Know-a-BULL News
Week of 3/22/2011 - Issue # 156

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, Undergraduate Research, and Resources for Educational Distinction.

At a Glance

Upcoming Events

RSS Feed Upcoming Events
 3/23/2011 Lunch w/ Our Deans
 3/28/2011 Honors Certification Form Deadline
 3/30/2011 Symposium Poster Design Workshop
 4/2/2011 Alpha House Baby Shower
 4/3/2011 Spring Picnic
 4/4/2011 Yuengling Brewery Tour
 4/7/2011 UR Poster Presentation Workshop
 4/8/2011 Colloquium #4
 4/8/2011 Oral Presentation Skills Workshop
* "Freshpeople 5 Events"

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Honors College

Dean's Update:

    Wecome back to our students who have spent the last week in Costa Rica, Jamaica and New Orleans.  I am impressed that you would give up your spring break to help others who are less fortunate.  Congratulations.  A hearty "thanks" goes to Mr. Lucien, Ms. Lanier, Ms. Hill, Ms. Locke and Ms. Cutchens for giving up your break to work along side our students.  

    Sometime in May, probably by the 15th, The Honors College will be moving to ADM 241.  We will have significantly more space, including 5 classrooms.  Of course, there will be a computer lab and a study lounge.  

    I would like to invite each of you to submit one or more works of art to be prominently displayed in our new quarters.   Paintings, drawings, watercolors, mixed media, photos, sculptures and anything that is "displayable" will be considered and prizes will be awarded to all artwork selected for display.

  • USF Library Survey

    The library has asked for 3 minutes of your time.  Please fill out the questionnaire by clicking on the link below.  Thanks so much for your help.

    Link: Honors College students awareness and usage of library resources and services

  • IDH Course & Thesis Permits

    The permit and thesis request forms are now available on the Honors College website for Summer and Fall 2011 registration of all IDH courses and Honors College Thesis.

  • Required 7 Year BS/MD Program Declaration

    Are you a 2010 first time in college admit to the Honors College who wants to officially join the 7 Year BS/MD track?  Take a minute to submit the online Declaration Form at the 7 Year website, under the Fall '10 Admit tab.  The deadline to submit this form in order to continue the program into Year 2 is April 15, 2011. Questions? Email Amy Sturrock at 

    *Not for Accelerated DPT students. 

    Link: 7 Year BS/MD Website

  • Possible Biomedical Ethics Course In Summer

    We may be able to offer a section of IDH 3600 Biomedical Ethics this summer, but only if there is enough serious interest.  Please email Amy Sturrock at ASAP if you fully intend to take this course in summer if offered.  Note - if you are 7 Year BS/MD, this course is a requirement.

  • Undergraduate Health Council Officer Applications

    Are you a pre-health student looking for leadership experience?  The Undergraduate Health Council is now accepting applications for the 2011-2012 School Year.  Deadline to Submit the application is Friday, March 25 @ 5pm.  Positions Available: President, VP of Internal Affairs, VP of External Affairs, Secretary, Webmaster.

    Please attach and email your application to

    Link: Link to application

  • Medical School Application Workshops!

    Pre-Med AMSA presents a series of medical school admissions workshops to assist students in presenting a competitive application and preparing for the interview.

    MCAT Workshop: MSC 3707, 2/23/11, 5 pm

    Personal Statement: MSC 2709, 3/9/11, 5 pm

    Application: MSC 2709, 3/30/11, 5 pm

    Interview: MSC 2709, 4/18/11, 6 pm

    Workshops will be hosted by Health Professions Advisors Dr. Melvin James, Amy Sturrock & Danielle Locke

    Seating is limited and will be first-come, first-serve.  For more information, contact: 

    Lianet Vazquez:

    Thu Can:

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O.N.S. - Office of National Scholarships

  • Rising Seniors, Scholarship Workshops just for you!

    Rising seniors, we want to help you get the competitive edge on your scholarship applications for Fall.  We are holding workshops during the week of April 11th.  Please click on the workshop sign up link below to sign up!

    Fulbright - Study, Research, or Teach for a year in the UK or locations around the globe

    Marshall -  Graduate Study in the UK

    Mitchell - Graduate Study in Ireland

    Rhodes - Graduate Study at Oxford
    Gates Cambridge - Graduate Study at Cambridge

    Deadlines for all of these scholarships will be early fall.

    Link: Workshop sign-up

  • Governor Invites Students to Apply for Gubernatorial Fellowships

    Contact ONS immediately if you are interested in this opportunity by emailing Dr. Lucas at or calling 813-974-3087!

