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Subject: The Honors Daily Opportunities List 12-04-03
From: "Dickison, Sheila" <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Dickison, Sheila
Date:Thu, 4 Dec 2003 13:22:07 -0500

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The Honors Daily Opportunities List is an official UF e-publication sent to
all students who entered UF as an honors student.  Opportunities listed
range from those for freshmen to seniors. To have your event listed, submit
the info on the form at

The Honors Daily Opportunities List
Thursday, December 4, 2003


1. UF Symphony Orchestra Concert (TODAY)
2. Tribute to Turkish Bombing Victims
3. Study Abroad in Paris at the UF Paris Research Center
4. SHO Lecture: "Biology in Pop Culture" (TODAY)
5. JSU Hanukkah Party (TODAY)
6. Register Now for the Women's Leadership Conference
7. Junior Honors Medical Program Info Session
8. Hearts for the Holidays
9. Invited to Join an Honors Society?
10. CRC Forum for Foreign Language Majors (TODAY)
11. Applications for Honors Ambassadors
12. Summer Internship Program in DC (Georgetown)
13. Two Closing Events for UF's 150th Celebration
14. Beineicke Scholarship (for the Arts, Humanities and Social
15. Historic Homes Tour
16. Message From Prof. Duran re Research Opportunities (Science and
Engineering Majors)


Dec. 4 @ 8pm at the
University Memorial Auditorium (TONIGHT!)The UF Symphony Orchestra will
present their second concert of the
semester- "A Nordic Saga" on Thursday night.  The concert will
feature clarinet soloist Mitchell Estrin on the Crusell Concerto.
Prof. Estrin is the Associate Professor of Clarinet at UF and a
former member of the New York Philharmonic (in which he played for
25 years!).  His sweet tone and stunning technique will promise
for a truly amazing performance!  The program will also include
Grieg's Peer Gint Suite No. 2 with guest soprano soloist Brenda
Smith, and Sibelius's En Saga.  Don't miss the next to last
Symphony Orchestra concert of the semester.  (Note:  Many Honors
students are members of this large ensemble group).

2. TRIBUTE TO TURKISH BOMBING VICTIMS: In light of the recent bombings of
the synagogues and the British offices in Istanbul, Turkey, students at the
University of Florida will be hosting a memorial ceremony for the victims.
Members of UF's Turkish, Jewish, Christian, and Muslim communities are
expected to attend.  Along with the ceremony, there will be supplies to make
cards for the survivors and the families of the victims, and the cards will
be sent to Istanbul.  The candlelighting ceremony will take place on the
Plaza of the Americas, Friday December 5th at 12:45 p.m.   It will last
approximately 20 minutes.  Please show your support, light a candle, and
make a card!  For more information, email Shelley Rood at [log in to unmask]

Earn UF credit while participating in unique study experiences with
professors of distinction! There will be a meeting for all students
interested in study abroad in Paris at the UF Paris Research Center next
Wednesday, December 10th at 4pm in 260 Florida Gym. The information session
will cover SPRING BREAK programs, MAY programs and SUMMER A and B programs.
Don't miss it! if you are already in the application process or plan to
apply, please let us know ASAP at [log in to unmask]

4. PROFESSOR LECTURE SERIES: On Thursday, December 4th at 7:30 PM the SHO
Academic Committee will present Dr. Greg Pryor who will lecture on "Biology
in Pop Culture." He will use of examples from popular culture (TV, movies,
and music) to teach the basic principles of biology. Very current examples
of celebrities and movies will be included in the presentation. The event
will take place in the Hume Classrooms and free pizza and refreshments will
be served after the lecture! This will be a very entertaining event for
science and non-science majors, so do not miss it!!!

5. The 32nd Annual JSU HANUKKAH PARTY promises to be the best yet! Please
come out this Thursday, December 4th, at 8:30 PM at the Chabad House* to
help celebrate.  This year's theme is a Luau, so please come dressed in your
best Hawaiian or Luau outfit.  There will be tons of free food and drinks
including Latkes and apple sauce, Chicken, Salads, a noodle dish, and tons
of desserts including fruits and doughnuts.  A live DJ will be present and
for the first time, ice sculptures to help us get in the winter mood.  The
event is open to everyone for free.
       While the event is at Chabad, the event is not religious.  But,
please keep in mind, that Rabbi Berl and his family are letting us have the
party there.  Please do not wear anything too provocative.  Chabad is
located at 2021 NW 5th Ave.  (5 blocks north of campus)  If you are driving,
from North-South Drive on campus, make a left onto University Avenue and go
to the first light.  At that light, make a right.  Go 5 blocks north and
turn right onto NW 5th Avenue.  Chabad is located between 20th and 21st
across from the elementary school playground.

