Announcements updated as of 5/7/2012
For past Honors announcements please visit our archived announcements page here.
Announcing the New Honors Career Mentor!
Honors is very pleased to announce the newest member to our Honors Mentor Program, Sara Hegsted, our Honors Career Mentor! Sara will be available by appointment to workshop resumes, curriculum vitae (cv), and cover letters. Just email Sara to set up an appointment and she will meet with you to go over your materials. You will need to send her your resume, cv, cover letter, etc. at least 48 hours in advance of your meeting. Feel free to meet with Sara if you are planing on applying for anything: an internship, a summer job, a scholarship, e tc.
Honor Pre-Med Peer Advising
Are you a pre-med student with questions about preparing for medical school? This semester, a new advantage for Honors students is a peer advisor devoted specifically to pre-health students! Matthew Petersen is a junior majoring in Nutrition Sciences with a pre-medical emphasis and is also an Undergraduate Research Fellow working in Dr. Timothy Gilbertson's lab. He will be available for pre-health advising to both Honors and non-Honors students through office hours and appointments. Feel free to ask him about academics, extra-curriculars, research, applications and interview skills. Matt is available Tuesdays at 12:00pm in the BNR cadaver lab, and Thursdays from 10:30-11:20 in the Honors office (OM 015). If you see Matt on Tuesday, feel free to ask him for a tour of the cadaver lab!
This semester the Honors Office will be providing a limited number for free daily copies of the New York Times Newspaper. Swing by our office and pick one up and stay informed!
Honors Advising Appointments Available
If you are a first-year student please remember that before you will be allowed access to Honors Priority Registration you must complete a 4-year plan and make an appointment to meet with an Honors advisor.
The Honors Office will be offering advising appointments daily through the rest of the semester. You can make an appointment using our online scheduler here: http://honors.usu.edu/scheduler/resource=86. Feel free to call our office with any questions or problems, 797-2715.
Got Your NURD on?
Honors "I AM NURD" t-shirts are now for sale in the Honors office. We have a wide range of sizes available for $7 each. You deserve to buy yourself a Christmas present, pick up you shirt today and join the hurd of nurds!
Text Message Reminders about Honors Events!
Are you interested in receiving text message reminders about upcoming Honors Student Council events? If so, please email HSC Historian, Becca Condie, email@example.com and provide her with your contact information.
Honors Thesis Preliminary and Formal Proposal Deadlines
If you are graduating in the Fall of 2012 your Preliminary Thesis Proposal is due on September 15th. If you are graduating in Spring of 2012, your Formal Thesis Proposal is due September 15th. If you need a short extension or have any questions or concerns please contact Amber Summers-Graham at 797-3790 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Application Fee Waiver for USU Honors Students!!
Are you a current Honors student and thinking of going to graduate school at Utah State University? You are eligible for an application fee waiver! Just visit: http://www.usu.edu/graduateschool/apply/honors_waiver.cfm and follow the instructions.
Check back in August for great Honors events during the upcoming 2012-2013 school year!
Upcoming Graduate Research Events
Research on Capitol Hill - January 25, 2012 (abstracts due Nov 1, 2011)
Utah Conference on Undergraduate Research - will not be held in 2012 due to NCUR being held at Weber State University
CUR Posters on the Hill - April 2012 (abstracts due Oct. 18, 2011)
* For more info visit: http://www.cur.org/postersession.html
USU Student Showcase & Awards - March 2012 (abstracts due March 1, 2012)
* For more info visit: http://research.usu.edu/undergrad/htm/sharing-your-research/student-showcase
National Conference on Undergraduate Research - March 29-March 31, 2012 (abstracts due Nov. 13, 2011)
* Hosted by Weber State University, Ogden, Utah
Honors Research Fund
Announcing the Honors Research Fund, designed to give Honors students access to direct funding for activities that will academically enhance their undergraduate experience. For additional information and the application go here.
