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ACM Graduate School Exploration Fellowship (GSEF) Research Poster Presentation and Informational Meeting




If you are a student with sophomore standing from underrepresented
backgrounds and is interested:

  • in pursuing a doctoral degree in the humanities or humanistic social sciences, or a terminal master’s degree in the arts,
  • have a genuine interest in academic research and/or teaching at the college level as a career
  • is a US citizen, permanent resident of the US, or non-US citizen with DACA


More information can be found here:



Interested In A Pharmacy Career?

Shaun Keating, from Medical College of Wisconsin – Pharmacy School, will be on campus on Monday, October 23, 2017, starting at 2:00 p.m.  Stop by to visit with Shaun Keating to discuss your pharmacy education track.

1:1 Chats – 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Sign up in LUworks.                                                   2:00 p.m. ;   2:30 p.m.;   3:00 p.m. ;   3:30 p.m.

Info Session – 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Information Table – 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.


Become a part of the Higher Education Research Experiences (HERE) Program at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL

Opportunities for qualified students, alumni, and faculty to participate in hands-on research or technical projects in a real-world setting

  • Experience the thrill of research or technical projects at a cutting edge national laboratory and camaraderie with prestigious scientists, researchers and engineers
  • Meet and collaborate with the people who are world and international experts in fields that interest you
  • Contribute to the U.S. technical prowess that will enhance living standards and set the nation at the top of a global community
  • Participate in developing solutions to pressing scientific and technical problems

Highlights of the program

  • Open to Entering College Freshmen, Undergraduates, Recent Associate/Bachelor’s Graduates, Current Graduate Students, and Faculty – Open to all majors; appointments are primarily for Science, Engineering, Technology and Mathematics (STEM) majors but other opportunities may be available for technical projects
  • Applications are accepted year-round
  • Appointments can start and end at any time during the year based on your availability and the needs of the ORNL mentor/project
  • Full-time and part-time appointments
  • Minimum GPA  – 2.5/4.0
  • U.S. Citizen or Legal Permanent Resident (LPR)
  • Stipend based on academic status
  • Limited travel and housing allowances (if eligible)
  • Professional development activities

Visit or contact for more information!

Concordia University Wisconsin, School of Pharmacy On Campus October 10, 2017

Erin Levenhagen from Concordia University Wisconsin, School of Pharmacy, will be on campus Tuesday, October 10, 2017 to share information on CUW’s Doctor of Pharmacy program.

Informational Table in WCC, Lobby Table Near Mail Room:  12:15 to 1:30 p.m.

Register in LUworks for a 30-minute 1:1 Conversation with Erin Levenhagen!  11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  and 1:45 to 2:45 p.m.


The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation

Students interested in a research career in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering are invited to apply to the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellecnce in Education Foundation.
The scholarship award covers eligible expenses up to a maximum of $7,500 per year.  Scholarship recipients nominated as sophomores can expect to receive a maximum of two years of support. Scholarship recipients nominated as juniors are eligible for a maximum of one year of support.
To be eligible, a student must be a current full-time sophomore or junior, who has one or two years of full-time undergraduate study left while pursuing a baccalaureate degree, have a B average or equivalent, and be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or U.S. national, who will pursue a research career in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering.
Interested sophomores and juniors should contact:  Kia Thao, Memorial Hall, room 109, by November 17, 2017.

The Task of Liberal Education Today, presented by Roosevelt Montas – 9/28

Dear Colleagues,

I’m writing to invite you to a talk by Roosevelt Montas, Director for the Center of Core Curriculum at Columbia University. The event will take place on Thursday, September 28, at 4:30 pm in the Esch-Hurvis Room of the WCC.

Roosevelt’s talk “The Task of Liberal Education Today” will reflect on the place of liberal education in the undergraduate curriculum.  What does the current moment in the history of higher education and in the history the country demand of liberal educators?  What is the relationship between college education and civic culture?  How do we respond to the rapid changes affecting higher education and society more broadly?

After the talk, there will be time for discussion and Q&A. I’ve heard Roosevelt speak several times and he’s thoughtful, generous, and engaging. I’m hoping this will be an opportunity for faculty and staff to continue discussions about why we value critical thought and liberal thinking and what it means to be teaching Freshman Studies right now. Refreshments will be provided.

Hope to see you there!



Elizabeth Carlson

Associate Professor of Art History

Director of Freshman Studies

Attention Rising Seniors! Scholarship Opportunities to study in the United Kingdom or Ireland!

Do you want to pursue your graduate degree in the United Kingdom or Ireland for free?  Then, check out these scholarship opportunities for full financial support to pursue a degree in the United Kingdom and Ireland!

