Know-a-BULL News
Week of 04/03/2012 - Issue # 208

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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 4/11/2012 "Fearless Learning" Part II
 4/12/2012 Windows Phone Hack-A-Thon and Student Promotion
 4/15/2012 HCSC Luau Spring Picnic!
 4/17/2012 Honors Council Brain Bowl Knowledge Tournament!
 4/18/2012 Honors Table at Bull Market
 4/25/2012 Fulbright Session with Walter Jackson
 4/27/2012 Spring, Last Day of Classes
 4/28/2012 Spring Finals Week
 5/2/2012 Honors Commencement Ceremony
 5/2/2012 Honors Commencement Ceremony
* "Freshpeople 5 Events"

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Honors College

Dean's Update:

    Link: Click here for further information

  • National Poetry Month

    APRIL is National Poetry Month at USF! Ever wondered what President Judy Genshaft&rsquos favorite poem is? Or Coach Skip Holtz? Or Provost Ralph Wilcox? Or your colleague down the hall? Now is your chance to find out, as the Humanities Institute launces Poetry Matters at USF!&mdashpart of our annual celebration of National Poetry Month (April).


    Starting April 2 with President Genshaft&rsquos selection, we present a daily array of poems, chosen by USF people, each with an explanation of why the poem matters to them. Visit daily at:  or &ldquoLike&rdquo the Humanities Institute Facebook page for updates.


    While you&rsquore on USF&rsquos NPM Website, check out the exciting array of readings and activities that mark April as special. You can find the complete NPM schedule, author biographies, and more. The first week of NPM we will feature Melanie Hubbard on April 2nd in MSC 2707 at 7:00pm and Eric Dawson on April 4th in MSC 3704 at 7:00pm.


    This year&rsquos NPM events are possible thanks to a grant from the Florida Humanities Council and generous support from the Florida Book Awards, the USF Office of Sustainability, the Department of English, and the Botanical Gardens.


    Come find out why April is the coolest month!

    Link: Poetry Month Flyer

  • Super Service Opportunity

    Interested in making a lasting impact on your community and the world? Want to gain invaluable leadership experience?

    Join the Timmy Global Health team as an officer! For more information contact Amber Schmidt at

    We look forward to working with you to expand access to healthcare locally and globally.

  • Research and possible Thesis Opportunity

    The project is a biogeochemical survey of surface waters and sediment along the coast.  I collect water and sediment from offshore, estuarine, nearshore, and inland sites every three months.

    The ideal thesis student would have one free day of the week where they could come with me sampling, preferably Friday.  The student would be responsible for water chemistry analysis, DNA extractions, and possibly polymerase chain reactions if they show an aptitude for the molecular side.  They will combine this data to show how biodiversity changes over time and determine which/if any geochemical properties are effecting biodiversity.  This would require 4-12 hours per week in the lab.  They would end the year with a thesis and poster to be presented at the Undergraduate Research Colloquium.

    Contact: Damian Menning

  • Thesis Presentation Day

    To all Honors College Students:

     Thesis is the cornerstone of the Honors College experience. Recognizing its importance for our academic community, we have established Thesis Day, when some of our students are given the opportunity to present their theses in a public forum .  We request that all students currently enrolled in Thesis I plan to attend for at least one of the 1 1/2-hour long sessions. We will also assign each attending freshman a Freshpeople 5 credit for each session.

     This semester, Thesis Day will be Friday, April 27, from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m, in the Honors College classrooms. Oral presentations will  last  15-20 minutes. PowerPoint, judiciously used, is acceptable.  A 10-15 minute discussion will follow.  Poster presenters will be with their posters for one 1 ½ hour session.   


  • Permits and Thesis Permits Now Open

    Permit Requests and Thesis Registration Permit Requests are now open for Summer and Fall 2012. Most students should not need a permit, unless registering for a course that is restricted and has a permit on it, such as Thesis and IDH 4000. For all other courses, please try registering first and only apply for the permit if you receive a Major or College (or permit required) restriction. Permit and Thesis Permit requests are found on the Honors website under ONLINE FORMS. You will know when the permit has been put in as you will receive an email reply from the Permit Request.

    For Undergraduate Research, IDH 4910, please go to the Honors Website and look under Printable Forms. Click on the IDH 4910 contract and print. Fill out the contract, have your mentor sign it and return to Joan Field for Registration (for Summer or for Fall 2012).


  • Fall Course Descriptions

    Course Descriptions for Fall 2012 are now available. Go to the Honors Website and look under: Current Students: Course Descriptions.


  • Honors Scholarships

    The applications are now available for Honors College Competitive Scholarships for 2012-2013.  Scholarships range from $500 to $2000 a semester, and some do not consider financial need.  Application deadline is April 15th.

    Link: Scholarship Application

  • Graduation Spring

    If you are planning to graduate this semester, please go to the Honors website/current students/graduation and "name your plan to graduate".  After the University's application process is complete, we will send a request for additional information.

