Honors Priority Registration Deadline March 4, Advising Offered

Honors & Undergraduate Research has announced that the upcoming deadline for students to request Honors Priority Registration (HPR) for Fall 2011 course registration is March 4.  HPR is a privilege afforded students who are pursuing one or more honors transcript distinctions. This privilege is intended to assist students in scheduling the rest of their courses around the relatively limited honors course offerings.  HPR occurs on the two days before the start of registration.

HPR Eligibility
Students are eligible for HPR if they are…

  1. Honors eligible AND
  2. meet the participation requirement.

The participation requirement is satisfied if the student is currently enrolled in an honors course OR if the student is an Honors Candidate (i.e. has completed nine or more credit hours of Honors course work at Texas A&M University).

HPR Request Procedure
To receive HPR privileges, students must request it via the Honors website, at http://honors.tamu.edu/curriculum/HonorsCourses_Registration.shtml

An Honors Candidate who has requested HPR will be granted an honors start time. Students who are not yet Honors Candidates must also complete an advising contact to ensure that they have a good understanding of the requirements for completing an honors transcript distinction.  Non-Honors candidates (i.e. students who have not yet completed nine credit hours of Honors course work at Texas A&M) will not receive HPR if they do not complete an advising contact.

To satisfy the advising contact requirement, students may…

  1. request a one-on-one advising appointment by contacting the Honors Programs office at 979-845-1957;
  2. listen to the podcast that is linked after completing the HPR request form; or
  3. attend one of the scheduled group advising sessions listed below:

January 24 – 3:00 PM – Rudder 402
January 27 – 2:30 PM – Rudder 402
February 1 – 11:30 AM – Rudder 402
February 2 – 10:30 AM – Rudder 402
February 11 – 3:00 PM – Henderson 103
February 14 – 4:30 PM – Rudder 402
February 17 – 9:45 AM – Rudder 402
February 22 – 1:30 PM – Henderson 103
February 28 – 10:30 AM – Henderson 103
March 4 – 2:30 PM – Rudder 402

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Kotinek Elected to National Collegiate Honors Council Board of Directors

Jon Kotinek, Assistant Director
Jon Kotinek, Assistant Director

Jonathan Kotinek, Assistant Director of Honors & Undergraduate Research, has been elected to a three-year term as a professional member of the Board of Directors of the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC), the professional association of undergraduate Honors programs and colleges.

Formed in 1966, NCHC provides support for institutions and individuals developing, implementing, and expanding Honors education through curriculum development, program assessment, teaching innovation, national and international study opportunities, internships, service and leadership development, and mentored research. NCHC is a non-profit (501c3) organization, governed by a 24-member Board of Directors, including six student members.

Kotinek began working in the University Honors Program office in 2003 and has been its Assistant Director since 2007. He holds both a B.A. and M.A. in English from Texas A&M University and is completing a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology. He is co-editor of the recently published NCHC monograph Setting the Table for Diversity and authored a paper in that book entitled “Passing for Black: White Privilege and Black Identity Formation.” Kotinek serves as President of University Advisors and Counselors, as a co-chair for the Diversity Issues Committee of the NCHC; as President of the St. Silouan Orthodox Church parish council, and as advisor to the TAMU Hip-Hop Society. In 2007, he was selected as a Fish Camp namesake, and in 2010 was selected for the President’s Award for Academic Advising.

Senior Kristen Carter Selected as Finalist for Marshall Scholarship

Marshall Scholarship Finalist Kristen Carter

Senior Biochemistry and Genetics major Kristen Carter will be traveling to the British Consulate in Houston on Monday, November 8, to interview for the prestigious Marshall Scholarship for graduate study in the United Kingdom.

Carter is one of approximately 25 students who will be interviewing in the Southwest Region, which includes Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, and Colorado. Interviews are conducted in eight regions throughout the United States; in the end, only 40 Marshall Scholars are selected from a pool of nearly 1,200 applicants.

