Honors College E-News

September 28th, 2015

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The 2015 Professionalization Series

Introducing a new professionalization series, designed with Honors College students in mind. Join us for any or all of these workshops, which will help you with everything from what to wear to an interview to what makes a good resume and how to prepare for graduate or professional school. It’s never too early, and never too late!—to begin thinking about what lies beyond Southern Miss!

This Wednesday the series will begin with discussing Professional Etiquette!

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Space is limited for all events in the series, so please let us know which sessions you’ll attend by signing up below.

Professional Etiquette

Graduate/Professional School

Cover Letter/Résumé


Interviewing/Job Hunt

Honors Fall Party!

Join us for an evening of free food, music, and fun! Featuring the Theater 7 band. Come and take a break from this busy semester with us.

Day: Sunday, October 4

Time: 4-6 PM

Location: Honor House

Honors College Profit Share at McAlister's

Come out and support the Honors College Ambassadors by attending their profit share with McAlister's Deli located on Hardy Street - Thursday, October 1 from 5-9 PM! All you have to do is stop in for dinner and tell them you are there to support the Southern Miss Honors College!


Advisement for Foundation Honors Students

Spring Advisement for Foundation Honors students has started! Students may make appointments with either Stacey Ready or Kaycee McMullan. Appointments for advisement are to be scheduled through You Can Book Me. Please note that advising is required.

Advisement for Keystone Honors Students

Honors Keystone Advisement begins Friday, September 25. Please use the link available here - to schedule an appointment with Keystone Adviser Paula Mathis. In the event Ms. Mathis isn’t free at a time you prefer, you may book an appointment with Ms. Kaycee McMullan using the same link.

NOTE: Students currently enrolled in HON 300 will be advised in a small group setting during the regular HON 300 class meeting time on Tuesday, September 29.

New Honors Class for Spring!

Looking for an interesting Honors elective? What about a class that will give you new ways of looking at and thinking about the upcoming presidential election? Dr. Marcus Coleman (Interdisciplinary Studies and Communication Studies) will offer a special topics class, "Civic Engagement and the 2016 Election" (IDS 350H, T/Th 1-2:15).

As a way to explore the concept of civic engagement, this class will engage texts that highlight the intersection of politics and culture in U. S. history, with emphasis on the 20th century. Students will develop critical thinking and writing skills as well as knowledge of U. S. political history. Though this class will focus primarily on political communication, mass communication theories will be included where relevant.

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Communication Skills Workshop

On Friday, October 9 from 1:00 to 5:00 PM (Thad Cochran Center Ballrooms I and II), Mandi Stanley, a certified speaking professional, will lead a communication skills workshop entitled Hair-on-Fire Presentation Skills: How to Speak Confidently and Compellingly Anywhere, Anytime.

Mandi is a funny, engaging speaker and author whose clients include major corporations such as McDonalds USA, the NFL, and the US Air Force. This event is open to the entire university community including graduate and undergraduate students, faculty, and staff. Those who have class or commitments and are unable to attend the entire workshop can come and go as necessary. For more information, click here.




Study Abroad Scholarship Deadlines Are Approaching

Students who are planning to study abroad should contact Robyn Curtis as soon as possible to set up scholarship advising as deadlines are approaching.

The deadline for the Gilman Scholarship (Pell Grant eligible students) for Spring 2016/early decision Summer 2016 is October 6th.

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Graduating STEM (including STEM education), psychology or social science seniors should consider applying for the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. The NSF GRF provides three years of portable full-funding for a research-based graduate program. You must be planning to pursue a career in research/industry. Any field which involves seeing patients or clients is not eligible. You can find a list of eligible fields here.

Students interested in the NSF GRF should book an appointment with Robyn Curtis ASAP. If you are unsure if the NSF GRF is right for you feel free to email Ms. Curtis to get more information.

Eagle SPUR Awards for Undergraduate Research

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Want to know how to write a successful SPUR proposal?

Dr. Douglas Masterson (College of Science and Technology) will offer two sessions of a workshop guiding students through the proposal preparation process.

Thursday, October 1 (4pm), The Speaking Center

Friday, October 2 (2pm), The Speaking Center

Both sessions will be simulcast at the Gulf Park campus (location to be announced). The deadline for Eagle SPUR is October 15th.

McNair Scholars Program

Dear Honors College Students:

The McNair Scholars Program is recruiting now for a select group of new students. Please consider applying for the McNair Scholars Program. Students will receive a $2800 stipend, a GRE prep course, GRE fee waivers, and a variety of other worthwhile benefits including summer tuition and a housing stipend.

If you are interested, please come to the McNair Scholars Program office in 201 McLemore Hall to pick up an application. The deadline for application submission is Friday, October 2, 2015 by 3:00 p.m.

Thank you,

Dr. Susan Bourland

Program Director

Interested in Presenting Research on Capitol Hill?

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Lemelson-MIT Student Prize

Are you part of an undergraduate research team that is working on tech-based solutions in healthcare, transportation, food/agriculture, or consumer devices? You and your team may be eligible to compete for the 2016 Lemelson-MIT Student Prize, worth $10,000.

Contact Dr. Weinauer for more information!


Pulitzer Prize-winning Rick Bragg commenced the 2015-16 University Forum with a full house at Bennett Auditorium!

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