Know-a-BULL News
Week of 01/04/2011 - Issue # 145

Here is your weekly copy of Know-a-BULL News. Please read this issue to keep up-to-date with all the exciting events and news from the USF Honors College, Undergraduate Research, and Resources for Educational Distinction.

At a Glance

Upcoming Events

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 2/4/2011 Colloquium #3
 3/12/2011 LLC Alternative Spring Break
 4/8/2011 Colloquium #4
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Honors College

Dean's Update:

    Our Honors College Ensemble is now under the direction of Professor Brian Moorhead who also serves as principle clarinet of the Florida Orchestra. Professor Moorhead has done this before and is just wonderful as a teacher, musician and conductor. He will lead the orchestra, Mr. Chris Morris the jazz group and Dr. Yavneh the singers. The first day of class is January 10. Arts and Humanities (A&H) students will meet at 5PM (where you met for class in the fall). All three musical groups will convene at 6PM in FAH 102. If you are not in A&H but will be in one of the 3 groups, please attend the 6PM meeting (no instruments on Jan. 10). At that point, we will get you registered for zero or one credit. I look forward to hearing you!

    From now on, you may apply for an Honors College travel or competitive scholarship only if you have an up to date E-Portfolio. Directions can be found on the website by clicking on 'E-Portfolios' towards the bottom of the page.

  • Honors MCAT Prep Course - still accepting applications!


    The application deadline has been extended for the Spring 2011 Honors MCAT Prep Course.  This course is great value as it is is free!  Comparable commercial prep courses cost over $1500.

    The 15-week non-credit course meets Tuesday evenings in SVC 1091 from  6:00-9:00 PM, starting January 18th. Third and fourth year USF College of Medicine students will teach the class, covering both test strategy and content preparation in a different subject every week.  Test prep materials will be provided.  

     Selected students must be active Honors College students in good standing and must demonstrate financial need. Priority will be given to students ready to apply to medical school during the 2011 - 2012 cycle.  Applicants must submit the following information to Amy Sturrock via email at by Thursday, January 6th:

    1) Name and U#

    2) Detailed statement describing financial circumstances including any financial aid, scholarships, employment, expenses and family incomine.  Information must be verifiable on request.

    3) Statement detailing the applicant's pre-medical goals and preparation, including academic and extra-curricular experiences and qualifications.

    We strongly encourage students to provide as much information as possible in their statements to help the selection committee determine their need for the course.

  • Volunteer

    I am looking for a young man who would like to participate as a "Big Brother-like" volunteer for my 10 year old son.  A couple hours per week in the afternoon after school with outdoor activities preferred.  If you are interested, please send me your resume at  I will then contact you about interviewing with Luis.

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O.N.S. - Office of National Scholarships

  • Upcoming Deadlines: TRIALS, Freeman Asia, USA today, Udall, Gilman & Fulbright UK

    • TRIALS (Law): 1/15/2011
      NYU and Harvard summer program to prepare students for Law school.

    • Freeman Asia (Summer study in Asia): 1/18/2011
      Funds undergrads to study in Asia

    • USA Today (Academic & Campus Leadership): 1/26/2011
      Scholarship prizes for outstanding accomplishments

    • Gilman (Study Abroad): 2/1/2011
      Grants up to $5000 for Pell recipients to Study Abroad

    • Fulbright UK (Summer Study in UK): 3/10/2011
      Short term study at one of three universities in the UK

      Please let us know if you intend to apply as soon as possible by emailing Consult with us early to strengthen your application.


  • The Washington Center: Scholarships for Internship Programs in London and Sydney!

    Heaps: Australian slang for "a lot"           Quid: British slang for "money"

    If you intern abroad through The Washington Center while enrolled at a public institution in Florida, the state will provide you with a $6,500 scholarship. In addition, The Washington Center will add another $500 reducing the cost of either intern abroad program by $7,000!

    If you're ready to combine a professional internship experience with the adventure of living abroad, visit our website to find out how you can apply:  or call 1-800-486-8921 for more information.

