Know-a-BULL News
Week of 02/16/2009 - Issue # 50

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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 2/25/2009 Structuring your thesis and keeping on task
 2/25/2009 UR Symposium Abstract Deadline
 2/25/2009 Frank Morsani presents An Evening with General Ben Nelson
 2/26/2009 7yr. Academic Advising Sessions
 2/27/2009 5th Colloquium: Bobby and the Chimps
 2/27/2009 Prospectus Due for Thesis I students
 2/27/2009 Signed Thesis Prospectus Due to Honors College
 3/1/2009 HCSC Spring Picnic
 3/2/2009 7yr. Academic Advising Sessions
 3/11/2009 7yr. Academic Advising Sessions
* "Freshpeople 5 Events"

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Honors College

Dean's Update:

  • Spring 2009 Withdrawal Deadline

    Please note that the last date to withdraw from a spring 2009 course without academic penalty is Saturday, March 21 (this deadline was extended from the previous posting of March 14). If you are considering withdrawing from a course, please see an Honors Advisor to discuss potential academic/financial complications from the withdrawal.

  • Contacting Dr. Yavneh this week

    Hey, wonderful students: My youngest daughter is having her tonsils out, so I will be home this week. I will be checking my email and voice mail, but I urge you to contact Dr. Kleine ( with thesis questions and Ms. Schumacher ( and Ms. Carlton ( with any symposium questions. I will look forward to seeing you next week and, for those who are wondering, the cookies will have arrived.

  • Bobby and the Chimps- here is the correct information

    Each year the Theater Department invites a prominent British writer or director to "do" a play here at USF. This year it is "Bobby and the Chimps".

    On Friday, February 27 from 1-2:30 in Theater 2 we will have the next Colloquium in our series. The playwright will talk about the play for 15 minutes. Then, the cast (USF undergraduate Theater majors) will perform scenes from the play. The last 15-30 minutes will be your opportunity to talk with the playwright and cast members.

    This will be a super chance for you to interact with a British playwright in "close quarters" so don't miss out.

    As usual, RSVP on the website; this is open to all Honors students and is a FF event.

    I am sorry that the original information was not correct but the above info is.

  • Freshman Pre-Health Advising Workshop - March 7!

    First Year students are invited to attend a Pre-Health Professions Advising Workshop on Saturday, March 7 from 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM, in MC 2708. This workshop will help you prepare for programs such as medical school, dental school, pharmacy, veterinary, and more.

    Continental breakfast will be provided. Seating is limited, so request your seat today at the link below. The deadline to RSVP is Wednesday, March 25.

    Link: RSVP Here for the Workshop

  • Scholarship for you!

    The Common Knowledge Scholarship Foundation awards scholarships through the use of internet-based quiz competitions and this semester, we are offering two unique scholarship opportunities for students at University of South Florida. The Business School Scholarship and Future Teachers Scholarship are designed to reward students for demonstrating their knowledge of the material they are learning in their classes. This semester's topics are Accounting and Classroom Management, respectively.

    These scholarships are only open to students at select universities and University of South Florida is on the list because students from your school scored well in similar scholarships last semester. The quizzes follow standard textbook material and are scheduled to coincide with the midterm and final exams.

    Business School Scholarship - $250
    Future Teachers Scholarship - $250

    Quiz Dates
    Midterm Quiz: Available February 7 - 27
    Final Quiz: Available April 4 - 19
    (Students with the highest cumulative scores win the scholarship)

    How to Participate
    Students can compete at

    For more information, please click on the following links to visit the scholarship informational pages on our website:
    Business School Scholarship
    Future Teachers Scholarship

    Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
    Common Knowledge Scholarship Foundation

    Link: Commong Knowledge Scholarship Foundation

  • Summer/Fall 2009 Registration

    Summer/Fall 2009 registration begins Monday, March 23. In preparation for registration, please call 813-974-3087 to schedule your advising appointment. If you plan to graduate in summer or fall 2009, please make sure to meet with your departmental major advisor prior to registration to confirm that you will meet all necessary requirements.

  • What to do if your Honors Professor is not there when the class starts

    Before anyone leaves, call the Honors College office at 974-3087.


