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Weekly E-Newsletter

Vol. 6, No. 10 - Nov. 3, 2010

UK AMSTEMM Program Office, 113 Bowman Hall, Lexington, KY 40506-0059
Phone: 859-257-2613, E-mail:

If there is anything you would like to see in future editions of the AMSTEMM E-Newsletter,
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In this Issue
Note from the AMSTEMM Advisor/Coordinator Academic Resources Ride Home Express
Research Opportunities & Fellowships Important Events & Opportunities 2010-2011 Peer Mentors
Scholarship Opportunities Soledad O’Brien Career Center Events

Note from Sue Scheff, AMSTEMM Advisor/Coordinator

**Don’t forget: last day to drop a course is Friday, Nov. 5, 2010 – come by Bowman Rm. 113 if you would like to discuss.**

Research Opportunities & Fellowships

▪ CUR Posters on the Hill will be held April 13, 2011 in Washington, DC. CUR is calling for students to submit an abstract of their research that
represents any of CUR's disciplinary divisions (Arts and Humanities, Biology, Chemistry, Geosciences, Health Sciences, Mathematics/Computer
Science, Physics/Astronomy, Psychology, and Social Sciences). Abstract submissions will be accepted using our on-line submission form. Prior to
submitting the form, students should gather the contact information for all co-authors, advisors and sponsors, prepare a short vitae/resume, and
poster abstract. A document listing the information required for submission can be found by visiting:
20information.pdf. For more information please visit: Please be sure that both portions are submitted by Novem-
ber 15, 2010. For more information about the Posters on the Hill program, please visit **Please note, appli-
cations from UK students for the CUR-Posters on the Hill may be submitted by listing Ms. Bessie Guerrant as advisor (and CUR member) on the
recommendation letter, along with that of the mentoring faculty as co-advisor. Contact Ms. Guerrant at (859) 257-6322 or

Scholarship Opportunities
▪ A Goldwater Scholarship for STEM student researchers information session will be held on Monday, November 8 at noon in Room 205 of the
UK Student Center. The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program encourages outstanding students to pursue ca-
reers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering and to foster excellence in these fields. The award provides the cost of tuition, fees,
books, and room and board, up to $7,500 annually (2 years for sophomore recipients, 1 year for junior recipients, defined by years remaining to
degree). For more information:

▪ Gaines Fellowship Information Session - An overview of the Gaines Fellowship and application process will be presented. Light refreshments will
be served. 4pm, Tuesday, November 16, Commonwealth House, 226 E. Maxwell Street. Applications are now available at
OtherOrgs/GainesCenter/prospective_fellows.html. The deadline for applications is 4 pm, January 14, 2011. Each spring the Gaines Center
accepts a small number of outstanding undergraduates to receive a yearly stipend and to spend their final two university years at the Center as
Gaines Fellows. Sophomores from all disciplines are encouraged to apply. To learn more, come to the above-mentioned information session and
check out our website. Contact the staff at the Gaines Center for more information about the program or application process by phone at 257-1537,
or by email: Dr. Robert Rabel (, Dr. Lisa Broome-Price (, or Colleen Horne

▪ Truman Scholarship $30,000 for graduate school plus leadership and academic mentoring. Are you a [future] CHANGE AGENT AND LEADER?
Do you want a career in PUBLIC SERVICE OR GOVERNMENT? Do you want to MAKE A DIFFERENCE locally, nationally, globally? Are you a
Junior (1 year before graduation) and US citizen with a 3.0 GPA or better? UK may nominate up to 4 students for this award. About 60 scholarships
are awarded nationally each year. UK nomination application deadline: 4pm Wednesday, December 1, 2010. Check out and
contact Dr. Lisa Broome-Price, Office of External Scholarships,, for more info and an application for nomination.

▪ We are pleased to inform you that the application is now open for the Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship
(DOE CSGF) at This is an exciting opportunity for doctoral students to earn up to four years of finan-
cial support along with outstanding benefits and opportunities while pursuing degrees in fields of study that utilize high performance computing
technology to solve complex problems in science and engineering. Benefits of the Fellowship: $36,000 yearly stipend, payment of all tuition and
fees, $5,000 academic allowance in first year, $1,000 academic allowance each renewed year, 12-week research practicum at a DOE Laboratory,
yearly conferences, career, professional and leadership development, renewable up to four years. Applications for the next class of fellows are
due on January 11th, 2011. For more information regarding the fellowship and to access the online application, visit
Academic Resources
▪ Visit Academic Enhancement's "The Study"! Offering a variety of tutoring for different subjects, academic consultations from AE's staff, exam
reviews and more. All for FREE. The schedule as well as a full list of services offered can be found at:

▪ FREE Tutoring in Ingles Hall 6:00 - 8:00p.m. every Monday. Advanced math courses, physics, and engineering courses included.