Carter is a Biochemistry and Genetics double-major, with minors in Music and Chemistry. She is the president of the Texas A&M Biochemistry and Genetics Society and has played with the Texas A&M Wind Symphony. As an Honors Undergraduate Research Fellow, she is conducting research on the Mouse Hepatitis Virus under Dr. Julian Leibowitz. In the future, she intends to pursue an MD/PhD and hopes to develop improved treatments and vaccines for viruses, including malaria. If selected as a Marshall Scholar, she will pursue a DPhil in Clinical medicine at the University of Oxford.

Texas A&M University has produced four Marshall Scholars, the most recent being Faye Hays (ENDS) in 2007 and Joshua Siepel (GENE) and Maya Weilundemo (ENGL) in 2004. In the recent years, several Aggies have progressed to the finalist interviews: Paige Ibanez (ENGL & HIST) and Karthik Venkatraj (INST) in 2010, Matthew Hickey (BICH) in 2009, and Jennifer Snider (BESC) in 2006.

The Marshall Scholarships began in 1953 as a gesture of thanks from the British Government for the US assistance in rebuilding Europe after World War II. Former Marshall Scholars include Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer and New York Times Foreign Affairs columnist Thomas Friedman. According to the Marshall Scholarship Foundation, as future leaders, Marshall Scholars are “expected to strengthen the enduring relationship between the British and American peoples, their governments and their institutions. Marshall Scholars are talented, independent and wide-ranging, and their time as Scholars enhances their intellectual and personal growth. Their direct engagement with Britain through its best academic programmes contributes to their ultimate personal success.”

Because of the fierce competition for these scholarships, the preliminary process to be selected as an official University nominee is quite rigorous. Currently enrolled students and recent graduates should apply for selection in April, with the official deadline for the scholarships being in early October. To be awarded the University’s nomination, a student must show strong scholarly potential, demonstrated through their academic record and letters of recommendation from faculty, leadership ability, demonstrated through their involvement in student and civic organizations, and excellent speaking and analytical skills, as demonstrated in a series of interviews.

Once approved, prospective nominees can expect to spend months developing their applications as they work closely under the advice and guidance of faculty and academic advisors. The official announcement of university endorsement is made only after the nominees submit their finalized application to the scholarship foundations.

For more information, please contact Mr. Kyle Mox, National Scholarships Coordinator in the Honors Programs office – (979) 845-1957 or kemox@tamu.edu.

Phi Kappa Phi Outstanding Juniors to be Honored During Texas Tech Game

The Texas A&M University chapter of Phi Kappa Phi will recognize the 2010 Phi Kappa Phi Outstanding Juniors at a “Raise the Spirit Flag” ceremony during the upcoming Texas A&M vs. Texas Tech football game on October 30th. The following students were chosen by faculty and administrators from each of the nine academic colleges at Texas A&M University and will be recognized on Kyle Field during the first time out:

Sarah Novak – College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Mitchell Rocheleau – College of Architecture
Mark Gibson – Mays Business School
Lauren Yeates – College of Education and Human Development
Travis Garrett – Dwight Look College of Engineering
Maxwell Luckenbach – College of Geosciences
Elizabeth Solch – College of Liberal Arts
Jeffrey Nolan – College of Science
Alexandra Duran – College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

In addition, these students will be honored at an upcoming breakfast social at the University Club, joined by their faculty mentors, the Phi Kappa Phi executive committee, and other University officials.
Founded in 1897 at the University of Maine, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest, largest, and most selective honor society for all academic disciplines. Its chapters are on more than 300 campuses in the United States, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines. Each year, approximately 30,000 members are initiated.

Since its founding, Phi Kappa Phi has initiated more than 1 million members into its ranks; all of these members have received emblems and certificates of membership. However, Phi Kappa Phi is much more than an emblem and a line on a résumé. It is a global network comprised of the best and brightest from all academic disciplines – a community of scholars and professionals building an enduring legacy for future generations.

Membership is by invitation and is based upon academic achievement. For further information on membership criteria and benefits, visit http://www.phikappaphi.org or contact Kyle Mox, Texas A&M PKP public relations officer, at (979) 845-1957 or kemox@tamu.edu.

