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Life Sciences Honors Thesis Award
Applications are now being accepted for the Life Sciences Honors Thesis Award. This award funds up to $1000 in supply expenses associated with the completion of your honors thesis. Honors students and their thesis advisors collaborate to apply for these awards. Applications will be reviewed in two rounds for the 2013-2014 academic year. The Fall deadline is Monday, September 30, 2013. Check out the Eligibility Guidelines and application online here. If you have questions about this award, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Research at our@uconn.edu.

“Lincoln, Leadership, and Emancipation”
The Office of Leadership Programs is offering some student tickets for the upcoming “Lincoln, Leadership, and Emancipation” lecture. Harold Holzer, Chairman of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation and the first Roger Hertog Fellow at the New York Historical Society will present “Lincoln, Leadership, and Emancipation” on Wednesday, September 25 at 4:00 p.m. in Konover Auditorium, Thomas J. Dodd Research Center.

Harold Holzer serves as Chairman of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation and as the first Roger Hertog Fellow at the New-York Historical Society. The author or editor of 46 books on Lincoln’s life and times, his most recent is The Civil War in 50 Objects (Viking). Among his many awards are the National Humanities Medal, a second-place Lincoln Prize, and lifetime achievement awards from Lincoln Groups and Civil War Round Tables throughout the nation.

There are a select few tickets available, and Honors students have an opportunity to attend. RSVP here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LincolnLeadershipIt’s a first-come first served RSVP.

Today, Tuesday, September 17

Honors in Actuarial Science: UConn and Beyond
12:15 – 1:15 p.m., Homer Babbidge Library, Class of 1947 Room
If you are an actuarial science major or have an interest in becoming one, join Jim Trimble, Professor of Actuarial Science and Director of the Actuarial Science Program, for a discussion about what it means to join this field. Attending this event counts toward Sophomore Honors. More info.

Constitution Day
4 – 5 p.m., Konover Auditorium
Please join Vice Provost Sally Reis for the 9th Annual Constitution Day Celebration with a lecture featuring Preston C. Green III, the John and Carla Klein Professor of Urban Education and Professor of Educational Leadership at UConn’s Neag School of Education and Professor of Law at UConn Law School. Attending this event counts toward Sophomore Honors. More info.

Honors Exchanges in the Netherlands Information Session
5 – 6 p.m., Homer Babbidge Library, Class of 1947 Room
Learn more about the University Colleges at Utrecht and Maastricht in the Netherlands, which are free-standing Honors colleges with curricula appropriate for the sciences, arts, humanities, social sciences, and business. Attending this event counts toward Sophomore Honors. More info.

Wednesday, September 18

Getting Started in Undergraduate Research
12:15 – 1:15 p.m., ROWE 122
Have you been wondering about what it takes to do research in your field? Find out about research opportunities and learn about funding programs sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Research. Contact Jodi.Eskin@uconn.edu for further information. Attending this event counts toward Sophomore Honors. More info.

Faculty Colloquium: “The Origins of Israelite Monolatry”
12:15 – 1:15 p.m., Dodd Center, Room 162
Join UConn’s Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life for a lecture given by Dr. Samuel Wheeler from the Department of Philosophy. Attending this event counts toward Sophomore Honors. More info.

MAKERS: Women Who Make America – Part 1
6 – 7:30 p.m., Women’s Center (Student Union 421)
MAKERS: Women Who Make America tells the remarkable story of the most sweeping social revolution in American history, as women have asserted their rights to a full and fair share of political power, economic opportunity, and personal autonomy. Attending this event counts toward Sophomore Honors. More info.

Portraits of Courage: Latinos Shaping a Nation
7 – 8:30 p.m., Student Union Theater
A brand new live play that showcases the lives of several Latinos who have made vital contributions to American Culture and Society. Attending this event counts toward Sophomore Honors. More info.

Thursday, September 19

Contexts of Human Rights: An International Conference
September 19 – 21, Konover Auditorium, Dodd Center
This international conference will showcase the “Connecticut School of Human Rights,” a contextual approach to human rights that has been advanced at the Human Rights Institute of the University of Connecticut over the last ten years.  Despite the predictions of some that the era of human rights had ended, interest in human rights has expanded beyond law schools and mushroomed throughout the academy, and in particular in the social sciences and humanities. More info.

Graduate Fellowships in the Sciences
12:30 – 1:00 p.m., ROWE 320
This informational session will introduce students to graduate fellowships in STEM fields. Typically, students apply during their senior year or as first (and sometimes second) year graduate students. More info.

