Know-a-BULL News
Week of 01/26/2010 - Issue # 98

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
 1/27/2010 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
 3/3/2010 Poster Design Workshop
 3/17/2010 Oral Presentation Skills Workshop
 3/25/2010 An Afternoon with Tom Bernard
 4/1/2010 8th Undergraduate Research Symposium
* "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.

    Did you know that the average starting salary for an Occupational Therapist is over $67K per year?

  • Medical School Forum - Feb 13! RSVP Now

    Hosted by USF Pre-Med AMSA

    Meet admissions directors from medical schools
    throughout the country. Receive personal, in-depth
    information on numerous medical schools. Interact with
    a panel of medical school students. Lunch provided. Even
    WIN various prizes through a raffle....and there's more!!!

    Space is limited! Register by February 5th. Call 813.989.8121 to register!

    Link: More Info at

  • Physical Therapy Open House Schedule

    The School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences invites students to learn about the Doctor of Physical Therapy program by attending one of the following Open House events:

    Thursday, April 15 from 6-8pm
    Thursday, April 22 from 6-8pm
    Saturday, April 24 from 9-11am

    Please RSVP to


  • Launch of the Career Center Blog

    The Career Center has recently added a blog feature to their webpage. They will celebrate the launch on Thursday, February 18th with free food and music in the MLK Stage area. Visit the following link for more information.


  • Spring Career Fair on February 3

    The Spring Career Fair will be held on Wednesday, February 3rd in the Marshall Student Center. Several workshops to help students make the most of this opportunity with employers are scheduled. They will learn some key strategies to use, techniques for preparing, what to wear and bring to the fair, how to behave during the fair, and how to follow up with employers afterward. For more information, please visit the following link.


  • Tutors Needed - PAID POSITION

    Have you completed the course PHZ 4703: Application of Physics to Bio-Med II and earned an A? If so, your expertise is requested! Please fill out an online tutor application. This position is paid for up to 20 hours per week.

    Link: Online tutor application

  • Paris and London study-abroad: art and art history, June 1- July 6th

    A limited number of spaces are still available in the School of Art and Art History Summer Program in Paris. This program affords students the opportunity of earning up to 4 credits while enrolled in an art or art history course for the entire month of June in Paris. The program utilizes Paris as a vast resource for learning, including explorations of its museums, galleries, architecture, streets, parks and culture and students experience the city as temporary residents rather than as tourists. The program also takes advantage of the proximity of Paris to important cultural sites in the surrounding region including Chartres Cathedral, Monet's gardens at Giverny, the chateaus of Chantilly and Vaux-le-Vicomte and Van Gogh's home at Auvers-Sur-Oise. The 2010 program includes the option of an additional excursion to London, June 30 - July 6th earning 3 additional credits. Students may enroll in the London excursion alone. Numerous students from the Honors College have participated in this program since its inception over 20 years ago. Students enrolled in this program are eligible for partial funding from the Honors College. Students interested in enrolling should apply immediately.

    Link: For further information, click here

  • Annual USF Spring Study Abroad Fair

    The Annual USF Spring Study Abroad Fair will be held Monday January 25, 11am-3pm, just outside the Marshall Center Plaza.

    This event showcases all of our USF-sponsored and USF-approved summer and semester study abroad programs, host countries/institutions and partner education abroad organizations. There will have be refreshments, music, and giveaways for our Fair attendees, amid a festive setting. Colorful displays and a wide array of informative materials on each program and country where students may study abroad will be featured. Students will be able to talk with our knowledgeable USF Faculty Program Directors as well as enthusiastic, past study abroad program participants. In addition, some of our international students studying on exchange at USF will be on hand to answer questions about their home institutions and countries where our students might wish to study abroad.

  • Project Inspire Summer Internship Program for Minority Undergraduate Students

    Project INSPIRE is a ten-week research training program that provides outstanding undergraduates an opportunity to gain
    research experience in social and medical sciences. Three (3) students will be selected to work with researchers in the various colleges and departments at the University of South Florida and the Moffitt Cancer Center. Internships can be completed during any ten weeks between May 1st and August 30th,
    There is no cost to the student and a stipend of $3,000 is provided. Applications and program information are available through the

    Questions can be sent to the program coordinator's
    Completed applications and documentation should be submitted beginning March 15,2010.

    Link: Moffitt Cancer Center Website

  • Social Networking Survey

    Two 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.

    Student Survey:

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • $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

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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

  • 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

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

  • 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

  • First General Meeting

    Monday, January 25th at 4:30pm in the Marshall Student Center, room 3704.

    With a new Executive Board, HCSC will be making many fun and exciting changes! Come and be heard, share your ideas, visions and hopes to make this year the best yet!

  • Committee Meeting Times

    Come and join one or all of the committees to help plan this year's Honors Council events!

    Events: Monday 2pm - Honors Lounge
    Student Development: Wednesday 1pm - Magnolia Lounge (Magnolia D)
    Advertising: Wednesday 3pm - SVC 1037
    Volunteer: Thursday 12:45pm - Honors Lounge

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Student Submissions

  • Sacred Glimpse: Look into Feminine Issues in Islam

    Sacred Glimpse is an opportunity for everyone to learn a little bit about the religion of Islam. There will be presentations addressing many common questions that people may have about Islam and Muslims.

    The event focuses on feminine issues in Islam, such as:
    Marriage, Women in Islamic History, Muslim women in work force
    Hijab (the head veil)

    Also, there will be free food, a henna table, and a free raffle. Prizes include: gift cards from Boba, Byblos, Chipotle, Mr. Empanada's, and much more!

    Please come and join the Sisters United Muslim Association at this event and get a glimpse into what it's like being a Muslim woman.

    Date: Thursday, January 28, 2010
    Time: 11:30am - 3:05pm
    Location: Marshall Student Center, Ball Room C

    Link: Click to view flyer

  • Tell Future Bulls About USF!

    One of your fellow Honors College students is a contributing author intern for College Prowler.

    College Prowler is the company that makes guidebooks for almost every college in America and also makes this info available online for free.

    In order to make this happen, your fellow HC student needs your opinions on USF and will use them to write articles regarding various aspects of campus life.

    Could you please take 5-10 minutes to fill out this survey? He needs at least 60 more opinions, but the more the better.

    Thank you so much and GO BULLS!

    Link: Survey Link

  • ASME at USF: Upcoming Events

    • 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

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