October 26, 2012

Upperclassmen: Consider Taking HONR 200 instead of UNIV 200!

Upperclassmen who have completed UNIV 111 and 112 may opt to take HONR 200 to satisfy UNIV 200, space permitting. If interested in this options, contact Ms. Homer (homermk@vcu.edu) with your first and second choice of sections along with your V-Number. If there is space in the class after the freshmen are registered (this class is required for honors freshmen), Ms. Homer will register you. Students may wish to register for a section of UNIV 200 as a placeholder in the event that Ms. Homer is unable to secure you a seat in HONR 200.

October 25, 2012

Planning to Register for PHYS 215? Better Have a Math Course…

Currently, students intending to register for PHYS 215 will get blocked in the system if they do not have a Math course on their transcripts. If you are trying to register for PHYS 215 but do NOT have a math course on your transcript (includes MATH 131, 141, 151, 200, or higher; MGMT 171, 212, or 301; STAT 208, 210, 212, or higher), please contact Ms. Homer and she will assist you in avoiding this block. Please email Ms. Homer before 4pm on Friday, October 25 for assistance with this: homermk@vcu.edu.

SEED Pitch Meeting Today!

The Society for Engineering and Entrepreneurial Design (SEED) will be having a pitch meeting TODAY, October 25th in room 0101 at 7:00pm to present a combined art and engineering project.
The premise of the project is to take sensory data from a site around VCU and change the data in a synesthetic way. Synesthesia is the conversion of senses (i.e. sound to sight). This data will be mapped to an artspace that students can freely walk around in.
If you are interested in the project, or in SEED, come to the meeting on Thursday. If you cannot make the meeting, email Elliot Roth (rothet@vcu.edu) if you are still intrigued by this, or any other projects.
SEED is a completely self-motivated club. We have students pitch an idea to a group and then depending on the interest, it is completely up to them to meet as often as they wish to make their project a reality. Students form a project group out of the members of the club and make their own schedule depending on their free time.
Do you have any design ideas yourself? Email Elliot what you’ve been thinking about and SEED can turn that project in reality.

October 24, 2012

SMART & RISE Scholarship Information Session

Mr. Jeff Wing, Director of the National Scholarship Office, will be holding an information session about the SMART and RISE Scholarships on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012 at noon in Room E1221 in the East Hall of the Engineering Building.
The SMART Scholarship for Service Program is open to students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. The scholarship provides full tuition, a cash award paid at a rate of $25,000 – $41,000 depending on prior educational experience, as well as employment placement after graduation, among other benefits. The deadline is Dec. 14, 2012. (http://smart.asee.org)
RISE is a summer internship program for undergraduate students in the fields of biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences and engineering. It offers unique opportunities for undergraduate students to work with research groups at universities and top research institutions across Germany for a period of 2 to 3 months during the summer. Scholarship holders receive stipends and housing assistance, but must pay for their own transportation to and from Germany. Online registration opens Dec. 6, 2012. Deadline is Jan. 31, 2013. (http://www.daad.de/rise/en)
For more information, email us at Honorsnso@vcu.edu.

National Scholarship Office General Information Session

Mr. Jeff Wing, Director of the National Scholarship Office, will be holding an information session about different national scholarship opportunities available to VCU students on Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 2pm in The Honors College (701 W. Grace St.), Room 1303. Come learn about national scholarships and what you can do to make yourself a highly competitive candidate. First and second year students are especially encouraged to attend. Successful candidates for these awards often begin planning their applications early in their college careers. Whether you have already begun to think about national scholarship opportunities or you are just curious about what it takes to compete for these awards, please join us to learn more!
If you have any questions, please email Honorsnso@vcu.edu.

October 22, 2012

Need an Honors Course this Academic Year? Consider a Winter Module!

The Honors College will be offering one honors module over winter break. If you are struggling to fit an honors course into your fall or spring schedule but need to stay active, this may be a good option for you. The course will be taught on campus and only lasts four days so if you’ll be in the Richmond area, consider taking “Social and Ethnic Changes in Suburbs” with Dr. JJ Palen. The course description and details are below:
CRN: 23756
Times: RFSM 9:30-12:30
Dates: December 27- December 31
SOCIAL AND ETHNIC CHANGES IN SUBURBS The 21st century is a suburban century. For 15 years an absolute majority of the American population has resided in suburbs, and today 55 percent of the population is suburban. Over the last fifty years suburbs have gone from being residential places on the urban periphery the being the residential, commercial, and economic centers of a new metropolitan form. Suburbs are where most of us live, work, and spend our money and free time. This brief module will mainly focus on changes since World War II, with particular attention given to the dramatic nature and rate of social, ethnic, and racial changes. For example, most Americans are not aware that over three-quarters of Washington D.C. metro area blacks now are suburbanites, not city dwellers. Nor do they realize that Asian Americans are the nation’s most suburban population. Or that for over a decade Hispanics, not blacks, have been the largest U,.S. minority, and that, were it not for Hispanic fertility rates, the U.S. population would now be declining. The class format will be that of a seminar. Course reading for the module will be provided at cost, and discussion is expected. Honor students are responsible adults and will be treated as such. There will be no final examination, but there will be brief written quizzes based on the assigned readings and discussions. Eighty percent of the grade will be based on small group (2-3 people) presentations to the class on some aspect of suburbanization. This format has been successfully used for several years and it is very highly rated by previous students.