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The Weekly News

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

December 5, 2016

Honors News

TONIGHT: UHSA Trivia Night

Calling all honors students! Take a break from papers and projects to test yourself in a different way: at UHSA's Trivia Night! Meet us tonight—Monday, December 5th—at 7:15pm in Bruininks 412 where you'll go head-to-head with fellow honors students. There'll be TONS of pizza and prizes as well! We hope to see you there — let us know you're coming via the Facebook event.

Reminder: Thesis Proposal Forms Due for Spring '17 Latin Honors Graduates

For students who intend to to graduate with Latin Honors this spring, Thesis Proposal Forms are due two weeks prior to the completion of Fall '16 final examinations. As finals run from Friday 12/16 through Thursday 12/22, this semester's deadline is Thursday, December 8th. If you require additional time, please contact your Honors Advisor.

Reminder: UHSA Outing to Andersen Library Archives

Join UHSA for their December outing and explore the extensive collection of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) material housed in the underground caverns at Andersen Library! Anderson Library has two caverns that descend 82 feet underground into the bluffs along the Mississippi River. These caverns are home to the Tretter Collection which includes over 3,000 linear feet of GLBT material including political paraphernalia, films, original newsletters, and more. The tour will take place at Anderson Library on the West Bank on Wednesday, December 7th at 6pm. Sign up today! Questions? Email Elizabeth Moy.

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Other News and Opportunities

Summer Research and Study Opportunities

There are several interesting opportunities to study and do research over the summer break. For more information on any of the following, please contact The Office for National and International Scholarships.

  • The Research Internships in Science and Engineering (RISE) program matches you with a research project at a German university or institute. The German government pays you a three-month stipend to cover living expenses and your host helps set up housing. No German required, aber warum nicht einige studieren? Open to sophomores and juniors in the physical sciences, life sciences, and engineering. The application opens December 1 and must be submitted by January 15, 2017. Also open to students who are not US citizens.
  • The Amgen Scholars program offers a ten-week summer research experience at nine universities and the National Institutes of Health. Research subjects vary among the institutions but include a range of biological sciences along with chemistry, chemical engineering, and statistics. Open to sophomores and juniors planning to pursue a Ph.D. Applications are due February 1, 2017 (CalTech applicatin is due February 15).
  • Fulbright UK Summer Institutes provide the opportunity to study for four weeks at one of ten universities in the United Kingdom. Topics include history, literature, political science, media studies, design, archaeology, and environmental science. Open to freshmen and sophomores. Applications are due February 23 or 26, depending on the program.
  • Spend June in Europe or July in Atlanta, Georgia. An international collection of Humanity in Action Fellows will gather in Berlin, Amsterdam, Sarajevo, Warsaw, Copenhagen, and Atlanta to learn about histories of discrimination, prejudice, colonialism, immigration, displacement, and resistance. Each program is highly interdisciplinary and features daily lectures and discussions with renowned academics, journalists, politicians and activists, as well as site visits to government agencies, non-profit and community organizations, museums and memorials. The programs seek to highlight different models of action to remedy injustice. National application deadline is January 4, 2017.

Udall Scholarship

Are you trying to save the planet? The Udall Foundation may give you up to $7,000 toward undergraduate academic expenses. Awards will be made to students who plan careers related to the environment and conservation of natural resources or to Native American students who plan to work in Tribal policy or Native health care. Applicants in either category must be sophomores or juniors and should have a record of research and/or public service in addition to a strong academic record. Campus application deadline is January 23, 2017.

This Saturday: Exam Jam

Stressed out about finals? Extended walk-in tutoring hours, review sessions, free practice exams, and a relaxed Saturday of preparation and snacks have all been planned for you at this year's Exam Jam— this Saturday, December 10th from 9am–1pm in 140 Appleby and 1pm–4pm in 131A Bruininks. Find out more and register for study sessions now.

Info Session: DirecTrack to Teaching

DirecTrack to Teaching is an undergraduate path to teaching licensure. It gives undergraduate students an early exposure to the culture of teaching and schools along with a competitive advantage when applying to graduate school for the license and ​M.Ed. With DirecTrack you can enter the profession with confidence and competence. If you are interested in joining DirecTrack next year, attend an information session on Wednesday, December 14th at 4pm in 140 Wulling. There will be coffee, cocoa, cookies and karaoke in celebration of the last day of instruction.

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Campus and Community Events

Monday: 10,000 Stories: Minnesota Youth Make Media

Monday, 12pm, 710 Social Sciences: We know the significance and impact of owning our stories. We are often left out of the greater narrative and if we are not left out, our stories and representation is inaccurate. Bring your lunch and join a discussion on why your voice matters and see/hear how Dr. Jigna Desai (GWSS), Dr. Kari Smalkoski (GWSS) and Kong Pha, ABD (American Studies) use digital stories as an empowerment tool.

Monday: Shakespeare Recitation Contest

Monday, 2:30pm, 207A Lind: The finale of the Department of English's fall event series marking the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death! Hear undergraduates battle to be the best reciter of Shakespeare's iambic pentameter. All undergraduates are eligible to win a Starbucks gift card! Registration is passed, but some walk-ups will be accepted if you are are intersted in participating.

Tuesday: How Patients are Creating Medicine's Future

Tuesday, 11:30am, Best Buy Theatre, Northrop: The Internet and Big Data have transformed citizen science: Fitness trackers and wearables streamline the gathering of health data, while the Precision Medicine Initiative seeks to harness genomics to create personalized medicine. Meanwhile, patient groups want an active role in the development of therapies and drugs. In this final event of Deinard series, four panelists will discuss these dynamics and the questions they raise about medical research, privacy, data ownership, and ethics. A robust discussion and question and answer period will follow.

Wednesday: Promoting the Health of Pregnant Incarcerated Women: From Research to Advocacy

Wednesday, 12pm, 2-620 Moos: Dr. Rebecca Shlafer will present her research with the Minnesota Prison Doula Project, a pregnancy and parenting support program for pregnant incarcerated women. She will discuss results from her research findings, and how this research was used to leverage legislative changes in Minnesota.

Thursday: Senior Graphic Design Exhibition

Thursday, 6–8am, Larson Gallery, St. Paul Student Center: Join CDes in celebrating their senior graphic design students as they exhibit the culmination of their work in the Larson Gallery!

Friday: Bell Social: Art + Science + Music

Friday, 7pm, Bell Museum: A special after hours celebration of art and science, including a variety of refreshments and refreshing activities and exhibitions of work by the Bell's past resident artists. Stay tuned for an announcement of a special musical guest!

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