September Exploration Month

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Career Center Free Self-Assessment Promotion: Entire month of September!

The process of self-assessment can help you to identify majors or careers that suit your interests, skills, personality traits, and work values. The Career Center offers two self-assessment tools—the Strong Interest Inventory and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)—that offer suggestions, not answers, for you to consider when selecting your major or career path. The $10 assessment fee is waived during Exploration Month (September 1-30, 2018). Stop by the Career Center or see the Free Assessment Promo to learn more.

 

Tuesday, September 4

Study Abroad: General Information Session

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
MGC 200

 

Wednesday, September 5

Exploring the Dance Program

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
MGC 247

Do you want to learn how to get on stage? Are you a budding choreographer? This could be for you! Learn how to participate in classes, the major or minor. Breakfast and coffee will be provided on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Exploring the Dance Program RSVP.

Federal Work Study Student Job Fair

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
MGC 2-5

Have you received a Federal Work Study(FWS) award letter? If so, attend this annual job fair and speak with representatives from more than 30 university offices, local nonprofit organizations, and government agencies. Dress professionally, bring copies of your resume and legal identification documents, and be prepared for on-the-spot interviewing and hiring. Only students with FWS awards should attend.

Physics: Nasa CubeSat Satellites

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Location TBD - likely DMTI 111

Sarah Jones from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center will give a talk on her research involving CubeSats: miniature satellites that are mainly used in low-earth orbits. The CubeSat program provides opportunities for small satellite payloads built by universities, high schools and non-profit organizations to fly on upcoming launches.

Psychology Department Ice Cream Social

3:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Asbury Courtyard

Welcome to Psychology faculty, psychology majors, prospectives and anyone who would like to learn about opportunities in psychology as a major or minor.

Welcome Back Party for Physics

3:45 PM – 5:00 PM
DMTI 111

Come learn about our students, faculty, and staff and our amazing department! Food will be provided!

Department of Health Studies: Student Welcome Back

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
McCabe 123
An opportunity for students to meet faculty and other students. Food and gifts will be available.

Study Abroad: London Internships

Information Session
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
MGC 245

Study Abroad: France

Information Session
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
SIS 300

 

Thursday, September 6

Breakfast and Brains: Exploring the Neuroscience major

Time: 9:15 AM - 10:15 AM
MGC 200

Are you interested in exploring the neuroscience program as a major or double major, but want to know more about the program? Are you already in the program and have questions about what to expect over the next four (4) years? We welcome faculty, neuroscience seniors, and an alum to speak about the program requirements, their experience going through the program, and what you can do with the degree post-graduation.
Breakfast and coffee will be provided.
Breakfast and Brains RSVP

Study Abroad: Australia/New Zealand

Information Session
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
MGC 245

Pizza and Planning
4:30 PM - 8:30 PM
MGC 2-5
Join the Academic Support and Access Center for pizza while getting organized for the semester! This is a drop-in event so come by anytime that works for you!

Study Abroad: General Information Session

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
MGC 245

 

Friday, September 7

CAS ADvising Open House

10:00 AM-11:30 AM
Battelle Atrium

Stop by the Battelle Atrium to meet your academic advisor, receive drop-in advising, or come to learn about our 50 majors and 57 minors! Bagels and coffee will be served!

Art history for all

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Katzen Arts Center, Rotunda

What do Beyoncé and the director of the National Portrait Gallery have in common? A deep interest in, and knowledge of, the history of art. Come learn what art history can do for you. Whether you want to navigate art museums with ease, work at an auction house or corporate collection, or be able to analyze images in the media, the art history department has courses and degree options that suit your needs. At Art History for All, faculty will be happy to talk to you one-on-one about the department’s offerings in modern art and Renaissance art and the benefits of CORE courses, a primary major, secondary major, and minor in art history. Donuts and coffee will be served!

Got Art? Studio Art Open House

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Katzen Arts Center, Rotunda

Got Art? Art is fulfilling on its own, but it's also fantastic when paired with another great major at AU! Think Business, Education, Communications, Graphic Design, Art History, Psychology and more. Come explore the Katzen Art Center studios, meet faculty, see student work, and learn more about our major, minor, and CORE courses. We have something for everyone - Sculpture, Fine Art Photography, Video Art, Painting, Drawing, Screen printing, Printmaking and more. Bring your questions and curiosity! Donuts and coffee will be served!

Design: It pays to be creative! Graphic Design Open House

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Katzen Arts Center, Rotunda

Are you interested in designing mobile apps, web sites, logos and brands, book covers, video graphics? Want to try your hand at advertising? Would you enjoy working in a field where you have to be creative, clever and technologically savvy?  Hope to get a job after graduation or start your own business? Searching for a major that looks forward? Join us in Graphic design! Donuts and coffee will be served!