▪ UK Writing Center: Located on the 5th floor, west stacks of Young Library. Open M-Th 10-2; F 12-2, and Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday
from 6-9pm. Offers individual consultations on any writing project at any stage in the process and are happy to meet regularly, even every day, if
needed! It is a free service offered to all students, faculty and staff.

▪ Mathskeller: The center is a computing and mathematics learning center of the Mathematics Department and the Mathematical Sciences Comput-
ing Facility at the University of Kentucky. The center is located in CB 63, which is close to the loading dock in the basement of White Hall Class-
room Building. The Math Resource Center is open from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Friday. Faculty, Graduate Students, and Undergradu-
ate Assistants for 100 level courses hold office hours in the Mathskeller.

▪ Campus Libraries: The library system maintains a humanities, social sciences and life sciences collection in William T. Young Library as well as
subject libraries in several colleges and departments around campus, each library holding materials related to the particular discipline it serves.
There are 16 libraries, find them at:

▪ The Medical Center undergraduate mentoring program seeks to connect undergraduate students to current students, faculty and alumni in each
of the graduate and professional programs in the Medical Center colleges by holding regularly scheduled sessions where undergraduate students
can hear from and connect to current students. These sessions are meant to allow students time to interact, ask questions, seek answers and build
relationships that can be beneficial for both the undergraduate or prospective Medical college student, and the current student with whom they con-
nect. 6:30-8pm: November 18th (Student Center 251). For more information, contact: Christopher L. Johnson,

▪ How to succeed in MA 109! MONDAY, November 8, 2010 @ 9:00 pm in The Study. This is a free one hour workshop provided by Academic
Enhancement in The Study. The workshop will show you step-by-step how to manage your math class more effectively. This is a hands-on work-
shop that will guide you in planning out strategies for how to be even more successful in the class. It is a one time, fifty-minute workshop that will
take you through tips for how to learn, study, and succeed in your college algebra course.

▪ MATH 109 Exam Review Sessions will be in the Business and Economics building on the following dates:
Sunday, November 14 from 3-5 Room 205
Sunday, December 12 from 3-5 Room 205
The sessions, hosted by SSS, will be run by a tutor and will be working on past exams. If you are interested in attending please email val- by Friday before the review sessions.

▪ CHEMISTRY 105 Exam Review Sessions will be in the Business and Economics building on the following dates:
Sunday, November 7 from 3-5 Room 205
Sunday, December 12 from 3-5 Room 205
The sessions, hosted by SSS, will be run by a tutor and will be working on past exams. If you are interested in attending please email val- by Friday before the review sessions.

▪ CHE 105 Review Sessions: (sponsored by Chemistry Department)

Tuesday, November 9th 5:00-5:50 PM CP-139
Tuesday, December 7th 5:00-5:50 PM CP-139

▪ The General Chemistry Learning Center is staffed by Chemistry graduate student teaching assistants. The Learning Center is located in CP-25
in the basement of Chem-Phys. The schedule for the learning center will be posted on the door to CP-25 and in Blackboard under “Course Help”
on the left-hand menu. If any teaching assistants are particularly unhelpful, please report their names to your instructor.

▪ Chemistry Help Sessions: An instructor will offer help sessions on Tuesdays from 5:00 - 5:50 PM in CP-139 the week of each examination. Atten-
dance at these help sessions is voluntary but highly recommended.

▪ Chemistry Private Tutors: A list of names of Department of Chemistry staff (usually graduate students) willing to be paid tutors for general chem-
istry can be obtained from the General Chemistry Office (CP-120). SAACS (Chemistry Student Organization) Officers and Members can tutor or
mentor students free of charge. Simply stop by CP-144 if interested.

