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October 6 - 12, 2014

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The Owl Games Saturday, October 11th at 9 am. The Owl Games is an eSports event where players compete in a featured title for prizes. Winning isn't the only way to get prizes, and you can get involved without playing, too. If you simply attend, you'll be eligible for some pretty awesome giveaways worth more than $6,000 and get to check out some new technology that you can use to game on and get schoolwork done. The Owl Games will be open to the public, and everyone is encouraged to attend. Don't want to play? That's fine too! Everyone who attends is eligible to win raffles and giveaways with no required registration fee. Learn more at www.fau.edu/jupiter/owlgames. The event raises money for charity and disability awareness.

Battle of the Blues FAU enters into the Battle of the Blues with our Conference-USA rival, Old Dominion University to see which institution can get more of its Grads of the Last Decade (GOLD) to give back to their alma mater. The contest runs through November 15th with the winner announced on November 29th, the same day we host ODU for our last home football game. ODU's mascot is Big Blue, a scrawny lion who wears a crown but who cowers at the sight of our mighty Owlsley! When we Mash the Monarchs, Big Blue has to admit defeat by wearing an FAU tshirt! If by some minute chance ODU wins the challenge, Owlsley will suffer the same fate. Go Owls!

Late Application for Degree It's not too late to apply for graduation!  Click here to download the late application for degree.

Deadline Approaching: Fall Undergraduate Research Grant Applications due by 5 pm, Wednesday, October 15th! Click here to learn more and apply.



Deadline to Apply for the Aylesworth Scholarship for Marine Science students! Click here for more information.

 Owl Games, 9 am
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6th Annual Day on Writing! The University Center for Excellence in Writing and Writing Across the Curriculum program are sponsoring a "Flash Writing" contest! Click here to download the flyer to find out how to enter. The winners will receive a financial aid award, have the opportunity to read his or her piece at the evening celebration for the National Day on Writing on October 20th, and will have his or her piece published in this year's edition of Coastlines Literary Magazine.

Named Scholar Recognition Ceremony October 17th Featuring Special Guest Speaker, Moustafa Bayoumi! LLS Auditorium, 1 pm. Contact Kat Yates for more information at kyates3@fau.edu or 561.799.8105.

Posters on the Hill 2015 - Call for Submissions! Students and their faculty mentors are invited to apply for the Council on Undergraduate Research's (CUR) 19th annual undergraduate poster session on Capitol Hill. In addition to other events there will be an evening poster session and reception where students will have the opportunity to speak directly to members of Congress and demonstrate how they have been impacted by these programs. Contact Mary Pat Twomey with questions at mptwomey@cur.org.

Intern for a Congressional Campaign! Interested in politics? Want to see how a political campaign works? Work to get a sitting US Representative reelected. Congressman Patrick Murphy is up for reelection this November and his campaign is looking for dedicated interns.
The internship provides the interns with the experience of working in one of the biggest congressional races in the country, will introduce them to possible future connections, and gives them the satisfaction of helping a Congressman get reelected.
The main purpose of the Field Staff for the campaign is to mobilize voters so that we have a high turnout this election. As an intern, you would be in contact with thousands of voters through phone calls as well as at their doors. You will aid in setting up events and recruiting volunteers. A major part of our job is to make personal connections with the voters and give them the proper information on Representative Murphy to allow them to make an informed decision on November 4th.
The internship requires a minimum commitment of 15 hours per week and runs through the November 4th election. 
If interested, please contact:
Evan Lawlor
Field Organizer - Florida Democratic Party

The David Boren Undergraduate Scholarship/Graduate Fellowship Competition is now open! The Boren grant is a unique scholarship opportunity to study abroad and pursue less commonly taught language learning in world regions critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad (Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Middle East). Students go abroad for a semester or academic year of study. STEM students only can apply for an 8 week summer program as well. Awards are $8,000/summer, $10,000/semester or $20,000/academic year for undergraduate students and up to $30,000 for graduate students. Applicants must be enrolled in a US college or university and must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the US at the time of application. The FAU Campus deadline is Monday, January 12, 2015. Contact Dr. Catherine Meschievitz, Director, Office of International Programs at 561-297-1039 or cmeschie@fau.edu.