  • A job for you

    Earn some extra cash.....Help Wanted at Treat Street. We need Energetic Smiling Faces for Sampling Event. Demo food products during the 8 On Your Side Health & Fitness Expo - This is the Expo associated with the Gasparilla Distance Classic Run. Including cheese, nutrition bars, milk and others. Some foods require microwave preparation.

    Friday February 27th 8 am - 9 pm
    Saturday February 28th 5 am - 6 pm

    Pay is contracted $10 an hour. Parking Garage Fee of $6 will be reimbursed. You will be paid via check on premise after your hours worked. Dress is white shirt, black pants, no shorts, capris are acceptable. Wear comfortable, covered shoes, you'll be on your feet on the uncarpeted convention center floor. Black apron will be provided.

    Tampa Convention Center
    133 Franklin St.
    Downtown Tampa

    Contact Linda Dyer to find out more information and sign up.
    Work all or part of the hours listed, let me know your availability.

    Linda Dyer
    Floridata Marketing
    (813) 671-9596
    (813) 477-6119

  • Sacred Leaves Program

    This year's Sacred Leaves program at USF is entitled "Comparative Mysticism of the Middle Ages" and includes a keynote address by Michael Sells of University of Chicago, a prominent scholar of Sufi spirituality. Dr. Sells' address will take place on Thurs. Feb. 19 at 7 p.m., in Traditions Hall at the Alumni Center, entitled: "Mysticism, Longing and the Erotic in the Writings of 13th-Century Sufi Master Ibn al-Arabi".

    The line-up of symposium presenters includes emerging scholars from five countries, who will treat connections among Judaism, Christianity and Islam. For a complete schedule for 2/19-20, please visit: The symposium presentations will take place in the Grace Allen Room, 4th Floor, USF/Tampa Library.

    All Sacred Leaves events are free and open to the public. We greatly encourage faculty and student alike to attend any part of the program.

  • The Latin American Medical Student Association

    The Latin American Medical Student Association is hosting a wonderful opportunity for students interested in pursuing medical careers
    February 27-28th, 2009
    University of South Florida College of Medicine

    Featuring talks on current health care topics, hands-on clinical skills sessions - suturing, phlebotomy, Kaplan USMLE Step 1 and 2 review workshops, pre-med seminars, and much more!

  • Internship Possibility with the National Cancer Institute

    The National Cancer Institute's Health Communications Internship Program is ideal for anyone graduating in May 2009 and looking for an internship that pays very well. Specific program information may be found on the attached link. The application deadline is March 3rd.

    Link: National Cancer Institute

  • Interested in the FBI or CIA?

    The FBI is interested in students with a number of backgrounds including the sciences. Students who are interested in internships and employment with them should feel free to visit with them during their visit. The FBI and CIA are both planning on attending the Public Service Fair on February 26th in the Marshall Center. More information on the Public Service Fair is available on the Career Center website

  • National Collegiate Honors Council conference proposal submissions due February 20

    National Collegiate Honors Council
    2009 Conference
    Washington, DC
    October 28 - November 1

    See Dr. Yavneh if you are interested.

    Time is running out to submit your proposal for the National Collegiate Honors Council conference. The deadline for submission is February 20. Please visit the NCHC website to view the conference proposal pages for presenting your ideas. In addition to the inspiring location of Washington DC, the conference will feature exciting speakers, workshops, presentations and poster sessions. Proposals are being accepted in the following areas:
    -General Sessions
    -Roundtable Proposals
    -Poster Sessions
    -Students Moderators

    If you are interested in going and your proposal is accepted, the Office of Undergraduate Research will pay for your travel expenses!! Don't let this opportunity pass you by! For more information, please visit the NCHC website.

    Link: NCHC website

  • 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

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RED - National Fellowships

  • 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

  • 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

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USF Honors College Student Council

  • Honors Council Meeting Times

    General Meetings: Thursdays 5-6pm in the Lounge.
    Events: Wed 10:05-10:45am in the Lounge

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

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Student Submissions

  • Tutoring opportunity

    I'm looking for a tutor for my 7-year old daughter, in

    a) Spanish grammar and conversation
    b) human anatomy/body systems.

    Interested students may contact me at 974-9350.

    Lynne Bolt Hansen, MSW
    Faculty Administrator
    University of South Florida College of Medicine

  • Now accepting submissions

    Controversy, USF's new undergraduate social issues journal, is now accepting submissions for its premier publication. The deadline to submit your work is March 1st.

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

  • 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

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