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National Institute of Standards and Technology Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (NIST SURF)

WVU internal interest form (complete by/before Dec. 14) for undergraduate students potentially interested in a paid summer 2017 research opportunity at NIST National Lab (Gaithersburg, MD or Boulder, CO) are open. Complete NIST SURF application will be due to the WVU Office of Undergraduate Research by/before Jan. 11. More info? See seniors are eligible to apply, especially if they plan to attend graduate school. Students with physics, material science, chemistry, applied mathematics, computer science, or engineering majors are always encouraged to apply. There may be research opportunities for students with other majors. Questions? Email

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Posters on the Hill

Application, non-technical abstract, and faculty recommendation letter (on institutional letterhead & uploaded by advisor) for the spring 2017 Posters on the Hill event (see in Washington, D.C. are due by/before Nov. 4, 2016. The Posters on the Hill event includes an evening poster session and reception as well as other activities for both the undergraduate student presenter(s) and the faculty research adviser. If needed, contact the WVU Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) for help with the application. OUR will aid in securing travel funding and making travel arrangements for selected undergrad and faculty mentor.

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Honors College Web Calendar

You can keep up with what’s happening in the Honors College by checking out our calendar at the bottom right side of our homepage. Or you can bookmark to access the calendar even quicker. 

You may submit events for the Honors College calendar at, then search for Honors College. If and when it is approved, then the event will appear on the Honors College calendar. Please note that only Honors College and it's affiliates' events will be posted on the calendar. Contact Dynita Washington at if you have questions about the web calendar.

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ENGL 257: Science Fiction and Fantasy

“The Great Explainer”: Isaac Asimov, Science, Science Fiction, and Scientific Literacy - Professor Jay Cole                                               

He coined the word “robotics.”  His Foundation Trilogy was voted “Best All-Time Series” by the World Science Fiction Convention.  He wrote or edited more than 500 books on topics ranging from the Bible to biochemistry, from the Sun to Shakespeare, from genetics to Gilbert and Sullivan.  In this course, we will examine the writings of Isaac Asimov and discover how he earned the nickname, “The Great Explainer.”  From his science books and essays to his science fiction novels and short stories, Asimov helped to popularize and explain science for millions of readers around the world.  How did he do it?  At a time when scientific literacy is more important than ever, we will study one of the most eloquent and effective champions of scientific literacy and his impact.  As an added bonus, the WVU Library has one of the world’s largest collections of Asimov materials.  We will spend time exploring that collection to learn more about this remarkable writer and his legacy.

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Nath Lecture -The Dawn of Gravitational-Wave Astronomy

Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Dr. Sean McWilliams, will discuss the international collaboration that has detected gravitational waves. He will share about the recent discovery and observations, their overall impact, and what lies ahead for this new field. The lecture will be on Tuesday, Nov. 1st at 7:30 pm in Brooks Hall Room 202. All of the WVU community are welcome to attend. See link for details.

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Brazil: Honors Pre-Med Global Service Learning (Spring 2017)

This program takes place primarily in Santarém, Brazil, providing students with an opportunity to understand healthcare delivery in Amazonian Brazil. Beyond visiting Afro-Brazilian or riverine villages in the Amazon on a medical boat, students will be exposed to the rapidly growing economy of Northern Brazil. Students will complete service activities with Amizade’s community partner, Fundação Esperança. The application deadline is February 28, 2017. See the WVU Abroad link for the official brochure for more details and to apply. Travel dates for the Honors-only section are from May 12-27, 2017.         

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Lifestyle Intervention Research Lab

The Department of Human Nutrition & Foods is looking for students to participate in a study about food insecurity and food access among college students. Student participation is valuable, because it will help us design programs to improve student access to nutritious food at West Virginia University. By completing the survey, students have the chance to win a $100 gift card. Go to the link below to get more information and to enroll in the study. If you have any questions, contact Rebecca Hagedorn at 

Study Information & Application: 

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T-Shirt Design Contest

HSA is looking for the next design for the Honors College T-Shirt. Designs will be judged by Honors faculty and staff and the winning T-shirt will be go to Trademark for approval! The competition will run from Monday, Oct. 31st to Wednesday, Nov. 16th! Designs can be submitted to the Honors College Office front desk located in Honors Hall across from the main desk of the Residence Hall or via email to The winner will also get a free T-shirt they design! See flyer for more details. If you have any questions contact Nick Haas at

PLEASE review the trademark guidelines before designing the shirt.

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