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2016 Summer Activities

Many activities are scheduled during the summer to supplement the REU, USRG and other summer undergraduate research programs on-campus. Check out the activities from Summer 2016 below to see if you might be interested. Please check back regularly for the most updated information. You can also download our Welcome Guide to find local restaurants, stores, transporation and more. Feel free to contact Undergraduate Research staff at ugr@tamu.edu with any questions regarding these events.

GRE Prep Course
General Laboratory Safety Training
Summer Undergraduate Research Programs Welcome BBQ
Radiological Safety Training
LAUNCH Brown Bag Lecture Series
Campus Facility Tours
College of Science Summer Scholars Program
Early Graduate Admissions for Summer Undergraduate Research Students
Summer 2016 Undergraduate Research Poster Session
 

GRE Prep Course

Cody Blair ’91 will be the instructor for this course. Cody is a National Merit Scholar who has been teaching study skills, SAT prep, and GRE prep for over 12 years. He has taught at Texas A&M, College Station ISD, Bryan ISD, Tomball ISD and privately throughout Texas. More information can be found at studyprof.com, or you can contact Cody Blair at blair@studyprof.com. 
 

Mondays and Wednesdays beginning June 6 and ending June 29
3:30-5:30 pm
Interdisciplinary Life Sciences Building (ILSB) Auditorium

The two-hour class will meet from 3:30 to 5:30 on Mondays and Wednesdays beginning June 6 and ending June 29th (8 classes). To sign up now, go to studyprof.doattend.com and select "StudyProf GRE Prep - June 6 - 29, 2016."

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General Laboratory Safety Training
Talk to the Director of your program to see if safety training is required. Presented by Environmental Health and Safety.

Wednesday, June 1
1:30-3:30 pm
Interdisciplinary Life Sciences Building (ILSB) Auditorium
Register now
Check in starts at 1:00 pm.


Summer Undergraduate Research Programs Welcome BBQ
Join us in welcoming students in REU and other summer undergraduate research programs at our Welcome BBQ! Students, Directors, Coordinators and Mentors are all invited to attend.

Wednesday, June 1
4:00-6:00 pm
Interdisciplinary Life Sciences Building (ILSB) Lobby
RSVP here before May 31.
The first 100 students to arrive will receive a goodie bag!


Radiological Safety Training
Radiation Safety training consists of two parts: (1) General Radiation Safety training delivered by Radiation Safety Staff (RSS) and, (2) Laboratory (Work Area) Specific training delivered by the Radioactive Material Permit Holder or his designee. General Radiation Safety training is an overview of Texas A&M University’s (TAMU) radiation safety program.  It is primarily intended for those persons who will handle unsealed radioactive materials in a laboratory setting. Laboratory Specific training addresses the procedures, hazards, precautions, etc for the work environment. 

This training is presented by Environmental Health and Safety.

Friday, June 3
8:00 am-12:00 pm
Alvin R. Luedecke Building, Room 228 (Bldg 0434 - Cyclotron Institute)
Register now
Check-in starts at 7:45 am.

LAUNCH Brown Bag Lecture Series

LAUNCH holds seven different Brown Bag Lectures Series during June and July to compliment the various undergraduate research programs offered on-campus during the summer. Registration is required to attend. All lectures are held from 12:00-1:00 pm in Interdisciplinary Life Sciences Building (ILSB) 3143.

Welcome to Texas A&M
Wednesday, June 8
Presented by Annabelle Aymond, Administrative Assistant for Undergraduate Research, LAUNCH
Welcome to Aggieland! Explore what resources are available to you this summer in College Station, TX. 
Register now

 
National Fellowships
Wednesday, June 15
Presented by Adelia Humme, Program Assistant for National Fellowships, LAUNCH

Learn what prestigious scholarships and fellowships are available for you to apply to in your field!
Register now
 
Scientific Writing
Wednesday, June 22
Presented by the University Writing Center
Register now
 
Graduate School and Early Admissions
Wednesday, June 29
Presented by Dr. Shannon Walton, Director, OGAPS
Wanting to further your education? Find out more about Graduate School and the benefits of early admissions. 

Register now
 
Digital Citizenship and Copyright
Wednesday, July 6
Presented by Bruce Neville, Instructional Associate Professor, University Libraries

Discover the importance of copyright in the publishing field. What can and can’t you do?
Register now
 
Writing Abstracts
Wednesday, July 13
Presented by Dr. Duncan MacKenzie, Associate Director for Undergraduate Research, LAUNCH

Ready to present your work? Learn how to compose an effective abstract for your research!
Register now
 
Research Posters
Wednesday, July 20
Presented by Dr. Duncan MacKenzie, Associate Director for Undergraduate Research, LAUNCH

Discover what your peers have accomplished this summer through the Texas A&M REU program!
Register now

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Campus Facility Tours

LAUNCH holds six different summer tours of various facilities and interesting labs around campus during June and July to help you get more acquainted with some of what Texas A&M has to offer. Registration is required to attend. 

