Advising News and Tips

Fall 2020—Week 10

Monday, November 30, 2020


  • Do you need IRB approval for your thesis research?

If your thesis research involves human subjects, you will need to secure Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval before you begin your research.  If you aren’t sure whether or not you will need IRB approval for your thesis research, fill out a Human Subjects Research Determination Form (available here) to find out if you should attend an IRB training session to learn how to obtain IRB approval for your project.  Additional information can be found on UO’s Research Compliance Services website.  Please keep in mind that IRB approval could take as long as 4-6 weeks to secure. Please note that many kinds of human subjects research may not be possible in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, so make sure to work closely with your primary thesis advisor to make alternative plans for your thesis project’s methodology, if needed.


  • Friday, Dec. 4: Four-year plans due for first-year students enrolled in HC 101.
  • Monday, Jan. 4: Winter 2021 classes begin


Full UO Academic Calendar for Fall Term

  • Friday, Dec. 4: Last day of class
  • Sunday, Dec. 6: Last day to process a complete withdrawal from all courses.
  • Monday, Dec. 7 to Friday Dec. 11: Final Examinations
  • Monday, Jan. 4: Winter 2021 classes begin
  • FAFSAs for 2021-22 can now be completed beginning October 1 for both continuing and incoming students (see the Financial Aid Office website for more info)

CHC Peer Mentors

All students are invited to visit the CHC Peer Mentors for any personal, academic, or community support. The Peer Mentors hold office hours Monday – Thursday of Fall term. You can find their office hours schedule here. You can find the CHC Peer Mentor channel on Microsoft Teams and contact the Peer Mentors during their office hours by clicking here. Or email the Peer Mentors at

CHC Concern Email Address

We know how challenging the current remote learning environment can be, and the CHC wants to make sure that we’re as responsive as possible to your concerns as they arise. If you wish to share a concern about a CHC course or CHC advising, please send it to


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  • African and African American Relations, c. 1960 to Recent Times: Transformations in Global Blackness with Dr. Emmanuel Akyeampong

Emmanuel Akyeampong is the Faculty Director of the Harvard University Center for African Studies and Professor of History and of African and African American Studies at Harvard University. He was appointed Loeb Harvard College Professor in July 2005. Akyeampong is a Fellow of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences (FGA), and a Corresponding Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (UK). He serves as the president of the African Public Broadcasting Foundation (US), a co-founder and director of the International Institute for the Advanced Study of Cultures, Institutions and Economic Enterprise (IIAS: ) based in Accra, Ghana. He is the author of several books and articles including Drink, Power, and Cultural Change: A Social History of Alcohol in Ghana, c.1800 to Recent Times 

Date: Tuesday, December 1
Time: 5:30 – 7:00pm
Place: Register here

  • Applying to Graduate School: Deep Dive Series with the Health Professions Program

Join the Health Professions Program for a weeklong series to learn about the application services, how to obtain letters of reference, discuss personal statements, and more about your health graduate school plans! Leave with the information and tools needed to develop a strong, well-rounded application. A FREE Kaplan test prep will be raffled off to participants! See attached flyer for details of the daily events.

Date: Monday, Jan. 11 – Friday, Jan. 15
Time: Approx. 6-7pm daily
Place: Register online

  • Overcoming the Challenges of Communicating Emerging Science about COVID-19 with Dr. Kathleen Hall Jamieson

Using the debate over the safety and efficacy of hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for COVID-19 as a case study, this talk will explore ways to communicate the nature of emerging science to the press and public in polarized times and make the case for the need to more cogently communicate the standards that govern assessment of the quality of scientific evidence.

Date: Thursday, January 14
Time: 4:00pm
Place: Registration Coming Soon! 

  • Let’s Talk: University counseling Services Drop-In Service

Let’s Talk has gone virtual to Let’s (Tele)Talk!  Let’s Talk is a drop-in service that provides easy access to free, informal confidential one-on-one consultation with a University Counseling Services staff member. No appointment necessary (first-come, first served). No paperwork to be completed. Easy access support and consultation. While typically offered in various campus locations, Let’s (Tele)Talk will now be offered via Zoom. Let’s Talk appointments are brief (usually between 15-30 minutes) and is meant to be used on an as-needed basis. Note there may be a short wait.

Click here for more information, schedule, and links!

  • Center for Undergraduate Research and Engagement (CURE) Virtual Open Hours

It's never too early to explore undergraduate research and scholarship opportunities! Attend open hours to learn about undergraduate research, distinguished scholarships, and funding for international fellowships.

