Know-a-BULL News
Week of 03/17/2008 - Issue # 4   

Upcoming Events

  • 3/20/2008 (Thursday) 11:00 AM - Poster Presentation Workshop - (Honors Lounge)

  • 3/20/2008 (Thursday) 1:00 PM - Paper Presentation Workshop - (Honors Lounge)

  • 3/20/2008 (Thursday) - Last Day to Contact Ms. Sturrock for Senior Initiative Permits

  • 3/21/2008 (Friday) 1:00 PM - Water Colloquium - (Honors Lounge) RSVP

  • 3/22/2008 (Saturday) 8:00 AM  - 12:00 PM - Horses for the Handicapped - RSVP

  • 3/22/2008 (Saturday) -Last Day to Drop Classes - (OASIS)

  • 03/24/2008 (Monday) - Thesis Day Registration Form DEADLINE - (Honors College Web site)

  • 3/31/2008 (Monday) 12:15 - Lunch with Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio - (Honors Lounge) RSVP

  • 4/1/2008 (Tuesday) 12:30 PM - Pizza with the Provost -  (Honors Lounge) RSVP

  • 4/25/2008 (Friday) 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM - Thesis Day - (SVC 1088)


Honors College

Dean's Update:

Welcome back from Spring Break!  I hope you all had a wonderful and relaxing week.  I do know that our Costa Rica travelers had a great time and helped others as well.  I believe that it is critical for all our students to have an international experience and so we will, in the future, offer some kind of program each spring break and summer.  These will be part of honors courses and will be subsidized by The Honors College. Keep up with the newsletter for further details.

As the semester winds down, please be aware that all of us in Honors are here to help and I hope you feel comfortable enough to seek advice and council when it is needed.

This is the first issue of the newsletter that we are sending to our brand new Freshpeople, class of 2012.  I want to welcome you to our Honors College “family” and urge you to read the various announcements so that you begin to get a flavor of Honors College and USF life.  Please remember that we are here for you and if any of our staff can be of help to you, you need only email, call or visit. 

Best of luck on your exams.

  • Because Thesis is the cornerstone of the Honors College experience, we have established Thesis Day, wherein students are given the opportunity to present their theses in a public forum. 

    If you are completing your thesis this semester you must fill out the Thesis Day Submission Form which you can find on the Honors College web site by clicking on “Forms”.  This must be returned by March 24.

    All graduating students are expected to attend at least one of the 1 ½ hour sessions during the day, whether or not they are presenting that day.  In addition, all students enrolled in first semester thesis are expected to attend at least two sessions.  Each 1 ½ hour session counts as a Freshpeople 5 event.

    This semester, Thesis Day will be Friday, April 25th, from 9 AM until 4 PM. Each student will present for 15-20 minutes. PowerPoint presentations are permitted but not required. A 10-15 minute discussion will follow each presentation.

    Since there are more students completing their theses than can be accommodated on Thesis Day, we will select a representative sample to be presented.

    Typically the audience consists of other Honors College students, friends, parents and faculty mentors. The presentation is “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 the presentation, this will count as the required public presentation; if not, you will need to present to your committee as well.

    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.

  • Fall Course descriptions are now posted on Blackboard.  If you are a declared double major, please submit your Honors course permit requests and Thesis registration.

  • The next Water Colloquium and luncheon will be Friday, March 21st, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m., Honors Lounge. Dr. John Ogden, Florida Institute of Oceanography and Dept. of Biology will present: “Use and Protection of Marine Resources”.

    RSVP to Ms. Field:

    The readings are attached. "Attachments # 2 & 3" Attachment # 2, Attachment # 3

    * This is a Freshpeople 5 event

  • Freshpeople, I have looked at your mid-term grades and, overall, you are to be congratulated for a great record of achievement! Each of you should look at your grades which you can find on OASIS.

    Continuing students, although your mid-term grades are not available on OASIS, please pay attention to the grades you have received to date in each of your courses.

    • Here are some important points to consider if you have any grades which are "problematic:”

    • The last day to drop a class is Saturday, March 22;

    • Consider dropping a class if your grade is below 'C;’

    • See an advisor before you drop a class to discuss potential "implications;”

    • Try to see your professor before you drop a class to discuss your status;

    • For renewal of  a USF Admissions scholarship you must complete 30 USF credits by the end of summer, 2008, and have a 3.0 USF GPA.

    • Please remember that we are here to help you and are available if you have a problem. Do not allow yourself to lose opportunities and scholarships because you did not seek help.

  • Some of you have been published in professional journals.  If so, I would like a reprint of the publication(s) for The Honors College.  Please let me have your reprints as soon as possible.

  • Lunch with the Mayor” will occur on Monday, March 31 from 12:15-1:30 in the Honors Lounge.  Tampa Mayor and USF graduate Pam Iorio will join us for an informal hour of conversation.  Spots will go quickly so RSVP to Ms. Field:

    This is not a Freshpeople five event but, of course, all students are welcome.  If you attend you must be prepared to ask at least one good question. 

  • Attention First Year students: We are currently in the process of removing the Academic Advising (AA) holds. Therefore, if you have already attended Honors group advising or met individually with an Honors advisor, your hold should be removed by Wednesday afternoon. However, please check OASIS after this time and send an email to if your AA hold is still active.  