Undergraduate Research Registry
If you are currently in you junior or senior year, you should register now! Council on Undergraduate Research hosts a Registry of Undergraduate Researchers. The purpose of this registry is to facilitate matchmaking between undergraduates who have research experience and a desire to pursue an advanced degree, with graduate schools seeking high quality students who are well prepared for research. The Registry is open to students and graduate students in the fields of Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biology, Physics/Astronomy, Mathematics/Computer Science, Economics, Geosciences, Engineering, Psychology, Sociology, Humanities and Anthropology/Archaeology
Go to www.cur.org/ugreg/ to fill out a cimple curriculum vitae form. There is no charge to students and records will be made available to bone fide Graduate Schools that contract with CUR for this service. Organizations or companies seeking the students' information for other marketing purposes will not be granted access. Graduate School representatives may contact students to invite applications or visits to the campus and laboratory, or to share information about their research programs and financial support opportunities.
Capital Semester in Washington, DC
Application Deadline: June 1, 2012
Seats are available for the Fall 2012 Capital Semester in Washington, DC program. This academic internship program is for undergraduates seeking to obtain professional experience in the fields of public policy, economics, international affairs, journalism, communications and nonprofit sector. Students are placed in internships for 30 hours a week and enjoy guest lectures, exclusive briefings, leadership & professional development, and networking while earning 12 transferable credits.
Generous scholarships are available, with preference given to NCHC honors students! For more information and the online application visit: www.DCinternships.org/CS
UCCR 14th Annual
Symposium: "Conquering the Labyrinth in Changing Times: Opportunities
for Civil Dialogue and Responsible Leadership"
May 17th-18th, The Episcopal Church Center or Utah-Wasatch Retreat and Conference Center, Salt Lake City
This is a great opportunity for students to network and learn about mediation and handling communication and conflict in any leadership role. Interested Honors students may apply to the Honors Research Fund for financial help to attend! See the attached flyers for more info.
21words.net Call for Submissions
Calling all budding reviewers! They say the best movie pitches are made in twenty-one words or less. www.21words.net is the place to put those pitches to the test. At this new site, created by three English Literature research students at the University of Sheffield, you can review not only your favorite - and worst - films, but also albums, TV shows, books and games - all within 21 words or less! So, do you fancy nailing the nastiest film of the year? Or do you reckon you can blog a blockbuster? Even take a Rent-a-Quote for a pithy put-down? If, so sign up now and start sharing your creative insights with the world.
James "Rhio" O'Connor Memorial Scholarship Fund Essay Contest
The James "Rhio" O'Connor Memorial Scholarship Fund is hosting an essay contest open to all college students. The essay subject concerns cancer and the scholarships are $5,000 for first place, $2,000 for second place, and $1,000 for third place. Students can receive more information and request an application packet at this website: http://www.cancermonthly.com/scholarship.asp
Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship
Named for the late Dr. Herbert Scoville, Jr., a public servant and advocate of international peace and nuclear arms control, this fellowship gives undergraduates the experience of working full-time for six to nine months on research and/or advocacy on a range of issues concerning security. Recipients can choose to work with one of many organizations in Washington, DC. Benefits include a $2,300 monthly stipend, travel expenses to Washington, DC and health insurance. For more information visit: www.scoville.org. This is an equal opportunity fellowship.
US Department of Energy - Science Graduate Fellowship
The Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science (SC) has established the DOE Office of Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE SCGF) program to provide support for outstanding students to pursue graduate degrees and research in areas of physics, biology, chemistry, mathematics, engineering, computational sciences and environmental sciences relevant to the Office of Science, and to encourage the development of the next generation scientific and technical talent in the U.S.
Fellows will receive a $35,000 yearly stipend for living expenses, $10,500 per year for tuition and fees and a $5,000 research stipend supplement for research materials and travel expenses. Fellows will be required to attend the annual DOE SCGF Reasearch Conference to be held each summer at a DOE national laboratory. Travel expenses and accomodations to the Conference will be provided by the DOE SCGF program.
For more information about the program, eligibility, benefits and application visit: http://scgf.orau.gov/.
