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Honors Daily Opportunities List

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Honors Daily Opportunities List, Thursday, November 19, 2009

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 submit an announcement for posting, please fill out the online form at www.honors.ufl.edu/honorsdaily.html . For more updates on the Honors Program, join our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter @UFHonors





Table of Contents


HONORS OFFICE ANNOUNCEMENTS
1.      ANNOUNCEMENT: Walk-in Advising Next Week (NEW POSTING):
2.      ANNOUNCEMENT: Drop Deadline / Advice about Dropping (NEW POSTING):
3.      SCHOLARSHIP / AWARD: Boren Scholarship Info Session (TODAY):
4.      SCHOLARSHIP / AWARD: SMART Scholarship-for-Service Program:
5.      RESEARCH: HHMI Science for Life Undergraduate Research Award Competition:
6.      STUDY ABROAD: Honors Summer Program in Greece through St. Mary's College (NEW POSTING):
7.      EVENT: Honors on Thursday: Study Abroad (NEW POSTING, TODAY):
STUDENT HONORS ORGANIZATION ANNOUNCEMENTS
8.      EVENT: Are You Smarter Than a Seminole? (NEW POSTING):
ACADEMIC ANNOUNCEMENTS AND OPPORTUNITIES
9.      ACADEMIC ANNOUNCEMENT: Master of Science in Finance Combined Degree Info Session:
10.     ACADEMIC ANNOUNCEMENT: Freshmen Engineering Fair (TODAY):
11.     ACADEMIC ANNOUNCEMENT: Business Plan Challenge:
12.     VOLUNTEER: Tennis on Wheels (NEW POSTING):
13.     VOLUNTEER: Game Day Recycling-FIU:
14.     VOLUNTEER: FAB Spaghetti Lunch and Applications (TODAY):
STUDENT ORGANIZATION ANNOUNCEMENTS AND EVENTS
15.     ANNOUNCEMENT: Start and end Shabbat at Hillel (NEW POSTING):
16.     ANNOUNCEMENT: Photo Gallery: Alternate Reality: The Everyday Sublime:
17.     EVENT: Yoga for Final Exams (NEW POSTING):
18.     EVENT: Recurso's Second Annual Human Rights Film Festival (TODAY):
19.     EVENT: Local Brew (TODAY):
20.     EVENT: University Gospel Choir Concert and CD Release:
21.     EVENT: Culture Clash:
22.     EVENT: Students for the Performing Arts Reception:







HONORS OFFICE ANNOUNCEMENTS

1.      ANNOUNCEMENT: Walk-in Advising Next Week (NEW POSTING):
Due to the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, there will be no Honors walk-in advising next week. Advising appointments will be limited as well.

2.      ANNOUNCEMENT: Drop Deadline / Advice about Dropping (NEW POSTING):
The deadline to drop a class is Monday, November 23 at 5:00pm. Unlike in years past, you do not necessarily need a form to drop a class. Rather, you must go to your college's advising office to drop the class. Honors advisors cannot drop you from classes. For your college advising office location, visit http://www.registrar.ufl.edu/soc/advisers.html

You have a limited number of drops at UF. Generally, you have two drops for your first sixty hours attempted at UF (not including incoming credit brought in through AP/IB) and two drops in upper-division. Hence it is not a good idea to use a drop lightly, as you may need it another semester in a true emergency.

Many people, including medical schools, recommend *not* dropping a course if you are earning a "C" or higher. A transcript littered with W's does not impress grad schools, med schools or prestigious scholarships competitions. On the other hand, those programs are not impressed with a D+ in a course you were too afraid to drop.

If you drop a tracking course for your major, the drop may set you behind for that major. Dropping a tracking course may also be an indicator that you are in the wrong major.

A full-time course load is 12 hours, and students need to be at least full-time for some scholarships and financial aid. If you are not sure about course load requirements for your situation, please check with the Student Financial Aid Office re general scholarships/Bright Futures or Fran Green ([log in to unmask]) re National Merit/Achievement Scholarships.

Students who are on Bright Futures must repay the cost of any courses dropped. For more information about Bright Futures repayment, contact Student Financial Affairs and not the Honors Program, as honors advisors are not financial aid advisors.

All the above being said, sometimes there is no other option and one needs to drop a course.  You should drop a course if you are clearly failing it (note, a "B" in a course does not equal failure).

3.      SCHOLARSHIP / AWARD: Boren Scholarship Info Session (TODAY):
A representative from the Institute of International Education will be speaking with interested students about the National Security Education Program (NSEP) David L. Boren Scholarships on Thursday, November 19 from 11:00am-12:00pm in 347 Reitz.

