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The Weekly News

A weekly digest of updates, opportunities, and events for UHP students

October 23, 2016

Honors News

Monday: Statement of Purpose Workshop

If you're interested in a Master's or PhD program then you won't want to miss UHP's Statement of Purpose Workshop—this Monday, October 24th from 4:30–5:30pm in Northrop 240. We’ll break down the basics and answer any questions you may have about writing a great statement of purpose! Reserve your seat here.

Tuesday: Honors Lecture Series Presents Astronaut Mary Cleave

The Honors Lecture Series continues this week as we welcome retired NASA astronaut Mary Cleave for her lecture "Being a Woman at NASA in the 1980s and 90s." This Tuesday, October 25th, 7pm at Ted Mann Concert Hall. This lecture is free and open to the public, so bring a friend! More info.

Wednesday: Pastries and Pumpkins

Join UHSA on Wednesday, October 26th from 6–8 pm for one of our biggest fall events yet, Pastries and Pumpkins! If you liked Snacks and Succulents last year, you'll love this event. Carve & decorate pumpkins and enjoy delicious pastries and other refreshments! Join the Facebook event!

Thursday: Relax & Recharge

We're big fans of self care in the University Honors Program. This can be a stressful time of the year, so it's important to remember to take a break and decompress. Join us this Thursday, October 27th from 7–8:30pm in the Middlebrook Terrace Room as we relax and recharge. We’ll teach you how to make your own stress ball and share some other tips to help you unwind when the semester gets tough!

Thursday: Honors Outing to Fantasy Flight Games

Ever wonder what goes in to creating a hobbyist board game? Join UHSA this Thursday, October 27th from 4pm–7pm for a tour of Fantasy Flight Games—a leading hobby game company right here in the Twin Cities. Meet with the team behind the popular Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game to learn about the many factors that go into creating a game. We'll meet sculptors, artists, designers, and producers and have a chance to ask them about their work. Then we will stick around to play board games in the Game Center. Food and beverage will be available for purchase on site. This opportunity is limited to the first 25 students who sign up; transportation info will be sent to interested students. RSVP here! Contact Ian Ringgenberg with any questions.

Reminder: Visit Land O'Lakes with UHSA

Join UHSA on Thursday, November 10th from 1:30–5pm for its annual visit to Land O'Lakes Corporate Headquarters! Look behind the scenes of this cooperative's three distinct business units, meet with the leadership team and individually with recruiters, and tour the test kitchens. You will be amazed by the diverse career opportunities available at this agricultural leader! More information & online signup here. Contact Shantal Pai with any questions.

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Other News and Opportunities

MN Future Doctors Program

Minnesota Future Doctors is a cohort of promising pre-medical students from broadly diverse backgrounds throughout the state of Minnesota. This program, sponsored by the UMN Medical School, provides resources such as MCAT prep, volunteer opportunities, physician shadowing, seminars, retreats, and more. Applications are reviewed holistically, and competitive applicants are invited to interview for this highly selective program. More info is available on the MFD website, and interested students can apply online.

Humphrey School of Public Affairs Junior Summer Institute

f you want to explore careers in public policy, urban planning, social justice, or human rights but aren't quite sure what it takes to get into a top-ranked graduate school, consider the Humphrey School of Public Affairs Junior Summer Institute (JSI) at the University of Minnesota. This rigorous program prepares undergraduate students to thrive in graduate study and careers in public service. The Humphrey School JSI is a fully-funded, seven-week academic and experiential learning program open to U.S. students who are entering their senior year of undergraduate study. Eligible candidates are current U.S. students at any university or college who will complete their bachelor's degree between December 2017 and August 2018. The deadline to apply is November 1, 2016. More info.

Global Health Case Competition

The U of M Global Health Case Competition is a unique opportunity for interdisciplinary teams of students to collaboratively analyze a real-world global health challenge with the goal of providing helpful strategic recommendations to move the case subject forward efficiently and effectively. Teams of four to six students present their recommendations to an expert panel of judges. Interested? Attend an info session this Tuesday, October 25th at 12pm in 5-125 Moos.

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Campus and Community Events

Monday: Why We (Still) Love Shakespeare

Monday, 2:30pm, 207 Lind: Join the Department of English for a three-event series marking the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death. Professional actors will perform scenes comedic and tragic! English professors will describe the joys of teaching a writer dead since 1616! More info.

Monday: From Cartoon Neuroscience to the Predictive Brain

Monday, 3:30pm, N219 Elliott: The Social Psychology Colloquium presents Lisa Feldman Barrett, University Distinguished Professor at Northeastern University. Professor Barrett will propose a computational architecture for the brain's use of prediction and prediction error signals to construct experiences and perceptions of emotion. More info.

Monday: The Political Science of Election 2016

Monday, 6:30pm, McNamara: Become your own pundit with the help of some of the University's leading political researchers. Our political science experts will answer your questions on modern politics—including topics like campaign strategy, political advertisements, campaign finance, race and gender, the national economy, foreign policy, and electoral rules and procedures. More info.

Tuesday: A Conversation With Anthony Ray Hinton

Tuesday, 7:30pm, Northrop: Anthony Ray Hinton was exonerated from death row in 2015 after serving more than 30 years in an Alabama prison. He will speak on the topics of his lived experiences on death row and the need for justice system reforms. More info.

Wednesday: The Role of Human Actions in Creating and Solving Urban Water Problems

Wednesday, 4pm, Cowles Auditorium, HHH: Professor Sarah Hobbie, Distinguished McKnight University Professor in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior, will deliver the University of Minnesota’s annual Ada Comstock Distinguished Women Scholars Award Lecture. Professor Hobbie’s lecture, “People, Pets and Plants: The Role of Human Actions in Creating and Solving Water Problems” presents an overview of her creative approach to examining those human actions with the goal of solving urban environmental problems. More info.

Thursday: Make Time to PAWS

Thursday, 11am, Great Hall, Coffman: Feeling in control of your life can be a challenge, especially if you’re stressed by school, social or family pressures, work or finances. Make Time to PAWS—Pet Away Worry and Stress— and you'll learn simple actions you can do on your own anytime to stay healthy and reduce stress. The Great Hall in Coffman will transform into a park filled with your favorite furry friends from PAWS, a labyrinth, giant coloring sheets, and forest bathing. More info.

Saturday: The Dead Zoo at Bell Museum

Saturday, 6pm, Bell Museum: Join in on slightly creepy evening in the darkened diorama halls of the Bell Museum of Natural History. Explore hidden hands-on activities around every corner, and enjoy a few treats! Visit the room of a 100 skulls in the natural history ossuary; Create your own oddity with vegan taxidermy; Take a spooky spin through the museum's basement; Pull a treasure from the cryptozoology autopsy! More info.

Sunday: Garlic Party

Sunday, 4:30pm, West Bank Community Garden: Join the West Bank Community Garden for a garlic planting workshop (led by UHP sophomore Emily Nagel!), garlic bread, and more! This free event will take place from 4:30pm until sunset. The Garden is located between Wilson Library, Rarig Center, and Hanson Hall. Join and share the Facebook event!

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