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Hello Students!

As the Spring 2022 semester begins, we would like to wish you a successful and engaging semester. Please continue to stay safe and healthy!!

 

Applications for Spring 2022 Graduation are OPEN!!

  • Graduation application opens (Undergraduate students)
  • September 23, 2021
  • Graduation application opens (Graduate students)
  • November 6, 2021
  • Graduation application closes (Undergraduate students)
  • February 7, 2022
  • Graduation application closes (Graduate students)
  • April 1, 2022
  • Official graduation conferral date
  • May 7, 2022

For all things graduation, please go to the official graduation website!

 

Toxics Release Inventory Program

The EPA announced the launch of the “Companies Crushing Pollution” Video Challenge! The Challenge invites students and others, including people who live near industrial facilities, to create videos illustrating how U.S. businesses are reducing toxic chemical releases through innovative pollution prevention (P2) practices, and by having a positive impact on the environment and communities. Participants have a chance to win up to $5,000. 

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Save the Date: Diversity in STEM Symposium 

Please Save the Date for the Diversity in STEM Symposium on Thursday, February 17, 2022. 

Hosted by The College of Sciences and sponsored by BASF. 

9am – 2pm in the Talley Student Union.

Will also be available online and is open to students, faculty, staff, and the community.

Developing Cultural Competence

The Developing Cultural Competence (DCC) Student Certificate and Virtual Exchange program is a co-curricular program that connects our diverse students with students at our global partner institutions for global learning and cultural exchange. We are offering 8 course meeting times through the Spring 2022 semester. The fee is $100 for the four-week program, and this can be paid directly by students or (preferably) by departmental/college sponsorship. 

For more information and to apply, please visit this website: gti.ncsu.edu/dcc

NC State Make-A-Thon Judges Needed

Make-A-Thon is an annual, weekend-long innovation competition for NC State students, who work in teams to create solutions to sustainability challenges facing campus or the community. The 2022 Make-A-Thon will be held the final weekend in January, and we are recruiting mentors and judges to help with this event.

Be a Mentor: Sign up to be a mentor to the student teams in your area of subject matter expertise. Mentoring will occur virtually (via Zoom) on Saturday, January 29. The time commitment is 2 hours (or more if you like). We will advertise your availability and expertise for student teams as they build their ideas.

Be a Judge: Judging will be virtual and occurs on Monday, Jan. 31. Each judge will be provided with access to an online judging portal, which will randomly assign you a subset of teams to judge. The estimated time involved is 1-2 hours depending on your own pace. You will view the submission/pitch video for several teams and then provide scores and comments via the online judging portal. All judging must be complete by midnight on Monday, Jan. 31.

Career and Professional Development

Nourishing Greatness 

Imagine a space where you are celebrated and appreciated for those unique talents that you bring to the table. Now imagine that you are able to recognize unique talents in others.

Nourishing Greatness is a weekly opportunity to focus on the 34 CliftonStrengths. What are the unique characteristics of each of them and how do they interact and show up for those who claim these Strengths? How can we utilize the Strengths in ourselves and others to thrive academically, professionally, and personally?

We invite you to join CliftonStrengths coaches and enthusiasts each week as we dive deeper into the 34 Strengths throughout the fall semester! All are welcome!

You can view the themes that we are focusing on each week under  Nourishing Greatness (link opens in a new tab), along with the links to Gallup Videos about all of the 34 Strengths! 

Fridays – 12 noon until 1 pm on this zoom link.  

 

Graduate School Offerings

Writing Certificate

The Graduate School’s new Writing Certificate is an opportunity for graduate students and postdocs in all disciplines to get a leading edge in publishing research and completing milestone projects. Participants can earn a transcript designation by engaging in the Graduate School’s non-credit workshops, writing groups, and other events, while strengthening academic writing skills and learning productive writing habits. Encourage your advisees to visit our homepage to learn more and sign up here. Questions? Contact Dr. Katie Homar in the Graduate Professional Development Team. 

Other Virtual Workshops

The Graduate School Professional Development Team offers virtual workshops via Zoom on a variety of teaching, writing, and career exploration topics. For more information: http://go.ncsu.edu/gradworkshops.

CNR Student Career Mentoring Program

Are you interested in attending Graduate School but want to know more about life as a graduate student? Have you decided to apply but are unsure how to get started? Would you like to talk to a current graduate student about applying for jobs? CNR graduate student mentors are available to discuss applications and required materials, or just chat about the process. We have mentors who can address questions about graduate school and federal/state, non-profit, or industry jobs and can connect you to someone with relevant experience. We have drop-in office hours, one-on-one meetings, and lunch chats about potential careers. Fill out the form here https://bit.ly/CNR_mentor to let us know what we can help you with!