The Boren Scholarship provides a unique funding opportunity for U.S. students to study world regions critical to U.S. interests (including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East). The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded. Boren Scholars are awarded up to $20,000 for an academic year.

Additional information on preferred geographic regions, languages and fields of study and application procedures can be found at www.iie.org/nsep

For more information, please contact Martin McKellar at [log in to unmask] or contact Boren Awards at 1 800 618 NSEP or [log in to unmask]

4.      SCHOLARSHIP / AWARD: SMART Scholarship-for-Service Program:
The SMART Scholarship-for-Service Program is a highly-selective, prestigious, national program that fully supports education, including full tuition and a very generous stipend in the range of $25,000 a year for undergraduates and $41,000 for doctoral candidates, while they are in school. It also includes a book allowance of $1,000 a year, health insurance, summer internships, and travel fees for internships.

Students must be U.S. Citizens, able to obtain a DoD Security Clearance, and be willing to work in a defense laboratory upon graduation. There will be approximately 300 new awards this year. The application deadline is December 15 for Fall 2010 starts. Applications must be done on-line at www.asee.org/SMART

5.      RESEARCH: HHMI Science for Life Undergraduate Research Award Competition:
The HHMI Science For Life Undergraduate Research Award allows talented, motivated, and responsible students at the University of Florida to get a rapid start in research and connect with the most outstanding faculty mentors at UF as early undergraduates. Research projects often continue much for much of the awardee's undergraduate career, and many of the projects undertaken lead to undergraduate co-authored publications within peer-reviewed scientific journals or presentations at national meetings.

This award is one of the best ways of enhancing your ability to win other prestigious awards at UF including the Fulbright and Churchill Scholarships. As well, you will be a more appealing candidate to graduate and professional school selection committees as well as employers within private industry.

Other benefits include:

-Greatly enhanced letters of recommendations.
-Participation in special campus events and poster sessions.
-$2000 Award Stipend, which may be applied to your research, participating in scientific meetings, or extracurricular activities related to your research.
-A $500 publication award for each co-authored paper submitted.
-The $2000 SFL Matching Program for off-campus research.
-Eligibility for the $10,000 Provost Scholar Award to perform research at any location worldwide.
-Preferred Status in the HHMI SFL Extramural Research Award Program.

Apply at http://sfl.chem.ufl.edu/apps/intramural.html

6.      STUDY ABROAD: Honors Summer Program in Greece through St. Mary's College (NEW POSTING):
The public honors college St. Mary's College of Maryland is once again sponsoring a 3-week summer study tour to Greece.

Professors Linda Hall (History) and Michael Taber (Philosophy and Religious Studies) are planning the fifth St. Mary's Greece Study Tour, on the theme of Law and Order: Greek and Roman Unit. Check out the website about the study tour:  http://www.smcm.edu/greece/

There is a description, a syllabus, an itinerary, photo galleries from past years, cost information, and applications. Applications are due January 28, with first payment of $1650 due by February 12.

This is an upper-division course that assumes no particular prior coursework-either in classics, in ancient conceptions of law and justice, or the like. But it is a course-not just a fun trip, and we hope to continue to have a range of disciplinary interests represented by the students.

Students other than those in honors programs or honors colleges are welcome to apply, too. Any students who apply should do so in full realization of a credit-bearing academic experience.

If you are interested in finding out more about this opportunity in addition to the information on the website, get in touch with Professors Hall or Taber via e-mail ([log in to unmask] or [log in to unmask]).

7.      EVENT: Honors on Thursday: Study Abroad (NEW POSTING, TODAY):
Interested in studying abroad? Want to know what programs are available to you? Think you don't have time in your schedule as a pre-health or engineering student? Then come out to Honors on Thursday: Study Abroad this Thursday, November 19 at 7:00pm in Hume Commons. Representatives from the UFIC will be there to provide tons of info, and you'll get the chance to talk to students from all different majors who have studied abroad. There will be different foods from different countries, so don't miss out!






STUDENT HONORS ORGANIZATION ANNOUNCEMENTS

8.      EVENT: Are You Smarter Than a Seminole? (NEW POSTING):
Come out to Hume Commons this Sunday, November 22 from 5:00-7:00pm to prove once and for all that you are smarter than an FSU honors student. This 1 v. 100 style game show will test us all against one unlucky Seminole, so the more players we have, the better! Don't miss out on a chance to win points for your column and dominate the Seminoles!





