Know-a-BULL News
Week of 01/08/2013 - Issue # 246

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 and the Office of National Scholarships.

At a Glance

Upcoming Events

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 1/14/2013 Cooking with Cayla - Session 4
 1/15/2013 Sci-Fi Fantasy Art Submission Deadline
 1/17/2013 USF Fulbright Day
 1/18/2013 Lunch w/ the Deans
 1/23/2013 FL Gubernatorial Fellowships Workshop
 1/25/2013 Pickering and Rangel Scholarship Workshop
 1/30/2013 Office of National Scholarships Freshman Workshop
 1/31/2013 OUR: Getting Started in Undergraduate Research
 2/1/2013 Office of National Scholarships Freshman Workshop
 2/1/2013 Office of National Scholarships Freshman Workshop
* "Freshpeople 5 Events"

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Honors College

Dean's Update:

    If you are starting your thesis Spring 2013 and you do not have a topic in mind, we have a series of workshops just for you.  These will be held each Friday from 9-10AM in the Honors College and will begin January 11 and run through February 15.  Please email me if you wish to participate.  You will be expected to attend all sessions.

  • PreDental Summer Program at UF

    The University of Florida will offer a three-week pre-dental summer program in July 2013. This is an immersion program that gives pre-dental students an overview of the dental profession via dental workshops, rotations through UF's different specialty dental clinics, simulation lab projects, networking activities and more. They focus on developing stronger applicants to dental school by offering interview, financial aid and DAT workshops. The program is free and provides scrubs, room and board to all participants. The program targets, but is not limited to, students of educationally or economically disadvantaged backgrounds and/or of ethnic minority status. For more information, please visit the following link.


  • Planning to Graduate in Spring 2013

    If you are planning to graduate in spring 2013, please review Degreeworks carefully to determine if all requirements will be satisfied at the end of the semester. If you have any questions about your progress, please make sure to meet with a departmental major advisor (Honors College advisors are able to review your records, but since we do not certify your degree, we always recommend that you check directly with your department). 

  • Volunteer Oppportunity

    Join with the Student Coalition to End Homeless and Poverty (SCAP) o volunteer at the USF Stampede of Service Event.  Below is the information for the event

    Date: Saturday, January 19, 2013
    Time: 8am - 12:30pm

    Meet at the Track and Field Stadium. The will be breakfast before the event, and lunch will be served afterwards.

    Please if you will like to be a part of this opportunity, email our volunteer coordinator Michael ( All he needs is a reply to this message saying "YES" or "NO" and whether or not you will need carpooling.

  • Overlap of major and minor courses

    There is a general rule at USF which states that students are not permitted to count a course for a major and a minor. There are limited exceptions to this rule. If you are pursuing a track in which this might be an issue, please double check with your departmental major and minor advisors to clarify whether or not you are able to overlap any courses. 

  • Summer Clinical Research Program at Tampa General Hospital

    Slots will go quickly!  Apply early!

    Link: Click here for more info

  • Research Assistantship

    The USF/Division of Allergy and Immunology would like to offer volunteer Research Assistant positions to those ambitious undergraduate students who are striving in the path to be a top scientist and would like to volunteer on weekends and holidays. Hard working and critical thinking abilities are expected. My lab is using state-of-the-art technologies such as genome-editing, Cre/loxP conditional knockout system and microRNA technologies to study the molecular mechanism of autoimmunity, immunodeficiency and other inflammatory diseases, ultimately to discover biomarkers and a cure for such diseases. MicroRNAs (miRs) are ~22 nucleotides long non-coding RNAs that inhibit mRNA translation by the base pairing rule at the accuracy of one base. So far over two thousands of human mature miRs are discovered. As each miR may regulate hundreds of genes, and each gene may be regulated by multiple miRs, it is believed that most human genes and the entire spectrum of biological pathways are tightly and delicately controlled by the miRNome. Deregulation of miRs may contribute to various diseases. We have been working on inflammation regulators responsive to lipopolysaccharides (LPS) stimulation (Science. 2002 15295(5562):2094-7, J Immunol. 2001 Apr 1166(7):4586-95, Oncogene. 2004 May 2023(23):4089-97). We found that SH2-containing inositol phosphatase (SHIP) plays an important role in two processes that limit the success of allogeneic marrow transplantation: graft rejection and graft-versus-host disease using Cre/loxP conditional knockout mouse models. We discovered a novel gene: LPS-responsive beige-like anchor (LRBA). Mutation of this gene causes immune deficiency and autoimmunity in human. If interested, please send resume to

  • MCAT Registration for 2013 is Now Open

    Registration is already underway for MCAT test dates up through the end of May, 2013 (registration dates for tests in June and beyond are to be determined). More information may be found through the following link. 

