Honors College E-News

February 22, 2016

♦♦♦♦♦ IN THIS ISSUE ♦♦♦♦♦

Spotlight: LaVita Williams • Mentors • Grease

Advising: Foundations • Keystone

Academia: Grace and Grit • Catalyst • IRB

CUR: UGS • Eagle Wings • Grants • Posters in the Rotunda • SPUR

Events: Grad Photos • Workshops

Summer: Field School • Gilman Scholarship

Leadership: CBCF • Washington Center • MUW at Columbus

Services: On-Campus Support Groups

HC: Science Fair • Request for Pics • Contact Us

♦♦♦♦♦ SPOTLIGHT ♦♦♦♦♦

Congratulations LaVita Williams!

Honors Scholar LaVita Williams, a junior in the College of Business, has been awarded a $5000 Gilman Scholarship to study Spanish in Costa Rica this summer! The Gilman Scholarship is fiercely competitive and we are very proud!
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Are you a T-Bird or a Pink Lady?

The Honors Ambassadors are happy to host movie night for the Honors College! They will be showing the movie GREASE and will be providing popcorn and rootbeer floats.

Sunday, February 28 | 3 p.m. | Luckyday Room

Honors College Advisement for Fall 2016

Honors College Advisement has begun! All Honors Scholars are required to meet with an HC advisor to ensure that they are staying on track in the curriculum.

•Currently a freshman? Click “Current Foundations” below to schedule an appointment. Please remember that enrollment in ACTIVE LEARNING CLASSES IS BY HC ADVISOR PERMISSION ONLY—so come in for advisement soon.
•Currently a sophomore? Click “Keystone Transition”!
•Currently a junior or senior? Click “Current Keystone”!

Note: Students currently enrolled in HON 300 (Research Forum) will be advised during the class meeting Tuesday, March 1.

•If you can’t find an appointment with Stacey Ready or Paula Mathis that works with your schedule, you may make an appointment with Kaycee McMullan at the links below.

Current Foundations (Rising Sophomores)

Fall 2016 Foundations Advisement with Stacey Ready begins Monday, February 22.

Keystone Transition (Rising Juniors)

Foundations-to-Keystone Advisement with Paula Mathis - February 24, 25 and 26 only.

Current Keystone (Juniors and Seniors)

Fall 2016 Keystone Advisement with Paula Mathis begins Monday, February 22.


Grace and Grit with Lilly Ledbetter

Lilly Ledbetter is a pay equity activist and the inspiration behind the "Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act," which Congress passed in 2009. She has taken huge strides for the equal pay movement and her Act is making it easier for women to seek redress for pay discrimination in the workforce.

Today, she is an advocate for women and minorities seeking to claim their civil rights.

Tuesday, March 1 | 6:30 p.m. | Bennett Auditorium

Applying for IRB Approval

The Office of Research Integrity is hosting this semester's final ORI workshop!

Jennifer Downey and Samuel Bruton will be presenting at noon. Lunch is available for pre-registered attendees! Please register here.

For questions please contact Jo Ann Johnson at 601.266.5997 or joann.johnson@Usm.edu.

Tuesday, March 1 | 11:30 a.m. | Cook Library 123 (map)

The Catalyst is asking for submissions!

This multidisciplinary undergraduate research journal of USM is launching its first new issue this semester and is looking for admissions from undergraduate students.

If you have a paper that you would like to see published in the journal, please visit the journal’s submission page and follow the listed steps.

•For more information or any questions please contact Editor-in-Chief J.D. Rimann or visit their home page!

♦♦♦♦♦Center For Undergraduate Research Opportunities♦♦♦♦♦

Undergraduate Symposium

The Undergraduate Symposium on Research and Creative Activity is an annual event showcasing outstanding work from both campuses, with top presenters earning cash prizes. The submission portal for the 2016 Undergraduate Symposium is now open! View the 2016 categories.
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For more information on any of the programs offered by the Center for Undergraduate Research give them a call or check out their webpage: usm.edu/research.


2016 Honors Graduates

Photo Services will begin taking individual photographs of all 2016 Honors graduates--spring, summer, and fall--in early March.

•Tuesday, March 1 | 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

•Wednesday, March 2 | 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

•Thursday, March 3 | 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

We in the Honors College are very proud of you, and the photo will help us remember you after you’ve moved on; remember to smile and say Latin Distinction!

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Student Success Workshops

New Student and Retention Programs is hosting two workshops for your success here at USM.

Careers and Majors | March 8

Memory and Finals Prep |April 12

Stay tuned for more information!

Interested in More Events?

For more events , click this link!

♦♦♦♦♦ Summer Opportunities ♦♦♦♦♦

Deadline on Study Abroad Scholarship

March 1: Gilman - Pell Grant eligible, Summer/Fall 2016 and Academic Year Exchange 2017

Schedule scholarship advisement with Robyn Curtis today!

USM Archaeological Field School

May 31 - July 1

•The Department of Anthropology and Sociology is offering two courses (ANT436 and ANT439) this summer on the Winterville Mounds in the Mississippi Delta.

•For more information please contact Dr. Ed Jackson.

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Congressional Black Caucus Foundation

The internship programs through the CBCF prepare college students from all over the nation to become principled leaders, skilled policy analysts, and informed advocates through experience with legislators and leaders in all branches of government.

Three internships are available this summer with several scholarship opportunities for interested students.

•For more information visit their homepage, or contact Jaylen Hackett at: jaylen.hackett@eagles.usm.edu.

The Washington Center Program

Students interested in a dynamic internship experience in Washington DC this summer should make an appointment with Robyn Curtis to learn more about the academic program. Spend ten weeks in Washington DC gaining hands-on experience in a variety of fields. Participants earn 9 credit hours and there is some scholarship assistance.

Mississippi N.E.W. Leadership Program

Aspiring young women leaders at USM are invited to apply for the Fourth Annual Mississippi N.E.W. Leadership Program, co-sponsored by the Stennis Center for Public Service and Mississippi University for Women (MUW). This five-day, four-night residential program begins May 23 at the MUW campus in Columbus.

Deadline: March 1, 2016


On-Campus Support Group Information (Tel: 601-266-4829)


Volunteer Opportunity at the Science Fair

Two regional Science Fairs are being hosted on campus this semester! The winners of the fair will represent our region at the state and national level! To make this happen they need volunteers. Those who help judge or assist the staff at either of the fairs will be given volunteer hours.

•February 26 | High School Fair

•April 6 | Elementary Fair

For more information on the upcoming fairs and to sign up as a judge, visit their home page!