Know-a-BULL News
Week of 01/26/2009 - Issue # 47

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
 2/3/2009 How to get the most from your Mentor
 2/8/2009 Big Brothers/Sisters Valentine Event
 2/10/2009 Hurricane REU 2009 Deadline
 2/12/2009 An Evening with Jordan Zimmerman
 2/20/2009 Brit Theatre: Bobby & the Chimps
 2/22/2009 HCSC Spring Picnic
 2/25/2009 Structuring your thesis and keeping on task
 2/25/2009 Frank Morsani presents An Evening with General Ben Nelson
 2/25/2009 UR Symposium Abstract Deadline
 2/26/2009 Mentor and Topic Due for Thesis I students
* "Freshpeople 5 Events"

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Honors College

Dean's Update:

  • Graduate Preparation Workshops

    Are you a USF undergraduate student who is a member of an underrepresented minority group (black, latino, asian)?
    Have you earned 60 credit hours or more?
    Do you have a GPA of 3.0 or higher?

    The USF Graduate School is looking for you!!! Come attend one of our FREE graduate school prep workshops and learn about:
    Qualifying for graduate school
    Admissions procedures
    Financial assistance for minority students

    Spring 2009 Dates and Times
    Thursday January 29 4PM-6PM BSN 1101
    Friday January 30 5PM-7PM MSC 2703

    Please RSVP via email to or contact Brett at 974-2141

  • Research Opportunities!

    Here are two research possibilities which can easily be used for theses. Publications are also possible.

    The first researcher would likely be a student in education/political science/ history to help research two finite chapters with me for a text presently entitled Educational Policy and Schooling in America for the 21st Century. The chapters are fairly well articulated and the desire is for someone who "knows" research or is willing to "learn it" from myself and the appropriate research librarian. The new Obama administration posses new opportunities for the text that were not there as originally expressed by the editor or authors two years ago...and we will take a close view of the new policies expressed by the new President. Implications for the student include, but are not limited to, supportive letters, editorial recognition, substantive writing, or thesis identification.

    The second researcher would likely be student in education/policy/history with particular interest in issues of educational law for a contracted test presently entitled, A Principal's and Teacher's Handbook on Student Rights. Again, the desire is for someone who has skills or wants to have skills in researching and working on issues affecting student rights. Implications for students include, but are not limited to, supportive letters, editorial recognition, substantive writing or thesis identification.

    Contact Dean Silverman if interested.

  • Pre-Health Students: MCAT Prep Workshop!

    Topics Include:
    1. MCAT and types of standardized tests
    2. Why many students earn lower scores than expected
    3. How to thoroughly prepare for the test
    4. The use of practice tests
    5. How to know if you are ready for the test

    The workshop will be held on Friday January 30 in CHE 103, 3-4pm. For further information contact Dr. Melvin James at 974-6957

  • Advising Information Available Online

    The Honors College Web site has seen some changes over the Winter Break. There is a new tab on the main menu for Advising information. Not sure what you need to graduate from the Honors College or how to fulfill your foreign language requirement? Click on the Advising tab to check it out! While you're there, be sure to click on Health Professions to visit the Health Professions Blog written by our very own Ms. Hill. There is a growing amount of good and timely information for those interested in a career in the health professions.

    Link: Honors College Advising

  • Call for Proposals

    Proposals are now being accepted for the 2009 NCHC Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.

    NCHC is accepting proposals for the following sessions:
    General Sessions
    Roundtable Discussions
    Master Classes
    Poster Sessions
    Idea Exchange
    Student Interdisciplinary Research Panel
    Forum on Diversity and International Education Student Moderators

    This is a great place to showcase your research in the form of presentations or posters and Honors will pay your way! Please contact Dr. Silverman if interested.

    Link: NCHC Site

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RED - National Fellowships

  • Are you a student of color interested in career in education?

    The Institute for Recruitment of Teachers (IRT) aims to reduce over time the critical under-representation on school faculties of certain minority groups, as well as to address the attendant educational consequences of these disparities. Providing positive role models to youth, the Institute serves the related goals of supporting school and campus environments.
    Each year, throughout the graduate school application process, the institute supports outstanding college students and graduates from diverse backgrounds who are committed to these ideals. Contact Mr. Mejias (IRT '94):

    Link: Institute for Recruitment of Teachers

  • Laura W. Bush Travel Fellowship

    The Fellowship provides supplemental funding for applicant designed proposals to conduct brief activities in a foreign country related to the mandate of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) - using education, natural sciences, social and human sciences, culture, and/or communication and information to build strong ties among nations.

