Know-a-BULL News
Week of 03/19/2013 - Issue # 256

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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 3/20/2013 Honors Engineering Group Advising Session 6
 3/21/2013 Cooking with Cayla - Session 6
 3/21/2013 Graduate Study in Ireland Presentation
 3/22/2013 Honors Leadership and Success Seminar
 3/26/2013 USF Welcomes the Masters of the Weird!
 3/27/2013 HCSC Jam in Yo Jammies Movie Night!
 3/27/2013 Marshall Mitchell Rhodes Fulbright Workshop
 3/28/2013 Academic-Related Topics (ART) Showcase
 3/29/2013 Honors Leadership and Success Seminar
 3/29/2013 Info Session for USF Medical Sciences MS Program
* "Freshpeople 5 Events"

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Honors College

Dean's Update:

    If you are starting your Thesis in the fall and don't have a clue as to what it is all about or what you want to do, we have a series of six workshops for you beginning Friday, March 22 from 9-9:50 right here in the Honors College.  Drs. Cohen, Permuth and Fogel will work with you over the 6 weeks to understand the three types of theses (research, creative and service/leadership) and help you come up with a topic and mentor.

    Space is limited so please let me know if you wish to do this.  We will register you for one credit. You must commit to attend all 6 sessions if you are selected.

  • Book Cover Project

    Martyna Boruta, a graduate student working in Dr. Lynn Martin''s lab at the Integrative Biology Department is looking to recruit a potential student for a book cover project. Dr. Martin is a co-editor of an Integrative Organismal Biology textbook that will be published sometime in Fall 2013. She has a background in art and illustration, and has taken on the project of designing the book cover.She is, however, looking for someone who can help her with it. She would need help with rendering details of the conceptual design, formatting, and other elements of the project. She is very excited to start, and thinks this is a great interdisciplinary opportunity for anyone is interested in both the arts and sciences.

    This project might work well for students who are interested in scientific illustration, book illustration, graphic design, or even an interest in the publishing world. 

    If interested, please email Martyna Boruta at

  • Honors Engineering Group Advising

    Calling all first-year Engineering students! It is time for group advising to clear your upcoming registration holds!

    Sessions will be held in the Honors College, room 243, on March  20th. Registration for Summer/Fall begins March 25th.

    Please RSVP through the Honors College Events Calendar for an available session.

    These sessions are not grouped by intended Engineering major so feel free to find the one that best fits your schedule. Specific times will be listed on the calendar.


  • Permits and Course Descriptions

    Course Permits and Thesis Registration Permits will open on Monday, March 18, 2013. Registration begins on Monday, March 25th, if you know you will need a permit, please apply early!

    Course descriptions for Fall 2013 are now available on the Honors website.


  • Summer and Fall Registration

    Registration for Summer and Fall courses will start on March 25th for all Honors College students in good standing.  Please check your Oasis account for any holds and your specific registration time. 

  • New Cultural Experience Requirements

    The Honors College has changed the policy requiring a foreign language for students pursuing a B.S. degree.  The new requirements may be viewed at  If you have met, or anticipate meeting this requirement, please be sure to complete the new Cultural Experience Approval Form.  Thank you.

    Link: Cultural Experience Approval Form

  • New Partntership between Honors and the Morsani College of Medicine

    To learn more about the new partnership between the Honors College and the Morsani College of Medicine one-year Master''s Program in Medical Sciences, please RSVP for the info session on March 29 through the Honors calendar. General information about the program may be found through the following link.

    Please note: the meeting will be held over in the medical school please allow appropriate transportation time.

    Link: Medical Sciences Masters Program

  • Annual Medical School Forum

    USF Premed AMSA is now accepting online registration for its 11th Annual Medical School Forum, taking place Saturday, March 30 at USF's Marshall Student Center.