Oran W. Nicks Low Speed Wind Tunnel
Friday, June 17 at 3:30 PM
1775 George Bush Drive West


Interested in planes and all things that fly? Explore Texas A&M’s large-scale, subsonic wind tunnel that can achieve air velocities of up to 200 mph! Used extensively for undergraduate education, engineering research and commercial testing, studies have been conducted on everything from bicycles with riders, golf clubs, light pole fixtures, and offshore oil platforms and drill ships to missiles, airplanes, and space re-entry vehicles. As Sinatra said: come fly with me!
Register now
 
Game of Thrones Collection at Cushing Memorial Library
Friday, June 24 at 3:30 PM
Cushing Memorial Library

Winter is coming… to Texas A&M. Cushing Library is home to a large collection of author George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones memorabilia. Want to see the manuscript in which the Mother of Dragons came to life? How about a replica of Ned Stark’s Valyrian steel sword, Ice? Come see what is called the “crown jewel” of Texas A&M’s “world-renowned sci-fi and fantasy collection”.
Register now
 
LASR Laboratory: Aerospace Robotics 
Friday, July 8 at 3:30 PM
1188 Nuclear Science Rd.

Robots. While they may not be taking over the world at the moment, Texas A&M’s LASR Lab sports many features of a world-class robotics facility. The indoor robotics arena is the centerpiece of the lab, offering 2000 square feet of flat floor for ground robots. Twelve foot ceilings give aerial vehicles plenty of room to maneuver. Come take a peek into the future through this renowned robotics laboratory!
Register now

O&M Cloud and Visibility Observatory
Friday, July 15, 2016 at 3:30 PM
15th floor of the Eller O&M Building

Check out the best view in Aggieland at the Cloud and Visibility Observatory at the top of the O&M building!
Register now.

Cyclotron Institute
Friday, July 22, 2016 at 3:30 PM
Luedecke (CYCL) Building

Learn about accelerator-based science and technology and the applications to space science, materials science, analytical procedures and nuclear medicine. Check out the K500 superconducting cyclotron and its advanced ECR ion sources. These provide a powerful arsenal of intermediate-energy projectiles for use in both fundamental and applied studies.

Safety Precautions: Please be sure that everyone wears closed toed shoes and full length pants. Temperatures are on the chilly side so you might want to wear appropriate clothing for those conditions.

Register now.
Immersive Visualization Center (IVC)
Friday, July 29, 2016 at 3:30 PM

Halbouty Geosciences Building, Room 260

From animated plasma flow to mapping the floor of the Indian Ocean to recreating the inside of a cloud, see innovative advancements in the latest visualization capabilities of Texas A&M’s Immersive Visualization Center (IVC). Based on a semi-rigid, rear projected, curved screen, the IVC facilitates the imaging of very large datasets from a diverse set of disciplines. This particular configuration is the first such installation in the world. 
Register now.
   

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College of Science Summer Scholars Program
The REU Summer Scholars Luncheon Series is open to ethnic minority students participating in REU programs. Once you are accepted into an REU program, send an email to REU@science.tamu.edu and state that you are interested in joining Summer Scholars. Additional information about the Summer Scholars Program can be found in this brochure.

Welcome Luncheon
Wednesday, June 7
Presented by Kristen Harper Executive Director, Undergraduate Studies & Dr. Mark Zoran Associate Dean, Science
Leadership
Tuesday, June 14
Presented by Dr. C.J. Woods Associate Vice President, Student Affairs
Graduate School Experiences
Tuesday, June 21
Presented by a Graduate Student Panel
How to fund Graduate Studies
Tuesday, June 28
Presented by Dr. Shannon Walton, Director, OGAPS
Success Strategies for Minority Scholars
Tuesday, July 5
Presented by Dr. Sumana Datta, Assistant Provost Undergraduate Studies; Executive Director LAUNCH
How to Best Position Yourself for Acceptance and Funding for Graduate School Along with Expectations After Being Accepted
Tuesday, July 12
Presented by Dr. Edward Tarlton
Graduate School 101
Tuesday, July 19
Presented by Dr. Prasad Enjeti, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Engineering Academic and Student Affairs
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Early Graduate Admissions for Summer Undergraduate Research Students
Early Graduate Admissions is a program open only to summer undergraduate research students who are participating in a structured research group (REU, USRG, etc.) and are graduating in May of 2017. Students who apply early will know if they have been admitted to the University in September of 2016. An early decision enables students to focus their efforts on applying for funding in their senior year, rather than applying to graduate programs, allowing students to take full advantage of funding opportunities. The application includes the submission of an official transcript, two letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose and a resume. The deadline to submit is 5:00 pm on Friday, July 22, 2016. More information and application insutrctions can be found on the OGAPS website and in this downloadable brochure.

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Summer 2016 Undergraduate Research Poster Session
LAUNCH will host the Summer 2016 Undergraduate Research Poster Session on Wednesday, August 3, 2016 as an opportunity for summer undergraduate researchers to publicly present their summer research to a broad audience. Registration is required (details below). Students will be placed in one of two sessions based on the topic of study.

Session 1
Wednesday, August 3, 2016
10:00 am-12:00 pm
Interdisciplinary Life Sciences Building (ILSB) Lobby

Session 2
Wednesday, August 3, 2016
3:00 pm-5:00 pm
Interdisciplinary Life Sciences Building (ILSB) Lobby

For complete registration information and participant guidelines, visit the Undergraduate Research Summer Poster Session page.

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