Honors Network News
Tuesday, August 29
In this issue:

Torch Tuesdays are Back
HC Ironhack Team Callout
Honors College Tshirt Winner
Leadership Involvement Fair
A Message from the HLC
Student Service Learning Panel
Study Abroad Fair

Be a Tour Guide: Jobs with the Office of Admissions
Day with Industry

Get to Know Us: Dr. Liz Brite, Seeking Students for Research Trip Abroad
" It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences. -Audre Lorde
  --Audre Lorde, writer/civil rights activist

Tuesday, August 29
Ironhack Team Call Out
4:00 p.m.

Torch Tuesday
Windsor Dining Court

Leadership Involvement Fair #1
7:00-9:00 p.m. 
Steam Lab

Wednesday, August 30
Student Service Learning Panel
7:00-8:00 p.m.
Honors Hall

Leadership Involvement Fair #2
7:00-9:00 p.m.
Steam Lab

Thursday, August 31
Coffee With The Council
1:00-4:00 p.m.
HCRN Study Nook

Your Honors Sophomore Year Experience
7:00-8:00 p.m.
Torch Tuesday's are back!

Looking for an easy way to connect with Honors College faculty, staff and advisors?  How about doing so over lunch?

This causual setting is a great place to start conversations, ask burning questions, explore research interests and simply have fun.

  • Join us in TODAY in the Windsor Dining Court
  • Long tables on the back left side

Windsor Dining Court
Want to create your own app? 
Check out the HC Ironhacks team

Compete with the Honors College Ironhack team! Identify a problem, and create an app, which you will OWN, to solve the problem. No coding experience necessary and all majors are welcome!

You will earn 1 credit in 8 weeks. Join us TODAY at 4:00 p.m. in the STEAM lab for full details.

Call Out
Tues, Aug. 29
4:00 pm

And the Honors College T-shirt design for 2017-18 is...

Thanks to everyone who weighed in on our Facebook page regarding the design finalists for this year's T-shirt and kudos to the artistic individuals who helped create the amazing designs. 

After gathering more than 100 votes, the design on the right will grace this year's shirt. 

Look for its arrival later this fall!

Leadership Involvement Fair

There are a variety of ways to get involved as a leader in the Honors College. Come explore and learn more about our opportunities at one of two Leadership Involvement Fair sessions.

Both nights will include the same information, so there is no need to attend both.

We will feature information about the Honors College Programming Committees and other leadership groups. 

Tuesday & Wednesday, August 29 and 30
7:00-9:00 p.m.
STEAM lab 

A message from the HLC

Hello, we are the Honors Leadership Council executive board and represent you, the students of the Honors College, in our weekly discussions and meetings with the Dean. There is one representative from each disciplinary college on the council.

We hold office hours in the "nook" study area off the hallway in HCR North Building.

Please let us know if you have questions, concerns, or ideas for our Honors College community.

You can join us for conversation and free coffee at the first "Coffee with the Council" this Thursday, August 31 from 1-4 p.m. in the "nook" area.

Student Service Learning Panel

Hear from Purdue students about what service-learning is and what to expect! 

Co-sponsored by the Purdue Journal of Service-Learning and the Office of Engagement

Wed. Aug. 30
7:00-8:00 p.m.
Honors Hall
Where will Purdue take you?
Study Abroad Fair (including HC programs) this Wednesday

If you're thinking of studying abroad, mark your calendar for the Purdue Study Abroad Fair.

This one-stop-shop will offer all the information you need to get started.  It will also include information on this year's exciting Honors College study away courses

These programs will enrich your intellectual development and intercultural learning. Explore different communities, cultures, and socio-economic and technical issues in a variety of settings while gaining honors credits. 

Why study away?
  • Experience different educational systems
  • Hone your language skills
  • Gain new perspective and independence
  • Develop your whole self
  • Become more competitive in the job market
Wednesday, Aug 30
STEW 306
10:00-3:00 p.m.

Be a tour guide with Purdue's Office of Admissions

The Office of Admissions is looking to hire tour guides.

