UVM is abuzz with the news that the menís basketball team has earned its first NCAA tournament win since 2005. This follows on the heels of the Catamounts capturing the NCAA championship in skiing. Success in Division I sports may seem far away from the pursuit of academic quality. But at UVM, where varsity athletes have won six straight America East Academic Cups for academic performance, itís not surprising that star athletes are thriving in the Honors College. Theyíre not only on the basketball team and skiing teams, but also compete in track and field, swimming, ice and field hockey, and other sports.
Honors College Welcomes the Class of 2016 Prospective Students
Spring is an exciting and anxious time for high school seniors and their families. The decision on where to go to college and which university is the right fit is not an easy one. But this spring, Honors College students have been reaching out to prospective students and parents, introducing them to the Honors College, and helping prospective students envision what their life would be like as a University of Vermont Honors College student.
Environmental Author, Scholar and Activist Bill McKibben discusses Political and Environmental Advocacy at Honors College Plenary
Bill McKibben, a renowned environmental scholar visited the Honors College first year plenary session in February. His lecture, titled, "Report from the Front Lines of the Climate Fight: Some Jailhouse Notes on the Moral Fight of Our Time" sought to address events from earlier this year when he received national attention after organizing a protest against the Keystone XL pipeline (a proposed pipeline that would carry oil from Alberta, Canada to the Gulf of Mexico). McKibben was famously arrested in front of the White House, but his protest was ultimately given partial credit for encouraging the White House to delay construction of the pipeline until it could be investigated.
McKibben, who lives in Middlebury, Vt., is the author of over a dozen environmental books, and is best known for founding the grass-roots climate change campaign 350.org. You can watch his Honors College lecture here.
Student Professional Development Forum Opens 2012 Application Process
The Honors College's highly regarded career and professional advising program is back; The Professional Development Forum is currently accepting applications from current Honors College first years, sophomores and juniors who want to participate in an intellectual and personal exploration of postgraduate opportunities, and who also want to build the professional correspondence and etiquette skills that are needed to pursue those opportunities.
The 2012 forum will focus on connecting academic and personal interests into career goals, developing mentoring relationships on and off campus, pursuing opportunities during college that give greater post-college experience, and an introduction to networking. Students will also receive personal feedback on resume, cover letter and interviewing skills. They will also participate in discussions on the challenges related to pursuing experiences related to professional goals (this includes graduate school vs. professional experience, taking unpaid internships, making rational professional choices in relationship to personal preferences and constraints), and understanding the personal and professional journey students need to take to reach their aspirations.
Applications for the 2012 Student Professional Development Forum are available now and due to the Office of Fellowships Advising by Friday, April 13 at noon.
Mini Grants Enable Students to Get Out of the Lab and onto Lake Champlain
The opportunity to pursue knowledge both inside and outside of the classroom is central to the Honors College experience. Research work with professors as well as independent research opportunities are actively encouraged by the college and pursued by its students. This past November Honors College students Chelsea Mitchell and Molly Morrissey joined Professor Jason Stockwell (director of UVM's Rubenstein Ecosystem Science Lab) aboard the Melosira, UVM's 45-foot research vessel to conduct research on the vertical migration of mysis shrimp in Lake Champlain.
From a Glimmer to a Project: the Honors College Thesis Prep Course
The ins and outs of the literature review; the conundrum for the creative writer of how to describe his "methodology"; the Biology major who wonders if she can do research with a physician in the College of Medicine for her thesis in the College of Arts and Sciences; the French major who needs some research money to get to France to access an archive; the question of how to approach a faculty member to ask if they will commit to supervise the most important academic work of your undergraduate career. These are the sorts of things that come up in HCOL 101, the thesis preparation course that Honors College students take in their Junior year.
Lane Series: Ljova and the Kontraband visit the Honors College
On Friday, March 23, the eastern European music group Ljova and the Kontraband stopped into University Heights North for an intimate concert and lecture for Honors College students. The performance served as a preview of what the group would be performing later that night as part of UVM's Lane Series. In addition to the music, members of the group discussed their music's classical roots, as well as the gypsy, klezmer, and jazz styles that have closely influenced their work.
Each semester, the UVM Lane Series hosts a concert and lecture in the Honors College. For more information on upcoming spring performances on campus, visit the Lane Series website.
Honors College Alum Embarks on Research Trip to India
This spring Honors College alumna Grace Weaver '11 will embark on a journey to Tamil Nadu, India, where she will be pursuing research on Indian figurative art and religious art traditions. Through her project titled, "Speaking Through the Body of God," Weaver seeks to obtain a deeper understanding of Hindu devotional art, which she hopes will deeply inform her own work as an artist. In addition to her research, Weaver will be working as a digital photographer for DakshinaChitra, a local nonprofit organization which seeks to support indigenous art.
Student Research Conference
The University of Vermont's 2012 Student Research Conference will be a record breaker for participation. Over 200 undergraduate students will join 160 graduate students to give poster presentations and short lectures on their independent academic research that has been conducted on campus during the past year. The Honors College will be especially well represented at the conference; 68 students are scheduled to give oral and poster presentations.
The Student Research Conference will be on Thursday, April 19 from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. in the Davis Center For more information, visit the Student Research Conference website.