Know-a-BULL News
Week of 02/03/2015 - Issue # 350

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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 2/4/2015 Sophomore Workshop
 2/4/2015 Mandatory PSP cohort 13 meeting
 2/4/2015 HCSC's Pitch Perfect PJ Party
 2/5/2015 Graduate Study in the United Kingdom Workshop
 2/5/2015 Women in Engineering
 2/5/2015 HCSC Leadership Series Session #2: Office of National Scholarships
 2/6/2015 Sophomore Workshop
 2/9/2015 Junior (Rising Senior) Workshop
 2/10/2015 Stories of the South: Race and the Reconstruction of Southern Identity, 1865-1915
 2/11/2015 Junior (Rising Senior) Workshop
* 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! - Present your Research at a National Honors Conference

    Deadline: Feb. 16, 2015Call for Proposals: present your research at a National Honors Conference Nov. 11-15, 2015 in Chicago.

    Would you like to present your research to a national audience of students, faculty, and honors administrators?  Then submit a proposal for a presentation in a Student Interdisciplinary Research Panel or a Poster session at the annual meeting of the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) in Chicago in November, 2015!  Presentations may focus on any academic discipline the only conditions are that the presentation should be no more than 15 minutes long, and that you should be prepared to discuss your work in an interdisciplinary panel format rather than just read a paper.  The best news is that, if your presentation is selected to be one of those forwarded to NCHC, the Honors College will pay for your registration, transportation, and approved costs of attending the conference!

    Here is the application process:

    1. By FEBRUARY 16, submit to DR. LUCAS ( a 500 character description of your project, and a 1500 character abstract of your presentation. All proposals must include a well-written abstract that summarizes the student's research, including expected outcomes. In addition, abstracts should clearly state the significance of the project in terms that can be understood by a general scholarly audience and clearly convey the student's original analytical, critical, or creative contribution to his or her discipline

    2. We will choose up to three proposals to submit to NCHC with Honors College support by their March 5 deadline.  NCHC will not accept submissions that are not supported by the Honors College.

    3. If your description and abstract are submitted with Honors College support, you will have to provide an electronic copy of the completed paper to NCHC by April 9.

    4. NCHC will make the final selection of papers to be presented at the conference. 

    For more information, please see Dr. Lucas or Dean Adams.


    Link: National Honors Conference Link

  • New! - Honors Summer Internship Course

    Thinking about doing an internship in summer 2015? Interested in getting course credit? 

    Honors is excited to announce that we will be offering a variable credit, online internship course in summer 2015. The course is designed for students who are working in a field and want to receive academic credit through this online option. The course is open to all majors and all student levels. The course will satisfy summer hours and upper-level! 

    If you are interested and want to learn more please make an appointment with Katie Kosmoski through the following link: 

    You can also email questions to

  • New! - 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.

    Please email Dean Adams for further information.  He will also hold an information session on Thursday, 2/12 from 4:00-5:00 in ALN 237.

  • New! - Paid Tutoring Position

    The Holcombe and Jenkins Scholarship Programs are looking for tutors for the Spring 2015 semester in the following courses:

    Semiconductor Devices (EEE 4351)

    Electromagnetics (EEL 4471)

    Human Anatomy and Physiology II (BSC 2094)

    Principles of Bio for non-majors (BSC 1005)

    Organic Chemistry (CHM 2211) 

    Applicants MUST have an overall 3.3 GPA, taken the respective course at USF, and 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 Brenae Hillard (Jenkins GA -- or Melanie King (Holcombe GA with any questions.

    Link: Apply to be a paid tutor

  • New! - Institute for Recruitment of Teachers IRT Information Session

    Are planning a career in teaching? 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. Participants receive assistance with graduate school applications and costs.

    LaRose Davis, Associate Director of IRT, will be with us on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm. She will give a presentation and then conduct interviews for the 2015 application cycle. The event will be held in ALN 237 and is open to ALL USF students from any major.

    RSVP here:

    Link: httponsusfeducalendarlistasp371

  • Participate in the 2015 Undergraduate Research and Arts Colloquium


    The 2015 Undergraduate Research and Arts Colloquium will be held Thursday April 9 from 9:30-6:30 in the Marshall Student Center. This is a high profile event that highlights undergraduate research across all disciplines. Participants will be eligible for $6,000 in Research Excellence Awards!  

    This event is an excellent way for Honors College students 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 enhance your skills and showcase your work to those who have not seen it before.  If you are a beginning student, the Colloquium 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, 2015:  The Office of Undergraduate Research 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! 

    Link:  2015 Undergraduate Research and Arts Colloquium

  • 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



  • 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

  • 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



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O.N.S. - Office of National Scholarships

  • New! - Interested in an internship in Washington DC?

    On Wednesday, February 4th at 2:00 PM in MSC 2703 there will be an information session regarding internship programs and academic seminars in Washington, D.C. This information session will be presented by The Washington Center.

  • New! - Congratulations to Leslie Gibson

    Congratulations to Leslie Gibson! Leslie, an Honors College junior majoring in International Studies and minoring in Russian, has received a 2015 US State Department Internship. During her time as a U.S. State Department intern, Leslie will shadow a State Department Foreign Service Officer in Tallinn, Estonia.

