Know-a-BULL News
Week of 03/31/2008 - Issue # 6   

Upcoming Events

  • 4/2/2008 (Wednesdays) 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM - Undergraduate Research Symposium - (Stabile Research Building).

  • 4/3/2008 (Thursday) 11:45 - 1:00 PM - Faculty-Student Lunch (SVC 1088) RSVP

  • 4/3/2008 (Thursday) 7:00 - 9:00 PM - Art Social (Graphicstudio)

  • 4/8/2008 (Tuesday) 11:45 - 1:00 PM - Faculty-Student Lunch (SVC 1088) RSVP

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


Honors College

Dean's Update:

If you are a second year student who is already doing research, the Honors College Research Major may be something you can earn by “simply” continuing what you are currently doing. 
This major is a program patterned after the Ph.D. and is one that you help design.  If you are going to graduate or professional school and you’d like an experience that might really give you a “leg-up” when you apply, this could be just the thing to consider.

The Honors College Research Major (HCRM) is designed primarily for Honors College (HC) students preparing for graduate or professional school, although it would be available to other HC students as well.  The HCRM allows you to select 2 areas of study in which you are interested in and work intensively and independently with 3 faculty members of your choosing, in each area.  Generally, you will spend most of the HCRM doing research and little or no time in classes.  In some ways, this is the most highly personal education you can get and I would highly recommend it.   

The HCRM is designed to be a second major. That is, in order to have an HCRM, a student would need to complete all requirements of a regularly offered USF major. (Credits = 30-36).  The HCRM would add about 20 credits to your overall program and, for many, could fall within the credits needed for graduation.  Please contact Dr. Silverman if you are interested.

  • Important Registration Information

    1. The Biology Department has cancelled Anatomy & Physiology (BSC 2093C and BSC 2094C) for the upcoming academic year. If you were planning to enroll in these courses and need assistance in selecting substitutions, please contact a Departmental or Honors College advisor.

    2. The Chemistry Department is currently reviewing Organic I lab times in an effort to accommodate students planning to enroll in both Biology II/lab (BSC 2011/2011L) and Organic Chemistry I/lab (CHM 2210/2210L) in Fall 2008. Until the schedule is finalized, students should plan to register for BSC 2011/2011L and CHM 2210, and keep checking OASIS for potential time adjustments for Organic I labs. It is preferable, but not required, for students to complete CHM 2210 and CHM 2210L in the same semester.

  • 3. The College of Public Health has not yet finalized their Fall 2008 schedule. Over the next few weeks, keep checking OASIS for updates about course offerings.

  • Spaces are still available for the two exciting upcoming opportunities under the Honors College Faculty-Student Lunch Program. 

    Dr. Cheryl Kirstein will be the featured faculty member on Thursday, April 3, from 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Dr. Kirstein is Professor of Psychology and Associate Dean for Research and Scholarship in the College of Arts and Sciences.  Her research interests focus on neuroscience, development of addiction, drugs of abuse, and psychopharmacology.

    Dr. E. Christian Wells will be the featured faculty member on Tuesday, April 8, from 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Dr. Wells is Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Graduate Director in the Department of Anthropology.  His research interests focus on archaeology, economic anthropology, cultural soilscapes, rural development, sustainable agriculture, quantitative and formal methods, Mesoamerica, Central America, and American Southwest. 

    RSVP to Ivan Lapuka at  In your message, please indicate which faculty member you are interested in joining for lunch and whether or not you have a USF meal plan.  The Honors College will cover the cost of the lunch for those students who do not have a meal plan.

  • Permits: Permits are required for all students registering for Thesis, and for some students registering for other Honors courses. All permits are now filled out electronically.
  • All graduating students must attend at least one of the 1 ½ hour sessions during Thesis 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.
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  • Congratulations to all those students accepted for thesis day!  We had an outstanding group of submissions and were sorry that we could not include everyone. --Thesis Day Schedule --


    • Please email Dr. Yavneh to let her know that you will be participating, and notify your mentor and committee member(s) of the time of your presentation.  All thesis day presentations will take place here in the Honors College in SVC, but we have yet to assign rooms.

    • Please plan on staying for the entire session in which your thesis presentation is scheduled and encourage any guests to do likewise.  If you cannot make the time to which you have been assigned, please let Dr. Yavneh know.  Assignments were made based on the preferences you provided, so we may not be able to move your time slot.


  • We regret that there were not enough timeslots to include all students.  Please be sure to schedule a thesis defense on another day and to let Dr. Yavneh know the place and time so that we can publicize it.


  • We expect you to attend two sessions (i.e., 6 thesis presentations) on thesis day.  Please look over the schedule so you can plan accordingly
  • Undergraduate Research Symposium, APR 2, 2008 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM: We hope to see you all at this year’s symposium at the Stabile Research Building.  Come support your peers as they present their terrific research!  Volunteers are still needed for the event. 
  • Please contact Cristiane Carvahlo-Keetch at if you are available.  Lunch will be provided for volunteers.
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HCSC - Honors College Student Council

  • Don't forget about the following Honors Council's upcoming event!

