Know-a-BULL News
Week of 02/17/2015 - Issue # 352

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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 2/19/2015 HCSC Leadership Series Session #3: Education Abroad
 2/19/2015 Demystifying the GRE
 2/23/2015 Career Services Employ-a-Bull Workshop
 2/24/2015 The War That Would Not End
 2/25/2015 Lunch with the Deans
 2/26/2015 Honors Got Talent
 3/9/2015 Honors Art Show
 3/11/2015 Homegrown Humanities with Rick Wilber
 3/11/2015 Marketing Focus Group with Marisa Yunker
 3/13/2015 "The City on the Edge of Tomorrow" Philosophical topic - utilitarianism
* 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! - Paid Tutoring Position

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

    Finite Mathematics (MGF 1106)

    Vibrations (EML 4220)

    Principles of Biology for Non-Majors (BSC 1005)

    Electromagnetics (EEL 4471)

    Human Anatomy and Physiology II (BSC 2094C)

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


    Link: Apply to be a paid tutor

  • New! - Come meet the candidates for Honors College faculty positions

    Students, please take the opportunity to attend the events planned for the search for Honors College Instructors.  The candidates will be interviewing the next 2-3 weeks and the first interview is this week. Dr. Craig French, Political Scientist, will give a teaching demonstration this Thursday, Feb. 19, in JPH 1317, from 3-4:30, including time for a Q and A.  Dr. French's presentation will be followed an "Honors College students only" conversation.  I encourage you to attend, ask questions, and fill out a comment card at the event. 


  • New! - Info session for USF London! Thursday at 4:00 in ALN 237

    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?"  $1,500 scholarships are available to qualified Honors College students.

    Want to know more?  Email Dean Adams for further information at: .

  • New! - ART SHOW Submissions due next Friday

    Planning to submit a work of art to the Honors Art Show?  Submissions are due Friday, February 27!  Please bring your piece with a completed submission form to Mrs. Sara Spear in the advising office.

    Showcase your artistic talents through drawings, paintings, photography, collages, sculpture, etc.  Submissions will decorate the hallways of our renovated Honors College building for the rest of the year!  Faculty, staff, students, and friends of Honors are invited on March 9 to walk our hallways, enjoy the artwork, and talk to the student artists themselves!

  • New! - 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



  • New! - Western Democracies and Political Integration of Muslims with Manlio Cinalli

    Come to the Western Democracies and Political Integration of Muslims lecture featuring Manlio Cinalli on February 19th at 1:00 pm in CPR 245. If interested, please follow the link below. 

    Link: Manlio Cinalli

  • 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

  • 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



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O.N.S. - Office of National Scholarships

  • New! - Congratulations to Michael Calzadilla!

    Michael, an Honors College senior double majoring in Physics and Mathematics, has been named a Gates Cambridge Scholar for 2015. He is the first USF recipient of this scholarship and one of 40 selected from the US. This global scholarship, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, provides funding for graduate work at Cambridge University for intellectually outstanding students who have a capacity for leadership and a commitment to improving the lives of others.

    At Cambridge Michael will study for an MPhil in Astronomy and he intends to earn a PhD in Astrophysics and become a professor of physics destined for a career of research, instruction, and outreach.

    You can learn more about the Gates Cambridge Scholarship here:

    Link: httpwwwgatescambridgeorg

  • New! - Interested in a graduate degree in the United Kingdom

    Juniors (rising seniors) - if you have a high GPA (>3.8), and are an ambitious and accomplished student who has big plans for the future (potentially including a PhD or master’s degree in the United Kingdom), then this invitation may be for you!

    We are particularly interested in students who are graduating in December 2015, May 2016 or August 2016.

    Funding sources for graduate school in the United Kingdom include national scholarships like the Rhodes, Marshall, Fulbright, Frost or Gates Cambridge.

    If you are interested in these opportunities, please send Ms. Chambers an email at along with a one-page resume and unofficial transcript or make an appointment with the Office of National Scholarships through eScheduler.

