Know-a-BULL News
Week of 01/18/2011 - Issue # 147

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

RSS Feed Upcoming Events
 1/19/2011 Thesis I Information Session
 1/19/2011 Lunch with the DEANS!
 1/20/2011 Thesis I Information Session
 1/27/2011 Washington Sem. with American Univ.
 2/2/2011 UR Workshop
 2/4/2011 Colloquium #3
 2/17/2011 EXPO Set-up
 2/18/2011 Engineering EXPO Volunteer
 2/19/2011 Engineering EXPO Volunteer
 2/19/2011 EXPO Cleanup
* "Freshpeople 5 Events"

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Honors College

Dean's Update:

    Welcome back!  I hope your break was a great one and that you are refreshed and ready for the semester.  Please remember that all of us in Honors are here to help you achieve your goals and dreams.  Come see us if you need help, advice, guidance, suggestions or motivation.

    We have 3 finaists in the second annual PLAYWRITE One Act Play competition.  In alphabetical order they are:

    For Sweater or Worse (DeLeon)

    Mona Lisa (Cunningham)

    Parallels (Pepi)

    Authors, please make an appointment to see me ASAP


    One of our grads works for a major financial house and is looking for a full time analyst.  This should be someone who graduated in December or will graduate in May.  Here is what they are looking for:


    • Graduated with an undergraduate or Masters degree in May or December 2010
    • Minimum 3.0 GPA
    • Advanced knowledge of Excel (preferred)
    • Basic knowledge of and keen interest in finance
    • Demonstrated leadership


    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the highest attention to detail
    • Strong professional attitude and behavior
    • Strong quantitative, analytical, and problem solving skills
    • Insightful, creative, quantitative thinker
    • Ability to  execute quickly, multi task, and prioritize
    • Quick-learner; adaptable to changing business requirements
    • Strong team player and collaborator, enthusiastic, motivated
    • Exercise excellent judgment, strong work ethic 
    • Compelling interest in and knowledge of the financial markets, specifically equity, and Morgan Stanley

    Let me know if you are interested.

    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.

  • USF College of Medicine Pre-Med Workshop

    If you are a Junior or Senior interested in attending medical school, you should plan to attend this workshop.  Join faculty, staff and medical students from USF College of Medicine to learn when is the best time to apply, how to effectively complete the AMCAS application, how to request letters of recommendation, and how to prepare your personal statement.

    Saturday, March 5, 2011

    9:00 - 11:00am

    USF College of Medicine

    12901 Bruce B. Downs Blvd.

    MDA 1096

    Seating is limited! Email to reserve your seat. All participants must register by March 1, 2011.

  • Honors LLC-Lunch with the Deans

    The Honors LLC is happy to continue our monthly lunches with the Deans. Please feel free to bring your lunch and join us anytime from 11:30-12:30pm. We will be to the left as you enter the JPH dining hall.

    Dr. Silverman, Dr. Kleine, and Dr. Yavneh look forward to seeing you then!

    *This event counts for POD WAR POINTS as well as Freshman 5.


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O.N.S. - Office of National Scholarships

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

    • USA Today (Academic & Campus Leadership): 1/26/2011
      Scholarship prizes for outstanding accomplishments
    • Gilman (Study Abroad): USF deadline 2/1/2011
      Grants up to $5000 for Pell recipients to Study Abroad
    • Fulbright UK (Summer Study in UK): USF deadline 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.

  • Geico $1000 Achievement Awards!

    GEICO offers $1,000 Achievement Awards to exceptional college students
    Applicants will:
    • Be a college sophomore or junior
    • Have at least a 3.0 overall GPA
    • Be majoring in business, IT, math or a related field
    • Be a leader on campus and in the community
    Applications must be postmarked FEB 22

    So far, they have not seen any applicants from USF. 

    Learn more & apply today!

