HC Announcements and Events
NEW! HC Study Break #1 – Treasure Hunt!
Our first HC Study Break this term will be a treasure hunt that runs from April 27 to May 1. Each day will have a different theme, with ten items to find during that day. The themes are:
- Monday – Plants
- Tuesday – Animals
- Wednesday – Insects and other bugs
- Thursday – Buildings/Architecture
- Friday – Food
Students will take a picture of the item and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org, along with a short description of how it fits the item. Students are also encouraged to post their discoveries on social media.
This is a competition with prizes! The prizes will be scholarship awards, with the first place prize of $50. Here are the scoring guidelines:
- 1 point per item found (must be found by 11:59 p.m. on the day of the theme for that item)
- 5 additional points for being the first person to find an item
- 3 additional points for being the second person to find an item
- 1 additional point for being the third person to find an item
- 5 additional points for finding all items on a particular day
- Bonus – 10 points for drawing, painting, writing a poem/short story, etc. that represents any one of the items on the lists to find. This can only be done once, but will be accepted at any point during the week, even if it’s past the day of that particular theme. Please take a picture or submit a file for scoring.
- Bonus – 10 points for making a video of your experience during this treasure hunt and posting it on social media or Youtube. Please submit your video for scoring, along with the link to the location you posted the video. This will be accepted at any point during the week. Only one video will be accepted per student.
- Students can complete both bonus opportunities
Volunteer Opportunity: Knit For Those In Need!
Want to get crafty while also engaging in service? Participate in the Spring Knitting Project every Thursday from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. to socialize with your peers while knitting a project to donate to someone in need. No experience necessary! Meetings will start week 4, RSVP here to receive the Zoom link!
NEW! HCSA Service Event – Letter Appreciation Writing to Healthcare Workers
Looking to volunteer? Join the Honors College Student Association via Zoom Friday, May 1 from 4:00-5:00 p.m. PST and collaborate in making thoughtful cards for healthcare workers. RSVP here to receive the Zoom link!
*Please provide your own craft supplies/stamps
Announcement for Spring 2020 Graduates
For students who intend on graduating this term, please login to your MyDegrees and look at the upper right portion of the page next to “Graduation Status and Term”. If you do not see “Pending Spring 2020” in this area, you must contact an HC Academic Advisor immediately. Contact us at email@example.com with any questions regarding your graduation plans.
NEW! Dean and Friends Discussion on Graduate School
All Honors College students are invited to a remote Dean and Friends discussion with Honors College alum Dr. Taralyn Tan on the topic of “Graduate school: what is a Ph.D., how do you become a competitive Ph.D. applicant, and what can you do with a Ph.D.?” this Tuesday, April 28 at 12:00 p.m. PST.
Tari graduated with her H.B.S. in biochemistry and biophysics in 2008, and then became a research technician at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston for two years, studying the neurobiology of pain. She entered the Harvard Ph.D. University Program in Neuroscience, graduating in 2016 after identifying novel pathways for specialized olfactory information in the mouse brain.
After completing an education-focused postdoctoral position at Harvard Medical School, she became the director of educational programming for the Harvard Ph.D. Program in Neuroscience and a lecturer on neurobiology at Harvard Medical School. In this role, Tari directs recruitment and outreach efforts, oversees and teaches within the graduate curriculum, and designs professional development programming for students and other neurobiology trainees. Tari also teaches undergraduate courses at Harvard College and Emmanuel College in Boston and runs a summer outreach program for Native American high school students.
This discussion will be held on Zoom; please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org to receive a link.
NEW! HC Wellness Wednesday: Financial Saving and Budgeting!
Financial well-being is important and a dimension of wellness that will be this week’s topic! Check out some YouTube videos below for tips and tricks for budgeting as a college student or during COVID and develop your own plan!
NEW! Tips From Students & Faculty On Connecting With Others From a Distance
While remote learning has many advantages, one big challenge is maintaining your engagement and connection to the college, faculty, and fellow students. It takes extra effort to stay connected. Consider the following advice from students and faculty of remote learning.