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O.N.S. - Office of National Scholarships

  • Graduate Fellowship for Conflict/Peace Studies Deadline July 1

    The Rotary Peace Fellowship provides academic and practical training to prepare scholars for leadership roles in solving conflicts around the world. Fellows earn a masters-level degree or a professional development certificate in peace and conflict studies at one of six Rotary Peace Centers at leading universities in Australia, England, Sweden, Japan, the United States and Thailand.

    The 2013 Academic term deadline is 1 July 2012. Applications are available at: All Rotary Peace Fellowship applications need the endorsement of your local Rotary district. You can find your nearest local Rotary Club by using the Club Locator tool on the Rotary International web site at Please email with questions.


  • Sayeef Mirza Critical Language Scholarship Recipient

    Congratulations to Sayeef Mirza!  Sayeef, an Honors College senior majoring in Biomedical Sciences, was awarded the Critical Language Scholarship to study Arabic in Salalah, Oman for 10 weeks this summer.

    The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) provides fully-funded group-based intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences. A program of the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the CLS Program offers intensive language institutes overseas in thirteen critical need foreign languages.

    For more information, please visit: Questions? Email Ms. Schumacher at


  • Fulbright Information Session with Walter Jackson April 25

    The Fulbright Program is a Merit Scholarship to fund postgraduate studies, english teaching or field work abroad.

    On Wednesday, April 25 at 3pm, Walter Jackson (Student Program Manager from Fulbright) will be giving a presentation about the Fulbright program. The event will be held in ALN 185 -Admissions Preview Room.

    Sign up for the session through the ONS website Click on Upcoming Events on the right hand side of the page.

    Find out more about Fulbright here:


  • Tylenol Scholarship for Medical and related interests

    It is time to apply for the Tylenol Scholarship for people studying medicine and related areas.   The Tylenol scholarship provides funding to those who have committed to a career of caring.  They will award 40 students up to $10,000.  The USF deadline to apply is Tuesday May 1st. See Mr. Sam Waldron for more information.

    Link: Tylenol Scholarship

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

  • Honors Council Brain Bowl Knowledge Tournament

    Are you intelligent?? Are you competitive?? Are you a proud USF Honors student?? 

    If so, then what are you waiting for?! make your team and compete in the ultimate battle-of-the-brains against your fellow Honors peers at the Honors Council Brain Bowl Knowledge Tournament! Everything from Intro Chem to Disney and USF Trivia will test your team's collective brainpower! The winning teams will be eligible for incredible prizes!

    Brain Bowl is Tuesday, April 17th, 6-8 pm in JPH 1319. Teams are to consist of 3-5 Honors students. Registration is free, and while teams can sign-up the day of the Tournament, it is recommended to be registered no later than Fri. April 13th at 8 pm to receive team preparation materials.


    Be sure to form your teams quickly! To sign-up your team, e-mail the names of everyone on your team to Kelsey Shook:

    See you there and may the odds be ever in your favor! 

  • Honors Councils Luau Spring Picnic!

    Aloha oukou! Don't be stuck indoors! Breathe the fresh “tropical” air with the Honors Council's Luau-Themed Spring Picnic! Sunday, April 15th, 11-2 pm at the USF Riverfront Park off of Fletcher.

    Enjoy an afternoon of field day games, a “Student vs. Staff” Kickball Tournament, free canoeing, tropical smoothies and most importantly hot dogs and hamburgers grilled with a Hawaiian twist by Dean Silverman! 

    This will be the Dean’s 50th Picnic, so don’t miss out!

    See you there!


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USF Honors College Student Council

  • Windows Phone HackAThon and Student Promotion

    Join us for another opportunity to gain insight into the world of Windows! A further exploration of the appLab designed to share knowledge needed to start building Metro-style applications for Windows 8!

    More details to come....

    Students will need to bring laptops running Windows 8 Computer Preview
    or a Mac running Windows Consumer (Bootstrap partition)and register to
    obtain links to download software needed prior to attending.

    Prizes are available to win!

    Free Food!

    Thursday, April 12

    5:00-9:00 pm

    JPH 1319

    R.S.V.P. Required

  • Fearless Learning Part II

    What does it take to not only make a great first impression but to leave a lasting impression? How do you set yourself apart from the rest? Do you know how to be memorable?

    Certain skills are essential in life whether they are used in the academic, professional, or social arenas. Through "up on your feet" activities and interactive games take away skills for character and interpersonal development, team building, leadership and much more!

    Wednesday, April 11

    7:00 pm

    Pod 2200

    FreshPeople Credit and Free Food!

  • My Career in Ruins: Confessions of an Archaeologist

    Thursday, April 5 at 7:00 p.m. in the MSC Oval Theater

    Students, faculty and the USF community are invited to hear the pearls of wisdom presented by Dr. Christian Wells in the Last Lecture Series. Dr. Wells is an Associate Professor in Anthropology, Director of the Office of Sustainability and Deputy Director of the Patel School of Global Sustainability. The Last Lecture Series started at USF two years ago and is sponsored by Housing & Residential Education.

