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Winter 2012 Week 3

After a week of wild weather, our fingers are crossed for a return to normalcy this week. We hope everyone made it through the flooding safely. And we also hope that those of you who went on the ski trip this weekend had a great time! Take note that this term’s slate of thesis workshops has been scheduled (details below), beginning this week. Here’s what else is going on:

 

UHC Announcements & Events

1.      Winter term thesis workshops

2.      Check out Honors Link, the UHC magazine!

3.      UHC experiential scholarship opportunities

 

Opportunities

4.      Career Services small group career counseling

5.      The Grand Canyon Honors Semester (GCS) – The Role of Water

6.      Job opportunity at the Industrial Assessment Center

7.      OSU Retirement Association scholarship

8.      Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in Sustainable BioEnergy at the Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE) at Kansas State University

 

OSU Events & Announcements

9.      Sixth annual Nonprofit and Volunteering Expo

10.  OSU Socratic Club debate – “The Influence of Christianity on Latin America: Beneficial or Destructive?”

11.  International Affairs Club – first winter term meeting

12.  Bill Bradbury talk on global warming and sustainability

13.  Teach For America viewing of Waiting For Superman

14.  World Affairs Council of Oregon’s International Speaker Series

15.  Winter term research workshops at the Valley Library

 

 

 

UHC Announcements & Events

1.      Winter term thesis workshops

Once again, the UHC will offer a number of thesis workshops this term designed to provide support for students at every stage of the thesis process, beginning this week with an introductory thesis workshop for START. Students are also encouraged to review the schedule of workshops – including an IRB workshop – for undergraduates and graduate students offered by the Valley Library (see below, under “OSU Events & Announcements,” for a link). If you have any questions, please email Kevin (kevin.stoller@oregonstate.edu).

  • Workshop for START

This introductory workshop will provide information about the thesis requirement and the Thesis Success in Stages (TheSIS) process. Attendance at this workshop and completing the associated questions on the Blackboard TheSIS: START page satisfies one of the two required START tasks. All UHC students are expected to complete START in their first UHC year. The workshop will be held this Thursday, January 26th at 5:00 p.m. in Strand 233. This workshop will be repeated in the spring.

  • Writing a Proposal & Finding a Mentor – Science

This UNDERTAKE workshop is designed for students who are currently working on a proposal or attempting to develop a thesis topic in a science field. It is primarily intended for students who have already completed HC 408 Introduction to Thesis, but students at an earlier stage who already have a strong idea of a thesis topic are welcome to attend. If you plan to attend this workshop, please RSVP to kevin.stoller@oregonstate.edu. This workshop will be held on Monday, January 30th at 5:00 p.m. in the Strand 229 conference room.

  • Writing a Proposal & Finding a Mentor – Engineering

This UNDERTAKE workshop is designed for students who are currently working on a proposal or attempting to develop a thesis topic in an engineering field. It is primarily intended for students who have already completed HC 408 Introduction to Thesis, but students at an earlier stage who already have a strong idea of a thesis topic are welcome to attend. If you plan to attend this workshop, please RSVP to kevin.stoller@oregonstate.edu. This workshop will be held on Monday, January 30th at 4:00 p.m. in Strand 237.

  • Writing a Proposal & Finding a Mentor – Humanities, Social Sciences, & Business

This UNDERTAKE workshop is designed for students who are currently working on a proposal or attempting to develop a thesis topic in a field in the humanities, socials sciences, or business. It is primarily intended for students who have already completed HC 408 Introduction to Thesis, but students at an earlier stage who already have a strong idea of a thesis topic are welcome to attend. If you plan to attend this workshop, please RSVP to kevin.stoller@oregonstate.edu. This workshop will be held on Tuesday, January 31st at 5:00 p.m. in the Strand 229 conference room.

  • Getting Started Writing

This workshop will provide assistance to students who are working on writing their thesis or are about to begin writing. It will provide tips and answer questions about turning your carefully collected research into an actual written document with a clear argument. This is designed for students who have already completed a thesis proposal and are at the writing and research stage. If you plan to attend this workshop, please RSVP to kevin.stoller@oregonstate.edu. This workshop will be held on Wednesday, February 1st at 5:00 p.m. in the Strand 229 conference room.

 

2.      Check out Honors Link, the UHC magazine!

Last month, the UHC released the latest edition of Honors Link, our publication about the UHC community that includes stories about UHC classes, students, and other news from the past year. Copies of Honors Link were mailed to many members of the UHC community (including current students’ parents), but you can also check it out online at http://oregonstate.edu/dept/honors//files/HonorsLink2011.pdf. If you’d like a paper copy, feel free to stop by the UHC office in Strand 229!

