Know-a-BULL News
Week of 02/09/2010 - Issue # 100

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

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 2/10/2010 Abstract Writing Workshop
 2/15/2010 Info Session for FSU Law School
 2/17/2010 Semester in Washington, D.C.
 2/18/2010 USF EXPO: Event Set Up
 2/19/2010 Honors LLC- BREAKFAST
 2/19/2010 USF EXPO: Event Volunteers
 2/20/2010 USF EXPO: Event Volunteers
 2/25/2010 An Afternoon with: Eric Storch
 3/3/2010 Poster Design Workshop
 3/17/2010 Oral Presentation Skills Workshop
* "Freshpeople 5 Events"

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Honors College

Dean's Update:

    This is the 100th issue of Know-a-Bull news! I hope that our readers have found the newsletter useful and that you have found opportunities that you might otherwise have missed. I would be remiss if I did not recognize undergraduate student assistant Sean Motta. Sean has done all of the work to develop and maintain the newsletter and all of us in the Honors College are grateful. Thanks Sean!

  • Paid Research Assistant Position

    The Rothman Center is the Southeast's Foremost Center for diagnosis and evidence-based treatments of: obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), Tourette syndrome, trichotillomania, body dysmorphic disorder, anxiety disorders, learning disabilities, and autism spectrum disorders. The Rothman Center is currently offering a PAID federal work study Research Assistant position. This is a great opportunity available to pre-med or psychology majors.

    Student MUST be willing to drive to St. Petersburg for this great experience. For more information please contact Cynthia Newhouse Bacheller at Note: Applicants must be Federal Work Study

  • Competitive Scholarships Deadline Update

    The Honors Competitive Scholarships Application is available online for continuing students. The deadline for applications is April 15th, so please apply before then. Questions can be directed to Ms. Lanier at

    Link: Scholarship Application

  • Opening Ceremony, School of Global Sustainability

    Global Climate Change: A Paleoclimate Perspective from the World's Highest Mountains by Dr. Lonnie Thompson
    *February 11th at 10:00 am - Marshall Student Center, Oval Theater

    i.sustain - Community Leaders Panel Discussion. i.sustain will be an opportunity for students and faculty to hear from leaders from business, politics, and the health
    *February 11th at 3:00 pm - Marshall Student Center, Oval Theater

    Climate Change and Health: the Public Health Response by George Luber
    *February 12th at 10:00 am - Marshall Student Center, Oval Theater

    Environmental Grand Challenges by Jerry Schnoor
    *February 12th at 2:00 pm - Marshall Student Center, Oval Theater

  • 8th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium and Celebration

    Thursday, April 1 in the Marshall Student Center.

    We are currently working on the guidelines for submission. Students have until Thursday, February 25 to submit their abstract for a paper or poster presentation. Students will have to log into their UR profile to fill out the abstract submission form.

    In order to prepare students for the Symposium, we have the following workshops scheduled:

    -Abstract Writing Workshop with Dr. Dewey Rundus, February 10 at 10am in SVC 1099
    -Students may bring a draft of their abstract to the workshop for review
    -Poster Design Workshop with Dr. Jennifer Collins, March 3 at 12:30pm in SVC 1099
    -Oral Presentation Skills Workshop with Brianne Stanback, March 17 at 10am in SVC 1099
    -Poster Presentation Skills Workshop with Dr. Johnny El-Rady, March 24 at 1pm in SVC 1099


  • Prospective law students: TRIALS

    Trials is a unique partnership of NYU School of Law, Harvard Law School, and the Advantage Testing Foundation. It is a fully subsidized summer study program for students of modest means whose backgrounds are currently under-represented at the nation's top law schools. Trials is a residential scholarship program that helps talented and motivated college students of modest means gain admission to the nation's leading law schools. This rigorous five-week summer course enhances opportunities for students of under-represented backgrounds by bolstering their skills and focusing their goals. Deadline: 2/15/10

    Link: TRIALS Summer 2010

  • Attention Undergraduate Writers!

    Prairie Margins, the undergraduate literary journal at Bowling Green, is looking for submissions from undergraduate writers, anyone enrolled in at least one pre-graduate class in any college or university. They accept poetry, fiction, nonfiction, art, and book reviews, and are reading right now. If you are an undergraduate, please consider sending your work, and if you teach or know undergraduates, please send the word along.

    Submissions can be sent electronically to as an attachment.