Five Students Nominated for Rhodes, Marshall Scholarships

Honors and Undergraduate Research announces that five outstanding students have been nominated by Texas A&M University for the Rhodes and Marshall Scholarships, the two most prestigious and highly-coveted academic scholarships available to United States students.

Kristen Carter, Oliver Thoma, Bianca Manago, Raechel Schneider, Michelle Arishita
Kristen Carter, Oliver Thoma, Bianca Manago, Raechel Schneider, Michelle Arishita

Rhodes Scholarships are tenable for two to three years of graduate study at Oxford University; the Marshall Scholarship is tenable for two years of study at any university in the United Kingdom. Students must be graduating seniors or recent graduates and be nominated by the university. Hundreds of students from across the United States apply each year; of the approximately 1,000 students who applied in 2009, only 32 applicants are selected for the Rhodes, whereas only 40 of the approximately 1,100 who applied for the Marshall were selected as scholars.

The nominees will hear of their selection as finalists in the next one to two weeks. Finalists will then participate in regional or district interviews in November. The announcement of scholars will be announced by the foundations shortly thereafter.

Michelle Arishita ‘10 is an August, 2010, graduate in Psychology, with minors in English and Philosophy. Ms. Arishita was an Honors Undergraduate Research Fellow, completing a thesis on racism in international sport under Dr. Arnold LeUnes. She has served as a CARPOOL volunteer and as a site leader for Alternative Spring Break. She also competes in marathons and triathlons. She intends to attend law school and specialize in sports law and management, with an emphasis on international organizations. If selected for the Marshall Scholarship, Ms. Arishita will earn master’s degrees from Brunel University in Sport Sciences and from Leeds Metropolitan University in Sport, Law and Society.

Kristen Carter is a Biochemistry and Genetics double-major, with minors in Music and Chemistry. She is the president of the Texas A&M Biochemistry and Genetics Society, has played with the Texas A&M Wind Symphony, and has served as a Sophomore Advisor in the Honors Housing Community. As an Honors Undergraduate Research Fellow, she is conducting research on the Mouse Hepatitis Virus under Dr. Jan Leibowitz. In the future, she intends to pursue an MD/PhD and hopes to develop improved treatments for emerging diseases and vaccines for viruses. If selected as a Rhodes or Marshall Scholar, she will pursue a DPhil in Clinical medicine at the University of Oxford, conducting research on malaria vaccines.

Bianca Manago is a double-major in Sociology and Philosophy. She is the co-founder of One Love, a student organization that promotes sustainable living and social justice, and she is the Director of Curriculum for ONE Aggieland, a network and professional development organization for campus social justice organizations. She has served as a teaching assistant in the Sociology department for three years and has been conducting research on social cooperation under Dr. Jane Sell. In addition, she has completed internships with the Texas Transportation Institute and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. She plans to become a professor of sociology. If selected as a Rhodes or Marshall Scholar, she will pursue an MPhil in Evidence Based Social Intervention at Oxford University.

Raechel Schneider will receive a double-degree in Environmental Design and Psychology. She is presently the chair of GUIDE, a freshman mentoring organization, and the founder of Project Art, which recruited student artists to paint murals to beautify the MSC construction area. She is also the principal French Horn in the Texas A&M Wind Symphony, and performs regularly with The Theatre Company in Bryan, Texas. As an Honors Undergraduate Research Fellow, she conducts research on the relationship between school design and student behavior under Dr. Xuemei Zhu. In the future, she plans to create her own architectural design firm. If selected as a Marshall Scholar, she will pursue master’s degrees at the University of Surrey, in Environmental Psychology, and at Newcastle University, in Arts, Business and Creativity.

Oliver Thoma is a Political Science major. He is President of the Texas A&M Century Singers and the Advocate for Student Services in the Student Government Association. In 2009, he participated as a Student Ambassador in the 4th biennial China-US Relations Conference in Beijing. Mr. Thoma has interned in the UK Parliament, and he is presently a Presidential Fellow with the Center for the Study of the Presidency. As an Honors Undergraduate Research Fellow, he is composing a thesis on the US Constitution and the powers of the Executive Branch under Dr. James Rogers. In the future, he intends to pursue a career in international commerce and economic development. If selected as a Rhodes or Marshall Scholar, he will pursue master’s degrees in Modern Chinese Studies and Global Governance and Diplomacy at the University of Oxford.

