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.
Welcome back! I hope your winter break was relaxing and productive and you are ready for another fantastic semester. I hope the next several months are great ones for you, filled with learning, good friends and exciting activities. All of us in Honors wish you well and are here if you need us.
Check the Honors calendar to see the events we are hosting in the spring and sign up to those you wish to attend. Freshpeople, remember your 5 event obligation.
The honors band will begin its spring sessions on Monday, January 25 at 6PM. It will meet in FAH; I will post the specific room in next week's newsletter
Deadline to Apply for Spring 2010 Graduation
The deadline to apply for spring 2010 graduation is Friday, February 5.
It's that time of year again and Dr. Yavneh's daughter, Lily, is taking orders. You can email Lily at email@example.com, or stop by Dr. Yavneh's office. Cookies are $3.50 a box, and part of the money will be used to buy food for a food pantry. Thank you!
In the past, students who applied for graduation have had the option of withdrawing their applications up until the last day of the semester. However, due to processing issues, the Office of the Registrar has recently requested that students refrain from requesting to withdraw graduation applications unless there are extenuating financial or academic issues. Therefore, if you are not sure about your decision to apply for graduation this semester (or in future semesters), please see your departmental or Honors advisor.
Spring Lecture Series: Visiting Scholar Douglas Janoff
Queerly Canadian: Confronting Homophobia, Discrimination, and Bashing in Canada. January 20th at 3 PM in the Grace Allen Room
Continental Crimes: Combating Homophobic and Transphobic Violence in Canada, The US, and Mexico. February 10th at 3 PM in the Grace Allen Room
$2 Million Competition Opens for Ideas to Transform Learning
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, in collaboration with the University of California, Irvine, Duke University and the virtual network HASTAC, today launched the third annual open-call competition that will provide $2 million in awards to innovators shaping the field of digital media and learning. President Obama named the Digital Media and Learning Competition as part of his initiative to improve education in math and science in a speech on November 23rd. The competition is supported through a grant to the University of California, Irvine and administered by HASTAC.
All advisors are available as walk-ins for January 11th to 15th. Appointments will resume the following week. Please see an advisor if you have any concerns about your spring course schedule.
Welcome Back Honors College LLC!
We hope you had a nice break and want to welcome you back home. Stop by the 2nd floor kitchen in JPH any time from 9:30-10:30 AM on Wednesday for a quick bite before class!
Thesis 1 Workshops
The workshops for Thesis I students are scheduled for Wednesday, January 20th from 10:00 - 11:00 and on Thursday, January 21st from 2:00 - 3:00. These workshops provide important information for Thesis I students and we highly encourage you to attend one. IF you are unable to, please contact Dr. Kleine at firstname.lastname@example.org . The workshops will be posted as events on the Honors website Calendar - please RSVP for the date you plan to attend.
The ThinkSwiss Research Scholarship program provides a monthly scholarship of CHF 1,050 (approx. USD 1,000) for a period of 2 to 3 months (CHF 3,150 maximum), which covers two thirds of the average student's living costs. By accepting this scholarship, you agree to participate in a blog to share your experiences during your research stay in Switzerland. After your return to the U.S. you also agree to carry out at least one activity as student "ambassador" to promote Swiss research. Half of the scholarship will be paid at the beginning and half at the end of your research stay, after your final report has been received.
This program does not provide health, accident or liability insurance. Applicants must make sure that they have insurance coverage applicable for their stay in Switzerland.
While German, French or Italian language skills are not required for the research stay in Switzerland, knowledge of any of these languages would be helpful in daily life. The working language will generally be English. Visit the website for more information!
In 2010, the Foundation expects to award 80 scholarships of up to $5000 and 50 honorable mentions of $350 to sophomore and junior level college students committed to careers related to the environment, tribal public policy, or Native American health care.
Scholarships are offered in any of three categories:
* To students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to the environment; or
* To Native American and Alaska Native students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to tribal public policy; or
* To Native American and Alaska Native students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to Native health care.
The Udall Foundation seeks future leaders across a wide spectrum of environmental fields, including policy, engineering, science, education, urban planning and renewal, business, health, justice, and economics. Go to the Udall website for more information!