 

3.      UHC experiential scholarship opportunities

This is a reminder that 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

4.      Career Services small group career counseling

Students can join small group career counseling offered by OSU’s Career Services office for free and explore meaningful careers in a safe and supportive environment with like-minded people. Sessions are on Tuesdays, February 7, 14, 21, and 28, from 3:00-4:30 p.m. in Kerr B008. Pre-registration is required. To register or with questions, contact Marian Moore at marian.moore@oregonstate.edu or 541.737.0529.

 

5.      The Grand Canyon Honors Semester (GCS) – The Role of Water

The National Collegiate Honors Council and Northern Arizona University are co-sponsoring an exciting learning opportunity in the fall of 2012 for honors students. The Grand Canyon Semester will investigate the role of water in shaping the landscape, cultures, and politics of the Grand Canyon region using tools drawn from the humanities and sciences. Set in the high mountains of Northern Arizona and the deep canyon country of the Colorado plateau, participants will engage with the subject through backcountry field trips, in classrooms and art galleries, around campfires, in traditional hogans, and floating down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. The program runs from August 20th through December 8th 2012 and applications are due March 1, 2012. For more information, see http://nchchonors.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/grand-canyon-semester.pdf. If you are interested in applying for this program, please contact Kevin Stoller (kevin.stoller@oregonstate.edu).

 

6.      Job opportunity at the Industrial Assessment Center

The OSU Industrial Assessment Center is hiring sophomore and junior engineering students with excellent technical aptitude and a proven ability to apply themselves, learn new technologies, work independently, and complete assignments in a timely manner for Energy Efficiency Analyst positions. Analysts assist in tours of regional manufacturing facilities collecting data and preparing engineering recommendations for industrial clients to improve energy efficiency, reduce waste, and increase profitability. Applicants must be able to work with the Center for at least one school year and two summers. Pay is $9.00/hr to start, and quick advancement with commensurate pay is typical for dedicated and productive employees. The time commitment is 10-20 hours/week during the school year and full time in the summer. Applicants must have experience with MS Windows, Word, and Excel; possess excellent technical and writing skills; and have a dedicated work ethic. For more information, visit http://eec.engr.oregonstate.edu/ and download an application at http://eec.engr.oregonstate.edu/downlaods/Job%20Application.doc. Email completed application, including a cover letter in the email body and an attached resume, to osuiacmanage@engr.orst.edu.

 

7.      OSU Retirement Association scholarship

The OSU Retirement Association (OSURA) is offering a scholarship to students who are majoring in a subject that contributes to a career promoting healthy aging. Currently enrolled OSU undergraduates who have completed at least one academic year and who have at least one year of study yet to be completed towards their first bachelor’s degree are eligible to apply. Scholarship awards average between $750 and $1,500 per person and will be awarded at the OSURA Annual Meeting in May. Funds will be distributed into student accounts for the 2012-2013 academic year. To apply, mail a resume, two letters of reference, an unofficial transcript, and an essay not exceeding 500 words describing how you plan to promote healthy aging in your chosen career (feel free to include details of any activities you have already done toward these ends in your essay) to OSURA Scholarship Committee Chair, 205 Adams Hall, Corvallis, OR 97331. The application is due by Monday, 3/5. Call the OSURA at 541.737.4717 or email osura@oregonstate.edu with questions.

 

8.      Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in Sustainable BioEnergy at the Center For Sustainable Energy (CSE) at Kansas State University

Running from May 29, 2012-August 3, 2012, CSE-REU will give participants the opportunity to contribute to one of many collaborative, interdisciplinary research projects relating to sustainable bioenergy production. Research spans a wide array of fields, including agriculture, technical issues, and socioeconomic issues. For additional information, visit www.sustainable-energy.ksu.edu/REU.

 

 

OSU Events & Announcements

9.      Sixth annual Nonprofit and Volunteering Expo

Next Wednesday, January 25th, the sixth annual Nonprofit and Volunteering Expo will be held in the MU Ballroom from 1-4 p.m. In addition to informational booths on opportunities in service, there will be breakout sessions on “Year of Service Programs” in MU 208 at 11:00 a.m., “International Service Opportunities” in MU 206 at 11:00 a.m., and “Pursuing a Nonprofit Career” in the MU Journey Room at noon.

 

10.  OSU Socratic Club debate – “The Influence of Christianity on Latin America: Beneficial or Destructive?”

Next Monday, January 23rd, the Socratic Club at OSU will sponsor a debate on the topic, “The Influence of Christianity on Latin America: Beneficial or Destructive”? in Milam Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. The speakers are Joseph Orosco from the OSU Philosophy Department and Nicole von Germeten from the OSU History Department. The influence of Christianity on Latin American life and culture has long been hotly debated. The names of conquistadors like Pizarro and Cortes have become synonymous with the brutality of Spanish imperialism, but missionaries like Bartolome de las Casas and bishops like Samuel Ruiz Garcia have drawn attention for their efforts to defend human rights, especially those of Amerindians. Latin American history has become a battleground for historians’ disputes over the influence of Christianity on native cultures. At this debate, Dr. von Germeten, a specialist in Latin American history, will argue that Christianity exercised a positive influence on Latin American culture, and Dr. Orosco, a specialist in Latin American thought, will argue that it had a negative effect. The debate is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the OSU Socratic Club online at http://oregonstate.edu/groups/socratic/.

