Know-a-BULL News
Week of 04/07/2015 - Issue # 359

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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 4/8/2015 MCAT Talk
 4/10/2015 CausePlay: the Great Superhero Equality Reboot
 4/12/2015 Honors College Student Council Spring Picnic
 4/13/2015 Get Fancy: An Etiquette Dinner
 4/16/2015 Poetry Reading with Jacqueline Osherow
 4/16/2015 HCSC Leadership Series Session: CLCE
 4/21/2015 Poetry Reading with Meg Day and Sandra Beasley
 4/22/2015 Women in Poetry Discussion Panel
 4/22/2015 Getting the Most Out of LinkedIn with Career Services
 4/30/2015 Honors College Commencement Ceremony
* Freshpeople 5 Events
* LLC Events
* PSP Events
* TOE Events
* Special Scholars Events

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Honors College

Dean's Update:

    Honors Bulls Abroad: International Photography Exhibition

     Who: All USF Tampa Honors students that have participated in an international experience between August 2014-August 2015.

    What: Contestants can submit up to 3 of their favorite pictures taken internationally.

    All entries must include:

    • Name

    • Major

    • Photo title

    • City, Country (where the picture was taken)

    • Date taken  

    • Type/name of trip (ex. USF in Florence Study Abroad, USF Honors College Costa Rica Volunteer Trip, DAAD Research Internship)

    Please keeping editing to a minimum. Email a high resolution digital copy to Indira Ranaweera at with the subject line "Honors Bulls Abroad" and the required information included in the email. Honors College students will vote to choose the finalists, and a panel of professional photographers will decide the winners.  Winning photographs will be displayed in a public exhibition. The top 3 winners will receive a scholarship prize! The picture and statement should be submitted to Indira Ranaweera at by August 1, 2015. It is strongly encouraged that pictures are submitted as soon as possible after the completion of the program. Please note that photos submitted to the Honors photo contest may not be used for other photo competitions.


  • Permits and Course Descriptions

    Permits and Thesis Permits for Summer and Fall 15 registration are now open and registration has begun. It is better to apply early if you think you may need a permit for a class than to apply during registration -- if you wait you may miss out on being able to register for the class you want.

    ALL Thesis Requests require a permit. For first semester thesis, please see your Honors Advisor and have them check the approval box for Thesis I approval.

    Course Descriptions for Summer and Fall are in the process of being added. Most are already up and ready for you to see, and the others will be added as we receive them.

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O.N.S. - Office of National Scholarships

  • New! - Congratulations to Steffanie Munguia

    Congratulations to Steffanie Munguia!

    Steffanie, an Honors College junior majoring in Integrative Animal Biology and Environmental Science and Policy, has been awarded a Udall Foundation Scholarship for 2015, one of only fifty students to receive this award in the United States. The award is given for a commitment to the environment and awardees receive a $5,000 scholarship to support research related to the environment.

    For more information regarding the Udall Scholarship, please visit:

    Link: httpwwwudallgovOurProgramsScholarshipScholarshipaspx

  • New! - Congratulations to Stephanie Radu

    Congratulations to Stephanie Radu!

    Stephanie, an Honors College sophomore majoring in Biology, received an  Honorable Mention for her application to the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, the most prestigious undergraduate award for science research.

    For more information regarding the Goldwater Scholarship, please visit:

    Link: httpsgoldwaterscholarsapplyorg

  • New! - Congratulations to Kirsti Martinez

    Congratulations to Kirsti Martinez!

    Kirsti, an Honors College junior majoring in Environmental Biology and Environmental Science and Policy, was awarded the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, the most prestigious undergraduate award for science research. Kirsti is one of only 260 undergraduate sophomores and juniors in the United States to receive the $7,500 scholarship in the 2015-2016 academic year.

    Additionally, Kirsti is USF's first Goldwater recipient in another region - she was nominated and won in Wisconsin, her home state.

    For more information regarding the Goldwater Scholarship, please visit:

    Link: httpsgoldwaterscholarsapplyorg

  • New! - Congratulations to Sanil Reddy

    Congratulations to Sanil Reddy!

    Sanil, an Honors College junior majoring in Environmental Science, has been awarded the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) to study beginner level Hindi in Jaipur, India for eight weeks this summer.

