Global Friendship Program

The Office of First Year Experience Programs and the Office of International Services is piloting an exciting new program for first year students. The Global Friendship Program is an initiative aiming to encourage cross cultural friendships between domestic and international students while offering both groups an opportunity to get to know IU and establish a sense community here through a diverse support network. Students will be placed in cohorts that will participate in monthly large socials and biweekly smaller events with their group. Possible activities include university sporting events, shows at the auditorium and at the IU cinema, and other opportunities like hiking in Brown County and bowling with friends in the IMU. Students will be supported in working towards their Hoosier Experience Certificate, and by the end of the program will have made memories and formed connections that will last well past their first year. Applications can be found here and are being accepted through the third week of September:

https://ois.iu.edu/machform/view.php?id=240480

Please email ois@iu.edu with any questions.

Kelley Center for the Business of Life Sciences Reception

The Kelley Center for the Business of Life Sciences would like to invite students across campus who may have an interest in careers in the life sciences to attend a reception sponsored by Johnson & Johnson, hosted by CBLS on Tuesday, October 1st.

For more information:

CBLS Bloghttps://www.cblsblog.kelley.iu.edu/2019/08/29/fall-life-sciences-reception/

CBLS Websitehttps://kelley.iu.edu/faculty-research/centers-institutes/business-of-life-sciences/

Goldwater Scholarship for Researchers

The College of Arts and Sciences is accepting pre-applications from outstanding undergraduate students for nomination to the prestigious 2020 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation awards. Please encourage your best students to apply. Nominees must be current sophomores or juniors who excel at research and who intend to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering. All nominees must be U.S. citizens, resident aliens, or U.S. nationals.

Students who are selected as Goldwater Scholars will receive $7,500 per year that can be applied to the costs of tuition, fees, books, and room and board. Sophomore scholarship recipients are eligible for two years of scholarship support; junior recipients are eligible for one year of scholarship support.

The College of Arts and Sciences will conduct an internal competition and nominate up to four students to the national selection committee for consideration. Students who are interested in being nominated for a Goldwater Scholarship should complete the student profile and Goldwater pre-application at https://goldwater.scholarsapply.org/ as soon as possible and no later than Monday, October 7, 2019. This year the Goldwater Foundation is strongly encouraging applications from transfer students, particularly students who are transferring from community colleges. If you know of any such students, please encourage them to apply.

If the pre-application is accepted, the student will be invited to submit a full application to the internal competition, and their recommenders will receive an invitation from the Goldwater Campus Representative with instructions for writing and submitting a letter of recommendation. All full application materials should be submitted directly to the College selection committee at collugrs@iu.edu.

The deadline for submission of all materials for the 2020 internal competition will be 5:00 p.m. on Monday, November 4, 2019. The College’s internal selection committee will meet in early December to deliberate and select the nominees to be forwarded to the national competition.

Please note the following:

·         All applicants must be nominated to the Goldwater organization by the College. Goldwater does not accept direct student applications for this award. For more information please see: https://goldwater.scholarsapply.org/

·         In the past, successful nominees have had a minimum 3.900 overall College GPA

·         Faculty who are considering writing a letter of recommendation for a Goldwater Scholarship should know that this is a very competitive award. In the past students who are considered only among the “top 5%” of students are rarely successful. If you don’t believe that a student is among the absolute very best, it is important that you alert the faculty selection committee to your judgment.

·         The Goldwater Scholarship is for research-oriented students and is not awarded to pre-med students. Accordingly, applicants must be actively engaged in a research project and their research statements need to be both fully and carefully developed and comprehensible to a broad, well-educated, and scientifically-focused audience. It is the experience of past selection committees that research statements that have been polished in consultation with the faculty research supervisor before submission tend to have a higher rate of acceptance/selection as finalists.

·         Letters of recommendation from faculty outside of the sciences are not appropriate for this competition. This holds even for applicants who have a second major in a field that is not traditionally considered to be within the sciences. If an applicant has two science majors, s/he should have at least one letter of recommendation from a faculty member in each. Letters of recommendation, which are a key factor at both the internal and national stages of competition, should be solicited primarily from senior faculty.

Rush Alpha Chi Sigma – Professional Chemistry Fraternity

Rush Alpha Chi Sigma, the professional chemistry fraternity. We value doing brotherhood events where we hang out and bond, scientific outreach, and professional networking to help us progress towards our goals after college. Our only requirement is that you have taken at least one chemistry class and are enrolled in your second one. Come check out our rush events! 

Alpha Chi Sigma - Fall Rush 2019

IU & St. Edward’s University NSF IRES 2020

We are seeking to fill five independent student research positions from May 14 to July 30, 2020, starting in Costa Costa Rica and ending in Panama. Participants will conduct research projects focused on the broad theme of evaluating the extent to which differing economic and participatory incentives and agricultural practices influence tropical forest conservation outcomes. Potential methods include censusing primate populations, quantifying differences in primate behavior, measuring primate fecal hormone levels with immunoassays, conducting interviews and surveys of local landowners, government officials, and other stakeholders, measuring water and air quality, and quantifying forest characteristics using GIS and field methods. However, it is expected that each project will be designed by the student participant. Students will be advised by Dr. Michael Wasserman (Indiana University, Department of Anthropology & Human Biology Program) and Dr. Peter Beck (St. Edward’s University, Environmental Science & Policy) and work in collaboration with the Organization for Tropical Studies in Costa Rica and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) in Panama.

We are targeting highly motivated and independent upper level undergraduate and graduate students with limited previous independent international research experience. Students that have recently graduated with their bachelor’s or master’s degree and have little prior international research experience are also eligible. Students from underrepresented groups in STEM fields and those that are fluent in Spanish are especially encouraged to apply. Successful applicants will be self-motivated, able to deal with uncertainties of field conditions, and comfortable living in remote settings with basic living conditions, including shared rooms or dorms. All research, living, and travel expenses will be covered and a small stipend will be provided .

Please contact Dr. Wasserman (mdwasser@indiana.edu)for ecological/biological research questions and Dr. Peter Beck (peterab@stedwards.edu) for social research questions. To apply, please contact Dr. Wasserman and Dr. Beck by email to express interest in the position and include your CV and unofficial transcript. After an initial discussion, each participant will submit a two-page (single-spaced, not including works cited) proposal including a brief literature review, research hypotheses/objectives/questions, and study design with intended methodology by Oct.15, 2019.As students will be required to register for either a class or independent study credits with either Dr. Wasserman or Dr. Beck during the Spring 2020 semester, decisions will be made by Nov. 1, 2019.

College Exchange Programs – Info Session

Exchange applications are now open!

Spend a semester or academic year abroad at one of the College’s partner universities in Hong Kong, South Korea, England, Ecuador, Taiwan, or France. More information about exchanges, eligibility, and the application can be found at go.iu.edu/ASPIREexchanges. 

Still have questions?

Come to our Exchange Info Session!

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

4pm – 5pm

Ernie Pyle Hall Room 252

Visit our Office Hours!
Wednesdays, September 11, 18, 25

9:30am – 11:30am

Ernie Pyle Hall, Career Studio

IU Journal of Undergraduate Research

Are you interested in unifying the undergraduate research at IU? Are you passionate about publishing? Help spark a culture of curiosity with the Indiana University Journal of Undergraduate Research (IUJUR)! There are several boards within IUJUR that may fit your interests including the Student Editorial Board, Online Creative Content, Visual Design & Publishing, and Public Relations. For more information on each board position, check out the IUJUR website. Make sure to complete your application to join the 2019-2020 staff by September 13.