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Spring 2012 Week 6

Hello all! We hope you had a wonderful Moms & Family Weekend and are now enjoying the fantastic spring weather! Thank you to everyone who helped make the UHC’s Brunch and Talent Show such a great success – check out photos at http://oregonstate.edu/dept/honors/photo-gallery-2011-2012! The preliminary UHC fall schedule of classes will be available in the Honors office tomorrow morning; stop by to pick one up and make an advising appointment. Please remember to schedule a meeting with your UHC advisor for a time after you will have met with your major advisor. Priority registration for fall term, 2012 begins May 20. Here’s what else is going on this week:

 

UHC Announcements & Events


1.      Farewell open house for Heather Boren

2.      Participants Needed: UHC Relay for Life Team

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.      Student Coordinator position with Teach For America

    9.      Undergraduate research internship – Whitebark pine restoration, DNA collection, & cone collection in Deschutes National Forest

      10.  Summer research internship with UHC Associate Dean Toni Doolen

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

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

       

      OSU Events & Announcements

      13.  OSU Socratic Club Debate TODAY – “Is Christianity anti-Science?”

      14.  Carson Memorial Lecture Series – “The  Future of Syria” with Dr. Joshua Landis

      15.  Film screening and discussion with Peggie Reyna on surviving domestic violence

      16.  Spring term research workshops at the Valley Library

      17.  Research transcript notation for OSU undergraduates

       

      UHC Announcements & Events


      1.      Farewell open house for Heather Boren

        This Friday, May 11th will be UHC Office Coordinator Extraordinaire Heather Boren’s final day at OSU. Please join us between 4:00 and 5:30 p.m. in Strand 233 on Friday for a catered open house to wish Heather well in her next adventures.

         

        2.      Participants Needed: UHC Relay for Life Team

          Love walking? Want to strike a blow against cancer? The McNary and UHC Relay for Life team is looking for participants in this annual fundraiser for the American Cancer Society! The relay is May 18-19 in the MU Quad. Leading up to the event, the team will be raising money for the fight against cancer. If you would like to become a part of the team, please contact Amy Jahr at jahra@onid.orst.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 this Friday, 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. 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!

                  DON’T MISS OUT!!! At the next HAAC meeting tomorrow, Tuesday, May 8, we will have treats and plan for both our study break AND spring picnic! Get involved!


                  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.      Student Coordinator position with Teach For America

                      Teach For America, a non-profit organization that recruits leaders of all backgrounds to work toward educational justice, is seeking candidates for a paid, part-time Campus Campaign Coordinator (CCC) position for the 2012-2013 year. CCCs, in consultation with Teach For America recruitment staff, strive to build a movement on campus to address the issue of educational inequity. CCCs develop and execute a detailed strategic plan aimed at inspiring top students to apply for the 2012 corps and motivating underclassmen to get involved in education issues. CCCs will enhance professional skills in networking, marketing strategies, and communication, while gaining an understanding of how a successful non-profit organization operates. The position will begin in the fall and run through June, 2013. The schedule is flexible; most CCCs work 4-12 hours each week on campus. If you are interested in applying, contact Tony Emerson (tony.emerson@teachforamerica.org) for an application or with inquiries. The application deadline is Friday, May 11th.

                       

                      9.      Undergraduate research internship – Whitebark pine restoration, DNA collection, & cone collection in Deschutes National Forest

                        Whitebark pine is now being considered for listing under the Endangered Species Act due to precipitous decline from the invasive pathogen Cronartium ribicola (blister rust) and other causes. A program to develop populations that are resistant to blister rust is underway in Oregon. Genetic resistance to blister rust will help affect the trajectory of whitebark pine populations in the future. This project is seeking two students to work on conservation projects that involve whitebark pine cone collection and restoration. The projects will occur in and around Deschutes National Forest in Oregon. Students may receive academic credit for participate, and each student will receive a stipend of $1,000 for the summer. Travel expenses, lodging, and safety certification for tree climbing will also be paid for. UHC students seeking thesis topics are encouraged to apply. Students must be willing to commit to at least two weeks a month on the project July through September. One week of training is also required June 12-14 to obtain tree-climbing certification. Students should be in good physical condition for tree climbing. For more information on tree climbing and certification, see http://www.fs.fed.us/treeclimbing/intro/2/. The OSU mentor for the project is Heather Lintz from the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute. Chris Jensen, a forest geneticist, will serve as the Forest Service mentor. Other geneticists, ecologists, foresters, and tree-climbers associated with the project will also serve as mentors. To apply, send a resume and contact information for two character references by email to Heather Lintz (hlintz@coas.oregonstate.edu).

                         

                        10.  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.

                         

                        11.  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.

                         

                        12.  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

                        13.  OSU Socratic Club Debate TODAY – “Is Christianity anti-Science?”

                        The Socratic Club at OSU is sponsoring a debate on “Is Christianity anti-Science?” today (Monday, May 7) in the LaSells Stewart Center at 7:00 p.m. The relationship of Christianity and science has long been a contested subject. Does Christianity hinder scientific advancement or promote science’s well-being? Is the church antagonistic to science? Does Christianity encourage society to assume unscientific views? Is the Christian account of creation unscientific? Can a Christian claim to accept evolution or legitimately oppose it? Two noted sciences will engage these issues in a spirited debate. The speakers will be Andrew Karplus, Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics at OSU, and Victor J. Stenger, Emeritus Professor of Physics at the University of Hawaii and Adjunct Professor of Philosophy at the University of Colorado. Professor Karplus will maintain that Christianity is supportive of science, and Dr. Stenger will argue that it is hostile to science. This event is free and open to the public.

                         

                        14.  Carson Memorial Lecture Series – “The  Future of Syria” with Dr. Joshua Landis

                        Dr. Joshua Landis, the Director of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Oklahoma and consultant to the U.S. Department of State will discuss why the Syrian revolt is so different from the recent revolutions in North Africa, why it is likely to be long and bloody, and why the Alawite-dominated regime will be difficult to bring down. This free presentation will take place on Monday, May 14 at 7:00 p.m. in Weniger 151.

                         

                        15.  Film screening and discussion with Peggie Reyna on surviving domestic violence

                        On Wednesday, May 23 from 4:00-6:30 p.m. in MU 109 there will be a special film screening of “After the Silence” and discussion with Peggie Reyna, a nationally recognized expert on domestic violence and prevention education to the deaf and disabled communities. A sign language interpreter will be on-site for this event.

                         

                        16.  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.

                         

                        17.  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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