Know-a-BULL News
Week of 03/25/2014 - Issue # 307

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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 3/26/2014 HCSC Presents: Game Night!
 3/27/2014 Art Show
 3/30/2014 Honors Dali Trip
 4/1/2014 National Poetry Month at USF: April 2014
 4/3/2014 Cooking with Cayla
 4/3/2014 National Poetry Month at USF: April 2014
 4/4/2014 Values-Based Leadership
 4/6/2014 HCSC Spring Picnic
 4/7/2014 National Poetry Month at USF: April 2014
 4/9/2014 National Poetry Month at USF: April 2014
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* 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 bachelor's or master's 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 are open. 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 -- if you don't already have a permit for it then you will have to wait until the Permit is removed on Monday, 3/31, and students will then  be able to register for any available Bio-Med seats. Please do not apply for a Permit for Bio-Med Ethics, as I cannot give it to you!

    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.

    To apply for a permit, go to the Honors website, click on Honors College Forms: Online Forms: Permit form (or below that is the Thesis Permit form).

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

    Also, 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.


  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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! - Congratulations to Honors College Alumni Robyn Sagal

    Ms. Robyn Sagal (Honors College graduate spring 2012) received a Fulbright US Student Program study grant to the United Kingdom. Robyn will undertake a one year's masters of public health (MPH) in International Development at the University of Sheffield. She is currently serving with the Americorps Program in Washington, D.C. and Iowa. 

  • New! - Fintech Business Plan Competition

    Deadline: April 4, 2014 Finalists compete on April 11, 2014

    Want to start your own business? Already started one and need capital for your fledgling enterprise? Enter the Fintech Business Plan Competition.

    You could win $20,000 and office space - along with other services to help your business succeed. Details on the attached flyer.

    The Fintech Business Plan Competition, hosted by the USF Center for Entrepreneurship, is open to all students, regardless of major or age.   

    Details for competing students can be found online at

    Students from all areas -- not just the College of Business -- are ENCOURAGED to apply for the competition. 


  • New! - Thermo Scientific Pierce Scholarship Program

    The Thermo Scientific Pierce Scholarship Program for the Fall 2014 semester includes two (2) $10,000 scholarships and four (4) $5,000 scholarships, to be awarded to undergraduate and graduate students with a declared major of biology, chemistry, biochemistry, or a related life-science field. To qualify for the scholarship, students must have a GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) and be enrolled in an accredited college for university for the Fall 2014 semester.

    In addition to these qualifications, students must also be legal United States residents, meaning that students possessing appropriate Visa status in order to study in the United States are also eligible. 

    Students may apply for the scholarship through the Thermo Scientific Pierce Scholarship Website. Applications will be accepted until 2:59:59 p.m. CT on August 1, 2014. All questions regarding the scholarship may be directed to


  • New! - Interested in postgraduate research study or English teaching abroad? Attend an upcoming Fulbright US Student Program information session!

    Two information sessions regarding the Fulbright US Student Program will be held in early April (Wednesday, April 2 at 4pm and Friday, April 4 at 9am). You can sign up for one of the sessions at under the Upcoming Events calendar.

    If you are unable to attend, but would like more information on the program please contact the USF Fulbright Program Advisor, Ms. Lauren Chambers at The USF deadline to apply is August 27, 2014,  but students who plan to apply should contact Ms. Chambers ASAP.

    For more information about the program, eligibility requirements and eligible countries, please visit:


  • 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:


  • 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:


  • 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 here.


    Link: USF Golden Bull Award

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! - HCSC Spring Picnic

    H.C.S.C. Presents: Spring Picnic...Go Green for the Dean!

    Attention Honors Students: The Spring 2014 Picnic is here and it needs to the best picnic yet! This is Dean Silverman's last picnic before retirement! Join us as the Dean grills burgers and hotdogs for all Honors students! To make this picnic extra special, we will have free canoeing and kayaking, water dodge-ball, and other fun outdoor games. This picnic will also be the Honors Council's first attempt at making our events green (sustainable). We encourage all of you to bring your own water bottles so we can minimize our usage of plastic cups. Don't worry, we will still supply all the tasty refreshments! GO GREEN FOR THE DEAN! So if you would like to make Dean Silverman's last picnic a memorable one, come on down to Riverfront Park on April 6th from 11AM to 2PM. Transportation to the park will be provided via buses to and from JPH. Bus service will run every 15 minutes from 10:45AM until 2:15PM. With YOUR help, we can make Dean Silverman's last picnic the best picnic yet! 


  • HCSC Presents Game Night

    H.C.S.C. GAME NIGHT: Got game?

    Are you suffering from post Spring Break blues? Symptoms include glum looks, trudging towards classes, and constantly staring at the ground. If so, the Honors College Student Council has the perfect remedy: H.C.S.C Game night!!! On Wednesday Night, March 26th in JPH 1319, we will be hosting a game night for the Honors College community. The room will be divided into two halves with the back half including popular games such as Cards Against Humanity, Egyptian Rat Screw, Scrabble etc. The front half of the room will be the stage for a "Minute to Win It" game, where groups of friends can compete against each other in various activities such as charades, trivia etc. Just because Spring Break is over doesn''t mean the fun has to stop! So come on down to JPH 1319 at 7:00 pm on March 26th, and prove to everyone that you've got game!


  • 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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Student Submissions

  • New! - Camp Boggy Creek Chapter at USF

    A new organization has been started on campus called the Camp Boggy Creek Chapter at USF! In affiliation with the non-profit pediatric camp, this club focuses on getting Bulls involved in volunteering and fund-raising for children with chronic and life threatening illness by being able to participate in weekend retreats to Camp Boggy Creek throughout the semester! Our First meeting will be on WEDNESDAY APRIL 2ND at 7pm in MSC 2709. There will be free pizza and tons of information about the club and getting involved! Officer positions are needed, so feel free to come by and see what CBC at USF is all about! For More information, email President Tabitha Michaud at

    Link: Camp Boggy Creek at USF

  • USF AISEC is recruiting for Executive Positions

    AIESEC is an international not-for-profit organization that provides students with leadership training and internship opportunities at for-profit and not for profit organizations. Student members of AIESEC at universities around the world run, manage, and facilitate a global internship exchange network. As registered student organizations, Local Committees of AIESEC function as small businesses in their communities, run entirely by students. They send students from their university abroad on internships that change lives and jump start careers, and they partner with local businesses and NGOs to bring international students, AIESEC members in another country, into the community to provide valuable skills to the workforce and to help that student experience the real life and culture of a new place. The executive positions and memberships are open for the upcoming semester. Please email me with your name, major, GPA, telephone number,netID and your intent to run for the executive board. Vice President, Secretary (Marketing, Exchange, Sales), treasurer and Ad Hoc Committee chairs and general members. Email me at Cell (929)-500-6369


  • 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

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