▪ Student Support Services 2010 Fall Workshops: Please RSVP: email
GRE Exam, Free - Saturday November 20, 9am in the Student Center Room 203

▪ MCAT-DAT Review Summer Workshop, University of Louisville, July 5 - Aug 3, 2011. Free residential intensive review program. Books, materi-
als, housing and a meal stipend provided for eligible participants. Application cycle: Nov 1, 2010 - Mar 1, 2011. Email for an application or call 502-852-8109.
Important Events & Opportunities
▪ A workshop on “How to Design a Poster ” is scheduled for November 3rd from 6-7:30 pm in the Keeneland Room, WT Young Library.
Hosted by SPUR. One-on-one, hands-on training will be provided.

▪ Pre-Med AMSA will be holding an Osteopathic information and Q and A session on Nov. 4th @ 6:30 in classroom CP-139. We are extremely
excited to have Julian Arbaugh, admissions counselor from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine and Linda J. Dunatov, associate
Dean for Student Affairs of the Pikeville College School of Osteopathic Medicine speaking on the differences of allopathic and osteopathic schools
as well as answering questions regarding admission. We will also be having a presentation regarding the Medical School Triage Clinic (which is a
fantastic way to volunteer). Please come and join us! Food will be available and fees can be paid for those who have not done so.

▪ The Student Activities Board (SAB) is now accepting applications for the Board of Directors (BOD) until Friday, Nov. 5! If you are creative, pas-
sionate, hard working and want to bring exciting events to campus you are highly encouraged to apply. Applications can be found at If you have any questions please email\

▪ Do Something Awesome: Entrepreneurship Seminar, November 12th, 2010, 9 AM – 4 PM, King Alumni House (corner of Euclid and Rose).
Lunch is provided. For more details: . Brought to you by the Stuckert Career Center and Awe-
some Inc. The Entrepreneurship Seminar is designed to inspire and educate students about how to start a business. The Seminar will not only be
entertaining and enjoyable but it will inform people of the resources they have at their disposal to get started (including those organizations specific
to the state of Kentucky). Most importantly it will connect current and aspiring entrepreneurs with each other and those that want to help them, and
have them start to strategically analyze their idea if they have one, or help them come up with one if they don’t. To pre-register, RSVP to the
event on Wildcat CareerLink. It is listed under the Events tab and is listed as a Workshop/Event.

▪ The University of Michigan will host their annual Engineering Graduate Symposium on Friday, Nov. 12, 2010,
gradsymposium. Travel grants are available for prospective Ph.D. students (flights/mileage, hotels, local transportation, meals). Junior level stu-
dents will have the highest level of priority. Applicants must reside within the United States. Students should be within 1-2 years of attending
graduate school and have a strong interest in research. Those who are invited to attend this fall program will have all their expenses paid. Full
details can be found on the website. Students should submit their completed applications by late September: Travel grant application: http://

▪ Men & Women of Color Leadership Conference, Nov. 12-13, 2010. Networking, speakers, workshops, student panel discussions all promoting
academic excellence, building coalitions, career awareness, diversity education, empowerment, leadership development. For more information, visit

▪ SPUR is hosting a Panel Discussion: "How to Get Involved in Undergraduate Research” on November 18 from 6-8 pm, in the Gallery of the
WT Young Library.

▪ NCUR: 24th National Conference on Undergraduate Research, March 31-April 2, 2011. Abstract Registration: Submission Deadline: November 19, 2010. Get ready for the National Conference on Under-
graduate Research at Ithaca College in the spring of 2011!

▪ Are you looking for a great opportunity to network and gain more information on your potential career field? Look no further. ProfessionaPalooza is
a full day conference for students in business and engineering on Sat., Nov 20th 11:00-7:30 p.m. The conference includes seminars by employers
(i.e., Enterprise, Kraft, Premier Real Estate, Brooks Brothers, Northwestern Mutual, DMD Data Systems) in a variety of fields. Further, Dr. Labianca
will discuss the benefits of Gossip in the Workplace as the keynote speaker for ProfesionaPalooza. Also, students will have an opportunity to net-
work with employers over a lunch and dinner, as well as through an employer expo. Brooks Brothers will culminate the day with a fashion show. If
you are interested, please register on-line at the website

