Know-a-BULL News
Week of 03/11/2014 - Issue # 305

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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 3/17/2014 Internship Workshop
 3/18/2014 NSLS Broadcast: Carlie Fiorina
 3/19/2014 Mandatory PSP meeting for cohorts 12 and 13
 3/20/2014 Please Pass the Job Offer: Dining Etiquette Workshop
 3/21/2014 Mandatory PSP Cohort 12 and 13 meeting
 3/21/2014 Leadership: Disney Customer Service
 3/25/2014 Conquering the Summer Job Search
 3/27/2014 Art Show
 3/30/2014 Honors Dali Trip
 4/1/2014 National Poetry Month at USF: April 2014
* Freshpeople 5 Events
* LLC Events
* PSP Events
* TOE Events
* Special Scholars Events

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Honors College

Dean's Update:

    Masters Studies in Energy and the Environment in the UK, for the 2014/15 academic year. Contact: USF Office of National Scholarships, for additional details. Deadline: April 3, 2014. Required: GPA >3.7.

    Applicants must apply to the university for admission to be eligible. The scholarship program is aimed at students with a bachelors or masters degree and Spanish, British or American nationality who wish to continue their specialization in academic institutions of excellence in the United Kingdom in the following knowledge areas: Renewable energies, Sustainable energy systems, Environment and biodiversity, Clean combustion technologies and emissions management, Energy efficiency, Energy storage, Electric vehicles, and Smart distribution networks.

    Candidates can choose between these universities, among the best England/Scotland Universities: Imperial College of London, University of Edinburgh, University of Strathclyde, University of Liverpool, and University of Glasgow.

  • New! - Permits for Summer and Fall courses

    Permits and Thesis Permits will open this Friday, 3/7/14. Permits for the Global Citizenship course and Bio-Med Ethics will be automatically put in, so you don't need to request them. You will need to request a permit for an Honors Course if you are a double-major, new to the Honors College, or for IDH 4000 or the first AND second semesters of thesis. Bio-Med Ethics will have restricted registration (for 7-yr med students) for the first week of registration and then the permit will be removed and all Honors College students will be able to register for any available Bio-Med seats.

    Once registration begins on 3/24/14, if you have problems registering for a course (other than the course being full), you should apply for a permit for that class.

    If you have any questions, please contact Joan Field: .

    Also, most course descriptions for Fall 14 are now available on our website. You'll find them on the Honors website: Current Students: Course Descriptions: Fall 2014.

  • New! - Share Your Honors Service Break Experience

    I am a fellow honors student working on my honor's project exploring the impact that our Honors College service breaks have on students. If you have attended one of our Service Breaks in the last three years, I would like to respectfully request  about an hour of your time to hear your thoughts about your experience. I realize that all of our time is valuable, and this  is an informal and voluntary interview. I am hoping to have these conversations with you sometime between March 13th-28th. Please contact me by either phone or email at or 813-447-9776. I truly appreciate anyone willing to share your experiences.  

  • New! - Congratulations Alexander Jacobsen!

    Alexander Jacobsen, an Honors College junior majoring in Chemical Engineering is a national scholarship winner!  Alexander won a RISE scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) to spend summer 2014 working on a simulation project studying the properties of trisiloxane surfactants at Aachen University, one of Germany's oldest and most prestigious technical universities.  RISE award packages include a stipend to cover living expenses, insurance, and travel to attend a three-day meeting of all RISE scholarship holders in Heidelberg.


  • New! - Congratulations Michael Calzadilla!

    Michael Calzadilla, an Honors College junior and one of our Goldwater applicants, has been invited to participate in the NSF REU program

    at the MIT Haystack Observatory. His project will involve "Observing Black Holes With the Event Horizon Telescope" under the guidance and 

    mentorship of Drs. Rusen Lu and Vincent Fish. He will receive a stipend of $500 per week, paid biweekly, for 10 weeks starting on 2 June 

    and ending on 8 August 2014.  

    Here's the program website for more info on the logistics and the project: 

    Michael was in a REU at Harvard last summer. He is majoring in astrophysics. 


  • New! - Changes in Foreign Language Labs

    Starting this summer all lower-level language labs (1120L/1121L) will be discontinued in order to be in line with common practice among most state universities. The reduction of the beginning language sequence from 10 to 8 credit hours will not effect the requirement of two semesters. The changes will be adjusted in degree works and other student systems. Students who have taken 1120 with lab can now continue to take 1121 without the lab.

