Know-a-BULL News
Week of 03/24/2015 - Issue # 357

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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 3/25/2015 Lunch with the Deans
 3/25/2015 STEM Graduate School Prep Information Session
 3/26/2015 Editing Wikipedia with Bawa Jain
 3/26/2015 HCSC Leadership Series Session #5: CLCE
 3/27/2015 "A Taste of Armageddon" Philosophical topic - the ethics of war
 3/30/2015 Poetry Reading with Naomi Shahib Nye
 3/30/2015 Developing Your Brand with Career Services
 3/30/2015 Learn About Financial Services from an Expert!
 4/1/2015 Panel Discussion with Naomi Shahib Nye
 4/1/2015 Fulbright Post-Graduate Grant Information Session
* Freshpeople 5 Events
* LLC Events
* PSP Events
* TOE Events
* Special Scholars Events

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Honors College

Dean's Update:

    Are you planning to study abroad or volunteer abroad between Winter 2014 and Summer 2015? Then consider entering the Honors College photo contest!

    Who: All USF Tampa Honors students that have participated in an international experience (study abroad or volunteer abroad) between Winter 2014 and Summer 2015

    What: This year’s theme is FAMILY.

    Contestants will submit one picture along with a brief description (3 sentences maximum) describing how their picture relates to this year’s theme of “Family.” We welcome unique interpretations!

    Honors College students will vote to choose the finalists, and a panel of professional photographers will decide the winners.  Winning photographs will be displayed in a public exhibition. The top 3 winners will receive a scholarship prize!

    The picture and statement should be submitted to Indira Ranaweera at by August 1, 2015. It is strongly encouraged that pictures are submitted as soon as possible after the completion of the program. Please note that photos submitted to the Honors photo contest may not be used for other photo competitions.


  • New! - USF Chinese Cultural Festival

    Dr. Bishop's Geographical Perspectives on China class will be hosting the Sixth Annual Chinese Festival on April 6th from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Marshall Student Center Oval Theater.  The festival will provide an opportunity for students to engage with contemporary Chinese culture. The festival will be full of interesting activities such as a dragon dance, a variety of Chinese performances and musicians, a fashion show, traditional games, Chinese calligraphy, henna tattoos, a Ping-Pong tournament, interactive booths covering topics like the Chinese Zodiac, and much more.  Food catered from Fushia Asian Bistro and Kaleisia Tea Lounge will be served free of charge.  Come out to support your fellow honors students! If you are seeking any volunteering opportunities please contact or  This will be a FreshPeople 5 event.


  • New! - Permits and Course Descriptions

    Permits and Thesis Permits for Summer and Fall 15 registration are now open and registration has begun. It is better to apply early if you think you may need a permit for a class than to apply during registration -- if you wait you may miss out on being able to register for the class you want.

    ALL Thesis Requests require a permit. For first semester thesis, please see your Honors Advisor and have them check the approval box for Thesis I approval.

    Course Descriptions for Summer and Fall are in the process of being added. Most are already up and ready for you to see, and the others will be added as we receive them.

  • New! - Finance 101 for USF Students

    Learn about Financial Services from an expert!

    Mr. Art Ringness, a USF alumnus, will be speaking about the financial services industry on Monday, March 30, at 4:00, in ALN 237.  Mr. Ringness is Senior Relationship Manager and Head of Fixed Income Sales for Morgan Stanley's San Francisco office.  He graduated from USF in 1990, and served in the US Navy as an intelligence officer before graduating from Duke University's MBA program.  He worked for Morgan Stanley as a derivatives trader and a corporate bond salesman before moving into fixed income sales. 

  • Applications for USFs Golden Bull Award Now Open

    The Golden Bull Award is one of USF's highest honors given annually to undergraduate and graduate students who embody the spirit of USF and have demonstrated its values. Recipients must exemplify exceptional leadership and service to the University and the community. Each year up to 20 deserving students will receive the award.

    Applications are due by 5pm on Monday, March 30. For eligibility requirements and to apply, please visit:

    Link: httpsorgsynccom88083forms135447

  • Honors College Graduation Certification Form now available

    The Honors College Graduation Certification Form is now available and ready to be filled out by those students graduating in Spring 2015! Please fill out the form by going to The form must be filled out by all Honors College graduates, regardless of their plans on attending the Honors Commencement Ceremony. If you cannot access the form and you are graduating, please contact Kelly Brabant at as soon as possible. 

    Link: Honors College Graduation Certification Form

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O.N.S. - Office of National Scholarships

  • Congratulations to Shelby Thomas

    Shelby, an Honors College junior majoring in international business and international studies, has received the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) to study Intermediate level Japanese in Hikone at the University of Shiga Prefecture for eight weeks this summer.  The Critical Language Scholarship award is fully funded by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

    To learn more about CLS, please visit:

    Link: httpwwwclscholarshiporg

  • Fulbright Grants for Teaching, Study or Research Abroad -- Information Sessions

    Juniors (rising seniors) and graduating seniors - consider applying this application cycle for a Fulbright Post-Graduate Research/Study Grant or English Teaching Assistantship (ETA). Click here for a list of countries and opportunities: You must be a US citizen to apply. Some countries have a language requirement and/or other eligibility requirements.  USF students have researched or taught English overseas through the Fulbright program in countries like the United Kingdom, Germany, Norway, Mexico, Malaysia, Serbia and Barbados.