    Governor Rick Scott Invites College and University Students to Apply for Gubernatorial Fellowships:
    Tallahassee, Fla. – Governor Rick Scott invites college and university students to apply for the 2011-2012 Gubernatorial Fellows program.  Participation in the program provides Florida college and university students with firsthand, high-level experience and insight into how state government operates. Established in 2004, and endowed by Al and Dawn Hoffman in 2005, the program gives Florida college and university students the unique opportunity to work alongside state government top staff for two semesters.

    Students can visit to learn about the expectations and requirements of the program, as well as testimonials from alumni.  Interested students must apply online, and the site includes complete information about the recruitment process.


  • Undergraduate Scholar Award Deadline

    The Undergraduate Scholar medallion is awarded to students who have had significant global, research, and service experience.  If you are interested in the program and graduating this Spring, please contact Ms. Carlton as soon as possible for the requirements at  The first half of the required paper is due April 1.

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. Carlton.

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The Office of Undergraduate Research

  • Southeast Cell Science Undergraduate Research Symposium

    The abstract deadline for the 6th Annual Southeast Cell Science Undergraduate Research Symposium is April 11, 2011. The Symposium will be held on Saturday, April 16, 2011 at St. Thomas University in Miami Gardens FL. Abstracts should be submitted to Dr. Jeffrey Plunkett at


  • Research Assistants Needed in Cognitive Aging Lab

    The research lab examines a brain fitness program designed for older adults.

    The lab is looking for two to four sophomores/juniors who are willing to committ to at least four hours a week for a year or more. Honors students will have the opportunity to do their thesis with the lab.

    If you are interested in this project please email Ms. Jennifer O'Brien at

  • Summer REU in Environmental Microbiology

    The Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates in Environmental Microbiology at UNLV is now accepting applications.

    For more information and to access the online application, please visit


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USF Honors College Student Council

  • Apply for an HCSC E-Board Position

    This is an opportunity you don't want to miss!
    The Honors College Student Council is accepting applications for Executive Board positions for the upcoming year and the deadline has been extended! Being on E-board is an amazing opportunity to develop leadership skills, network with the Honors college faculty and staff and build lasting friendships with other dedicated Honors students.
    If you're interested, pick up an application at the Honors front desk or print it off the Usf Honors Council Facebook page (see link). Be sure to turn yours in to the Honors Front Desk by 5pm Friday, March 26th in SVC 1088. (with a resume attached) and you will be able to schedule an interview at that time.
    Please e-mail any questions or comments to Sarah Brady (President) at

    We are looking for enthusiastic students who are excited about getting involved with the Honors College. Being a part of the Honors community will be a fantastic addition to your college experience!

    Link: Usf Honors Council E-Board App

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USF Honors College Student Council

  • Alternative Break Recap

    "The 2011 USF Honors College &ldquoBayou Bulls&rdquo Alternative Spring Break trip focused on environmental relief work. The 18 USF Bulls on the trip volunteered in a variety of settings throughout New Orleans, including planting trees in newly built houses in the lower ninth ward and in much needed areas in the bayous of Louisiana. Through the trip, the volunteers learned about the devastating impact Hurricane Katrina had on such a great city and how there are many organizations working on rebuilding the city and restoring the neighboring environment. "

    -Gaby Romero

    Trip BLOG- 


  • Honors LLC Shirt Design

    We need your help to make our Honors LLC t-shirt for next year! If you're interested in helping make the design, please email Lisa Booth at


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Student Submissions

  • Dance Marathon 2011!

    Dance Marathon 2011 is this weekend, March 26th from 12pm-5am!!! Join hundreds of students for the biggest party with a purpose and we raise money for All Children's Hospital in St.Petersburg. There will be 17 hours of food, dancing, student organization competitions, and a musical performance by the Mighty Mongos! 93.3 Fl-Z radio station will be present to DJ during several hours of the event. You don't want to miss this!! Register our donor drive website!

    Link: Register Here!

  • Are you in Public Health? Would you like to go on an Service Trip Abroad to Belize?

    The Center for Civic Engagement, Bulls Service Breaks International is planning a Summer Service Trip to San Ignacio, Belize. We will volunteer in a hospital educating Belizeans about diabetes, personal hygiene, and nutrition. For the second half I will work as a teaching assistant in Primary School of a Belizean Literacy Program. Applications for this trip closed last semester but since we had a student remove we have ONE SPOT available. The cost for the trip is aproximately $2500 we may be able to knock a couple hundred off the price. And the Honor Travel Scholarship may even help alleviate some of the cost:

    If you are interested please send me an email  for more information.


    Ramzy Lotfi

    Link: BSB-I Site

  • What Health Career Are You Pursuing? Need Help Getting There?

