Honors Network News
Tuesday, February 14

In This Issue:

Valentine's Day Celebration

Fulbright Week

C'mon Get Happy: Visiting Scholar, a World Expert on "Happiness"

Opportunity to Research with Dean Phillips

Honors College to Hire Student Diversity Officer



Cancer Prevention Research Internship Program

Birk Nanotechnology Center Seeking Volunteers

MSU Human-Computer Interaction Internships


Monday, Feb. 13-Feb. 17

Tuesday, Feb. 14
Torch Tuesday
Windsor Dining Court
Noon-1:00 p.m.

Valentine's Day Celebration
HCRS Reading Room
6:00-7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 15
Veenhoven Public Talk
"Greater Happiness for a Greater Number: How Can That be Achieved"
Honors Hall
4:00 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 16
Veenhoven Q&A
1151 HCRN Library
3:00 p.m.

It's a party! 
Will you be OUR Valentine?

The Honors College wants to celebrate Valentine's Day with YOU.  

Join us in the HCRS Reading Room for a poetry reading. 
  • Faculty and staff will be sharing their favorite love poems
  • Students who entered our "Cupid Contest" will be reading their original work 

You will also be treated to remarks from visiting scholar Dr. Ruut Veenhoven, a pioneer in the scientific study of love and happiness.  And we can't forget to mention another Valentine's Day mainstay... delicious treats. Who doesn't love chocolate?  We've also heard rumors of Dean Phillips' new puppy making an appearance.

Also, be sure to cast your vote for the grand prize "Cupid Contest" poetry winner.  

  • Go to the Honors College Facebook or Instagram pages to view videos of the 5 finalists.  
  • Be sure to watch all 5 before voting.  
  • You can cast your ballot with a "like" and have until Friday, February 17th at noon to weigh in.  
  • The winner will be announced in next week's HNN.

Tuesday, Feb. 14
HCRS Reading Room
6:00-7:00 p.m.

Fulbright Week is here: 
Get to know the program its benefits!
Info sessions begin TODAY

Purdue's Fulbright Week will start you on your way to applying for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.  Distinct from study abroad, it awards more than 1,900 fully funded grants to 140+ countries for U.S. citizens to research, study or teach during a 
post-baccalaureate  year abroad. Fulbright is a deep research year, or year of teaching English and significantly touching lives.

It's never to early to explore what this program can offer you!
  • Freshman and sophomores take a look at their options
  • Juniors begin applications now for a grant after graduation
  • Seniors look ahead to 2018-19
  • Graduate students conduct thesis/dissertation research abroad

C'mon get happy! 
Don't miss our special guest, a pioneer on the scientific study of happiness

This week, Purdue students and faculty will have rare access to a world-renowned expert on what turns our frowns upside down.  

Ruut Veenhoven, Emeritus Professor of Social Conditions for Human Happiness at Erasmus University Rotterdam, studies the subjective enjoyment of life.  He has  shown happiness can be used as a reliable measure to assess the progress of societies and his work has contributed to a renewed interest in happiness as an aim for public policy. LEARN MORE about him here  

Dr. Veenhoven's schedule includes:

  • Valentine's Day Celebration (giving remarks)
    • TODAY, Feb. 14
    • 6:00-7:00 p.m. 
    • HCRS Reading Room 
  • Public Talk
    • "Greater Happiness for a Greater Number: How Can This be Achieved
    • Wednesday, Feb. 15
    • 4:00 p.m.
    • Honors Hall
  • Q&A Session (Come listen to an interview and pose your own questions)
    • Thursday, Feb. 16
    • 3:00-4:00 p.m.
    • HCRN 1151 Library 
Opportunity to research with Dean Phillips

Dean Rhonda Phillips is looking for three students researchers to work with on the  Happiness West Lafayette project.  It begins Feb. 20 and is being conducted with the  Happiness Research Organization, based in Dusseldorf, Germany.

West Lafayette has been selected as one of the small cities to participate in this international work that gauges happiness via social media applications.  The three students are needed to help facilitate awareness of a survey, which will launch soon using a smart phone application to gather data.  In addition to data gathering, the project will include analysis of the factors influencing community well-being in West Lafayette and the development of a digital dashboard for residents to use.

All Honors College students are invited to apply, regardless of major.  Students will gain experience in data collection, data analysis and community-based research. 

The Honors College is looking for a 'student diversity officer'

  • Five hours per week
  • $10 per hour
  • Must be a current Honors College student
The Honors College seeks to stay at the forefront of Purdue University's commitment to diversity and inclusion as outlined in the Report of the Provost's Advisory Committee on Diversity (April 2016). To that end, the college is seeking a Student Diversity Officer for the 2017-18 academic year to serve as a liaison between Honors College faculty/staff and students, as well as assist with programmatic initiatives to better support Honors College students who belong to underrepresented racial minorities and international communities. 

