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DUS News

February 8, 2016
Inside Scoop: Need a Letter of Recommendation?

If you plan to apply for a scholarship, special program, or internship and need a letter of support from an adviser or faculty member, read Recommendations and References.  

Important Dates:
  • February 12 (Fri): Entrance-to-major process deadline (spring 2016 pool)
  • February 15–March 6 (Mon–Sun): Final exam conflict filing period
  • March 6–12 (Sun–Sat): Spring break (no classes)
  • April 8 (Thurs–Fri): Late drop deadline

Spring Career Days

Go to Spring Career Days, Tuesday and Wednesday, February 9 and 10, 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., at the Bryce Jordan Center, University Park. This recruiting event is open to all students looking for full-time jobs, internships, co-ops, and summer positions. If you go, research, prepare, and strategize; then review 5 Key Steps to Remember.

Ten Things LionPATH Will Change

Check 10 Changes You’ll See with LionPATH for facts about how you will build your fall schedule, register for classes, use the new course wait list, comply with course prerequisites, see your financial aid status, enter or change your major, and much more. 

Study Smarter, Not Harder

Do you sometimes wonder if you should study more or better or somehow different for tests? Go to the Study Smarter, Not Harder workshop on Tuesday and Thursday, February 9 and 25, 6:30 p.m. in 100 Life Sciences Building, University Park. Professors from the departments of Psychology and Chemistry will talk about ways you can process information, academic resources you can use on campus and online, and study skills you can practice.

Deadline This Friday for Sophomores to Confirm Majors

If this is your entrance-to-major pool (usually spring of your sophomore year), you received an email from the Registrar instructing you to confirm your top three choices of major in eLion (click on Entrance to Major under Major/Minor) by Friday, February 12. See details at Entrance to Major. Contact your DUS adviser if you need help with this important process.

Sustainability Internship Opportunity

Interested in completing a paid internship with Penn State’s Sustainability Institute by helping the Green Paws Program, Green Teams Program, and Sustainable Communities Collaborative? Learn more at Sustainability Intern and apply by Friday, February 12.

Undergraduate Research Poster Conference

Are you helping a faculty member with a research project? Interested in showcasing your work at the Undergraduate Research at the Capitol—Pennsylvania poster conference on April 5? Let your faculty project adviser know, so he or she can submit your names, poster title, and short abstract by Friday, February 12, for consideration by Penn State’s Undergraduate Education office. Contact Dr. Mary Beth Crowe at mbc5@psu.edu or 814-863-1864, if you have questions.  

Helping and Service Professions Career Fair

Connect with organizations that focus on the well-being and development of others at the Helping and Service Professional Career Fair on Thursday, February 25, 11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m., in the HUB-Robeson Center, University Park. Learn about summer jobs, internships, volunteer positions, and full-time jobs.

Be Part of the DUS Leadership Council

Are you a first-year DUS student at University Park? Would you like to represent the division, help other students learn how to explore majors, attend special events, and develop your leadership skills? Let your adviser know you’d like to be considered for next year’s Division of Undergraduate Studies Leadership Council. Deadline to express interest is Thursday, March 3.

If You Take a Summer Course Somewhere Else

If you plan to take a course at another institution and transfer credits to Penn State, it’s important to see if the course is equivalent to one offered at Penn State. To find out, use the Transfer Course Evaluation Guide (also available in eLion by clicking on Transferring Credits), and discuss your plans with your academic adviser.

Volunteer at University Health Center

HealthWorks, a peer health education outreach program in University Health Services, University Park, is looking for student volunteers to become peer health educators for next school year. Any major is welcome. If accepted, you will take a 3-credit biobehavioral health course this fall. Learn more and apply by March 4 at HealthWorks Member Application. Questions? Contact Stacy Jones at slj18@psu.edu or 814–863–0461

Pre-Law Information Sessions

Students thinking about law school should sign up for a small-group information session before scheduling an individual appointment with the pre-law adviser. See details and dates/times for both the Pre-Law Orientation and the Applying to Law School sessions at Pre-Law Information Sessions

Summer Jobs and Internships

Use Multiple Internship Search Strategies to find a summer position or internship that complements your strengths, interests, and major.  

Early Progress Reports

From the third through the sixth week of every semester, instructors email Early Progress Reports (EPRs) to first-year students (at all campuses) who are earning grades below a C. If an instructor emails an EPR to you, be proactive. Be sure you understand why you are earning less than a C and how you can improve. Talk to your instructor and your adviser about it and get the help you need to be successful!

Additional Resources:

Academic Advising Portal
Advising questions? Need academic information? Check out and bookmark Academic Advising Portal or contact your DUS adviser.

Explore Majors
Making decisions? Use the Exploration Resources on the DUS website to explore and make decisions about possible majors

Make An Appointment
Want to make an appointment with your adviser? Use our online Make an Appointment system!

Penn State Events
Interested in more events at Penn State? For a list of workshops, seminars, information sessions, career and major fairs, and more, visit the Events Calendar at Penn State.

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