  • Dept of Energy Scholars Summer Internship Program Now Accepting Applications

    Department of Energy (DOE) Scholars Program is now accepting applications for Summer 2011. Visit for more information or to apply - deadline is January 31, 2011!

    Are you interested in participating in the most recent scientific research and development?   Would you like to gain experience in discovering solutions to power and securing America&rsquos future, specifically in energy security, nuclear security, scientific discovery and innovation, environmental responsibility and management excellence?

    The Department of Energy Scholars Program offers summer internships with stipends of up to $650 per week depending on academic status to undergraduates, graduate students and post graduates at accredited institutes of higher education.  Majors accepted include:  engineering physical sciences environmental sciences computer science and information technology physics program management math statistics safety and health accounting and finance law and other related discipline areas.   Applicants must be US Citizens - no exceptions.

    Internships provide participants with the opportunity to conduct hands-on research while showcasing their education, talent and skills. Interns will also have a unique opportunity to explore the options for federal careers with DOE.

    For more information, please contact Leslie Fox, Program Manager or Barbara Dunkin, Program Specialist at  The DOE Scholars program is managed by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE).

  • 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 Scholar Award

    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

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

  • Research Assistants Needed for COE Literature Review

    The&nbspCollege of Education&nbspis putting&nbsptogether a literature review for a future publication on active gaming technology in learning. Tasks would involve doing literature reviews with a faculty member and writing paragraph summaries for each article/book. &nbspThe literature review would include collecting any and all articles related to this new approach to physical activity.

    When the literature review is published, your name would be listed in the acknowledgment section.  This type of informational research is very helpful in learning about the process of research and publishing in the academic realm.  The project would be useful for anyone planning to pursue a graduate degree in Education, Psychology or any Social/Behavioral Sciences major.

    Please email Ms. Schumacher at with your resume if you are interested in this opportunity. In the subject line of the email include COE Literature Review.


  • University of Missouri Summer Research Programs

    There are summer research programs for undergraduates available at the University of Missouri (24 spots for non-MU students). All programs run for 9 weeks (June 1-July 29). Funds will be provided that cover 1 hour of academic/research credit, travel to and from Columbia and a $3400 stipend. Students will work on their own research project under a faculty mentor and will present a poster at the end.

    Applicants must coomplete 2 years of fulltime college enrollment prior to June 2011 and must be pursuing majors in animal sciences, biology, biochemistry, chemistry, plant sciences or related fields.

    Application deadline is Friday, February 11. For more information about the application and programs, please visit


  • Research Assistant Needed for Animal Behavior Project

    The researcher is interested in the behavioral effects of an invasive species. To facilitate moving into a new area, invasive animals should be less afraid of novelty than non-invasive animals this will reduce the effects of constant stress as well as allow individuals to incorporate new items into their diet, etc. 

    Currently, our lab has a neat system set up with and invasive bird (the house sparrow) with many populations that vary in time of arrival (all are house sparrow populations, but some populations were established 60 years ago, while others have only been established for ~2-3 years) and they would hypothesize that individuals in newer populations are going to be less fearful of novelty than in older populations.  The researcher plans on introducing birds to a series of novel foods and novel objects and measure their response to novelty by measuring the amount of time it takes for it to approach and eat (or use) the novel item.  The researcher needs an undergraduate researcher interested in behavior to help  score these behaviors. 

    As this project will likely continue on into the summer/next fall, they will need someone who is not a senior and who is willing to commit to that sort of time frame.  Expect to work ~10-12 hours a week, though some of these hours can be completed outside the lab (as many of the time will be spent watching videos). 

    If you are interested in this research project, please email Ms. Andrea Liebl asap at with your resume.

  • Research Assistant Needed for ADHD and Physical Activity Research Project

    A research assistant is needed for a study looking at the impact that physical activity has on ADHD students. The main focus of the project is on observing ADHD children while providing short bursts of physical activity throughout the day in order to learn the effect it may have on behavior and learning. The opportunity will begin in Spring 2011 and will take place in a school setting. Student tasks would include recording information from observations and data collection. Training will be provided. This opportunity is also available to students who want to do their thesis with the research project.