    On Wednesday, April 1 and Monday, April 6, Ms. Lauren Chambers (the USF Fulbright Program advisor) will be holding information sessions for students interested in the Fulbright US Student program and planning to apply for a Fulbright Research/Study Grant or ETA. You can sign up for one of two dates (held in ALN 252) through the Upcoming Events Calendar on the ONS website: 

    If you are interested in applying make an appointment to meet with Ms. Chambers as soon as you can through eScheduler: Choose Office of National Scholarships as the Advising Area and Fulbright as the sub-area. She can help you assess your competitiveness. Do not count yourself out!

    If you are not applying this year, come by to talk about your future application and the preparations you can begin making now.

    Link: httpusfulbrightonlineorgtypesofgrants

  • Congratulations to Marcos Gonzalez!

    Marcos Gonzalez, an Honors College junior and Provost's Scholar majoring in Accounting, has received a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina. At Asociación Internacional de Estudios (AIE) of Buenos Aires, he will take courses in politics, history and literature of Latin America that are taught entirely in Spanish. Marcos's goal through this study abroad program is to work alongside the economics department at USF as well as gain valuable firsthand experience through the program and use these resources as a catalyst for raising awareness of issues plaguing developing countries.

    To learn more about the Gilman Scholarship, please visit:

    Link: httpwwwiieorgProgramsGilmanScholarshipProgram

  • STEM Graduate School Prep Information Session

    Do you plan to apply for graduate school in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Math) field? Are you looking to gain insight into the graduate school application process? Attend this upcoming virtual information session!

    Please join us on Wednesday, March 25 for a virtual information session sponsored by the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Ms. Tracy Morizio will be speaking to students (via Skype) about application strategies for graduate school applications as well as providing information to students regarding graduate programs at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

    The virtual information session will be held from 4pm to 5pm in ALN 252. You can sign up for the information session here:

    You can learn more information about Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute here:

    Link: httponsusfeducalendarlistasp373

  • Interested in pursuing a graduate degree in the United Kingdom?

    Juniors (rising seniors) - if you have a high GPA (>3.8), and are an ambitious and accomplished student who has big plans for the future (potentially including a PhD or master’s degree in the United Kingdom), then this invitation may be for you!

    We are particularly interested in students who are graduating in December 2015, May 2016 or August 2016.

    Funding sources for graduate school in the United Kingdom include national scholarships like the Rhodes, Marshall, Fulbright, Frost or Gates Cambridge.

    If you are interested in these opportunities, please send Ms. Chambers an email at along with a one-page resume and unofficial transcript or make an appointment with the Office of National Scholarships through eScheduler.

    Most of these (but not all!) are for US citizens. If you are an international student, we have opportunities for you as well. Those opportunities can be found on the front page of our website

    Link: httponsusfedu

  • Congratulations to Michael Calzadilla!

    Michael, an Honors College senior double majoring in Physics and Mathematics, has been named a Gates Cambridge Scholar for 2015. He is the first USF recipient of this scholarship and one of 40 selected from the US. This global scholarship, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, provides funding for graduate work at Cambridge University for intellectually outstanding students who have a capacity for leadership and a commitment to improving the lives of others.

    At Cambridge Michael will study for an MPhil in Astronomy and he intends to earn a PhD in Astrophysics and become a professor of physics destined for a career of research, instruction, and outreach.

    You can learn more about the Gates Cambridge Scholarship here:

    Link: httpwwwgatescambridgeorg

  • Congratulations to Evan Little

    Congratulations to Honors College Junior Evan Little! Evan has received a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad in Uppsala, Sweden. At Uppsala University, he will be able to continue his research in alternative energy in an environment of individual learning and self-discovery.

    The USF deadline to apply for a summer or fall study abroad program for Gilman funding is January 13, 2015. For more information regarding the Gilman Scholarship, please visit:

    Link: Gilman Scholarship Program

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. Chambers.

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USF Honors College Student Council

  • New! - HCSC Leadership Series Session 5 CLCE

    The Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement is an integral part of USF with its mission to develop leaders who are able to engage and succeed in the global community. Come listen to Mr. Todd Wells, Director of the CLCE, as he speaks about being a leader and the opportunities the CLCE offers to cultivate the leader in you! This is your final chance to make yourself eligible for our final session with President Judy Genshaft! Session will be held in JPH 1313 from 4:30 - 5:30 PM. Light refreshments provided. Business casual attire encouraged. Please RSVP through the Honors Calendar.

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USF Honors College Student Council

  • New! - The Honors College is looking for an Orgo 2 tutor

    If you successfully completed Organic Chemistry 1 with an A and are interested in receiving volunteer hours contact for an opportunity to tutor fellow Honors students. 