 

Monday, September 10

Career Center Drop-In Hours in SOC

1:30 PM – 2:45 PM
McKinley Building 1st floor lobby, outside of Room 102

Have questions about AU’s Career Center? Want to know more about careers and internships related to SOC? Perhaps you want to find more information about upcoming events? Well, look no further: the Career Center offers drop-in hours in SOC's McKinley Building every Monday in September* from 1:30 - 2:45 PM. Stop by and say hello or ask questions. Our Career Advisors - Alyssa, Felicia and Julia - look forward to meeting you!

*AU will be closed for the Labor Day Holiday on Monday, September 3rd

Finding your major

2:30 PM - 3:45 PM
Battelle 228

Unsure of what to major in? Or how to add a second major or minor? Come learn tips to help navigate all of your academic choices!

Physics: Tour of Don Meyers Technology and Innovation Building

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM 
DMTI 206

Study Abroad: Financing Study Abroad

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
MGC 200

Study Abroad: Jordan/Morocco

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
SIS 300
Information Session

Physics: Come Learn About DaBL and Build Something!

6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
DMTI 101 (DaBL)
Brief introduction to DMTI's "Design and Build Lab" and workshop. Participants will get an introduction to an aspect of the lab and then build something with it! No experience necessary! Possible topics include:

  • Introduction to 2D CAS (with Inkscape)
  • Introduction to 3D CAD (with Fusion 360)
  • Introduction to circuit design (with EAGLE)
  • Introduction to electronics
  • Introduction to programming
  • Introduction to version control
  • Introduction to milling with Bantam Tools PCB Mill
  • Introduction to 2D vector cutting with the vinyl cutter
  • Introduction to 3D printing with the Type A Series 1 Pro Printer

This will available 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM EVERY Monday-Thursday in September!

 

Tuesday, September 11

Math/Stat Faculty Research Showcase

3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Don Meyers Collaboration Lab, Room 111
This event will showcase the amazing research of AU Math/Stat faculty,
from advances in Signal and Image Processing to Mathematical Neuroscience
to the latest advances in Statistics and Data Science.

Study Abroad: Chile

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
MGC 245
Information Session

 

Wednesday, September 12

Study Abroad: Germany

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
MGC 245
Information Session

Study Abroad: Asia

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
SIS 300
Information Session

 

Thursday, September 13

    Meet and Greet SOC Advisor: Kayla Ferguson

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
The Bridge
Have questions about SOC undergraduate programs? Want to share your interest or hear more about our services? Want to hear more about the work advisors do? Kayla is hosting drop in hours at the Bridge to get to know you better. Come by and say hello.

CRGC and Jewish Studies: Cookies and Info on Quad

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Quad in front of MGC (Rain location: MGC lobby inside main doors)
Find your place with CRGC and/or Jewish Studies! We will be passing out cookie and be available to chat with you about a BA or minor in Jewish Studies, a minor in Israel Studies, BA programs and minor programs in African American and African Diaspora Studies, American Studies, Arab World Studies, Asian Studies, and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Learn about the opportunities afforded by interdisciplinary degrees to count courses toward double majors and minors!

SOC Undergraduate Information Session

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
MCK 102
Come join us for an overview of our undergraduate majors and minor. We will also talk about SOC's Academic Advising services and ways to engage with our office.

Study Abroad: UK/Ireland Direct Enroll

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
MGC 200
Information Session

Pre-Law Series: True Cost of Law School – Budgeting Beyond Tuition

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
MGC Rooms 3-4
With the high cost of law school tuition and rising costs of living, it’s important to consider all financial factors when applying for law school. Learn from a current law school admission officer and law professor what you'll need to consider and budget for when applying to Law School. Topics covered will be applications and the acceptance process, three years of schooling, bar preparation and the job search. RSVP via handshake

 

Friday, September 14

SIS Student Involvement Showcase

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
SIS Atrium
Visit the SIS Atrium and walk through our mini fair showcasing all the different ways to get involved in SIS outside the classroom. Upperclassman from SIS Undergraduate Council, Peer Advising, Model UN etc...will be tabling and available to chat about how to get involved.

Explore Engineering

12:55 PM - 2:10 PM
DMTI 111
This session will provide an overview of the program requirements of the dual-degree combined plan engineering program option AU offers in affiliation with Columbia University. This program option is open to all students at AU. A Q&A session will follow the program overview. Come join us if you'd like to find out more about this exciting program option!