    The Critical Language Scholarship award is fully funded by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. For more information regarding the CLS, please visit:

    Link: httpwwwclscholarshiporg

  • New! - Congratulations to Jason Rodencal

    Congratulations to Jason Rodencal!

    Jason, an Honors College senior majoring in Cellular and Molecular Biology and Chemistry, has been awarded a Fulbright US Student Program Study Grant to study for a Master's Degree in Cancer Cell and Molecular Biology at the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom. Jason is one of only 46 U.S. students to study in the United Kingdom under the Fulbright program this year.

    For more information regarding the Fulbright US Student Program, please visit:

    Link: httpusfulbrightonlineorg

  • Congratulations to Shelby Thomas

    Shelby, an Honors College junior majoring in international business and international studies, has received the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) to study Intermediate level Japanese in Hikone at the University of Shiga Prefecture for eight weeks this summer.  The Critical Language Scholarship award is fully funded by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

    To learn more about CLS, please visit:

    Link: httpwwwclscholarshiporg

  • Congratulations to Marcos Gonzalez!

    Marcos Gonzalez, an Honors College junior and Provost's Scholar majoring in Accounting, has received a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina. At Asociación Internacional de Estudios (AIE) of Buenos Aires, he will take courses in politics, history and literature of Latin America that are taught entirely in Spanish. Marcos's goal through this study abroad program is to work alongside the economics department at USF as well as gain valuable firsthand experience through the program and use these resources as a catalyst for raising awareness of issues plaguing developing countries.

    To learn more about the Gilman Scholarship, please visit:

    Link: httpwwwiieorgProgramsGilmanScholarshipProgram

  • Interested in pursuing a graduate degree in the United Kingdom?

    Juniors (rising seniors) - if you have a high GPA (>3.8), and are an ambitious and accomplished student who has big plans for the future (potentially including a PhD or master’s degree in the United Kingdom), then this invitation may be for you!

    We are particularly interested in students who are graduating in December 2015, May 2016 or August 2016.

    Funding sources for graduate school in the United Kingdom include national scholarships like the Rhodes, Marshall, Fulbright, Frost or Gates Cambridge.

    If you are interested in these opportunities, please send Ms. Chambers an email at along with a one-page resume and unofficial transcript or make an appointment with the Office of National Scholarships through eScheduler.

    Most of these (but not all!) are for US citizens. If you are an international student, we have opportunities for you as well. Those opportunities can be found on the front page of our website

    Link: httponsusfedu

  • Congratulations to Michael Calzadilla!

    Michael, an Honors College senior double majoring in Physics and Mathematics, has been named a Gates Cambridge Scholar for 2015. He is the first USF recipient of this scholarship and one of 40 selected from the US. This global scholarship, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, provides funding for graduate work at Cambridge University for intellectually outstanding students who have a capacity for leadership and a commitment to improving the lives of others.

    At Cambridge Michael will study for an MPhil in Astronomy and he intends to earn a PhD in Astrophysics and become a professor of physics destined for a career of research, instruction, and outreach.

    You can learn more about the Gates Cambridge Scholarship here:

    Link: httpwwwgatescambridgeorg

  • Congratulations to Evan Little

    Congratulations to Honors College Junior Evan Little! Evan has received a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad in Uppsala, Sweden. At Uppsala University, he will be able to continue his research in alternative energy in an environment of individual learning and self-discovery.

    The USF deadline to apply for a summer or fall study abroad program for Gilman funding is January 13, 2015. For more information regarding the Gilman Scholarship, please visit:

    Link: Gilman Scholarship Program

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. Chambers.

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USF Honors College Student Council

  • New! - HCSC Annual Spring Picnic

    Arrrrr you excited for Honors College Student Council's final event of the year? We will be having our annual Spring Picnic on Sunday, April 12th from 11am- 2pm at USF Riverfront Park. "Captain" Dean Adams will be firing up the grill for delicious (and free!) burgers and hot dogs. Kayaking/canoeing will be available with your USF ID. Transportation will be provided from JP every 20 minutes. This Fresh5 event will have Honors shirts available for $5 or more. Join your mateys for sports and water games, so prepare to get wet or bring extra clothing. Yo ho, yo ho, it's a pirate's life for Council!

