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Winter 2012 Week 6

We have reached the halfway mark of the term and the academic year! It’s a busy time, but there are several great UHC events coming up in the next week, including a unique opportunity to engage in a conversation about the ways art can shape our experience of the natural world, a thesis workshop, and an informational session about housing. Don’t miss out! It is also time to start looking toward spring term scheduling. The schedule of classes for spring term is now available in the UHC office, and while you’re picking one up, consider making an advising appointment – they fill up fast! Here’s what else is going on this week:

 

UHC Announcements & Events

1.      Special UHC event – Boats and Bones: A Conversation

2.      UHC off-campus apartments: GEM informational session

3.      Thesis workshop – Getting Started Writing

4.      February Food Drive!

5.      UHC experiential scholarship opportunities

 

Opportunities

6.      “The Great Work: Re-imagining Humanity as the Planet Changes” writing/video contest

7.      OSU 2012 Alternative Spring Break

8.      Career Services small group career counseling

9.      OSU Retirement Association scholarship

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

11.  NASA research opportunities

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

13.  University of Nebraska Summer Research Program

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

 

OSU Events & Announcements

15.  The Program in Medical Humanities Presents: “Every Patient Tells a Story” with Dr. Lisa Sanders

16.  Corvallis-OSU Symphony: East of Vienna

17.  Winter term research workshops at the Valley Library

 

 

UHC Announcements & Events

1.      Special UHC event – Boats and Bones: A Conversation

Next Monday, February 20th, the UHC will be hosting the extraordinary Bay-area sculptor Kate Stirr (http://katestirr.com/home.html). UHC students will have several opportunities to engage with Kate during the day. All are welcome to our main event in the MU Journey Room from 4:00-5:30 p.m. Kate will be joined by OSU’s Kathleen Dean Moore for a “duet” of images, words, and ideas – about the creative impulse, the inspiration of oceans, the resonance of art and nature, sculpture and essay, and the artist’s work of wonder – in a conversation led by poet Charles Goodrich. At this event, Kate will show still and video images of her projects, and Kathleen will read from new and published essays. This will be a fun and fascinating exploration of how art can shape our perceptions and experiences of the natural world! Refreshments will be provided.

 

Earlier in the day, Kate will meet with students over coffee at 11:00 a.m. to speak more informally about her work and career, the relationship between art and science, and her creative and artistic path. If you are interested in attending this event, please contact Kevin Stoller (kevin.stoller@oregonstate.edu). If you can’t make this time but are still interested in speaking with Kate, please let Kevin know.

 

2.      UHC off-campus apartments: GEM informational session

Are you wondering where you’ll live next year? Interested in moving into an apartment setting within a great community near campus? Stop by the GEM (located at the corner of Kings and Monroe) this Wednesday, February 15th between 5:00 and 7:30 p.m. to learn more about your housing options for next year. UHC students have priority in registering for GEM apartments, so come by and check it out!

 

3.      Thesis workshop – Getting Started Writing

The UHC will offer a Getting Started Writing thesis workshop this week on Wednesday, February 15that 5:00 p.m. in Strand 229. This workshop will provide assistance to students who are working on writing their thesis or are about to begin writing and 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 email Kevin (kevin.stoller@oregonstate.edu).

 

4.      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, in the UHC office, 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.

 

5.      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

6.      “The Great Work: Re-imagining humanity as the Planet Changes” writing/video contest

A special contest for OSU students invites written works or videos that tell hopeful stories about new ways for humans to prosper on Earth. “The Great Work: Re-imagining Humanity as the Planet Changes” is sponsored by the Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature, and the Written Word with support from the Student Sustainability Initiative. Winning written entries will be published in an insert in the Daily Barometer, and winning videos will be screened at a special event in the spring. Winners will also receive $100 awards. The deadline for submissions is March 5, 2012. Written and video entries in any genre are welcome: documentary, essay, opinion, or creative. Contest guidelines and submission information can be found on the Spring Creek website http://springcreek.oregonstate.edu/.

 

7.      OSU 2012 Alternative Spring Break

The OSU Center for Civic Engagement will host three service trips for Alternative Spring Break 2012. Participate in a trip focusing on urban beautification and poverty issues in Yakima, Washington; or a trip addressing hunger and homelessness in San Francisco, California; or an environmental restoration project in Newport, Oregon. Estimated trip costs range from $120 to $350. The priority application deadline is February 17th, 2012. For an application and additional project details, see http://oregonstate.edu/cce/alternativebreaks.

 

8.      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.

 

9.      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.

 

10.  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).

 

11.  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.

 

12.  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.

 

13.  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/.

 

14.  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

15.  The Program in Medical Humanities Presents: “Every Patient Tells a Story” with Dr. Lisa Sanders

Dr. Lisa Sanders, the technical advisor and inspiration for House, M.D. and an Assistant Clinical Professor at the Yale University School of Medicine and clinician educator at Yale’s Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency program, will give a free lecture on Tuesday, March 13th at 7:00 p.m. in the LaSells Stewart Center in an event co-sponsored by the UHC. Dr. Sanders, who also writes the “Diagnosis” column for the New York Times Magazine, will speak on “Every Patient Tells a Story: Medical Mysteries and the Art of Diagnosis.”

 

16.  Corvallis-OSU Symphony: East of Vienna

On Sunday, February 19th, the Corvallis-OSU Symphony will present a program titled “East of Vienna,” featuring works by Janáček, Smetana, Szymanowski, and Liszt from 3:00-5:00 p.m. in the LaSells Stewart Center. Admission for OSU students is free.

 

17.  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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