IUP Libraries Undergraduate Research Award

Award Description:

IUP Libraries is dedicated to providing researchers the resources, spaces, and services necessary to enable them to carry out high quality research and inquiry. The IUP Libraries Award for Undergraduate Research was created to recognize high quality scholarly work based on a foundation of careful background research and literature review in projects submitted to the Undergraduate Scholars Forum.

First Place:       $200.00.  IUP Co-op Bookstore gift card

Second Place:    $150.00   IUP Co-op Bookstore gift card

Third Place:          $50.00     IUP Co-op  Bookstore gift card

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CLS – Critical Language Scholarship Program

CLS – Critical Language Scholarship Program

Study a language critical to US National Security Interests abroad (for free!).

  • This is a fully-funded program credit bearing for university students during the summer 2018
  • Students in all disciplines, including business, engineering, sciences, social sciences, and humanities
  • MANY programs require no prior language knowledge.  This is a very intensive, highly structured program.
  • Please encourage students to apply and/or send them my way for more information and application guidance. Dr. Christine Baker (History) works with those interested in Arabic and Persian languages.

The application will open in Mid-September and be found on http://www.clscholarship.org/


If you are interested, stop by my office to talk about this.


IUP Career Expo and Graduate School Fair – Service Opportunity

Please email Jan Shellenbarger at jans@iup.edu if you are interested.

I would like to request assistance from the students in the Honors College at the IUP Career Expo and Graduate School Fair <http://www.iup.edu/career/expo> on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 in the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex.

Volunteers are needed anywhere from 7:30 a.m. until 3 p.m., and we’ve had students work for one hour up to three or four – whatever fits their schedule. Volunteers help us place employer information flyers on the booths, help employers unload their supplies from their cars, escort employers from the registration table to their booth, in some cases park their cars, etc. Business attire or business casual attire is required.

Assisting at these types of events is an excellent opportunity for students to interact with employers and educators, and perhaps have the opportunity to tell them about IUP and the Honors program. At this point we have 70 organizations and graduate schools registered to attend.

Please let me know if you have any questions.



Indiana County Humane Society – Cause for Paws Volunteers Needed.

The Indiana County Humane Society is looking for volunteers to help out with Cause for Paws at Blue Spruce Park on September 16th.  Volunteers would be needed from 10am – 3pm.  If students need further information or if they would like to volunteer they can contact Shannon Jackson at shannonswillow@yahoo.com or 724.840.9450.

Thank you!

Beth Finegan

Service Opportunity – National Association of TEachers of Signing at IUP

Please contact Kaylay if you are interested at k.m.deyarmin@iup.edu.

Hello! My name is Kayla Deyarmin and I am the president of the Student Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing at IUP.

On October 14th, we will be hosting the NATS Regional Competition in Cogswell Hall and Fisher Auditorium at IUP.

We are in need of some helpers and I was wondering if you had some students that would be able to assist us.

We would like students to run score sheets between rooms and other small tasks to help the competition run smoother. Thank you very much for your assistance in this matter and I look forward to your response!

Volunteers Needed ASAP for IUP Day!

Please contact Zhane Cummings at tskw@iup.edu if interested.  She would like to have the schedule of volunteers made by September 6.

IUP Day 2017

  • First designed in fall 2007 by IUP alumnus Dijon Cole, IUP Day allows students to explore ways of getting involved at IUP.

    In addition, IUP Day allows for each recognized student organization to increase awareness of its mission and potentially its membership base. As a result, students gain a clear sense of the IUP community and the opportunities available through the recognized campus organizations, clubs, and activities.

    IUP Day showcases recognized campus organizations that plan small events and/or activities to engage those students who attend. In previous years, events have included a fencing display by the IUP Fencing Club, a cornhole tournament with members of Phi Kappa Psi, and a stepshow organized by the members of Alpha Phi Alpha.