Basics of the Law School Application Process
3 – 4 p.m., STRS 303
Juniors and seniors interested in applying to law school should come to this workshop with Edward Kammerer from the Pre-Law Center. Get the information you need to begin your application process! Students MUST attend one of these workshops BEFORE scheduling any one-on-one appointments with the Pre-Law Center. Attending this event counts toward Sophomore HonorsMore info.

Thinking About Law School?
4 – 5 p.m., Gentry 140
Final decisions about career objectives do not need to be made immediately, but the process of self-assessment and professional development begins early when considering applying to law school. Attending this event counts toward Sophomore HonorsMore info.

Fulbright and Boren Scholarships
4 – 6:30 p.m., Student Union 325
Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants to graduating seniors and graduate students for individually designed study/research projects or for English Teaching Assistantships. Boren Scholarships allow U.S. undergraduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests but underrepresented in study abroad. Attending this event counts toward Sophomore Honors. More info.

University Scholar Proposal Workshop
4 – 5 p.m., BCH 443
Students intending to apply to the University Scholar Program in November are strongly encouraged to attend this workshop to learn more about how to prepare a strong proposal. More info.

Friday, September 20

Holster Scholar Presentations
9 a.m. – 12 p.m., SU 318/319
This past summer, six freshmen Honors students had the opportunity to be researchers, which many of you know is a rare experience so early in an undergraduate career. Attending this event counts toward Sophomore Honors. More info.

Saturday, September 21

TedxUConn Live Stream Viewing
10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Student Union Theater
On September 21, TEDxUConn will host its very first locally organized TED conference at UConn! Join us in the Student Union Theater to watch a live stream web feed of the event. The theme of TEDxUConn 2013 will be “Future in Focus.” UConn faculty, students, and local industry moguls will deliver talks discussing trends that will shape our future over the next ten years. Attending this event counts toward Sophomore Honors. More info.

National Pan-Hellenic Council 6th Annual Step Show
6:30 – 9:00 p.m., Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts
The National Pan-Hellenic Council was established on May 10, 1930, and is comprised of the Divine 9 historically African American fraternities and sororities. Attend the 6th annual Step Show! The tradition of stepping and strolling is deeply rooted within African American history in the United States and will be emphasized as each team competes for a grand prize. Attending this event counts toward Sophomore Honors. More info.

Sunday, September 22

Monday, September 23

National Scholarships for Students Committed to Public Service
12:30 – 1:00 p.m., ROWE 320
This information session will introduce a variety of national scholarships intended for high achieving students who are passionate about public service, community, and environmental action, politics, and more! More info.

Exchange Programs in the UK Information Session
5 – 6 p.m., Homer Babbidge Library, Class of 1947 Room
Come learn about how you can study abroad at Cardiff University, the University of Birmingham, the University of Edinburgh, the University of Essex, the University of Glasgow, the University of Liverpool, the University of Nottingham, or the University of Warwick while paying UConn tuition rates. Attending this event counts toward Sophomore HonorsMore info.

Puerto Rican and Latin American Cultural Center Art Exhibit Opening Reception 
5 – 6:30 p.m., Student Union Art Gallery
Join the Puerto Rican and Latin American Cultural Center for an art exhibit featuring their very own Latino students in the School of Fine Arts. Attending this event counts toward Sophomore Honors. More info.

Suicide Prevention Week Film Series: Bully (2011)
7:30 – 9:30 p.m., McMahon Community Lounge (Main Floor)
In 2011, over 13 million American kids will be bullied at school, online, on the bus, at home, through their cell phones and on the streets of their towns, making it the most common form of violence young people in this country experience. Bully, a documentary on peer-to-peer bullying in schools across America, follows the lives of five students who face bullying on a daily basis. Attending this event counts toward Sophomore Honors. More info.

Upcoming Events

Basics of the Law School Application Process
4 – 4:30 p.m., Austin CLAS 313
Juniors and seniors interested in applying to law school should come to this workshop with Edward Kammerer from the Pre-Law Center. Get the information you need to begin your application process! Students MUST attend one of these workshops BEFORE scheduling any one-on-one appointments with the Pre-Law Center. Attending this event counts toward Sophomore HonorsMore info.

Writing Your Personal Statement for Law School
4:30 – 5 p.m., OAK 239
Many law school admission officers refer to the essay as the applicant’s “interview” with the law school admission committee. This workshop offers guidelines for assisting applicants in their essay writing. More info.