ACADEMIC ANNOUNCEMENTS AND OPPORTUNITIES

9.      ACADEMIC ANNOUNCEMENT: Master of Science in Finance Combined Degree Info Session:
The Master of Science in Finance (MSF) Combined Degree Program, designed for highly motivated and bright undergraduate students, enables students to: earn both their bachelors and masters degree within four years, take graduate finance courses in lieu of some undergraduate courses, and attend PhD faculty taught classes alongside MBA students. MSF students place in some of the most competitive areas of investment banking, corporate finance and wealth management.

The program is currently looking for students on track to complete their undergraduate degree in Spring 2012. 2011 graduates may also qualify, and 2013 graduates are encouraged to get incorporated in MSF activities that are open to all students. Math, Economics, Finance and Accounting majors should consider this program.

The next Interest Session will be Monday, November 23 at 8:30am in Stuzin 200. For more program information see, www.cba.ufl.edu/msf.  The program contact is [log in to unmask]

10.     ACADEMIC ANNOUNCEMENT: Freshmen Engineering Fair (TODAY):
Come out to the Freshmen Engineering Fair on Thursday, November 19th between 5:00 and 7:00pm at the Graham Area Rec Room. The Freshmen Engineering Fair is an event hosted by the Freshmen Leadership Engineering Group and will feature speakers from the Engineering Ambassadors, Tutoring Zone, Society of Women Engineers, Benton Engineering Council, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, and many other organizations. Come enjoy an evening of free food, games, and fun, all while learning about what opportunities are available to you as a freshman in the College of Engineering.

For more information, visit our Facebook group at http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=163372018228

11.     ACADEMIC ANNOUNCEMENT: Business Plan Challenge:
The Innovative Social Impact Initiative at UF's Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation and the Office of Sustainability at UF are pleased to announce the 2010 NetImpact-Walmart Sustainability Better Living Business Plan Challenge.

Make your plans now to participate in the Business Plan Competition in January. Business Plans (and Presentations) due January 20. Finalists selected January 25. Finalist presentations on January 29. Winners will advance to the regional competition and have the chance to win the opportunity to present at WalMart headquarters in Bentonville, AR with a grand prize of $20,000.

Student teams (both graduate and undergraduate) are encouraged to develop a sustainable, profitable business plan for a new product or business process with a measurable positive environmental benefit.  This could include preserving clean air, water, and soil; reducing waste; improving energy efficiency or developing renewable energy ideas; and promoting healthy living for people and communities.  Plans and presentations must quantify their ability to provide benefits in one or more of the above areas.

More information is available online: http://www.cba.ufl.edu/fire/entrepreneurship/cei/socialimpact.asp

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Kristin Joos, Coordinator of UF's Innovative Social Impact Initiative, [log in to unmask]

12.     VOLUNTEER: Tennis on Wheels (NEW POSTING):
Are you interested in gaining valuable volunteer experience? Like working with kids? Tennis on Wheels is a student organization that volunteers at local elementary schools. TOW works primarily with kids with disabilities. No prior tennis experience is required, just one hour of your time.

Explore the website at www.uftennisonwheels.com and contact us at [log in to unmask]

We need volunteers for our session this Friday, November 20 at 12:00pm. Transportation is provided, and prepare to be dropped back on campus by 2:00pm. Sign up to volunteer by e-mailing us.

13.     VOLUNTEER: Game Day Recycling-FIU:
The TailGator Green Team is a fun way to raise money for your favorite student organization while helping UF reduce its waste on game days. Join the Gator Green Team Facebook group for more information, or inquire at [log in to unmask]

14.     VOLUNTEER: FAB Spaghetti Lunch and Applications (TODAY):
Do you like to eat lunches? Do you like to eat spaghetti lunches? Do you like to eat cheap spaghetti lunches? If so, Florida Alternative Breaks has the perfect meal for you! Enjoy a full-course spaghetti lunch with student leaders involved in promoting social change this Thursday, November 19, from 11:00am to 3:00pm at the UF Christian Campus House (1 block N of Univ Ave, behind Stadium Club). Tickets are $5 in advance and $6 at the door. Tickets will be on sale November 16-18 at the Reitz Colonnade and Plaza of the Americas, or can be purchased at the Center for Leadership and Service in Peabody Hall. All profits from the lunch will fund students traveling to perform community service.

FAB is still accepting applications for its spring break service trips. Spring trip applications are being accepted on a first-come, first-served basis and can be found online at http://www.leadershipandservice.ufl.edu/studentorgs/fab/





STUDENT ORGANIZATION ANNOUNCEMENTS AND EVENTS

15.     ANNOUNCEMENT: Start and end Shabbat at Hillel (NEW POSTING):
As usual, Hillel will be having Shabbat services on Friday at 7:00pm, followed by free Kosher dinner at 8:30pm.