    Apply by February 25 to participate summer 2011 (London or Sydney) or by May 13 to participate fall 2011 (London only). Details on application procedures can be found at:


  • Presidential Volunteer Service Award

    Recognizing and honoring volunteers sets a standard for service, encourages a sustained commitment to civic participation, and inspires others to make service a central part of their lives. The President&rsquos Volunteer Service Award recognizes individuals, families, and groups that have achieved a certain standard – measured by the number of hours of service over a 12-month period or cumulative hours earned over the course of a lifetime.

    USF's Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement is an official certifying organization for the PVSA.  Please contact them at:


    Link: CLCE contact

  • Undergraduate Scholars Honored

    Congratulations to Erin Cosgrove, Saya Karim, Laura Kidd, Valentina Lozano, and Olga Nedorub!  They were honored by the Provost with the Undergraduate Scholars award at graduation.  We are very proud of each of you.

    The Undergraduate Scholar medallion is awarded to students who have had significant global, research, and service experience.  If you are interested in the program and graduating this Spring, please contact Ms. Carlton for the requirements at

  • Fulbright Canada for Undergraduate Exchange

    We at the Office of National Scholarships would be happy to consult with you on your application for Fulbright Canada.  Please set an appointment:

    The Killam Fellowships Program offers American undergraduate students the opportunity to spend either one semester or a full academic year as an exchange student in Canada.  The fellowship carries a value of $5,000 per semester, and includes health insurance for the duration of the exchange.  The program also includes a three-day seminar in Ottawa (Canada's capital) and Washington, DC, and additional funding to explore other parts of Canada.  All of the information is available on our website (  Please note that the application deadline is January 31, 2011. 

ONS has information on a wide variety of Scholarships and fellowships for graduate study. Please check the ONS website and speak with Dr. Lucas or Ms. Carlton.

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The Office of Undergraduate Research

  • Be Recognized For Your Outstanding Research!

    The APS Student Research Award and RISE Award competitions offer financial awards to recognize the outstanding research scholarship of student members. Winners will present their projects at the annual Association for Psychological Science Covention in May 2011.

    Applicants will gain valuable experience in scientific writing and will receive written feedback from peer reviewers (applicant and reviewer names are kept anonymous). Graduate and undergraduate Student Affiliates are strongly encouraged to apply.

    Completed research projects must be submitted by January 21, 2011 at 11:59pm EST. Interested applicants should visit for more information.


  • Summer Undergraduate Research Program: Oceans and Human Health

    Summer Undergraduate Research Program: Oceans and Human Health
    Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston SC
    Program Dates: May 31, 2011 - August 5, 2011

    Aim of the program: Improving underrepresented minority students in their understanding of the molecular processes regulating coastal and ocean environments for the purpose of enhancing benefits to human health and reducing public health risks.

    Application deadline is January 31, 2011

    For more application information please visit:


  • Project INSPIRE Summer Internship Program for Students

    The USF/Moffitt Center for Equal Health is accepting applications for Project INSPIRE - a ten-week research training program for USF students of underrepresented minorities that provides outstanding undergraduates an opportunity to gain research experience in social and medical sciences during the summer.


    A complete screening process and orientation will also be required. A stipend of $3,000 is provided.

    Application forms and program information are available through the Moffitt Cancer Center website:

    Questions can be sent to the program coordinator, Ms. Kyle Dalton at  

    Completed applications and documentation must be received no later than February 15, 2011.

    Three (3) students will be selected to work with researchers in the various colleges and departments at the University of South Florida and the Moffitt Cancer Center including: Departments of Molecular Oncology Immunology Drug Discovery: Experimental Therapeutics Risk Assessment, Detection and Intervention and Health Outcomes and Behavior, Psychology, Social Service, Nursing, Medicine, Pharmacology, Physical Therapy, etc. Past participants have used this experience to publish in undergraduate scientific research journals and present at scientific conferences.

    Selection is based on demonstrated interest in research through prior experience, a written essay and academic performance, as well as recommendations from teachers or faculty. Internships can be completed during any ten weeks between May 1st and August 30th, 2011.  


  • Florida Collegiate Honors Council Conference

    The Florida Collegiate Honors Council Conference will be held February 18-20, 2011 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Jacksonville FL.