Time and Date: Various Times



  • NEW! Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

Application deadline: early March 2021 (for programs in Summer or Fall 2021)
The Gilman Scholarship Program offers awards for undergraduate study abroad and was established by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000.  This scholarship provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving a Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study abroad programs worldwide.  The scholarship offers awards up to $5,000 (or up to $8,000 for those who are studying a critical-need language while abroad).  The Gilman Scholarship is a great funding option for students who are considering traveling abroad with one of the CHC’s signature study abroad programs.  In addition, GEO advisors (as well as CHC faculty members who offer study abroad opportunities) are available to meet with you about the application process, and to review your essay drafts.  Please visit the UO’s Distinguished Scholarships website for more information about the Gilman.

  • GEO Map Your Future Scholarship

Application deadline: December 15, 2020
GEO is passionate about study abroad and hopes that every student is able to participate in a life-changing experience abroad.  With this in mind, GEO offers the Map Your Future Scholarship to first-year students that can be used for a study abroad program during your college career. A number of $1,000 scholarships will be awarded.  These scholarship funds can be used for an eligible study abroad program any term.  Note: you do not need to know which program you plan to participate in when you apply for the scholarship, and applying for the scholarship does not mean you are committing to a study abroad program.

  • GEO Scholarship for First-Generation College Students

Application deadline: December 15, 2020
In an effort to expand access to education abroad, GEO has made available a Scholarship for First Generation College Students. This is a planning scholarship for UO students whose parents/legal guardians did not complete a 4-year college bachelor’s degree. As a planning scholarship, recipients of the GEO Scholarship for First-Generation College Students can use the award to study abroad on a GEO-sponsored program at any time during their college career at the UO. A number of $1,000-$3,000 scholarships will be awarded each year to help support first-generation college students who aspire to study abroad. Note: you do not need to know which program you plan to participate in when you apply for the scholarship, and applying for the scholarship does not mean you are committing to a study abroad program.

  • GEO Study Abroad Scholarships for Students with Disabilities

Application deadline: December 15, 2020
The GEO Study Abroad Scholarship for Students with Disabilities is a planning scholarship available to UO students who have a documented disability. Recipients of the scholarship can use the award to study abroad on a GEO-sponsored program at any time during their college career at the UO. A number of $1,000-$3,000 scholarships will be awarded each year to help support students with documented disabilities who aspire to study abroad. Note: you do not need to know which program you plan to participate in when you apply for the scholarship, and applying for the scholarship does not mean you are committing to a study abroad program.

  • Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship

Campus Deadline: December 15, 2020 (for current 2nd- and 3rd-year students)
The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship is a distinguished award for juniors and seniors who plan to be scientists, mathematicians, or engineers. Up to $7,500 annually to help cover tuition, fees, books, room, & board for junior and/or senior year(s). Must be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or U.S. national and a sophomore or a junior at the time of application with a minimum “B” grade point average.  For more information, visit UO’s Distinguished Scholarships website or email Kevin Hatfield (

  • Phi Bea Kappa Society’s “Key Into Public Service” Scholarship

Application Deadline: January 15, 2021
The scholarships intend to connect promising liberal arts and sciences students with opportunities in local, state, and federal public service careers and award $5,000 undergraduate scholarships to successful applicants. Membership in PBK is not required, but students must attend a Phi Beta Kappa chapter institution and participate in a virtual public service conference in June 2021 that will provide training, mentoring, and resources. Student are welcome to follow-up with the Office of Distinguished Scholarships at if they have questions or wish to seek support and advising with preparing their applications! Learn more about this opportunity at this link.

  • Key Into Public Service Scholarship

Application Deadline: January 21, 2021
With the general election just around the corner, many campuses are searching for opportunities to engage students in active citizenship. The Society’s Key into Public Service undergraduate scholarship program connects promising arts and sciences students with opportunities in public service. This program can provide your chapter with visibility on campus and underscore the importance of liberal arts and sciences expertise to the nation. Beginning on November 2, the Society will invite applications from well-rounded liberal arts and sciences students attending a chapter institution who possess an overall GPA of 3.5 or higher with an anticipated graduation date of December 2021 through Spring 2023. Characteristics of ideal recipients include intellectual curiosity, interdisciplinary breadth and depth of arts and sciences coursework, leadership propensity, and service to others. Successful applicants will receive a $5,000 scholarship and will participate in a required virtual convening featuring career training and mentoring opportunities. Interested students may apply through January 15, 2021, on our website.



