Students from all academic disciplines will be presenting posters documenting the research they completed both at UP and at other institutions across the nation this summer. Students will be sharing their results from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 2 in both the Franz Hall Lobby and in Shiley Hall’s 3rd Floor Atrium. Please come show your support of our students and their work. This summer research celebration is sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement. For more more information, please contact Michele Leasor at firstname.lastname@example.org or x7857.
All faculty are asked to encourage their students who had on- or off-campus research experiences this past summer to apply to participate the third annual Summer Research Poster Session by Tuesday, October 4. The application is available at this link.
The Summer Research Poster Session will occur on Wednesday, November 2, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the Franz Hall lobby and Shiley 3rd Floor Atrium. All are welcome to come see the amazing research opportunities many of our students had this past summer, both at UP and all across the nation and world. Students will be presenting posters of their work and will be available to answer questions about their research.
For more information contact Michele Leasor at email@example.com or x7857. The Summer Research Poster Session is sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement.
Faculty members are invited to serve as Honors Program mentors, according to director John Orr, assistant provost. Faculty mentors assist with selecting the incoming honors class and are assigned two incoming honors student mentees and are encouraged to meet with them on a regular basis during their first two years at the University.
Those who would like to learn more about being a mentor starting next fall are asked to contact Michele Leasor at 7857 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Faculty members interested in offering one of the Honors Program reading courses during the 2017-2018 academic year are invited to send a course proposal to program director John Orr by Monday, October 24. Honors students, in their junior and senior years, take two one-credit-hour readings courses. Courses are limited to 15 students and are offered pass/no pass. Team-taught courses are particularly welcome. Proposals should include a course title and brief description.
For more information, or to submit a proposal, contact Michele Leasor at email@example.com.
The National Science Foundation made a significant change to their eligibility guidelines for the Graduate Research Fellowship Program this year, according to Michele Leasor, Office of Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement. Graduate students can apply only once for the grant, as opposed to twice in the past. The end result is that seniors going to graduate school and planning careers in research should be strongly encouraged to apply. They will be more competitive than in the past and the senior year will be the only time that they get the practice of completing the application.
Please encourage your bright and high-achieving students who are going into a field funded by NSF to consider applying. Deadlines for 2016:
- October 24: Geosciences, Life Sciences
- October 25: Computer and Information Science and Engineering, Engineering, Materials Research
- October 27: Psychology, Social Sciences, STEM Education and Learning
- October 28: Chemistry, Mathematical Sciences, Physics and Astronomy
- November 3: All Reference Letters Must Be Submitted by 5 p.m. (ET)
Even though the NSF does not require a University of Portland endorsement, the Office of Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement is more than willing to work with students in the preparation of an application. For more information about the program, visit https://www.nsfgrfp.org/. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Faculty are encouraged to submit their scholarly activities since June 2015 to the scholarly activity portal on PilotsUP. The data entered will be used by faculty for their annual self-evaluation and will populate A Community of Scholars as well as the Clark Library’s UP authors celebration. The portal closes on June 2, 2016, so please enter data before that date.
For any questions about uses of the portal, please contact John Orr (email@example.com); for questions about how to use the tool or to add a granting agency to the list, please contact Michele Leasor (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Faculty members are reminded to load their scholarly activity on the portal in PilotsUP. Data obtained through the portal will be used to populate A Community of Scholars, published by the provost’s office. That data will also be used for the Clark Library’s annual celebration of UP authors. Faculty members will send the data to their respective deans as a part of annual self-evaluation, and they can also use it to develop their personal curriculum vitae.
As the semester draws to a close, faculty are asked to take a moment to reflect on freshmen and sophomores who might be strong candidates for University-endorsed awards, such as Fulbright grants. The Office of Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement’s Talent Identification Program (T.I.P.) uses faculty to help identify high achieving students early in their careers, marking them as potential candidates for various fellowships, grants, and scholarships.
Once identified, undergraduate scholarly engagement personnel will meet and work with these students to identify goals for their upcoming years, identify potential scholarship opportunities, and assist in applying for appropriate awards.
The scholarly activity portal is always live and ready for faculty input on PilotsUP under the “Academics” tab. The data obtained via the portal is used to populate A Community of Scholars, published annually by the provost’s office. That data will also be used for the Clark Library’s annual celebration of UP authors. Additionally, faculty members will send a report from their portal to their respective deans as a part of the annual self-evaluation, and they can also use the data entered to develop their personal curriculum vitae.
Submissions for the University’s annual Founders’ Day celebration are due Thursday, March 3, by 11:59 p.m. Faculty who have questions about the Founders’ Day schedule and how to submit student presenters’ data for the schedule can speak to their school’s liaison (listed below) or contact Michele Leasor, program coordinator, at 8264 or email@example.com.
The Founders’ Day celebration will take place on Tuesday, April 12. Four sessions of student presentations will be held in place of regularly scheduled classes, and all students and faculty are encouraged to take part in the day’s events, featuring senior presentations, undergraduate research, panel discussions, recitals, and more.
2016 Founders’ Day liaisons:
- Business: Ian Parkman, Christine Naylor
- CAS: Laura Hogue
- Education: Jackie Waggoner, Stacey Boatright
- Engineering: Jamie Strohecker, Kim Spir
- Nursing: Carol Craig, Kim Nguyen.