Job duties may includ e:
  • Assisting with new student orientation
  • Planning networking events and panel discussions
  • Soliciting student feedback
  • Conducting research on concerns facing present populations of underrepresented minorities and international stuxdents
  • Representing the concerns of those populations to Honors College administration
To apply, please submit the following documents to Rachel Newell (newellr@purdue.edu) by March 29, 2017:

  • CV
  • Written response to both of the following questions (200 word limit each):
1. What personal and/or academic opportunities have you had to think about issues of diversity and inclusion?

2. Based on your experience in Purdue Honors College, what additional creative and programmatic approaches would you recommend to strengthen the diversity of the honors community?
Interviews will be conducted the first two weeks of April 2017.   For more information, please contact Dr. Megha Anwer (manwer@purdue.edu) or Rachel Newell (newellr@purdue.edu)

Looking for an exciting interdisciplinary research experience?
Try the Cancer Prevention Internship Program

An undergraduate research internship is a great way to explore a field, build research skills and develop a working relationship with a group of faculty members. CPIP (Cancer Prevention Internship Program) offers student research internships, which begin in the summer and continue through the following academic year. Participation is competitive and
all majors are encouraged to apply .
Why should I consider the CPIP?


  • Participate in cutting edge interdisciplinary cancer prevention research projects.
  • Learn valuable skills for a possible career in cancer prevention research.
  • Earn a $4,500 fellowship during the summer.
  • Earn a $500 scholarship each participating semester.
CPIP Requirements
  • Research Experience: Full time during the summer session (avg 40hrs/wk for 10 weeks) and 6-10 hrs/wk during academic year
  • CPIP Academic-Year Seminar Course: Attend the Cancer Prevention Internship Program Seminar (1 credit) in the Fall and Spring Semesters
  • Community Outreach: Engage in a service learning experience with local community partners that will contribute to reducing the burden of cancer in Indiana
  • Other Required Activities: Participate in networking events with CPIP interns and research team, including update meetings held at the end of each semester
How do I apply?
Full-time Purdue University students with a minimum 3.0 GPA may submit up to three project applications. Individual projects may list additional requirements.
Search project descriptions and submit applications online: www.purdue.edu/dp/duri
  • Qualifying students may apply for up to three projects from February 15th - March 22nd. 
  • Login with your career account and then select CPIP on the left side to view projects and complete your application(s). 
  • Questions?  Email cpip@purdue.edu.
Purdue's Birk Nanotechnology Center looking for volunteers

The Birk Nanotechnology Center has an exciting volunteer opportunity for students in the technical, education and management fields.  You will have the opportunity to: 
  • Gain professional experience explaining scientific concepts to people from non-technical backgrounds.
  • Support the future of STEM programs by introducing grade schoolers and high school students to the miniscule world of atoms, molecules, and nanoscale forces.
  • Participate with other students/researchers in a nationwide festival celebrating nanotechnology science and education.
Since 2010, the Birck Nanotechnology Center at Discovery Park has participated in NISE NanoDays, a program that promotes science and technology education nationwide. Volunteers will staff activity stations and assist visitors as they investigate different scientific concepts. Some example activities for 2017 include static electricity, DNA, and ultraviolet light. No prior knowledge is required to volunteer, just an enthusiasm for science and science education.
Local vendors will be providing food for volunteer training and all three days of the event.
Volunteers can attend any or all of the following shifts:
Wednesday:       4/5/17, 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Thursday:           4/6/17, 8:45 AM - 11:30 AM
                         4/6/17, 11:15 AM - 2:00 PM
Friday:               5/7/17, 8:45 AM - 11:30 AM
                         4/7/17, 11:15 AM - 2:00 PM
Training is mandatory and will be provided in the Birck atrium. The schedule is:
Tuesday:              3/28/17, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM (Pizza Party)
  6:00 PM - 7:30 PM (Training Sessions)
Interested volunteers can sign up here. ( http://tinyurl.com/ztb83wz)
A full list of activities can be found here. ( http://tinyurl.com/hzbkkna)
Questions can be directed to volunteer coordinators Joon Park ( park218@purdue.edu), Justin Wirth ( jcwirth@purdue.edu), and Sean Rinehart ( srinehar@purdue.edu).
Michigan State seeking research interns: Study how people and technology impact each other 

Michigan State University's Human-Computer Interaction program is looking for self-motivated undergraduate students interested in technology, people and how the two interact to work on summer projects in an interdisciplinary research lab.

Interested in gaining research experience?
Want to apply your skills to solving challenging problems involving people and technology?

You will look at how people think about and use computers, and how we can better design technology for people to use.  Research opportunities include: designing and running experiments, analyzing quantitative data from human subjects, interviewing people about technology use, working with databases

Program Details:
May 22-July28
$15-$20 per hour
10 weeks/40 hours per week

CLICK HERE for details and to apply  (Deadline: March 12, 2017)