Student Travel Award: Social Science Division The Social Science Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) is offering a limited number of travel grants, up to $200 each, for undergraduate students presenting the results of research that they have conducted at a regional or national, discipline-specific meeting during the academic year 2014-2015. Award recipients are required to acknowledge CUR for support of their travel in their talk or poster. After the meeting, a brief report about the experience is expected. Minority students are encouraged to apply.
Eligibility Criteria:

  • Undergraduate students at any level can apply but preferences will be given to juniors and seniors or students attending 2 year community colleges.
  • Student's mentor must be a CUR member or the student's home institution must be a CUR institutional member (FAU is a member)
  • Student's home institution must match the $200 CUR travel grant

Application Materials:

  • An electronic copy of the meeting abstract, including the title of the abstract, student author, faculty mentor, and institution. If the abstract is written in highly technical terms, the applicant may also submit a brief (500 word max) summary of the work written for an audience consisting of social scientists from a wide range of disciplines. The abstract should note the study's objective, methods, results, and importance.
  • Proof of acceptance to the regional or national meeting.
  • A list of itemized meeting expenses (travel, housing, and registration).
  • An email from sponsoring faculty acknowledging (1) student's enrollment as an undergraduate, (2) confirmation of student's planned attendance at the meeting, (3) confirmation of institution's monetary match of $200, and (4) confirmation of individual or institutional CUR membership.
  • Reimbursement of travel expenses (up to $200) will require copies of receipts and confirmation of student's attendance/presentation at the meeting.

Selection Criteria: Travel award recipients will be selected on a first come, first serve basis provided that the above criteria are met. Only one travel award will be granted per institution.
Deadline: Applications for a travel grant to a fall 2014 or spring 2015 meeting are now being accepted. Award decisions will be made on a first come, first served basis.
Submission of application materials: http://tinyurl.com/ojp5p26

Biology Division Student Travel Awards  The Biology Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research is offering a limited number of travel grants, up to $250 each, for undergraduate students presenting original research results at a regional or national, discipline-specific meeting during the fiscal year 2014-2015. Award recipients are required to acknowledge CUR cor support of their travel in their talk or poster, to complete a short evaluation form about their meeting experience and to submit a PDF file of their poster. Minority students are encouraged to apply. Click here for more information.

Posters on the Hill 2015 - Call for Submissions! Students and their faculty mentors are invited to apply for the Council on Undergraduate Research's (CUR) 19th annual undergraduate poster session on Capitol Hill. In addition to other events there will be an evening poster session and reception where students will have the opportunity to speak directly to members of Congress and demonstrate how they have been impacted by these programs. Contact Mary Pat Twomey with questions at mptwomey@cur.org.

HC Music Practice Rooms
Rooms in HA 109, 110, and 111 are available. All enrolled Wilkes Honors College students need to have a current, approved permission form on file with the Dean's Suite, HC 131. This form, which outlines the rules and regulations for use of the rooms, is available online . Please bring your completed form, along with your OWL card, to the HC Deans' Suite for approval and processing.



Scholarship Opportunities

2015 Aylesworth Scholarship
The Aylesworth Foundation for the Advancement of Marine Science gives 1 to 3 student scholarships a year. Awards are made to Florida university students doing work in any area of marine science. The key is that the research is applied and is aimed at helping to support more effective decision making for sustaining coastal or ocean systems. The scholarship can last from 2 - 3 years. The Aylesworth Foundation has supported 97 students since it began this program with over $500,000 awarded to Florida university students. The deadline to apply is October 10, 2014. Apply here.

US Student Fulbright Program to Study Overseas

FAU students who will have a BA or BS degree by the start of the Fulbright may apply to study overseas or teach English overseas. More information at www.fau.edu/goabroad/Fulbright.php or www.fulbrightonline.org. For more information contact FAU Fulbright Program Advisor Dr. Catherine Meschievitz, 561-297-1039.



Internship/Job Opportunities

Lighthouse Artcenter Internship
Contact Katie Deits, Executive Director or Barbra Broidy, Curator and Executive Assistant at 561-746-3101.

Taras Oceanographic Foundation Palm Beach Dolphin Project Internship
PBDP is currently focusing on the natural history of bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus). The short-term goal is to obtain critical baseline data of the dolphins and their habitat, and to create a photo-ID catalogue of all individual dolphins. Barbara Brunnick, Ph.D., is the director of Research.

PBDP is currently seeking unpaid interns to accompany them for their field research. There is also opportunity for photo cataloging and database work in the office after the boat fieldwork is completed. Students can just do office internships if not able to go on the boat.