Texas A&M University has produced six Rhodes Scholars and four Marshall Scholars, the most recent being Rhodes Scholar Nick Anthis ‘05 in 2005 and Marshall Scholar Faye Hays ‘07 in 2007. A Texas A&M University nominee has progressed to the finalist interviews in the Rhodes or Marshall Scholarships every year for the past six years. In the 2010 competition cycle, three Aggies progressed to the finalist interviews: Ella Doerge ’10 for the Rhodes and Paige Ibanez ’10 and Karthik Venkatraj ’10 for the Marshall. Other recent successes include Marshall Scholarship finalist Matthew Hickey ’09, and Rhodes Scholarship finalist Andrew Matteson ’08.

The Rhodes Scholarships, the oldest international fellowships, were initiated after the death of Cecil Rhodes in 1902, and bring outstanding students from many countries around the world to the University of Oxford. The primary qualification for a successful candidate is intellectual distinction, although the selection committees also seek excellence in qualities of mind and in qualities of person which, in combination, offer the promise of effective service to the world in the decades ahead. Through the years, Rhodes Scholars have pursued studies in all of the varied fields available at the University of Oxford, where they are elected for two years of study, with the possibility of renewal for a third year. Notable Rhodes Scholars include former US President Bill Clinton, NBA Hall-of-Fame inductee and Senator Bill Bradley, and Country Music Hall of Fame Inductee Kris Kristofferson.

The Marshall Scholarships began in 1953 as a gesture of thanks from the British Government for the US assistance in rebuilding Europe after World War II. Former Marshall Scholars include Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer and New York Times Foreign Affairs columnist Thomas Friedman. According to the Marshall Scholarship Foundation, as future leaders, Marshall Scholars are “expected to strengthen the enduring relationship between the British and American peoples, their governments and their institutions. Marshall Scholars are talented, independent and wide-ranging, and their time as Scholars enhances their intellectual and personal growth. Their direct engagement with Britain through its best academic programmes contributes to their ultimate personal success.”

Because of the fierce competition for these scholarships, the preliminary process to be selected as an official University nominee is quite rigorous. Currently enrolled students and recent graduates should apply for selection in April, with the official deadline for the scholarships being in early October. To be awarded the University’s nomination, a student must show strong scholarly potential, demonstrated through their academic record and letters of recommendation from faculty, leadership ability, demonstrated through their involvement in student and civic organizations, and excellent speaking and analytical skills, as demonstrated in a series of interviews.

Once approved, prospective nominees can expect to spend months developing their applications as they work closely under the advice and guidance of faculty and academic advisors. The official announcement of university endorsement is made only after the nominees submit their finalized application to the scholarship foundations.

For more information, please contact Mr. Kyle Mox, National Scholarships Coordinator in the Honors and Undergraduate Research office –  (979) 845-1957 or kemox@tamu.edu.

Five Students Nominated for Rhodes, Marshall Scholarships

Honors and Undergraduate Research announces that five outstanding students have been nominated by Texas A&M University for the Rhodes and Marshall Scholarships, the two most prestigious and highly-coveted academic scholarships available to United States students.

Kristen Carter, Oliver Thoma, Bianca Manago, Raechel Schneider, Michelle Arishita
Kristen Carter, Oliver Thoma, Bianca Manago, Raechel Schneider, Michelle Arishita

Rhodes Scholarships are tenable for two to three years of graduate study at Oxford University; the Marshall Scholarship is tenable for two years of study at any university in the United Kingdom. Students must be graduating seniors or recent graduates and be nominated by the university. Hundreds of students from across the United States apply each year; of the approximately 1,000 students who applied in 2009, only 32 applicants are selected for the Rhodes, whereas only 40 of the approximately 1,100 who applied for the Marshall were selected as scholars.