  • NEW! Emerging Leaders Internship

Application Deadline: January 31, 2021
Current college students of color and recent grads (within one year) who call Oregon home are eligible to apply for these paid, full-time summer internships at some of Portland’s top companies. Internship positions will span our 5 Job Groupings (and beyond):

    • Marketing & Communications 
    • Tech 
    • Operations & Projects 
    • People & Engagement 
    • Finance & Accounting 
    • Business & Entrepreneurship

The intern application is available now at through January 31, 2021.

  • NEW! The Walter and Nancy Kidd Creative Writing Workshops – Accepting Applications beginning January 1, 2021

Application Deadline: Monday, March 1, 2021
Do you love to write and be creative? Are you a storyteller or poet? The Walter and Nancy Kidd Creative Writing Workshops are now accepting applications for the 2020-2021 academic year. The Kidd Workshops are a special yearlong sequence of courses that allows you to study your passion for creative writing and grow as an artist. Program highlights include: Generous Scholarships (up to $3,000 each); Workshop Original Poetry, Fiction, or Creative Nonfiction; Small Classes with a Creative Community; Lectures by Visiting Writers and Faculty; Fulfills Half of the Requirements for the Minor.

Submitting Your Application: For the fiction track, submit up to ten pages of fiction or creative nonfiction. For the poetry track, submit up to four pages of poems. Students may apply to both tracks. Applications should also include an unofficial copy of your transcript and a short personal statement.
To Apply, click here:

  • Research and Writer – Home Energy Efficiency and Local Climate Change Solutions

The Office of Sustainability at UO is searching for a researcher and writer! A perfect opportunity for English and other humanities majors. Apply here.

  • OHSU Summer Equity Internship

Application Deadline: December 21, 2020
Spend eight weeks at OHSU working with faculty, scientists, and graduate students. Past internship tracks include biomedical sciences, medicine, dentistry, health systems and policy, nursing, and public health. This program is specifically geared toward students from diverse, underserved, underrepresented, economically, or socially disadvantaged backgrounds. Learn more and apply here.

  • Department of Energy Scholars Program

Application Deadline: January 4, 2021 at 11:59 EST
The DOE Scholars Program provides opportunities designed to introduce DOE missions, functions, and operations to talented undergraduate and graduate students, as well as recent graduates. These opportunities will help prepare Scholars towards the full range of entry and mid-level research, technical and professional positions within DOE and other organizations that support the DOE mission. Being selected as a DOE Scholar offers the following benefits:

• Stipends starting at $600 per week for undergraduates and $650 per week for graduate students and post graduates during the internship period
• Limited travel reimbursement to/from assigned location
• Direct exposure to and participation in projects and activities in DOE mission-relevant research areas
• Identification of career goals and opportunities
• Development of professional networks with leading scientists and subject matter experts

For more information, visit Applications and supporting materials must be submitted at:

  • Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP)

Application Deadline: February 5, 2021
This is a free virtual summer enrichment program for first and second year students focused on improving access to information and resources for college students interested in the health professions. SHPEP students gain clinical exposure through virtual simulation experiences and seminars, participate in career development and financial literacy workshops, attend health policy seminars and more! Learn more and apply here.

  • MAP IT OUT Mentorship Program

MAP IT OUT is a mentorship program that support high school students from underrepresented backgrounds who are interested in healthcare, STEM, and are wanting to begin their college journey. This includes assistance in the college application process, FAFSA/scholarship related advice, virtual UO research lab tours, physician/researcher guest speakers and much more! Interested? Apply here or email if you have questions.

  • Survey on Covid-19 and Food Security

The UO Student Sustainability Center’s Food Security Task Force wants to hear about how COVID-19 has affected your food security and eating behaviors! Please share your experiences by participating in a 10-15-minute online survey conducted by UO Prevention Science doctoral student, Anna Cahn. To participate in this study you must be a UO student AND 18 years old or older. Your survey responses will be anonymous. Participants can enter drawings to receive one of sixty-five $20 Safeway e-gift cards!  Your input will directly inform campus efforts to increase students’ food security and healthy behaviors. The survey will be open August-December 2020 or until the maximum number of responses has been reached. Ready to participate? Click HERE for a link to the survey. Questions? Contact Anna Cahn at