Sunday, December 09, 2007

Pitt Alumni Association Scholarship

Are you a senior applying to graduate or professional school at Pitt? Apply for this:

Pitt Alumni Association is planning to award a $5,000 tuition scholarship to a Pitt graduate student. This graduate scholarship is a one-time, merit based award open to both continuing students and those just entering graduate study in any of the University’s schools or colleges.

-the student must have received his/her undergraduate degree from the University of Pittsburgh
-minimum 3.5 GPA (undergraduate and graduate)
-statement of personal and professional goals
-three letters of recommendation, which should include one from the department chair or dean
-resume (not to exceed two pages)
-transcript of undergraduate work and any graduate courses to date (if applicable)

Application form is available in room 140 Thackeray Hall.
All applications and supporting material must be returned to the Alumni Center, Suite 140, Alumni Hall no later than February 8, 2008. Any questions regarding this scholarship should be directed to Laraine Hlatky ( or 412-624-5589).

North American Undergraduate Conference in Religion and Philosophy

If any of you have a research paper on this topic, I urge you to apply to this conference.

Call for Papers: "Talking About Religion"

The North American Undergraduate Conference in Religion and Philosophy is organized by Westminster College, PA and St. Francis University, PA with the support of the North American Association for the Study of Religion and the Heinz Lecture Series at Westminster.

Undergraduate papers from any discipline on any subject in Religious Studies and Philosophy are sought for an undergraduate conference to take place at Westminster College, New Wilmington, PA from March 7– 9 2008. Public events and discussions, including “faculty consultations” in which the faculty members who accompany their students can share their specific expertise, will take place on Friday evening and Sunday morning. Student presentations will take place on Saturday, March 8.

Although papers on any subject will be considered, those that focus on the conference theme of "Talking about Religion" will be given priority: how can we encourage an open, rational and, productive discussion of religion? How can we promulgate such dialogue and in what terms can we most appropriately discuss this highly charged matter?

Subject to the discretion of a panel of judges cash prizes of $250 each will be awarded to the best paper in Religion, in Philosophy, and in a special category for a “non–traditional” presentation that deviates from the traditional format of the reading of a standard academic paper. Traditional papers of approximately 2,000 words in length, requiring no more than 20 minutes to read, are sought, as well as “non–traditional” presentations.

Scheduled featured speakers are Bob Abernethy, for ten years the host of the PBS weekly program, “Religion and Ethics NewsWeekly,” who has considerable professional expertise in the area of talking about religion; and Justin Barrett, former associate director of the International Culture and Cognition Consortium and a founding editor of the Journal of Cognition and Culture. Dr. Barrett is the author of Why Would Anyone Believe in God? and was the International Coordinator of Experimental Research Programmes for the Institute of Cognition and Culture at the Queen's University, Belfast. Currently, he is the Senior Researcher at Oxford University's Centre for Anthropology and Mind in the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography.

Abstracts of c. 150 words should be sent by January 14, 2008.
Please include your full name, paper title, institution, e-mail, phone number, and the name and contact information of your major professor.
Complete submissions by February 11, 2008.

Submissions and any inquiries should be addressed to Bryan Rennie (
Co-Organizers: Arthur Remillard and David Goldberg


Something to do over break if you plan to spend a year abroad:

David L. Boren Scholarship and Fellowship Competitions
Created in 1991, NSEP awards undergraduate scholarships and graduate fellowships to American students for study of world regions critical to U.S. interests (including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East ). Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 for an academic year’s study abroad. Boren Fellowships provide up to $30,000 for language study and international research. The application deadline for the Boren Fellowship is January 30, 2008, and the deadline for the Boren Scholarship is February 12. For more information and for applications, please visit or write to

Europe: East and West Undergraduate Research Symposium

Call for Papers
Europe: East and West Undergraduate Research Symposium:
The European Union Center of Excellence/European Studies Center and the Center for Russian and East European Studies announce their annual interdisciplinary undergraduate research symposium. The symposium is intended to provide advanced research experience to undergraduate students, and will be modeled after conferences traditionally held at the graduate level. The Centers welcome papers 10-15 pages in length on Europe or Russia, or regional comparative topics. A 250-300 word abstract with application is due by January 28, 2008. Selected students will be notified by early February and revised papers will be due by March 31. For more information, visit or contact Kathleen Ramcharran:

Something to do over break if you are going abroad in the summer:

Nationality Rooms Summer Study Abroad Scholarship Program

The purpose of the Nationality Rooms Scholarships is to enable University of Pittsburgh students to immerse themselves in another culture for at least five weeks. Current University of Pittsburgh undergraduate students with at least sophomore standing and full-time graduate students with U.S. citizenship are eligible to apply for a variety of scholarships sponsored by different Nationality Rooms. Initial applications are available in the Nationality Rooms Program office (1209 Cathedral of Learning) or on the scholarship website. Interviews take place between November 26 and January 18. Two letters of reference must be submitted by January 27. The final submission deadline is noon on January 24, 2008. For more information, inquire at the University of Pittsburgh’s Nationality Rooms Program office, 1209 Cathedral of Learning, or visit the scholarship website at

DUS Office Hours during exam week and other end-of-term reminders

Office hours this week are by appointment only. Please e-mail if you would like an appointment. I may not be on campus every day, so don't assume you can e-mail me in the morning for an appointment later in the day.

A reminder about department office hours--- 8-12 and 1-4 generally. The hallway with the mailboxes is usually open during the lunch hour, but the main office will often be closed. For students turning in papers to mailboxes in the Religious Studies department, remember that our department administrator leaves for the day at 4 pm. If a faculty member or graduate student is still in the office, the door to the hallway with the mailboxes will be open after 4, but don't count on this. Unless your instructor has specifically told you that he or she plans to be there after 4 to receive papers, GET UP TO THE 26th FLOOR BY 3:45 to be on the safe side. And do not slip papers under locked doors. This is a really bad idea. E-mail your instructor from the computer lab in the basement and make a plan to get the paper to him or her some other way.

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