Academic Writing Workshops and Engineering Cafes

Interactive Zoom workshops focused on key academic and professional writing skills begin Jan. 19. Topics include planning and organizing manuscripts with IMRaD format, literature reviews, concise writing strategies, professional emails, and more. Grad and postdoc trainees can register at our workshops page or contact Katie Homar in the Graduate School with questions.

Professional Development Certificates: Enrollment Opening Soon

Graduate students and postdocs who plan to earn the free, non-credit-bearing Teaching and Communication Certificate and/or Writing Certificate during their time at NC State are welcome to enroll between January 15 and February 1. The certificate programs are a great way to improve your public speaking, writing, and general communication skills and enhance your marketability. Visit our website for more information about these and other programs offered by our team, or contact professional-development@ncsu.edu with questions.

Part-time Positions for Students 

The NC Conservation Network is hiring NCSU students!!

We’re looking for students who can work about 5-8 hours per week in the Spring and Fall semesters of 2022 (basically Feb-May and Aug-Nov). They’ll be doing outreach on campus on environmental issues like climate change, as well as non-partisan voter education to help the community vote in the 2022 elections. We’re looking for students in several areas, including the Triangle, Charlotte, Boone, Greensboro, Greenville, Wilmington. Here is the full job description, which includes instructions for applying online: https://www.ncconservationnetwork.org/jobs/campus-organizing-fellow/

 

Seeking Tutors for CNR Undergraduates Tutor the Pack

CNR WolfPacker’s need your help! The CNR Academic Affairs Office is currently looking for tutors for the 2021-2022 academic year. The CNR Tutoring Program is designed to provide quality tutors for students who need assistance in CNR undergraduate courses (ES, ET, FW, FOR, GIS, NR, PRT, PSE, SMT). We also get requests for other courses (MA, CH, PY, EC, ACC, MEA, etc.) and we try to accommodate those requests as well.  

This is an awesome way to make EXTRA money, have flexible hours, and meet new people. This is also an opportunity to show your sense of community and to help your fellow CNR WolfPackers to achieve academic success!

If you would like to learn more information, please complete this form: CNR Tutor Interest Form. Please feel free to reach out to cnrtutoring@ncsu.edu with questions. 

Tutors for Student Athletes 

The Academic Support Program for Student-Athletes (ASPSA) is hiring tutors for the spring 2022 semester. Interested in applying? Job descriptions and links to apply can be found here

Qualifications for all positions:

  • Must have at least a 3.25 cumulative grade point average,
  • Demonstrate proficiency in coursework and/or have received a B+ or higher in the courses selected to tutor.
  • Must abide by North Carolina State University, NCAA and ASPSA rules and regulations.
  • Must be able to teach academic success strategies to a diverse student population in a one-on-one or small group setting. Must have the ability to effectively communicate verbally and have skills to develop written reports.
  • Must be attentive to detail and accurate in record keeping.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule including nights and weekends.
  • Preference can be given to individuals who have tutoring experience or other educational qualifications.
  • Preference is given to individuals who are a sophomore or higher standing.

University Tutors 

The Academic Success Center (ASC) is currently recruiting peer tutors and mentors for the spring 2022 semester!  Both positions are on-campus, paid opportunities for students who enjoy helping their peers be academically successful.  The first step in the application process is to view an information session – either watch the video or participate in a Zoom offering.

Peer Tutors support the following courses:

CH 100, 101, 111, 201, 220, 221, 223

MA 107, 108, 111, 114, 121, 131, 141, 231, 241, 242

PY 131, 205, 208, 211, 212

ACC 210, 220

BIO 181, 183

EC 201, 202, 205

ST 311

 

Peer Mentors support the following skills (non-content specific):

·  Time management

·  Organization

·  Active Study Skills

·  Note taking

·  Test taking strategies

Employment Requirements:

  • Have completed at least one full semester at NC State by the start of the first semester of employment
  • Be an enrolled full-time undergraduate student with at least a 3.250 cumulative GPA
  • Be a model student with a desire to help others learn
  • Enroll in USC 210, a 1 credit hour tutor training course during your first semester of employment
  • Work at least 4 hours per week for two consecutive semesters
  • Earned a B+ or higher in the course(s) you wish to tutor (tutors only)

Please visit go.ncsu.edu/asc-employment for further information.

ACADEMIC AND STUDENT

SUPPORT SERVICES

 

 

As we begin the spring 2020 semester, the Libraries will provide email delivery of chapters/excerpts from print textbooks and course reserve materials to students who are temporarily unable to check them out in person (due to isolation/quarantine, for example). These materials will also continue to be available for borrowing at our physical service desks. The “What to know about the Libraries” page provides more details under the heading, “Textbooks are available for borrowing.”  These temporary services are in addition to our existing suite of delivery and other Services for Distance Learners (those registered for distance education courses).