  1. Gates Cambridge – Scholarships are available for a postgraduate degree in any subject at the University of Cambridge. Eligible students are any citizens outside the UK and have academic excellence, leadership potential, commitment to improving the lives of others, and a good academic fit with Cambridge. National Deadline: October 12, 2017.  Application opens:  September 5, 2017
  1. Marshall ScholarshipFinance young Americans of high ability to study for a graduate degree in a United Kingdom institution in any field of study. Eligible students are U.S. Citizens and GPA 3.7 or above.  Campus Deadline:  September 20, 2017.  National Deadline: October 2, 2017.  The Application for the 2018 Marshall Scholarships will be available in late spring 2017.
  1. The Rhodes ScholarshipThe oldest and most celebrated international fellowship awards in the world. The scholarship provides full financial support to study at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. Scholars are chosen for their outstanding scholarly achievements, their character, commitment to others and to the common good, and for their potential for leadership in whatever domains their careers may lead.  Application is available each year in early July and due early October.  Please see Bruce Pourciau for more information. 
  1. The George J. Mitchell Scholarship – Provides tuition, accommodation, a stipend for living expenses and travel for one academic year of postgraduate study in any discipline offered by institutions of higher learning in Ireland (study in Northern Ireland is not currently an option through the Mitchell Scholarship). Potential students are U.S. citizens and have documented evidence of significant achievement in academic excellence, leadership, and commitment to community and public service.  Application Deadline: September 29, 2017.  2018-2019 Application Is Now Open!

Since Lawrence starts fall term relatively late, it is best to find out information and start preparing for these fellowship applications over the summer to meet the campus and national deadlines in the fall, if you are interested in any of these scholarships.  Please contact Kia Thao in Chapman Hall, 209, for questions and guidance through the process.

The 2018-2019 Fulbright U.S. Student Application Opens – International Study or Research Awards and English Teaching Assistantships Now Available


ATTENTION: Rising Seniors, Class of 2018

  • Are you highly motivated, open-minded, and are a flexible self-starter with a strong interest in promoting international mutual understanding?
  • Are you interested in an intensive cultural exchange program abroad?
  • Then, the Fulbright U.S. Student Fellowship could be for you!

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program selects participants through a competitive, merit-based application process, and offers several benefits during the period of the grant. These include funding for round-trip travel, living expenses for one academic year, and healthcare benefits.

Applicants to the Fulbright U.S. Student Program must be U.S. citizens and hold a bachelor’s degree (or the equivalent) by the beginning of the grant period.

For more information, please visit the Fulbright U.S. Student Program website,

Students should contact Kia Thao, campus Fulbright Program Adviser for more information. Applications must be submitted electronically to Kia Thao by the campus closing date of September 20, 2017. Applications must be submitted by the October 6, 2017 national deadline.

In memoriam: Michael LaMarca

Michael LaMarca, the Raymond H. Herzog Professor of Science and professor emeritus of biology, died Feb. 9 of complications from a stroke in Rochester, Minn. He was 85.

A specialist in reproduction and developmental biology, LaMarca joined the Lawrence faculty in 1965 and taught with distinction until his retirement in 1995. His career as a scientist and teacher was distinguished by his legendary commitment to the disciplined study of the living world. He was recognized with Lawrence’s Excellence in Teaching Award in 1983.

From the study of amphibians to the exploration of human reproduction, LaMarca guided students for 30 years in both the technical and ethical investigation of biological science. His enthusiastic teaching style impacted thousands of students, especially those he mentored through independent study, many of whom went on to distinguished careers of their own as doctors, researchers and educators.

He served as the scientific director of the in vitro fertilization program at Appleton Medical Center from 1985 to 1995 and his guidance was critical to the impressive successes of northeast Wisconsin’s first such program. Under LaMarca’s tutelage, numerous Lawrence students were able to begin their own research careers there.

LaMarca’s own research earned him a place of influence and honor in the scientific community and took him to laboratories and research centers around the country, including Argonne National Laboratory, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and Harvard University School of Medicine, among others.

A native of Jamestown, N.Y., LaMarca was the first member of his family to attend college, earning a degree in biology from the State University of New York at Albany. He spent four years in the Air Force during the Korean War, serving active duty stateside as a meteorological officer while achieving the rank of lieutenant. He went on to earn his Ph.D in zoology at Cornell University and spent two years teaching at Rutgers University before joining the Lawrence faculty.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Joan LaMarca, daughters Cathy Stroebel, Rochester, Minn., and Nancy Gordon, Eden Prairie, Minn., and four grandchildren: Ben, Hannah and Andy Stroebel; and Zach Gordon. He was preceded in death by his oldest daughter, Mary LaMarca.

The family has requested memorials be directed to the National Science Teachers Association or the National Academy of Sciences.