  • Donate Life 5K RunWalk

    My name is Ally Webb and I am a senior honors college student. For my honors thesis, I have planned a 5K run/walk to benefit Donate Life Florida, a nonprofit organization committed to promoting and educating about organ donation in Florida. The event will be held on the morning of Sunday, April 6th. The race is $20 to register and a free t-shirt will be provided. Registration (available by clicking on Registration) or at link below. 

    Registration is available online at

    Link: Registration

  • 2014 Minority Students Health Careers Motivation Program MSHCMP and MCAT Program

    MSHCMP is designed to be a mini first-semester medical education experience this full-time, seven-week residential program exposes participants to classroom instruction in select basic science courses in the medical education curriculum and offers physician-shadowing opportunities.

    MCAT is an eight-week program and includes class lectures on content found in the Physical Sciences, Biological Sciences, and Verbal Reasoning components of the MCAT, as well as instruction on preparing for the written portion of the test.

    We encourage you to explore the website  to learn more.

    The deadline for the application is March 21, 2014. 


  • Honors College Graduation Certification Form

    Dear Spring Graduates! The Honors College Graduation Certification Form is now open you can start to fill it out here:

    The form will be open until April 1st, 2014. If you are graduating this spring and cannot access this form or have any other questions, please contact Kelly Brabant at

    Link: Graduation Certification Form

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O.N.S. - Office of National Scholarships

  • New! - Application Process Now Open for the USF Golden Bull Award

    Applications and recommendations are due by Monday, March 31 at 5pm.

    Eligibility and application requirements can be found at: 

    Link: USF Golden Bull Award

  • New! - Congratulations to Hiram Rios!

    Congratulations to Hiram Rios! Hiram is a recipient of the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) to study Chinese in China during the summer of 2014. Hiram, an Honors College student was chosen to participate in the intensive language learning program in China for eight weeks. He is also a previous two-time national scholarship recipient, having received the Boren and Gilman Scholarships last summer to also support his Chinese language learning in China. You can learn more about the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) here:


  • New! - Study in Costa Rica this summer!

    The USF Costa Rica program is offering students an opportunity to satisfy the foreign language, upper-level elective, and summer credit requirements of the BA degree, while doing it in Costa Rica.

    Program highlights:

    • Students will spend one month in Costa Rica, from middle of May to middle of June.

    • Students will take two classes and earn up to 8 credits, consisting of Spanish language (any level) + GLY 4010, "Geology and the Environment in Costa Rica"

    • Students will travel on three multi-day excursions to see some of Costa Rica's most beautiful destinations, including Rincón de la Vieja Volcano, Arenal volcano and thermal areas, and Manuel Antonio National Park.

    • Cost is $3,365 which includes tuition, excursions, lodging, and most meals.

    If interested, please contact Tom Juster at the phone number or (preferably) email address below:

    Tom Juster
    (813) 974-9691


  • Have you ever considered teaching English K-12 to Spanish children and teenagers?

    K - 12 English language assistant positions in the Spanish public school system are now accepting applications. There are no application fees and the deadline to apply is April 1, 2014.

    For more information, visit:

  • Win roundtrip airfare to Germany or a camcorder!

    Win round-trip airfare to Germany or a camcorder by entering in the DAAD Poetry Jam!  Let your creative juices flow in German or English verse, rhyme, rap or song depicting in 1 minute what studying in Germany means to you.  Entry Deadline 4/21/2014.  For details see  If you plan to enter, contact Lisa Dosal at  in the Office of National Scholarships.


  • Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy Accepting Applications

    The Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy (SISE) is a two-week intensive workshop and lecture series for students and professionals interested in the title subjects: sustainability and energy.

    From August 6-20, a diverse body of participants will converge on the UIC campus and immerse itself in a broad spectrum of topics in energy and sustainable energy through daily presentations & panel discussions, collaborative research projects and mentoring, site tours of leading energy facilities in Chicago, and networking opportunities with energy & entrepreneurial leaders.

    An online application form, a resume, and three letters of reference are required. Applications will be accepted through July 1, 2014. More information is provided on the SISE website.


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. Schumacher.

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USF Honors College Student Council

  • New! - Values-Based Leadership

    Join the Honors College Student Council for the fifth installment of the 2014 Honors Leadership Series.

    This week, Jordan King, assistant director of New Student Connections, will deliver a powerful presentation on the Values-Based Leadership model. Learn about how defining involvement and your career aspirations can be facilitated with values congruence, and learn what your very own top ten values are and how they define your everyday life decisions.

    Don't miss out on the opportunity to develop your leadership skills! The workshop is from 2:00 - 3:00pm on Friday, April 4th in ALN 252. RSVP online on the honors calendar!

