinguished Lecturer is David Cobb, the 2004 Green Party presidential candidate, who will speak on “Corporate Personhood: The Legal Concept that Perverts the Promise of Democracy.”

                                       


                                      16. Free showing of film Addicted to Plastic

                                        The University Honors College class Plastics for Poets will host a free showing followed by a discussion of the film Addicted to Plastic. This film is an eye-opening and well-balanced look at the worldwide dependence on plastics in our daily lives. The film will be shown on Wednesday, April 25th in Kelley Engineering 1001 at 4:00 p.m. For more information about the film, see http://www.bullfrogfilms.com/catalog/atp.html.

                                         


                                        17. 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 this 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.

                                           


                                          18. University Career Fair

                                            The Career Fair is this Wednesday, April 25th from 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. in the CH2M Hill Alumni Center. Bring your resume and meet company representatives. For more information on attendees, see http://oregonstate.edu/career/.

                                             


                                            19. 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.

                                              Monday, April 23

                                              Tuesday, April 24

                                              Wednesday, April 25

                                              Thursday, April 26

                                              Friday, April 27

                                              Saturday, April 28

                                               


                                              20. 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.

                                                 


                                                21. 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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