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Ernest F. Hollings (Hollings) Scholarship Program provides successful undergraduate applicants with awards that include academic assistance (up to a maximum of $8,000 per year) for full-time study during the 9-month academic year; a 10-week, full-time internship position ($650/week) during the summer at a NOAA facility; and, if reappointed, academic assistance (up to a maximum of $8,000) for full-time study during a second 9-month academic year. The internship between the first and second years of the award provides the Scholars with "hands-on"/ practical educational training experience in NOAA-related science, research, technology, policy, management, and education activities. Awards also include travel funds to attend a mandatory Hollings Scholarship Program orientation, conferences where students present a paper or poster, and a housing subsidy for scholars who do not reside at home during the summer internship.
Visit website for eligibility requirements and more information!
Patel Center summer internship abroad on alternative energy markets
The Patel Center has been awarded a small grant from the Business and International Education program at the US Department of Education to assist small businesses in Florida involved in the alternative energy sector to expand their export markets. You may read more about the project at http://www.patelcenter.usf.edu/whatwedo/projects/projecta.html.
As part of the project, we will be sending 9 undergraduate students - 2 from USF and the rest from our partner institutions in the Florida Network for Global Studies (FIU, UCF, FSU, UF) - to either Panama or the Dominican Republic for a 6 week summer internship to explore the export markets in those countries. Ideally, the students will be a mix of business, engineering and environmental science majors. Students should be juniors or seniors, US citizens, and proficient in Spanish. More information on the particulars of the internship are at: http://patelcenter.usf.edu/whatwedo/education/internships.html. Please note that the deadline to apply is Friday, February 12, 2010.
Our first event of the semester is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 22 (2 p.m. reception, 2:30 p.m. talk). Renowned designer Franco Lodato will join the Institute to discuss how he incorporates nature into his design concepts. Lodato has worked for companies such as Motorola, Gillette and DuPont, designing consumer products based on biomimicry. He was also a member of the team that designed the Maserati Birdcage 75 concept car. Currently, Lodato is working with USF's College of the Arts to help establish an "innovation-creativity experience for various disciplines" across campus. This event will be held in the Grace Allen Room on the fourth floor of the USF Library (in Special Collections).
Undergraduate Award for Scholarly and Creative Excellence
The Office of Undergraduate Research is pleased to announce the first USF Undergraduate Award for Scholarly and Creative Excellence.
This award aims to recognize outstanding scholarly and creative activities of USF undergraduate students. Awards totaling up to $5000 will be awarded in three main categories: (1) Science and Engineering, (2) Humanities, and (3) Fine and Performing Arts. The deadline for submissions is February 1, 2010, and further details can be found on ur.usf.edu.
College of Medicine Health Research Day Abstract Submission Deadline
USF Health Research Day 2010 will be held on Friday, February 19, 2010. The year marks USF Health's 20th Anniversary. Research Day's agenda will include poster sessions, an invited graduate student oral presentations sessions, keynote lecture and an awards reception.
The deadline for abstract submissions is Friday, January 15, 2010 by 5pm. Please visit http://health.usf.edu/medicine/research/home.html for more information concerning the event and abstract submission guidelines.
The 8th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium and Celebration needs a new look, and you could be the designer! We are currently accepting submissions for a design that will be used on all posters, bookmarks, and postcards involved with the Symposium.
The deadline for submissions will be January 20, 2010. Please send all submissions to Ms. Schumacher at email@example.com. To see previous designs, check our website at ur.usf.edu.
8th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium and Celebration Submission Deadline Announced!
The Office of Undergraduate Research would like to announce the paper and abstract submission deadline for the 8th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium and Celebration on April 1, 2010.
Oral (paper) and poster (abstract) submissions will be due to the Office of Undergraduate Research on February 25, 2010 at 4pm. Submission guidelines and instructions will be posted soon on ur.usf.edu. Please mark your calendars for this event!
New Dance Marathon Leadership Opportunity- Miracle Mentors
USF Dance Marathon is looking for motivated, enthusiastic students, with strong communication skills to help support Dance Marathon teams as they fundraise for the young patients at All Children's Hospital!!
Miracle Mentors will serve as a link between Dance Marathon and the teams who sign up.
If you are interested in becoming a Miracle Mentor, please attend the interest meeting on Jan. 19th from 8pm - 9pm in MSC 1306B. Any questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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