    Most of these (but not all!) are for US citizens. If you are an international student, we have opportunities for you as well. Those opportunities can be found on the front page of our website

    Link: httponsusfedu

  • 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.

  • 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! - Honors Got Talent

    Honors College Student Council is taking over the stage in the Oval Theater for our annual Honors Got Talent show on February 26th. Doors open at 6:30pm and the show starts at 7:00pm. Come out and support your friends as they sing, dance and showcase their unique talents! Scholarships prizes will be awarded to top 3 winners!! Light refreshments will be served. Freshpeople 5 event.

  • Leadership Series Session 3 Education Abroad

    Would you like to travel abroad? Join us as we listen to Mr. Jim Pulos, Assistant Director of Education Abroad, as he describes the wide array of opportunities available to you and the different countries and cultures past students have experienced! The session will be held in JP1319 from 4:30 - 5:30 PM. Light refreshments provided. This session, like all the Leadership Series sessions, will count as a Fresh 5 event. Attend at least 2 sessions and you will be eligible to attend the last session with President Genshaft! Please RSVP through the Honors Calendar. Seats limited.

  • 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

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    Marisa Yunker will be holding a focus group to determine how our marketing resources can be best allocated in the Honors LLC to serve our most important customer: YOU! She''ll be asking you about what works and what doesn''t when it comes to reaching students about our events. Snacks and refreshments will be provided for those who attend!

    March 11th at 5:30 pm in JPH 1313

    Please RSVP!

  • New! - Demystifying The GRE

    Are you nervous about taking the GRE? Have you taken it before, but feel like you need to boost your score? Join us on February 19th to get some test-taking tips and stories from other people who have taken it and been successful! Snacks and refreshments will be provided!

    Time: 6:00pm

    Location: JPH 1317

    Please RSVP!


    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:

    February 25th

    March 25th

    April 22nd

  • New! - Career Services EmployABull Workshop

    Career services is a wonderful, yet underutilized resource available to all of our students here at USF. Join us to learn everything that the Career Services office has to offer you as a budding young professional in a highly competitive atmosphere. Snacks and refreshments will be provided!

    February 23rd at 4:30 pm in JPH 1317

    Please RSVP!

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Student Submissions

  • New! - Villa La Paz 5K Charity Run

    Come out and support the Villa la Paz Foundation by participating in an exciting and fulfilling event hosted by USF Pre-med AMSA! You can walk, jog, or run this scenic route located behind Sycamore fields on the corner of USF Holly Drive and USF Sycamore Drive. For more information please visit See you there!

    Link: USF PreMed AMSA

  • New! - Professionalism workshop

    Pre-Med AMSA will be conducting a workshop on seeking physician shadowing opportunities, and the proper protocol when shadowing a doctor, in MSC 2706 on Wednesday, February 18th from 3-4 pm. If you are interested in attending the workshop, please email Paola at

  • New! - Advocates for World Health

    Are you looking for volunteering opportunities? Advocates for World Health will be sorting and packing medical supplies that will be shipped to developing countries overseas like Haiti, Jamaica, etc. We will be going this Thursday, February 29th from 6-8 pm, to 5601 Airport Boulevard, Tampa, FL 33634. If you are interested in joining us, contact Melissa Falzon at You do not have to be a member to volunteer!

  • New! - Physician Shadowing USF in Florence Reply by Feb 23

    As in previous years, students in health-related fields will be eligible to participate in a physician-shadowing program as part of the USF in Florence summer program. Interested students should email Dr. Merrick ( by Monday, February 23. Tell Dr. Merrick your major and your professional goals (physician, nurse, nurse practitioner, etc.).


  • Alpha Epsilon Delta's General Body Meeting with Dentist Dr. Pamela Hite-Bocchino

    Come on out to Alpha Epsilon Delta's general body meeting Wednesday, February 18th at 5:30 in MSC 3711. AED is a pre-health honor society. Pamela Hite-Bocchino, a general dentist, will be speaking. She has a doctorate in dental surgery. We will be discussing fundraisers, volunteering, and social events. As always food will be provided!! For more information contact

    Link: Facebook Event

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.


  • 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


  • 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.

  • 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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