    The deadline for applications is March 1, 2009.

    Link: Laura W. Bush Fellowship (UNESCO)

  • Washington Center Opportunities--ABROAD!

    The Washington, D.C.-London Program
    The Washington, D.C.-Oxford Program
    The Washington, D.C.-Sydney Program

    Designed as a seminar in the nation's capital followed by an internship placement with programming and rigorous academic study in one of the above cities, each program will help students gain a valuable comparative understanding of culture and professional life--an important asset in today's global workforce.

    *students are eligible to receive $4,500 in financial aid toward these programs

    For further information please visit our new website.The application deadline for all three programs is February 27, 2009.

    Link: Washington Center Abroad

  • Lead the Change... the Change Initiative

    CHANGE (Oxfam America) offers college students entering their sophomore or junior:
    *exposure to international development issues
    *skills for Oxfam campus campaigns

    Applications are due on April 1st, 2009. Selected students are then invited to participate in a week-long training in Boston, July 18-24, 2009, which is organized and paid for by Oxfam.

    Link: Change Intiative of Oxfam America

  • Mississippi Teacher Corps

    The Mississippi Teacher Corps is the most competitive teaching program in the country. The two-year program, designed for non-education majors, recruits college graduates to teach in the Mississippi Delta (and other critical-needs areas of Mississippi) and offers a host of benefits, including teacher training and certification, a full scholarship for a master's degree in education, job placement that includes full pay and benefits and, most importantly, the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of students in one of the poorest areas of the country.

    Link: Mississippi Teacher Corps

  • 2009-10 Gubernatorial Fellowship Program

    The program is designed to provide students who are interested in public service with the opportunity to gain experience and exposure by working in key areas of government. Gubernatorial Fellows are assigned to the Executive Office of the Governor or the Governor's agencies, based on their major or area of concentration. Fellows will be expected to work a minimum of 20 hours per week and will be paid for their time on the job. Fellows must also meet weekly as a group to participate in a lecture series as well as additional government activities such as press conferences, budget briefings and policy briefings. Fellows will also be given the opportunity to participate in policy study trips throughout Florida and in Washington, D.C.

    Link: Gubernatorial Fellows Program

  • USF Undergraduate Scholars

    The strategic plan of the University of South Florida seeks to expand world-class interdisciplinary research, creative and scholarly endeavors and to expand local and global engagement initiatives. The University Scholars program recognizes students who fulfill the University goals of community engagement, undergraduate research, and global citizenship on both transcript and diploma. Contact Mr. Mejias at for more information.

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

  • Symposium Guidelines and Coversheet posted

    Please see our website for the 2009 Symposium guidelines and coversheet. Deadline for submissions is February 25th. Contact us if you have any questions at

    Link: Symposium Info

  • Hurricane REU deadline February 10!

    Information and applications for the summer 2009 Hurricane REU are now on our website! Visit the Office of Undergraduate Research Website to download or submit your application electronically. To view or download the flyer, please click here. The deadline for applications is February 10, 2009, so do not let this exciting research opportunity pass you by!

    For more information about the REU and mentors for the program please visit the UR website at

    Link: REU info

  • NCUR Acceptances

    Congratulations to the fifteen USF students accepted to NCUR!

    The Office of Undergraduate Research looks forward to seeing you in LaCrosse, Wisconsin on April 16-18th. We are so proud of you!

  • REU Summer Program Deadlines

    REU summer program deadlines are on the UR website at Also please see the link to webguru: Web Guide to Research for Undergraduates for opportunities at other institutions Ms. Carlton would be happy to meet with you as well.

    Link: Deadlines Website

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USF Honors College Student Council

  • Honors Council Meeting Times

    General Meetings: Thursdays 5-6pm in the Lounge, except for the meetings on 02/05 and 02/12 which will be held in SVC 1101.
    Events: Wed 10:05-10:45am in the Lounge

    The following will meet in SVC 1101:
    Student Development: Wednesday 10:45-11:15am
    Advertising: Monday 4-4:30pm
    Volunteer: Monday 3-4pm

  • Interested in Writing, Graphic Design or Photography?

    The Honors College newsletter, The Pulse, is looking for new writers, graphic designers and photographers! If you have any interest in helping out please contact Sarah Monson at

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Student Submissions

  • Pa!D Interships

    INROADS places talented minority students with major companies in your career field. See the link for more details

    Link: Flyer

  • Pre-Med AMWA Social

    Pre-health student? Interested in shadowing physicians? Looking for volunteer oppurtunities? Or do you just want to be surrounded by a group of motivated girls? Come find out about Pre-Med AMWA.

