Weekly E-Newsletter

Vol. 6, No. 11 - Nov. 9, 2010
UK AMSTEMM Program Office, 113 Bowman Hall, Lexington, KY 40506-0059 Phone: 859-257-2613, E-mail: AMSTEMM@uky.edu
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In this Issue
Note from the AMSTEMM Advisor/Coordinator Scholarship Opportunities Research Opportunities & Fellowships SPUR Career Center Events Important Events & Opportunities Academic Resources

Note from Sue Scheff, AMSTEMM Advisor/Coordinator
Hello! Only a little over five weeks of school left – it is hard to believe. For first & second year students, I hope you have had the time to meet and get to know your peer mentors this year. They can be a big help in selecting classes, advice on instructors, preparation tips for finals, and much, much more. If you need to know who your peer mentor is, please e-mail me suescheff@uky.edu. If your peer mentor calls or emails you, please reply and let them know how things are going at UK! We are excited about our “WINTER FEST” scheduled for Wednesday, December 1st in the Student Center Ballroom, 4:00 – 7:00p.m.!! Mark your calendars and plan to attend. More information in next week’s newsletter.

Scholarship Opportunities

Gaines Fellowship Information Session - An overview of the Gaines Fellowship and application process will be presented. Light refreshments will be served. 4pm, Tuesday, November 16, Commonwealth House, 226 E. Maxwell Street. Applications are now available at http://www.uky.edu/ OtherOrgs/GainesCenter/prospective_fellows.html. The deadline for applications is 4 pm, January 14, 2011. Each spring the Gaines Center accepts a small number of outstanding undergraduates to receive a yearly stipend and to spend their final two university years at the Center as Gaines Fellows. Sophomores from all disciplines are encouraged to apply. To learn more, come to the above-mentioned information session and check out our website. Contact the staff at the Gaines Center for more information about the program or application process by phone at 257-1537, or by email: Dr. Robert Rabel (rrabel@email.uky.edu), Dr. Lisa Broome-Price (lisa.broome-price@uky.edu), or Colleen Horne (chorne@email.uky.edu).

Truman Scholarship $30,000 for graduate school plus leadership and academic mentoring. Are you a [future] CHANGE AGENT AND LEADER? Do you want a career in PUBLIC SERVICE OR GOVERNMENT? Do you want to MAKE A DIFFERENCE locally, nationally, globally? Are you a Junior (1 year before graduation) and US citizen with a 3.0 GPA or better? UK may nominate up to 4 students for this award. About 60 scholarships are awarded nationally each year. UK nomination application deadline: 4pm Wednesday, December 1, 2010. Check out www.truman.gov and contact Dr. Lisa Broome-Price, Office of External Scholarships, lisa.broome-price@uky.edu, for more info and an application for nomination. Applications are now open for the Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE CSGF) at https:// www.krellinst.org/doecsgf/application/. This is an exciting opportunity for doctoral students to earn up to four years of financial support along with outstanding benefits and opportunities while pursuing degrees in fields of study that utilize high performance computing technology to solve complex problems in science and engineering. Benefits of the Fellowship: $36,000 yearly stipend, payment of all tuition and fees, $5,000 academic allowance in first year, $1,000 academic allowance each renewed year, 12-week research practicum at a DOE Laboratory, yearly conferences, career, professional and leadership development, renewable up to four years. Applications for the next class of fellows are due on January 11th, 2011. For more information regarding the fellowship and to access the online application, visit http://www.krellinst.org/csgf.

The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program encourages outstanding students to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering and to foster excellence in these fields. The award provides the cost of tuition, fees, books, and room and board, up to $7,500 annually (2 years for sophomore recipients, 1 year for junior recipients, defined by years remaining to degree). For more information: http://www.act.org/goldwater/. Application deadline: January 27, 2011.