 

Monday, September 17

Career Center Drop-In Hours in SOC

1:30 PM – 2:45 PM
McKinley Building 1st floor lobby, outside of Room 102
Have questions about AU’s Career Center? Want to know more about careers and internships related to SOC? Perhaps you want to find more information about upcoming events?
Well, look no further - the Career Center offers drop-in hours in SOC's McKinley Building every Monday in September* from 1:30 - 2:45 pm. Stop by and say hello or ask questions. Our Career Advisors - Alyssa, Felicia and Julia - look forward to meeting you!
*AU will be closed for the Labor Day Holiday on Monday, September 3rd

Study Abroad: Spain

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
SIS, Abramson Founders Room

Are you interested in studying abroad in Spain? Do you want to improve your Spanish and experience the country’s vibrant culture? Come to our AU Abroad's Spain information session to learn more and meet Madrid Center Director Paco Gomez!

Department of Literature Welcome Night

6:00 PM
Battelle Atrium

Meet current Lit faculty and students, learn about the Lit community and different tracks/minors, hear about student jobs and internships and awards. + Free Chipotle!

Study Abroad: Kenya

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Constitution Hall

Are you interested in Sub-Saharan Africa? Have you always wanted to study in a dynamic and cosmopolitan Africa capital? Come to the information session and learn more about AU Abroad's program in Nairobi, Kenya and meet Nairobi Center Director Mwangi Njagi.

 

Tuesday, September 18

Exploring the History Program

8:45 AM - 9:45 AM
Battelle Atrium
Are you interested in exploring the history program as a major, double major, or minor, but want to know more about the program? Are you already in the program and have questions about what to expect over the next four (4) years? Breakfast and coffee will be provided.

RSVP via Handshake.

Meet and Greet SOC Advisor, Christine Frezek

9:15 AM – 10:45 AM
The Bridge

Have questions about SOC undergraduate programs? Want to share your interest or hear more about our services? Want to hear more about the work advisors do? Christine is hosting drop in hours at the Bridge to get to know you better. Come by and say hello.

SIS Faculty Panel

2-3 PM
MGC 247

SIS Faculty discuss how they got into International Affairs, their research, how they found their first jobs, and other tips for students in International Studies.

Finding Your Major

2-4pm
Anderson Hall lobby

CAS will be tabling in the Anderson Hall lobby. Stop by in between classes to chat about your interests in majors or about how easy it can be to add a second major or minor!

Math/Stat Student & Alumni Showcase

3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Don Meyers Collaboration Lab, Room 111

This event will showcase the wide variety of careers and accomplishments of our alumni and highlight some of the current student faculty research.

Thinking About Becoming a Health Professional?

4:00PM - 5:00PM - Hurst 102
This informational session will provide information regarding how to prepare to apply to various health professional graduate programs. We will discuss class requirements, what to major in, and how to obtain clinical, research, and volunteer experience, as well as application timelines for these programs.

Wednesday, September 19

Dance Life: Life After College with a Dance Degree

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Katzen Museum

Curious about how your dances studies will impact your work post-graduation? Wondering how you’ll apply what you’ve learned to the job market? Hear from AU Dance Faculty and local DC Artists about how dance will impact your future career! All welcome, and breakfast provided!

Physics: Optics for LIGO - CANCELLED!

2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Location: TBD - likely DMTI 111

Innocenzo Pinto from University of Sannio, Italy will be discussing his research on the optics of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO)

Psychology: Lab Crawl

3:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Asbury 321

All the laboratories in the Psychology department will be open for a tour. Stop by anytime between 3:00 PM - 4:15 PM A faculty member or graduate student will be there to discuss what kinds of measures are used in the lab and some recent research findings. Snacks will be available.

Exploring Kogod

3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Kogod Office of Career Engagement (New Student Lounge)

Open house event allowing students to explore opportunities in each academic area Kogod has to offer. Students may also discuss career opportunities with Kogod's Assistant Directors of Career & Professional Development, who can provide career insights. Faculty and student Ambassadors can represent their departments and majors.

Study Abroad: Belgium

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Constitution Hall

Are you interested in studying the European Union? Come and learn about AU Abroad's exciting opportunity to study the EU in Brussels and meet Brussels Center Director Jerry Sheridan!

All About Music: Interested in Music and also want to teach?

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Katzen - Abramson Recital Hall

Complete your bachelor’s degree in Music and master’s degree in teaching in 5 years! Come learn about the great partnership between Music and the School of Education as well as all of the great opportunities in the Music Program available to you regardless of major.

All are welcome!

