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Winter 2012 Week 4

As we head into the fourth week of the term, we hope you are all ready for the onset of midterm season. It is also the season for applying for fellowships, scholarships, and internships both over the summer and for next year – keep your eyes peeled for interesting opportunities! Please note, those of you who were planning to attend the Writing a Proposal & Finding a Mentor – Engineering workshop scheduled for today (1/30) at 4:00, that this workshop has been rescheduled for Monday, February 6th at 4:00 (still in Strand 237). Here’s what else is going on this week:

 

UHC Announcements & Events

1.      Thesis workshops

2.      February Food Drive!

3.      UHC Winter Study Break

4.      UHC experiential scholarship opportunities

 

Opportunities

5.      Job opportunity at the Industrial Assessment Center

6.      Career Services small group career counseling

7.      OSU Retirement Association scholarship

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

9.      NASA research opportunities

10.  Environmental Health Research Experience Program at the University of Washington

11.  University of Nebraska Summer Research Program

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

 

OSU Events & Announcements

13.  Steinway Piano Series lecture/concert – Paul Roberts

14.  Critical Questions Lecture Series – Carl Djerassi on “Science-in-Theatre on the Page and on the Stage”

15.  Winter term research workshops at the Valley Library

 

 

UHC Announcements & Events

1.      Thesis workshops

The UHC workshop schedule continues this week with workshops for students working on proposals or looking for mentors and for students at the writing stage. Please note the date change for the engineering-focused workshop. 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).

  • 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 NEW DATE: Monday, February 6th 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.      February Food Drive!

It’s time for the OSU Food Drive, and HAAC is leading the UHC’s contribution efforts. Throughout the month of February, keep your eye out for collection bins in the SLUG and in McNary; all canned and non-perishable food items are accepted. Donations will benefit the Linn-Benton Food Bank. Additionally, since every dollar raised counts as five pounds of food, we’ll be running a “no-host” bake sale in SLUG 1. If you’re interested in donating your time and treats, please contact ardith.feroglia@oregonstate.edu. Baked goods will be on sale in the SLUG. McNary will also be helping out with support events – more details to come! Last year, the UHC raised the second most food of any student group on campus; let’s go for number one this year! If you have any questions, please contact Ardith.

 

3.      UHC Winter Study Break

This term’s HAAC Study Break will be on Thursday, February 9th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in SLUG 2. Take a break from the midterm grind, and join us for Valentine’s Day treats and activities!

 

4.      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.

 

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Opportunities

5.      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.

 

6.      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.

 

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.      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).

 

9.      NASA research opportunities

Students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields interested in research opportunities with NASA are invited to apply through the agency’s Student On-Line Application for Recruiting Interns, Fellows, and Scholars (SOLAR) System. The deadline for summer internship applications is March 16th and for fall is April 30th. A single application can enter you in a pool for multiple internship opportunities. For a listing of internships, see http://intern.nasa.gov/content/internship-information/index.html.

 

10.  Environmental Health Research Experience Program at the University of Washington

The Environmental Health Research Experience Program (EHREP) is a funded, nine-week summer experience for undergraduates with interest in an interdisciplinary field that uses the tools of science to solve human health problems related to the environment. EHREP provides students with hands-on experience in the laboratories of leading researchers and introduces them to key environmental and occupational health issues while offering research exposure that will help them become competitive for graduate school. Participants will work full time at the University of Washington - Seattle under the supervisions of a faculty mentor and will receive a stipend of $5,200. Students from populations traditionally underrepresented in the sciences are encouraged to apply. The deadline for student applications is February 15. For more information, visit http://www.ehrep.washington.edu.

 

11.  University of Nebraska Summer Research Program

The Nebraska Summer Research Program is a consortium of NSF-funded Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) and other summer research opportunities programs (SROP). Undergraduates interested in pursuing summer research in Applied Mathematics, Bioenergy Systems, Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry, Nanomaterials and Nanoscience, Optics and Laser Physics, Redox Biology and Biochemistry, or Virology may be interested in applying for opportunities. During these programs, students work closely with faculty mentors, graduate students, and other program participants on graduate-level research. The deadline for priority applications is February 15th, and all applications are due on March 1st. For more information, including a list of faculty mentors and research projects, visit http://www.unl.edu/summerprogram/.

 

12.  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

13.  Steinway Piano Series lecture/concert – Paul Roberts

Pianist Paul Roberts, a specialist in French impressionism, will present a lecture and concert on “1862-2012: Debussy 150 Years On” this Wednesday, February 1st at 7:30 p.m. in the LaSells Stewart Center. Admission for OSU students is free (other, $25 at the door, $20 in advance). See http://corvallispiano.org/ for additional series details.

 

14.  Critical Questions Lecture Series – Carl Djerassi on “Science-in-Theatre on the Page and on the Stage”

This Thursday, February 2nd, Carl Djerassi will speak in the LaSells Stewart Center from 7:30-8:30 p.m. as a part of the Critical Questions Lecture Series. Djerassi is Professor Emeritus of Chemistry at Stanford University and is a scientist, fiction writer, playwright, and cultural critic. One of the inventors of the oral contraceptive, he has ruminated on its sociocultural effects in such works as The Politics of Contraception and This Man’s Pill: Reflections on the 50th Birthday of the Pill. A literary innovator in fields he calls “science-in-fiction” and “science-in-theatre,” he is the author of more than a dozen creative works in those genres. He has received multiple awards for his scientific and creative work. In addition to commentary on the relationship between science and art, his lecture will feature a dramatically staged excerpt from his recent play Phallacy.

 

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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