  • 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. 

  • 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

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! - Leadership Series Session 2 Office of National Scholarships

    Want to study abroad, but can't afford it? Want to do research at a national institute, but don't know where and how to apply? The Office of National Scholarships can answer these questions and more! Come listen to Ms. Gloria Munoz of ONS as she describes the opportunities available to you and how the Office of National Scholarships will help your reach your goal. The session will be held on Thursday, 2/5, in JPH 1319 from 4:30 - 5:30 PM. RSVP through the Honors Calendar. Seats limited.


  • 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 on Wednesday February 4th in JPH 1319 at 6 PM. Snacks will be provided.

  • New! - Valentine's Candygrams for sale

    Do you have a special someone? A secret crush? A best friend? Be sure to get them a Valentine's Candygram to show them how much you care! The HCSC will be selling Candygrams the week of 2/2 Monday-Thursday in front of the Honors College to raise money for Relay for Life! Buy 1 for $2 and 3 for $5! We will be delivering the Candygrams the week of 2/9.

    More information will be provided upon purchase.


  • New! - HCSC Executive Board Applications

    Would you like to be more involved in Honors Council and get to know faculty, staff, and other Honors students? Apply for a position on the Executive Board of the HCSC! Applications will be due February 20th by 5 PM. Print out a form or stop by Megan Braunstein's office (ALN 262A) to pick one up!

    Link: E-Board Application 2015

  • 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!


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    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! - MEDLIFE at USF Meetings

    Do you want to volunteer abroad this summer? Want to assist in a medical mobile clinic in Peru? Well then come out to a MEDLIFE at USF's general body meetings to find out more. Each summer we get a group together to go to either Lima or Cuzco in Peru to assist in the running of medical mobile clinics. While there we will also participate in the improvement of infrastructure through the building of bathrooms, staircases, helping to build schools, and many other opportunities. Members that have come back from volunteering say it's one of the best experiences they've had so far and many want to go back again. So come out to a meeting and learn about the trips, fundraising, and other things the club is doing this semester!!! The meeting dates are 1/29, 2/12, 2/26, 3/12, and 3/26 with each meeting being held in MSC 2707 at 6 p.m. If you are unable to make it find us on Bullsync as well as Facebook! Just search MEDLIFE at USF!

    Link: MEDLIFE at USF Facebook

  • New! - Camp Boggy Creek Chapter at USF

    The Camp Boggy Creek Chapter at USF is in affiliation with the non-profit pediatric camp. This club focuses on volunteering and fund-raising for children with chronic & life threatening illness by participating in weekend retreats to Camp Boggy Creek! This semester, we will be doing pediatric-oriented volunteering with CBC, Shriner's Hospital, Hope Lodge, Ronald McDonald House, and Relay for Life. For more information about how to get involved, email President Tabitha Michaud at Don't forget to mark your calendars with our general body meeting dates! Meetings: 2/5, 2/19, 3/19, 4/2, 4/16 See you guys there!

    Link: CBCUSF Facebook Page

  • New! - Alpha Epsilon Delta General Body Meeting with Guest Speaker Dr Gabriel De Erausquin

    Come on out to Alpha Epsilon Delta's general body meeting Wednesday February 4th at 5:30 in MSC 3711. AED is a pre-health honor society. Dr. Erausquin, USF's College of Medicine Neurology professor, will be speaking. He received two of his three degrees in Argentina providing him with insight into the transitioning from international medicine to American medicine. We will be discussing fundraisers, volunteering, and social events. As always food will be provided!! For more information contact

    Link: Facebook Event

  • New! - Calling All Writers

    Calling all Writers! One of our own HC students is working to start a new student-run publication. He is looking for anyone interested in applying to join his team of writers. The publication will feature articles on issues of governance/specific policy (though other topics will be considered) that are well-researched and analytically written, preferably with a unique perspective. You can contact for more info or to submit a writing sample (450-2500 words) and (optional) resume.


  • New! - Contemporary Art Museum Art Thursday Event

    On Thursday, February 5th from 6-8 pm, the USF Contemporary Art Museum will be hosting its SYCOM and Selfies event! All students are welcome to attend and experience the current Enhanced! exhibition while listening to live musicians and enjoying light refreshments. All members of the community are invited to attend and admission is free. Join us for an exciting evening of the arts!

  • New! - Participants Needed for Honors Thesis Short Survey

    Greetings fellow USF Honor's College students!

    I need help completing my research study for my Honor's thesis, IRB Pro#20060.  The purpose of this study is to determine how students such as yourselves communicate emotion through text-only messages to others.  If you are a USF student who is fluent in English and comfortable with technology associated with texting or sending emails, you are eligible to participate in this study! This study should take no more than 15 minutes.  If you are in the SONA participant pool you can get points for participating by finding this study through the SONA portal.  If you don't mind helping me out, please follow the link below!  If you have any questions, please contact me at



  • 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.

  • 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


  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

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