On interaction with instructors and fellow students:
- Connect on social media! Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, LinkedIn, and Twitter are already cornerstones of interaction for friends in real life. Social media is being embraced by professors, who encourage students to introduce themselves to classmates via Instagram or engage in course-related discussions using Twitter or Google Hangouts. Connecting with your peers who are comfortable doing so is a good first step to getting to know one another better and making friends in your remote course.
- Fully participate in Zoom chats or breakout rooms. This may be your only chance to have the kind of interaction you would normally have in a pre-COVID-19 class.
- Reach out to other students via Canvas messaging and ask a question or invite others to study in a group via a Zoom, utilizing zoom whiteboard features! Review Zoom tutorials on how to schedule here.
- Attend HCSAs remote programs weekly to connect with students outside of academics
Tips to Academic Success:
- Keep contact information handy! Contact your professor by attending office hours when you have a question. Contacting the HC office at 541-737-6400 will get you to the right person, no questions asked. Your HC advisor is available for appointments, drop-in hours, and email questions. They can connect you with tutoring, talk through study strategies, or connect you with other resources at OSU.
- If you are interested in formally structured study groups, check out the Supplemental Instruction (SI) schedule offered online through the Academic Success Center.
- Take care of your mental and physical well-being by taking breaks to move around, decreasing screen time and creating a physical space that promotes learning! The Academic Success Center offers a guide with more tips related to physical strategies!
NEW! Dean and Friends Discussion on Managing Through Crisis
All Honors College students are invited to a remote Dean and Friends discussion with Honors College alum Eric MacKender on the topic of “Managing through crisis” on Thursday, May 7 at 12:00 p.m.
Eric graduated in 2000 with a H.B.S. in chemical engineering and later earned his M.B.A. from Tulane University. He began his career at the Chevron Oronite Company chemical plant in Belle Chasse, Louisiana, and he has had several roles in commercial and research departments in Richmond, CA and Houston, TX for Oronite. In 2015, he became the planning and performance manager for Chevron’s supply and trading business, and in 2017, he returned to Louisiana to work at their Oak Point plant as, first, technical manager and, since 2019, operations manager. Eric is also a member of the Honors College Board of Regents, the college’s external advisory and leadership group.
This discussion will be held on Zoom; please RSVP to email@example.com to receive a link.
2020 Honors College Awards – Nominate an Outstanding Professor, Mentor, Community Member or Course
Did a professor inspire you to greater heights or change your perspective on the world? Did your thesis mentor go above in beyond in supporting you and opening up opportunities? Did you leave a class inspired and motivated? Is there anyone in the Honors College that you feel deserves to be recognized? If you answered yes or if you have a professor or class that you just love, please nominate them for a 2020 Honors College award! Nominations must include brief comments on what has made your experience particularly successful, meaningful, or impactful. Nominate here by May 11th.
UPDATED! TheSIS Stage 1 Workshops & Student & Faculty Mixers
The HC and HC Academic Advisors will continue to support students through all stages of the TheSIS process during the Spring 2020 term. Feel free to contact an HC Academic Advisor if you want to discuss the TheSIS, brainstorm ideas, or need assistance. Please feel free to contact us at any time here.
Stage 1 Thesis Workshops are on Zoom:
If you haven’t done it yet, now’s the time to complete the first stage of your Honors Thesis! Learn more about the possibilities and requirements for the Honors Thesis and create your personal thesis map in a 45 minute workshop.
You can view the full schedule of workshops and register online now for any one. You will receive a reminder and a Zoom invitation the business day before your workshop by email. You must register online to receive the conference link.
Week 5 workshops are:
- Thursday, 4:00 p.m.
- Friday, 4:00 p.m.