    This is an entirely student-run event, and this year the students have put together an AMAZING program!  All Florida medical schools, as well as a strong selection of out-of-state and Caribbean medical schools have confirmed their attendance.  This is a great opportunity for pre-medical students to meet admissions representatives, get to know medical programs, ask questions and hear valuable information about preparing a competitive application to medical school. For more information and to register for the event, please visit the following link.

    Link: Medical Forum

  • Updated Honors Foreign Language Policy

    We have recently modified our Foreign Language policy, which is now incorporated in the Cultural Experience Requirement. Please visit the following link for detailed information.

    Link: Cultural Experience Requirement

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O.N.S. - Office of National Scholarships

  • Sarah Sharfstein awarded Critical Language Scholarship

    Congratulations to Sarah Sharfstein!

    Sarah, a Sophomore Psychology and Mathematics double major, has been awarded a Critical Language Scholarship to study Arabic in Jordan during the summer of 2013. Sarah has aspirations to work for the United States Department of State creating and maintaining diplomatic relations with Middle Eastern countries. This award is sponsored by the US. Dept of State. All expenses are covered for the 8-10 week summer language immersion program. 


  • Presentation on Graduate Study in Ireland March 21

    Are you interested in graduate study in Ireland? The Office of National Scholarships will be hosting a special presentation by Ms. Trina Vargo on the Mitchell Scholarship on Thursday, March 21st from 10:30 to 11:30 AM.

    The Mitchell Scholarship is a prestigious award for graduate study in Ireland. Ms. Vargo is the President of the US-Ireland Alliance (which sponsors the Mitchell Scholarship). If you have strong GPA (>3.7) and want to study with some of the best scholars in the world for an MA or PH.D., you should start preparing now!

    Sign up for the workshop at You can learn more about the Mitchell Scholarship here:

    If you are interested in learning more information or applying, but cannot attend these dates please e-mail Dr. Lucas at a one page academic resume and unofficial transcript.

    Link: httponsusfedu

  • Workshops for Graduate Study Abroad

    Rising Seniors in particular but anyone interested &ndash have you thought about doing graduate work in the UK, Australia, Germany or Canada? If yes then please attend a workshop to talk about national scholarships that could fund these aspirations.
    We will be holding two workshops, March 27 (9am to 10am) and April 12 (2pm to 3pm). Sign up for a workshop at

    Link: httponsusfedu

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

  • Jam in Your Jammies

    Jam in your jammies, EVERYBODY LOVES JAMMIES! On March 27th HCSC will be having a movie night in JPH 1317 starting at 7pm. We will be wearing pajamas, eating ice cream, and lounging out while watching the Honors College favorite flicks, Mean Girls and Moulin Rouge. Did we forget to mention that it is a Freshpeople 5 event! See the Honors College Events calendar for the RSVP.

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Student Submissions

  • USF Welcomes the Masters of the Weird

    This year's headliners for the Humanities Institute's annual Sci-Fi event are a husband and wife duo who literally wrote the book on "weird."  Jeff and Ann VanderMeer recently published the critically acclaimed anthology, The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories and Best American Fantasy, and they bring their distinctive world view to Tampa March 26th and 27th.

    World Fantasy Award winner Jeff VanderMeer's fiction has been published in over 20 countries, and he recently signed a three-book agreement with Farrar, Straus & Giroux (New York). Junot Diaz described his last collection, The Third Bear, as "cunningly crafted stories full of wonder and intelligence, proving again why VanderMeer is so essential."

    Ann VanderMeer is only the second female editor of the venerable horror magazine, Weird Tales. She is the founder of Buzzcity Press and she and Jeff are currently compiling an anthology on feminist speculative fiction. Both have won numerous prestigious awards for their original fiction and anthologies.

    After visiting classes on March 26th, the VanderMeers will give a public reading that evening at 6:00pm in MSC 2709, with a reception and book signing to follow. At 1 p.m. the next day, they will be joined by Dr. Nancy White (Anthropology) and Dr. Ednie Garrison (Women's &Gender Studies) to discuss various forms of sci-fi media and how they address issues of gender and otherness. The discussion panel, also in MSC 2709, will be moderated by Rick Wilber (Mass Communication).  This event is co-sponsored by the School of Mass Communication and ResearchOne.

