Know-a-BULL News
Week of 01/28/2014 - Issue # 299

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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 1/29/2014 Freshman Scholarship Workshop
 1/30/2014 Juniper Nation
 1/31/2014 Freshman Scholarship Workshop
 1/31/2014 Leadership Series: Sujit Chemburkar
 2/3/2014 Sophomore Scholarship Workshop
 2/4/2014 Cooking with Cayla
 2/4/2014 Institute for Recruitment of Teachers Information Session
 2/5/2014 Sophomore Scholarship Workshop
 2/5/2014 Homegrown Humanities Faculty Book Series
 2/5/2014 National University of Health Sciences Presentation
* Freshpeople 5 Events
* LLC Events
* PSP Events
* TOE Events
* Special Scholars Events

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Honors College

Dean's Update:

    Here is a paid internship opportunity at the local office of a national company.  This offer comes from an Honors College graduate.

    Link: To learn more click here

  • New! - Italy Summer Abroad Deadline Feb 15

    Live and learn in the magnificence of Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance. Courses offered in many disciplines including history, political science, sociology, business, art, and more. Honors College Scholarships available. Summer A May 18 to June 28 Summer B June 29 to August 9 Information Meeting: Thurs, January 30 @ 7:15 p.m. in SOC 153 Application Deadline: Feb 15 For More Information: Dr. Merrick's Website:


  • New! - Survey for new PhD program in Applied Cancer Immunology

    Dear Students,

    You have been sent this to request your participation in a 5 minute online survey. ( The survey is seeking your opinion on the structure of a new life science PhD program in Applied Cancer Immunology, located in the state of Florida. The Program would be focused on understanding how the immune system works and how it can be mobilized to destroy cancer cells. Unique features of the program are 1) focused coursework taught by physicians and basic scientists, 2) mentored research at a nationally recognized Comprehensive Cancer Center, 3) exposure to state-of-the-art instrumentation and clinical trials/patient care at the Cancer Hospital, and 4) real-world internships at biotech and pharmaceutical companies. Such training will prepare students for the job market in academia, pharmaceuticals, biotech companies, medical device companies, patent offices or cancer hospitals. This survey is to gauge your interest in entering this type of graduate program.  The survey is voluntary and anonymous. 

    Thank you for taking a few minutes to help us,

    Kenneth L. Wright, Ph.D.
    Associate Member
    Moffitt Cancer Center and Associate Professor
    Director, Cancer Biology Ph.D. Program
    University of South Florida

    Link: Survey Link

  • New! - IRT Andover MA Rep visit

    LaRose Davis, Associate Director of the Institute for Recruitment of Teachers (IRT), will be with us on February 4th, 2014, from 3:00PM-6:00PM.  She will give a presentation and then conduct interviews for the 2014 application cycle.   The event will be held ion JPH1313 and students from all majors are encouraged to attend.  IRT participants receive assistance with graduate school applications and costs.

    The Phillips Academy (Andover, MA) Institute for Recruitment of Teachers (IRT) addresses the lack of diversity in the nation''s teaching faculties by recruiting outstanding students of color and other scholars committed to diversity, counseling them through the graduate school application process, and advocating for sufficient funding for advanced study.  Since 1990, the IRT has built a national consortium of colleges and universities that are eager to enroll IRT students to diversify their graduate student bodies and to expand the pipeline of educators to teach, counsel, and administrate in American schools, colleges, and universities.  IRT urges its students to earn their advanced degrees and teaching credentials before they launch their educational careers. 

    Link: Institute for Recruitment of Teachers

  • New! - Syrian Survivor Stories Event

    Attend the "Syrian Survivor Stories" on February 8, 2014 in the Marshall Student Center Oval Theater from 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM. This event is hosted by the Coalition for a Democratic Syria and the on campus group, Students in Solidarity with Syrians. 

    On February 8, 2014 three survivors of large scale Syrian massacres, carried out by the Assad regime, will be visiting the University of South Florida to tell their stories. Each of these survivors will give not only a recount of what they witnessed during the massacres, but also share a message of endurance, hope, dedication, and inspiration. 