    • Art Social
      Thursday, Arpil 3 at Graphicstudio
      7:00-9:00 PM
      Complimentary buffet, music and fun!
      RSVP to Noel Smith by April 1

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
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Student Submissions

  • Dear All, one of the undergraduate students who was chosen to receive the grant money from the Patel Center to attend the field school in Costa Rica cannot attend the course. We are looking for ONE senior who is interested in health and water issues.  The person will receive $2,500 from the Patel Center plus $1,250 from the Office of Undergraduate Research. We would like to have a student on board by next Monday at the latest since all the other students have already been accepted.  Attached is the flyer for the course. If you are interested, e-mail your resume and a one page narrative stating how the course will benefit you to

    Thank you,


  • Please take a few moments to help out a fellow Honors College student.

    "Extremely Short, Extremely Anonymous Survey. Please help one of our graduating honors seniors by completing an anonymous 10 question survey. This survey is for a class project only; all data will be discarded after this semester. We stress the anonymity of this survey, no identifying information (including IP address) will be obtained. Thank you!"

  • Summer internship which might lead to a career:
    “Tucker/Hall ( is a national public relations and communications consulting firm. Tucker/Hall is connected to more than 1,000 consultants in 51 cities around the world. We specialize in strategic communications, crisis management and public affairs. Our counselors have experience in areas such as investor relations, competitive strategy development for fast-growing companies, research-based business-to-business marketing solutions, and public policy plan development and implementation. Since our founding in 1990, we have grown to become one of the largest public relations/public affairs firms in the southeastern United States. Our growth is a result of teaming with clients to help them achieve their corporate objectives. Our methods stress creative problem-solving, and we depend on such tools as traditional and on-line media, proprietary research and innovative thinking to get measurable results. We work in a broad range of industry sectors from financial services, to construction, healthcare, and energy and the environment to municipalities and nonprofits.
    Our consultants have a wide base of knowledge and experience gained from working with clients on demanding, controversial and often critical communications assignments. While we provide strategic counsel to CEOs and teams of top corporate decision-makers, we also act as full members of mid-level client service teams. We are always prepared to roll up our sleeves to help our clients implement effective solutions in every assignment we take. Tucker/Hall has been instrumental in working with many Fortune 500 companies and other organizations to introduce consumer products in Latin America, support complex litigation matters, provide public policy solutions to sensitive environmental issues and develop competitive strategies for fast-growth companies.”  

    Tucker Hall has summer (paid) internships available to students majoring in Political Science, Economics, Professional/Technical Writing, Environmental Science and Policy and Psychology.  Generally, they are looking for students entering the junior or senior year and who are looking for post graduation careers rather than graduate or professional school educations.  The President and Human Resource Manager will be in the Lounge on Tuesday, April 22 from noon – 1:30 to talk about internship and career opportunities in what is really a spectacular company.  Pizza will be served.

    RSVP to Ms. Field ( no later than April 15.  We have a limited number of slots.

  • Disease Is Coming To USF!

    Prof. El-Rady’s Infectious Diseases and History course will be presenting a walkthrough of the various diseases that have, and still do, influence humanity today as well as you.

    Come join us on April 15th in the Teco Room (EDU building) between 10:00 am – noon for an informative and entertaining walk through time! Light refreshments will also be provided.

    Looking for more info? No problem! Check out the website:

    What: A historic walkthrough of the various infectious diseases and their impacts on human history and you
    When: April 15, 10 am - noon
    Where: The TECO Room, EDU Building

  • Hello  USF students:  Here are some great events that will be taking place at the College of Public  Health as part of National Public Health Week. We hope you will take the time to stop by our COPH to learn more about our College and the super careers in public health!  We are located at the very northwest corner of the campus, at the corner of Bruce B. Downs and Fletcher, see also .

    Tuesday, April 1st

    Open House
    11am-2pm ▪ COPH 2004
    Learn about the college’s undergraduate and graduate academic programs.
    Contact: Dr. Kay Perrin,

    Blood Drive
    11am–6pm ▪ COPH Main Entrance
    Contact: Ellen Kent,
    You can sign up online for a time slot at the web site  (you will see: Step 1: Find A Blood Drive: Enter your Zip Code or Sponsor Code: (type in T0645 for the Sponsor Code  and then click on 4/1/08)   OR   
    (2) You can just stop by the blood drive anytime on April 1st, between 11 am -6  pm. 

    Sunshine Education and Research Center Tours
    2:30-4pm ▪ COPH 2004
    Undergraduate students are invited to tour the occupational health and safety laboratories and meet  graduate students in the Sunshine ERC!
    Contact: Ellen Kent,

    Monday, April 7th 

    Climate Change and Health—World Health Day
    Too Hot Not to Handle Film— Screening
    4-5:30pm ▪ COPH Auditorium 1023A
    The HBO Documentary, Too Hot Not to Handle, a guide to action to reduce global warming emissions. Post screening commentary by Ms. Jan Roberts, President of Earth Charter US, and participant in the recent United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bali.
    Contact: Susan James,


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