    If you have any questions, contact Hiram Rios at


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  • Feeding America Mobile Pantry Box

    What exactly are "Feed America Mobile Pantries?": Mobile pantries allow food banks to engage a much larger circle of groups in supplying food to the needy, thereby increasing the number of people served, and extending service into regions that the food bank hadn't before been able to reach. 

    The Mobile Pantry Program Concept: A mobile pantry is a method of direct client distribution in an organized format managed either by food bank or agency staff that utilizes a dry/refrigerated vehicle to provide food that traditional pantries do not normally accept or distribute to people in need.

    How can I get involved?: The Honors College has a food collection box in the lobby where non-perishable items may be dropped off. There will also be a box at every HLLC event for the rest of the semester, so come prepared!

    To get more involved, the organization meets every 3rd week of the month (March 20th is the next). The meetings run from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm. The event is at the University Area Community Development Center (14013 N 22nd street, Tampa).

    Check out the website for more information on how to get involved in this great service project!


    Link: Feeding America

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Student Submissions

  • New! - Run for Water 5K

    Hey everyone! My name is Anastasia Belock and for my senior thesis I'm raising money for Living Water International. This organization provides towns with safe drinking water through wells, rainwater harvesters, and protected springs. They also help the towns by educating them on hygiene and sanitation. I have organized a 5K run/walk race that will be on Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 9am on the USF fitness trail starting on USF Sycamore Drive. For more information please follow the link. I'm also looking for volunteers! If you would like to volunteer, please email me at

    Link: Run for Water 5K Website

  • New! - Bulls Service Breaks Board Applications are NOW OPEN

    Are you passionate about service? Do you want to contribute to a deeper understanding of social issues, diversity, service and community? If so, apply to be on the Bulls Service Breaks board! As a BSB Board Member, you have the great opportunity to help plan for these dynamic service experiences and gain skills in: Event Planning, Budgeting, Fundraising, Recruitment & Marketing, Training & Facilitation and much more! The positions we have available are: -Marketing Coordinator -Fundraising Coordinator -Recruitment & Retention Coordinator -Domestic Site Developer (3 positions available) -International Site Developer Applications are due March 30th! Applications can be found at:

  • USF Medical volunteer trip to Ecuador

    Timmy Global Health at USF will be traveling to the remote region of Chontapunta, Ecuador on August 10-19th to provide healthcare to underserved regions in the Napo River Valley. 

    The trip falls between the Summer and Fall semesters and provides USF undergraduate and graduate students the unique opportunity to experience the Amazon and gain valuable volunteer and shadowing hours.

    Join Timmy Global Health at USF on Facebook and Canvas for more information, or email Trip applications are available.

    Link: Timmy Global Health

  • Deans Student Leadership Society

    In August 2013, the College of Arts and Sciences founded a new student organization: the Dean's Student Leadership Society.

    Being a member of the Dean's Student Leadership Society is the perfect opportunity for leadership, service, fun and friendship. The purpose of this highly selective group of CAS undergraduate students is to promote pride in a liberal arts education and to assist in strengthening the identity of both the College and the University of South Florida. These students further develop their leadership and communication skills while serving as a link between CAS students, administration and alumni. They are the "face" of the College at our events and in promotional campaigns. The Dean's Student Leadership Society has a strong presence at Stampede to Success, USF Family Weekend, Freshmen Orientation, Homecoming and alumni events.

    More information about the organization and its application process can be found online: Application packets will be due March 19. We will be holding information sessions on March 4 at 4 p.m. and March 5 at 5 p.m. in ISA 5020.

    Like us on Facebook to stay informed about recruitment events and deadlines. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions that aren't answered on our website.


    Link: Information about Deans Student Leadership Society

  • Website Design Internship

    Are you interested in web design and looking for a great opportunity to display your skills? Dr. Apostolatos at USFConnect is looking for a student knowledgeable in Java and/or PHP to redesign the research company's website. The student or students will be able to list the web design on their Resume and add it to their job/internship experiences. Interested students should send an email to Morgan Sanders at The email should include resume, and the students experience using the above mentioned softwares.

  • CMMB Departmental Picnic

    Come one, Come all to the CMMB Club's departmental picnic! All CMMB Students and Faculty are invited to come and join the CMMB Club at Riverfront park for a day of free food, fun games, and great people! This is a good chance to get to hang out with your classmates and network with some of your professors outside of class! Please email with any questions.

    Link: CMMB Departmental Picnic Facebook Event

  • Social Media Advertising Internship

    Dr. Apostolatos at USFConnect is looking for a student with advertising skills and a knowledge of social media. This opportunity can be a great resume boost. Interested students should send an email to Morgan Sanders at The email should include resume, and the students experience using Facebook, Twitter, etc.

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