Know-a-BULL News
Week of 04/06/2010 - Issue # 108

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, Undergraduate Research, and Resources for Educational Distinction.

At a Glance

Upcoming Events

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 4/7/2010 Personality Assessment
 4/12/2010 An Afternoon with Alex Velasquez
 4/16/2010 4th Colloquium
 4/20/2010 HCSC Laser Tag
 4/22/2010 Earth Day- Flower Pot Decorating
 4/30/2010 Thesis Presentation Day
 5/7/2010 Honors College Graduation
 5/14/2010 CS_INFO_SESSION
 6/28/2010 CS_INFO_SESSION
* "Freshpeople 5 Events"

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Honors College

Dean's Update:

    The Art Ringness event is canceled. Sorry for any inconvenience

    If you are starting your thesis in the fall, now is the time to begin thinking about a topic and a mentor. You would be wise to go to the Honors College website and read the thesis handbook (link below).

    If you have concerns, please come to the Lounge at 3PM on Friday, April 16. I will be there to talk about the process and our expectations for your project. I want to ensure that you feel comfortable as you think about your thesis.

    Link: Click here for Honors Thesis material

  • Health Professions Applicants: Personal Statement Workshop

    If you are applying to health professions programs this year, you must write a polished essay that conveys your motivation for the profession, and the insights you have gained from relevant experiences. The Health Professions Advising Committee (HPAC) can help you with this. We will present a Personal Statement Workshop Tuesday, April 20 from 1 - 3 in JPH 1317. RSVP by emailing your name, UID#, major, and health profession to Please put "Personal Statement Workshop" in the subject line.

  • New Course

    Dr. Richard S. Pollenz will teach one of our IDH 3350 (Honors Natural Sciences) sections this Fall. Make sure and consider registering for it. Here is the course description:


    Does genetic engineering pose a risk? Is global warming a myth? How does H1N1 reproduce? Is the science of NCIS and CSI real and what is the relationship to The Who? If you have considered these questions, this course is designed to help train you to work toward some answers. Think of it as scientific and creative exercise for your brain as we turn back the clock to when education was a truly "active" process and each day was a new discovery. Are you up for the challenge?

  • Spring 2010 Honors College Graduation Page is Active!

    Spring 2010 Graduation is almost here!

    Your Honors College Graduation will be held on Friday, May 7th. Details including the invitation with details regarding your ceremony time as well as location. Also, please read the memo from Dean Silverman. Both can be found on the Honors Graduation Page.

    Link: Honors Graduation Page

  • Thesis Permits

    Don't be concerned if you have not received your Thesis permit. We are keeping up with the other permit requests right now, as there is no rush for Thesis Permits since this course has unlimited seats. You will receive a reply once the permit has been put in.

  • An Afternoon with Alex Velasquez

    Time: Noon - 1:30
    Location: Honors Lounge
    Description: Alex Velasquez, Honors College alumnus, is finishing up his third year at the University of Miami Medical school and will speak about his experience there and answer questions. There will be pizza.

  • Bio Course Update for Summer Term!

    Two courses not normally offered in summer have just been added to the summer schedule: BSC 2093C Human Anatomy & Physiology I and PCB 3712 General Physiology lecture.

    If you plan to take PCB 4843 Neuroscience in fall, and have not taken PCB 3712, you will need PCB 3712 in summer to meet the prerequisite.

  • Honors LLC- Resume Workshop

    Lauren Kaplan will be meeting with the LLC to share how the Career Center can help you build a strong resume. If you need help creating a resume or have any questions, please join us Wednesday, March 31 from 6-6:30 pm in the second floor kitchen in Poplar.


  • Attention Spring 2010 Potential Graduates!

    Spring 2010 Graduation is almost here! USF Spring Commencement is scheduled for Friday May 7th and Saturday May 8th, 2010 depending on your major. Our own Honors College Graduation will be held on Friday, May 7th. Due to the large number of graduates this semester, there will be three Honors Graduation Ceremonies in Traditions Hall in the Alumni Center. The ceremony schedule is as follows:

    - Students with last names starting with A to G will attend the ceremony at 9:00 a.m.
    - Students with last names starting with H to O will attend the ceremony at 11:30 a.m.
    - Students with last names starting with P to Z will attend the ceremony at 2:00 p.m.

    More information will be found on our graduation page beginning April 1st! Hope to see you there!

    Link: Honors Graduation Page

  • Victorian Studies Conference

    A Tribute to Bill Scheuerle
    Co-sponsored by the Humanities Institute and Special Collections, Library
    April 16, 2010, Grace Allen Room, Library, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    Special Exhibition of Victorian Holdings, arranged by Jamie Hansen and Melanie Griffin of the Library

  • Summer Internship at The Florida Aquarium Center for Conservation

    Research Internship in Dolphin Photo ID at The Florida Aquarium Center for Conservation. Please click on the link for more information:

    The Florida Aquarium also offers a variety of other internships in animal husbandry, water quality, education, marketing, etc. To view available internships, please visit:

    Note that application deadlines are April 1st.


