2018 H&S Summer Scholars Applications Now Open!

Summer ScholarsStudents in the School of Humanities and Sciences are now able to apply for the 2018 H&S Summer Scholars Program online. Through a new, streamlined application process, all H&S students will now apply through a single application portal. More information is available on the revamped Summer Scholars web page.

We have scheduled an information session for interested students next week, on Tuesday, December 5, at 12:10 in Business 301, at which a few Summer Scholars from 2017 will share their experiences in the program.
Two additional information sessions will be held during the first week of classes, on January 25 – we’ll announce those again at the start of spring semester.

All students complete the same first page of the Summer Scholars form form; the form then diverges, asking different questions depending on the student’s major and/or the type of project proposed. Through this single application, students will be considered for all available positions regardless of funding source. This includes Dana Internship positions.
While financial aid eligibility is a requirement for some of these positions (such as the Dana Interns, the Emerson Humanities Collaboration Award, and a few department-based scholarships), most of the positions are open to all students, regardless of financial need.
4) Summer Scholars will be paid $10.40/hour for full-time work (typically 40 hours); most positions are for 10 weeks, but some can be for 8 weeks, as negotiated between the faculty mentor and the scholar.
5) Subsidized campus housing will be available for interested Scholars through the campus summer housing program. This year, there will be no limitation to weekly work hours, up to the maximum of 40 hours/week, if students receive housing through the program.
For detailed information about eligibility and expectations for Scholars, please consult the complete guidelines for the program available on the website.
The deadline for proposal submission is February 12th @ noonAwards will be announced by March 9, 2018.
Questions? Contact hsadmin@ithaca.edu.

IC Honors Student Spotlight: Sam Castonguay ’18

This week’s Student Spotlight features Sam Castonguay, a junior transfer student from Mullica Hill, NJ. Sam is a Sociology major with minors in Neuroscience and Environmental Science. Her passion for her studies led her to commit this past summer to conducting research that explores female sexuality and the social influences of boy-bands. On campus, Sam is an Resident Assistant in Terraces, the event coordinator for Tau Sigma National Honor Society, and the Vice President of Ithaca College’s beloved Quidditch team. You may not have known that this passionate lover of ice cream also plays bass guitar in a band and volunteers as a storm spotter for the National Weather Service. Learn more about Sam below!

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I’m one of the only transfer students in the honors community. I’m doing some pretty cool research over the summer! One project is about female sexuality, boy-bands, and social control. I am also helping my advisor rewrite one of her textbooks about sexualities! SO FUN! I’m currently recording new music with my band (I play the bass guitar). I’m the VP of the Quidditch Team, event coordinator for Tau Sigma National Honor Society, a volunteer storm spotter for the National Weather Service, an RA in Terrace 11………and a passionate lover of ice cream!

Learn more about Sam below!

Favorite part about IC:
You mean I have to pick one? I’ll go rapid fire. First, the Quidditch Team! They complete me and fuel my inner (and outward) nerd. I have never met such a wonderful and inclusive group of people in all my twenty years of life. Second, Chef John of Towers Dining Hall. He never fails to brighten the darkest of my days…and he makes a delicious hamburger. Third, ResLife! I absolutely love serving as the RA for Terrace 5, First Floor. My residents are truly incredible individuals who inspire me on a daily basis. They are so involved, talented, kindhearted, intelligent and fun! My fellow staff members are also quite incredible. I can always count on them for support and sarcastic comments that make me laugh for weeks to come!

Favorite Honors seminar you’ve taken and why:
Due to the ridiculous amount of classes I need to take for my major and minors, I’ve only had the opportunity to take one Honors seminar: “Why are We Here? The Purpose of College”. It was a favorite class of mine though! I appreciated the discussion-based classroom environment and Elizabeth Bleicher (the instructor). Elizabeth always made us feel as though our opinions were valuable and able to contribute something to the world we live in. I also very much enjoyed the opportunity to conduct real sex-education research, learning all the ins and outs of college and student life, and (of course) the free food.

Coolest opportunity you’ve had through IC and/or the Honors program:
The “coolest” opportunity I’ve had through the Honors program is, by far, white water rafting! I absolutely loved the entire experience (even falling out of the raft). The coolest opportunity I’ve had at IC overall has to be everything I’ve done with the Environmental Studies and Sciences Department. I learned how to start my own fire, make a friction-fire kit, build a shelter, identify absurd amounts of tree species, survive in the wild, etc. I even had the opportunity to eat and drink weird plants exclusively found in the forests of Tompkins County: fire-grilled cattail roots, hemlock tea, hot chocolate brewed inside a pumpkin, lots of unique berries, and so on. Overall, I most enjoyed my time spent on a research cruise of Seneca Lake.

 

We’re always looking for interesting students to highlight in our Spotlight series.

Do you know a really cool first year Honors student? Nominate them here!
Do you know a really cool Honors student? Nominate them here!
Do you know a really cool alum of the Honors program? Nominate them here!