 

11.  International Affairs Club – first winter term meeting

The first meeting of the International Affairs Club (IAC) this term will be on Tuesday, January 24th at 6:00 p.m. in Bexel 324. The IAC will be attending their second Model United Nations Conference this February in Seattle and is looking for students who are passionate about international politics and international business to come join us. The schedule to attend this conference is tight, but still manageable for interested students! The IAC is a new student-sponsored organization endorsed by the College of Business, the College of Liberal Arts, and the University Honors College. For more information, contact Riley at internationalaffairsclub@oregonstate.edu.

 

12.  Bill Bradbury talk on global warming and sustainability

The OSU Sustainable Energy Initiative invites all OSU community members to a presentation by Bill Bradbury, Oregon’s former Secretary of State, on “Global Warming Hits Home.” This talk will be about the dual challenges of meeting Oregon’s growing demand for electricity and the need to produce les atmospheric carbon because of the increasing threats of climate change. Bradbury will also discuss conservation efforts in Oregon, job opportunities created by renewable energy, and Oregon’s new energy economy. The presentation is free and open to the public and will be on Friday, January 27th in the LaSells Stewart Center. Doors will open at 7:00 p.m. for a sustainability fair and the presentation will begin at 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit http://sei.oregonstate.edu/globalwarming. If you have any questions, need accommodations for disabilities, or have a student group interested in participating in the sustainability expo, email sustainable.energy@oregonstate.edu.

 

13.  Teach For America viewing of Waiting For Superman

Join Teach For America next Thursday, January 26th at 5:30 p.m. in Kelley 1003 for a viewing of the education documentary Waiting For Superman. Teach For America staff will be present.

 

14.  World Affairs Council of Oregon’s International Speaker Series

OSU sponsors and supports the world Affairs Council of Oregon’s International Speaker Series, a partnership that provides members of the OSU community with discounted tickets to the series for a limited time. Through January 28th, tickets to the 2012 series start at $125 ($90 for students). The series, which takes place in Portland’s Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, will begin on February 3rd with legendary broadcast journalist Jim Lehrer and will continue with Noble Laureate economist Amartya Sen (March 11), New York Times columnist David Brooks (March 27), and Afghan human rights leader Sima Samar (April 27). For more information or to buy tickets, visit http://worldoregon.org/programs/international-speaker-series/tickets?ak_proof=1 and enter promo code: OSU.

 

15.  Winter term research workshops at the Valley Library

This winter 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. There will be separate workshops on the topics several times during the term:

  • “Move Your Research Paper Beyond Good Enough” So you have a big research paper to write? We’re here to help! Take your research paper to the next level. In this workshop you’ll hear about advanced search strategies, using the Libraries’ resources smarter, and organizing your searches and results.
  • “Work Smarter Not Harder: Turn One Good Article Into Several” Got one or two really good sources but need more for your project? Learn to use a source you already have to find additional useful sources by “citation searching.” Citation searching can help you find sources both older and newer than the source you are starting with. We’ll explore citation searching in discovery tools like Google Scholar, Web of Science, and even Wikipedia.
  • “Bibliographies in a Snap: Using Web-Based Citation Tools” Does creating a bibliography make you want to tear your hair out or cry? Ever lose that perfect reference in a stack of notes? Come learn how to use Zotero (a free, web-based tool) and create reference lists of bibliographies with the click of a button. As an added bonus, Zotero also helps you keep track of all the references you find in one place.
  • “Yes, You Can! Conquering Copyright Confusion” Want to use that YouTube video in your class assignment but aren’t sure you can? Found the perfect picture on the web to illustrate your research project but don’t know if you need to ask for permission before you use it? Confused by copyright, creative commons, and fair use? This workshop will give you a better understanding of what you can use in your assignment and projects and where to go to find the materials you need.

 

For a schedule and to register, visit http://ica.library.oregonstate.edu/subject-guide/1481-Research-Skills-for-Undergraduates. All workshops will be held in the Barnard Classroom of the Valley Library (room 5420). Workshops fill up quickly, so register as soon as possible! Attendance at workshops will satisfy one of the two required tasks for TheSIS START.

 

In addition, advanced UHC students are welcome to register for the Valley Library’s research workshops for graduate students. Many of these offer in-depth examinations of important research tools and skills like PubMed, how to do a literature review, and publication. For a complete schedule of workshops and to register, see http://ica.library.oregonstate.edu/subject-guide/656-Library-Workshops-for-Grad-Students-Faculty?tab=2451.

 

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