Honors College E-News

October 12th, 2015

_____________Gulf Park Edition_____________

♦♦♦♦♦ SPOTLIGHT ♦♦♦♦♦

Homecoming Party at the Honor House!

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University Forum

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The Physics of NASCAR

This week's University Forum will feature Physicist and Author, Diandra Leslie-Pelecky. Dr. Leslie-Pelecky received undergraduate degrees from the University of North Texas in philosophy and physics. She then went to Michigan State University where she received a PhD in condensed matter physics. If you would like to read more about Dr. Leslie-Pelecky, click here.

The forum will be held at Bennett Auditorium, Tuesday at 6:30 pm.

Honors College Shirts

If you haven't already filled out our order form, please go to http://goo.gl/forms/uvX5c0qWtu. The deadline to complete the form and turn in your money is still Friday, October 16th. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to e-mail me at gary.mcdonald@eagles.usm.edu. *Gulf Coast students can also give their shirt payments to Paula Mathis this Thursday, October 15th from 10-4 in Hardy 316.


Advisement for Keystone Honors Students

Honors Keystone Advisement for Gulf Coast students will be held on Thursday, October 15. Please call the Honors College office, at 601.266.4533, at your earliest convenience and schedule a time to meet Keystone Adviser Paula Mathis. Appointments are available in 30-minute intervals beginning at 9. The meeting will be held in Hardy 316.

*Gulf Coast students can also give their shirt payments to Paula Mathis this Thursday, October 15th from 10-4 in Hardy 316.




MS Water Security Institute – Watch for It

May 16-28, 2016, the SMBHC will run the first of three yearly Mississippi Water Security Institutes, funded by the Robert M. Hearin Foundation. Honors students from all majors and from each honors college in Mississippi’s public universities, will be invited to apply for the Institute, to be held on the campus of the University of Mississippi. The MS WSI is for smart young people who want to learn about and help solve difficult questions around what is likely to be one of the most critical resource issues of the 21st century – water availability and quality. Preference will be given to rising sophomores and juniors who can continue their involvement in water security through advanced coursework and/or independent research in their majors.

Participants in the two-week Institute will receive a $1,000 stipend, plus food and lodging. Interested students (and faculty) are strongly encouraged to talk with Dr. Cliff Ochs, Director of the MS WSI, to learn more about the Institute’s aims.

Alternative Fall Break Volunteer Opportunity

This year’s alternative fall break focuses on cultural immersion and service. The Center for Community and Civic Engagement will take students to Houma, La., Oct. 22-24 to learn about the Unitied Houma Nation – a group of Native Americans living in the area. Service projects will involve restoring historical walking paths and replanting native plants in the area.

Cost for the trip is $125. Sign up here.

For questions, email Harry.Wadsworth@eagles.usm.edu or stop by Hub 104.


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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.

Need help managing citations?

Looking for a more effective way to manage citations for your next major research project or paper? Drop in for a series of workshops on two free citation management tools: Zotero and Mendeley.

Two session will be offered later this week:

Gulf Coast Library, Room 213
Wednesday, October 14 at 10:30 a.m.


Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, Caylor Building Classroom 104
Wednesday, October 14 at 2:30 p.m.

For more information, contact Elena Azadbakht at Elena.Azadbakht@usm.edu or 601.266.6424.

Interested in swimming with Dolphins in Honduras?

May 21st- June 4th, 2016 -- Join Dr. Stan Kuczaj, Director of the Mammal Behavior and Cognition Laboratory at USM, and participate in studies of dolphin communication and social interaction at the Roatan Institute of Marine Studies.

Visit usm.edu/study-abroad or contact Dr. Stan Kuczaj.

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