VOLUME 5   ISSUE #5


Major Highlight - Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology
GMOs, the biodiversity crisis, global climate change, the collapse of fish stocks: critical problems in modern society.  But have you ever seen a hummingbird bathing in a mountain stream, a moonrat skulking out of the rainforest at night or a drones' eye view of a forest canopy?  Our two majors, Evolution & Ecology and Zoology, take students on this journey from field to laboratory, desert to rainforest, the tops of mountains to the depths of our oceans and inland waters. Learn the theory behind the evolutionary history of organisms and their interrelationships as well as the practical application of those ideas to make a better world. To learn more, contact the advisor for the Department of Evolution, Ecology & Organismal Biology, Sue Ellen Dehority (dehority.2@osu.edu), or call 292-0596.
Career Corner - Summer Internship & Opportunity Fair
Winter Break is the perfect time to prepare for Spring Semester career events. The 2016 Summer Internship & Opportunity Fair will be held Tuesday, January 26, from 1 - 6 p.m. in the Ohio Union Archie Griffin Grand Ballroom.  Organizations will be recruiting students for summer internships, summer volunteer opportunities and summer jobs (both part-time and full-time).  Prepare now by researching who will attend and what they'll be recruiting for.  For a list of registered organizations visit 2016 Fair.  Bookmark this page as it will be updated as more organizations register.  In addition, the ASC Career Services website provides a full calendar of career development events here.  You can also utilize the "events" tab on FutureLink for a list of additional career fairs, information sessions and workshops.
Update Your Resume Over Winter Break
Resume writing isn't one size fits all!  Using a template or copying formatting from an older family member may not effectively highlight your skills and experiences. Some common issues:
1)  Listing your education at the bottom.  Bring it to the top; show you're working toward a degree.
2)  Including an objective statement.  Not necessary.
3)  Formatting experience in paragraphs.  This is outdated.  Use bullet points - see our tip sheet.
For information on resume review walk-in hours, click here.  For a resume development web workshop, click here.
Early January Study Abroad Program Deadlines
As winter break approaches, keep in mind that many study abroad programs have application deadlines occurring in early January.  For a list of programs and deadlines, visit oia.osu.edu.  
Many study abroad scholarships also have January deadlines.  The Office of International Affairs provides information on funding your study abroad experience. Read more.
College of Arts and Sciences scholarship applications are due January 15. ASC scholarships.
Plan ahead and apply early!
Study Abroad Scholarships - We Can Help You Afford A Study Abroad!
Macklin with Monkey Are you interested in studying abroad but concerned about the costs?  The Keith and Linda Monda International Experience Scholarships are need-based and designed for arts and sciences majors who would not normally be able to afford to study abroad.  For information on this and other Arts and Sciences scholarships, click here.
Application deadline - January 15, 2016 at 4:00 p.m.
Study Abroad - Tropical Field Ecology - Panama
This course is designed to give students first-hand knowledge of tropical biology and the issues surrounding conservation of biodiversity in a developing nation.  Students will travel to Panama, a country famous for its high biological, cultural and economic diversity. This course includes travel to several distinct tropical forest habitats, guided natural history exploration, visits to local indigenous tribes, independent field experimentation and oral presentation of results, and discussions with experts on ecosystem services and conservation in the tropics.  A major part of each day is spent in the natural tropical environment.  Read more.  For more info, contact Tiffany Pierskalla (Pierskalla.5@osu.edu) in OIA.
Application deadline - January 4, 2016
Student Profile - Study Abroad in Costa Rica
Sreelakshmi Suresh took part in the Environmental Sustainability in Costa Rica study abroad program.  This program focuses on management and conservation of natural resources in one of the countries with the highest biodiversity on the planet. While in Costa Rica, she helped to plant over 60 mangrove trees as part of a reforestation effort.  She found the climate, the vegetation and the animals to be vastly different from town to town.  She saw toucans on the roadside, crocodiles swim past her boat in the wetlands and sloths cling to trees in the cloud rainforest.  Read more.  For more info on studying abroad: Office of International Affairs.
URO Seeking Outstanding Researchers
Are you conducting research this semester?  Log onto the Portfolio of Undergraduate Research Experience (PURE) at go.osu.edu/PURE to start or update your profile.  Email Helene (Cweren.1@osu.edu) if you are interested in volunteering as a Peer Research Contact!
Summer Fellowships from the Undergraduate Research Office
Winter break is the perfect time to craft your application for summer research fellowships!  There are multiple awards offered from the Undergraduate Research Office including funding for 10 weeks of full- time work as well as money to support research abroad!  Applications are due in February.  You can find out more and access the centralized application by clicking here!