Student & Faculty Mixers – Spring 2020
Each one-hour long mixer will be hosted remotely via Zoom by an Honors College dean and be multi-disciplinary. Five to six faculty members from varying fields will present their work to all attendees followed by a Q&A session in their own breakout rooms.
The names and information of presenters for each session are listed on the Stage 2 website and below so you can choose a mixer with faculty or departments you are interested in learning more about. You can attend more than one mixer.
You must register online at least two business days before the mixer. This will allow us to contact you about which faculty member’s breakout room you would like to attend and send you the meeting link. Early registration is encouraged.
April 29: 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
- Jonathan Kaplan – School of History, Philosophy, and Religion
- David Biespiel – School of Writing, Literature, and Film
- Peter Betjemann – School of Writing, Literature, and Film
- Kyle Neimeyer – Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering
- Jason Ideker – Civil and Construction Engineering
- TBD – College of Business
May 7: 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
- Zach Price – School of Writing, Literature, and Film
- Josh Reeves School of Arts & Communication
- Lewis Semprini – Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering
- Shane Brown – Civil and Construction Engineering
- Bryony Dupont – Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering
- Jihye Park – Civil and Construction Engineering
May 13: 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
- Liney Arnadottir – Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering
- John Parmigiani – Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering
- Javier Calvo-Amodio – Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering
- Ryan Contreras – Agricultures Sciences, Horticulture
- Elizabeth Root – Speech Communication
NEW! Scholarships and Internships Information
- OSU Scholar Dollars – One application!
- Office of Student Access and Completion (OSAC) – One application for Oregon scholarships!
- Office of Financial Aid, Prestigious Scholarship and the OSU Career Development Center are great resources with free support for questions, applying and resume/cover letter coaching
- National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates – Work closely with faculty on a project, stipend granted and many different disciplines offered!
- STEM Undergrads – A search engine for federally-funded opportunities!
- Biomedical & Pharmacological Research Programs – Summer internships for those primarily interested in pursuing future schooling!
- NAAHP Opportunities – Medical, biomedical and health-oriented opportunities!
- International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering – Lists companies offering student internships, and even part-time and full-time employment opportunities!
NEW! Engineering Student Emergency Fund Application
Facing barriers to completing your degree? Apply now for financial support through the Student Emergency Fund.
U.S. Student Fulbright Program Now Open!
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or for English Teaching Assistant Programs. Candidates will submit a Statement of Grant Purpose defining activities to take place during one academic year in a participating country outside the U.S.
During their grants, Fulbrighters will meet, work, live with and learn from people of the host country, sharing daily experiences. The program facilitates cultural exchange through direct interaction on an individual basis in the classroom, field, home, and in routine tasks, allowing the grantee to gain an appreciation of others’ viewpoints and beliefs, the way they do things, and the way they think. Through engagement in the community, the individual will interact with their hosts on a one-to-one basis in an atmosphere of openness, academic integrity, and intellectual freedom, thereby promoting mutual understanding.
LeAnn Adam, OSU’s Coordinator for Prestigious Scholarships is available to support students throughout the application process! Contact LeAnn at firstname.lastname@example.org or schedule an appointment at the link here where you can find an online appointment scheduling link under “Contact Us.”
Honors College Differential Tuition and Emergency Grants
The Honors College recognizes that this may be a particularly challenging time for Honors College students and their families. We encourage students who are experiencing difficulty paying the costs associated with Honors College enrollment to apply for a one-term Honors College Differential Tuition and Emergency Grant.
Determinations will be made on a rolling basis and will consider both need and the likelihood of earning the Honors Baccalaureate. Inability to pay Honors College differential tuition or other costs this term should not be the primary barrier to any student’s successful graduation from the college or continuation as an honors student. Approved grants may be for the full HC differential tuition (currently $500) or a portion of it and are for one-term only. Grants will not be renewed for additional terms, but students can reapply.
Typically, students can only receive two Differential Tuition and Emergency Grant during their time in the Honors College, but during this period of crisis all applicants will be considered. See the application here for additional information.