    I would like to invite you to the 2nd Annual Undergraduate Health Careers Expo is on Wednesday March 23rd, from 11am-2pm in the Marshall Center Ballroom.This event is hosted by the USF Undergraduate Health Council and will provide many opportunities for Health Sciences Students. We have many Health Professional Schools both in state and out of state attending including: our own University of South Florida College of Medicine, School of Pharmacy, School of Physical Therapy, College of Public Health , University of Florida Veterinary School, College of Public Health and School Physical Therapy, Mississippi State University, Ross University, to name a few...We will also have back to back workshops throughout the event sponsored by the Career Center, Kaplan, and the Princeton Review.In additional we will have a Graduate School Panel where grad students can talk to undergrads about their experiences and for a Q&A session. We will have raffles and giveaways and will also be providing a complimentary LUNCH!

    Link: Find Us on Facebook!

  • Invitation to join The National Society of Collegiate Scholars

    The National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS) is inviting high-achieving students at USF to become members of The NSCS. This program offers more in undergraduate scholarships than any other honor society nationwide.

    To be a member, you must have a GPA of at least 3.4, and rank in the top 20 percent of your class.

    If you received an invitation, complete your membership application online by visiting . If you have any questions about your username or password, contact or call 1.800.989.6727.

    Link: NSCS Website

  • Digital Portfolio Workshop

    Want to score a great job or internship? Looking to go to graduate school? So is everyone else!

    What makes you stand out? How do you define your "Personal Brand"? How can you show prospective employers and schools that you are more than just a 12pt Times New Roman piece of paper?

    Apple Users Group, in coordination with your Apple Campus Rep, will be hosting a workshop answering these questions. We will be teaching you how to build a Digital Portfolio to highlight your skills, strengths, and talents, and make you more than just another resum&eacute.

    Join us on March 28th at 7pm in MSC 4200 (The Chamber)
    [Please note the room change!]

    Free Food will be provided and iTunes Gift Cards will be given away.

    Link: Please RSVP by the day of the event so we can provide enough food.

  • Chinese Cultural Festival

    The 2nd Annual Chinese Festival at USF will be a signature event you don't want to miss. Here you can experience authentic Chinese cuisine, games, calligraphy, folklore, arts and crafts, music, performances and much, much more! Open to all, free admission and food. This can count as a FreshPeople Five event.

    Location: Marshall Student Center, Ballrooms A & B
    Time: 2-6 PM
    Date of Event: April 12, 2011 (4/12/2011)

    Link: Chinese Cultural Festival Website

  • Help Your Fellow Honors Students Raise School Supplies for Afghan Children!

    Students of the IDH4000: Major Works/Major Issues course "One Pencil Can Help Bring Peace" are still collecting donations in their efforts to send Afghan children 120 boxes full of school supplies! Help them reach their goal by donating any new or slightly used school supplies that you might have:  spiral notebooks, pencils, pens, markers, erasers, metric rulers, pencil sharpeners, and more!

    In addition to the remove off box in the Honors College reception area, you can now find a remove off box located right in the Honors Lounge!

    For a full list of items we need, visit:

    And if you're interested in helping out with our shipping fund (it takes $12.95 to ship a box), visit:

    Link: Course Blog

  • IDF 4000: Suicide Hotline

    Professor Lisa M. Brown will offer IDH 4000 SUICIDE HOTLINE in the Fall Semester 2011. She will interview interested students starting right now. Only the first 12 successful applicants will be able to register. Please make an appointment with Professor Brown at this e-mail address:

    Check her credentials out here :

    Direct all additional questions to Dr. Kleine.

    Course Description: Every 18 minutes someone in the United States dies by suicide that is more than 30 000 people per year. Although a majority of physicians and psychologists will have a patient who dies by suicide during the course of their career few are adequately trained to assess and treat those who are at risk for suicidal behavior. This service-learning course offers select students an opportunity to obtain hands-on clinical experience by working as a volunteer suicide hotline counselor. Suicide hotline counselors assess the callers&rsquo risk for suicide and provide appropriate intervention. Not only is suicide hotline experience valued when applying to clinical graduate programs the skills attained from this course will be indispensible for those who intend to eventually work in a health profession. Because of the demanding and sensitive nature of this placement an interview and background check are required by the agency prior to the start of this class. Only students who are accepted will be enrolled to receive training and ongoing supervision. On average six to eight hours per week will be spent at the agency working as a suicide hotline counselor. Course topics include an overview of theory and practice suicide risk factors assessment of risk indirect self-destructive behaviors psychiatric illness and substance abuse.

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