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Winter 2011 Week 2

It’s an icy start to week 2, so step lightly!  We hope to see many first and second-year students at our research opportunities informational meeting tomorrow; there are quite a number of opportunities open for application now (see below) for students at every level.  Also, don’t forget that this Friday is the last day to add/drop classes online (adds require department approval).  Here’s what else is coming up this week:

 

Announcements

1.      UHC Transfer Open House

2.      Honors course suggestions

3.      Send us your photos from the Sunriver trip!

 

UHC Events

4.      Undergraduate research opportunities informational session

5.      Alternative Spring Break informational session

6.      UHC Presidential Forum – “Building Our Campus: What’s it Take?”

 

Opportunities

7.      URISC: Start research awards

8.      UHC Pathway Scholar Mentor Program – Earn honors elective credit!

9.      OSU Women’s Giving Circle grants

10.  DeLoach Work Scholarship opportunities for two UHC students

11.  Computer graphic arts job opportunity

12.  Work in OSU Libraries Special Collections

13.  START Leader and U-Engage Peer Leader positions open

14.  National Institute of Standards and Technology – Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship

15.  The second-annual Art of Leadership Conference

16.  OSU Association of Office Professionals scholarship

17.  SisterScholars Program

18.  Funding for doctoral training in the sciences of aging

19.  OSU Libraries Undergraduate Student Research Awards

 

OSU Events & Announcements

20.  Martin Luther King, Jr. events

21.  Academic Success Center coaching

22.  Non-Profit and Volunteer Expo

23.  Science Pub Corvallis – “Not Quite Adults”

24.  Ideas Matter – “Looting of the Iraq Museum, Loss of a Nation’s Memory”

25.  OSU Socratic Club debate – “Heaven, Hell, and the Afterlife”

 

 

Announcements

1.      UHC Transfer Open House

It’s application season, and we want to urge all members of the honors community to help us get the word out about the UHC.  In particular, encourage interested current OSU students to attend our Open House this Wednesday, January 12th.  There will be two sessions, one from 4:30-5:00 p.m. and a second from 5:15-5:45 p.m., in the UHC classrooms, Strand 233 and 237, for students currently at OSU to come and learn about the UHC and about the application process.  Current UHC students and staff will be on hand to answer questions and share insights and information about the honors experience.  If you know any students who might be interested in attending, please let them know – all are welcome!  The deadline for application to the UHC is February 1st, and application materials are available online at http://oregonstate.edu/dept/honors/apply.

 

2.      Honors course suggestions

Faculty course proposals are due this Friday, January 14th, but it still isn’t too late to get involved in setting the UHC curriculum for next year!  If you know about a course or instructor who would be great in the UHC, there are two things you can do:

  1. Tell us! All members of the UHC community are invited to make coursework and instructor suggestions by filling out the web form at http://oregonstate.edu/dept/honors/course-and-faculty-suggestions or by contacting UHC Associate Dean Toni Doolen (Toni.Doolen@oregonstate.edu).
  2. Tell an instructor! You can help us to recruit OSU’s best faculty by sharing your enthusiasm with a potential UHC instructor and encouraging him or her to get in touch with us.

The input of current UHC students is especially important to us in this process.  You are our most effective ambassadors, and you know our curriculum needs better than anyone else.  For more information, see http://oregonstate.edu/dept/honors/course-proposals.

 

3.      Send us your photos from the Sunriver trip!

We hope everyone had a great time in Sunriver this weekend.  If you have any photos to share from the trip, please send them to Gildha Cumming (gildha.cumming@oregonstate.edu), and we can post them on the UHC website and Facebook page!  Thank you!

 

 

UHC Events

4.      Undergraduate research opportunities informational session

Are you a first or second-year student interested in finding out more about research opportunities at OSU?  If so, come to McNary Hall, room 125 at 7:30 p.m. this Tuesday, January 11th.  Dr. Kevin Ahern and Dean Dan Arp will be there to talk about programs available to students at the beginning of their college careers and dispense other advice about how to start getting involved in research.  All non-McNary residents can access the building through the classroom entrance on the northwest side of McNary Hall.

 

5.      Alternative spring break informational session

The OSU Community Service Center (CSC) is planning several trips that all students casting about for a meaningful and fun spring break alternative should check out.  The CSC will hold an informational meeting this Thursday, January 13th at 7:00 p.m. in McNary Hall, room 125 for everyone interested in exploring these options.  All non-McNary residents can access the building through the classroom entrance on the northwest side of McNary Hall.