    The reading period goes until February 14th (postmarked).

    If you have any questions, contact Editor-in-Chief Zach Tarvin at

  • Hip Hop: Beyond the Beats and Rythms

    Feb. 8th, 7pm in Maple C
    (between Beta and Maple Residence Halls)
    *Discussion to follow film
    Hip-hop has been accused of glorifying violence, misogyny and homophobia, and at the same time has been lauded for its ability to simply "tell it like it is." Such controversial debates over forms of expression can rarely be boiled down to a simple case of wrong versus right. Instead, they are complex and multi-layered and must take into account the larger cultural context.
    HIP-HOP: Beyond Beats and Rhymes goes beyond polarizing arguments to explore hip-hop's most contested issues. How do limited perceptions of masculinity play into a culture of violence? What roles do misogyny and homophobia have in hip-hop culture - as well as in wider mainstream cultures? And are the media and music industries really to blame?

  • Washington Semester

    American University in Washington, D.C., offers USF students the opportunity to take a full load of credit-earning classes during the Fall Semester 2010 through its "Washington Semester." You will study with high-caliber faculty and alongside students from many countries. The most attractive part: you will make contacts with government and corporate agencies through the built-in internships, for future employment opportunities.

    These are the D.C.-only programs: American National Politics, Justice Semester, Public Law Semester, US Foreign Policy, Transforming Communities, Journalism, Economic Policy. The following programs offer travel modules of 2-3 weeks: Peace and Conflict Resolution Semester, International Environment and Development, Contemporary Islam, International Business and Trade and International Law and Organizations.

    Generous scholarships have been designated for participating USF students !

    Please, attend our Informational Meeting on Wednesday, February 17, in the Honors Lounge, SVC 1088, 12 noon - 1 p.m. Pizza will be served. Christian Marble, USF Honors student and "Washington Semester" alumnus, and Dr. Georg Kleine will answer your questions. Please register at the Honors calendar, as an RSVP is required.

  • Study abroad for pre-med students

    Here is a great summer study abroad program that is organized with the Monteverde Institute in Costa Rica. It is an ideal program for pre-med or pre-health students. What students will be doing on the program:
    * Collaborate with Costa Rican physicians and nurses and conduct a health clinic in a rural community.
    * Study quantitative and qualitative methods for collecting and analyzing community health data
    * Work in teams to design and carry out community-based research on various health topics (e.g., nutrition, reproductive health, environmental health, sexually transmitted infections, and occupational health)
    * Learn about the Costa Rican health system and about different projects run by the University of Costa Rica School of Public Health and by Non-Governmental Organizations
    * Experience cultural immersion through optional Spanish language training and home-stays with Costa Rican families and
    * Present their research findings and learn how to give presentations to different audiences including community members, health researchers, and social scientists

    Amanda C. Maurer - Director, Education Abroad +813-974-4126


  • Research Assistant position at Moffitt Cancer Center

    We are seeking a part-time (12+ hours/ week) research assistant to work on a NCI-funded study examining risk factors for glioma (malignant brain tumors) - The position primarily involves administering telephone interviews of study subjects. Other tasks include data entry, data cleaning, and filing. Requirements for the position include good telephone and communication skills, a basic understanding of research, ability to work well in a team environment, knowledge of Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel and Access), and close attention to detail. Hours are flexible but some evening hours are required. This is a paid position.

    If you are interested, please send your resume to Melissa Hanahan Madden, MPH (


  • 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.


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RED - National Fellowships

  • Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grant ($1,000)

    Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants are designed to help support undergraduates as they seek knowledge and experience in their academic fields by studying abroad. Forty-five $1,000 grants are awarded each year.

    Link: Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grant

  • 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

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

  • Environmental Research Interdisciplinary Colloquium

    Wednesdays, 4:00 - 5:20 pm, CPH 1023 C (College of Public Health)
    University of South Florida, Tampa Campus

    February 12 (Friday lecture: 2:00-3:30 p.m. on the USF Tampa Campus in the Marshall Center Theater.)- Dr. Jerald Schnoor, Dept. Civil & Environmental Engineering, Univ. of Iowa
    Global Climate Change and Sustainable Engineering

    February 17 - Treavor Boyer, Dept. Environmental
    Engineering Sciences, University of Florida Environmental Applications of Ion Exchange Technology