▪ For Juniors! Have you considered beginning Master level classes next year along with your remaining undergraduate major require-
ments? Many students are not aware of this opportunity. Requirements include:
1) Have an overall GPA of 3.2 or higher
2) Have a major GPA of 3.5 or higher
3) Have senior standing by the first semester of the combined Bachelor’s/Master’s program (90 or more earned hours)
4) Be finished with University Studies requirements by the first semester of the combined Bachelor’s/Master’s program
5) Apply to the Graduate School with the addition of completing the University Scholars form to note how graduate level coursework will count
for transcript and tuition purposes.
More information is available in the UK Undergraduate Bulletin and the UK Graduate Bulletin. Please see for
undergraduate information or for graduate information for more information.
Soledad O’Brien
Come see Soledad O’Brien empower and engage students to be motivated and successful! O’Brien is the host of the “In America” documentary featured
on CNN. She is also highly known for anchoring American Morning on CNN. Her speech will inspire audience members and create high enthusiasm for a
successful life. O’Brien is a highly intelligent woman who is very knowledgeable regarding current day issues as well as past day crises such as the
World Trade Center Attack. Her other hot topics include issues in relation to diversity such as minorities as well as women in the workplace. O’Brien has
had some incredible life turns and accomplishments that are influential and uplifting. Do not miss out on this intellectual opportunity to listen to O’Brien’s
outlook on the world.
Time: Wednesday, November 3, 2010 at 8:00PM
Location: Singletary Center for the Arts
Tickets: Free for UK students with a valid UK student ID. $5 for UK faculty/staff/general public.

Ride Home Express

Thanksgiving break is just around the corner. UK Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) is offering an alternative travel option for UK students and
employees headed to select cities. Tickets are now on sale for the PTS Ride Home Express, an express bus service travelling to 29 cities at the start
and end of each academic break. The deadline to purchase tickets for Thanksgiving travel is Wednesday, Nov. 10, while the last day to buy tickets for
the winter break routes is Friday, Dec. 3.
The PTS Ride Home Express will provide reliable, comfortable and affordable transportation to and from hometowns or break destinations during the
three major academic breaks. The program offers significantly cheaper fares than airlines, and faster travel times than other major bus companies.
“We are pleased to offer the Ride Home Express as a service to UK employees, students and their families,” said Don Thornton, director of Parking &
Transportation Services. “The shuttles provide an alternative for those without cars on campus, as well as those who wish to avoid driving in holiday
traffic or accumulating wear and tear on their vehicles.”
PTS has selected eight initial routes spanning five states, based on historical student geographical information provided by UK Admissions and Regis-
trar’s Office. The final destinations include the metropolitan areas of Atlanta, GA; Charleston, WV; Chicago, IL; Cleveland, OH; Nashville, TN; Paducah,
KY; Pikeville, KY and Whitesburg, KY. For individual route maps, visit
Round-trip fares for the PTS Ride Home Express range from $39-$129, with prices varying based on the final destination. Riders can purchase tickets
through the Student Center Ticket Office in person, online at or by telephone at (859) 257-TICS
The motor coaches used for PTS Ride Home Express offer many amenities, including restrooms, televisions and Wi-Fi.
For more information on the Ride Home Express, including a list of ticket prices, visit the Ride Home Express page or the Ride Home Express Fre-
quently Asked Questions.

AMSTEMM 2010-2011 Peer Mentors

Maya Bentley - “My name is Maya Bentley. I'm from
Cincinnati, Ohio and I'm a rising sophomore here at the
University of Kentucky. I'm a Biosystems and Ag
You have now met all of the AMSTEMM first-year mentors.
Engineering Major. I love watching college and pro
We will feature all of our second year mentors again during football and basketball. I also love eating and taking
the Spring semester so keep an eye on this space! long naps.”

Career Center Events

*Located in Student Center near Starbucks MBTI Personality Assessment Careers in Government

▪ November 10 | 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. *RSVP required via Wildcat CareerLink November 10 | 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
*Stuckert Career Center
▪ November 15 | 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Strong Interest Inventory Assessment TAKING A GAP YEAR

ENTREPRENEUR DAY Nov. 17, 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., Stuckert Career Center
*RSVP required via Wildcat CareerLink
November 12, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
▪ November 30 | 3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Do Something Awesome: Turn Your Idea
James W. Stuckert Career Center
Into Business!
DROP-IN HOURS 408 Rose Street | Lexington, KY 40506- 0494
Alumni House, Lower Level First come, First served P: (859) 257-2746 |
Tuesday - Thursday 12 p.m. - 3 p.m.