    For more information and parking details, contact Liz Kicak, or 813 974 3657.

    This will be a Fresh People 5 event.

  • Multicultural Research and Clinical Practice Speakers Series

    On March 29 (1:00-2:00PM in the Westside Conference Center MHA), Dr. Hector Myers, a renowned expert in ethnic minority health, will be giving a talk titled, "Racial Discrimination in the Context of Lifetime Adversity, Trauma and Mental Health in Low-Income African American and Latino Men and Women". Please feel free to join us for the talk. All are welcome!

  • EcoMentors 20132014

    EcoMentors is a full-year, credit-bearing program through which students undertake independent environmental research projects working in partnership with local high school students. Why be come an EcoMentor? You will get the chance to: o Develop research skills: EcoMentors will work with USF faculty to design and carry out research projects o Demonstrate leadership: Working with one or more high school students, EcoMentors will have the opportunity to develop their leadership and mentoring skills o Deepen understanding of local environmental issues: EcoMentor projects will focus on local environmental concerns EcoMentor research can actually make a difference to our region! o Your EcoMentors project can serve as your required senior project for an Environmental Science and Policy major. We will work with other departments or the Honors College to ensure that these projects can meet other requirements as well. Contact Mark Hafen ( to sign up and Shaza Hussein ( for more information!

    Link: EcoMentors Flyer and Contact Information

  • UNAUSA Tampa Bay Global Classrooms Conference

          The UNAUSA Tampa Bay Global Classrooms Model UN Program is in its 11th Year. This year we have at least 550 middle and high school student delegates registered. In order to have a successful program, we rely on the volunteer efforts of many university students. We need volunteers to chair, direct, and rapporteur the various committees, as well as filling staff for conference services.  Training will be provided so anybody with an interest is capable of helping this is truly a unique experience and something great to put on your resume. 

          The conference is Monday April 1st at the USF Marshall Center.  To choose which committee you are interested in visit:  Then if you are interested in volunteering to staff the conference, please contact Mark McAvoy at

    Link: Tampa Bay Model UN Global Classrooms Conference


    Established in 1947 at AMERICAN UNIVERSITY in Washington, D.C., , the Washington Semester Program is an academic experiential learning program that includes 8 credits of academic seminar in one of 11 topic areas, 4 credits of internship, and 3-4 credits of independent research or elective course. The seminar will give you the chance to meet professionals who are knee-deep in the fields you are studying and gain valuable expert insight. At your internship, you''ll get real-world work experience while making connections with leaders in Washington, D.C. Your research project or elective course lets you take your experience one step further and use the valuable resources that AU and Washington, D.C. have to offer. April deadline for Fall 2013 admission. For more information, see Dr. Kleine. 





  • UHC Health Careers Expo

    Interested in a healthcare career? Need help getting there? Then come to the Undergraduate Health Council's (UHC) Health Careers Expo on April 18 from 10:00AM-1:00PM in the MSC Ballroom! You will get the chance to meet representatives from many different health-related graduate schools. In addition, The Princeton Review and Kaplan Test Prep will have workshops and raffles to help you reach your career goal. This event offers free attendance, free food, and most importantly, great information and networking opportunities! For more information, please contact UHC President Joseph Lotfi ( or UHC Vice President of Internal Affairs Kristine Almonte ( 


  • Seeking Non Musicians to Participate in Research Study

    Research study on the working memory of musicians and non-musicians between ages 18-24. We have enough musician participants, but still need non musicians (must have less than 4 years of prior musical training). This is a two-hour time commitment for which participants can earn coupons to Chick-fil-a and free refreshments during testing. Contact Dr. Jennifer Bugos at 352-339-4076 or for more information and to schedule testing.

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