U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) Summer Internship Program

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) Summer Internship Program will provide opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to participate in projects focused on helping DNDO meet its mission of “implementing domestic nuclear detection efforts for a managed and coordinated response to radiological and nuclear threats, as well as integration of federal nuclear forensics programs.”

Ten-week research experiences will be offered at federal research facilities located across the U.S.

Undergraduate students receive a stipend of $600 per week plus travel expenses.

Graduate students receive a stipend of $700 per week plus travel expenses.

Areas of research: Engineering, earth and geosciences, computer science, mathematics, physics, chemistry, biological / life sciences, environmental science, and more.

U.S. citizenship required

Application deadline: March 16, 2015, at 12:00 AM

Additional information and how-to-apply instructions can be found here.
DNDO has partnered with the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) to manage the program. For questions please email.

Two Auburn University Honors College students nominated for the Harry S. Truman Scholarship

Auburn University Honors College students, Sara Rains and Jessica Adams have been nominated for the Harry S. Truman Scholarship. The Truman Scholarship was created in 1975 by an act of Congress and is considered one of the nation’s top academic awards bestowed on juniors.

Sara Rains from Brentwood, Tennessee is a junior with a double major Nutrition and Horticulture with a minor in Hunger Studies. Sara is an Auburn University Global Challenge Fellow, a member of the Committee of 19, co-founder of the Auburn University ONE Campaign – a non-profit organization that fights extreme poverty and preventable disease, an Undergraduate Research Fellow, and student ambassador to PUSH – Presidents United to Solve Hunger. PUSH is a partnership between the United Nations World Food Programme and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. Upon graduation, Sara plans to seek a position as a policy officer with the One Acre Fund in rural East Africa – a social enterprise that invests in farmers through training and market facilitation.

Jessica Adams is from Smiths Station, Alabama and is a junior majoring in Microbial, Cellular and Molecular Biology with a minor in Hunger Studies. Jessica is an IMPACT Project Coordinator, an intern with the Hunger Solutions Institute in the College of Human Sciences responsible for carrying out demographic research and program development, an Auburn University Global Challenge Fellow, and co-founder of the campus chapter of Bama Covered and director of its Smiths Station office. Bama Covered is a grassroots, student led movement to educate citizens of Alabama about their healthcare options under the Affordable Care Act. Jessica will travel to Pennsylvania State University in the summer where her research will examine vitamin A uptake levels in neonatal rats infected with Streptococus pneumonia.

The Harry S. Truman Scholarship is awarded to 59 college juniors on the basis of four criteria: service on campus and in the community, commitment to a career in public service, communication ability and aptitude to be a “change agent” and academic talent that would assure acceptance to a first-rate graduate school.

Sara Rains - Truman Scholarship Nominee
Sara Rains – Truman Scholarship Nominee
Jessica Adams - Truman Scholar Nominee
Jessica Adams – Truman Scholar Nominee

Honors Serves help on MLK Day

Recently Honors Serves students spent MLK Day participating in projects with Alabama Rural Ministry.  Below is a first hand account from site leader, Fleur Jones, of what they did:

“First of all, we went to the local food pantry and helped unpack the new food that would be going out to local families. While we were there, some of the kids from an after school group called “Safe Haven,” which is led by Guy Trammel met up with us and helped us with the food. Some of the food we were unpacking would be going to the families of the kids that were with us.

After the food pantry, we drove to the Tuskegee Institute Middle School and marched from there to the statue of Booker T. Washington on the university’s campus. A police car followed behind us so that the kids could have the whole road, and the kids sang a list of songs based on the civil rights movement that they learned at their after school group.

Then, we all went to lunch at the house that is used for “Safe Haven.” Some of the women that volunteer for this group, with a little of my help, got together food for all of the kids in the group and for all of us from Honors Serves.

Finally, we all went to listen to a wonderful woman named Amelia Boynton-Robinson, who is 103 years old and had a big part in getting colored women the right to vote during the civil rights movement. Something interesting is that just days after we met her, she traveled to the House of Representatives and was able to meet President Obama and his wife following the 2015 State of the Union.​”

According to Kelly Merrell, the group also helped finalize the Tuskegee home roofing project by installing felt and shingles on one half of the roof.