  • Pizza with the Provost” will take place on Tuesday, April 1 from 12:30-1:30 in the Honors Lounge.  The Provost of the University is second in command at USF and also carries the title “Senior Vice President”.  Dr. Wilcox is responsible for all academic programs at USF and a budget of several hundred million dollars.  This is your opportunity to meet the boss and talk about USF, education in Florida and beyond and any other topics in which you might be interested. Spots will go quickly so RSVP to Ms. Field:

    This is a Freshpeople 5 event.  If you attend you must be prepared to ask at least one good question.

  • In an effort to ensure that graduating seniors majoring in Biology, Microbiology and Marine Biology will be able to register for their critical science courses in Summer and Fall 08, the Department of Biology has announced a Senior Initiative. As part of this initiative, the department has placed permit restrictions on the following critical courses:

    For Summer 08: all Microbiology sections (MCB 3020C) and all Genetics labs (PCB 3063L). At this point, Cell Biology lab (PCB 3023L) is not scheduled to be offered in Summer 2008.

    For Fall 08: all Microbiology sections (MCB 3020C), all Genetics labs (PCB 3063L), and Public Health/Pathogenic Microbiology (MCB 5206). Please note that the Biology schedule for Fall 08 has not yet been finalized. Additional sections of courses may be designated as Senior Initiative and will be labeled as such on the OASIS schedule search (this is done through an attached flyer specifying that the course is part of the Senior Initiative). If you see further courses designated as Senior Initiative and need a permit, please let Ms. Sturrock know.

    As an Honors College student, you will most likely not be impacted by this initiative. HOWEVER, TO BE ABLE TO REGISTER FOR ANY OF THE COURSES DESIGNATED BY THE SENIOR INITIATIVE, YOU MUST REQUEST A PERMIT FROM MS. STURROCK. In order to receive a permit for one of these courses (the courses are identified on the OASIS schedule search with a senior initiative flyer), you will need to contact Ms. Sturrock ( no later than March 20, 2008. In the email, please include your name, major, USF ID, the course reference number, course prefix and number and specific section of the intended course.
(813) 974-3087


RED - National Fellowships

  • E-mail Mr. Mejias,, to be enrolled in Resources for Educational Distinction’s BlackBoard site!  Be the first to get news on scholarships, fellowships, and other unique opportunities!!
(813) 974-3087



    An Interdisciplinary Perspective on Women’s Health
    Sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Research and the Honors College,
    College of Medicine & the Department of Women Studies

    In recent years, there has been an increased awareness that gender-specific issues influence women’s health more broadly and with a higher impact than previously recognized. These gender-specific differences are not simply limited to reproductive health, but extend to almost every other organ and tissue. Gender-specific health issues have a powerful impact on women’s health, men’s health, children’s health and the health of the entire community. An interdisciplinary approach that encompasses women’s physical, mental, and psychological health, as well as the politics of women’s health provides the students with a unique perspective that will prepare them to engage in several medical, political, and social careers in women’s health.

    The REU provides interdisciplinary training in women’s health and offers students a unique opportunity to perform research in USF’s Colleges of Medicine and Arts and Sciences (Department of Women Studies) under the mentorship of professors in one or both of the institutes in preparation for an Interdisciplinary undergraduate thesis or graduate program.

    Please see "Attachment # 1" for further details and application procedures.

  • Upcoming Undergraduate Research Workshops!

    Need tips on making an oral presentation or a poster presentation? Attend one of our upcoming workshops:

    Poster Presentation Workshop……Thur 3/20 at 11AM, Honors Lounge, Dr. Johnny El-Rady, professor of Molecular and Micro Biology

    Paper Presentation Workshop……Thur 3/20 at 1PM, Honors Lounge, Judi Jetson, Director of USF Collaborative for Children, Families and Communities
(813) 974-6824


HCSC - Honors College Student Council

  • Horses for the Handicapped
    March 22nd, 8:00 a.m.
    FREE LUNCH PROVIDED, after the service activity at the Honors College!

    We are looking for 30 students who would like to volunteer on Saturday, March 22, from 8:00a.m.–12:00p.m.   We will be painting and working on the pastures. If you are interested in volunteering, please email either Rohini Komarla at or Sarina Amin at In your email, please include your phone number.

HCSC Schedule:
General Meeting: Thursdays 4:00 PM (SVC 1101)

Academic Committee: Mondays 2:00 - 3:00 PM
Advertising Committee: Wednesdays 12:00 - 12:45 PM
Events Committee: Thursdays 12:30 - 1:30 PM
Volunteer Committee: Fridays 1:00 - 2:00 PM
(813) 974-3087


Student Submissions

  • UNICEF estimates that there are about 1.5 million orphaned children in Tanzania.***

    BY YOUR SIDE Presents:
    The AIDS & AFRICA Student Fundraiser Event

    When: 7p-11p on April 3rd 2008
    Where:  the Marshall Center Ballroom

    Performances from Campoiera and the USF Step Team
    DJ Pallas
    TONS of food
    Live Band
    FREE T-shirts

    Tickets: $10 in advance and $12 at the door

    Tickets go on sale this Tuesday, March 18 at the BY YOUR SIDE General Meeting @ 5:30p in MC 101

    Tiny Too


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