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Student Submissions

  • Grad Night at the Baseball Stadium

    Are you GRADUATING this semester? If so, then you should come to Grad Night on Saturday, April 21st at 5:30pm to watch the USF Men's Baseball Team take on the Louisville Cardinals! It will be a fun event with food and drinks provided, and a great way to finish off your college career. Please RSVP to Vic Teschel.

  • StandUp Economist

    Economics Scholars Society presents Yoram Bauman, Ph.D.,Comedian, Author, and Economist! This event is free and open to the public on Thursday, April 5th at 6:30pm in MSC Ballrooms A&B (doors open at 6pm). Q&A, Book Signing, and a Reception will follow. This event is sponsored by USF Student Government, the Gus A. Stavros Center for Free Enterprise & Economic Education at USF, and the Charles Koch Foundation.

    Link: Click here for the flyer

  • LLC Thesis Survey

    Hello fellow Honors College students, 

    If you could please take a short period of time out of your day to fill out this survey about a proposed new living learning community on campus I would really appreciate it! It's for my thesis!



    Thank you!

  • SASS 2012

    Science and Society Symposium 2012 (SASS 2012) is a FREE evening event that will promote an awareness of the relationship between science and society. The event will be held in the MSC Oval theater from 5:15 to 8:00pm and include cultural performances by the College of Music and Theatre Department, as well as six 15-minute TED-like talks by experts in various fields of the humanities and sciences. The event includes a reception with food and music in the MSC amphitheater.

    In addition, through the assistance of several USF entities, there will be 35 FREE tickets provided for the first 35 individuals that RSVP to attend the R.U.R. theatrical production at 8PM in Theatre 2 (normally priced at $8). ALL USF students are encouraged to RSVP and attend! Please email your RSVP to Jacob Hirsch at by April 6th.

    Link: SASS 2012

  • Research Assistants Needed

    Research Assistants needed!  Dr. Marc Karver Alliance Lab is looking for dedicated students  to assist with projects focused on depressed and at-risk populations. Research assistants must be meticulous, detail-oriented, hardworking, and dependable with good communication and problem-solving  skills.  Applicants should have a 3.5 GPA or above and be able to make a 2-semester commitment. Students who are planning to go to graduate or medical school are strongly encouraged to apply. Past research assistants have been very successful in acceptance to graduate school! Please  email the Alliance Lab Team at for more information.

  • FroYo Fundraiser

    Who does not love Frozen Yogurt? While some may get it on a regular basis, for others it's an occasional treat. Either way join us at The Yogurt Spot for a fundraiser to benefit wounded U.S. Troops.

    What: A giveback night where 15% of Proceeds will benefit American Veterans with Brain Injuries (AVBI) when you mention AVBI at the cash register.

    Who: USF Students partnering with The Yogurt Spot

    When: April 3rd, 2012 3 p.m.-Midnight

    Where: 2572 East Fowler Ave, Next to the Chipotle by the University Mall

    Don't forget to mention AVBI when ordering! Hope to see you there!


  • USF MakeAWish Concert

    Come to the USF Make-A-Wish Concert on April 21st! The Make-A-Wish concert is a live charity event in the Marshall Center Amphitheater featuring six up and coming local bands, including ANEW and Variance, the winners and runners up of the USF Battle of the Bands. Co-hosted by the USF Wishmakers Club and Honors Senior Israel Morejon (as his thesis), the event is free to attend, but donations are encouraged and all proceeds go to benefit the Make-A-Wish foundation. Help make this event a huge success! Visit our event page on Facebook and RSVP.

    Link: USFMakeAWish Facebook Event Page

  • Seeking Leaders in Domestic Violence Awareness Org


    The Women In Need Foundation is currently looking for officers to fill our board of directors! Please visit for an application and a constitution which describes positions. Positions available will include Director of Advertising (must be capable in graphic design, creating fliers, social networking, etc.) Director of Member Education (will bring in guest speakers for our general body) and Director of Charitable Events & Fundraising (multiple appointments available, will help organize fundraisers). Our organization raises funds for women in domestic violence shelters and raises awareness in the Tampa community. Please email completed applications to to set up an interview.

    Link: WIN Foundation Website

  • Leadership Experience

    Interested in making a lasting impact on your community and the world?  Want to gain invaluable leadership experience?

    Join the Timmy Global Health team as an officer!  For more information contact Amber Schmidt at

    We look forward to working with you to expand access to healthcare locally and globally.

  • Join The Debate Society at USF

    Do you like to argue? Are you interested in enhancing your public speaking skills? Maybe you did speech and debate in high school? Even if you just have an interest in philosophy and political current events, you should take part in The Debate Society at USF! Each week, a group of argumentative students meet to discuss important issues, hone our speaking abilities and practice for national competitions.  We are looking for active members with an interest in debate no experience necessary! For more information about The Debate Society and our meetings, please contact Ryan at

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