6. REGISTER NOW for the 17th Annual Women's Leadership Conference on
February 8th, 2004! This year's conference will feature special speaker
Charlotte Mathers, UF's first female student government president, as well
as over thirty unique workshops to choose from. For registration
information, questions and comments please contact the Women's Leadership
Council at <> or [log in to unmask]
<mailto:[log in to unmask]>.

Cummunicore Building, C1-7 at 5:00 PM
Topics: 1) Application process explained in detail; preliminary
applications; secondary applications; letters of recommendation; personal
essay; interviews 2) Description of the program 3) Criteria required for
eligibility to apply 4) Q & A with Dr. Ira Gessner, Chair of the Medical
Selection Committee 5) Q & A with current JHMP students. If you are planning
to apply for Fall 2004, you will need to attend this information session in
order to pick up your application to the Junior Honors Medical Program.
Please remember to request a copy of your transcripts soon after the Fall
semester has ended and be sure the official transcripts are in a sealed
envelope from the Registrar's Office. Hold on to the sealed transcripts
until you are ready to submit them with the JHMP application. If you are not
yet eligible to apply, it would still be useful to go to the session to find
out about the program and the process.

8. HEARTS FOR THE HOLIDAYS: It's that time of year!  Through Dec. 10,
Friends for Life of America will be doing "Hearts for the Holidays," a
program that sends holiday cards all over the country to children with
cancer. Last year over 10,000 children received cards, this year the goal is
to send cards to hospitals in every
state. Tables will be in Turlington and the Reitz Union Colonnade, so come
out and make a card!
More info at

9. INVITED TO JOIN AN HONORS SOCIETY? Have you been recently invited to join
an Honor Society?  Here is a link to help you make that decision:  This site discusses how to
judge the credibility of an honor society and there is a link to the
Association of College Honor Societies.  I can speak on behalf of Phi Beta
Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi as to their credibility and prestige beyond
college--they are both very prestigious.  Another thing to keep in mind is
that it does not impress anyone to join a whole lot of these organizations.
I would pick one or two, if invited, and then get actively involved. That's

Workshop Series for Liberal Arts and Sciences is held at 4:05 pm in the
Career Resource Center Classroom: I'm Majoring in a Foreign Language...What
Are My Career Options?; Thursday, December 4th @ 4:05 pm. For more
Information, please contact Farouk Dey at [log in to unmask]
<mailto:[log in to unmask]> or Rachel Spier at [log in to unmask]
<mailto:[log in to unmask]>

Ambassadors will be available beginning this Thursday, December 4th, at
Tigert 140 and at the Hume desk. Applications will be accepted at Tigert 140
ONLY beginning Tuesday, January 6th. The deadline for applications is
Friday, January 9th at 4pm. Questions? Contact President Geoff Stirling at
[log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]>

12. SUMMER INTERNSHIP PROGRAM IN DC: Do you know students interested in
interning in Washington DC next Summer?  "Live, Learn and Intern" is an
academic and internship program that offers undergraduate students the
ultimate Washington, DC summer experience.  Substantial scholarship funding
is available specifically for students from NCHC member schools!!
300 students come to the nation's capital for eight weeks in June and July
and live and study at Georgetown University.  Students can learn more by
visiting the web site and apply online at  Early
deadline for applications is January 15th; final deadline is March 15th.
Intern on Capitol Hill, with federal agencies, foreign embassies, nonprofit
organizations, trade associations, political organizations, policy groups,
corporate lobbying offices and top media outlets; Participate in weekly
lectures and take classes (for a total of 9 transferable credits) at
Georgetown University; Attend site briefings at the White House, House of
Representatives, foreign embassies and State Department. This is a great
package program in that it finds your internship, registers you for classes
and sets up housing for the summer. Generous cholarships available! (Please
note that this is one of a number of summer programs in DC.)
Students can visit our web site and apply online at
Please contact [log in to unmask] if you have any questions regarding the
programs or application process.

13. TWO CLOSING EVENTS FOR UF's 150th CELEBRATION:The UF Sesquicentennial
Committee invites everyone to attend two closing birthday events in
December. On Sunday, December 7, a sesquicentennial closing reception will
take place from 5:30-6:45 pm outside the Phillips Center for the Performing
Arts. National, state and local proclamations will be made at 7 pm, followed
by the annual Sounds of the Season concert inside the center. The event is
free and open to the public, but tickets are required and are available at
the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts box office. For more information
about tickets, please call 392-ARTS.
On Wednesday, December 10, the university will hold a UF birthday bash at
the Reitz Union Grand Ballroom from 12-2 pm. There will be free box lunches
for the first 700 people, and the ceremony will include guest speakers, a
performance by the University Gospel Choir, the screening of the new UF
history film, Dream Machine, and plenty of birthday cake for everyone. For
more information about both events, please contact Karen Willis at
[log in to unmask] or 294-2003.