    Two of the survivors will recount the chemical weapons attack that occurred on August 21, 2013 the same chemical weapons attack that inspired the international community to put their foot down and work to stop Assad''s brutal crackdown on the Syrian people. 

    The third account will be by a man who heard the gunshots that killed over 32 people within a few hours, the youngest victim being only one month old. 

    This event is open to the public and will not only give insight into what Syrians are enduring every day, but also provide a message of hope, determination, and inspiration to educate the world and inspire them to stand with Syrians in their cause for freedom, dignity, and justice for all. 

    The event is free. However, a $10 donation is appreciated to cover the costs of the tour.

    The event is organized in collaboration with Students in Solidarity with Syria

    This will be a Freshmen 5 Event! 

    Link: Students in Solidarity with Syria Facebook

  • 2014 Undergraduate Research and Arts Colloquium

    Credential Yourself and Network at the 2014 UG Research and Arts Colloquium!


    USF is proud to announce that the 2014 Undergraduate Research and Arts Colloquium will be held Tuesday April 15 from 9:30-6:00 in the Marshall Student Center. This is a high profile event for USF that highlights undergraduate research across all disciplines. Participants will be eligible for $6,000 in Research Excellence Awards!  This event is an excellent way to validate your research and serves as strong evidence of your productivity and ability to present in public. Even if you have presented in the past, this in an opportunity to network, develop your skills and showcase your work to those who have not seen it before.  If you are a beginning student, this is a great way to see all the exciting research that is happening at USF and network with faculty, graduate students are peers who you may be able to work with in the future.  

    Students in all disciplines are invited to apply.  Presentation platforms include oral, poster, performance and the arts! All participants will engage with a facilitator during the event and receive a feedback form on how the work was presented.   The application site is now open with a submission deadline of March 3, 2014:  The OUR is happy to offer letters to your instructors about class absences to attend and present at this event. 

    To assist you with developing the research abstract and the presentation, the OUR will be offering several abstract preparation workshops and also poster and PPT presentation workshops:  These are free and offered throughout the Spring semester. Register online early as last year we sold out!  Your research does not have to 100% complete in order to present. 

    For more information on the event or to speak with the OUR staff about this opportunity, please visit the OUR on the 2nd floor of the main USF library (LIB210).

    We look forward to working with you and seeing your exciting research!

  • Honors College Spring Graduates

    If you are graduating this Spring, the Graduation Certification Form is not yet open. It will be opened mid-February and you will get an email as to when you can start filling out the form.

    If you have any questions, please contact Kelly Brabant at

  • Winter Donation Drive Breaking Borders

    Chasen Brokaw, a 2013 Honors College alum has started a non-profit based group called Breaking Borders, based on his service-oriented thesis project. Learn more about this organization and their Winter Donation Drive at the web-site Breaking Borders.

    Link: Breaking Borders

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O.N.S. - Office of National Scholarships

  • New! - Graduating seniors, are you interested in insight into how government operates?

    The FL Gubernatorial Fellows Program gives Florida college and university students the unique opportunity to work alongside state government's top staff for two semesters.  The USF deadline to apply is February 4, 2014.

    If you would like more information regarding the FL Gubernatorial Fellows program, please make an appointment to meet with the scholarship manager, Mr. Brian Arrowood, through eScheduler: Pick Office of National Scholarships as the advising area and FL Gubernatorial as the sub-area.

    For more information regarding the program, please visit: or the facebook fan page at


  • New! - Volunteers Needed Now for Congressional Campaign

    Interested in getting experience on a US Congressional campaign?  Alex Sink for Congress is looking for volunteers to help between now and the special election on March 11th.  Alex Sink is seeking the US House Seat for Congressional District 13 (Pinellas County).  If you're interested, please contact Justin Fitzgerald in the Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement for more information (


  • New! - OnCampus Interviews for the Institute for Recruitment of Teachers

    The Institute for Recruitment of Teachers (IRT) addresses the lack of diversity in the nation''s teaching faculties by recruiting outstanding students of color and other scholars committed to diversity, counseling them through the graduate school application process, and advocating for sufficient funding for advanced study. IRT urges its students to earn their advanced degrees and teaching credentials before they launch their educational careers.