On Saturday, we will gather shortly after the FIU game to end Shabbat. At 5:00pm on Saturday, students can choose between one of two options: a yoga class or a learning discussion followed by a short Ma'ariv service. Then we will all come together at 6:15pm to sing songs and do a short Havdallah service, which officially marks the end of Shabbat. Saturday's program has something for everyone, whether you like stretching, singing or simply starting the week feeling refreshed and energized!

All events are located at Hillel, 2020 W. University Ave. (across from the O'Connell Center). Please contact [log in to unmask] with any questions.

16.     ANNOUNCEMENT: Photo Gallery: Alternate Reality: The Everyday Sublime:
Until December 4, "The Gallery" on the second floor of the J. Wayne Reitz Union hosts the photography of UF student David Boynton. His undoctored photos promise to reveal a new perspective on the mundane. Please join us for this unique experience.

"The Gallery" is free and open to the public Monday-Thursday 9:00am-9:00pm; Friday-Sunday 9:00am-6:00pm. Gallery reception Thursday, November 19.

17.     EVENT: Yoga for Final Exams (NEW POSTING):
The Bhakti Yoga Student Association presents: Yoga for the final exams: Stress reduction methods from Bhagavada Gita. Just in time for finals - this crash course in yogic philosophy will discuss tapping into inner peace in the midst of stressful situations. The seminar speaker is Kalakantha Das, the Krishna chaplain of UF. After the seminar we will have Hatha Yoga Exercise and free veg food for all.

The seminar is on Monday, November 23 from 5:00-6:00pm in Graham Gallery. After that we will have Hatha yoga exercise from 6:00-7:00pm.

18.     EVENT: Recurso's Second Annual Human Rights Film Festival (TODAY):
Recurso would like to cordially invite all of you to our second annual Humans Rights Film Festival! There will be documentaries showing at 8:00pm from November 16-November 19. They will be shown in the auditorium across from the Grand Ballroom at the Reitz Union.

Monday: Rethink Afghanistan.
Tuesday: The Rescue.
Wednesday: Water First.
Thursday: Slavery- A Global Investigation.

Come out and experience the real world.

19.     EVENT: Local Brew (TODAY):
Support local! Come out to the Orange & Brew on Thursday, November 19 at 8:00pm to see Gainesville's own shoegaze band Savages as they headline this week's brew. Opening acts include local psychedelic rockers City River and alternative rock band Acid City Line hailing from Miami. What better way to spend your Thursday than getting all this local love for free? For more info on this event, join us on Facebook or check us out online at www.union.ufl.edu/rub

20.     EVENT: University Gospel Choir Concert and CD Release:
The University Gospel Choir anxiously anticipates the release of their first album in 16 years, titled "Unrestricted Praise!" The album will be introduced to the public and sold on November 21 at UGC's annual free fall concert. The choir has worked diligently to produce a CD with all original songs that will showcase their talent, uplift and encourage individuals with their high-energy and captivating songs.

Please join us this Saturday, November 21 in the Grand Ballroom of the Reitz Union for a free concert. The doors open at 6:30pm. The album will be sold at the concert for $10.

For more information visit universitygospelchoir.com or contact Public Relations Director Cortney Whitlow at [log in to unmask]

"Music is our ministry, Inspiration is our goal!"

21.     EVENT: Culture Clash:
Lakeside Complex, in collaboration with Graduate Family Housing, would like to welcome you out for its first annual Culture Clash. On Sunday, November 22, we will celebrate the diversity of the University of Florida and the surrounding Gainesville community through cultural performances, food and games from around the world.

This event will take place from 1:00-7:00pm at the Lakeside Complex which is located on the corner of Museum and Radio Rd.

We also ask that you try to bring a can for Food For Kids. Publix is matching our donation so we want to get as much as possible.

There is no need to RSVP - just come out and enjoy the event. If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail us at [log in to unmask]

22.     EVENT: Students for the Performing Arts Reception:
You're invited to learn about unique chances to get involved with the arts at the University of Florida Performing Arts in a fun, interactive environment! Our reception will feature free refreshments & food, a raffle of exciting prizes and an invaluable opportunity to mingle other arts enthusiasts.

The reception is taking place on Sunday, November 22 at 4:00pm at the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. Admission to the event is free upon presenting your Gator 1 ID!

For more information, RSVP to our Facebook event!





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