The Weekly News

Monday, October 15, 2018

Honors News

Tonight: Pumpkins and Pastries

Fall is here! Come join UHSA tonight from from 6-8pm in Bruininks 114 for our Pumpkins and Pastries event! Enjoy some free sweet treats while carving/painting/decorating pumpkins. We will provide the pumpkins, carving utensils, art supplies, and of course, the pastries. Questions? Contact Jordan Schmitting.

Wednesday: Pet Away Worry and Stress (PAWS) in Middlebrook!

Dogs, cats, chickens, oh my! Come Pet Away Worry and Stress with the PAWS therapy animals! A special Honors session will be held in the Middlebrook Terrace Room this Wednesday 12:00-1:30pm. We’ll see you there!

Wednesday: Meet Astronaut Curt Brown in the UHP Office!

Colonel Curt Brown, veteran of 6 Space Shuttle missions -- 3 as pilot and 3 as commander -- is the Chairman of the Board of the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation. If you would like to talk experimental aircraft, the future of space flight, how to give orders to John Glenn, how to win an Astronaut Scholarship, or simply want to shake a hand that has been in outer space, drop by our office in 390 Northrop between 3-4:30pm on Wednesday, October 17th.

Statement of Purpose Workshop

Are you interested in a Master’s or PhD program? Join UHP on Wednesday October 24th from 4:00-5:00pm in Northrop 240 for our Statement of Purpose Workshop. We’ll break down the basics and answer any questions you may have about writing a great statement! Reserve your seat today.

Pie With Professors

Are you looking for a way to connect with faculty outside of the classroom? What about enjoying some delicious pie? Join us for our first Pie with Professors event of the year! We’ll be in the Middlebrook Terrace Room Thursday October 25th from 6-7pm. The concept is simple: Honors students and Honors faculty - sharing ideas & sharing pie. See you there!

Tour the Federal Reserve With UHSA

Do you like money? What about Hamilton? Join UHSA on Friday, November 2nd for a trip to the room where it happens: a guided tour of the Federal Reserve, featuring a special exhibit on Alexander Hamilton! We’ll meet on campus at noon, and light rail fare to the Federal Reserve will be provided. Space is limited, so be sure to RSVP here. E-mail Jordan Kleist with any questions. We hope to see you there! 


Other News and Opportunities

The Gaither Junior Fellows Program

The Gaither Junior Fellows program at the Carnegie Endowment for Peace provides the opportunity for recent graduates to work with senior researchers at the Endowment on international projects. Applications for a university nomination are due December 7.

Sophomore/Junior STEM Students: Goldwater Scholarships

Planning a career in research?  Applications for Goldwater Scholarship nominations are due November 19, but first you have to start and application.  Go to the Goldwater website and start your pre-app now.

Seniors: Internships for After Graduation

Interested in an internship abroad after graduation? Check out fellowship programs with Princeton in Asia, Princeton in Africa, and Princeton in Latin America for opportunities to work in education, global health, economic development, and other areas.  Deadlines in late October and November.

Want to Develop Your Skills in a Critical Language?

Critical Language Scholarships pay for a 10-week intensive summer course in a foreign country.  Arabic, Mandarin, Russian, Hindi, and other languages are covered.  Applications are due November 27.

The Tower Magazine Call for Submissions

Calling all undergraduate student writers and artists! The Tower magazine is open for submissions! Send your creative work to the art and literary magazine of the Twin Cities campus; deadline is December 11.

Now Accepting Applications: 2019 University of Minnesota McNair Scholars

The goal of McNair Scholars is to give undergraduate students intensive, faculty-driven research experiences and prepare students for entry into graduate school. During the 10-week summer research program, students will receive a $3,500 stipend to conduct research with a professor, develop a quality research paper, receive guidance through the graduate school process, and present research at poster sessions held on campus. First-generation students or students from unrepresented groups who have a GPA of 2.75 or higher are encouraged to apply. Learn more at an information session and apply online.