  • Health Professions Students: Committee Letter Deadline Reminder

    If you are applying to health professions programs this year that recommend a committee letter, the Health Professions Advisory Committee of USF is still accepting applications. The deadline to apply is April 2. Note: only HPAC application materials, NOT individual letters of recommendation, are due by April 2. For exact requirements and deadlines, please see the HPAC website.

    Link: Link to HPAC Requirements and Application

  • United Way campaign

    March 15 - April 30
    Please join the Honors College, Undergraduate Research, and USF in our mission to improve lives in our community. Help us LIVE UNITED to help families in the Tampa Bay area who are facing special needs.

    You can make a donation:
    Online via payroll deduction or e-check at (Payroll deduction is only for those employed at USF)
    By paper pledge form for cash, check, credit card or direct billing. You can also use the paper pledge form to designate specific agencies to receive your donation.

  • Medical First Responder Course

    USF University Emergency Medicine Student Association will present a Medical First Responder course for this Spring semester. Each class will consist of one lecture and one practical hands-on sessions. Classes will be held at the College of Nursing between March 29th - April 29th, 2010, on Mondays and Wednesdays in MDN 2002 from 6-10 pm and on Tuesdays and Thursdays in MDN 2005 from 6-10 pm. This class is open to all students, faculty, and staff. Cost to UEMSA personnel is $160 and all others is $200. The class includes two-year certification from the American Association of Orthopedic Surgeons in infant/child/adult cardiopulmonary resuscitation and automated external defibrillation at the Healthcare Provider level. Contact UEMSA through their website if you have any questions or to sign up for the course. Prompt contact with us and advance payment will reserve your seat in the class.


  • 4th Colloquium

    4th Colloquium in the Electronic Life series: Reality TV shows, 04/16, 1:00 - 2:30, in the Honors Lounge. Go to the Honors Calendar to RSVP.

    Please note: This event has moved from 04/09 to 04/16/2010.

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O.N.S. - Office of National Scholarships

  • Fulbright Scholarships

    We will have an information session on Fulbright Scholarships for Undergraduate and Graduate students on Tuesday, April 20, 2010 at 1-3 pm in the Marshall Center. There will be time set aside for individual consultations. The Fulbright Program funds students to go abroad to teach English and to conduct research.

    All students are welcome but rising seniors and graduate students will receive priority seating. The Fulbright application deadline for USF students is in early September.

    Link: Office of National Scholarships

  • Phi Kappa Phi members: Love of Learning Award

    Love of Learning Awards will help fund post-baccalaureate studies and/or career development for active Phi Kappa Phi members to include (but not be limited to): Graduate or professional studies, doctoral dissertations, continuing education, career development, travel related to teaching/studies, etc. Eighty awards, at $500 each, will be awarded.

    The competition is open to all active (dues current) Phi Kappa Phi members who:
    * Have completed their baccalaureate studies by application submission deadline
    * Did not receive a Fellowship or Award of Excellence grant

    Go to the link for more information, the deadline is: 5/19/10

    Please notify us if you apply:

    Link: PKP: Love of Learning

  • Monbukagakusho Scholarships: Study in Japan

    In existence since 1954, the Monbukagakush is a prestigious scholarship offered by the Japanese Government's Ministry of Education, Science, Sports and Technology (MEXT). Amount, term, and eligibility vary based on the scholarship type and length of program.

    Go to the link for more information, the deadline is: 5/14/10

    Please notify us if you apply:

    Link: Study in Japan

  • Golden Key members: open scholarships

    Golden Key believes in rewarding its members for their academic, leadership and service excellence. Annually, the Society offers more than $500,000 (USD) in member-only scholarships and awards.

    Most of Golden Key's scholarships and awards are administered by Golden Key Headquarters and require a formal application.

    Go to the link for more information, deadlines vary.
    Please notify us if you apply:

    Click on the name of a scholarship to review its application requirements and procedures. Please read these procedures carefully, as every scholarship has different requirements.


    Link: Golden Key Awards

  • 2010 TYLENOL Scholarship Program

    If you have chosen to pursue a career that's all about taking care of others, the makers of TYLENOL want to help take care of up to $10K of your tuition.

    Now in its 18th year, the TYLENOL Scholarship program helps students getting a healthcare-related education manage the rising costs of education. This year, Tylenol will be awarding $250,000 in scholarships to forty students based on leadership qualities and performance. We encourage any student who is pursuing a career in healthcare to apply.