2020 Hatfield Marine Science Center Student Awards and Scholarships
The Hatfield Marine Science Center is pleased to announce 2020 opportunities for various undergraduate and graduate student awards and scholarships to assist students in research and other scholarly endeavors. These awards and scholarships are the result of generous financial gifts from donors to the HMSC over many years. A summary of available awards is presented below. Please refer to the HMSC website for detailed information, including application requirements for each award here.
Professional Development and Job Opportunities
Spring Virtual Career Fair Coming Soon!
Students and employers will have the opportunity to participate in the Spring Virtual Fair, hosted by the College of Business and sponsored by the Career Development Center! The event will take place on April 30 from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. and/or May 1 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. This fair is open to all majors and industries. The link for student registration can be found here.
Beaver Connect Hiring Peer Mentors
The Beaver Connect program (formerly known as the Faculty-Student Mentor Program) is looking for Peer Mentors for 2020-2021!
This program will match you as a co-mentor with a faculty member in your college to lead crucial discussions on navigating college, achieving success, and getting more out of the OSU experience with a group of 3 – 4 new-to-OSU students. This is a paid position that will help you make connections with faculty and peers and develop resume-building leadership skills!
We are particularly interested in undergraduate students who identify as first generation, low-income, underrepresented, transfer, or have experience in the University Exploratory Studies Program. Want to find out more? Fill out our interest form here by April 30 to be added to our information sessions occurring later in spring 2020! Questions and accommodation requests can be directed to email@example.com.
NEW! OSU Digital Days of Service 2020
At Oregon State, we show up for each other because it helps our community flourish. Because it feels good. Because we can.
That’s why, even while we maintain our physical distance from one another, we’re continuing to celebrate Beaver Nation’s benevolence and creating a new format for Oregon State’s annual spring service tradition. Join together with your determined Beaver community for the first-ever DIGITAL DAYS of Service, from May 1 – 16.
In this time of great need, your unique talents and passions are pivotal to the strength of OSU and local communities facing heightened hardship. Are you a great mentor? Uplift budding professionals with your hard-earned expertise. Do you have a green thumb? Share your garden harvest with neighbors or local food banks.
Join or start a project today here. Then, wear your volunteer badge with pride. Share your story here to inspire friends, family and fellow Beavs to join the movement and make a difference in their community. Tell us about your project, why you chose it and how it felt to help others.
Let’s spread a cycle of courageous and generous action. Together, we’re stronger. #OSUDaysOfService
NEW! Now More Than Ever: A Call For Poems About Pandemic-Caused Hunger
Poetry X Hunger is urging poets to raise voices against hunger as it accompanies the pandemic. In response to the call for the Now More than Ever need for poetry that responds to pandemic-related hunger, several poets have sent us fine, moving work. Write a family-friendly poem in Word format of no more than 40 lines focused on some aspect of the pandemic on hunger and food insecurity. Possible topics include gratitude to those who are on the food security front lines, concern over looming hunger among vulnerable groups, and calls to action.
Send the poem along with a two-sentence bio and your picture to PoetryXHunger@gmail.com (this gives Poetry X Hunger permission to post your poem on its website and/or Facebook page). There is no deadline, but please send your poems as soon as you can! All the poems are available for use (with attribution) by anti-hunger organizations in messaging and appeals. If you have a second, you may want to check out and comment on some of the terrific poems that are posted here.
Beavers Belong Network
Beavers Belong is a support network for students, by students. Our program’s goal is to create connection, community and belonging through weekly peer-led groups. Spring term 2020 undergraduate student groups start week 3. For Mondays at 11 a.m., register here; for Thursdays at 5 p.m., register here. Graduate students group will start week 4, from Tuesdays at 12:00 p.m., with registration here.
We are also recruiting directors and leaders for 2020-21. Apply today at this link.
Student Care – When Life Happens, Text Us
When life happens, text us.
