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Senior Work Funding Deadline is Oct. 1

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See the below deadlines for funding for seniors beginning senior work projects this year; or juniors looking to summer and fall 2016. If projects need funding beyond what the department can provide, they can apply for a Senior Research Project Supplement (SRPS). Depending on when the student is pursuing their work, there are three important deadlines to know:

• Application Deadline of October 1, 2015 and January 29, 2016 (new this year) for projects to be completed this academic year (seniors only)

• Application Deadline of April 15, 2016 for projects to be completed next academic year (senior febs and juniors)

• Funding requests for $350 or less may be submitted throughout the academic year until funds run out (seniors only)

See the Undergraduate Research website go/srps for an application, more detailed information and eligible expenses.

In addition, students needing support to attend or present at an academic conference may apply for academic travel funding at go/atf.

Questions may be addressed to uro@middlebury.edu or contact Undergraduate Research in the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Research (CTLR), Davis Family Library 225 or at 443-3026.

Lisa Gates, Associate Dean for Fellowships and Research
Colleen Norden, Administrative Coordinator


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Snow Bowl season passes are $200 for an individual and $400 for a family this year, and you’ll save on the amount of tax you pay if purchased before Nov. 30. Your taxable amount is based on the difference between the general publics’ cost and your cost, and because the rate to the public increases significantly after Nov., you can save by making your purchase before Nov. 30. During Oct. passes are on sale in the pro shop at the Ralph Myhre Golf Course from 8-5 daily, or can be purchased by calling ext. 5125 or 7669. Accepted methods of payment are cash, check, VISA or Mastercard. YOU MUST BE BENEFITS ELIGIBLE AND PROVIDE MIDDCARD ID number to receive the discount. On line purchases can be made any time at www.middleburysnowbowl.com .


Ancestry Library Edition (Trial ends Oct. 21, 2015)

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For the next thirty days, the Middlebury College community has free access to Ancestry Library Edition – the library’s version of ancestry.com. AncestrySearch census records; birth, marriage, and death records; city directories, and much more.

Let us know what you think – email eaccess-admin@middlebury.edu or contact your liaison.

Drop-In Guided Meditation Starts Tuesday

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Drop-In Guided Meditation
with Chessy Kelley

Tuesdays and Thursdays
12:30-1:15 p.m.
Forest East Lounge
September 22-December 17, 2015

No registration is necessary
Offered to faculty, staff, and students at no charge with the support of the Wellness Committee

A limited number of cushions will be available

Please contact instructor Chessy Kelley at chessy@gmavt.net
Or Ellen McKay at emckay@middlebury.edu

The Week’s Headlines

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Here are the week’s headlines from the News Room:

Middlebury Welcomes Class of 2019 at Convocation Steeped in Tradition

Middlebury College Statement on Recent Federal Court Decision

Middlebury Celebrates 50 Years of Environmental Education and Leadership

View past stories by visiting the News Room page.

Lunar Eclipse Viewing at the College Observatory – 27 September 2015

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The Physics Department at Middlebury College will host viewing of the upcoming total lunar eclipse at the College Observatory. The Observatory, located atop McCardell Bicentennial Hall, will be open to the public for viewing the moon on Sunday evening, September 27, from 8:30 PM until 10:30 PM, provided the skies are mostly clear.

Viewing of the lunar eclipse will happen from the roof deck with smaller telescopes as well as with the unaided eye. Please note that for this event, the larger computer-controlled 24-inch telescope in the Observatory dome will not be available. The moon is best appreciated with the larger field of view of a smaller telescope or without any telescope at all. The larger telescope is scheduled to be available for stargazing during a subsequent public open house night this fall.

This Eclipse Viewing at the Observatory is free and open to the public, but will take place only if the sky is at least mostly clear. If the weather appears uncertain, visitors may call the observatory at 443-2266 or visit the Observatory web site, after 6:30 PM on the evening of the Eclipse Viewing for a status report. More information can also be found at go/observatory .

Molly Costanza-Robinson awarded NSF RUI grant

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Molly Costanza-Robinson (Chemistry & Biochemistry and Environmental Studies) has been awarded a three-year grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) through its Research in Undergraduate Institutions (RUI) mechanism for a project titled Elucidating Interlayer Chemistry for Design of  Novel, Nontoxic Organoclays for Contaminant Remediation. The project will involve 2-3 undergraduate researchers each year and will initially focus on elucidating how the chemistry of activated clay minerals (organoclays), specifically their interlayer crystallinity, relates to their ability to remove organic contaminants from wastewater. The second stage of the project will apply this information to the task of designing novel organoclays for more effective contaminant removal. Students in the Environmental Chemistry course will also participate in the project by testing the toxicity of the novel organoclays.