 

6.      UHC Presidential Forum – “Building Our Campus: What’s it Take?”

The annual UHC President Forum is scheduled for next Thursday, January 20th from 7:00-9:00 p.m. in the MU La Raza room.  This year’s topic is “Building Our Campus: What’s it Take?”  President Ray will be joined by Shawn Scoville (Senior Vice President of Development and Campaign Director, OSU Foundation), Mark McCambridge (Vice President for Finance and Administration), and Larry Roper (Vice Provost for Student Affairs) for a discussion on the physical expansion of OSU and its implications for current and future OSU students.  Don’t miss this unique opportunity to speak directly with the university’s leadership!

 

 

Opportunities

7.      URISC: Start research awards

The winter quarter priority deadline for the Undergraduate Research, Innovation, Scholarship & Creativity (URISC): Start program is tomorrow, January 11th (the final deadline is February 18th).  URISC: Start is a newly-created OSU program designed to support students just beginning their academic careers in developing scholarly and professional relationships with faculty.  First-year students, sophomores, and recent transfers to OSU are all encouraged to apply for one of the 50-75 URISC: Start awards OSU expects to make in the 2010/2011 academic year.  Awards will support “scholarly and professional activities” at OSU, broadly defined.  These activities can include laboratory work and field research, but also work in the arts and humanities; students from all disciplines can apply.  For application details, see http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/urisc_start.htm.  Again, the winter quarter priority deadline is January 11th, and the final deadline for spring term applications is February 18th.

 

8.      UHC Pathway Scholar Mentor Program – Earn honors elective credit!

The University Honors College Pathway Scholar Mentor Program gives Honors students the opportunity to help guide international students through their first years at OSU.  It’s a great way to get some international experience without leaving campus by learning about different cultures, and participants can earn UHC credit.  Plus, it’s fun!

 

To earn one credit, Honors students need to commit to meeting an average of one hour per week with an international student in the INTO OSU Pathway Program.  Students keep a log of the times and places of meetings and topics discussed, and at the end of the term, they turn in a two-page “reflections” paper on the experience.

 

To enroll,

  • Meet with your UHC adviser, review the program description, and complete a Learning Agreement and application form.
  • Submit your application to Robert Hinderliter with INTO in Heckert Lodge and schedule a twenty-minute appointment with him so he can meet you before matching you with a Pathway student.
  • After your application has been cleared by Student Conduct, Robert will match you with a student.  The largest group of INTO students are from China, and smaller groups come from Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia.
  • Once you are matched, Robert will set up a first meeting where you will be introduced to your partner, exchange contact information, and set up future meetings.

Credit will be given P/NP and count for a UHC elective as HC 409.  No foreign language experience or skill is necessary.

 

Students can also participate without receiving course credit if they wish.  The enrollment process is the same as above, but no Learning Agreement needs to be completed.

 

We are excited to offer this unique learning opportunity in partnership with INTO OSU.  If you have any questions about the program, please contact us at 541-737-6400.

 

9.      OSU Women’s Giving Circle grants

The deadline to apply for an OSU Women’s Giving Circle grant is next Monday, January 17th.  If any UHC students have ideas about potential applications, contact Kevin Stoller (kevin.stoller@oregonstate.edu) in the UHC as soon as possible.  The Giving Circle will consider proposals related to programs or projects that meet both of these criteria: 1) they enhance the OSU undergraduate student experience and improve student retention; and 2) they directly impact as many OSU students as possible.  In addition, more serious consideration will be given to proposals that: 1) are relevant but not exclusive to women; 2) involve undergraduate students in the implementation of the project or program; and 3) have few other sources of support and will realize a significant impact from a Giving Circle award.  Grants are typically under $10,000.

 

10.  DeLoach Work Scholarship opportunities for two UHC students

Kate Lajtha (ALS 3059, 7-5674, kate.lajtha@oregonstate.edu) and the H.J. Andrews Long Term Ecosystem Research (LTER) group are looking for two students to help with the design of research web pages.  While the Andrews LTER group has a website already, they are planning to add pages with new content describing the research activities of faculty and students, and they are looking for students to help improve accessibility and user friendliness.  Ideally, at least one of the hired students will be familiar with web page design, creation, and editing and one student will have relevant scientific experience and can help guide research content creation (although applicants can, of course, be experienced in both areas).  Each of these positions pays $10.00/hour for up to $1,000.00 per student.  Contact Kate Lajtha or Laurel Busse (laurel.busse@oregonstate.edu) if interested.