Student Care strives to help students and their families navigate challenging circumstances. We are grateful to our faculty and staff who continue to help our Beavers get the support they need when life gets tough. We have now expanded our services to include our Student Care Textline during the Spring term. If a student you know needs assistance from Student Care, please give them this number in addition to the other ways to access us. Our textline is monitored from 10 AM – 9 PM PST, Monday through Friday.*
*Our text line will help you with initial questions or concerns, and help you schedule an appointment with our support staff. If you are worried about the safety of someone, please email CAPS during regular business hours or call the crisis line (541-737-2131) after-hours.
Free Virtual Nutrition Counseling
Help the OSU dietetic interns get their internship hours so they can stay on track to graduate and join the healthcare workforce as Registered Dietitians. We’re offering 1:1 virtual counseling sessions over Zoom for OSU faculty/staff/alumni. Contact Michelle Bump at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested.
Registration for 2020 OSU Celebrating Undergraduate Excellence Is Now OPEN!
The Office of URSA is excited to announce that registration for OSU’s 2020 Celebrating Undergraduate Excellence (CUE) is now open!
CUE is an annual showcase for OSU undergraduates to present their research and creative projects to the OSU community. Undergraduates from all academic disciplines, in all years of study, and all stages of research or creative work are invited to present.
Due to changes in campus operations, and with respect for our need to remain socially distant, CUE will take the form of a virtual symposium this year. Each presenter will record a 3-minute lightning talk about their work and post it on a central Canvas page where the symposium will be hosted. The Canvas page will be distributed to OSU community members who will be able to view presenters’ recordings, ask questions, and engage in dialogue via the Canvas discussion board function. We hope this event will bring our community closer during this time of social distancing.
- The deadline for students to register to present at CUE is Friday, May 1st at 5:00 PM.
- The Canvas page will be made public for viewing on May 21 and 22nd (link to come!).
- Details and the registration link are available here.
Please mark your calendars to join us for this exciting opportunity to celebrate undergraduate excellence at OSU!
Call For Submissions: The Nature of Isolation
Spring Creek Project is launching a call for submissions, The Nature of Isolation, that invites writers and artists to explore their home ecosystems and reflect on the nature of isolation during the pandemic: What are you learning from the shelter of your place? What do house plants know about quarantine? What does your garden offer about mortality? What are you learning about renewal from the wilderness of sunlight and rain out your window? How is this microscopic virus changing the biome of your body and mind?
We welcome writers and artists of all experience levels to submit work to The Nature of Isolation in five categories by Monday, May 18.
- Poetry (up to 3 poems)
- Creative nonfiction (1 piece, 1,000 word limit)
- Fiction (1 piece, 1,000 word limit)
- Photography (up to 3 photos)
- Visual art (up to 3 pieces)
To learn more and submit your work, visit this link. A panel of judges will select submissions for inclusion in an online reading and exhibit.
These resources are available throughout the term.
HCSA/Honors X: Join Us Virtually
Meetings will be held every Monday from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. in Zoom Meeting ID: 360 964 580. All Honors College students are welcome to join!
HC Drop-In Advising Hours
Need help now? Drop-in advising is available remotely Monday – Thursday from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Use this link to access the Zoom sessions.
HC Graduate Teaching Assistant Spring Office Hours
Rachel Navratil, the HC Graduate Teaching Assistant, will be hosting office hours virtually via Zoom throughout spring term.
Whether you have a question related to the Honors College, OSU in general, or just need a friend to chat with, you may enter the office hour waiting room during the scheduled times by using this link here.
Rachel’s Spring Office Hours:
Monday: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Tuesday: 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Thursday: 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Thesis Stage 4 Help!
Feeling alone in the writing process? Assistant Dean, Ben Mason, will be holding virtual writing hours to support students in their final stages of the thesis process. Join him Fridays, through Week 7, from 2:00-4:00 p.m. in Zoom Meeting ID: 634 246 895 / Password: hc408.