Research Opportunities & Fellowships

CUR Posters on the Hill will be held April 13, 2011 in Washington, DC. CUR is calling for students to submit an abstract of their research that represents any of CUR's disciplinary divisions (Arts and Humanities, Biology, Chemistry, Geosciences, Health Sciences, Mathematics/Computer Science, Physics/Astronomy, Psychology, and Social Sciences). Abstract submissions will be accepted using our on-line submission form. Prior to submitting the form, students should gather the contact information for all co-authors, advisors and sponsors, prepare a short vitae/resume, and poster abstract. A document listing the information required for submission can be found by visiting: http://www.cur.org/pdf/poh%20application% 20information.pdf. For more information please visit: http://www.cur.org/pohcall.html Please be sure that both portions are submitted by November 15, 2010. For more information about the Posters on the Hill program, please visit http://www.cur.org/postersession.html. **Please note, applications from UK students for the CUR-Posters on the Hill may be submitted by listing Ms. Bessie Guerrant as advisor (and CUR member) on the recommendation letter, along with that of the mentoring faculty as co-advisor. Contact Ms. Guerrant at (859) 257-6322 or bguer00@email.uky.edu.

American Physical Society Announces Travel grants for Undergraduates Presenting at The Future of Physics Days: APS is excited to announce they are providing a limited number of travel awards to help more undergraduates experience the excitement of presenting at the March and April 2011 APS Meetings! The Future of Physics Days (FPD) events will be held at the March Meeting in Dallas, TX, and the April meeting in Anaheim, CA. DEADLINE for the March meeting is November 19, 2010. For additional information visit: http://www.aps.org/programs/education/undergrad/students/futurephysics/ NIH Funding Opportunity- NIH Early Independence Award Program: Early Independence Awards are targeted to exceptional junior investigators with the intellect, scientific creativity, drive, and maturity to flourish independently without the need for traditional post-doctoral training. Early Independ-ence Award projects will receive up to $250,000 in direct costs each year for up to 5 years. Junior scientists must identify a host institution. Alternatively, institutions may actively recruit exceptional junior scientists to apply for these positions. An institution may elect to host an applicant for this program with the commitment to a position being con-tingent upon receipt of the award. These awards will be very selective, and each institution may only submit two applications. The deadline for submitting Early Independence Award applications is January 21, 2011. For more information visit: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-RM-10-019.html

Society for the Promotion of Undergraduate Research
Join the Society for the Promotion of Undergraduate Research (SPUR): An active student organization that seeks to provide opportunities for undergraduates interested in engaging in scholarly work with faculty. We serve as student mentors, host workshops, panel discussions, and the Showcase of Undergraduate Scholars.

SPUR website: http://www.uky.edu/eureka/spur SPUR email: SPUR.UK@gmail.com SPUR is also on Facebook under groups.

Career Center Events
MAJOR AND CAREER EXPLORATION QUICK QUESTIONS *Located in Student Center near Starbucks MBTI Personality Assessment *RSVP required via Wildcat CareerLink EMPLOYERS SPEAK SERIES Careers in Government November 10 | 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. *Stuckert Career Center TAKING A GAP YEAR Nov. 17, 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., Stuckert Career Center

November 10 | 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

ENTREPRENEUR DAY November 12, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Do Something Awesome: Turn Your Idea Into Business! Alumni House, Lower Level

November 15 | 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Strong Interest Inventory Assessment *RSVP required via Wildcat CareerLink

November 30 | 3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. James W. Stuckert Career Center DROP-IN HOURS First come, First served 408 Rose Street | Lexington, KY 40506- 0494 P: (859) 257-2746 | www.uky.edu/CareerCenter

Tuesday - Thursday 12 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Important Events & Opportunities

SACNAS ("Advancing Hispanics/Chicanos & Native Americans in Science") chapter organizational meeting will be held at 6:00 PM on Tuesday, November 9th will meet on the 2nd floor of Main Building in the Lexmark Room – if interested in seeing a chapter on UK’s campus, please attend. http://www.SACNAS.org