Nominate Your Teacher for a Teaching Award
Nominate an arts and sciences faculty member or graduate teaching associate (GTA) for an ASC Outstanding Teaching Award.
These awards are notable because they are completely administered by students through the Arts and Sciences Student Council.
Nomination deadline - December 8, 2015.
Nominate here.
Nominate a Student, Staff or Faculty Member for a Leadership Award
Nominate a College of Arts and Sciences student, staff or faculty member for the Susan M. Hartmann Mentoring and Leadership Award.  
This award recognizes outstanding mentoring to and/or leadership on behalf of women and other historically underrepresented groups at the university.  
January 29, 2016 - Nomination deadline
Psychology 4998 Fair
Psychology majors are invited to meet with representatives from psychology research labs who are interested in identifying students to help with their research projects beginning in Spring Semester. Representatives will be available to take your information and answer your questions.  All of the representatives will ask that you bring certain information to the Fair and some of the representatives will need you to send them information ahead of time.  Because of this, registration is required.  Register here.
Wednesday, December 9 from 11:30 - 1:30, Room 35 of the Psychology Building
Fellowships for STEM Students from the East Asian Studies Center
Fellowships are available for students of junior or senior standing in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) field who have successfully completed two years of college level East Asian language study.  Summer 2016 fellowships are expected to cover $5,000 in tuition and fees and provide a $2,500 stipend.  Academic Year 2016-2017 fellowships are expected to contribute $10,000 toward tuition and fees and provide a $5,000 stipend.  Subject to approval, FLAS fellowships may also be used for foreign language and area studies at other U.S. or foreign institutions.  
For award guidelines, application procedures and information session dates, see FLAS.
February 1, 2016 - application deadline.
Academic Enrichment Grants
Undergraduate Student Government (USG) and the Office of Undergraduate Education offer Academic Enrichment Grants to fund individual learning experiences.  Read more.
December 11, 2015 - application deadline 
23rd Annual Music Celebration Concert
The School of Music presents its Music Celebration Concert.  This popular annual musical extravaganza showcases the school's many performing groups - from the Symphony Orchestra, glee clubs and concert bands to its Jazz Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, soloists and much more, all presented in a non-stop collage setting.  Tickets are $10 for students and can be purchased in person at the Wexner Center for the Arts Patron Services Desk or by calling 292-3535.
Friday, December 4 at 8 p.m. - Mershon Auditorium 
Science Sundays - Free Lecture Series
How to Perform Your Best Under Stress - Sian Beilock, vice provost for academic initiatives and psychology professor, University of Chicago, will explain why we all too often blunder when the stakes are high. She reveals what happens in our brain and body when we experience the dreaded performance anxiety and shows how to succeed brilliantly when it matters most.
Sunday, Dec. 6 from 3 - 4 p.m., Ohio Union U.S. Bank Conference Theatre.
Read about upcoming Science Sundays here
Workshop on Spoken English for Academic Purposes - EDUTL 5992 (2 cr)
New undergraduate spoken English elective to improve oral communication skills and gain confidence using English in the classroom and beyond.  Meet two hours a week with an experienced instructor to practice and develop spoken English through lively lectures and performance-based activities.  If interested and have questions, contact esl@osu.edu.
Campus Life
Health and Wellness - Wellness Coaching
Wellness coaching is a free service that provides opportunities for you to gain awareness regarding your capacity to create the life you want to live, both now and in the future.   Wellness coaches take a positive approach to personal development, focusing on your strengths and using the 9 Dimensions of Wellness model as a framework for generating goals that are meaningful for you.   Read more.
Health, Fitness and Wellness Resources
Ohio State offers a wide range of resources to support your wellness.  Counseling and Consultation Service provides counseling, workshops and resources to help students address a range of life concerns.  Student Health Services provides healthcare services.  Recreational Sports offers equipment and classes at a number of locations across campus.
Do You Know?
Brutus Studying2 A recent Ohio State graduate who majored in English and political science has been named a Rhodes Scholar.  How many Ohio State students have been selected to receive this very prestigious honor and what is the name of the most recent recipient?  
Click here to submit your answer online by December 10.

Answer to the last question -  R. L. Stine is the arts and sciences alumnus and best-selling children's author who wrote the Goosebumps series that was recently made into a movie by the same name.  Learn more about R. L. Stine here.  Congratulations to Petra A. for knowing the correct answer.
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