 

11.  Computer graphic arts job opportunity

Kevin Ahern would like to hire a student with computer graphic arts skills (preferably in Adobe Illustrator) to create electronic images of biochemistry illustrations.  Pay will be $9.75/hr.  If interested, email ahernk@onid.orst.edu.

 

12.  Work in OSU Libraries Special Collections

The OSU Libraries Special Collections, home of the Ava Helen and Linus Pauling Papers, is looking to hire two student workers for winter term and beyond.  Interested students should be dependable with strong research and writing skills.  Hours will be up to fifteen per week with a starting pay of $9.00/hour.  Scheduling is flexible within normal work hours.  Tasks vary according to need but generally require strong attention to detail and an ability to work independently.  Interested students should submit a resume and 1-2 page writing sample to chris.petersen@oregonstate.edu.

 

13.  START Leader and U-Engage Peer Leader positions open

New Student Programs and Family Outreach is now hiring for 2011 START Leader and U-Engage Peer Leader positions.  Both positions will work closely with new students, assisting them in their transition to OSU.  START Leaders work during the summer assisting with OSU’s START orientation, advising, and registration program and can work in CONNECT week activities.  U-Engage Peer Leaders assist in the “U-Engage” first-year experience course.  Both positions require taking an orientation course during the spring term.  START Leader is a paid position, and U-Engage Peer Leader work provides internship credit.  For more information, go to http://oregonstate.edu/newstudents or attend one of the following informational sessions: January 13th at 3:00 p.m., January 18th at 12:00 p.m., and January 19th at 4:00 p.m.  All sessions are in Kerr B008.

 

14.  National Institute of Standards and Technology – Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship

The National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) is now open for applications.  NIST-SURF is open to undergraduates majoring in science or engineering with a g.p.a. of 3.0 or better who are considering pursuing graduate studies.  Applicants apply to NIST sites at either Gaithersburg, MD or Boulder, CO for an 11-week program that will include a $5,000 stipend and housing and travel allotments as needed.  The deadline to apply in February 15th, and additional information is available at http://www.nist.gov/surfgaithersburg/ (Gaithersburg) and http://www.nist.gov/surfboulder/ (Boulder).  If interested, contact Kevin Stoller (kevin.stoller@oregonstate.edu) to discuss the application process.

 

15.  The second-annual Art of Leadership conference

The Memorial Union Program Council, the Center for Leadership Development, and the Residence Hall Association are sponsoring the second-annual Art of Leadership Conference on Saturday, February 12th.  This year’s topic is “Self Direction,” and speakers include Mamta Accapadi, Dean of Student Life, and Ryan Kirkpatrick, the founder of the Campus Rail Jam Tour.  In addition, there will be a drawing for three $1,000 scholarships for spring term.  For more information or to register, visit http://oregonstate.edu/sli/center-leadership-development/leadership-conference-registration.

 

16.  OSU Association of Office Professionals scholarship

The OSU Association of Office Professionals (AOP) will award at least one $500 scholarship for the 2011/2012 academic year.  To qualify, applicants must be full-time OSU students of sophomore, junior, or senior standing with at least one full year of undergraduate studies remaining for the 2011/2012 academic year and have a major or declared minor in the College of Business or, regardless of major, have a parent or guardian who is a member of the OSU AOP.  Applications are available in the Office of Financial Aid, the Office of Student Involvement, and the College of Business and must include three letters of recommendation.  All application materials must be submitted by March 4th to Maureen Childers, Disability Access Services, 200 Kerr Administration Building (maureen.childers@oregonstate.edu).

 

17.  SisterScholars program

SisterScholars is a professional, academic, and personal development program for women at OSU.  The program enhances women’s OSU experience by offering training and speaking events, mentorship and peer-to-peer partnership, and links to other on-campus resources.  If you are interested in applying for participation this year or next year or would like more information, contact Anna Dewey (sisterscholars@oregonstate.edu).

