Thursday, March 2, 2017

14th Annual Leander J. M. Haynes Humanities Book Prize Competition!





DATE:             Wednesday, March 1, 2017

TO:                  All ACES James Scholars
                        All Departmental Honors Coordinators

FROM:             Dr. Soo Lee, ACES Honors Dean
                        Rob Chappell, M.A., Assistant to the Honors Dean

RE:                  14th Annual Leander J. M. Haynes Humanities Book Prize Competition

We are writing to invite you to participate in the fourteenth annual Leander J. M. Haynes Humanities Book Prize competition. The Humanities Book Prize is awarded to one ACES James Scholar each spring semester. The purpose of this award is to encourage you to “think outside the box” and build intellectual bridges between the humanities and your own scientific fields of study.

To enter the award competition, all you need to do is compose an original essay of 500-1000 words, describing an important book that you read during your formative years (in elementary school, middle school, or high school) and how it has affected your life. The essay should be entitled, “The Most Influential Book That I Read During My Formative Years and How It Has Impacted My Life.” In the essay, you should briefly summarize the book’s contents and significance, describe how and why the book has influenced your life, and state why the book deserves to be read by a wider audience.

Your essay should be emailed to Susan Schmall-Ross (schmallr@illinois.edu) in Microsoft Word format by Friday, March 31 @ 5:00 PM (CDT). Each essay needs to be printed in a standard twelve-point font (double-spaced) and written by one student author. The author’s name should only be listed on the first (title) page of the essay, since the authors’ names will be concealed from the Selection Committee in order to ensure an impartial evaluation of all submitted entries.

The Selection Committee will convene in early-mid April to determine the winner, who will receive a $150 scholarship prize, a commemorative certificate, and a classic children’s book from the early 20th century, specially chosen by the award donor’s family. The Humanities Book Prize will be presented to the winner during a short program (in late April or early May) at the Center for Children’s Books, which is located in the basement of the School of Information Science (the iSchool).

Complete details about the Humanities Book Prize competition, along with profiles of some recent winners, may be found @ http://academics.aces.illinois.edu/honors/haynes-family-awards.




Monday, February 27, 2017

Diplomacy: The Most Important Game You Will Ever Play



“Diplomacy: The Most Important Game You Will Ever Play”
By Rob Chappell, M.A., Assistant to the Honors Dean
Reprinted from the ACES Career Services Newsletter (2/27/2017)


            In the fictional world of Game of Thrones, diplomacy plays a vital role within the major plotlines as rival families strive to control the Iron Throne and humans must face the reality of sharing their world with other sentient races. In our everyday lives, we most often hear about diplomacy in the news media as it is practiced on a global stage among various nation-states.
            On an individual scale, however, diplomacy is the toolbox that we all use for conducting negotiations in both professional or casual situations. When practiced between individuals, diplomacy means using “tact and subtle skill in dealing with people so as to avoid or settle hostility” (Wiktionary). Here are some key points to ponder as you advance your own career through the practice of diplomacy.
·        Treat others as you would wish to be treated, with honesty, tact, and sincerity.
·        Give others the benefit of the doubt, and listen carefully to what they are saying, both with and without words.
·        Speaking of words: Choose your own words carefully. For good or ill, they will come back to haunt you later!
·        When you’re negotiating, remember that neither party will get everything that they want in the end. Be willing to give and take, and accept the final outcome graciously.
·        Don’t try to box someone else into a corner – but don’t let someone else box you into a corner, either. Try to meet somewhere in the middle, emphasizing common ground and focusing on shared goals.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Global Health Fellows Program Internships

DATE:             Monday, February 20, 2017

TO:                  All Junior & Senior ACES James Scholars
                        All Departmental Honors Coordinators

FROM:            Dr. Soo Lee, ACES Honors Dean
                        Rob Chappell, M.A., Assistant to the Honors Dean

RE:                  Global Health Fellows Program Internship


Global Health Fellows Program II
Summer Internships
United States Agency for International Development
Compensated 3 - 6 month internships
Location: Washington, DC/Arlington, VA
 
Open Summer Internship Position:
Saving Lives at Birth, Center for Accelerating Innovation and Impact, Bureau for Global Health, United States Agency for International Development
Anticipated timeframe: May 2017 – October 2017: Compensated 6 month internship
Location: Washington, DC/Arlington, VA
INT-P6-020

Innovation Intern (Bachelor level opportunity): Deadline March 2, 2017

INTRODUCTION:
The Innovation Intern (Intern) will support the work of Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development that is housed within CII. Saving Lives at Birth - a partnership among USAID, the Government of Norway, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Grand Challenges Canada, Department for International Development (DFID), and the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) - calls on the brightest minds across the globe to develop groundbreaking prevention and approaches for pregnant women, mothers, and newborns during the vulnerable hours surrounding birth. In total, the ten-year $100 million program supports transformational ideas with potential for game-changing, sustainable, long-lasting health impact. After six rounds of awards, the Saving Lives of Birth portfolio supports the development of 106 novel science and technology, service delivery, and demand-stimulation solutions in low-resource settings. The Innovation Intern will help in the organization and support of the USAID-managed Saving Lives at Birth grants and with both internal and external communications. S/he will provide support to technical staff, performing a variety of both complex and routine administrative and analytical duties. Finally, the Intern will play a major role in pulling together the annual Saving Lives at Birth event, the “DevelopmentXChange”, the associated Pitch Competition, meetings, sessions, and activities.