The NC State University Libraries’ Data and Visualization workshops are now open for registration!

Topics range from Introduction to Programming with Python, Beginning Tableau, Get started with ArcGIS Arcade, and more. Workshops will be held on Wednesdays and Fridays at Hill Library and virtually, and can be found at go.ncsu.edu/datavizworkshops. Topics include:

If you have any questions about the workshops or Data and Visualization Services at the Libraries, please feel free to contact Natalia Lopez, Lead Librarian for Data Instruction, or submit a request form at go.ncsu.edu/dvs-request.

 

Upcoming Dates 

 

January 10 Monday First day of classes
January 14 Friday Last day to add a course without permission
January 17 Monday Martin Luther King Jr. Day (University closed; No classes)
January 24 Monday Census Date/Official Enrollment Date
March 7 Monday Drop/Revision Deadline
March 9 Wednesday Schedule for 2022 Fall term published; Shopping Cart opens
March 14 – 18 Mon. – Fri. Spring Break (No classes)
March TBA TBA Enrollment begins for Fall 2022 term
April 19 – 25 Tues. – Mon. Last week of semester
April 25 Monday Last day of classes
April 26 – 27 Tues. – Wed. Reading Days
April – May 28 – 4 Thur. – Wed. Final Examinations
May 6 Friday Spring grades due by 5:00 p.m.
May 7 Saturday Spring Commencement Exercises

 

Full academic calendars and definitions: 

 

Courses of Interest Available for Spring 2022 

 

Humans and the Environment (Spring 2022 PRT 203/IDR 203)

Course description: https://webappprd.acs.ncsu.edu/php/coursecat/index.php

Enrollment is capped at 40, so it’s a great size for a blend of personalized exploration and building shared knowledge around some foundational concepts. At the 200-level, we will cover lots of foundational research and writing skills that will advance student success. 

Solutions-focused examination of the varied, complex, and evolving frameworks used to make sense of how individuals & societies connect with the biophysical environment. Emphasis on current issues and relevance of interdisciplinary training to careers including environmental planning and policy, sustainable tourism, parks and recreation management, conservation, environmental education, and climate resilience. Topics include: population dynamics, public land and common resources, renewable natural resources, pollution, water resources, energy and non-renewable resources. 

 

Sustainable Development Goals course inventory: https://sustainability.ncsu.edu/curriculum-research/sdg-courses/ 

 

Applied Ecology courses for Undergraduates and Graduate Students

 

BSC 295 (203) – Immersive Experience in Sustainable Living (3 credits)

This course offers conceptual elements of ecology combined with multiple interdisciplinary applications (such as economics, transportation, social justice, and nutrition). Activities focus on measuring personal behaviors and resource use, reflecting on the influences behind these decisions, and calculating the effects of these behaviors. The course includes a two week “Study Away” experience: an on-site, experiential learning opportunity at a local farm. During that time, students will live at below-sustainable levels, minimizing use of energy, water, natural resources and industrial products. We will also learn to care for crops, livestock, and identify local plants and animals to develop sense-of-place. Students will create a garden, test water/soil quality, calculate energy expenses, maintain and repair property, and consider the challenges and long-term, far-reaching impacts of environmental sustainability. The end product of this course will be a personalized reference collection for improving each individual’s sustainable behaviors.

 

ED605 course – Emergency Preparedness and Crisis Management

This course will be offered on Mondays from 4:30pm – 7:30pm. This course has been designed to help higher education professionals better understand the processes, procedures, and skills needed to address emergencies and crises on campus. We will examine the National Preparedness System – a robust and comprehensive planning and response framework used by emergency responders to address crises and emergencies in a consistent and thorough way, regardless of the incident. We will also explore your personal preparedness planning, and assist you in cultivating and creating a culture of preparedness for your own family. Finally, we intend to discuss elements of care and support for responders and individuals needing support throughout any crisis or emergency event. In short, our goal is to best prepare you to address incidents that may arise in your life and your career. For questions about the course, please contact: Ms. Justine Hollingshead (jrhollin@ncsu.edu, 919-434-4167) or Dr. Angie Smith (acsmith5@ncsu.edu, 919-515-6248).

 

Creative Media Production for Scientists (Spring 2022 BIO/PSC 555): This course is a practical introduction to science communication through online digital media, with a heavy focus on video. Students will survey and discuss research-based best practices for online science media and will produce their own media pieces.  Graduate students from all scientific disciplines as well as research-active upper-level undergraduates are welcome to register. No previous video production experience is necessary. Email Dr. Adrian Smith (aasmith7@ncsu.edu) for more details.

