Know-a-BULL News
Week of 01/20/2015 - Issue # 348

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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 1/21/2015 Personal Statement Writing Workshop
 1/21/2015 Bawa Jain: Responsible Leadership in Public Life
 1/22/2015 HCSC Leadership Series Session #1: Dean Adams
 1/23/2015 Personal Statement Writing Workshop
 1/23/2015 State Department Career and Internship Information Session
 1/26/2015 Mandatory PSP cohort 14
 1/26/2015 First Year Student Workshop
 1/26/2015 Honors Movie Night: 1735 KM of Vietnam
 1/27/2015 Mandatory PSP cohort 14 meeting
 1/27/2015 Art and Ethnography in the Post-Western Museum with James Clifford
* Freshpeople 5 Events
* LLC Events
* PSP Events
* TOE Events
* Special Scholars Events

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Honors College

Dean's Update:

    Are you planning to study abroad or volunteer abroad between Winter 2014 and Summer 2015? Then consider entering the Honors College photo contest!

    Who: All USF Tampa Honors students that have participated in an international experience (study abroad or volunteer abroad) between Winter 2014 and Summer 2015

    What: This year’s theme is FAMILY.

    Contestants will submit one picture along with a brief description (3 sentences maximum) describing how their picture relates to this year’s theme of “Family.” We welcome unique interpretations!

    Honors College students will vote to choose the finalists, and a panel of professional photographers will decide the winners.  Winning photographs will be displayed in a public exhibition. The top 3 winners will receive a scholarship prize!

    The picture and statement should be submitted to Indira Ranaweera at by August 1, 2015. It is strongly encouraged that pictures are submitted as soon as possible after the completion of the program. Please note that photos submitted to the Honors photo contest may not be used for other photo competitions.


  • New! - A special invitation from Dr Adams

     Responsible Leadership in Public Life

    Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 4 PM in the Marshall Student Center, Oval Theatre

    The USF College of Arts & Sciences and the Honors College are pleased to welcome Bawa Jain, the Secretary-General of The Millennium World Peace Summit of Religious and Spiritual Leaders at the United Nations to speak to our students and community on "Responsible Leadership in Public Life."

    There is a shortage of responsible leaders in the world -- leaders who are willing to make principled and bold decisions in important matters like international conflicts, climate control, public health, or poverty.  Yet there are numerous examples of leaders who have and continue to inspire and transform.  Bawa Jain will share his experiences with the world's leaders from all sectors of society: political, economic, religious, humanitarian, and others.  He will speak about his international efforts to meet the urgent need for responsible leadership.   Please make every effort to attend this very important talk.  Bawa Jain's powerful vision has changed many lives, and he may change yours!


    • Free pizza coupon for attendees Papa John's in the Marshall Center good for two hours following the event

    • Lots of giveaways


  • New! - Attention all students

    Attention all Spring Thesis I students and those preparing for Thesis I in the 2015 Summer or Fall:

    As in the past, the Honors College will offer an 8-week no-credit thesis course in addition to the regular 3-credit Thesis I course for those students who want additional assistance getting started with their thesis. New for the Spring, the no-credit thesis course will include 4 Research Rescue workshops. The first week of the no-credit course, all students will meet with Dr. Fogel for an overview of the thesis process in the Honors College.  The first meeting will be on Friday, 9:00-10:00, January 9th, ALN 233.

     Then, the schedule will be as follows, meeting in the Library in Room 209 from 9-10:00:

    Wk. 2                Jan. 16           Selecting a Topic

    Wk. 3                Jan. 23           Conducting a Literature Review

    Wk. 4                Jan. 30           Finding What You Need in the Library

    Wk. 5                Feb. 6             Locating Statistics

    For weeks 6-8, Dr. Fogel and other Honors College faculty members will hold Fridays from 9-10:00 for individual or group appointments to continue to assist Thesis 1 students.


    This course is open to 36 Spring Thesis I students.

    For those students who are not signed up for Thesis I but would like to prepare for thesis, a second sequence of these courses just for Honors College students will be offered on:


    Wk. 7                Feb. 20          Selecting a Topic

    Wk. 8                Feb. 27          Conducting a Literature Review

    Wk. 9                March 13        Finding What You Need in the Library

    Wk. 10              March 20        Locating Statistics


    These classes will be held in the Library, on Fridays from 9-10:00 in Room 209.


    This is open to any Honors College student at any level. The limit is 36 students.

    Please take advantage of these workshops to help you do all your work as well as prepare for thesis.