    Link: AAMC

  • NSF and NASA Funded Programs for Students

    For undergraduates, please visit and check out the paid Summer 2013 Undergrad Research Placements.  There are over 800 programs.

    Link: More information here

  • Honors Music schedule for spring semester

    Jazz ensemble - MUS 116 on Mondays at 6:20PM

    Orchestra - MUS 140 on Thursdays at 5PM

    Singers - MUS 211 on Wednesdays at 6:20PM

    This is for the students in the IDH 3100 Orchestra course (limited in SP13 to those who took this course is F12), and also for any Honors students who would like to be part of this by taking IDH 4930-002.

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O.N.S. - Office of National Scholarships

  • DC Internship Opportunity with the Association of Public and Landgrant Universities APLUs government relations office

    APLU interns will witness and contribute to the policy-making and advocacy processes in areas of public policy critical to the public higher education enterprise. Interns will participate in a number of activities, such as attending and reporting on Congressional hearings and federal agency briefings, carrying out research projects, interacting with other members of the higher education community, and other projects and efforts as necessary.

    The internship is a great opportunity for students with an interest in politics and the political process, especially for those interested in higher education and/or science policy. Both undergraduate and graduate students are welcome. The internship is unpaid.

    Interested students are asked to contact Sang Han, Director of Congressional and Governmental Relations, at

  • Gilman Scholarship USF Deadline January 14

    Students receiving a Pell Grant and studying abroad summer or fall 2013 should apply for the Gilman Scholarship. The USF deadline to apply is January 14. Find more information about the scholarship here:

    Contact Ms. Lauren Townsend at for more information and to apply.

    Link: Gilman Scholarship Website

  • Rangel Summer Enrichment Program

    The Rangel Summer Enrichment Program is now accepting applications for Summer 2013! The USF deadline to apply is January 7, 2013. Let us know right away if you want to apply -- we can be somewhat flexible with this deadline.

    The Rangel International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program is a six-week summer program designed to provide undergraduate students with a deeper appreciation of current issues and trends in international affairs, a greater understanding of career opportunities in international affairs, and the enhanced knowledge and skills to pursue such careers. Students live at Howard University, attend classes, and participate in a variety of programs with foreign affairs professionals at Howard and at diverse locations around Washington, DC.

    Information and application materials can be found at

    Please contact Ms. Lauren Townsend at to apply.

    Link: Rangel Program Website

  • Freshmen and Sophomores Fulbright UK Summer Institute Program Intent to Apply Deadline Jan 11

    The Fulbright UK Summer Institute program provides the opportunity for US undergraduates (aged over 18), with at least two years of undergraduate study left to complete, to come to the UK on a three, four, five or six week academic and cultural summer program. Find more information here:

    The intent to apply deadline is January 11. Email Ms. Schumacher Chambers at for more information and to apply.

    Link: Fulbright UK Summer Institute Website

  • DAAD RISE Paid Internship to Germany

    Paid internships in Germany are available this summer for undergraduate and graduate students with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math majors. Most positions do not require previous German language skill. Applicants must register on the website to access internship postings. Contact Lauren Townsend ( ASAP if you would like to apply. The final deadline is January 31st.


    Link: DAAD RISE Website

  • Seniors Apply for the Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship

    The Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship is funded by the U.S. Department of State. The Department of State seeks a Foreign Service that represents America in world affairs with citizens who reflect the diversity and excellence of our society. The Program seeks to recruit talented students in academic programs relevant to international affairs, political and economic analysis, administration, management, and science policy.