On the job training in dolphin survey and photo id will be offered. Those that can commit to a longer time frame and all day trips will be considered first; boat experience a plus. Everyone is responsible for bringing his or her own brown bag lunch; including plenty of water.

Boat surveys are every Wednesday, weather permitting. We leave at 8 am from the Jupiter Pointe Marina in Tequesta. The surveys can last up to 5 pm so it can be a long day in the hot sun with not much protection. Tupically they end around 3:30 pm, but varies.

Length of internships vary according to student needs.

Office work hours arranged with Dr. Brunnick. Boat surveys arranged with Diane Arrieta.

Please RSVP to darrieta@fau.edu or brunnick@taras.org.

Fall 2014 - Spring 2015 Paid Environmental Education Internship Opportunity 
Education Interns will be responsible for leading education tours and activities at the center for visiting school, home school, and camp groups. Group tours occur Tuesday - Friday, 10 am - 12 pm. Daily responsibilities include, but are not limited to, greeting guests, caring for aquatic life, assisting in species collection, participating in outreach events, coordinating and recruiting volunteers, leading children's programs, and assisting with special events. Education Interns are also encouraged to create, implement, and evaluate their own interest program or project during their time at the River Center with the assistance of our Educators.
Open until Filled
Hours: Flexible - Tuesday-Saturday between 8 am and 4 pm, up to 29 hours per week. Some weekends & nights required based on program requirements. Staff and interns will work to create a set schedule.
Salary: $8.25 - $8.75 per hour
For more information, full job description, and to download the application, visit http://www.loxahatcheeriver.org/employment_opportunities.php. Please send resume and Loxahatchee River District Application.


Fall 2014 & Spring 2015 Capital Semester Programs

Sponsored by The Fund for American Studies.  Capital Semester is an academic internship program held each fall and spring in Washington, DC for undergraduates interested in public policy, international affairs, business, journalism, communications, and the nonprofit sector.  Internship placement is guaranteed.  Students gain substantive professional experience by interning approximately 30 hours per week while earning academic credit in government and economics from George Mason University.  Internship sites include federal agencies, policy groups, international affairs organizations, government relations offices, media outlets, PR firms and nonprofits.

  • 12 transferable credit hours from George Mason University
  • Roommate matching and furnished apartments in the Capital Hill neighborhood of DC
  • Guest lectures with Washington's top policy and industry experts
  • Exclusive briefings at Capitol Hill, World Bank, Federal Reserve, and State Department
  • Leadership, mentoring and career building activities
  • Over 70% of students receive scholarship awards based on merit and financial need

The final deadline for Spring 2015 is November 1.  Contact admissions@tfas.org or 202-986-0384 with questions.



Need ideas for an internship?

Check out the Internship Opportunities page! Click here to go to the Honors College Internships and Study Abroad page. Internship opportunities are listed alphabetically and by discipline.



Study Abroad  

Study Abroad Office Hours Study Abroad Advisor Amanda Frederick visits the Jupiter Campus every semester to advise students on the various opportunities available to them. If you would like to schedule an appointment with her during one of her advising sessions, email afrede11@fau.edu. Amanda Frederick will be on the Jupiter Campus:
Thursday, October 23rd from 10 am - 3 pm
Wednesday, November 12th from 10 am - 3 pm
Download the printable flyer.



  Career Development Center

Career Development Services

Dave Jenks is the Career Development Center's new representative on the Jupiter campus. His office is located in SR Room 225 on Mondays and Fridays from 8:30 am - 5 pm . Dave is available for individual appointments regarding career and graduate school planning concerns. He will also be providing workshops and programs throughout the remainder of fall and spring semesters. Dave's career counseling experience includes roles at the University of Central Florida, Stetson University, and Wesleyan University. Originally from Connecticut, Dave has a Masters of Science in Higher Education Student Affairs. He also has business experience in the travel, financial, and hospitality industries. To schedule an appointment with Dave, please contact 561-297-3533.

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Post Announcements

If you would like to include an announcement about your FAU club or university endorsed events in the Monday Weekly Announcement and on the HC website, please email the webmaster no later than 5:00 pm Thursday of the week before your event with the following information:

  • Event name
  • Date, time and location
  • A brief description of the event
  • Name, phone number and FAU email address for contact person
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