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Scholarship Opportunities

Be sure to check this section for updates from the Office of National Scholarships and Fellowships. Class year eligibility is denoted in parentheses at the end of each scholarship description; for example, “SR” means the scholarship is intended for current seniors.

October 2013

1: EuroScholars (research/study abroad spring semester) (JR, SR)

1: Scoville Peace Fellowship (for Spring ’11 Fellowship)

1: Marshall Scholarship (nominated S & G1, G2)

1: Mitchell Scholarship (nominated S & G)

1: Gilman International Scholarship (for undergrad Spring semester) (F, SO, JR, SR Pell Grant Recipients)

1: Rhodes Scholarship (nominated S & G under 24 years old)

4: National Academy of Education/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship (G-ABD)

8: Organization of American States Student Intern Program

11: NASA Undergraduate Student Research Program (spring session) (SO, JR)

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Student Updates

Honors Council Updates

Honors Council Meeting!
Wednesday, September 18
7 – 8 p.m.
Laurel Hall 306

Honorable Mention

The Honors Council newsletter is now ONLINE. To access the latest edition, which includes information about new Honors staff and students as well as upcoming events, please click here.

Other Enrichment Opportunities

Attention Seniors: McKnight Undergraduate Research Competition – Deadline October 1
The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center is accepting applications for the seventh annual Frank and Sara McKnight Awards in Molecular Sciences. We will offer awards in three areas: Biophysics or Computational Biology, Chemistry and Biological Chemistry. These prizes are designed to recognize senior undergraduate students with a commitment to scientific research and a record of academic achievement. Up to fifteen finalists will be chosen from the applicants, and they will be invited to attend a scientific retreat hosted by the Departments of Biochemistry and Biophysics at UT Southwestern. There, students will present a poster describing their research. Three young researchers will be awarded first prizes ($2000) while the other finalists will receive $500 prizes.

The application process is simple and requires only a brief description of your research experience, a letter of support from your mentor(s) and the usual numerical metrics. Applications are due by October 1 by email to McknightPrize@utsouthwestern.edu. Students should include Biophysics Prize or Biological Chemistry Prize in the subject line to designate which competition you are applying for.  More information can be found on the attached flyers and at the link below: http://www.utsouthwestern.edu/mcknightprize.

Paid Summer Internships at UT Southwestern
Any sophomore or junior who is interested in research in biochemistry or biophysics is invited to apply for a University of Texas Southwestern Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship to work in one of the research labs here. More information can be found here:

Biomedical Sciences: http://www.utsouthwestern.edu/education/graduate-school/programs/non-degree-programs/surf.html

Quantitative & Physical Sciences: http://www.utsouthwestern.edu/education/graduate-school/programs/non-degree-programs/qp-surf.html

Internships at Sun Products – Info Session on October 10, 6:30-7:30pm (Gentry 140)
Sun Products Corporation is recruiting Biology and Chemistry majors. Attend their info session on Oct. 10 to learn more. They will be back on campus on October 24 to interview students for a formulations intern and an analytical scientist intern.  Students may apply now at http://career.uconn.edu/huskycareerlink.html.

2014 Summer Internship Program in Genomics for Underrepresented Students– Harvard Medical School
Applications are currently being accepted for the 2014 summer biomedical/bioengineering internship program at Harvard Medical School for underrepresented undergraduates. Positions are available in the lab of Dr. George Church, one of the founding investigators of the Human Genome Project. The link with the full description of the summer program and application is below. This is a paid internship with free housing in Boston provided, and possible reimbursement for travel. http://ccv.med.harvard.edu/diversity_summer_internships.htm

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Career Corner

Career Fair

On September 24th and 25th from 11am-3pm, the Center for Career Development will be hosting its annual Career Fair in the Student Union Ballroom. The fall is a great time to start looking for spring internships and jobs to add to your professional experience. It is also the perfect opportunity to network with potential employers, hand out your résumé, and learn more about full-time positions available.  Even if you’re not looking for a job, attending the fair will be a good way to practice your marketing and networking skills!

To prepare for the fair, come in to the CCD for a walk-in résumé critique. Remember, your résumé is your chance to make a great first impression with recruiters.  Make sure your résumé is the best representation of you that it can be!

To see a list of companies that will be attending the fair, visit http://career.uconn.edu/career_fairs.html

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