    Pre-Med AMWA (American Medical Women's Association) is having an ice cream social. Come find out more information about the club, our activity throughout the year and most importantly, come for free ice cream.

    Thursday, January 29, 2009. 7 p.m. MSC 3711.

    Link: USF AMWA Website

  • USF ASME General Meeting

    Come join Dr. Marc Wilson give a presentation about engineering more comfortable and useful products as well as share his own experiences.

    When: Wednesday, January 28th 11:30 - 1:00
    Where: Engineering KOPP Building 003
    Lunch will be provided

  • USF Engineering EXPO

    EXPO is the official USF event celebrating National Engineers' Week.

    USF Engineering EXPO will be held Friday February 13th and Saturday February 14th 2009

    Link: Engineering EXPO Website

  • ALPFA's Pre-Career Fair Prep Rally!

    The Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting (ALPFA) and INROADS invite you to ALPFA's Pre-Career Fair Prep Rally to be held on Thursday, January 29th, 2009 at 7pm in MSC 2709. The INROADS National Recruiter will conduct an Impression Management workshop and he will also provide information on how you can get a paid internship through INROADS. This is a great opportunity to polish your Impression Management skills in time for the Career Fair!

    When: Thursday, January 29th @ 7pm
    Where: MSC 2709 (Marshall Center)
    Free food and drinks will be provided

    If you have any questions, please contact Mari Meyer, INROADS Ambassador and ALPFA Director of Public Affairs, at

    Link: ALPFA Professional Chapter Website

  • Medical First Responder Course

    February 9th 2009-March 11th 2009 M/W 6-10 PM at College of Nursing
    USF Emergency Medical Services and American Medical Response of West Florida will present a Medical First Responder course. The course covers all of the essentials of emergency care and treatment of the sick and injured. There will be lectures and "hands-on" sessions. Classes will be held at the College of Nursing on Tuesdays in MDN 1032 from 6-10 pm and on Thursdays in MDN 2005 from 6-10 pm. If you are pursuing a career in medicine, nursing, or public health, interested in emergency medical care, or want to be ready "just in case," this is the class for you. Cost to UEMSA personnel is $170 and all others is $180. The class includes two-year certification from the American Heart Association in infant/child/adult cardiopulmonary resuscitation and automated external defibrillation at the Healthcare Provider level. Contact UEMSA through their website if you have any questions or to sign up for the course. Prompt contact with us and advanced payment will reserve your seat in the class.

    Link: Website

  • Mardi Gras Masquerade

    USF Health and Fundacion Familia Sana will be hosting a Mardi Gras Masquerade on Thursday, March 5, 2009 from 7pm until 11pm in the USF Marshall Center Ballroom. Tickets are $10, and all proceeds will be donated to an Honors thesis water purification project in the Dominican Republic. At the event, there will be a DJ, a raffle, a keynote speaker, door prizes, and performances from some campus organizations. One grand prize will be given to the person with the most creative mask. Food and drinks will be donated by local businesses such as Tijuana Flats, Starbucks, Cilantro, McAllister's, Publix, Target, MOSI, and many more. For ticket sales, please email or contact one of the four thesis students:
    Sarina Amin - (407)232-1196 Akash Parekh - (727)458-1158 Rohini Komarla - (813)817-3915 Patrick Blackburn - (813)833-5751

  • Leadership Opportunity for First Year Students

    Phi Eta Sigma, an honor society for first year students, is looking for motivated students who are willing to assist in the rechartering process. Students with a 3.5 GPA or higher, in the top 20% of their class and taking a normal course load (at least 12 hours) who are interested in making a significant impact in the first year experience of fellow students at USF are invited to apply.

    Potential applicants should be first year students willing to devote several hours per week to assist in the rechartering process and willing to take an active role in the establishment of a new honor society. For more information on Phi Eta Sigma, please check

    Anyone interested in aiding with the process is encouraged to email and Cc to by February 5th to schedule an interview. If you have any questions feel free to contact us, and we will gladly get back to you.

    Link: Contact Email Address

  • Controversy: Call for Papers

    Controversy, a journal for the discussion of social issues, is seeking submissions for its first edition. Social issues are most appropriately approached through a combination of truth, passion, knowledge, ethical consideration of the opposition and eloquent and concise use of language. Writers who successfully implement the standards and mission statement of Controversy will be granted publication.

    Please email Kristen at for the standards of publication and more information.

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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