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The Echols Scholars Program is predicated upon the Jeffersonian ideal of freedom of inquiry and the development of critical thought.
It offers special opportunities to those undergraduates in the College of Arts & Sciences who are its most avid learners.
The Echols Scholars program has a new administrative structure and leadership team.
Professor Michael P. Timko from the Department of Biology has been appointed as Director of the Echols Scholars Program, and Assistant Professor Sarah R. Cole, Has been appointed Assistant Director for the program and Association Dean for Echols. Read more about the new Director and Assistant Director.
Michael P. Timko was appointed Director of the Echols Scholars Program in May 2013.
Dr. Timko received his BS degree with High Honors from the College of Agriculture & Environmental Sciences at Rutgers University in 1975. He went on to earn his MS and PhD in Plant Biology from Rutgers University. After receiving his doctorate, he held postdoctoral positions at Brandeis University and Rockefeller University. During his postdoctoral work he was involved in some of the earliest studies on gene expression analysis and gene transfer methods in plants, including seminal research on technologies widely utilized in the production of commercial varieties of transgenic plants grown worldwide.
Dr. Timko joined the faculty of the University of Virginia in 1986, and is currently Professor of Biology in the College of Arts & Sciences. He also holds a joint appointment in Public Health Sciences at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. In addition to his role with Echols, Dr. Timko is the Director of the interdisciplinary Distinguished Major Program in Human Biology.
During his time at the University Dr. Timko has taught a variety of courses that integrate his interests in plant biology, molecular biology, and human health. He has also organized numerous workshops and training courses abroad. He directs an internationally recognized research program that uses molecular genetics and functional genomics for the improvement of food crops and other commodities for Africa and Asia, and the development of novel plant- and microbial-based human nutraceuticals and therapeutics. He is actively involved in basic research, graduate and post-graduate training, and outreach activities throughout the world with ongoing projects in sub-Saharan Africa, China, Europe and South America. He currently holds Visiting Professorships at Zhejiang University and Southwest University in China. In 2009 he was a recipient of The Hartwell Foundation Individual Biomedical Research Award for his work on probiotic-based therapeutics.
Dr. Timko’s work has been supported by various national and international granting agencies, private foundations, and corporations including the NSF, NIH, USDA, Rockefeller Foundation and Kirkhouse Trust. He has authored or co-authored over 120 research papers, book chapters and review articles and has multiple US and world-wide patents in agricultural and nutritional biotechnology. He is currently a member of the editorial boards of several internationally recognized scientific journals.
He credits his undergraduate advisor for cultivating his passion for research by involving him is independent study, and for introducing him to the problems of international agriculture.
Sarah Cole joins us from Harvard University, where she taught in the History and Literature program and served in several advising roles, including Acting Resident Dean of Dudley House at Harvard College. She did her undergraduate work at Bryn Mawr College and received her PhD in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University. At U.Va., she will teach courses in the English Department, while serving as Association Dean for the Echols Scholars and as Assistant Director of the Echols Scholars program.
Dr. Cole’s academic interests include nineteenth-century British fiction and poetry, gender studies, and concepts of national and ethnic identity in Modern Europe. Her research focuses on the literary genre of the Bildungsroman (or novel of education), exploring how stories of youthful development relate to historical changes in British gender and class relations. In her most recent article, published in Victorian Poetry, she examines Alfred Tennyson’s poem In Memoriam in the context of Victorian debates about how “gentlemen” should be educated. She teaches a variety of interdisciplinary seminar courses that aim to connect classic works of literature with questions that are relevant to today’s society. One recent course, “Border Crossings: Remaking European Identities,” explored the experiences of immigrants and ethnic minorities in modern Europe, using examples ranging from nineteenth-century fiction to contemporary films and newspaper articles. Her teaching has received several awards, including the Harvard University Certificate of Excellence in Teaching.
As an Association Dean at the College of Arts and Sciences, she will provide academic advising and support for the Echols Scholars. She will be available to discuss issues such as course choices and career goals, and she hopes to serve as a resource for any students experiencing challenges that affect their academic work. She will also serve as Assistant Director of the Echols Scholars program, collaborating with Director Michael Timko and members of the Echols student community to plan academic initiatives that enhance the Echols experience.
The next Ingrassia Family Echols Scholars Research Grant application cycle has an application deadline of November 15, 2013. This cycle is for projects during winter break or during the spring 2014 semester. Application materials can be found on the CLAS Scholarships 13F site at https://collab.itc.virginia.edu/portal/site/7b104770-7321-41fb-aa2e-e3ce....
This is a new process for submitting CLAS scholarship applications. Please read the instructions carefully and thoroughly.
Echols Scholars: You represent some of the best and brightest here at the University of Virginia.
