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Spring 2012 Week 7

We hope you all had a wonderful weekend! It is a busy time of year, but don’t forget to stop by the UHC office to pick up schedules of classes for summer and fall terms (also available at http://oregonstate.edu/dept/honors/class-schedule) and schedule an appointment with your UHC advisor. Please remember to schedule your UHC appointment for a time after you meet with your major advisor. And don’t forget that this Friday is the last day to change to S/U grading or withdraw from a course by web. Here’s what else is going on:

 

UHC Announcements & Events


1.      UHC/College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences Faculty-Student Matching Reception

2.     
UHC Thesis Poster Fair

3.     
HANG ON – the Spring Study Break is coming soon!

4.     
Mark your calendars – UHC HerStory Awards Reception

5.     
Submit your nomination for UHC Outstanding Professor of the Year

6.     
Time is running out! Only four more weeks to get involved in HAAC this year

7.      Honors Summer Session – Registration is now open!

8.      UHC scholarships

     

    Opportunities


    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

      13.  Study abroad and Fulbright Grant informational sessions

       

      OSU Events & Announcements

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

      15.  Engineering Expo 2012

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

      17.  Chamber Music Corvallis – The Triple Helix Piano Trio

      18.  Collaboration Corvallis – Forum on Parking, Housing, and Livability

      19.  Spring term research workshops at the Valley Library

      20.  Research transcript notation for OSU undergraduates

       

      UHC Announcements & Events

      1.      UHC/College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences Faculty-Student Matching Reception

        This Friday, May 18th, 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 could form the basis of an Honors senior thesis. Students who are looking to get involved in some of the most exciting and interdisciplinary research on campus are encouraged to attend to learn more about current opportunities. The event will run from 4:00-5:30 p.m. in Strand 233. Nineteen CEOAS faculty – representing Geology & Geophysics; Ocean Ecology & Biogeochemistry; Geography, Environmental Science, & Marine Resource Management; and Physics of the Ocean & Atmosphere – will offer brief introductions of their research 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 and dress appropriate to an interview context. Food will be provided! Please RSVP by Wednesday, May 16th at noon or direct questions to Kevin Stoller (kevin.stoller@oregonstate.edu).

         

        2.      UHC Thesis Poster Fair

          The UHC Thesis Fair is almost here! This annual spring event celebrates the research accomplishments of Honors students and is the single best way to explore the wide range of thesis topics pursued by this year’s graduating class through informative and fun poster displays targeted to a general audience. There will be food provided and many students will be on hand to discuss their thesis work, whether complete or still in progress. No one will want to miss this unique event. This year, the Thesis Fair is on Friday, May 25th from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Gallery and Rotunda on the main floor of the Valley Library. Group trips from McNary will be arranged for residents. If you have any questions, please contact Kevin (kevin.stoller@oregonstate.edu). We look forward to seeing you there!

           

          3.      HANG ON – the Spring Study Break is coming soon!

            HAAC will host a Spring Study Break on Tuesday, May 22nd from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in the SLUG. We will be enjoying all things tropical! Please join us and take a much-deserved break!

             

            4.      Mark your calendars: UHC HerStory Awards Reception

              The University Honors College will be holding a reception to celebrate the life stories of your favorite female professors and their outstanding scholarship, leadership, and service contributions to Oregon State University. Please plan to join us on Friday, June 1st at 4:00 p.m. in the MU Lounge to honor these amazing women and their significant impacts on the Oregon State community. Refreshments will be provided!

               

              5.      Submit your nomination for UHC Outstanding Professor of the Year

                The Honors Advisory and Activities Committee (HAAC) is now accepting nominations for Outstanding Professor of the Year. UHC students can nominate any UHC professor! The selected professor will receive a CASH PRIZE! Show your favorite Honors professor how much you appreciate them, and nominate him or her today! Nominations are easy! Just visit: http://oregonstate.edu/dept/honors/university-honors-college-outstanding-professor-nominations. The deadline to submit a nomination is 5:00 p.m. on Monday, May 28th.

                 

                6.      Time is running out! Only four more week to get involved in HAAC this year

                  Don’t miss out!! HAAC meets Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. in SLUG 1: You will have fun!

                   

                  7.      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

                     

                    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

                      1. 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.

                       

                      13.  Study abroad and Fulbright Grant informational sessions

                      Interested in enhancing your experience at OSU by going abroad? The International Degree and Education Abroad office will be holding three sessions this week in Heckart Lodge Conference Room (room 205).

                      • Monday, May 14, 4:00-5:00 p.m. – England/Wales Exchange Programs

                      Explore direct-enroll opportunities at world-renowned universities in the UK. Contact Dawn Moyer (dawn.moyer@oregonstate.edu) for more information about programs in England and Wales, along with programs in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, and Scotland.

                      • Tuesday, May 15, 1:30-2:30 p.m. – OSU’s International Degree

                      Consider adding OSU’s unique double degree, the International Studies major. Contact Nick Fleury (nick.fleury@oregonstate.edu) for more information about the International Degree program.

                      • Wednesday, May 16, 1:00-2:30 p.m. – U.S. Student Fulbright Scholarships

                      Get comprehensive information on applying for this prestigious international scholarship. Fulbright grants are open to applicants who are U.S. citizens at the time of application and hold at least a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent by the beginning date of the grant. All OSU students must apply through the campus Fulbright Program Advisors and should contact Marit Legler (marit.legler@oregonstate.edu) or LeAnn Adam (leann.adam@oregonstate.edu) for additional information.

                       

                      OSU Events & Announcements

                      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 today, Monday, May 14 at 7:00 p.m. in Weniger 151.

                       

                      15.  Engineering Expo 2012

                      Engineering Expo 2012 is this Friday, May 18 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Kelley Engineering Center. This year’s Senior Design Showcase features more than 100 student-built projects from across the disciplines, and the Expo’s Sustainability Showcase will feature a special exhibit of clean technology and green energy solutions. There will be many more exciting events and opportunities as well at this free event. See http://engineering.oregonstate.edu/expo2012 for more information.

                       

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

                      This 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.

                       

                      17.  Collaboration Corvallis – Forum on Parking, Housing, and Livability

                      Collaboration Corvallis, a community planning partnership between OSU and the City of Corvallis, will be holding an open forum on issues related to student enrollment growth (i.e., “town-gown” issues) on Tuesday, May 15 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. in the LaSells Stewart Center. The perspectives of OSU students, faculty, and staff on parking, housing, and neighborhood livability issues are welcome. Information about Collaboration Corvallis is available at http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/collaboration/.

                       

                      18.  Chamber Music Corvallis – The Triple Helix Piano Trio

                      The final concert of the Chamber Music Corvallis season will be Thursday, May 17 at 7:30 p.m. in LaSells Stewart Center. Admission for OSU students with university ID is free.

                       

                      19.  Spring term research workshops at the Valley Library

                      This is the last week of the term to enroll in a research workshop hosted by the Valley Library. The workshop theme of “Build Your Research Skill Set” will be of particular interest to UHC 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.

                       

                      20.  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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