Email ropila@ithaca.edu with any comments, questions, concerns or nominations.

IC Honors Student Spotlight: Marieme Foote ’18

This week’s student spotlight is Marieme Foote, a junior from Silver Spring, MD. Since her first semester on campus, she’s been working to improve this college as a member of the Student Government Association. This past spring, she was elected to represent the student body as the president of SGA. However, anyone who knows Marieme, has seen that her concern for community and humanity extends far beyond this campus. As a Martin Luther King Scholar and a double major in Environmental Studies and Political Science, Marieme is committed to the pursuit of social justice and making the world a better, more humane place. Learn more about Marieme below!

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Favorite part about IC:
I love the amazing people I’ve been able to meet and befriend. I’ve gotten to know people from all walks of life with amazing and inspiring stories. From Faculty, Students, and Staff I’ve been able to gain a larger perspective of life on and off campus and the people that occupy those spaces.

Favorite Honors seminar you’ve taken and why:
My favorite honors seminar would have to be American Breakdown with Professor Hugh Egan. I loved the course and how it looked at literature from different lenses in relation to social perceptions of mental illness and the way it has affected communities and individuals.

Coolest opportunity you’ve had through IC and/or the Honors program:
Last year I went on the day trip to Ottawa Canada and I thought that was pretty cool since I had never been there. I got to see a lot of really cool sites like the longest ice skating rink named the Rideau Canal which is the longest ice skating rink. I also got to buy a lot of maple syrup candy and tea which is always fun!

We’re always looking for interesting students to highlight in our Spotlight series.

Do you know a really cool first year Honors student? Nominate them here!
Do you know a really cool Honors student? Nominate them here!
Do you know a really cool alum of the Honors program? Nominate them here!

Email ropila@ithaca.edu with any comments, questions, concerns or nominations.

IC Honors Student Spotlight: Megan Holman ’19

Meet sophomore Physics major Megan Holman from Spencer, NY. A student with a wide range of interests and talents – Megan is about more than just thermodynamics and kinematics. She plays French Horn in the campus band, competes on the soccer pitch for a local Tompkins County club team, and works with Ithaca College’s chapter of Habitat for Humanity, volunteering her time and hard work to help make subsidized housing available to those in need of it. Learn more about Megan below!

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Favorite part about IC:
I love the people, the professors and students especially. They are all very supportive and want you to achieve your goals, whatever they might be. I haven’t ever had a bad interaction with anyone at IC. I also really love the view, I never get tired of it. If you’ve never looked out over Cornell and the lake from the end of the Emerson parking lot you really should, it’s amazing. Between the people and the classes and all of the events, IC just makes me feel at home.

Favorite Honors seminar you’ve taken and why:
I’ve only taken two honors seminars so far, but my favorite has been the Winter Wonderland tracking course.It taught me a lot about nature and the natural world, and has made me feel more connected to my environment. It also gave me a good excuse to spend a few hours in the Natural Lands every week.

Coolest opportunity you’ve had through IC and/or the Honors program:
I have had so many amazing opportunities through IC and the Honors program, from the honors trips, to research opportunities, to being able to continue playing the French Horn and soccer, to OSEMA events about leadership, everything I have done has taught me something and helped me grow into the person I am today. There’s no way I could pick just on opportunity as the coolest.

 

We’re always looking for interesting students to highlight in our Spotlight series.

Do you know a really cool first year Honors student? Nominate them here!
Do you know a really cool Honors student? Nominate them here!
Do you know a really cool alum of the Honors program? Nominate them here!

Email ropila@ithaca.edu with any comments, questions, concerns or nominations.

IC Honors Senior Sendoff: Kyle James

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Kyle is the president of the Honors Advisory Board and a double major in IMC and Sport Studies! He’s headed to NYC after graduation.

After graduation I will be taking a week to explore Istanbul and Prague. Following my passion for experiencing unique bars and similar establishments, I will be visiting a beer spa as well as a bar with a rock wall inside of it while I’m there. After my week abroad, I will be spending my summer interning at Havas Media in New York City as a part of my IRTS Media Fellowship! In addition to interning, the fellowship provides me with opportunities to network with hundreds of media leaders across NYC and learn how to create more access in the media industry to marginalized groups that are underrepresented.  

IC Honors Senior Sendoff: Samantha Cripe

This is Sam Cripe, an senior Honorite with a double major in Legal Studies and History, and you can learn about her volunteer plans for next year here:12961485_10154025399308168_8141300492269836029_n.jpg

Next year I will be a corp member, volunteering for City Year in Boston. This organization is part of the AmeriCorps umbrella. I will be working with inner city students on attendance, behavior, and grades all while encouraging them to do well in schools and find a passion for learning. I am so excited to work with youth and begin a possible career in the field of education. I am hoping that this year will help me decide if I want to continue on and get a teaching certificate, or if I want to continue on to Law school. Either way, I am excited to begin working with youth and making an impact on the Boston community!