The nominees will hear of their selection as finalists in the next one to two weeks. Finalists will then participate in regional or district interviews in November. The announcement of scholars will be announced by the foundations shortly thereafter.

Michelle Arishita ‘10 is an August, 2010, graduate in Psychology, with minors in English and Philosophy. Ms. Arishita was an Honors Undergraduate Research Fellow, completing a thesis on racism in international sport under Dr. Arnold LeUnes. She has served as a CARPOOL volunteer and as a site leader for Alternative Spring Break. She also competes in marathons and triathlons. She intends to attend law school and specialize in sports law and management, with an emphasis on international organizations. If selected for the Marshall Scholarship, Ms. Arishita will earn master’s degrees from Brunel University in Sport Sciences and from Leeds Metropolitan University in Sport, Law and Society.

Kristen Carter is a Biochemistry and Genetics double-major, with minors in Music and Chemistry. She is the president of the Texas A&M Biochemistry and Genetics Society, has played with the Texas A&M Wind Symphony, and has served as a Sophomore Advisor in the Honors Housing Community. As an Honors Undergraduate Research Fellow, she is conducting research on the Mouse Hepatitis Virus under Dr. Julian Leibowitz. In the future, she intends to pursue an MD/PhD and hopes to develop improved treatments for emerging diseases and vaccines for viruses. If selected as a Rhodes or Marshall Scholar, she will pursue a DPhil in Clinical medicine at the University of Oxford, conducting research on malaria vaccines.

Bianca Manago is a double-major in Sociology and Philosophy. She is the co-founder of One Love, a student organization that promotes sustainable living and social justice, and she is the Director of Curriculum for ONE Aggieland, a network and professional development organization for campus social justice organizations. She has served as a teaching assistant in the Sociology department for three years and has been conducting research on social cooperation under Dr. Jane Sell. In addition, she has completed internships with the Texas Transportation Institute and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. She plans to become a professor of sociology. If selected as a Rhodes or Marshall Scholar, she will pursue an MPhil in Evidence Based Social Intervention at Oxford University.

Raechel Schneider will receive a double-degree in Environmental Design and Psychology. She is presently the chair of GUIDE, a freshman mentoring organization, and the founder of Project Art, which recruited student artists to paint murals to beautify the MSC construction area. She is also the principal French Horn in the Texas A&M Wind Symphony, and performs regularly with The Theatre Company in Bryan, Texas. As an Honors Undergraduate Research Fellow, she conducts research on the relationship between school design and student behavior under Dr. Xuemei Zhu. In the future, she plans to create her own architectural design firm. If selected as a Marshall Scholar, she will pursue master’s degrees at the University of Surrey, in Environmental Psychology, and at Newcastle University, in Arts, Business and Creativity.

Oliver Thoma is a Political Science major. He is President of the Texas A&M Century Singers and the Advocate for Student Services in the Student Government Association. In 2009, he participated as a Student Ambassador in the 4th biennial China-US Relations Conference in Beijing. Mr. Thoma has interned in the UK Parliament, and he is presently a Presidential Fellow with the Center for the Study of the Presidency. As an Honors Undergraduate Research Fellow, he is composing a thesis on the US Constitution and the powers of the Executive Branch under Dr. James Rogers. In the future, he intends to pursue a career in international commerce and economic development. If selected as a Rhodes or Marshall Scholar, he will pursue master’s degrees in Modern Chinese Studies and Global Governance and Diplomacy at the University of Oxford.

Texas A&M University has produced six Rhodes Scholars and four Marshall Scholars, the most recent being Rhodes Scholar Nick Anthis ‘05 in 2005 and Marshall Scholar Faye Hays ‘07 in 2007. A Texas A&M University nominee has progressed to the finalist interviews in the Rhodes or Marshall Scholarships every year for the past six years. In the 2010 competition cycle, three Aggies progressed to the finalist interviews: Ella Doerge ’10 for the Rhodes and Paige Ibanez ’10 and Karthik Venkatraj ’10 for the Marshall. Other recent successes include Marshall Scholarship finalist Matthew Hickey ’09, and Rhodes Scholarship finalist Andrew Matteson ’08.

