Know-a-BULL News
Week of 01/19/2010 - Issue # 97

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
 1/20/2010 Thesis I Information workshop
 1/20/2010 An Afternoon with the Morsani's
 1/21/2010 Thesis I Information Workshop
 1/25/2010 An Afternoon with Sherry Sacino
 1/27/2010 Getting Started in Research
 1/28/2010 Career Exploration Series, #1
 1/29/2010 Third Colloquium
 1/30/2010 Spring Picnic
 2/10/2010 Abstract Writing Workshop
 2/25/2010 An Afternoon with: Eric Storch
* "Freshpeople 5 Events"

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Honors College

Dean's Update:

    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.

  • Outstanding Senior Award

    If you are graduating this semester (spring 2010) with a 3.5 or higher GPA and have a great record of service and/or research, you might be a candidate for Outstanding Senior. If you are such a student, please make an appointment to see me in January.

  • Third Colloquium scheduled

    The Third Colloquium in the "Electronic Life" series has been scheduled for Friday, January 29th from 1:00- 2:30 in the Honors Lounge. This Colloquium will be about "Gaming". To RSVP, please go to the Honors calendar and click on the event.

  • Honors Band

    The honors band will begin its spring sessions on Monday, January 25 at 6PM. It will meet in FAH 102. If you want to register for one credit, please let me know.

  • Deadline to Apply for Spring 2010 Graduation

    The deadline to apply for spring 2010 graduation is Friday, February 5.

    Link: Degree Application

  • Change in Policy Regarding Graduation

    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.

    Link: Detailed information about these awards

  • 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 . The workshops will be posted as events on the Honors website Calendar - please RSVP for the date you plan to attend.

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RED - National Fellowships

  • NSF International Research and Education in Engineering (IREE)

    The 2010 International Research and Education in Engineering (IREE) Program, sponsored by the National Science Foundation and organized by Purdue University, is now accepting applications for the 2010 grant cycle. IREE 2010 awardees will receive a stipend (US$4,000 for graduate students and US$3,000 for undergraduate students) to conduct engineering-related research in China from May - August 2010 . Additionally, grant awardees will receive allowances for: an orientation program; travel to and housing/meals in China; plus a re-entry program. The 50 students (20 undergraduate and 30 graduate students) that receive the IREE award will spend 10-12 weeks working on frontier engineering research projects in university, industry, or government labs in China.

    Link: NSF IREE

  • UMichigan Health Management & Policy Summer

    Students entering their junior or senior year of undergraduate study are eligible to apply to the Summer Enrichment Program in Health Management and Policy. Those pursuing degrees in the social sciences, the biological sciences, and other fields pertinent to health management and policy, such as economics, political science, accounting and finance, are especially encouraged to apply. Past interns, however, have come from a variety of other undergraduate fields of study, e.g. the Humanities and Fine Arts. Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Because the majority of placements are in Detroit, Ann Arbor or Flint, all participants must reside in Southeast Michigan or Genesee County during the summer.

    Successful applicants will show evidence of academic achievement (a 2.8 or above grade point average on a 4.0 scale) and will demonstrate one or more of the descriptions listed on the program's website.

    Link: UMich Health Mgmt & Policy Summer

  • NIH Undergraduate Scholarship

    The NIH Undergraduate Scholarship Program offers competitive scholarships to students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are committed to careers in biomedical, behavioral and social science health-related research. The program is designed to improve access to education leading to research careers for those who have had fewer career opportunities than others. The program is designed to provide an incentive for exceptional scholars to pursue research careers at the NIH.

    To apply, you must be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or national of the U.S., be enrolled as a full-time student at an accredited institution, have a GPA of at least 3.5 or be ranked within the top 5% of your class, and be from a disadvantaged background. To be considered as someone from a disadvantaged background means that 1) either your undergraduate institution classifies you as having "exceptional financial need" using the Federal Government's standards, or 2) you come from an environment that inhibited (but did not prevent) your obtaining the knowledge, skills, and ability required to enroll in an undergraduate institution. (If you do not qualify on the basis of "exceptional financial need," you may still qualify as being from a "disadvantaged background" by providing a personal statement explaining your situation.)

    Link: NIH Undergrad Scholarship

  • Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship

    The Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarships program is the world’s largest privately-sponsored international scholarship program for university-level studies. It entails 1 year of study in any field in virtually any foreign country.

    Undergraduates who will have completed two years of university work before starting the scholarship are eligible. Candidates may apply for any country in which there are Rotary Clubs. U.S. citizenship is not required; however, foreign students must be citizens of a country in which there are Rotary Clubs to be eligible.

    Link: Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship

  • Harvard's Summer Venture in Management

    The Harvard Business School (HBS) Summer Venture in Management Program (SVMP) is a one week management training program for rising college seniors designed to increase diversity and opportunity in business education.

    Link: Harvard Business School SVMP

  • Study in Switzerland... Think Swiss!

    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!

    Link: Think Swiss

  • Udall Foundation scholarships

    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!

    Link: Udall Foundation Scholarship

  • NOAA Hollings Scholarship

    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!

    Link: NOAA Hollings Scholarship

RED has information on a wide variety of Scholarships and fellowships for graduate study. Please check the RED website and speak with Mr. Mejias.

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The Office of Undergraduate Research

  • 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

    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: Please note that the deadline to apply is Friday, February 12, 2010.

    Link: Information about the project

  • Humanities Institute Events and New Initiatives

    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).

    Link: Humanities Institute Main Page

  • Call for Poster Designs

    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 To see previous designs, check our website at


  • 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 Please mark your calendars for this event!


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USF Honors College Student Council

  • Extra Underground T's

    If you did not order an Underground T-shirt or you would like to purchase another, we have about 15 extra available. They are $10 each and can be purchased in SVC 1101.

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Student Submissions

  • Student Social Networking Survey

    Two fellow Honors students are researching how social networking sites are affecting faculty and student relationships at USF.

    Please complete the linked survey, which should take no more than 10-15 minutes.

    Results will be used at the American Association of Behavioral and Social Sciences Conference in February 2010.

    Link: Social Networking Survey

  • ASME at USF: Upcoming Events

  • 01/21/2010: Busch Gardens Tour - 3:00 - 5:00 PM
    • RSVP Required - - Meet @ fishbowl 2:00 PM
  • 01/28/2010: ASME General Body Meeting
    • 5:00 PM Location TBA. Refreshments will be provided.
  • 01/28/2010: ASME General Body Meeting
    • 5:00 PM Location TBA. Refreshments will be provided.
  • 02/11/2010: ASME General Body Meeting
    • 5:00 PM Location TBA. Refreshments will be provided.
  • 02/19/2010: Engineer's Week Banquet - MOSI
    • Only $20.00 for USF Students with ASME International Cards!
  • 02/19-20/2010: USF Engineering EXPO
    • Friday 02/19/10: ASME @ USF "Aviation Challenge"
    • Saturday 02/20/10: USF Electrathon Race

Link: ASME at USF Website

  • 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


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