Eagle Scholar Volume 5 | Issue 7

UK and Ireland Scholarship Nominees

Nine Auburn University students are among the nominees for the nation’s top postgraduate honors, including the Rhodes, Marshall and Mitchell scholarships. Students awarded these scholarships will pursue their individual fields of study at prestigious universities in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

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Honors Study Nights

Animg_3846other helpful Honors Study Night  will be held on November 8th in the Village Community Center from 6-8 pm. Fellow Honors students will be offering group tutoring for Honors Physics I, Honors Calculus I and II and III,  Honors Organic Chemistry I, Honors General Chemistry I. This is a great opportunity to get first hand help from other students who have taken these Honors specific courses, as well as meet some new friends and study partners.

Miss Auburn University, her platform and life as an Honors student

Brooklyn Holt, an Honors College sophomore majoring in journalism and political science was recently crowned Miss Auburn University. Occasionally confused with the Miss Auburn title, Miss Auburn University participants are part of the Miss America program, which encourages a commitment to service, scholarship, and promotion of your personal platform.  

Due to past experiences, Brooklyn’s platform holds a close place in her heart, and functions to increase public awareness on the issue of child homelessness. According to her formal platform statement, “high levels of poverty and unemployment, inadequate educational opportunities, widespread rural areas, decreased state and local funding, the current state of the economy, as well as state laws, all contribute to innocent children in Alabama being abandoned and becoming victims of homelessness.” In an effort to overcome child homelessness, Brooklyn’s platform, “Raise Your Voice for Children,” uses her natural vocal talent through a song written in dedication to Brooklyn’s platform, which create opportunities to spread her message. So far she has made over 175 appearances including both radio and television, and spent countless hours organizing musicals in support of children’s needs, she has also hosted many musical concerts generating thousands of dollars for Children’s Miracle Network.

According to Brooklyn, she always wanted to attend Auburn University, and in fact, was the only school in which she applied. Besides her years as a majorette with the Auburn University Marching Band, and of course being crowned Miss Auburn University, Brooklyn says that the Honors College is one of her defining experience here at Auburn. “It feels like a community,” said Brooklyn. She believes the relationships you create with professors and classmates, can open many doors for your future either through internships or other opportunities in your field of study. Brooklyn looks forward to an unforgettable journey as she works toward the Miss Alabama and hopefully the Miss American competition.

Honors College Film Series

Film Series ElementThe Honors College Film Series will show it’s final two films this semester: “The Central Park Five” on November 10, and “Incarcerting US” on November 14. Both films will shown in the RBD Library (CMD Auditorium) starting at 3 pm

Click the posters to be taken to the IMDb.com reviews.

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Student Organization Updates

Honors Congress

Service Project | November 7 | 7 pm | Haley Center 1203

Diversity in Honors

For their next meeting on November 7, the group is hoping to have a discussion over dinner. In order to be able to have this, they need an accurate headcount.  Please contact Sara Odom if you are interested – also keep an eye out for an additional RSVP from DIH.

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Auburn Classical Academy Science Experiments – new opportunity!

The group needs a volunteer to help with science experiments for 12 elementary school children. Auburn’s Dr. Simon will be presenting, and volunteers will be helping children one-on-one as they need extra assistance.

This week’s focus is on lenses and lens theory.  The kids will get to learn about how lenses work and will then have the opportunity to build their own models of Galileo’s first telescope to take home.

**Although there is a smaller need for volunteers this time, they will able to accept more volunteers in the weeks to come.

·         November 10th at 12:30 PM

·         Auburn Classical Academy: 1901 Waverly Parkway, Opelika, AL

·         Please contact Payton Davis to sign up.

Auburn Day Care Centers

Auburn Day Care Centers is a program that cares for children during after school hours as an extended day program. They have around 37-38 kids ranging from kindergarten to fourth grade. They are looking for volunteers to assist kids that need more one-on-one help with homework.

·         Wednesday, November 2nd

·         3:30 – 5 PM (ending time may vary depending how much help the kids need for the day)

·         First time volunteers still need to first report to the office at 400 Boykin Street, Auburn, AL 36832, Room 215 30 minutes early (3:00 PM). You will fill out some basic paperwork, so please be sure to bring a valid ID. Then drive to the day care center at 720 Slaughter Avenue, Auburn, AL 36832.

·         Sign up here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090848acad29a3f94-auburn2

·         Please contact Rachel Breece for more information.

Loachapoka ACT Tutoring 

Join us in tutoring sophomores, juniors, and seniors for the ACT. These are the last few weeks of the program before Auburn students have to start gearing up for finals week, and we want to finish our service work strong. Even if you have never volunteered with this program before, please sign up if you are interested in helping! Contact Sam Lubor via email with any questions.

·         Thursday, November 3rd

·         3:15 – 4:15 PM

·         Loachapoka High School

·         Sign up here à http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090848ACAD29A3F94-loachapoka

Jean Dean RIF Shoes4Books Drive

The group is collecting shoe donations to help support the Jean Dean RIF Shoes4Books Drive! Donating your footwear (flip-flops are included) will help purchase books while providing shoes and jobs for the needy.

·         Drop off shoes in Dr. Thomas’ office in Cater Hall

·         Drive ends November 18th

Course Highlight

History 1027: Honors World History

Rather than a series of names and dates, the class is structured around three pivotal moments in world history, which you will explore through elaborate games, set in the past. In each game, you will each be assigned a character from the past and various “victory objectives.”

Read the flyer.

Student Opportunities

Alabama Law

Alabama Law is excited to announce a streamlined law school application process for Auburn students and graduates for Fall 2017.  The benefits of this application program are:

*No application fee

*Admissions Decision within approximately 24 hours of the Law School’s receipt of a completed application

*No Personal Statement required

*No Letter of Recommendation required

This Alabama Scholars Admissions Program is exclusive to certain undergraduate schools in Alabama. The website gives more information, including the application and applicant eligibility criteria.  Please note in the eligibility requirements that the applicant must have a cumulative undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.80 (according to the CAS report).

Summer Internship Program

The NIH Summer Internship Program (SIP) in Biomedical Research is a competitive, prestigious training program that places undergraduates in an NIH lab for a 3-month summer internship. All the basic information is available here:

https://www.training.nih.gov/programs/sip

You will note that the application portal does not open until mid-November. However, they suggest that you can (and should!) begin preparing your materials now, as data for 2015 indicate that applicants who submit their materials in the first two weeks have a success rate three times greater than those who submit during the two weeks just before the deadline.

Quick Alumni Updates

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Paul Bergen who is a 2012 AU Honors College graduate and a Fulbright Scholar to Germany as well as a Phi Kappa Phi Marcus Urann Fellow  and a Gates-Cambridge Scholar recently met with Bill Gates.

screenshot_20160917-174538Sean Bittner, 2016 AU Honors College graduate, recipient of the Edward Gentle III Award, and National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, proposed to his girlfriend Alli this September, on Pat Dye Field in Jordan-Hare stadium.  Congratulations Sean and Alli!

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