    February 24 - Dr. Martin Schonfeld, Department of Philosophy, USF - TBA

  • UCF REU Programs

    Computer Vision
    Deadline: March 15, 2010
    Dates: May 13- August 13
    Description: REU students will pursue research in making computers "see". Possible topics will include 3D reconstruction from images, enhancing photographs, and recognizing actions, objects or people.
    Compensation: $5400 plus housing and meal subsidy


  • UCF REU programs

    Domestic Research Experiences in Lasers & Optics
    Deadline: February 19, 2010
    Dates: May 17 - August 6
    Description: Participants will carry out directed research under the guidance of assigned faculty members and associated graduate students. The program includes industrial visits to local companies, short courses in optics and lasers, a course in ethics, and ends with a poster session where participants present their work to UCF faculty and students.
    Compensation: $5,100 plus housing allowance


  • Mesoamerican Archaeology Field School

    We will be hosting an informational meeting for the 2010 Mesoamerican Archaeology Field School (Project Roatan) on Tuesday, February 2 from 5-6 pm in the Social Sciences Building, Room 30.

    There will be short presentations about the project, followed by an opportunity to meet the program faculty and staff and discuss questions about the program, credits, funding, and so on. Please join us and help us spread the word!


  • Research Assistant Needed

    Erin Eatough is looking for a couple research assistants to help with research on stress, emotion, and health in the workplace. The research assistant will be involved in the data collection process. The working hours are variable and very flexible. Minimum of 8 hours of work per week is required.

    You must have good computer skills, be able to work independently, have taken a statistics class, have a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and have interest in psychological research. Please create a profile at and contact Erin at Please attach your resume to the e-mail.


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USF Honors College Student Council

  • Committee Meeting Times

    Events: Monday 2pm - Honors Lounge
    Student Development: Wednesday 1pm - Magnolia Lounge (Magnolia D)
    Advertising: Wednesday 3pm - SVC 1037
    Volunteer- Tuesdays at 12:45 in the Honors Lounge.

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Student Submissions

  • Honors Thesis Survey

    You are being invited to participate in a research study that is being conducted by Yasmin Miranda from the Honors College at the University of South Florida. The study is being conducted as part of an undergraduate honors thesis.

    This survey is anonymous. The questionnaire will take about 10 to 15 minutes to complete.

    If you have any questions about the study, please Yasmin Miranda at

    Thank you in advance for taking the time to participate in my survey.

    Link: Survey Link

  • Get Access $66,000 in Scholarships from the NSCS Route 66 Tour

    The NSCS Route 66 tour is a free hour and a half on-campus presentation, and takes place Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010 at 6:30pm in our Marshall Student Center Oval Theater (2nd Floor). All students are invited to attend. Register at You'll leave the presentation with clear ways to develop your personal, intellectual, social, and financial skills.

    NSCS is awarding $66,000 in scholarships on the Route 66 Tour! Once you register and attend, you will be eligible for a $1,000 scholarship, given out the night of the event!

    If you have any questions about it, feel free to email us at

    Link: Route 66 Pre-Registration

  • The 2010 Robert Helps Festival

    The USF School of Music presents:

    The 2010 Robert Helps Festival
    February 12th - 18th

    USF's very own contemporary classical music festival!

    Featuring master classes, lectures, and concerts with internationally renowned guest performers and composers. These artists will join forces with USF's own distinguished collection of artists and scholars in residence to present a week celebrating contemporary music and the life and legacy of Robert Helps.

    Includes free and ticketed events, with discounted prices for students and early purchases!

    Link: The Robert Helps Festival

  • USF Spring Break in Greece 2010

    Join USF during Spring 2010 for a trip to Greece March 6th - March 12th 2010.

    Link: Informational Flyer

  • USF HPAC Committee Letter Application NOW OPEN!

    Attention Honors College Pre-Health Profession Students.

    Do you need a Committee Letter? The Application for the Health Professions Advisory Committee (HPAC) Committee Letter 2010 is now available!!! This is for students who are applying for admission to health professions programs that will start in Fall 2011. Requirements, eligibility information, deadlines, and application found online at:

    Link: HPAC Website

  • Mortar Board Honor Society-Scholarship, Leadership and Service!

    As a part of the Honors College we ask that you apply for the prestigious National Mortar Board Honor Society Athenaeum Chapter at the University of South Florida. Mortar Board is a nationally recognized honor society known by graduate schools for its prestigious membership requirements. Applying is easy and online! Check out for more information.

    Link: Mortar Board Honor Society

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