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k(no)w poverty? Lecture Series – Lisa Pierce, Alabama Rural Ministry


k(no)w poverty? Lecture Series
Wednesday, February 25, 6-7 pm

Where: Langdon Hall

Speaker: Ms. Lisa Pierce, Founder & Director of Alabama Rural Ministry

Lecture Title: Hope for Homes: An overview of housing and it’s importance in community development

Ms. Pierce is originally from Daytona Beach, Florida. She attended Auburn University for college and graduated with a B.S. in Animal Science in 1995. Thereafter she took a position with the University of West Alabama’s Wesley Foundation in 1996 and in 1998 she founded the Alabama Rural Ministry (ARM). In 2001 Lisa moved back to the Auburn/Opelika area to operate ARM from Lee County. Lisa has been in the Alabama National Guard for 24 years and is currently a Lieutenant Colonel serving as a Battalion Commander in Huntsville, Alabama. Lisa obtained a Masters of Counseling and Psychology at University of West Alabama and she is currently pursuing a Masters of Arts in Christian Leadership through Asbury Seminary in Orlando.

Students and community members are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to the event for donation to the Campus Food Pantry.


Meet the Staff – Dr. Baumann


Name: Dr. Melissa Baumann

Title: Director Honors College, Assistant Provost Undergraduate Studies

Hometown: Rural Ohio

How long have you been with the Honors College?

In June, it will be two years.

What’s your favorite class or event offered by the Honor College?

I think they are ALL exciting!

Do you have office hours for students?

No, however if you would like to speak with me please feel free to come to one of our many programs including Cater Porch Talks, Honors Book Club, or any of our events. Plus you are always welcome to join in service with Project Horseshoe Farm, or have dinner with me at one of our Meet the Director events. If all else fails, feel free to call the Honors College and make an appointment.

What’s your favorite Auburn memory?

My first Iron Bowl and watching Chris Davis catch the now famous return – right in front of me.

In your opinion, what’s the best thing about Auburn Honors?

The best thing, in my opinion, is that academically gifted students have the flexibility to design their own challenging curriculum.

What’s the best advice you can give to an Honors Student?

One: Work hard and get to know faculty. Two: Be open to new experiences including undergraduate research and study abroad. Three: Learn something new!

Do you have any hobbies, and if so name a few!

I enjoy cooking, running, gardening and tap dancing – who knew!

City Year Looking for Graduating Seniors

City Year is looking for graduating seniors who are interested in spending next year working in a school as a tutor, mentor, and after-school program coordinator.

City Year is an Americorps organization allows emerging professionals to gain a wide variety of real world experience while earning a stipend, a $5,730 education scholarship and many great grad school and fellowship opportunities.

If you would like to learn more, you can visit their website or contact me Auburn University recruiter Kenya Warren.  Applications are due February 15, 2015.

Summer Workshop in International Security

The Program in Arms Control, Disarmament, and International Security (ACDIS) at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana announces the 4th annual workshop in international security. This one-week workshop is targeted at rising sophomores or advanced undergraduates from colleges and universities across the country. Dates: June 7-12, 2015.

The workshop has several, interdependent aims:
1. to inform students about key security issues and equip them with the analytic tools to evaluate global policy proposals to address them;

2. to develop a self-sustaining network of students with competence and interest in security studies; and

3. to introduce students to careers in security policy-making in private and public sectors by meeting informally with security experts.

Presentations will be given by the following noted individuals:

Stephen P Cohen, Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution
Anthony H. Cordesman, Arleigh A. Burke Chair in Strategy, Center for Strategic and International Studies
Conrad C. Crane, Chief of Historical Services, Army Heritage and Education Center
Paul Diehl, Henning Larsen Professor Emeritus of Political Science, UIUC
James Hentz, Professor, International Studies and Political Science, Virginia Military Institute
Feisal Amin Rasoul Istrabadi, Director, Center for the Study of the Middle East, Indiana University
Edward A Kolodziej, Director of ACDIS and the Center for Global Studies, UIUC
Fred Lamb, Fortner Endowed Chair in Theoretical Astrophysics (Emeritus), UIUC
Jacquelyn Schneider, Major, United States Air Force
Jennifer Sims, Senior Fellow, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs
Brenda Anne Wilson, Professor of Microbiology, UIUC

Students completing the workshop will be awarded a Certificate in International Security Studies and will receive one hour of college credit.

Students from underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged to apply. Limited scholarships are available for applicants with financial need.

Please see their site for further details. A flyer for this event is available for download here.

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