    If you are interested in the opportunity, please make a profile on Then email your resume to Ms. Schumacher at Please include in the subject line of the email "ADHD Project".

  • National Wildlife Federation's Campus Ecology Fellowship Program

    National Wildlife Federation's Campus Ecology Fellows confront global warming on their campuses and help to educate and engage the campus community on global warming impacts and solutions.

    NWF Fellowships allow students to pursue their vision of an ecologically sustainable future through tangible projects to confront global warming on campus and in the community. Fellows gain practical experience in the conservation field and first-hand knowledge of the challenges and opportunities inherent in successful conservation efforts.

    Applications are due January 31. Please visit for more information and application materials.


  • Research Assistants Needed for Emotion and Adolescent Depression Research

    The Mood and Emotion Laboratory (MEL) has research assistant positions available for enthusiastic, bright students for a minimum of a 9 hour commitment per week for at least two consecutive semesters.  Research assistants in the MEL are involved in different aspects of the day-to-day functioning of ongoing research projects that focus on depression and emotion in national and international samples of children and adults.  MEL research assistants have been successful at conducting honors theses, presenting posters at national conferences, publishing their own work in scholarly journal articles, and attending graduate programs after graduation, such as clinical psychology programs and medical school. For further information see the laboratory website at where you can refer to the Join Us section for more information about volunteering in the lab and the application process or contact Vanessa Panaite at

  • Environmental Health Research Experience Program (EH REP) at the University of Washington Seattle

    The Environmental Health Research Experience Program (EHREP) is a funded nine week, summer experience for undergraduates with interest in an interdisciplinary field that uses the tools of science to solve human health problems related to the environment. EHREP provides students with hands on experience in laboratories of leading researchers, introduces them to key environmental and occupational health issues while offering research exposure that will help them become competitive for graduate school.  Students will work full-time under the supervision of a faculty mentor and will receive a stipend of $5,200. 

    The program is meant for students underrepresented in the sciences.  The deadline for student applications is February 15, 2011.

    Program website:


  • Research Assistants Needed

    Research assistants are need on various projects with Dr. Daniel Lee in the College of Pharmacy/Byrd Alzheimer's Institute. Please see a description of the research below:

    Our lab is interested in neurodegenerative diseases including Alzheimer&rsquos disease, Parkinson&rsquos disease and the role of neuroinflammation.  Microglia (the immune cells of the CNS) show dynamic complexity during neurodegenerative conditions exhibiting both detrimental (by promoting disease pathology) and beneficial (reducing disease pathology) functions depending on the activation state.  Tuning the activation state of microglia toward one more beneficial may serve as a therapeutic target for slowing certain neurodegenerative diseases.  We utilize a variety of transgenic animal models and cell culture methods to identify novel therapies and mechanisms that reduce pathology associated with the amyloid beta peptide, tau protein, and alpha synuclein in Alzheimer&rsquos and Parkinson&rsquos disease, respectfully.  Several ongoing projects include gene therapy bone marrow derived cell therapy and trafficking into the CNS, and cytokine-mediated immune modulation. We also employ a variety of research methods from stereotaxic intracranial surgeries, small animal pharmacology, animal behavior, small animal surgeries, neuroanatomical dissections, immunohistochemisty/ cytochemistry, Western blotting, enzymatic activities, RT-PCR, DNA/ RNA isolation, ELISA, histology, cell culture techniques, cloning, and virus preparations.    

    If you are interested in this research, please make a profile at After you have made your profile, please email your resume to Ms. Schumacher at with "Dr. Lee Research" in the subject line of the email.

  • Student Research Assistants Needed

    This research project is currently conducting a large national study analyzing the utilization, outcomes, and disparities associated with BRCA gene mutation genetic testing. This 2-year study is lead by USF professor Dr. Rebecca Sutphen in collaboration with researchers from Georgetown University and the American Cancer Society.

