> MU Undergraduate Creative Discovery and Undergraduate Research Scholar Awards for Summer 2019

Enabled by funds provided by the Office of the President, the Undergraduate Creative Discovery and Undergraduate Research Scholar Award will provide students with an opportunity to pursue original creative work, scholarship or research, under the mentorship of a full-time faculty member during summer 2019. The awards provide a $4000 stipend for one semester to cover any and all costs associated with the project. A $1000 stipend is provided for the participating faculty mentor. Up to fourteen awards will be made.

There are several eligibility requirements:

Applicants must be juniors and seniors with a minimum GPA of 3.0

  • Graduates are ineligible
  • Applicants must be enrolled at Marshall University for at least 12 hours during the semester prior to the summer in which the project is funded
  • Applicants must have a letter of support and sponsorship from a full-time faculty member who is willing to serve as mentor for the project

The student’s project can involve research, design, development, field study, creative work or performance. The project should require a total commitment of 150 hours of the student’s time (i.e., 10 hours per week) over the semester.  The project will be structured so that the student can produce creative or scholarly output (e.g. a presentation, publication, exhibit, or performance) at the end of the award period.

Complete applications must be received by 5:00 on March 13, 2019. Full details of the application format, submission requirements and the evaluation process are included in the attached Request for Proposals.

John M. Maher, Ph.D.

Vice President for Research

Marshall University

Creative Discovery Summer Scholar and Undergraduate Research Scholar Awards RFA Summer 2019

> Honors College Student Association: Homecoming Tailgate & Fundraising Events (16-24 OCT)

The Steering Committee of the Honors College Student Association (HCSA) is the governing board for the association of all Honors students. Through the work that they complete in fulfillment of expectations for the HON 488 course each semester, students on the Steering Committee demonstrate leadership and provide service while offering opportunities for Honors students to engage in social, academic, and service activities on and off-campus.

Honors College Tailgate – Saturday 20th October

The Steering Committee of the Honors College Student Association will hold their first social event for Honors students in the Fall 2018 semester. The Honors College Tailgate will take place in the State Electric parking lot (across 3rd Ave from Stadium) at the Oct 20th Herd Homecoming Game from 12:30 PM until game time. Come meet your student association officers and other Honors students. Games. Food. Fun!

Honors College Chipotle Fundraiser – Sunday 21st October

The Steering Committee of Honors College Student Association (HCSA) will hold a fundraising event through a partnership with Chipotle Mexican Grill at 2151 5th Avenue in Huntington on Sunday, October 21st from 5 PM to 9 PM. Simply tell your cashier that you’re there to support the Honors College Student Association to be sure that 33% of proceeds will be donated to help fund future HCSA events.

Honors College Apparel Sale Fundraiser – Ends Wednesday 24th October

The Steering Committee of Honors College Student Association (HCSA) will hold a fundraising event through an organized sale of t-shirts and hoodies that proudly show your affiliation with the Honors College and support of the HCSA. You may contact one of the names listed on the HCSA_Apparel Order Form to place an order or go online to place an order yourself: Proceeds will help fund future HCSA events, so please take advantage of this great sale before it’s all gone on Wednesday the 24th of October!

All orders will be delivered to the HCSA Steering Committee President, Ashton Mullens, for distribution approximately 14th November.

> Yeager Symposium: Storyteller Adam Booth – 17 OCT 7:30 PM

World-renowned storyteller, musician, and Huntington native Adam Booth will speak 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 17, in the Joan C. Edwards Playhouse. Adam’s presentation is titled, “Regional Storytelling and the Importance of an Appalachian Di-y’all-ect.” Adam is a current faculty member at Shepherd University. His bio can be found here:

This presentation is FREE and all are encouraged to attend. Booth’s work may be of particular interest to students, faculty, and community members engaged with the fields of Appalachian Studies, English, History, Communications, and Music.

> Marshall University Honors Student Receives Bridging and Morgan Stanley scholarships

Caralee Casto, a Marshall University Honors College student, has been named recipient of the Bridging Scholarship for Study Abroad in Japan. Sponsored by a variety of contributors, the awards of $2,500 are administered by the American Association of Teachers of Japanese and are designed to promote study of the Japanese language, literature, and culture. Casto, a junior Japanese major, will spend her upcoming junior year at Kansai Gaidai University in Japan with the Asian Studies program.  Casto plans to pursue a doctorate in Japanese studies after graduation with eventual plans to work for the Department of State. In addition to being a student in the Honors College, she is president of Japan Club and a member of the Sado (Tea) Club.