National Collegiate Honors Council announces New John & Edythe Portz Fellowship
National Collegiate Honors Council announces a new fellowship for undergraduate honors students. The award is named for Dr. John and Mrs. Edythe Portz, pioneers in honors education whose support of imaginative ventures in undergraduate education has benefited college students in Maryland and throughout our nation since the late 1960s. The highly competitive award of up to $7,000 is open to students at NCHC's 800+ member institutions in the United States and beyond.
The Portz Fellowships support original and extended interdisciplinary projects for up to eighteen months. Applications for the first round of grants will be accepted beginning in January 2010. If you would like more information about the Portz Fellowship, please contact Dr. Patrice Berger at email@example.com, or 402-472-5425.
Applications and information about the Portz Fellowship are available online at http://www.nchchonors.org.
National Space Club awarding $10,000 Goddard Scholarship to Science or Engineering Students
The National Space Club awards a $10,000 scholarship each year, in memory of Dr. Robert H. Goddard, America's rocket pioneer. Applicants must have a track record in space-related research and be a U.S. citizen, in at least the junior year of an accredited university, and have the intention of pursuing undergraduate or graduate studies in science or engineering during the interval of the scholarship.
Check back in August 2012 for more information on upcoming Study Abroad opportunities!!
Students active in Honors (which means you're in an Honors course, including a thesis course, and/or doing an Honors contract) will receive additional monies on their print account. This credit can then be used during the semester for printouts in any computer lab on campus. Instead of printing only in the Honors lab in the library, active Honors student will be able to print anywhere on campus. Money will be added to your existing print account, so this semester each student will get additional print outs. Students will get this additional money each semester, and it will be added to your account after the deadline for Honors contracts has passed. If you do not use all print out monies, the remainder will be retrieved, so that we will have additional resources for future printing. Due to this new policy, the printers in the computer lab have been removed. We are very excited about this change and know that you will enjoy the ease of printing from anywhere on campus.
Worried about paying for college?
Now is the time to apply for financial aid! Learn more here.
The Honors Listserv
If you expect to receive notification about things like Honors early registration, graduation, Honors activities, and job and scholarship opportunities, you must be subscribed to the Honors Listserv. Click here to either subscribe or unsubscribe.
Honors has a floor in the Living/Learning Community, just west of the Taggart Student Center. The floor is open to both incoming and continuing Honors students, and includes both shared and private rooms. Interested students should contact Shannon Jolley, Theme Housing Coordinator, at 797-8224 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Check back in August 2012 for info on job opportunities!
In addition to the following announcements, please see the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) link, to the right, as well as the other right-hand navigators for lots of helpful information.
As a reminder, the last day to add an Honors class is the Friday of the first week of classes. You may drop an Honors class at any time, through the final drop date of the semester.
USU Creative Writing Club
A new, departmental creative writing club is being formed for all majors who have an interest in creative writing. The group meets on Monday afternoons at 3:30 in RWST 113. All are welcome. During the Fall 2011 semester we will organize visiting speakers--both writers as well as people from publishing. We will also form writing groups to give students the opportunity to have their work critiqued, and students will conduct mini craft presentations. Field trips, fund raising events, and a list of books no writer should graduate without reading are also on the agenda. Please come join us! If you have questions, contact Professor Jennifer Sinor at email@example.com.
Nominate a Connections Book!
Many of you just completed Connections, and it's time to start thinking about NEXT year's Connections. We would love your input and suggestions as we get ready to choose the next book. Please follow the link below to nominate a book for next year's Connections: http://www.usu.edu/connections/nominate.
New Honors Theses can be Viewed Via USU Digital Commons:
Have you checked out the Honors Theses on the USU Digital Commons webpage? Honors these from 2009 forward are posted here for students and the public to view. Take a look! http://digitalcommons.usu.edu/honors/
Have you been invited to join a National Honor Society because of your high GPA? Are you looking for a society that will give you more opportunities to excel within your major? Click here to check to see if the society you're thinking about is listed in the Association of Collegiate Honor Societies. You might also want to check out what Illinois State University has to say here.
Are you looking for presentation opportunities? Find out about publication and presentation opportunities open to undergraduates at the Undergraduate Journals and Conferences Directory.