14. BEINECKE SCHOLARSHIP for graduate study in arts, humanities, and social
sciences (college juniors): The University of Florida has been invited to
participate in the very prestigious Beinecke Scholarship Competition. Each
year 100 colleges and universities are asked to nominate one student, and 22
Scholarships of $32,000 each are awarded. ($2000 for the senior year; the
rest is for graduate school). The scholarship is awarded on merit (not need)
and is highly competitive. To be nominated, students must have demonstrated
superior standards of intellectual ability, scholastic achievement and
personal promise during their undergraduate career. Students must be a
college junior who expects to graduate between December 2004 and August
2005, and plans to enter a master's or doctoral program in the arts,
humanities or social sciences. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen and have a
documented history of receiving NEED-BASED financial aid during their
undergraduate years. The application consists of a short application form, a
current resume, three faculty letters, a personal statement of 1000 words
describing the candidate's career aspiration, a transcript, and more.
Finally, the application also includes a certification of eligibility and a
Financial Data Sheet certifying that the student qualifies for need-based
financial aid. The UF deadline is February 20, 2004 to 140 Tigert Hall, and
students who are planning to seek the UF nomination should e-mail Jeanna
Mastrodicasa at [log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]> to indicate their
intention to receive advising assistance. You can find additional
information on the scholarship and application package at . Questions?
Contact Dr. Dickison in the Honors  Office in 140 Tigert Hall.

15.  HISTORIC HOMES TOUR: The Alachua County Historic Trust: Matheson
Museum, Inc. presents a stroll through 9 century- old houses in
Gainesville's Southeast Historic District; Sat, Dec. 6, 6-9 pm.  Tickets
($8 for Museum Members and $10 for general public) and maps will be
available the night of the event at the museum, 513 E. University Ave.
For more info. call 378-2280.

Program students at UF: As the spring term starts, I wanted to encourage all
students in the Honors Program to get involved in undergraduate research and
here are several options to consider:
First, consider signing up for research for credit at UF. You commit to
spend an agreed-on number of hours each week for one semester helping out in
one of the many research groups on campus. What you get is course credit
through IDH4905 or IDH4917 (or through a course number within the individual
department) direct interaction with a professor and graduate students, and
some very valuable experience to help you best compete for the other
programs below. You also get a chance to observe what graduate students and
faculty in these departments actually do and often a better sense of whether
this would be a good choice for you. Many undergraduates find that working
in, for instance, a lab full of chemistry graduate students helps them get
the help they need to easily excel in their chemistry classes. Remember that
one of the great things about UF compared to virtually all small private
colleges in the US is that our research facilities are WORLD CLASS; take
advantage of this! Several semesters of "A" grades in such undergraduate
research courses look great on a transcript no matter what your future plans
are. To learn more, stop by the Honors Office, or simply arrange an
appointment with your favorite professor and ask about research for credit.

Second, the University Scholars Program is a great means of obtaining a
$2,500 award to do a research project at UF over the summer. More
information is available at   <>
Third, UF is very fortunate to have 7 National Science Foundation-sponsored
Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Sites on our campus. These
highly prestigious programs recruit students from UF, across the US and some
international students for high-level undergraduate research projects over a
summer, typically after the junior year. Students generally receive $3,000
or more plus housing for the summer and live with other undergraduates from
different colleges and universities around the US. The REU Sites are:

The US/France Site, recently extended by NSF for an additional 4 years sends
students to some of the best research laboratories in France (Paris,
Strasbourg, Bordeaux, and more) for projects in the area of chemistry and
related areas. French language skills are not required, but premedical and
pre-professional students are not encouraged to apply. Note that a Rhodes
Scholar was recently named from one of the participants in this program so
it is really top notch!!

The Whitney Marine Laboratory near Saint Augustine has REU projects in the
area of Biochemistry/Marine Biology.

The Chemistry Department at UF has projects in all areas of chemistry,
materials chemistry, and biochemistry. Students in Chemistry live with a
group of French undergraduates who come to do research at UF each summer.
Premedical and pre-professional students are not encouraged to apply.

The Physics Department at UF has projects in all areas of physics.

The Psychology Department at UF has projects in Psychobiology.

The Engineering Research Center at UF has projects in Particle Science.

The Electrical Engineering Department has projects in Robotics/Machine

More information is centralized at

Finally, the National Science Foundation sponsors hundreds of other REU
Sites in many science disciplines all across the USA. Most UF undergraduates
are eligible to apply at these sites after their sophomore or junior year
(and research for credit or one of the other programs above helps
enormously). More information is at

Sheila Dickison
Director, University Honors Program
140 Tigert

You can search the Archives (previous issues) of the Honors Daily
Opportunities List at <>

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