In addition to the Bridging Scholarship, Casto also received the Morgan Stanley Scholarship, which provides her with an additional $7500. The Morgan Stanley Scholarship is only awarded to two students nationwide, and is a partnership with the Bridging Scholarship.

“Being able to study in Japan is something I never would have dreamed of growing up,” Casto said. “The Morgan Stanley and Bridging Scholarships have opened the door for me to truly experience my study in the way it was meant to be. These scholarships have shown me that others believe in me, and I hope to be a proud representative of Marshall, West Virginia, and each scholarship program I have been honored with.”

In addition to these two scholarships, Casto was also a recipient of the Gilman Scholarship and a Gamestop Scholarship.

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> Amicus Curiae Lecture Series for Fall 2018

Amicus Curiae Lecture Series for Fall 2018 announced.

All lectures are at 7 p.m. on the dates below in the Brad D. Smith Foundation Hall.

  • Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018:  Christopher Phillips, founder and director of the Socrates Café, Democracy Café and Constitution Café dialogue movements will deliver the lecture “Ask Not: What Each of Us Can Do to Make Our Democracy All it Can Be
  • Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018:  Charles Lewis, one of the most respected investigative journalists in America and author of the book 935 Lies: The Future of Truth and the Decline of America’s Moral Integrity, will deliver the lecture “Twist and Shout: Public Discourse, Political Dysfunction and Democracy in America
  • Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018: Jan-Werner Mueller, Professor of Politics at Princeton University and director of its Project in the History of Political Thought, will deliver the lecture “After Populism.”  His 2016 book What is Populism?, has been translated into more than 20 languages.
  • Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018: Charles A. Smith, Professor of Political Science at University of California, Irvine and co-author of Gerrymandering in America: the House of Representatives, the Supreme Court, and the Future of Popular Sovereignty, will deliver the lecture “Gerrymandering in America: Revenge of the Anti-Federalists

Amicus Curiae Lecture Series for Fall 2018.

As always, your support for this lecture series has been critical to its success and is very much appreciated.

Patricia Proctor, J.D.

Director, Simon Perry Center for Constitutional Democracy

Contact: 304-696-2801

> Honors College staff take charge of the Governor’s Honors Academy

For the first time in 15 years, the Governor’s Honors Academy is returning to Huntington. Made up of 170 outstanding West Virginia high school scholars who will be seniors in the fall, the three-week academy will be at Marshall July 1– 21.

The 2018 GHA program at Marshall will concentrate on “Your Digital World.” Instructors will combine STEM topics with the arts and humanities. They’ll examine different academic areas that benefit from today’s technology and meld that into curriculum and activities. GHA will promote critical thinking as students define their paths as digital citizens.

The co-deans for GHA 2018 are Cara Bailey, Coordinator of the Yeager Scholars Program, and Mallory Carpenter, Program Manager for the Office of National Scholarships in the Honors College.

Read more in the Marshall University press release of February 2018.  See a July 2018 update in the Herald-Dispatch.

> Honors Students Win Intuit “Innovating for Impact” Design Challenge

Congratulations to Honors Students and Yeager Scholars Liz Adams and Hunter Barclay, along with their teammates in 42 Peaks, for advancing in Intuit‘s first Innovating for Impact design challenge. Innovating for Impact, a collaboration between Marshall University and Intuit, included seven teams that received training on innovation from Intuit leadership, and applied key principles to three spec Intuit's first Innovating for Impact design challengeific challenges facing West Virginia today: providing educational opportunities for youth in rural communities, battling substance abuse and creating technology-based jobs in the state.

Members of 42 Peaks designed an app to connect people to resources, support groups, community events, peers with similar experiences, real-time video mentors and other resources. Liz, Hunter, and the other members of the top three teams, will receive a trip to Silicon Valley and San Francisco, where they will receive a two-day immersive experience to explore some of the top technology companies, and gain hands-on experience collaborating with an Intuit Design for Delight team and receiving additional coaching.

Actress Jennifer Garner, NFL football legend and Marshall alumnus Chad Pennington and Intuit CEO Brad Smith coached and selected the three teams during a finale event held at Marshall’s Joan C. Edwards Playhouse. “At Intuit, our mission is to power prosperity around the world, and youth are a large part of building a more prosperous future. By sharing our tried-and-true Design for Delight innovation principles with some of the bright, young minds at Marshall, we are taking a step forward to make a lasting impact in this community,” said Smith.

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