    Please go to the FCHC website to submit your proposals for presentations. Abstracts (limit 100 words) are due by January 10, 2011.

    If you are accepted to present at the conference, please notify Dr. Silverman ( and Ms. Schumacher ( There will be funds available to help cover the cost of travel.


  • Call for Abstracts

    The Florida Collegiate Honors Council invites you to its annual conference in Jacksonville on February 18-20, 2011. The theme this year is "Around the World" and some activites unique to Jacksonville are being planned.

    Proposals from Honors students and faculty are due by January 10, 2011 (limit 100 words) and can be submitted at the FCHC website. Also on the website is information regarding the Writing Contest and the Logo Contest. The deadline for these submissions is December 13th. Please let us know if you are accepted to present at this conference, as we will pay for you to attend if you are not already attending another UR/Honors sponsored conference.


  • Call for Abstracts: USF Health Research Day 2011

    USF Health Research Day will be held on Friday, February 25, 2011 at the USF Marshall Student Center.

    The call for abstracts is open to students and faculty from USF, USF Health and the affiliate partners who are working in the area of health and biomedical research to submit abstracts and actively participate in this event.

    To submit an abstract for presentation, please use the format for abstract development and submission available on their website at the "USF Health Research Day Call for Abstracts" button. See:

    Please complete ALL appropriate sections of the abstract form as abstracts will be peer-reviewed based on content. Students are asked to have their abstracts approved by their faculty mentors prior to submission. Early submission of the abstract is encouraged. The DEADLINE for abstract submission is Friday, January 14, 2011 by 5pm.

    If you have any questions, please contact Jo Ann Moore at


  • Call for Abstracts: First Florida Statewide Student Research Symposium

    The First Florida Statewide Student Research Symposium will be held at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville March 4 and 5, 2011. UNF invites undergraduates engaged in research and scholarly projects to participate in the two-day symposium.

    Please visit the website for more complete information. Students may submit abstracts for consideration for poster presentations during the conference. There will also be numerous colloquia during which students will be able to learn about summer research opportunities, preparations for application to graduate and professional programs, navigating a mentor-mentee relationship and other topics of interest to student scholars.


  • Spring 2011 Registration for 0 Credit IDH 4910

    All students participating in Undergraduate Research can register for 0 credits of IDH 4910, Honors Undergraduate Research FOR FREE.

    If you would like to be registered for the Spring 2011 semester you will need to:
    1. Create a profile on Be sure to include your mentors information in the profile.
    2. Your mentor needs to email us at granting permission. The email needs to include "4910, the student's full name and the student's U-number in the subject field".
    3. Once we receive the email and verify that you have a completed profile, we will register you for the class.

    Registration does NOT roll over from semester to semester. If you were registered in the fall for 0 credit and would like to be registered for it again in the spring, please have your mentor email your information to Please feel free to email us if you have any questions!

  • Save the Date - 9th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium and Celebration

    Please save the date for the 9th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium and Celebration. The event will be held Friday, April 15, 2011 in the Marshall Center Ballroom. Application information and guidelines will be posted on the UR website ( in late fall/early spring.
    Students will apply online through the UR profile. Please email any questions to

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Student Submissions

  • $100 Design Competition

    Engineering EXPO needs your creativity to design an electronic or hand-drawn graphic. All submissions must be engineering, math, science, and technology related, and must tie into and represent all branches of engineering, or none of them. Your design is to be used for this years T-shirt and program. 

    Submission Deadline: 5 pm on January 14, 2011 

    All submissions must include name, phone number, and email. Also, if you submit before January 1, 2011 you will get a bonus! 

    Email for all questions and electronic submissions or go to ENC 3509 to remove-off paper submissions. For more information about Engineering EXPO, visit 

    The Engineering EXPO 2011 staff reserves the right to use or change any artwork turned into the contest. Once you turn in your artwork to Engineering EXPO, it becomes the sole property of Engineering EXPO and the artist forfeits all rights to creative ownership or use. Thank you for submitting your work, and good luck! 

    Link: Engineering Expo Website

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