    LaRose Davis, Associate Director of IRT, will be with us on February 4th, 2014, from 3:00PM-6:00PM.  She will give a presentation and then conduct interviews for the 2014 application cycle.  The event will be held in JPH1313 and is open to ALL USF students from any major.  IRT participants receive assistance with graduate school applications and costs.

  • New! - Summer and Fall Study Abroad Scholarship Deadlines are Quickly Approaching

    The Gilman Scholarship provides up to $5,000 for PELL grant recipients to fund study abroad programs. If you are interested in applying, contact Ms. Celestine as soon as possible at


  • Attend an upcoming informational workshop for the Office of National Scholarships

    Interested in what the Office of National Scholarships does? Want to learn about funding opportunities for study abroad, research and graduate school? Attend an informational Office of National Scholarships workshop! View the schedule and sign up at the ONS website: under the Upcoming Events Calendar


  • Moffitt Summer Research Program Applications Now Being Accepted

    The SPARK 2014 (Summer Program for the Advancement of Research Knowledge) provides ten full weeks of intensive research training under the guidance of experienced Moffitt scientists. Students are selected to train with researchers in various research programs within the Basic, Clinical and Population Science divisions.

    Selection is based on demonstrated interest in research (through prior experience), a written essay, academics, and letters of recommendation. There is no cost to the student and a stipend is provided.

    Potential applicants should note that participation represents a 10-week, 40-hours-per week commitment. Students unable to make this commitment should not apply. A health screening and orientation process will also be required. Internships can be completed any ten weeks between May 1st and August 31st.

    Application and program information are available at our website: questions can be sent to the program's email: contact: Evelyn Rivera-Miranda, (813) 745-6767.

    Completed applications and documentation must be received no later than February 15, 2014.

    Link: wwwMoffittorgSPARK

  • Congratulations to Lianet Vazquez

    Lianet, an Honors College graduate is USF's first recipient of the Herbert Scoville, Jr. Peace Fellowship.The foundation selects less than ten scholars nationally to support their research at a national organization specializing in security, international relations and politics. During her six to nine month term as a Scoville Fellow, Vazquez will work on international peace and security issues with a participating organization in Washington, D.C. .  

    Vazquez was chosen as USF's Outstanding Graduate for the fall 2013 semester and she is also a Gilman Scholarship Recipient.

    To learn more about the Scoville Peace Fellowship please visit: .

    Link: httpscovilleorg

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. Schumacher.

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Speical Programs

  • E-Portfolios

    If you are a PSP planning your global experience for Summer 2014, now is the time to start your E-Portfolio. E-Portfolios must be completed and approved prior to the disbursement of any travel funds. Please see the instructions on how to set up your E-Portfolio on the front page of the Honors College web-site on the right hand lower box.

    If you have already set up your E-Portfolio, please take this time to review and up-date your material.

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USF Honors College Student Council

  • New! - HCSC Marvel Movie Night

    Honors Students, ASSEMBLE!!!!!!. You have been called upon by S.H.I.E.L.D. and Tony Stark himself to marvel at their battles in New York City. On February 5th we will be gathering to watch the Avengers combat Loki and the Chitauri in JPH 1317 starting at 5:30pm. To celebrate their marvelous triumph, we will be feasting upon popcorn, ice-cream and other refreshments. This event is strictly BYOB (Bring your own blanket/bean-bag). We will host a Marvel costume contest, and we encourage you to dress up! It's also a FRESHMAN FIVE event! Doors open at 5:30pm, the costume contest is at 5:45pm, and the movie begins at 6:00pm. Director Fury hopes to see you there! 


  • New! - Honors Got Talent Auditions Open

    AUDITIONS ARE OPEN! Will you be the next winner?

    The Honors College Student Council is looking for Honors students to share their talents on stage during Honors Got Talent! Whether it is singing, dancing, juggling, or any other talent, sign up so that you can show it off and entertain the audience! There will be SCHOLARSHIP PRIZES for the top 3 winners, and food and refreshments for the audience! Email your audition tape to If you are unable to send in your audition, simply contact Haley to set up an in-person audition. AUDITIONS ARE DUE BY FEBRUARY 10TH!