    IUP Day 2017 is being planned by a group of students from across the university. Together, they are planning activities, music, give-aways, food, entertainment, and more. Recognized organizations can register for the event through the Crimson Connect page.

    The event will take place on Friday, September 8, between 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. (Participating organizations should plan to arrive by 2:15 p.m. to set up.)

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Newman Used Book Sale- Service Opportunity!

The Newman Used Book Sake will be holding a Book Sort on Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 9:00am-12:00pm at St. Thomas Moore University Parish (1200 Oakland Ave). Refreshments will be provided! Also, you can come on Friday, April 21, 2017 and help set up by arranging tables, hanging signs, and bringing in boxes of books at the Parish from 6:30-8:00pm. This is a great and easy way to earn service hours! Don’t miss out!

Participate and Volunteer for Hunger Awareness Week and with the Seedling Project!

Please consider participating and encouraging students to participate in Hunger Awareness Week events.  We are especially in need of participants for the poverty simulation this year.

For the fourth year in a row, Dr. Melissa Swauger’s Sociology of Family students, the Indiana Community Garden, Indiana County Community Action Program, Inc., Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, Zion Lutheran Church, Chevy Chase Community Center, the IUP Food and Nutrition and Anthropology Departments, and the IUP Promising Scholars are co-sponsoring Hunger Awareness Week and the Seedling Project from April 24-28, 2017.  These events have touched hundreds of students and local community members. The partnership continues to grow with new community members, local organizations, and local businesses participating each year. Events include:

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Islamic Awareness Week- Talk by Shamsa Anwar

On behalf of the Muslim Student Association (MSA) student board, members and faculty advisors, I would like to invite you all to attend the fifth Islamic Awareness Day at IUP this Wednesday, April 12, 2017 starting at 4:00 PM in the Humanities and Social Sciences Building room 126. This is a public event and all are welcome to attend! FREE DINNER will be served after the talk!
In this event, Ms. Shamsa Anwar will speak about how Islam helped her cope with different situations in her life in the US as a first generation immigrant. Below you will find a short bio of her. Please invite all your friends and join us for an exciting and informative evening! Best regards.

Bio: Shamsa Anwar is a lecturer of Math at Penn State Altoona. Shamsa Anwar is the general secretary of Islamic Center of Altoona. She is a member of Ecumenical conference of greater Altoona and for decades, she has been a panelist on its Summer program. She has done many public presentations, speeches and discussions on religion at various institutions like Penn State Altoona, Saint Francis and Mount Aloysius colleges. She has been a moderator and presenter on many episodes of the local television program called “Abrahamic Faiths” since 1997. Shamsa Anwar was born in Pakistan, grew up in Saudi Arabia and moved to United States after marriage. For past eight years, she teaches in China as an invited professor during summer time. She is well traveled around the world and is no stranger to living a life among strangers

Att Criminology and Pre-Law Students! Come to “Starting a Conversation about Gun Violence” with Rob Conroy

IUP Pre-Law Society Speaker Series presents:
Rob Conroy of CeaseFirePA:
“Starting a Conversation About Gun Violence”
7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 11, 2017
HSS Building Room 206

In response to the recent shootings in the community surrounding IUP, the members of the Pre-Law Society have invited a an executive member of CeaseFirePA, Roberty Conroy, to speak at IUP.  CeaseFirePA works to prevent gun violence through education and advocacy.

Speaker Rob Conroy is CeaseFirePA’s Director of Organizing and the Thomas Merton Center’s current Board President; he has been with both organizations since 2011 and has lived in and around the Pittsburgh area all of his life. Rob is also a “recovering lawyer”/ former prosecutor who serves on the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank’s Government Relations & Advocacy Committee as well as the Spectrum Charter School’s Board of Trustees. As a journalist, he has published in numerous Pennsylvania publications. 

For more information, contact Demire Moore, incoming president of the Pre-Law Society, at kfrv@iup.edu.