CIA Information Sessions

Interested in a career with the Central Intelligence Agency? Come learn more about the CIA, potential internship and full-time job opportunities, and the application process at an information session on Tuesday, October 16 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. The CIA is currently seeking undergraduate and graduate students from all fields of study to fill open positions in a wide range of more than 100 occupations. Learn more on GoldPASS.

Winter and Spring Study Abroad Application Deadlines Approaching

Several winter and spring study abroad applications close this week, and many more have approaching deadlines. From Melbourne to Morocco and Kenya to Korea, learn more and apply to make your study abroad dreams a reality.

Swipe Out Hunger

"Have a meal plan? Don't forget to donate up to 2 guest passes during Swipe Out Hunger's Fall Donation Drive from October 8th to October 19th! Swipe Out Hunger is a student organization working to combat food insecurity by istributing donated meal swipes to students facing food insecurity. Do some good today and donate online at


Campus and Community Events

Tuesday: In the Field - Conversations with Creatives

Tuesday, October 17, 4pm, Weisman Art Museum: In the Field: Conversations with Creatives is a Wednesday night program at WAM that engages students, staff, faculty, and community members in the local creative sector. The aim of the event is to create a welcoming environment to facilitate networking and professional development for students pursuing a career in the arts. The program will consist of a presentation followed by a reception to continue discussions and make meaningful connections. Learn more on Facebook and Register in advance.

Wednesday: 2018 Silha Lecture - The First Amendment and #MeToo

Wednesday, October 17, 7:30pm, Humphrey School, Cowles Auditorium: The Silha Center's 33rd Annual Lecture, "The First Amendment and #MeToo: will feature Theodore J. Boutrous, who recently filed a defamation lawsuit on behalf of actor Ashley Judd against film producer Harvey Weinstein. Boutrous will consider the #MeToo movement and First Amendment issues in light of how social media platforms disrupt traditional First Amendment doctrine. This event is free and open to the public. More info. 

Thursday: Luminaries Speaker Series - Driving Change on a Global Scale

Thursday, October 18, 12pm, Northrop, Best Buy Auditorium: From the Paris Climate Agreement to the Clean Power Plan, environmental issues — and contentious debates — have been front and center in the Trump administration. Individuals on both sides have dug in their heels, and there’s little appetite for finding common ground. But is there another way forward? This event will bring together two of the country’s most influential young leaders — Benji Backer, founder of the American Conservation Coalition, and Caroline Weinberg, co-founder of the March for Science — for a conversation with Ensia publisher Todd Reubold. Together they’ll discuss the role of science in policy-making and what it will take to find common ground on critical environmental challenges given our hyperpartisan landscape. More information on the event and to reserve your spot today can be found here.

Friday: The River at Our Doorstep

Friday, October 19, 9pm, Northrop Auditorium, Best Buy Theater: The University of Minnesota Minneapolis campus is located on the banks of the Mississippi River, one of the great rivers of the world. The river has been the subject of study, research and course instruction across a variety of disciplines, as well as an important recreational and visible asset for the University community. But how might the University reciprocate the value it gets from its proximity to the river? What can our teaching, research, and programs offer to the river and the people and organizations that work for its future? Listen to a panel discussion moderated by Kate Brauman of the Institute on the Environment, and offer your thoughts on this wide-ranging topic. This event ties into the We Are Water exhibit on view at the Institute on the Environment from October 12 through November 26. More info.

Friday: Asian American Superheroes

Friday, October 19, 2pm, Appleby Hall 311: Have you ever thought “WOW, it’d be awesome if Superman was Asian American”? What if Superman’s greatest strength wasn’t his love for humanity but his ability to make the crispiest egg rolls? What if he drives a wicked Civic and struggles with discrimination at the workplace? What if he is still trying to understand his identity as an Asian + American + ALIEN?! Join us for a discussion featuring a panel of pop culture enthusiasts/students Muajyeej Vang, Hlee Xiong, Kongmeng Yang, Michael Thao, and Asian American Studies instructor John Matsunaga around what it means to have Asian/American superheroes (yes they do exist) and Asian/American representation in popular culture. Free and open to all. Snacks provided. More info.