    For both sequences, please email Ms. Field at and indicate if you wish to sign up for the No-Credit Thesis 1 course or the Honors College Research Rescue sequence. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Fogel at



  • New! - Service Spring Break 2015 Panama Still Open

    Join us in the Republic of Panamá for a service Spring Break!  Serve others while you see the wonders of the Panamá Canal... stay on the site of historic Fort Clayton (now a multi-NGO center)... contrast old-world Casco Viejo with modern Panamá City... shop for Kuna tribe "molas" (embroidery)... walk or bike Amador Causewaysite of a Frank Gehry-designed biodiversity museum!

    The application is open until 1/23/15... only a few seats left... apply now!  Honors scholarships are available... click on the link for more information!

    Link: Service Spring Break 2015 Panama

  • New! - Human Trafficking and Technology

    Presented by the Institute for the Study of Latin America and the Caribbean (Islac)

    Krista Ann Hoffman, M.A. Applied Research, Training and Technical Assistance Consultant, Booz Allen Hamilton and adjunct professor for Messiah College (Mechanicsburg, PA) and teaches comparative international criminal justice systems and human trafficking. She provides training and technical assistance to organizations, governments, and agencies on human trafficking, child soldiers, and technology and abuses.

    The event is Monday, January 26, 2015 in the Grace Allen Room from 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM. 

  • New! - Paid Tutoring Position

    The Holcombe and Jenkins Scholarship Programs are looking for tutors for the Spring 2015 semester in the following courses: Principles of Financial Accounting (ACG 2021) Logic Design (EEL 4705) Electronic Materials (EEE 3394) Differential Equations (MAP 2302) Logic Design (EEL 4705) Linear Algebra (MAS 3105) Human Anatomy and Physiology II (Both class section and lab) (BSC 2094) Organic Chemistry II (CHM 2211) Applicants MUST have an overall 3.3 GPA, have taken the respective course AT USF, and have received at least an A- in the course. Applications should be submitted by following the link provided and clicking on the "Apply to be a paid tutor" link. Please contact either Melanie King (Holcombe GA) or Brenae Hillard (Jenkins GA) with any questions you might have.

    Link: Apply to be a paid tutor

  • New! - Honors Art Show

    Honors College students are encouraged to showcase their artistic talents by submitting a work of art for yearlong display in the Allen building!  Student submissions are due by Friday, February 27.  Submissions may be paintings, drawings, graphic design, photography, collages, small sculptures, etc.  For specific guideline information and to express your interest in participating, please contact advisor, Sara Spear at

    Faculty, staff, students, and friends of Honors are invited to attend the Art Show on Monday, March 9 between noon - 2:00pm.  Walk our hallways, enjoy the artwork, and talk to the student artists themselves! 

  • Proposal Submissions Being Accepted for the 2015 National Collegiate Honors Council Conference

    Honors College students can submit proposals to present a poster or participate in an interdisciplinary research panel at the NCHC Conference in Chicago, Illinois November 5-9, 2015.

    All proposals must be submitted online by February 26.

    For conference proposal guidelines, please visit:

    Link: Proposal Guidelines

  • Study in London this summer with the Honors College

    The Honors College is participating in USF London, a new campus-wide program that offers students the opportunity to spend four weeks in London and take six hours of USF credit.  Dean Adams will be offering a section of IDH 4200, "What does it mean to be British in the age of globalization?".  If you're interested, contact Dean Adams for more information.  Scholarships are available.

  • Summer Internship TGH

    The University of South Florida has partnered with specialty physicians at Tampa General Medical Group and Tampa General Hospital to provide a unique experience for a select group of undergraduate students.  As part of this internship program students will participate in retrospective clinical research projects with a mentoring physician, and will have opportunities to shadow physicians in the hospital setting, and participate in a series of lectures on medically important topics. Although this program occurs during the summer, some interns will have the opportunity to continue to work with physicians on projects during the subsequent school year.


    • 3.0 overall GPA (and a 3.0 science/math GPA)

    • Students must commit to a full-time schedule (Monday-Friday 8-5) from May 26th to August 3rd, 2015 (therefore, selected students may not be able to enroll in summer courses).



    Request application from Mr. Mejias; students must also submit:

    • A current transcript (may be unofficial)

    • An academic resume

    • One letter of recommendation from a USF faculty member (preferably your academic advisor).


    All application materials must be submitted electronically to Arnaldo Mejias at amejias@ by February 15, 2015.

