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Spring 2012 Week 5

Happy Monday! We have some major news in the UHC this week: After almost seven years of service to the University Honors College, Office Coordinator Heather Boren will be leaving us for new opportunities on Friday, May 11th. As the face of the UHC for students, faculty, and visitors of all kinds, Heather has done more than anyone to foster the supportive, friendly community that we strive for in Honors. We will dearly miss her warmth, generosity, and knowledge even as we wish her all the best in her next adventures. Please take a moment to stop by the office to say farewell.

 

We also would like to welcome a new member to the UHC team. We are excited to have Emily Dray join Honors in a new position in the UHC main office. Emily graduated from OSU in 2009 with a degree in Anthropology, and she enjoys hiking, soccer, playing with her dog Homer, and hearing good jokes! She will be involved in a wide range of areas, including admissions, UHC events, and office administration. We all are extremely happy to have her as a part of our group, and we encourage you to join us in welcoming her to Honors!

 

Here is what else is going on this week:

 

UHC Announcements & Events

1.      Moms & Family Weekend Brunch and Talent Show!
2.      Honors International Service-Learning Opportunity Informational Session
3.      Honors trip to the Wings & Waves Waterpark!
4.      UHC/College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences Faculty-Student Matching Reception
5.      Honors Summer Session – Registration is now open!
6.      Be a friend to HAAC!
7.      UHC scholarships

     

    Opportunities

    8.      Summer research internship with UHC Associate Dean Toni Doolen
    9.     
    Paid summer research opportunity
    10. 
    Research opportunity with faculty from the College of Public Health & Human Sciences
    11. 
    Undergraduate research and science outreach opportunity with the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences

     

    OSU Events & Announcements

    12.  Moms & Family Weekend 2012

    13.  Vocaldente – German a cappella ensemble concert

    14.  Hundere Lecture – “The Changing Nature of Life: Aging, Illness and Disability” with Jane Barton

    15.  Spring term research workshops at the Valley Library

    16.  Research transcript notation for OSU undergraduates

     

    UHC Announcements & Events


    1.      Moms & Family Weekend Brunch and Talent Show!

      You and your family are cordially invited to the UHC’s annual Moms & Family Weekend Brunch and Talent Show! We have 10 AMAZING acts lined up this year, ranging from belly dancing to baton twirling! The event will take place on Saturday, May 5 from 9:00 a.m.-12 p.m. in the LaSells Stewart Center. Please join us for this fantastic, FREE celebration of talent. If you are interested in volunteering at the event, please email leeann.baker@oregonstate.edu.

       


      2.      Honors International Service-Learning Opportunity Informational Session

        In 2012-2013, the UHC will offer a unique International Service-Learning opportunity culminating in a trip with Habitat for Humanity building homes in Cluj-Napoca (Cluj), Romania from June 20-July 5, 2013. Students who take this trip can earn up to three HC 406 elective credits. In advance of the trip, we will offer a series of one-credit HC 407 International Service-Learning colloquia in the fall, winter, and spring terms that will discuss service-learning and help students prepare for the summer experience. Not only is this a fantastic and unique opportunity to have a meaningful international experience and earn Honors credit, UHC experiential scholarships could significantly offset trip costs. If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, we will have a one-time informational session this Tuesday, May 1 at 5:00 p.m. in Strand 233 (UHC classroom). The course instructor, Dave Kovacs, and UHC staff will be on hand to discuss the opportunity and funding options. If you have any questions, contact Kevin Stoller (kevin.stoller@oregonstate.edu).

         

        3.      Honors trip to the Wings & Waves Waterpark

          5…4…3…2…1…lift off! The University Honors College is planning a trip to the Wings & Waves Waterpark at the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum on May 26, 2012. We will spend the day at this indoor waterpark, which is home to multiple slides and pools. The tentative departure time is 10:00 a.m., arriving at the park by 11:00 a.m., and we will stay until 3:00 or 4:00 p.m. (students can choose to stay longer if they have a ride back to Corvallis). We will hold a pre-trip meeting, day and time to be determined. The trip cost is $20, collected at time of sign-up, which includes park admission. Students attending are responsible for bringing money for lunch (or a sack lunch to eat outside of the park) and money for their driver. Sign-up sheets will be available in the SLUG beginning today, and students can sign-up through May 11th. If you have any questions or concerns, please email Lauren Eyrich (eyrichl@onid.orst.edu) with “Wings & Waves Waterpark) in the subject line.

           

          4.      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 in Strand 233. 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).

             

            5.      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.

              • ENG 213H Literatures of the World: Middle East

              Instructor: Gilad Elbom

              • GEO 307H National Park Geology and Preservation

              Instructor: Bob Lillie (http://www.robertjlillie.com/)

              • 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

               

              6.      Be a friend to HAAC!

                We’ve brought you informative lunches, meaningful service projects, and outrageous study breaks! Now we want YOU to join our group and help us to better serve the students in the UHC! We meet on Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. in SLUG 1 (Strand basement). Hope to see you soon!


                7.      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

                  8.      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.

                     

                    9.      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.

                       

                      10.  Research opportunity with faculty from the 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.

                       

                      11.  Undergraduate research and science outreach opportunity with the 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.

                       

                      OSU Events & Announcements

                      12.  Moms & Family Weekend 2012

                      A number of events around campus will be held this weekend, May 4-6, for Moms & Family Weekend. For a schedule, see http://mu.oregonstate.edu/mupc/momsweekend.

                       

                      13.  Vocaldente – German a cappella ensemble concert

                      Tonight, Monday, April 30 from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Vocaldente, a German a cappella ensemble, will give a free concert performance at Corvallis’ Whiteside Theatre of “Let’s Misbehave.” This event is presented by the German Program at OSU and co-sponsored by the School of Language, Culture and Society and the Vice Provost for Student Affairs at OSU.

                       

                      14.  Hundere Lecture – “The Changing Nature of Life: Aging, Illness and Disability” with Jane Barton

                      Jane Barton (http://www.cardinalife.com) will speak as a part of the Hundere Lecture series on Tuesday, May 1 from 7:00-8:00 p.m. in the LaSells Stewart Center.

                       

                      15.  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.

                       

                      16.  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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