 

Gut Microbial Ecology (Spring 2022 AEC – 495/592): In the first half of the semester we will discuss the major drivers of gut community dynamics through a combination of participation-based lectures, reviewing the published literature, and in-class activities. After spring break, we’ll apply what we’ve learned by analyzing a novel dataset to investigate the gut microbiome in free-ranging Alaskan marten. No pre-reqs are required, and all students have the opportunity to earn co-authorship on the resulting publication. This is a Course-based Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE) that has been designed in partnership with collaborators at Northern Michigan University and here at NCSU (Dr. Carlos Goller in BIT!), with HHMI Inclusive Excellence training. Email Dr. Erin McKenney (eamckenn@ncsu.edu), especially undergrads for more information.

Immersive Experience in Sustainable Living (Summer Session I – IPGE295 GEP/IDP Credit)  Please click here for more information about this course and experience!

Decolonizing Science (Spring NR595-001, 5776)

DecolonizingScience-Spring2022-CourseFlyer

Flu Vaccination Clinics on Campus 

Flu vaccines are available now at Student Health for all students, faculty, staff, and their immediate families. For more information on upcoming clinics or how to schedule an appointment at Student Health, please visit: https://healthypack.dasa.ncsu.edu/care-provided/flu-vaccinations/

 

COVID Vaccine Booster doses available on Campus

Our PackVax clinic is now offering COVID vaccine booster doses. For more information or how to schedule an appointment, please visit: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c45aba722a2f5c16-packvax

Mental Health First Aid Training  

This Mental Health First Aid Training (MHFA) empowers everyone in the NC State community to recognize and address mental health crises. The eight-hour MHFA training is available at no charge to anyone at NC State, and registration is now open for upcoming sessions. You don’t have to have any previous experience or training to enroll.

MHFA complements many of NC State’s other efforts to build community around health and wellness, including programs like the Mental Health Ambassadors, NC State CARES and Student Wellness Coaching.

Please check out this article: https://news.ncsu.edu/2021/10/supporting-our-community

 

Resources for Well-Being and Mental Health 

NC State Wellness and Recreation offers wellness coaching for students (including drop-in services) that includes strategies for self-care, time-management and overall health and well-being. Also offer a variety of fitness classes and virtual workouts.

NC State Pack Essentials assists all students with a variety of needs, including financial, food, housing, and the student ombuds. 

NC State CARES provides support and connection to resources for students who are exhibiting concerning or worrisome behaviors. Students, faculty, parents, and others are strongly encouraged to refer to behaviors that they feel are concerning or worrisome.

NC State Student Counseling Center provides virtual counseling sessions and hosts a variety of workshops, drop-in spaces, and other programming focused on COVID-19 related concerns such as isolation, grief, and loss as well as focused on racial trauma, the impact of oppression, and support for international students.

7 Cups is a chat messaging platform via mobile or web that provides emotional support and counseling through trained volunteer listeners, certified therapists (pay-based), and self-help tools, including mindfulness and relaxation techniques. It is free for users to initiate an anonymous chat with any of the listeners available, as much as they need. Listeners give the user the space needed to help clear their head for all kinds of reasons, from big existential thoughts to small, day-to-day things that we all experience.

Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program  

The DDCSP Collaborative provides an exciting opportunity for undergraduates at NCSU who have a passion for biodiversity conservation and for increasing diversity in the field of conservation. This Scholars program is a two-year experiential training program that empowers the next generation of conservation leaders to make a difference. 

Students can apply here.

The official program application deadline is February 15, 2022.

https://go.ncsu.edu/dorisduke

https://ddcsp-collaborative.org/apply-2022

Funding for Graduate Research and Education 

Sea Grant NC Logo2023 Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship: Applications are currently open; the deadline is Feb. 18, 2022, at 5 p.m. NOAA offers the prestigious fellowship through the National Sea Grant Office in honor of John A. Knauss, who was a Sea Grant founder, NOAA administrator and dean of the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography. The program places graduate students in Washington, D.C. to work on federal policies and processes that affect ocean, coastal and Great Lakes issues. The 2023 Knauss fellows will serve from Feb. 1, 2023 to Feb. 29, 2024. Fellows may work in host offices in the  U.S. Senate and House, as well as in departments in the executive branch, including many NOAA programs. North Carolina Sea Grant is able to nominate up to six students from North Carolina-based schools for the 2023 Knauss competition. As part of the state-level application review process, North Carolina Sea Grant will review applications and invite some candidates for personal interviews, which will occur in early to mid-March 2022. All prospective fellows from North Carolina must submit their applications through the eSeaGrant online portal, which includes detailed instructions and requirements: go.ncsu.edu/ncesg. For more information, contact John Fear at jmfear@ncsu.edu

To learn more about other North Carolina Sea Grant graduate fellowships, visit ncseagrant.ncsu.edu/fellowships.

Other Resources: Please also visit the following websites:

 
 
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