Archive | February, 2011

Don’t forget Freshman Small Group Meetings

24 Feb

Some advisors are more trusted than others. Catherine and Liz would never hypnotize you with their snake staffs.

Freshmen!  Don’t miss your spot at a small group meeting.  Liz and Catherine are ready to dish out the advising.

On the docket:  registration coming up at the end of March, your remaining requirements, study abroad, what classes you have to take next semester, and more!

All meetings are in the UHP Club Room at 714 21st Street NW.

Sign up for a time online here.

Tuesday, 3/1:  4:00 pm
Wednesday, 3/2: 4:00 pm
Friday, 3/4:  11:00 am
Monday, 3/7:  10:00 am,
Wednesday, 3/9:  10:00 am

Summer Undergraduate Mentored Research at University of Cincinatti

23 Feb

Summer Undergraduate Mentored Research

Summer Undergraduate Mentored Research at the University of Cincinnati (SUMR-UC) is an 8-week, fully supported research opportunity for rising juniors and seniors. The competitive program, sponsored by the Graduate School, runs 6/20/2011-8/12/2011. SUMR-UC provides undergraduates with an interest in pursuing graduate education an intensive, mentored research experience. Students selected for the program will work on projects under the supervision of advanced UC graduate students. Projects are available in a broad range of fields. To view projects click here

Program features:
• $3000 stipend
• Work full-time on research on UC’s campus
• Access to facilities at one of the nation’s premier research universities
• Individually assigned graduate mentors who will closely advise the research project
• Interact with UC’s world-class graduate faculty
• Social and professional cohort of mentors and mentees
• On-campus housing available if desired
Apply for SUMR-UC

Applicant Requirements:
• Junior or senior status in baccalaureate program by Fall 2011
• US citizen or permanent resident status
• A strong intent to pursue a graduate degree upon completion of your baccalaureate degree
• A completed application submitted by APPLICATION Deadline includes:
1. An indication of your top two choices of research or creative projects
2. A brief description of your educational and other qualifications for working on the projects  selected
3. A statement of no more than 250 words on your intention for graduate study and likely professional goal thereafter
4. One recommendation letter emailed to from a faculty member in your baccalaureate program attesting to your academic progress and standing, and commenting           on your abilities and potential to successfully participate in the summer research experience
5. A copy (unofficial is acceptable) of your most recent transcript emailed to

We are especially interested in applications from students belonging to groups underrepresented in graduate education

What’s Up Alum? – Clare Rowland

23 Feb

Clare Rowland CCAS '09

Clare Rowland CCAS '09

Clare Rowland, CCAS ’09, graduated from the University Honors Program summa cum laude.  A chemistry major with departmental honors and a minor in Russian language and literature, Clare spent a year after graduation working as a research assistant for Chris Cahill in the GW Chemistry Department. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry at Northwestern University with a National Science Foundation Fellowship.

The chemistry program at GW is tiny, especially given the size of the undergraduate student body; and the few students who do graduate with a major in chemistry largely go on to med school. But the size of the program conceals a gem of an opportunity. Brace yourself; this could be life-altering. GW’s chemistry department has some truly excellent professors and researchers who have a real interest in seeing their students succeed. My professors, and particularly the two with whom I did research, have played a significant role in getting me to my current position as a graduate student at one of the top inorganic chemistry programs in the world. They did this by by writing me more letters of recommendation than I can count and by allowing me to work on independent research projects as early as my freshman year. Now, most freshman wanting to do research would get stuck washing glassware and making stock solutions. And, given how little freshman (my younger self included) know, that’s probably a good thing. But having research experience that early on gave me a leg up on every scholarship and fellowship application I’ve submitted since. And that’s definitely a good thing.

When it ultimately came time to graduate, I was reluctant to leave my productive (and beloved) research project. It also happens that my post-graduation plans A and B had fallen through at rather the last minute, leaving me wondering whether I might have to move back home (horror!). Dr. Cahill, however, very generously supported my staying on for a year as a research assistant. As a result, I had an extra year of research that really gave me direction for the future as well as the chance to go to conferences and workshops, publish papers, and make professional connections. I think I may have already mentioned this, but GW’s chemistry professors are awesome.

You may be thinking, ‘You could do those things anywhere. There’s nothing special about that experience.’ Yet talking to my fellow grad students at Northwestern, I am more and more convinced that my opportunities in chemistry at GW were superior to those of people both in large programs (where it’s easy to get lost and professors are often more interested in their own research than in the education of undergrads) and at small colleges (where it’s hard to find productive research programs and funding). Add to the mix a new science center, and I think chemistry at GW looks pretty darn bright.

As for my future, I will spend the next 4-5 years at Northwestern and Argonne National Lab researching exactly what I want to be researching. This must be getting old by now, but I again have GW to thank. It was through Dr. Cahill that I made the connections to set up this collaboration, and it was all that research experience and those wonderful letters of recommendation that got me the funding to work on this project. (For those of you who are interested, the focus of my research will the the interaction of polysulfide ligands with uranium, neptunium, and plutonium. Fancy-schmancy pieces of equipment that it will involve include, in order of descending fanciness, a synchrotron, a single crystal X-ray diffractometer, a dedicated glove box, steel autoclaves, and round-bottom flasks. It will be awesome.) Beyond grad school, I will either go on to a postdoc pursuing my passion for actinide chemistry or take over the world. Ultimately, both of these routes will likely lead me to a position as an actinide chemist at a national lab – the scientific equivalent of Disney World – which is just about the best job someone in my shoes could imagine.

And, one more time… Thanks, GW.

“Half the Sky” panel and anthology

23 Feb

This year GW’s incoming undergraduate class was asked to read Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity Worldwide, by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn.

The First Chapter Committee, in collaboration with the library, the UWP, and the Dean of Freshmen, is sponsoring a panel on the book on Wednesday, March 2, at 4 pm.

The panel features Rebecca Dingo, Assistant Professor of English and Women’s Studies at the University of Missouri at Columbia; Rachel Riedner, Associate Professor of Writing and Women’s Studies at GW; Layne Amerikaner and Leeda Mehran, graduate students in Women’s Studies at GW; and Chiara Corso, GW Class of 2014.

After the panel, we will celebrate the publication of an anthology of GW students’ writing, Reflecting Half the Sky, which features pieces by Ms. Corso and other members of the class of 2014.

The panel and book-release party will take place in Gelman Library, Room 207. Light refreshments will be served.

The event is open to all; we hope to see you there.

If you have any questions, please contact Dolsy Smith (

SURE Award Winners [Congrats]

22 Feb

Congratulations to our SURE award winners.  These are the students and groups that have won the SURE grant for undergraduate research:

  • Sushmitha Rajeevan
  • Kanika Gupta
  • Mailin Li
  • Christiaan Reynolds
  • Chelsey Faloona
  • Tigan Woolson
  • Group: Nicholas Gyongyosi, Benjamin Laman-Maharg, Preston Bell, Paul Organ, Joseph Setaro
  • Group: Alexandra Tran, Catherine Hood, Enxhi Xhoxhi
  • Group: Rio Hart, Bryan Kane, Joseph Sipos, Megan Kavaras, Naazneen Essabhoy

The SURE award is available to all UHP students to perform research of any kind, in any subject.