    If you're struggling with ways to make yourself stand out amongst a crowd, Career Services will stop by to help you develop a brand that is uniquely you. Snacks and refreshments will be served. We look forward to seeing you there!

    March 30th at 4:30 in JPH 1317

  • Survey about Possible Event for MSDN

    ACM and MSDN are considering putting on a hack-a-thon on the weekend of April 11/12th. Please take this quick 1 question poll to help them gauge interest.


    Have you ever wanted to learn how to edit Wikipedia? Are you an established editor? Either way, please join Sarah Wray and special guest Bawa Jain for a Wikipedia information session and edit-a-thon. Snacks and drinks will be provided. Space is limited, and spots will fill up quickly. Please RSVP

    March 26th at 4:30 in JPH 1317


    Come join Dean Adams, along with our NEW Assistant Deans Dr. Shawn Bingham and Dr. Linda Lucas for lunch! This is a great opportunity to meet and interact with your Deans in a relaxed environment. Please RSVP!

    Lunch with the Deans is the fourth Wednesday of every month at 11:30 in Juniper Dining.

    This semester the dates are as follows:

    February 25th

    March 25th

    April 22nd

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Student Submissions

  • New! - Need to Practice a Speech Become a Better Speaker at Toastmasters

    Learn to be a champion of public speaking at Toastmasters at USF. Students, staff, and faculty are invited to come in and present a speech for free. Guests will receive special evaluations tailored to help improve their speeches. Meetings are on Thursdays from 5:45-6:45pm in MSC 3713. Everyone is welcome! Visit our FB page at for more information or contact Kamari Ross at or 904-859-0676.

    Link: Facebo

  • New! - GTE Financial is Offering Scholarships

    GTE Financial, a not-for-profit credit union in the Tampa Bay area will be awarding scholarships of $2,500 to continuing full-time college students pursuing an undergraduate degree. Some of the requirements include 3.0 GPA or higher, outstanding academic achievement, leadership abilities, a dedication to community service, and being a member of GTE Financial. This scholarship also requires a 1,000 word essay. Applications will be accepted until June 3rd. You can apply online at Feel free to reach out to former USF Bull Shannon Wilde at if you have any questions!

    Link: GTE Financial Scholarship Application

  • New! - Dont Miss Your Chance to Register for ISLC

    The Intercultural Student Leadership Conference (ISLC) is designed to strengthen the engagement and retention of underrepresented students at the University of South Florida by providing inspiration, co-curricular connections, and campus resources to support your path to success.  It is open to all students at USF. 

    The conference will be held Saturday, April 18th, 2015 from 9am to 5pm in the Marshall Student Center.


    Link: Click here to register

  • Come Cosplay with the Honors College

    On the evening of April 10th, the students of the Arts and Humanities class "Comic Books as Art" will be hosting an event called CausePlay: the Great Superhero Equality Reboot. The class has been talking a great deal this semester about superheroes and their costumes, specifically the ways in which many female heroes are shown wearing costumes very different from their male counterparts, namely those that show a lot of skin, have nonfunctional armor, and over-sexualize. Well, your honors classmates want to do something about this! The students will be presenting a lecture on the status of female superhero costumes in popular American comic books, the problems related to those costumes, and will be cosplaying in rebooted versions of those superheroes' costumes. There will be a one hour meet and greet at the start of the event to allow attendees to see the costumes up close, followed by the lecture on the heroes chosen and the costumes rebooted. And finally, the event will close with a viewing of the first episode of the new Netflix original series DAREDEVIL! This event is open to the entire honors community. Students interested in cosplaying in their own like-minded costumes are invited too. This event will also be a Fresh 5 and Honors LLC event, and refreshments will be provided.

  • Pi Sigma Alpha Application now available

    Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honors Society, is now accepting applications! Please click here for more information or contact Masiel Pelegrino-Sarduy at for any specific questions. 

    The application is included in the link below.

    Link: PSA Application

  • Camp Boggy Creek Chapter at USF

    The Camp Boggy Creek Chapter at USF is in affiliation with the non-profit pediatric camp. This club focuses on volunteering and fund-raising for children with chronic & life threatening illness by participating in weekend retreats to Camp Boggy Creek! This semester, we will be doing pediatric-oriented volunteering with CBC, Shriner's Hospital, Hope Lodge, Ronald McDonald House, and Relay for Life. For more information about how to get involved, email President Tabitha Michaud at Don't forget to mark your calendars with our general body meeting dates! Meetings: 2/5, 2/19, 3/19, 4/2, 4/16 See you guys there!

    Link: CBCUSF Facebook Page

  • Toastmasters Be a Better Speaker

    Want to improve your communication skills? Learn to be a champion of public speaking at Toastmasters at USF. Meetings are on Thursdays from 5:45-7:15pm in MSC 3713. Everyone is welcome! Visit our FB page at for more information or contact Kamari Ross at or 904-859-0676.

  • Humanities Institute Spring Events

    Check out the Humanities Institute Spring Events calendar! All events will count as FreshPeople 5 credit if you attend them. Further descriptions of the event can be found on the Honors College calendar.

    Link: Humanities Institute Spring Calendar

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