     If you do not want to perform, we would love to have you show your support and come out to watch your fellow Honors students at the MSC Oval Theater on February 26th at 7:00 PM. See you there!




  • New! - HCSC EBoard Applications Now Open

    The Honors College Student Council is currently accepting Executive Board Applications for the 2014-2015 academic year! The HCSC E-Board plans fun social, volunteer, and academic events for Honors students. The E-Board is an excellent way to gain leadership experience while getting involved in the Honors College! All applicants must interview for a position on the E-Board. If you have any questions, please email Tori Phillips (HCSC Advisor) at Applications are due February 3rd. 

    Link: HCSC EBoard Application

  • Leadership Series: Sujit Chemburkar

    Gain the tools to be successful by participating in the Honors College Student Council's Leadership Series. Sujit Chemburkar, director of the Marshall Student Center, will be our opening speaker and will help us kick off the series. Don't miss out on the opportunity to develop your leadership skills!

    The session will take place on Friday, January 31st at 2:00pm in ALN 252.

    For any questions or concerns, contact Hiram Rios at

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Student Submissions

  • New! - TGHTampa General Medical Group Internship

    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. PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS: • 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 4th, 2014 (therefore, selected students may not be able enroll in summer courses). APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: In addition to this application form, students must submit: • A current transcript (may be unofficial) • An academic resume • One letter of recommendation from a USF faculty member (preferably your academic advisor). Request the application from Mr. Mejias ( applications must be received electronically by March 1st, 2014, 4:30PM.

  • New! - Web Designer needed

    Web Designers looking for experience, resume builders, volunteer hours: NBT, a new biotech company conducting research at USF-Connect on campus, is looking for a student intern. The main focus would be work on their home page, see link below. Contact Katy (current research intern) at for further information or questions. 

    Link: Novel BioSpectrum Technologies inc homepage

  • PreMed AMSA General Body Meeting

    Join Pre-Med AMSA at our next General Body Meeting! Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 5:00pm in MSC 2709. We will have an awesome guest speaker, free food, and we still have shirts from last semester, so be sure to stop by and pick yours up!

  • Debate at USF needs you

    Hello, Honors freshpeople! The Speech and Debate teams at USF want you to know that the second half of our tournament season has started. We have several planned trips across the southern US, and for those of you with debate experience, or with an interest in college-level debate, we'd like to invite all of you to join our growing debate society. We compete in CEDA debate and Forensics. The first is a research-intensive and highly competitive form of debate, and is one of the oldest styles of college level debate. Forensics is both debate and competitive public speaking, with parliamentary style debate and dramatic, prepared events such as Informative Speaking and Poetry Interpretation. We welcome any student with experience or not to contact us about our growing debate community. This club is a fun and exciting extracurricular and a great way to meet your Honors College peers and the wider USF student population. Interested students can reach the team at: Jonathan Gonzalez: Tory Royal: Zachary White: Alan Shaw:

  • National Poetry Month at USF April 2014

    Come join the Humanities Department for National Poetry Month at USF: April 2014! All of the following events will be FreshPeople 5 events. If you have any questions, please contact Elizabeth Kicak at

    March 31 - April 4: Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence, Li-Young Lee

    Apr. 1: Li-Young Lee: Poetry Reading Patel Center Auditorium, 6:00pm, reception to follow

    Apr. 3: Li-Young Lee: Interview Patel Center Auditorium,, 6:00pm, reception to follow

    Apr. 7: Micheal O'Siadhail: Poetry Reading. TECO Room (College of Education), 6:00pm, reception to follow

    Apr, 9: Ira Sukrungruang: Homegrown Humanities Faculty Book Series Grace Allen Room (Library). Refreshments, 3:00pm. Talk, 3:30pm

    Apr. 15: Coppélia Kahn: The Making of Shakespeares: Commemoration, Cultural Memory, and "the Bard", Room TBD (See website for details), 6:00pm, reception to follow

    Apr. 16: Alexis Orgera and John Nieves: Poetry Reading. TECO Room (College of Education), 6:00pm

    Apr. 25: Jay Hopler and Kimberly Johnson: Poetry Reading. TECO Room (College of Education), 6:00pm

    Link: Humanities Institute Website

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