  • Summer Research Opportunity for Marine Science

    Undergraduates in diverse disciplines are invited to apply for this opportunity, including students in engineering, biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, toxicology, ecology and marine and environmental science. We are particularly interested in supporting talented students from institutions where access to marine science and to research projects is limited and who are from underrepresented groups in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).You can find more information on our website (

    Since 1989, NSF has supported bringing students to conduct individual research projects with a scientist-mentor at either Chesapeake Biological Lab or Horn Point Lab of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. This is a great opportunity to conduct research with a mentor and spend a summer by the Chesapeake Bay.


    - 12 week program: May 17 to August 9, 2015.

    - $6,000 stipend plus housing and travel support to and from host institution

    - Applications due: February 20, 2015

    - Application and guidance



  • Creative Works Showcase: Full Body Burden

    Were you inspired by "Full Body Burden"?  Turn your inspiration into a work of art!  Earn course credit or more than $500 in prize awards!  Please check out the link for detailed instructions on how to submit a proposal.

    Link: Creative Works Showcase

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O.N.S. - Office of National Scholarships

  • New! - Learn how to effectively write a personal statement for National Scholarship applications

    Please join us for an informational workshop on the process of writing a personal statement. We encourage current national scholarship applicants and students thinking about applying for a national scholarship in the future to attend. Two workshops will be given by writing consultant, Robert Annis, on January 21 (4:00 pm - 5:00 pm) and January 23 (1:00 pm - 2:00 pm). Both will be held in ALN 252.

    To sign up for either workshop, please visit the ONS Upcoming Events Calendar at


  • New! - Learn more about Nationally Competitive Merit Scholarships

    Attend an upcoming workshop to learn more about the Office of National Scholarships and the national scholarship opportunities that can fund your study abroad experience, do research or an internship or pursue graduate study. Workshops will be presented by year (Freshmen, Sophomore, Junior and Senior).

    View the upcoming workshop schedule and sign up for a workshop at under the Upcoming Events Calendar. 

  • New! - Interested in a career as a Foreign Service Officer

    Would you like to learn more about internship opportunities with the State Department? On Friday, January 23, there will be an information session regarding State Department career and internship opportunities with Mr. Edward Loo, a U.S. State Department Diplomat in Residence.

    The information session will be held in room BSN 112 at 11:00 am.

    If you cannot attend and are interested in careers with the U.S. Department of State, please visit Or, connect with DOS Diplomat in Residence South Florida on Facebook.

  • Congratulations to Evan Little

    Congratulations to Honors College Junior Evan Little! Evan has received a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad in Uppsala, Sweden. At Uppsala University, he will be able to continue his research in alternative energy in an environment of individual learning and self-discovery.

    The USF deadline to apply for a summer or fall study abroad program for Gilman funding is January 13, 2015. For more information regarding the Gilman Scholarship, please visit:

    Link: Gilman Scholarship Program

  • Parkinson's Disease Foundation Summer Student Fellowships

    The PDF Summer Fellowship Program is intended to support students from advanced undergraduates to medical students in their pursuit of Parkinson's-related summer research projects.  The goal of the Summer Fellowship is to cultivate interest in the cause and possible treatments for Parkinson's disease. Fellows work under the close supervision of a sponsor who is an expert in the Parkinson's community.  For more information please visit .


  • Are you a sophomore interested in the environment, earth sciences, or environmental education?

    If you are a sophomore and interested in a career related to the mission of NOAA, (climate change, fisheries, water quality, oceanography, environmental education and other fields) the Hollings Scholarship is for you. Check out the NOAA website for more information: The national deadline to apply is January 30, 2015. If you are interested in applying, please contact the Office of National Scholarships at right away to get started on your application.


  • Are you a sophomore who is a leader and is interested in strengthening your leadership skills?

    The Mount Vernon Leadership Fellows is a competitive five-and-a-half-week summer leadership program that offers a small, select group of rising college juniors unparalleled opportunities in the nation's capital and on the famous estate of America's first President. The program invites undergraduates to immerse themselves in leadership development programming inspired by the life and legacy of George Washington. It is designed to prepare the next generation of our nation's leaders.

    You can learn more about the Program here:

    The application is now open. The deadline to apply is February 1, 2015 but applications will start being reviewed in December so the sooner you apply the better.

    If you have any questions, or plan to apply please contact Mr. Brian Arrowood 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. Chambers.

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USF Honors College Student Council

  • New! - Honors Got Talent Submissions

    Calling all honors students! Can you dance, play an instrument, or perform stand up comedy? Honors College Student Council is opening up the stage at the Marshall Center Oval Theater on February 26th for Honors Got Talent, our annual talent show! Email Samantha at to get more information on how to audition. Submissions due by February 6th. Prizes will be awarded to top 3!


