Honors Network News
Tuesday, August 28
In this issue:

Honors Contracting Paperwork Deadline
Visiting Scholars Kickoff
Scholarly Project Jumpstart

Be Well Boilers: Wellness Tip of the Week
Leadership Involvement Fairs

Fund Grad School With an NSF Grant
West Lafayette Schools Seeking Volunteer Translators
Purdue Admissions Hiring Tour Guides

Honors Mentor Program Engenders Leadership, Learning

"Be brave. Take risks. Nothing substitutes for experience."

Paulo Coelho
   Brazilian lyricist and novelist, author of The Alchemist


Honors College programming can enhance your personal and scholarly development. Challenge yourself to attend at least one activity each week. Please browse our calendar for upcoming opportunities. 

Invest in Yourself!

Tue, Aug. 28
Scholarly Project Jumpstart
7:00-8:00 p.m.

Wed, Aug. 29
Leadership Involvement Fair
7:00-9:00 p.m.
Innovation Forum 
Thursday, Aug. 30
Leadership Involvement Fair
7:00-9:00 p.m.
Innovation Forum

Wed, Sept. 5
Ameenah Kaplan Meet & Greet
3:00-5:00 p.m.
HCRS Reading Room

Sun, Sept. 9
Dinner w/ Your Student Diversity Officers
5:00-6:30 p.m.
HCRS Reading Room
Tues, Sept. 11
Meet Vera Stark: Using Art to Build Community
3:00-4:30 p.m.
honors Hall 

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Honors Contracting paperwork due THIS Friday

Planning on Honors-Contracting a course this semester? 

Remember all paperwork is due  Friday, August 31 by 5:00 p.m.

Contact your Honors Advisor ASAP for more information regarding the paperwork, procedures and where to turn it all in.

'Visiting Scholars' program kicks off with director, actress & choreographer Ameenah Kaplan

You might recognize her from roles in Avengers: Infinity War or The Office, but Ameenah Kaplan has much more to talk with you about. 

Kaplan  is visiting Purdue as a guest director of By the Way, Meet Vera Stark but is also holding a "Meet & Greet" and talk exclusively for Honors College students. Come d iscuss the concept of using works of art to create bonds within a community.

The accomplished drummer was part of the original American cast of STOMP and is a drum coach for Blue Man Group. She considers herself a true creator and aims to add linear storytelling to spectacle theater. 

Come talk with her about your creative passions. Have an interest in dance, choreography, music or theater? Wonder what it takes to make it as a performer? This award-winning actress, producer and choreographer would love to hear from you. 

Meet & Greet ( RSVP Required)
Wednesday, Sept. 5
3:00-5:00 p.m.
HCRS Reading Room

Discussion: "Meet Vera Stark: Using Art to Build Community"
Tuesday, September 11
3:00 p.m.
Honors Hall
HAPPENING TONIGHT: 'Scholarly Project Jumpstart'
Prepare for your proposal, generate ideas, ask questions! 

Come get ahead of the curve, before the semester gets too busy! This event will give you all the tools you need to get moving on your scholarly project, including information about the proposal and verification process.

Our fall proposal date is fast approaching (Sept. 30).
  • Unsure about your project ideas? 
  • Looking for feedback?
  • Don't know where to start?
  • Want to learn how get money to make your project happen?
  • Need examples of successful projects?
Join your Honors Advising team TONIGHT in the STEAM Lab.  You can read more about the scholarly project requirement HERE .

7:00-8:00 p.m.
'Be Well Boilers' wellness tip of the week: 
#1  Mental Wellness

College is a time of excitement, learning, and change. With all of those factors also comes the potential for us to feel overwhelmed. 

In our effort to "Be Well Boilers" we want to strive to meet the World Health Organization's definition of mental wellness: 
  • "A state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community."
Watch each week for a new tip & together we can truly Be WELL Boilers. 

Honors College Involvement Fairs (THIS WEEK!)

The Honors College is eager to introduce you to a wide range of involvement opportunities. Discover how you can invest in yourself and your scholarly community. Here are some of the groups/roles you can explore:
  • Honors College Programming Committees (Campus Outreach, Community Service, Global, Interdisciplinary Connections)
  • Student Diversity Officers
  • HC Jazz Society
  • HCR Society

Wednesday, August 29 / Innovation Forum / 7-9 p.m. (add to calendar)

Thursday, August 30 / Innovation Forum / 7-9 p.m. (add to calendar)


Come check things out AND get an ice cream float! Note: same offerings will be at both evening events.) 

Can't make it to the fair but want to sign up for one of the Honors College's Programming Committees, sign up here: https://goo.gl/forms/EGUlXwRYAV6VrFW02
NSF Graduate Fellowships: 
Apply as a senior, enter grad school WITH FUNDING!  Free Workshop for STEM seniors

Are you Preparing for Grad School? Learn how to obtain a NSF fellowship with this workshop! You should have a high GPA and be conducting research in your field. 

August 28th | 7:00 - 8:30 pm | PRCE 277

Undergraduate seniors can apply for the NSF Graduate Fellowship, which provides three years of funding for graduate school to the tune of $30,000. This workshop will cover:
  • the application process 
  • provide tips for constructing a research statement, along with giving advice on formatting, broader impacts & intellectual merit
  • strategies for requesting letters of recommendation
CLICK HERE to reserve your seat for this workshop. 


Note: Eligible applicants for the NSF GRFP must be U.S. citizens, nationals or permanent residents.

Are you great at talking while walking backwards?
Purdue Admissions is hiring tour guides! 


The Office of Admissions is hiring tour guides. 

It will be having a callout THIS Thursday at 6 p.m. in WALC 1132. 

Gain leadership experience while showing prospective students what YOU love about Purdue.

West Lafayette schools seeking volunteer translators

West Lafayette is proud to have incredible diversity in its school system. 

Sometimes it has families for whom translation services are helpful. If you speak a second or third language fluently---in addition to English--we have a way for you to help those families! 
West Lafayette has a volunteer translator program. Translation services are used to assist the teacher and office members in communicating with families via a phone call or email primarily. 

Please contact Sara Delaney, assistant principal of Cumberland Elementary School, at (delaneys@wl.k12.in.us) if you can help. 
Honors Mentor Program engenders learning, leadership

Reflection and experience are important factors in leadership development, and in turn for academic success. 

The Honors Mentor Program, through the efforts of program director Dr. Adam Watkins and other Honors College faculty, provides a framework for the coaching and practices of these important academic elements. After four years, the Mentor Program has shown success in a number of learning outcomes.

As Mentors, students serve as liaisons between first-year Honors College students and faculty members. They also promote identification with the Honors College through teamwork and bonding and coach first-year students on the skills necessary to succeed and be a leader in the Honors College.  Interaction between student and mentor can help ease the transition from high school into to rigors of college life.

"Because my mentor played such a vital role in my comfort in the Honors College, I can only hope to do the same for the incoming freshmen class," said Mentor Elizabeth Grace Turnbull.

"I hope to help first-year students discover their passions and feel comfortable and excited about life at Purdue," Mentor Hannah Jean Walker said. "Being a first-year student can at times feel overwhelming and confusing, but I know Honors Mentors have the capability to relieve this stress. I desire to be a friendly face these students recognize on campus that is willing to answer questions and lend a helping hand whenever possible."