    They are seeking freshman and sophomore level students interested in a career in medicine who can devote at least 4 hours a week to the research. The position involves collecting, analyzing and organizing incoming data from our patient population, routine team meetings, and &nbspassisting coordinators with ongoing study surveillance.

    If you are interested in this opportunity, please email Ms. Ashley Molina at with your resume and hour availability.

  • Student Assistants Needed in Molecular Biology Lab

    Two students are needed for the spring semester in Dr. Bruce Citron's molecular biology research lab. The students would be directly involved with hands on projects addressing molecular mechanisms important to the health of neurons in the central nervous system. A minimum of 10-15 hours per week is needed and laboratory experience is preferred.

    The laboratory is located in Pinellas County at Bay Pines Hospital. Students will need to commute to St. Petersburg for the research.

    If you are interested in the research project, please make a profile at and then email your resume to Ms. Schumacher at with "Molecular Biology Lab" in the subject line of the email.


  • Honors Thesis Opportunity

    Assesment of Loss of Littoral Zones Around Urban Lakes of Tampa and Potential Impacts on Water Quality

    Background: Littoral zones are the vegetated bottoms and shoreline areas of lakes. They are important as breeding sites for fish and as filters for nutrients and chemical contaminants entering lakes from surrounding lands. In effect they are the kidneys of lakes and critical for lake functioning. Florida has laws to protect such areas, but enforcement is not always strong or effective.

    Project: We currently have a project, along with faculty from Geology, looking at wetland loss/gain for the Tampa Bay watershed between 1950 and 2007 using detailed GIS applications and analyses. An added benefit of this database is that we can assess how the littoral zones around lakes of metropolitan Tampa have been changeed associated with urban development. It appears that most littoral zone change has been related to loss.

    Student Activities: The student accepting this project will work closely with both Dr. Thomas Crisman and Shawn Landry in its implementation. Most of the student work will involve working with the layers produced by GIS for 1950 and 2007 and assessing loss of littoral zone area. The student will then learn to related such losses to lake area and water quality to address the questions given above.

    Final Product: In addition to producing an undergraduate thesis, a manuscript will the prepared by the project team, including the student, and submitted to a scientific journal for publication.

    If you are interested in this project, please email Dr. Thomas Crisman at

  • Independent Research on Urban Spatial/Environmental Inequalities: The Case of Burglar Bars

    Problem: In older low income neighborhoods, many houses still have burglar bars that cannot be opened in case of fire.  When these were originally installed, it was a tradeoff between security and safety.  In neighborhoods with high crime rates, security was often deemed more important.   New designs avoid that dilemma, but many low income residents cannot afford the retrofit.  The danger of fire in inner city neighborhoods has been elevated in the past few years by the real estate collapse, which has led to a spike in arsons.  Intervention is needed to enable rapid conversion of out-dated and dangerous burglar bars.  It is literally a matter of life and death.

    Project: This problem can be solved better if done collaboratively by affected neighborhood associations and the fire department, in partnership with ETCRP and USF.  We propose a pilot study of the problem and potential solution that would include a service-learning project.  Students would work with the VM Ybor and Highland Pines neighborhood associations to identify areas at high risk, help raise awareness, and explore potential resources to offset costs to low income owners.  In addition to aiding these efforts with service, students will read literature on the social and policy implications of urban spatial inequality, in which vulnerable families come to reside in dangerous locations in housing with deficits that add further to the risk.  And they will read about groups who are finding ways to solve these problems in their neighborhoods.

    This project would work best for a junior or senior, in a social science, health, or engineering. 3 credit hours students will need to spend an average of 3-5 hours per week in the field after the work plan gets established. Requirements include a series of reflective papers that link readings and experiences, along with a final presentation to the two neighborhoods and/or ETCRP.

