Because Thesis is the cornerstone of the Honors College experience, we have established Thesis Day, when students are given the opportunity to present their theses in a public forum, either orally or by poster.
All graduating students and those who are currently enrolled in the first semester of thesis are required to attend at least one of the 1.5 hour sessions during the day. Each session also counts as a Freshpeople 5 event.
This semester, Thesis Day will be Friday, April 24. The event will take place from 9 AM until 4 PM. Oral presentations will be 15-20 minutes. PowerPoint presentations are permitted but not required. A 10-15 minute discussion will follow. Poster presenters will be with their posters for one 1.5 hour session. If you are selected to do a poster, we will offer advice on its production.
All sessions will take place in SVC classrooms; the posters will be displayed in the Honors Lounge.
Since there are more students completing their theses than can be accommodated on Thesis Day, we will select a representative sample to be presented. We will notify you for which format you have been selected. In the event that you are not selected, please know that it has nothing to do with perceived quality; it has only to do with available space and time.
Typically the audience consists of other Honors College students, friends, parents and faculty mentors. The poster and oral presentations are "formal"; the audience is supportive. We will provide time and place details as the semester progresses.
If your mentor and committee member can come to Thesis Day, this will count as the required public presentation; if not, you will need to present to your committee also.
If you will finish your thesis this semester, please fill out the Thesis Day Registration Form at the link below. You must have the form submitted by Wednesday March 25.
Please remember that our goal is to "show" off your thesis work; we want Thesis Day to be a rewarding experience for those who present.
Link: Thesis Day Registration Form
Fall 2009 Course Descriptions
The Fall 09 course schedule was due to be online last week; however, we have found out it will not be online until the end of this week (by 3/13). Summer Course descriptions are on Honors Blackboard and the Honors website, and Fall 09 course descriptions will be available both places within a day or so.
Health Professions Students - HPAC Committee Letter Application Now Available
The 2009 application cycle for a Committee Letter of Recommendation packet from USF's Health Professions Advisory Committee (HPAC) is now open. Check out the new website for information about this service, what it can do to enhance your competitiveness, and links to the committee letter application, waiver and recommendation forms you will need to apply. The application period for HPAC runs from March 1 - April 30. If you are applying to medical or dental school, or any other health professions program this year which recommends a Committee Letter, this service will combine your separate letters of recommendation with a highly personalized evaluation and recommendation from your undergraduate institution. Special workshops corresponding to the health professions application process will also be offered this semester for those participating in the HPAC process.
Link: HPAC Website
Fundraiser for a Great Cause!
Premed AMSA at USF is hosting a concert to benefit the Villa La Paz Foundation with special musical guest, Steve Hornbeak. For more information, see the attached flyer.
Link: AMSA Concert Flyer
PERMITS: Honors College students will need permits for the following courses: IDH 4000 (Major Works/Major Issues) and IDH 5975 (Honors Thesis) first AND second semester.
To apply for a permit, please go to the Honors website, click on Online forms. The Permit Request form is for all courses except Thesis. Please remember: students who are double-majors will need permits for all of their Honors courses!
For Thesis, please fill out the Thesis Registration Request Form. Those requesting registration for the first semester of thesis should have 90 credits after this semester. If you are requesting registration for the second semester of thesis, you must have already turned in your Prospectus and passed the quiz on Blackboard.
Organic Chemistry II Lab in Fall!
We have heard that the Department of Chemistry plans to offer a few Fall 2009 sections of CHM 2211L. Typically this lab has only been offered in Summer B and Spring terms, so this is a pleasant surprise. Although the Registrar has not yet released the fall schedule, we expect it to appear soon so check OASIS regularly for updates.
Attention Transfer Students!
Did your previous institution recognize you for outstanding academic achievements during your first year of college by inducting you into the Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society? If so, you received lifelong membership to this organization and we cordially invite you to be a part of our re-chartering process here at USF. The first induction will take place this spring and we need your help. For further details, please contact:
Associate Director, Office of New Student Connections
Interested in taking Hindi?
The Modern Language Department would like to find out if there is enough interest for them to offer Hindi in the Fall. They are thinking about the possibility of one section for those who have no exposure and one for those who may know some Hindi. Please email Dr. Silverman at firstname.lastname@example.org
if you might be interested.
New Scholarship for Business Students in Honors
New Scholarship Opportunity
Grocery Manufacturers Representatives Endowed Scholarship (GMR)
Awarded to two Honors College students
Business major interested in the field of consumer packaged goods/food industry
Full-time Junior or Senior
Continuing or transfer student
$2,000 ($1,000 for Fall 2009 and $1,000 for Spring 2010)
Application deadline March 22, 2009
Minimum GPA 3.3
Recipients are selected on the basis of academic record, participation in school and community activities and work experience.
Special Requirements: Submit one-page essay explaining your qualifications no more than 250 words.
Must attend one GMR event.
Link: Click here for the application
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.
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.