Do Something Awesome: Entrepreneurship Seminar, November 12th, 2010, 9 AM – 4 PM, King Alumni House (corner of Euclid and Rose). Lunch is provided. For more details: http://www.dosomethingawesome.awesomeinc.org/ . Brought to you by the Stuckert Career Center and Awesome Inc. The Entrepreneurship Seminar is designed to inspire and educate students about how to start a business. The Seminar will not only be entertaining and enjoyable but it will inform people of the resources they have at their disposal to get started (including those organizations specific to the state of Kentucky). Most importantly it will connect current and aspiring entrepreneurs with each other and those that want to help them, and have them start to strategically analyze their idea if they have one, or help them come up with one if they don’t. To pre-register, RSVP to the event on Wildcat CareerLink. It is listed under the Events tab and is listed as a Workshop/Event.

The University of Michigan will host their annual Engineering Graduate Symposium on Friday, Nov. 12, 2010, www.engin.umich.edu/ gradsymposium. Travel grants are available for prospective Ph.D. students (flights/mileage, hotels, local transportation, meals). Junior level students will have the highest level of priority. Applicants must reside within the United States. Students should be within 1-2 years of attending graduate school and have a strong interest in research. Those who are invited to attend this fall program will have all their expenses paid. Full details can be found on the website. Students should submit their completed applications by late September: Travel grant application: http:// www.engin.umich.edu/academics/gradprograms/gradsymposium/travelgrants.html

Men & Women of Color Leadership Conference, Nov. 12-13, 2010. Networking, speakers, workshops, student panel discussions all promoting academic excellence, building coalitions, career awareness, diversity education, empowerment, leadership development. For more information, visit www.indiana.edu/~moc.

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SPUR is hosting a Panel Discussion: "How to Get Involved in Undergraduate Research” on November 18 from 6-8 pm, in the Gallery of the WT Young Library. Kentucky Student Rural Health Association - Solutions for Kentucky - 2010 Rural Health Forum. 7 to 9 PM on Friday, November 19. UK Student Center Room 230 NCUR: 24th National Conference on Undergraduate Research, March 31-April 2, 2011. Abstract Registration: http://www.ithaca.edu/ncur2011/information/dates/. Submission Deadline: November 19, 2010. Get ready for the National Conference on Undergraduate Research at Ithaca College in the spring of 2011!

Are you looking for a great opportunity to network and gain more information on your potential career field? Look no further. ProfessionaPalooza is a full day conference for students in business and engineering on Sat., Nov 20th 11:00-7:30 p.m. The conference includes seminars by employers (i.e., Enterprise, Kraft, Premier Real Estate, Brooks Brothers, Northwestern Mutual, DMD Data Systems) in a variety of fields. Further, Dr. Labianca will discuss the benefits of Gossip in the Workplace as the keynote speaker for ProfesionaPalooza. Also, students will have an opportunity to network with employers over a lunch and dinner, as well as through an employer expo. Brooks Brothers will culminate the day with a fashion show. If you are interested, please register on-line at the website http://professionapalooza10s.eventbrite.com.

For Juniors! Have you considered beginning Master level classes next year along with your remaining undergraduate major requirements? Many students are not aware of this opportunity. Requirements include: 1) 2) 3) 4) Have an overall GPA of 3.2 or higher Have a major GPA of 3.5 or higher Have senior standing by the first semester of the combined Bachelor’s/Master’s program (90 or more earned hours) Be finished with University Studies requirements by the first semester of the combined Bachelor’s/Master’s program

5) Apply to the Graduate School with the addition of completing the University Scholars form to note how graduate level coursework will count for transcript and tuition purposes. More information is available in the UK Undergraduate Bulletin and the UK Graduate Bulletin. Please see http://www.scribd.com/doc/39595648 for undergraduate information or http://www.scribd.com/doc/39595669 for graduate information for more information.