The position starts at $8/hour with a minimum of 3 hours/week. 
Callout Information
Tuesday 8/29 and Wednesday 8/30
WALC B058 at 6pm

Day with Industry: A Purdue Society of Women Engineers event

This industrial roundtable will feature workshops, a catered lunch and networking for students in an intimate setting.

The event will help students connect with companies (such as John Deere, Boeing, GE, Kimberly Clark & Exon Mobile) and develop professional skills before the industrial roundtable. With 18 different companies attending that hire all engineering majors between them, this event presents the perfect interactive opportunity to hone your professional development skills before IR, with panels offering diverse perspectives applicable toward both incoming and veteran students.

Sunday, Sept. 10
Stewart Center 
11:00-3:00 p.m. 

Free for SWE members, $5 for nonmembers
Questions? Contact: Megan Lim, 971-200-0610, purduedaywithindustry@gmail.com

Get to know us: Liz Brite
Clinical Assistant Professor,  Director of Engaged Learning
Seeking students for undergraduate research abroad

Dr. Liz Brite is fascinated by agricultural innovation and and cultural change in prehistory.  The archeologist has worked on research expeditions in many parts of the world-- including Uzbekistan, India, Peru, California, and the American Southwest-- and is now preparing to head to the UK with undergraduate researchers.

Dr. Liz Brite
Brite is looking for students to join her on a Spring Break project examining the genetics of ancient cotton seeds recovered from an archaeological dig in Uzbekistan in 2009. The seed are approximately 1500 years old and could yield clues about the evolution of domesticated cotton. 

"Cotton may seem an obscure thing to study, but it is a critical part of the global agricultural economy," Brite said.  "For this reason, there is a lot of interest among scientists in understanding its evolutionary ecology and biology." 

Working with a team of scientists, Brite's student partners will participate in archaeogenomic research on the seeds to try to learn more about them. Archaeogenomics is the application of genetic research to materials recovered from archaeological sites.  It is a technique that has allowed groundbreaking insights into the evolution of the human species, the most famous example being the study of Neanderthal DNA extracted from their bones.

"The cotton seeds we are studying were an exciting discovery because they appear to be the first evidence for cotton agriculture anywhere in the northern latitudes (outside the plant's native habitat)," Brite explained. "Traditionally, archaeology couldn't tell us much more than this, but with new approaches in genetics we may now be able to identify these seeds to the species level (a critical question that can tell us more about their origins) and learn more about how selection acted on them to change their biology."   

Students will research alongside faculty members from a variety of fields.  Their work with the seeds may include identifying their species, understanding how they are alike and different from modern cultivars, discerning how the features that allow them to adapt to cold environments are expressed in their genome, and/or gaining a better sense of how archaeological deterioration affects our ability to recover their DNA.   

"This is an excellent opportunity for students to see truly interdisciplinary research at work," Brite said.  "This project would be impossible for any of us as individual scientists to achieve. Archaeologists can uncover the seed remains but we cannot understand their biology; geneticists can understand their biology but cannot place the seeds' historical significance; and biologists can reveal the plant's evolutionary history but cannot relate it to the human past."  

In addition to offering a compelling look into archaeogenetics, Brite is hoping the research trip will help students with their scholarly project.

"I t gets student in the lab, working with faculty, and working with each other to produce new knowledge," she said.  "This is the goal of the Honor College's scholarly project, and this opportunity is an initiative to help set students on a successful track to complete these projects, whether they ultimately focus on the archaeogenetics of cotton or something else."

  • Students accepted into the project will be funded to conduct 1-2 weeks of research over Spring Break at a specialized genetics laboratory at the Univ. of Warwick, UK (travel expenses included).  
  • Students must commit to attend 4 class sessions in February and to travel March 10-18, 2018.  
  • Honors College students with interest and/or background in plant science, genetics, evolutionary biology, or archaeology/anthropology are especially encouraged to apply.  Priority will be given to those HC students who can articulate how the work might lead to their scholarly project.  
More information and an application form can be found HERE