 

Thursday, September 20

Study Abroad Fair

11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Mary Graydon Center Rooms 2-5

Take your first step toward your study abroad experience by attending the annual Study Abroad Fair on Tuesday, September 19. Stop by to speak with alumni, program representatives, and students from AU's more than 100 study abroad locations. This is a not-to-miss event for all AU undergraduate students considering study abroad.

Finding Part-Time Employment

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Career Center, Butler Pavilion 5th floor

The job search process can involve multiple steps and may require you to look in many places. Fortunately, the American University Career Center and Human Resources staff are available to guide students every step of the way.

Come learn:

  • Where to look to find a part-time job (both on and off campus).
  • How you can earn your Federal Work Study Award.
  • What is required to apply for a job and how to approach a student resume
  • How to become a stronger applicant by utilizing the Career Center's services and resources.

Double Up!

2:30 PM - 3:45 PM
Battelle 228

Are you interested in a second major or a minor, but don't know how to start? Come learn about all you need to consider for adding a second major or minor.

Kogod Student Engagement Opportunities

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Kogod Student Lounge, 1st floor

Learn more about opportunities in Kogod including business-focused study abroad, international student development, and experiential learning.

 

Friday, September 21

Theatre and Musical Theatre Overture

8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Greenberg Theatre

This new student showcase welcomes the dynamic incoming class of 2022 to the American University performing arts community. Through monologues, scenes, and song, the students reveal their insecurities, passions, and ambitions.

 

Saturday, September 22

Theatre and Musical Theatre Overture

8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Greenberg Theatre

This new student showcase welcomes the dynamic incoming class of 2022 to the American University performing arts community. Through monologues, scenes, and song, the students reveal their insecurities, passions, and ambitions.

 

Monday, September 24th

Career Center Drop-In Hours in SOC

1:30 PM – 2:45 PM
McKinley Building 1st floor lobby, outside of Room 102

Have questions about AU’s Career Center? Want to know more about careers and internships related to SOC? Perhaps you want to find more information about upcoming events?
Well, look no further - the Career Center offers drop-in hours in SOC's McKinley Building every Monday in September* from 1:30 - 2:45 pm. Stop by and say hello or ask questions. Our Career Advisors - Alyssa, Felicia and Julia - look forward to meeting you!

*AU will be closed for the Labor Day Holiday on Monday, September 3rd

Job Search Essentials in 90 Minutes

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
McDowell Formal Lounge

Join the Career Center for the new Job Search Essentials in 90 Minutes program, which consists of three 30-minute sessions (Resumes, Networking, How to Prep for the Job and Internship Fair) and an opportunity to network with other attendees. Come to one session or come to all! Refreshments will be served!

Program

  • 6:00 PM - 6:30 PM Resumes
  • 6:30 PM - 7:00 PM Networking
  • 7:00 PM – 7:30 PM How to Prep for the Job and Internship Fair

RSVP through your Handshake account.

 

Tuesday, September 25

Resume Station – Career Center

1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
The Tavern

Have some last-minute resume questions? Want an extra pair of eyes to look over your document? Or, do want to fine-tune your resume in preparation for the Job and Internship Fair on September 26th?

Drop by the Resume Station and review your resume with a Career Center advisor or peer advisor.

Beginning your International Studies Career

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
MGC 200

  • Discussion on what a career in international relations can be
  • Learn about important early steps to study and work in DC and around the world
  • Understand best practices for gaining internships, fellowships, and employment for young internationalists

RSVP via Handshake.
Students should contact the AU Career Center at (202) 885-1804 or careercenter@american.edu for help with Handshake.

 

Wednesday, September 26

Meet and Greet SOC Advisor, Tara Flakker

9:30 AM – 11:00 AM
The Dav

Have questions about SOC undergraduate programs? Want to share your interest or hear more about our services? Want to hear more about the work advisors do? Tara is hosting drop in hours at the Dav to get to know you better. Come by and say hello.

Job and Internship Fair

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Bender Arena

Take advantage of having more than 150 public, private, and nonprofit employers recruiting on campus. Learn about dozens of full-time and part-time jobs and internships. Bring your AU ID for admittance. Business attire is strongly recommended. Visit AU Jobfair for updates.

 

Thursday, September 27

SIS International Studies Alumni Panel

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
MGC 200

  • Hear from a panel of 4-5 recent alumni how they found employment working for the U.S. government, NGOs, think tanks, embassies, consulting firms, and other fields
  • Network with professionals to learn how to apply your education, skills, and work experience towards a career in international relations

RSVP via Handshake.
Students should contact the AU Career Center at 202-885-1804 or careercenter@american.edu for help with Handshake.