As such, you are potential candidates for election to the oldest and most prestigious honorary society, Phi Beta Kappa. For more than 200 years, the Society has pursued its mission of celebrating and advocating excellence in the liberal arts and sciences, and its distinctive emblem, a golden key, is widely recognized as a symbol of academic distinction. Its campus chapters invite for induction the most outstanding arts and sciences students at America’s leading colleges and universities, usually in the spring of their fourth year.
Membership in Phi Beta Kappa shows commitment to the liberal arts and sciences as well as to freedom of inquiry and expression. It also provides a competitive edge in the marketplace.
The Phi Beta Kappa Faculty at UVA want to encourage you to make yourself competitive for this honor. Candidates come from the top 12 percent of students, whose studies celebrate both the breadth and depth of the liberal arts and sciences.
Before signing up for your courses next semester, we invite you to look at our website at UVA (http://college.artsandsciences.virginia.edu/phi_beta_kappa) as well as the national website (http://www.pbk.org). Please familiarize yourself with the requirements.
Nov. 6, 4 p.m., Special Collections Auditorium.
In celebration of the 75th anniversary of the gift of the McGregor Library, students are invited to The Tracy W. and Katherine W. McGregor Distinguished Lecture Series in American History. Peter S. Onuf, Thomas Jefferson Foundation Professor Emeritus in the Corcoran Department of History, will speak on "Books, Letter, and Prayers: Thomas Jefferson in his Sanctum Sanctorum." Reception with food will follow. Please R.S.V.P. at email@example.com, by Oct. 30th, as space is limited.
Apply to judge or volunteer for UVA's 3rd Annual High School Debate Tournament, hosted by the Washington Literary Society and Debating Union. The tournament will begin in the evening on Friday, November 15th, 2013 and continue all day Saturday, November 16th, 2013. Judges will be compensated $10/round, and the opportunity to judge at least five rounds is guaranteed. This is a chance for qualified judges to make anywhere from $50-$70 over the course of the weekend. For more information about the tournament, please visit http://virginia-debate.com/ or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Maura Carey, UVA CLAS 2016
Assistant Tournament Director
The Monroe Society is looking for first-years to host prospective students when they visit UVA! Being a host is an extremely low commitment and works entirely around your schedule. Prospective students are eager to see what UVA is all about and we rely on your help to show them what daily life as a student here is like. As a host, you get the opportunity to show a prospective student all around UVA and Charlottesville, including classes, Grounds, dining halls, etc. Prospective students only stay with hosts for one night.
For more information, visit our website or email us at email@example.com. To sign up as a host, fill out the form here: https://sites.google.com/site/themonroesociety/become-a-host. Hosting is easy and fun and a fantastic way to share your excitement for this wonderful school with other future students!
When: Monday, 11/11/13 from 5-7pm
Where: OpenGrounds (across from The White Spot on the Corner)
Who: This event is open to everyone!
Everyone is invited to come to this event and engage in the undergraduate research community at UVA!
See facebook.com/uvaurn for more information.
Attention: Third and Fourth Years
Tasteful Exchange: November 7th Garrett Hall, 7:30pm
Do you hold a vision for improving our global community?Are you actively working to actualize your goals? Would you like to meet other students who are also taking steps to bring their ideas to life?
If so, join in the Tasteful Exchange.
T.E.A. is a student-run social networking initiative aimed at connecting students with diverse interests, aspirations,and involvements.
Striving to represent all areas of academic, cultural and social diversity, Tasteful Exchange receptions provide a tasteful social setting where students have meaningful social exchanges that promote mutual understanding and enrichment.
Students who are proactively pursuing an avocation are encouraged to engage with their peers to share impactful ideas & experiences.
Tea and refreshments will be served.
Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
At this time each year, the Gray-Carrington Committee seeks nominations from the University community for one of the highest honors an undergraduate student can receive: the Gray-Carrington Scholarship Award. The scholarship, which covers tuition, fees, and rent for one year, is awarded to a student entering his or her year of graduation who displays those characteristics that were exemplified by Arthur "Pete" Gray, IV and Edward Carrington, Jr. during their time at the University, namely:
Personal integrity: One who can tolerate no wrong nor sit idle until it is rectified.
Achievement: One who sets goals above those of ordinary men and women, yet meets or exceeds them even in the face of overwhelming adversity.
Leadership: One who can motivate others to perform to the utmost of their abilities.
Humility: One who, although possessing all of those superlative traits, maintains a demeanor not of superiority but of service to others performed with love and selflessness
If you know of a student who possesses these qualities, please consider writing a letter of recommendation on his or her behalf. The letter can be submitted by dropping off a physical copy at 37 West Lawn, emailing an electronic copy to email@example.com, or filling out this form (www.tinyurl.com/Gray-Carrington2014). Letters of nomination must be received by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, November 17.
The Gray-Carrington Nominating Committee