Academic Resources

UK Counseling Center: are you confused about your major, experiencing anxiety about upcoming tests, feeling lost and alone here on campus? Don’t waste another minute..drop in to the UK Counseling Center, 201 Frazee Hall and attend a workshop or talk with a counselor. 859.257.8701

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Visit Academic Enhancement's "The Study"! Offering a variety of tutoring for different subjects, academic consultations from AE's staff, exam reviews and more. All for FREE. The schedule as well as a full list of services offered can be found at: http://www.uky.edu/UGS/study/. FREE Tutoring in Ingles Hall 6:00 - 8:00p.m. every Monday. Advanced math courses, physics, and engineering courses included. UK Writing Center: Located on the 5th floor, west stacks of Young Library. Open M-Th 10-2; F 12-2, and Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 6-9pm. Offers individual consultations on any writing project at any stage in the process and are happy to meet regularly, even every day, if needed! It is a free service offered to all students, faculty and staff.

Mathskeller: The center is a computing and mathematics learning center of the Mathematics Department and the Mathematical Sciences Computing Facility at the University of Kentucky. The center is located in CB 63, which is close to the loading dock in the basement of White Hall Classroom Building. The Math Resource Center is open from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Friday. Faculty, Graduate Students, and Undergraduate Assistants for 100 level courses hold office hours in the Mathskeller. http://www.mathskeller.com/ Campus Libraries: The library system maintains a humanities, social sciences and life sciences collection in William T. Young Library as well as subject libraries in several colleges and departments around campus, each library holding materials related to the particular discipline it serves. There are 16 libraries, find them at: http://www.uky.edu/Libraries/branches.php The Medical Center undergraduate mentoring program seeks to connect undergraduate students to current students, faculty and alumni in each of the graduate and professional programs in the Medical Center colleges by holding regularly scheduled sessions where undergraduate students can hear from and connect to current students. These sessions are meant to allow students time to interact, ask questions, seek answers and build relationships that can be beneficial for both the undergraduate or prospective Medical college student, and the current student with whom they connect. 6:30-8pm: November 18th (Student Center 251). For more information, contact: Christopher L. Johnson, chris.johnson@uky.edu.

MATH 109 Exam Review Sessions will be in the Business and Economics building on the following dates: Sunday, November 14 from 3-5 Room 205 Sunday, December 12 from 3-5 Room 205 The sessions, hosted by SSS, will be run by a tutor and will be working on past exams. If you are interested in attending please email valerie.rister@uky.edu by Friday before the review sessions.

CHEMISTRY 105 Exam Review Sessions will be in the Business and Economics building on the following dates: Sunday, December 12 from 3-5 Room 205 The sessions, hosted by SSS, will be run by a tutor and will be working on past exams. If you are interested in attending please email valerie.rister@uky.edu by Friday before the review sessions. CHE 105 Review Sessions: (sponsored by Chemistry Department) Tuesday, November 9th 5:00-5:50 PM CP-139 Tuesday, December 7th 5:00-5:50 PM CP-139

The General Chemistry Learning Center is staffed by Chemistry graduate student teaching assistants. The Learning Center is located in CP-25 in the basement of Chem-Phys. The schedule for the learning center will be posted on the door to CP-25 and in Blackboard under “Course Help” on the left-hand menu. If any teaching assistants are particularly unhelpful, please report their names to your instructor.

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Chemistry Help Sessions: An instructor will offer help sessions on Tuesdays from 5:00 - 5:50 PM in CP-139 the week of each examination. Attendance at these help sessions is voluntary but highly recommended. Chemistry Private Tutors: A list of names of Department of Chemistry staff (usually graduate students) willing to be paid tutors for general chemistry can be obtained from the General Chemistry Office (CP-120). SAACS (Chemistry Student Organization) Officers and Members can tutor or mentor students free of charge. Simply stop by CP-144 if interested.

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Student Support Services 2010 Fall Workshops: Please RSVP: email valerie.rister@uky.edu GRE Exam, Free - Saturday November 20, 9am in the Student Center Room 203 MCAT-DAT Review Summer Workshop, University of Louisville, July 5 - Aug 3, 2011. Free residential intensive review program. Books, materials, housing and a meal stipend provided for eligible participants. Application cycle: Nov 1, 2010 - Mar 1, 2011. Email klfarm02@gwise@louisville.edu for an application or call 502-852-8109.

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