    Go to the link for more information, the deadline is: 5/14/10

    Please notify us if you apply:

    Link: Tylenol scholarship

  • Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF)/MassMutual Scholarship

    Program Description

    The Hispanic Scholarship Fund administers the MassMutual Scholars Program in partnership with UNCF and the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF).

    The MassMutual Scholars Program is funded by the MassMutual Financial Group, and is focused on expanding access and opportunity of higher education and employment to citizens who reflect the rich cultural diversity of our nation.

    In 2010, MassMutual looks forward to assisting full time students entering their sophomore, junior, senior or fifth-year senior year of college (maximum $5,000 each) with over $135,000 in scholarships.

    Go to link for more information! 5/30/10 deadline
    Let us know if you apply:

    Link: HSF/MassMutual Scholarship

  • Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF)/ExxonMobil Scholarship

    Program Description

    The Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) and ExxonMobil have partnered to provide financial resources to outstanding Latino undergraduate students. Awards are in the amount of $2,500 and are disbursed in Fall 2010.

    Link: HSF ExxonMobil Scholarship

  • Ayn Rand Essay Contest

    Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest Information

    Eligibility: 12th Graders, College Undergraduates, and Graduate Students
    Entry Deadline: September 17, 2010
    FIRST PRIZE: $10,000
    3 SECOND PRIZES: $2,000
    5 THIRD PRIZES: $1,000
    20 FINALISTS: $100

    Go to the link and begin now! 9/17/10 deadline, let us know if you submit an essay:

    Link: Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest

ONS has information on a wide variety of Scholarships and fellowships for graduate study. Please check the ONS website and speak with Mr. Mejias.

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USF Honors College Student Council

  • Laser Tag

    Join the Honors Council for a night of Laser Tag, arcade games, pizza and soda. April 20th 6:30-10:30pm at Q-Zar, 7807 North Dale Mabry Highway. You MUST stop by the Honors College front desk to pay and sign up for this event BY 3PM the day of. $15 for 4 hours of unlimited play! This is a Freshman 5 event.
    *Space is limited so sign up soon!*

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Student Submissions

  • Get Carded presents... Living Green Ribbon!

    Get Carded, a student organization dedicated to promoting organ donation, is holding their annual Living Green Ribbon event on April 15th, 2010 from 11am-2pm in the Marshall Center Amphitheater. Guests can register to become donors onsite. There will be live music, free food, giveaways, etc. Come out and support the fight to save lives!

  • STAND Soccer Tournament -- 4/17

    Come out and support STAND in our yearly soccer tournament to raise funds and awareness of current genocide. The event begins at 10am on Saturday, April 17.

    Register as a team or as a free agent. Registration for this soccer tournament will be open until 4/16 at midnight. There is a 10 dollar suggested donation per person.

    STAND is a USF anti-genocide student organization. This second annual soccer tournament is held to raise money to combat genocides occurring right now.

    Link: Sign up here

  • Local Motive

    Local Motive is a promotion and networking opportunity for local independently-owned businesses in the Tampa area that will be hosted by the USF Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement (CLCE), Student Community Gardens at USF (CGUSF), and a group from IDH 3600.007 Seminar in Applied Ethics: Sustainability, on the MLK Lawns of USF Tampa from 11:00am to 3:00pm on April 14th, 2010. During Local Motive businesses will display the diversity and uniqueness of Tampa-area businesses and inform students of the effects that independently-owned shops and eateries have on the Bay Area economy. Representatives from over 30 businesses, from restaurants to book stores to bicycle repair shops, are expected to be present with free samples and demonstrations of their products and services. A number of local artists and musicians will also be at the event, offering those interested in the unique Tampa scene a chance to meet them and enjoy their works.

  • Chinese Culture Festival

    Free Food! Live demonstrations, Arts and Crafts, Speakers.

    April 20th, 2010. MSC 2708 4:00 - 6:30pm

  • National Society of Collegiate Scholars Open Meeting

    The National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS) is hosting an open meeting on Monday, April 5th at 5pm in MSC 4103 in an effort to attract prospective members. We will be presenting about the benefits you get as a member of the USF Chapter of NSCS.

    Some Background about NSCS:
    The National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS) is an honor society inviting high-achieving freshmen and sophomores. Members must rank in the top 20 percent of their class.

    NSCS is proud to offer more money for undergraduate scholarships than any other honor society nationwide. But more than that, NSCS is a growth opportunity, leadership training ground, and resource.

    To learn more about NSCS please reserve your spot by Sunday, April 4th, 2010 at midnight through this email address: We will have FREE PIZZA but BYOB (bring your own beverage)!

    Link: NSCS USF Chapter Website

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