    If you are interested in applying or would like more information, please contact Ms. Schumacher Chambers at We are working with students now on their applications. The deadline to apply is January 21, 2013.

    Link: lschumachonorsusfedu

  • Juniors Apply for the Pickering Undergraduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship

    The Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship is funded by the U.S. Department of State.The fellowship award includes funding toward tuition, room, board, and mandatory fees during the senior year of college and the first year of graduate study.
    Fellows must commit to pursuing a graduate degree at one of the graduate schools participating in the program, in fields such as international studies, international affairs, public policy, administration, economics, political science or foreign languages. Participating graduate schools, full-member APSIA schools, provide financial support in the second year of graduate study based on need.

    If you are interested in applying or would like more information, please contact Ms. Schumacher Chambers at We are working with students now on their applications. The Pickering Deadline to apply is February 7, 2013.

    Link: lschumachonorsusfedu

  • Save the Date USF Fulbright Day January 17

    Please join us on January 17 for USF Fulbright Day! Events will include a performance of Crush Hoppers, a discussion and refreshments. Students are encouraged to attend to learn more about Fulbright Student Programs including the US Student Program, Fulbright UK Summer Institute and Fulbright Canada. The event will run from 5pm to 8pm in MUS Concert Hall.

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. Schumacher.

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USF Honors College Student Council

  • Applications for HCSC Eboard 2013 2014

    Are you looking for a great way to become more involved in the Honors College at USF? Do you want to gain leadership experience while building friendships? If so, apply to be on the Honors College Student Council's Executive Board! The HCSC E-Board is a great way to meet new people, help plan fun events, volunteer in the local USF and Tampa Bay community, and work together with other Honors College students to further the Honors College Student Council. Applications are due by 5:00pm on February 15, 2013 to ALN 241. Applications can be picked up at ALN 241, ALN 250B, or ALN 262A. If you have any questions or would like to know more about what being on the HCSC E-Board entails, please email Viktoria Phillips at

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USF Honors College Student Council

  • Online Calendar Updated

    Be sure to check out the Honors online calendar to take note of the Spring 2013 events that were recently added!

  • Cooking w Cayla

    Join academic advisor Cayla Lanier as she teaches you to serve up home-cooked chicken noodle soup. This event will take place in the Juniper 5th floor kitchen. Please plan to bring a knife, cutting board, plastic mixing spoon, and appetite! There are still a few spaces available, so RSVP soon.

    This is a Pod Wars event.

  • Honors LLC Social Media

    The Honors LLC now has a check-in location on FourSquare! Use it when you're hanging out in the building or attending HLLC events. And don't forget to get connected to the Honors LLC Facebook and Twitter pages if you haven't done so already.

  • Apply to Be an RA

    Interested in learning more about becoming an RA for the 2013-2014 school year? The information and application are available online now! Go to to learn more. If you''re looking to dicuss the experience of being an RA, feel free to talk to Christine Simone (

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Student Submissions

  • Tutors Needed

    The Jenkins Scholars Program is looking for tutors for the Spring 2013 semester. Applicants MUST have an overall 3.3 GPA, taken the respective course at USF, and received an A in the course. Applications should be submitted by following the link provided.

    Tutors Needed for: MAC 2281 CHM 2211 PHY 2049 MAC 1147 STA 2023 MAS 3103 ACG 2021 ACG 2071 IDH 2010 CHM 2045 PHY 2020 MGF 3301 BSC 2010 MAC 2241 CHM 2046.

    Contact Information: Katie Negron, Jenkins GA. email:

    Link: Tutor Application

  • Rush Phi Sigma Pi Coed Honors Fraternity

    Looking for a way to make lifelong friends and serve your community? Then you should rush Phi Sigma Pi! We bring together honors students of all genders in a unique Greek organization dedicated to Scholarship, Leadership, and Fellowship.

    If you have a 3.2 GPA or higher, you may be eligible to rush. Come out to one of our info nights to learn more about who we are and how you can join!

    Thursday 1/10 at 7:30pm & 8:30pm in MSC 3708

    Tuesday 1/15 at 7:30pm in MSC food court

    Wednesday 1/16 at 8pm in MSC food court


    Link: Check out our tumblr to see some of the fun stuff we do

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