S/he will work closely with the Senior Innovation Advisor as his/her onsite manager.


TO APPLY:
Detailed information, including an online application and instructions, is available on our website at www.ghfp.net. All applications must be submitted by 5:00 pm eastern time on the closing date stated next to each position.

If you need assistance with your application, please contact:

Jeff Yockey Ph.D.
Scholarships Coordinator
National and International Scholarships Program
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
217 333-4710



Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Summer 2017 Research Abroad & Scholarship Information





DATE:   Tuesday, February 7, 2017
TO:      All ACES James Scholars
            All ACES Honors Council Members
FROM:   Dr. Soo Lee, ACES Honors Dean
            Rob Chappell, M.A., Assistant to the Honors Dean
RE:      Summer 2017 Research Abroad & Scholarship Information

Dear ACES James Scholars:
There is still time to apply to two research-oriented study abroad programs for the summer! February 15th Deadline for programs and scholarships.

ACES 298 James Scholar Summer Research Experience
Cape Eleuthera Institute (CEI)
Rock Sound, Eleuthera, the Bahamas
ACES 293 (3 credits) International research experience
$1000 James Scholar Study Abroad Scholarship included if accepted

ACES in Botswana
Communities & Wildlife Conservation Summer Research Internship
Kasane and Maun, Botswana
NRES 285 (2 hours) or ANSC 398 (2 hours) & NRES 293 (4 hours)
$3500 James Scholar Study Abroad Scholarship included if accepted

You are also eligible for study abroad scholarships from the campus and the College of ACES.  Please complete these scholarship applications here:  Deadline is February 15, 2017.



Monday, January 30, 2017

ACES James Scholars: Undergrad Research Poster Display Info -- Spring 2017






DATE:         January 30, 2017

TO:             All Sophomore, Junior, and Senior ACES James Scholars
                  All Departmental Honors Coordinators

FROM:        Dr. Soo Lee, ACES Honors Dean (soolee@illinois.edu)
                  Rob Chappell, M.A., Assistant to the Honors Dean (rchappel@illinois.edu)

RE:             ExplorACES Poster Display Registration
                  Provost’s Undergraduate Research Symposium Registration

This memo contains important information about two upcoming events: ExplorACES and the Provost’s Undergraduate Research Symposium. Please read carefully, and be sure to contact us should you have any questions or concerns.

An exhibition at ExplorACES will fulfill the Honors Completion Plan’s requirement of a poster display detailing your ACES Undergraduate Research Project findings. Your poster will be displayed during ExplorACES on Friday, March 10 and Saturday, March 11, and it will be viewed by your fellow James Scholars, faculty members, and prospective students who are considering the possibility of attending the College of ACES.

Required dimensions of the poster: Should be 28” x 38” in size, either landscape or portrait orientation.

Required poster content:
1.        Summary of research
2.        Objectives
3.        Materials and Methods
4.        Findings
5.        Implications/Future Directions
6.        References (optional)
7.        Acknowledgements (optional)
8.        Student Bio

Required file format: Microsoft PowerPoint

Deadline to submit the file for printing: Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 12:00 noon.

To submit your ExplorACES poster, please email it to Rob (rchappel@illinois.edu) as a (single slide) PowerPoint attachment.

During ExplorACES, we expect that you will be present on site to discuss your research project with visitors for at least 2-3 hours. These hours may be divided up in any way that you wish between the two days of ExplorACES.

Please email Rob (rchappel@illinois.edu) the following information:
  • Confirm that you WILL or WILL NOT be displaying a poster at ExplorACES 2017.
  • Include your name, your major, your research advisor’s name, and the topic of your poster presentation.
  • In a sentence or two, summarize your research project for a general audience (easily comprehensible to middle schoolers and high schoolers).
Be sure to submit this information to Rob by Thursday, February 16 at 5:00 PM to ensure that your poster will be displayed at ExplorACES this spring.

Undergraduate Research Symposium
All ACES James Scholars are encouraged to register to present their research poster displays at the Provost's Undergraduate Research Symposium, which will take place on Thursday, April 27 at the Illini Union. The registration deadline is Wednesday, February 1 at 11:59 PM; you can register online at http://undergradresearch.illinois.edu, and questions may be sent to (217) 300-5453 and/or ugresearch@illinois.edu.

Scholars who wish to present their research posters at the symposium instead of – or in addition to – displaying at ExplorACES should send an email message to Rob (rchappel@illinois.edu) with the following information:
  • Confirm that you WILL or WILL NOT be displaying a poster at the 2017 Undergraduate Research Symposium.
  • Include your name, your major, your research advisor’s name, and the topic of your poster presentation.
  • In a sentence or two, summarize your research project for a general audience.
ACES James Scholars are welcome to present their research at either or both of these events; all we ask is that you let us know by Thursday, February 16 at 5:00 PM where and when and what you will be presenting.