News From Academic & Transfer Advising Services    |   Fall 2013   |  Issue #6, November 4 -17


The Registration Preparation Page

Study Skills Workshops | Topic: "Concentration, Motivation, & Stress Management"

Semester By the Sea at Southampton

Phi Beta Kappa Academic Honor Society

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Monday, November 4

Advance registration set to begin for Winter & Spring 2014.

***For more information about the Fall 2013 deadlines, please visit:
http://www.stonybrook.edu/registrar/calendar-academic.shtml .




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study skills


"Concentration, Motivation, & Stress Management"


SAC 304
Nov 12 @ 3 p.m. -or- Nov 13 @ 4 p.m.

This workshop will focus on causes of poor concentration and strategies to improve your concentration. We will also go over ways to improve motivation and better ways to manage stress that you can experience from the pressures of school and your personal lives.

Fall 2013 Study Skills Workshops Schedule


semester by the sea

New for 2014: Spring Semester by the Sea at Southampton

Students will spend 16 weeks living and working side by side with our world-renowned faculty as they immerse themselves in studying marine conversation, biological oceanography, marine mammals and sea turtle rehabilitation, aquaculture, bioacoustics, ocean chemistry, and environmental studies from a global perspective, at one of the nation's premier oceanographic institutes: www.stonybrook.edu/sea

Learn more about this exciting opportunity at our information session on Tuesday, November 5, at 5:30 pm in Endeavour Hall 113 (in the SoMAS buildings on SBU's South Campus). The fall Semester by the Sea program will also be discussed.

This program is announced at a particularly exciting time. Our new, state-of-the-art Southampton Marine Station opened its doors approximately one month ago, and will enable students to perform groundbreaking research on a variety of issues facing marine estuaries on Long Island and around the world: http://youtu.be/xIv7KWwDRgM

More information about the program is also available at www.stonybrook.edu/sea or by e-mail at Kurt.Bretsch@stonybrook.edu.


Phi Beta Kappa Academic Honor Society

Phi Beta Kappa is the nation’s oldest academic honor society.  Since 1776, the organization has been devoted to fostering the liberal ideal in education and encouraging the spirit of critical inquiry.  To obtain a Phi Beta Kappa chapter, campuses participate in a three-year process with extensive analysis.  Each institution must demonstrate that it provides students with the educational opportunities that fulfill the organization’s vision for undergraduate education.  Of the many colleges and universities in the United States, only about 10% have been awarded Phi Beta Kappa chapters.  Stony Brook’s chapter dates back to 1974.  

Admission is by election, based on the breadth and balance of a student’s career academic program as well as superior performance.  The national organization provides a number of stipulations that guide elections for each chapter.  The stipulations may be accessed here: 

www.pbk.org/infoview/PBK_infoview.aspx?t=&id=50.  One of these stipulations requires particular emphasis:  To be elected to Phi Beta Kappa, students must be able to read and write a second or non-native language at an intermediate level. 

By the rules of the national organization, chapters are allowed to elect no more than 10% of a graduating class.   From each graduating class, 90% will be elected as seniors and 10% as juniors.  Because student achievement varies from year to year, there is also some variability in the level of achievement that allows the chapter to elect students.  However, most recently, the minimal cumulative GPA for seniors was 3.64 and the minimum for juniors was 3.95.  Note that, to be elected, students must already have completed 60 credits at Stony Brook.  However, we also consider students who have completed fewer credits at Stony Brook (i.e., 45 credits) if they have achieved particularly strong records in other respects. 

To begin the election process, the members of the Phi Beta Kappa selection committee (which involves faculty and staff who were themselves elected to Phi Beta Kappa) request records from the University.  Because Phi Beta Kappa stipulations focus on the liberal arts, the committee evaluates students who have enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences as well as select majors from the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences (i.e., AMS and Computer Science).  Other students who believe they may have met the national stipulations should contact the Secretary of the Chapter (information below).  Note that, to be elected, all students must have completed the requirements of the CAS DEC. 

Students who are elected to Phi Beta Kappa will receive an e-mail from the Secretary of the Chapter.  For students graduating in December, that message will typically arrive in November.  For students graduating in May, that message will typically arrive in March.  If students’ records provide evidence that they meet all the stipulations, they will receive a message that directly offers them membership.  If students’ records provide evidence that they meet all stipulations except the language requirement, they will receive a message asking them to provide information about their language achievement.  Under those circumstances, the chapter works with students to assess their language ability.

For more information, please feel free to contact the Secretary of Stony Brook’s Phi Beta Kappa chapter, Professor Richard Gerrig, richard.gerrig@stonybrook.edu



Pre-professional Advising Fall 2013 Registration Hours 
Wednesday, November 6th thru Wednesday, November 20th 
Walk-In Hours: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. & 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Molecular Genetics & Microbiology Departmental Seminars
November 4, 2013 Dr. Michael Donnenberg, University of Maryland hosted by Dr. David 
Thanassi - Title: "How to Make a Type IV Pilus"

November 11, 2013 Dr. George Stark, Cleveland Clinic hosted by Dr. Sumita Bhaduri-
McIntosh - Title: "Novel aspects of STAT and NFkappaB activation"

November 18, 2013 Dr. Richard Bennett, Brown University (rescheduled from 9/9/13) 
hosted by Dr. James Konopka - Title: "Sexual Reproduction and Pathogenesis in 'Candida' 
Species" Seminars are all held at 12:00 noon in Life Sciences Building Room 038

Neurosciences Institute -Meeting of the Minds Symposium
Friday, November 15, 8 am to 4:30 pm
Charles B. Wang Center, Stony Brook University
Free event. Registration required.
Register at: http://neuro.stonybrookmedicine.edu/meeting-of-the-minds.html

News from Kaplan
"Admissions Officers Tell All: 2013 Inside Report" live online
Thurs, Nov 14th at 8pm  kaptest.com/pulse

Kaplan surveyed 79 medical schools, including 18 of the top 25. Admissions officers and experts discuss—and debate—our findings and answers to these questions:
-What's the most important admissions factor?
-How many admissions officers are turning to Google or social media to learn more about candidates?
-Are multiple-mini interviews gaining popularity?
-Will the 2015 MCAT® changes affect the test's importance?
*Sign up for free at bit.ly/lievents

Free MCAT Preview Classes Online!
Join us on Nov 5th or Dec 8th for a 90-minute sample of a Kaplan MCAT class.
You'll meet our instructors and gain some valuable strategies and tips for Test Day. 



Pre-professional Advising Fall 2013 Registration Hours 
Wednesday, November 6th thru Wednesday, November 20th 
Walk-In Hours: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. & 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

News from Kaplan
The 180: Law School Admissions Officer Survey Results Revealed!

Wed, Nov 13th at 8pm   the180.com

We surveyed 127 law schools. Join us to discuss the results with our panel of law school admissions officers, including:
-Kenneth Kleinrock, NYU School of Law
-Anne Richard, University of Virginia School of Law
-Stephen Brown, Fordham University School of Law 
*Sign up to reserve your seat at bit.ly/lievents
Free LSAT Preview Classes Online!
Join us on Nov 4th or Dec 3rd for a 90-minute sample of a Kaplan LSAT class.  You'll meet our instructors and gain some valuable strategies and tips for Test Day.
*Sign up at bit.ly/lievents 



Several offices provide general and major/minor-related academic advising to specific cohorts of undergraduates.  To see where you go for academic advising, visit http://www.stonybrook.edu/sb/academichelp.shtml

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