Know-a-BULL News
Week of 04/07/2008 - Issue # 7   

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

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

  • 4/11/2008 (Friday) 6:00 PM thur Saturday 12:00 PM - Relay for Life (USF Track Field)

  • 4/15/2008 (Tuesday) - RSVP Deadline Tucker/Hall internship information session
    (SVC 1040) RSVP

  • 4/15/2008 (Tuesday) 10:00 Am - 12:00 PM - A historic walk through of the various infectious diseases and their impacts on human history and you (Teco Room - Education Building)

  • 4/16/2008 (Wednesday) 11:45 - 1:00 Pm - Honors College Faculty-Student Lunch with Dr. Robin Murphy RSVP

  • 4/17/2008 (Thursday) 5:30 PM - Natasha Tretheway Reception and Lecture (Gibbons Alumni Center - Traditions Hall) RSVP

  • 4/18/2008 (Friday) 1:00 - 2:30 - Colloquium (SVC 1040) RSVP

  • 4/22/2008 (Tuesday) 12:00 - 1:30 PM - TuckerHall Presentation (SVC 1037) RSVP

  • 4/25/2008 (Friday) 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM - Thesis Day - (SVC 1088)

  • 05/02/2008 (Friday) Times TBA - Honors College Graduation (Traditions Hall - Alumni Center)

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Honors College

Dean's Update:

I hope you were as impressed with the posters and presentations at the Undergraduate Research Symposium as I was.  Each year student research gets more and more sophisticated and delves into newer fields.  Please get involved in undergraduate research so you can put the information in the textbooks instead of just reading them!

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. For more information on the Honors College Research Major email:

  • 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.
  • Thesis Day: 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.

    If you are finishing your Thesis this semester and were not selected to present on Thesis Day, you still must make a presentation to your committee at a time convenient to you, your mentor and your reader.  Everyone must 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.

  • A brand new opportunity is available under the Honors College Faculty-Student Lunch Program.

    Dr. Robin Murphy will be the featured faculty member on Wednesday, April 16, from 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Dr. Murphy is Professor in the Computer Science and Engineering Department with a joint appointment in Cognitive and Neural Sciences in the Department of Psychology.  She is a founder and international leader in both rescue robotics and human-robot interaction and was recognized by TIME Magazine in 2004 as an innovator in artificial intelligence.  Dr. Murphy’s research interests focus on artificial intelligence for mobile robots, sensor fusion, sensor fault detection, and recovery and cooperative sensing.

    RSVP to Ivan Lapuka at  In your message, please indicate 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.

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(813) 974-3087


RED - National Fellowships

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  • Winners of the 6th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium
  • Natural Science – Oral
    Ashley Sponaugle
    The Effects of MDMA (ecstacy) on Adolescent Neurogenesis and Dose Preference
    Mentor: Dr. Cheryl Kirstein

  • Natural Science – Poster
    Allison Nelson
    CD14+ Human Umbilical Cord Blood Cells (HUCB) are Essential for Neurological Recovery Following Middle Cerebral Artery Occlusion (MCAO)
    Mentor: Dr. Tracy Womble

  • Engineering/Physical Sciences – Oral
    Mario Martinez
    Synthesis of Chemical Tools for Photoaffinity Labeling of AMP-Binding Proteins
    Mentor: Dr. Roman Manetsch

  • Engineering/Physical Sciences – Poster
    Andre Garcia
    Atomic and Continuum Modeling of Carbon Nanotube Deformation
    Mentor: Dr. Rudy Schlaf

  • Humanities – Oral
    Deborah Kochman
    Reflecting on Revenge in Shakespeare's Hamlet
    Mentor: Dr. Suzanne Stein

  • Arts – Oral and Poster
    Dina Perez
    The Taming of the Shrew Costume Design
    Mentor: Dr. Wiliam Brewer

  • Social Sciences – Oral
    Elicia Kimble
    Rummaging Through Rubbish: Analysis of Feature 4 at the Yon Mound and Village Site (8Li2)
    Mentor: Dr. Nancy White

  • Social Sciences – Poster
    Kelly Foyle
    The Impact of Caregiving on Adolescent Development
    Mentor: Dr. Dr. Donna Cohen

  • USF WLP Award for Research Regarding Women – Brittany Antle

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HCSC - Honors College Student Council

  • Don't miss our exciting upcoming events!
    • Relay for Life - This Friday 04/11/2008 6:00 PM thru Saturday 04/12/2008 12:00 PM (USF Track Fields)

    • HCSC Awards Banquette - Monday 04/14/2008 - 6:00 - 7:30 PM in the Honors College Student Lounge (SVC 1040)

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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

  • USF Women in Leadership & Philanthropy and the USF Humanities Institute cordially invite you and a guest to attend a VIP Reception for:

    Natasha Tretheway
    2007 Pulitzer Prize winning poet of Native Guard and Creative Writing Professor at Emory University

    Thursday, April 17th, 2008
    5:30pm - 6:30pm - VIP Reception & Book Signing
    7:00 PM - Lecture
    Gibbons Alumni Center - Traditions Hall, USF Tampa

  • The following is from 2 Honors students who need your help to win a scholarship.  Please take the time to assist them.

    In the last month, my brother (Dan) and I made an entry for a uPromise 25,000 dollar scholarship.  This week we were named in the top 10 in the nation.  As both honors students, we were hoping you could do us a favor by forwarding information to all other Honors students to help support us.

    Signing up takes literally 1 minute and you get no spam or anything.  Everyone can vote one time per day (if they are nice), and as I am going to graduate school in Los Angeles, it would do me wonders.

    To vote (and save my pocketbook):

    1)  Go to
    2)  Enter your email in the space provided and click submit
    3)  Fill out the little information they ask of you (bare minimum - name, address, email, age) and click Submit.
    4)  Then click "Vote" next to the video called "Dream School"

    Please forward this to as many people as humanly possible. Once again, I appreciate everything the Honors College has done for me.

    Andy Nguyen

  • Summer Job Possibility

    The First Tee is an organization which works to teach golf and “life skills” to children and adolescents. The summer staff we hire are typically camp counselors.  They are responsible for a group of about 10 kids.  They get paired up with a golf professional and assist as much as they are comfortable with the instruction times (mornings).  They make sure the kids are having a great time and help maintain order.  They take the kids out on the course and monitor play in the afternoons.  It is helpful if they are familiar with golf, but not mandatory.  We will have a handful of training sessions before the summer gets started. 

    We pay $7.50-$8.50/hr depending on age, experience and responsibility. You would be a YMCA staff member, so they get an individual membership to the Y, as well.

    For an application contact:

    The First Tee

  • $5,000 Scholarship Opportunity Available
    If you are seeking a career in the health field and were once in foster care or some form of dependent care, you are encouraged to apply for the New Vision Children’s Foundation Foster Care Scholarship.  All applications will be considered that fit the criteria.  Students from Broward County are strongly urged to apply.  There is a possibility the funding will go beyond one-year.  For an application, please contact Mandelyn Hutcherson at or (813) 974-0890 as soon as possible.

  • 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.

    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 walk through 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 web site:

    What: A historic walk through 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 .


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