UPDATED! BeaverPrint Credit For Spring Term And Student Computing Resources
During the period in which the SLUG is closed, the Honors College will be providing students with a $25 BeaverPrint credit upon request. Email email@example.com if you are interested in receiving this support.
The Milne student computer lab remains open to students residing both on and off-campus. If there are programs you typically use in a computer lab but can no longer access, the university is providing a virtual computer lab for completion of assignments and homework. See instructions for accessing this resource here.
NEW! CARES Act Emergency Aid Available for OSU Students
The Federal CARES Act has provided some emergency funding to Oregon State University to help students cover expenses related to COVID-19 disruptions. In addition, OSU has some donor-funded resources for students in need of support this term. Please review the OSU Office of Financial Aid homepage for additional information about eligibility and application procedures.
COVID Emails Sent to Students
The emails in this link were approved by the OSU Registrar to be sent to Student Communications listserves in the 2019-2020 school year. It provides a clear overview of emails sent to students regarding the OSU response to COVID-19 in the past few months.
Human Services Resource Center (HSRC): COVID-19 Resources!
During this challenging and uncertain time, it is more important than ever for the HSRC to find new ways to support OSU students and their families. We have quickly changed many of our processes and programs so that we can continue meeting students’ basic needs – this includes access to food, shelter, and other course related materials. We want you to know what our programs look like as we adapt to this new reality.
–Remote Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
One of the most impactful programs that helps fight food insecurity and serve as an effective retention strategy is SNAP. Because of this, we are ramping up our SNAP outreach and enrollment support. We also understand that these hardships do not impact everyone equally. We are proud to offer SNAP application support in nine languages. Our diverse and talented student workforce is ready to help students navigate the SNAP application – and help students find resources (food pantries, etc.) in whatever locations they will be.
Please visit the SNAP website for more information.
-Food Pantry and Grocery support
The HSRC will continue on-site food assistance at Champinefu Lodge for local students. This will include food boxes from our local food bank and “Healthy Beaver Bags.” Food box distribution will be Wednesdays from 10:00 – 3:00 p.m. Healthy Beaver Bags will be distributed Fridays from 12:00 – 2:30 p.m. and will only be available to members of the OSU community.
-Basic Needs Navigation and Emergency Housing
We are still doing Basic Needs support from Miguel with others on our team here. Emergency Housing is still available for eligible local students experiencing housing insecurity or homelessness.
CAPS COVID-19 Adjustments
Due to concerns about COVID-19 at OSU, CAPS is following Provost Feser’s recommendation to deliver our services remotely when possible.
-CAPS’ on-call clinic will operate regular hours (M-F, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. during the academic term,10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. during spring break), but on-call appointments will be provided over the phone (call 541-737-2131) starting Monday, March 16.
–If you are currently in crisis, please call CAPS to talk with a counselor (541-737-2131).
Please consider using the following resources to help you cope during these challenges.
Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19
Why Pandemics Activate Xenophobia
Taking Care of Your Mental Health in the Face of Uncertainty
How to Survive Coronavirus Anxiety
BEavers HERE NOW Drop-In Meditation Via Zoom
Enjoy a different 15 minute guided meditation each week! No experience necessary. All are welcome. Benefits of meditation include: stress reduction, better sleep, sharper concentration, anxiety management and happier relationships.
The meditation will be on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 3:00 p.m. Visit this link to access each session.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to coordinate extra credit for student attendance. Faculty and staff are welcome too.
Valley Library Resources
Below is information from the Valley Library regarding remote library services for students.
Course Reserves Online
We are working hard to get as many course reserves as possible available online. Due to unprecedented demand, and instability in our supply lines, some requests will take time. We are responding to them in the order in which they were received. For a quick and clear explanation about how this service works please visit this link.
Home Delivery Services
You can still access print materials while the library buildings are closed with Library Home Delivery. To find out how to place a request, and to get answers to common questions about this service, please visit the link here.
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