Know-a-BULL News
Week of 04/01/2014 - Issue # 308

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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 4/3/2014 Cooking with Cayla
 4/3/2014 National Poetry Month at USF: April 2014
 4/3/2014 The Art of Professionalism
 4/4/2014 Values-Based Leadership
 4/6/2014 HCSC Spring Picnic
 4/7/2014 National Poetry Month at USF: April 2014
 4/8/2014 Chinese Culture Festival
 4/8/2014 USF Responds to Military Sexual Trauma - A Research Symposium
 4/9/2014 National Poetry Month at USF: April 2014
 4/9/2014 Declassified
* Freshpeople 5 Events
* LLC Events
* PSP Events
* TOE Events
* Special Scholars Events

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Honors College

Dean's Update:

    Congratulations to Linda Lucas and the entire Office of National Scholarships for winning the 2013-2014 USF Diversity Award!  This is a well deserved honor for ONS and we are proud of their efforts. 


  • 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.

    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.

  • 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.


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O.N.S. - Office of National Scholarships

  • New! - Confucius Institute Scholarship

    The Confucius Institute (CI) Scholarship program offers financial support for students and scholars to spend up to one year in China. The scholarship is open to students majoring in Chinese Language and Literature, Chinese History and Chinese Philosophy.

    The CI Scholarship is provided by China's Office of Chinese Language Council International or Hanban through the USF Confucius Institute. The scholarship provides a full tuition waiver, room and board, and a stipend for one semester or one academic year at our partner Qingdao University or another university in China. The online application for CI Scholarship is now available at, which has more information about selection requirements and scholarship benefits. The deadline is Monday, April 21, 2014.

    More information about the CI Scholarship and other scholarship/grant opportunities through the USF Confucius Institute are available at


  • New! - Congratulations to Michael Calzadilla, Fiona Kearns, and Kaitlin Deutsch!

    Michael, Fiona and Kaitlin are recipients of the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, the most prestigious undergraduate scholarship for undergraduate research. For more information about the Goldwater Scholarship please visit:


  • New! - The Washington Center

    The Washington Center is accepting applications for Fall 2014. The deadlines are provided below. Students that apply prior to the priority deadline have a greater choice in internship placements and better chances in receiving a TWC scholarship that they may apply for.

    The Washington Center Fall  2014 Semester Deadlines:

    Fall 2014 Priority Deadline: May 7

    Fall 2014 Regular Deadline: June 11

    For more information, visit:

  • 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. 

  • 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. 


  • 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


  • 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:


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

  • 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! 


  • 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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USF Honors College Student Council

  • New! - The Last Lecture

    Hear from Mechanical Engineering Professor Dr. Autar Kaw, one of four professors to receive the national 2012 Outstanding Professor of the Year award, as he presents "Reflections of an Ordinary Man for the Millennial Generation." This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to hear from one of this nation's most distinguished professors. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Please arrive early to ensure you get a seat. Admission is FREE! - This event is sponsored by Housing & Residential Education: Best place to live. Best place to work. Best place to learn.


  • New! - Study Abroad Sendoff

    Save the date for our final Honors LLC event of the year! 

    We'll congratulate our graduates and wish our study abroad students luck as they set out on their journeys. All students our welcome, but we encourage those who will be traveling abroad to attend! We hope to see you there at 6pm in JPH 1317!


  • New! - Art Expo Results

    We would like to thank everyone who attended the Honors College Art Expo, especially those who submitted work! Congratulations to Ashley Gillam and Demi Girot, the two crowd favorites. Their work will be displayed on the HLLC facebook for those of you who did not get a chance to check it out in person. 


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Student Submissions

  • New! - Want to make a difference on our campus

    Do you want to make a difference? Are you interested in... Helping to meet the needs of students at high-risk for suicide? Building your resume while assisting in campus-wide efforts to prevent suicide? We are looking for motivated student body leaders to participate on a Student Advisory Board for a campus-wide suicide prevention project. Please Contact for more information on this unique opportunity!

  • New! - USF Responds to Military Sexual Trauma Event

    On April 8th, several organizations and departments at USF are coming together for a symposium entitled "USF Responds to Military Sexual Trauma." Our goal with this symposium is to bring together the various people and organizations at USF that are conducting research on MST or that feel that they can offer something of value to our research goals. We feel that we are a community organically equipped with the resources for enacting change and healing: we have psychologists, physicians, a top ROTC program, an actively growing women's and gender studies department and we are in close proximity to, and have a partnership with, one of the largest air force bases, Veterans Affairs hospitals, and other military entities. This symposium will bring together researchers and graduate students from USF and nearby VA Hospitals to speak about some of the ways that academics, activists, and medical researchers can help the nation address the pressing national issue of military sexual trauma. We will spend the day discussing the current state of MST both when it comes to prevention tactics and response procedures.

    You can find information about the symposium here:

    This will be a Fresh People 5 event.

  • New! - Stronger Than I Knew Project

    The Stronger Than I Knew Project invites USF students to make a short video telling their story of how they successfully faced and overcame a personal challenge. The purpose of this project is to celebrate resilience and promote hope, particularly for students who may be in the midst of similar challenges.

    The trailer video and full list of guidelines for creating a video can be seen here:


    Link: Stronger Than I Knew Project Flyer

  • New! - PreMed AMSA and USF MCOM PWH present Vitals Clinic

    Vitals Clinic is coming up! Hosted alongside USF COM Project World Health, this event will will be held at the USF College of Medicine (LHVN Auditorium at USF Health) on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 from 5:00 PM-7:00 PM. Students will rotate between 3 activities- the Vitals Clinic, a case-study group discussion, and a tour of the campus. The best part about this experience is that you can talk and interact with current medical students at the Morsani College of Medicine! For more information contact Akanksha Chavan at OR Kara Mia Villanueva at


  • New! - Volunteer Job Opportunities

    The volunteer research intern will assist with one or more research projects related to the use of technology and social media in community-based participatory research for approximately 5 hours/week. We are looking for a tech-savvy student who is interested in helping on a project related to health, technology and social media. Interested candidates please send resume to Dr. Roneé Wilson at

    The volunteer research intern will assist with one or more research projects related to manuscript preparation for approximately 5 hours/week within the Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics at the College of Public Health. The primary responsibility will involve literature synthesis and manuscript writing/editing. Manuscripts will focus on health and preventive health topics. Interested candidates please send resume to Dr. Roneé Wilson


  • New! - Chinese Culture Festival

    The Honors Geographical Perspectives on China class will be hosting the Fifth Annual Chinese Culture Festival in the Marshall Student Center Ballrooms on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 from 11:00 until 2:00. It will be not only enlightening with booths on various topics but also full of interesting activities and performances. Booths will cover topics from Chinese and American Ping Pong Diplomacy to Debunking Myths to the Chinese Zodiac to the origins and myths surrounding the Dragon and more. Performances will include Mt. Song Martial Arts, a yo-yo demonstration, an authentic Chinese tea ceremony, musicians, and much more. There will also be a ping pong tournament. The Festival will conclude with a traditional dragon dance. Food will be catered by Fushia: Asian Bistro and tea will be catered by Kaleisia. Come out and support your fellow honors students!

    This will be a FreshPeople 5 event.

  • 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

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