 

18.  Funding for doctoral training in the sciences of aging

The National Science Foundation has awarded OSU funding for a doctoral training program in Aging Sciences.  Advanced UHC undergraduates considering graduate study at OSU in a range of fields (including biology, computer science, human development, bioengineering, sociology, psychology, public health, and other social and behavioral sciences) may be eligible for the Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) program in Aging Sciences, which will provide trainees with a stipend of $30,000 per year for two years of doctoral work, along with tuition remission and research support.  For more information, see http://www.hhs.oregonstate.edu/igert or contact Anne Hatley at anne.hatley@oregonstate.edu.

 

19.  OSU Libraries Undergraduate Student Research Awards

Faculty, reward your student scholars’ use of the OSU Libraries’ services, collections, and resources with a nomination for the Library Undergraduate Research Award. Typically there are two awards: a $1000 scholarship awarded to an upper division undergraduate and a $1000 scholarship awarded to a lower division undergraduate from Oregon State University.  We encourage faculty to nominate students whose papers or projects meet the awards criteria.  To be eligible, students must have written their papers or completed their research projects as part of their course work at OSU during the 2010 calendar year (Winter, Spring, Summer, or Fall term).  The application deadline is January 31, 2011 and must include a nomination form and accompanying letter of support from the supervising faculty member or instructor. To view the eligibility, evaluation criteria, and application requirements please visit http://osulibrary.oregonstate.edu/awards/ugresearchawards.html.  For more information please contact Jennifer Nutefall, Associate University Librarian (Jennifer.Nutefall@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-8527).

 

 

OSU Events & Announcements

20.  Martin Luther King, Jr. events

There will be a number of events on campus and around the community in celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. in the next several weeks.  Tickets for the popular Peace Brunch on January 17th in the MU Ballroom are on sale in the MU Business Office ($10 for non-students, $6 for students, children under 5 free).  For a list of area events, visit http://poweredbyorange.com/2010/01/08/how-to-celebrate-martin-luther-king-jr-day-at-oregon-state/.

 

21.  Academic Success Center coaching

The OSU Academic Success Center offers individual coaching sessions for all OSU students who would like advice on improving grades, organizing academic work, or studying techniques.  Set up an appointment by calling 541.737.2272, stopping by the center’s office in 102 Waldo Hall, or emailing osu.success.coach@gmail.com – be sure to include a phone number when leaving a message.

 

22.  Non-Profit and Volunteer Expo

OSU Career Services and the OSU Community Service Center will host the annual Non-Profit and Volunteer Expo on Thursday, January 20th in the MU Ballroom.  The expo will help students and other OSU community members find volunteer opportunities, non-profit internships, and non-profit career opportunities.  More than 50 local, national, and worldwide non-profit businesses and volunteer organizations will be in attendance.  There will also be a workshop on grant writing and other practical skills as well as a “Years of Service” panel discussion including representatives from AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and Teach for America.  The keynote speaker will be from the U.S. State Department and will discuss careers in foreign policy and diplomacy.  For more information, contact Linsey Stripling at striplil@onid.orst.edu.

 

23.  Science Pub Corvallis – “Not Quite Adults”

Tonight at 6:00 p.m. in the Old World Deli, Rick Settersten, the author of Not Quite Adults, will discuss stereotypes about young people as a part of the Science Pub Corvallis series.  Admission is free and open to the public.  Dr. Settersten will also present on this topic in the MU Lounge on Thursday at 4:00 p.m.

 

24.  Ideas Matter – “Looting of the Iraq Museum, Loss of a Nation’s Memory”

The OSU Department of Philosophy’s Ideas Matter 2011 series begins the new year with a talk by Donny George Youkhanna from SUNY-Stony Brook on “Looting of the Iraq Museum, Loss of a Nation’s Memory” this Thursday, January 13th at 7:00 p.m. in Owen Hall, room 102.

 

25.  OSU Socratic Club debate – “Heaven, Hell, and the Afterlife”

The OSU Socratic Club will sponsor a debate of the topic “Heaven, Hell, and the Afterlife” on Monday, January 24th in the Austin Auditorium of the LaSells Stewart Center at 7:00 p.m.  Dinesh D’Souza, the president of King’s College in New York City and a former White House policy advisor, will argue that the case for life after death is highly probably from a scientific point of view and that the Christian view of the afterlife best suits the evidence, while Dan Barker, co-president of the Freedom From Religion Foundation and the co-host of Freethought Radio, will argue that the religious belief in the afterlife is a popular illusion that should be discarded in the scientific age.  The debate is free and open to the public.  For more information, visit the OSU Socratic Club online at http://oregonstate.edu/groups/socratic/.

 

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