  • New! - HCSC's Pitch Perfect PJ Party

    Come watch Pitch Perfect with your fellow Honors students... in your PJs! We will have a "Cups" song cup-off tournament with a special prize for the winner. The event will take place in JP1319 at 6 PM. Snacks will be provided.

  • New! - HCSC Leadership Series Session 1 Dean Adams

    We are kicking off our Spring Leadership Series with the one and only...Dean Adams! Come out to ALN 237 from 4:30-5:30 THIS Thursday, 1/22. Dean Adams will talk about how he grew to become the leader he is today and what you can do become a better leader right now! This is Fresh 5 event. Seats are limited! Please RSVP on the Honors Calender.


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  • New! - Have Traveling Pictures

    Hey Bulls! Juniper Hall will be hosting their annual Juniper Nation event on Wednesday, January 28th from 6-8pm in the Juniper-Poplar lobby. Juniper Nation is a tradition that celebrates diverse cultures from around the globe. This year's theme is "World Traveler: Where Will Your Feet Take You?" and features the countries China, Ireland, Morocco, Argentina, Thailand and Australia. Juniper Hall council will be helping with the event and would love to have pictures of USF students who have studied abroad or traveled to countries from all around the world. If you are interested in having your photo displayed to contribute to the theme, please send in any pictures to Alyssa Dunlap through email ( or in person (JPH office 1303).Captions explaining your pictures, or telling the story behind them are encouraged but not required. Thank you for your support! We hope to receive many photos of our amazing Bulls! 



    1735 KM of Vietnam is a modern Vietnamese independent film that is part travelogue, part romance, and part coming of age adventure set in the vibrant industrializing backdrop of Saigon, Vietnam. The Dean of USF-SP's College of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Biafora, will be facilitating a discussion after the film. 

    There will also be a short information session regarding the Honors Summer trip to Vietnam following the movie. If you are interested in visiting a place with breathtaking beauty and attending classes with Vietnamese students, this is the trip for you!

    January 26th at 6:30 pm in JPH 1317



    All female undergraduate students pursuing a major in the College of Engineering are invited to attend this event! Students will have the opportunity to hear from female Engineering faculty about their academic backgrounds, careers, and current research interests. After a Q&A with the panelists, there will be a meet-and-greet event where students will be encouraged to engage with faculty representatives individually.

    February 5th at 5pm in JPH 1317


    Come join Dean Adams, along with our NEW Assistant Deans Dr. Shawn Bingham and Dr. Linda Lucas for lunch! This is a great opportunity to meet and interact with your Deans in a relaxed environment. Please RSVP!

    Lunch with the Deans is the fourth Wednesday of every month at 11:30 in Juniper Dining.

    This semester the dates are as follows:

    January 28th

    February 25th

    March 25th

    April 22nd

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Student Submissions

  • New! - Camp Boggy Creek Chapter at USF General Body Meeting

    Camp Boggy Creek Chapter at USF at their first Spring semester general body meeting, Thursday at 7:30 PM in MSC 3709! CBC@USF is in affiliation with the non-profit pediatric camp. This club's purpose is to provide an on campus organization that will promote volunteering in a group setting towards being camp counselors at the weekend (or week) sessions of Camp Boggy Creek. Our goals, in addition to promoting volunteering at CBC, include raising money to help send a family and child to CBC as well as volunteering within the local community. Camp Boggy Creek is a free of charge pediatric-focused medical camp and facility that was established in 1996. Their mission is to be able to provide an experience and get-away of a camp for children with different life-threatening and chronic illnesses. For information about how to get involved, contact President Tabitha Michaud at Like our Facebook page for more information!

    Link: CBCUSF Facebook Page

  • New! - Volunteer Opportunity for Premed and Public Health Students at Moffitt

    Would you like to earn volunteer hours while gaining valuable medical experience by direct patient interaction? Are you outgoing and patient? Moffitt Cancer Center has new volunteer positions in the Gastrointestinal and Infusion Clinics which educate patients in waiting rooms about opportunities available to them as patients. This program will be interviewing interested volunteers throughout February 2015. Please contact Natalie Remsen at for more information.