    If you are interested in this project, please email Dr. Susan Greenbaum at

  • 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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USF Honors College Student Council

  • Coffeehouse & Open Mic Night Casting Call!

    Got talent? The Honors College Student Council is looking for acts to be performed at this year's Coffeehouse & Open Mic Night event, taking place the evening of February 3rd. If you are interested, please contact Jennifer Thai for more information at

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Student Submissions

  • Want to spend July in Malaysia?

    This summer Dr. Elizabeth Doone of the College of Education is leading a three week program to Malaysia!  Students will complete coursework at UNIMAS Malaysia, a top rated university in Malaysia.  The program has been designed to introduce students to Malaysian culture and diversity while exploring the concept of disability in a developing nation.  Participants will also visit a teaching training college and observe government schools and NGOs serving students with disabilities.

    Please join us at our info session on Tuesday, January 18th at 4:00 PM in EDU402, College of Education

    For more information, please contact:

    Dr. Elizabeth Doone, College of Education &ndash

    Ryan Walsh, Education Abroad &ndash

    Please also visit our website for more information:

  • Creative Writers' Club

    The Creative Writers' Club is looking for fresh poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction writers. Join in and collaborate with other wordsmiths, talk about your ideas and share your writing. Meetings are held Mondays at 6 and Thursdays at 5 in the Honors Lounge. Email for more information.

  • USF College of Medicine Pre-Medical Summer Enrichment Program (PSEP)

    What: USF College of Medicine Pre-Medical Summer Enrichment Program (PSEP)

    Where: USF College of Medicine, Tampa Campus

    When: Friday, June 17, 2011 – Friday, July 29, 2011 (6weeks)

    Academic Eligibility: At least 60 credit hours and at least 3.0 overall and science GPA

    Additional Eligibility: At least one of the following criteria:
    -First generation college student.
    -Permanent address in rural county (within the state of FL).
    -Low-family income for household size per federal government poverty guidelines
    -Underrepresented in medicine.

    Purpose & Benefits:
    -Basic Science (Physics, Chemistry, Biology) knowledge enhancement
    -Verbal Reasoning and Writing Skills enhancement
    -Test Taking Strategies enhancement
    -Standard Test (MCAT) prep sessions
    -Clinical( Physician Shadowing) experience
    -Clinical seminars on chronic and emerging medical challenges
    -Motivational/Self-development workshop series
    -Educational Grant ( $1,500.00)

    Application website:
    Email Contact:

    Application deadline: Postmarked/received 5:00p.m., Friday, February 18th, 2011

  • Fantastic Networking Opportunity for Business and Computer Science and Computer Engineering Majors

    IBM in conjunction with GROUP Business Software is offering our students a great opportunity to attend IBM&rsquos premiere event in Orlando Florida on January 31, 2011 for FREE!

    View the flyer for more information.

    Link: Lotusphere Flyer

  • Volunteers Needed for Point-In-Time Homeless Count!

    On Thursday, January 27, the Homeless Coalition of Hillsborough County will be conducting a homeless count throughout the county. The homeless count is designed to identify how many people are homeless in Hillsborough County at a given point-in-time. Student Coalition Against Homelessness and Poverty is organizing a group of students interested in volunteering on the 27th to help conduct the count.

    Student Coalition Against Homelessness and Poverty will be hosting a presentation about the homeless count on Wednesday, January 12 at 7:30pm in MSC 3711. The presentation will provide students with information about the Homeless Coalition of Hillsborough County, homelessness in the community, how they can become involved in the homeless count. There will also be a formerly homeless guest speaker.

    For more information about the homeless count, please visit To RSVP for the January 12 presentation or if you have questions, please email Lauren Keroack at

If you would like to be included in future editions of "Know-a-BULL News", articles may be submitted for consideration to Dr. Silverman through the submission form. Submissions should be brief and well written. Links should be JPG images or PDFs.

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