The Rhodes Scholarships, the oldest international fellowships, were initiated after the death of Cecil Rhodes in 1902, and bring outstanding students from many countries around the world to the University of Oxford. The primary qualification for a successful candidate is intellectual distinction, although the selection committees also seek excellence in qualities of mind and in qualities of person which, in combination, offer the promise of effective service to the world in the decades ahead. Through the years, Rhodes Scholars have pursued studies in all of the varied fields available at the University of Oxford, where they are elected for two years of study, with the possibility of renewal for a third year. Notable Rhodes Scholars include former US President Bill Clinton, NBA Hall-of-Fame inductee and Senator Bill Bradley, and Country Music Hall of Fame Inductee Kris Kristofferson.

The Marshall Scholarships began in 1953 as a gesture of thanks from the British Government for the US assistance in rebuilding Europe after World War II. Former Marshall Scholars include Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer and New York Times Foreign Affairs columnist Thomas Friedman. According to the Marshall Scholarship Foundation, as future leaders, Marshall Scholars are “expected to strengthen the enduring relationship between the British and American peoples, their governments and their institutions. Marshall Scholars are talented, independent and wide-ranging, and their time as Scholars enhances their intellectual and personal growth. Their direct engagement with Britain through its best academic programmes contributes to their ultimate personal success.”

Because of the fierce competition for these scholarships, the preliminary process to be selected as an official University nominee is quite rigorous. Currently enrolled students and recent graduates should apply for selection in April, with the official deadline for the scholarships being in early October. To be awarded the University’s nomination, a student must show strong scholarly potential, demonstrated through their academic record and letters of recommendation from faculty, leadership ability, demonstrated through their involvement in student and civic organizations, and excellent speaking and analytical skills, as demonstrated in a series of interviews.

Once approved, prospective nominees can expect to spend months developing their applications as they work closely under the advice and guidance of faculty and academic advisors. The official announcement of university endorsement is made only after the nominees submit their finalized application to the scholarship foundations.

For more information, please contact Mr. Kyle Mox, National Scholarships Coordinator in the Honors and Undergraduate Research office –  (979) 845-1957 or kemox@tamu.edu.

Carnegie Endowment Offers Fellowship to Graduating Seniors

The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing cooperation between nations and promoting active international engagement by the United States. Founded in 1910, its work is nonpartisan and dedicated to achieving practical results.

Each year, the Carnegie Endowment selects 8 to 10 graduating seniors as Carnegie Junior Fellows.  The Junior Fellows are matched with senior associates – academics, former government officials, lawyers and journalists from around the world – to work on a variety of international affairs issues.  Junior Fellows have the opportunity to conduct research for books, participate in meetings with high-level officials, contribute to congressional testimony and organize briefings attended by scholars, journalists and government officials.

Junior Fellows spend one year (beginning August 1st) at the Carnegie Endowment in Washington, DC.  Positions are full-time and include a salary and benefits package.

Applications are accepted only from graduating college seniors or individuals who have graduated within the past academic year.  No one will be considered who has started graduate studies (except those who have recently completed a joint bachelors/masters degree program).  Applicants should have completed a significant amount of course work related to their discipline of interest.  Language and other skills may also be required for certain assignments.  The selection process for the Junior Fellows Program is very competitive.  Accordingly, applicants should be of high academic quality.

Students will specify in their applications one area of specialty:

• Democracy/Rule of Law – Political Science background preferred.
• Middle East Studies – Native or near-native Arabic language skills essential.
• Nonproliferation
• South Asian Studies – Strong math skills required in additional to background in international affairs or political science.
• Energy and Climate
• Chinese Studies – Mandarin Chinese reading skills a huge plus.
• Russian/Eurasian Studies – Excellent Russian language skills required

Students who are interested in applying for University nomination should contact…
Kyle Mox, National Scholarships Coordinator, Honors and Undergraduate Research, Texas A&M University

4233 TAMU | College Station, TX 77843
Tel. 979.845.1957

http://honors.tamu.edu/

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