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Spring 2012 Week 8

It is Thesis Fair week in the UHC! We hope to see you this Friday in the Valley Library as we celebrate the amazing research of Honors students. The exciting and busy UHC end-of-year calendar of activities and events also includes a study break and opportunities for students to meet with the candidates for the position of UHC Dean next week! See details below – this is an important opportunity to get involved in the process! We hope you all enjoy the long weekend!

 

UHC Announcements & Events


    1.      UHC Thesis Poster Fair
    2.      Did someone say SNOW CONES? The Spring Study Break is HERE!
    3.      Student sessions with UHC Dean candidates
    4.      UHC T-shirts!
    5.      THIS IS YOUR LAST CHANCE! Submit your nomination for UHC Outstanding Professor of the Year TODAY!
    6.      UHC HerStory Awards Reception
    7.      UHC Spring Picnic
    8.      HAAC goes virtual!
    9.      Honors Summer Session – Registration is now open!
    10. 
    UHC scholarships

     

    Opportunities

    11.  Elite scholarships informational session

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

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

    14.  US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Campus RainWorks Challenge

     

    OSU Events & Announcements

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

    16.  Corvallis-OSU Symphony – Mad About Mahler

    17.  Research transcript notation for OSU undergraduates

     

    UHC Announcements & Events


    1.      UHC Thesis Poster Fair

      The UHC Thesis Fair is this 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! 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! 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!

       

      2.      Did someone say SNOW CONES? The Spring Study Break is HERE!

        HAAC will host a Spring Study Break on Tuesday, May 22nd from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in the SLUG. Come make a snow cone, grab some fruit, enjoy a cookie, and imagine yourself someplace tropical. Please join us and take a much-deserved break!

         

        3.      Student sessions with UHC Dean candidates

          Calling all students in Honors – WE NEED YOUR INPUT! The UHC is hiring a new dean and is interviewing three candidates next week. One of the main parts of the Dean’s job is YOU, the students, so your input in this process is vital! Please come and meet the candidates and contribute to the future of the UHC. The UHC DEAN interviews will take place next week on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. There is time reserved for students to meet with the interviewees in SLUG II. Please try to attend and bring questions for the candidates. It is not necessary to attend all of the meetings. If you are able to attend any of them, please email leeann.baker@oregonstate.edu or kevin.stoller@oregonstate.edu. Students are also welcome to attend the campus forums. Your participation and feedback in this process is absolutely essential to the future direction and success of the College!

          • Student interview with Susan Capalbo: May 29, 1:00-1:45 p.m., Strand 032 (SLUG II)
          • Student interview with Dan Edge: May 30, 3:15-4:00 p.m., Strand 032 (SLUG II)
          • Student interview with Toni Doolen: May 31, 12:45-1:30 p.m., Strand 032 (SLUG II)

           

          • Campus forum with Susan Capalbo: May 29, 10:45-11:45 a.m., MU Journey Room
          • Campus forum with Dan Edge: May 30, 10:45-11:45 a.m., MU Journey Room
          • Campus forum with Toni Doolen: May 31, 2:00-3:00 p.m., MU Journey Room

           


          4.      UHC T-shirts!

            Show your UHC colors, and order your very own amazing maroon UHC t-shirt today! Shirts are only $12.00 and were designed by Irena Chang of the UHC. Sizes S-XXL available. Stop by the UHC office to place your order; payment is due at time or order – cash and check are accepted. Please make checks payable to the UHC Honors Activities and Advisory Committee (or UHC-HAAC). The deadline to order is Friday, June 1 at 5:00 p.m. Don’t miss out! Order today!!

             

            5.      THIS IS YOUR LAST CHANCE! Submit your nomination for UHC Outstanding Professor of the Year TODAY!

              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.      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. This event will be just before Battle of the Bands in the MU Quad. Refreshments will be provided!

                 

                7.      UHC Spring Picnic

                  Join us for an end-of-the-year celebration like no other – the UHC Spring Picnic! The picnic will be held at the pavilion in Student Legacy Park (the intramural fields across from Dixon) on Friday, June 8 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. We’ll have kickball, Frisbees, basketball, awards, and delicious food – not to mention FUN UHC staff and students, of course!

                   

                  8.      HAAC goes virtual!

                    This week, HAAC will be planning and giving feedback virtually. If you want to participate, just email leeann.baker@oregonstate.edu. Thank you for your service to the UHC!

                     

                    9.      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

                       

                      10.  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

                      11.  Elite scholarships informational session

                      Interested in a Rhodes,  Marshall,  or Mitchell Scholarship opportunity to study in the United Kingdom or Ireland? Interested students who have demonstrated academic excellence are invited to an orientation on Thursday, May 24, at 4:00 p.m. in StAg 233.

                       

                      Each year, 32 Rhodes Scholarships, 40 Marshall Scholarships, and 12 Mitchell Scholarships are awarded to outstanding U.S. students who are seniors or who have graduated within the last year. The awards are for study in an almost unlimited range of subjects and degree programs. Rhodes Scholarships are tenable at Oxford University for two or more years; Marshall Scholarships are tenable for two years at any university in the United Kingdom. Mitchell Scholars may attend any university in Ireland or Northern Ireland for one year. Application materials for 2013-14 must be completed early in fall 2012, so current juniors must begin the process soon. Students earlier in their academic careers are also welcome. Attend the meeting on Thursday, May 24 in StAg 233 to learn more.

                       

                      12.  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).

                       

                      13.  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.

                       

                      14.  US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Campus RainWorks Challenge

                      The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is launching a new design competition called the Campus RainWorks Challenge to encourage undergraduate students teams across the country to develop innovative approaches to stormwater management. Stormwater is a major cause of water pollution in urban areas in the US, impacting health and natural resources. Student teams, working with a faculty advisor, will submit design plans for a proposed green infrastructure project for their campus. Registration for the Campus RainWorks Challenge opens September 4, 2012, and entries must be submitted by December 14, 2012 for consideration. Winning entries will be selected by EPA and announced in April, 2013. Winning teams will earn a cash prize of $1,500-$2,500 as well as $8,000-$11,000 in funds for their faculty advisor to conduct research on green infrastructure. For more information on the Campus RainWorks Challenge, see http://water.epa.gov/infrastructure/greeninfrastructure/crw_challenge.cfm.

                       

                      OSU Events & Announcements

                      15.  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.

                       

                      16.  Corvallis-OSU Symphony – Mad About Mahler

                      The Corvallis-OSU Symphony will perform Mahler’s Symphony 2 featuring OSU choirs on Tuesday, May 22 at 8:00 p.m. in the LaSells Stewart Center. Admission is free to OSU students with ID.

                       

                      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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