  • New! - Recruiting Undergraduate Students for a Summer Research Institute


    The Florida Mental Health Institute (FMHI) at the University of South Florida is in the process of recruiting up to 12 undergraduate students nationally to participate in a highly selective Summer Research Institute (SRI) funded by the National Institute of Mental Health. The SRI@FMHI is a ten week summer program designed for students interested in building their research skills within the context of mental health to help them prepare for a Senior Thesis and/or graduate school. Students receive a $4,000 research stipend, up to $400 to support travel expenses, as needed, and research project support funding. The dates for the 2015 SRI@FMHI are May 28th, 2015 through August 5th, 2015. The application deadline is March 6, 2015 and the application form may be obtained at or by contacting Paul Stiles at


  • New! - Neurobiology of Learning and Memory Lab Volunteer Opportunity

    Are you an excited, hardworking, independent student looking to enhance your experience at the University of South Florida? Then a volunteer position at the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory Lab may be the place for you. If you are interested in getting experience with working in a lab, learning scientific techniques and experimental design, then this may be the opportunity you have been waiting for. The focus of our research includes understanding the cellular and molecular mechanisms of learning and memory in hopes of finding novel therapeutic targets to treat cognitive disorders, including Alzheimer's disease and schizophrenia. Please contact me if you are interested and include you resume and schedule of availability.


  • Toastmasters Be a Better Speaker

    Want to improve your communication skills? Learn to be a champion of public speaking at Toastmasters at USF. Meetings are on Thursdays from 5:45-7:15pm in MSC 3713. Everyone is welcome! Visit our FB page at for more information or contact Kamari Ross at or 904-859-0676.

  • Alpha Epsilon Delta General Body Meeting with Guest Speaker Dr James Van Elswyk

    Come on out to Alpha Epsilon Delta's first general body meeting of the semester, next Wednesday, January 21st at 5pm in MSC 3707. Alpha Epsilon Delta is a national pre-health honor society. Our speaker, Dr. James Van Elswyk, was a partner in a 6 person medical group for the practice of OB-GYN in northern New Jersey. After 20 years, he retired to Florida where he has been teaching at USF for 7 yrs. We will also be discussing fundraisers, volunteering, and social events for the upcoming semester. Pizza will be provided!! For more information contact

    Link: Alpha Epsilon Delta Facebook Page

  • STEM Fair judges needed

    The Hillsborough County Public School District is looking for students majoring in math, engineering, natural sciences, or behavioral sciences to serve as judges for the junior/senior division of a Secondary STEM Fair on February 4th, at the Tampa Convention Center, between 11:30 and 4:00.  If you are interested, please contact Ms. Nicole Jacquay, District Resource Teacher, at 813-272-4841.

  • Talk by Bawa Jain on Responsible Leadership

    Come listen to Bawa Jain, an internationally known figure in the area of religious diplomacy, deliver a talk on responsible leadership on the world stage. As the Secretary-General of the World Council of Religious Leaders, Mr. Jain is committed to building bridges of peace between religious leaders from all over the world for the betterment of social issues. In this presentation he will speak about principled leadership in a variety of areas of public life.  Presented by the Honors College and the College of Arts and Sciences. Date: Wednesday, January 21st: Location, Marshall Student Center Oval Theatre; Time, 4:00 to 6:00 pm

  • Humanities Institute Spring Events

    Check out the Humanities Institute Spring Events calendar! All events will count as FreshPeople 5 credit if you attend them. Further descriptions of the event can be found on the Honors College calendar.

    Link: Humanities Institute Spring Calendar

  • Volunteer Opportunity

    The Movement Influencing Neurological Disorders (M.I.N.D) was created to bridge the gap between the community and academic environment. We strive to contribute our innovative, research-based ideas to help those affected by neurological disorders. Our goal is to influence society through a variety of platforms, while developing students into passionate, active citizens. We want to re-inspire learning through community involvement. Our volunteers help in Assisted Living facilities and work with elderly patients with Alzheimer's disease and dementia. We are working with such programs as Art Therapy and Music Therapy that have been proven to influence brain plasticity, reduced agitation and behavioral issues. We also offer programs to older individuals in the community who wish to learn more about technology and we help them connect with their families over the internet. If you are interested in becoming part of our program please contact Stephanie Foley at

  • Rush Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity

    Are you a returning USF or transfer student? Do you have a 3.2 or higher GPA? If so, come check out our organization at one of our five information sessions. We are a gender inclusive fraternity, which means we welcome everyone, and our tripod focuses on scholarship, leadership, and fellowship. If you can't make it to our first info session, we will also be meeting 1/13 at 7pm in the MSC food court, 1/15 at 8pm in the MSC food court, 1/20 at 6pm in the MSC food court, and 1/21 at 7pm or 8pm in MSC room 3708. Hope to see you there!

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