  • New! - HCSC Leadership Series Session CLCE

    The Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement is an integral part of USF with its mission to develop leaders who are able to engage and succeed in the global community. Come listen to Mr. Todd Wells, Director of the CLCE, as he speaks about being a leader and the opportunities the CLCE offers to cultivate the leader in you! This is your final chance to make yourself eligible for our final session with President Judy Genshaft! Session will be held Thursday April 16th in JPH 1313 from 4:30 - 5:30 PM. Light refreshments provided. Business casual attire encouraged. Please RSVP through the Honors Calendar.

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USF Honors College Student Council

  • The Honors College is looking for an Orgo 2 tutor

    If you successfully completed Organic Chemistry 1 with an A and are interested in receiving volunteer hours contact for an opportunity to tutor fellow Honors students. 


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Student Submissions

  • New! - USelfCare 2015

    Please join the Alliance and the Suicide Prevention Lab at our first campus awareness event. The event will feature games and on-campus organizations as well as, free food, prizes, gym passes, and selfies with Rocky the bull!

  • New! - Spotlighting an Honors Students Podcast

     Please support a fellow Honors student's podcast:


  • 5K Tutu Run

    USF's Student Dance Production Board presents the second annual 5K Tutu Run! Contribute to the Michelle Vargas Scholarship Fund and advocate for the arts by signing up and bringing friends to the event. Participants are encouraged to wear tutus while they run, walk, or jog the course. Don't have a tutu? No worries! We will have a build your own tutu station and a rent-a-tutu station set up before the run starts. Register today at .

    Link: Tutu Run Info and Registration

  • Research Assistants Needed

    TOBACCO RESEARCH & INTERVENTION PROGRAM (TRIP) MOFFITT CANCER CENTER SUPERVISORS: THOMAS BRANDON, PH.D. DAVID DROBES, PH.D. -Excellent opportunity for students wanting research experience before applying to graduate school. -Help conduct research on substance abuse, with an emphasis on tobacco dependence. -Minimum requirements: 3.5 cumulative GPA, available to work at least 10 hours/week with a one year commitment, starting this July. If interested, please email Idan Ariel ( and answer the following questions: -What is your availability? Please provide all the days [weekdays] and blocks of time that you are available (e.g., M: 9:00 - 3:00 T: 11:00 - 2:00 etc.) during the Fall 2014 semester. -What year are you in school and what semester/year do you anticipate graduating? -What are your plans after graduation (e.g., work, graduate school)? -What is your cumulative GPA, your current GPA, and your psychology GPA (if relevant)? Please be specific, as these will be confirmed. -Please list any past research experience -Please list any computer programs you are proficient with (e.g. Excel, SPSS, SAS, E-prime etc.) -Attach CV/resume to your email (optional).

  • Need to Practice a Speech Become a Better Speaker at Toastmasters

    Learn to be a champion of public speaking at Toastmasters at USF. Students, staff, and faculty are invited to come in and present a speech for free. Guests will receive special evaluations tailored to help improve their speeches. Meetings are on Thursdays from 5:45-6:45pm in MSC 3713. Everyone is welcome! Visit our FB page at for more information or contact Kamari Ross at or 904-859-0676.

    Link: Facebo

  • GTE Financial is Offering Scholarships

    GTE Financial, a not-for-profit credit union in the Tampa Bay area will be awarding scholarships of $2,500 to continuing full-time college students pursuing an undergraduate degree. Some of the requirements include 3.0 GPA or higher, outstanding academic achievement, leadership abilities, a dedication to community service, and being a member of GTE Financial. This scholarship also requires a 1,000 word essay. Applications will be accepted until June 3rd. You can apply online at Feel free to reach out to former USF Bull Shannon Wilde at if you have any questions!

    Link: GTE Financial Scholarship Application

  • Dont Miss Your Chance to Register for ISLC

    The Intercultural Student Leadership Conference (ISLC) is designed to strengthen the engagement and retention of underrepresented students at the University of South Florida by providing inspiration, co-curricular connections, and campus resources to support your path to success.  It is open to all students at USF. 

    The conference will be held Saturday, April 18th, 2015 from 9am to 5pm in the Marshall Student Center.


    Link: Click here to register

  • Come Cosplay with the Honors College

    On the evening of April 10th, the students of the Arts and Humanities class "Comic Books as Art" will be hosting an event called CausePlay: the Great Superhero Equality Reboot. The class has been talking a great deal this semester about superheroes and their costumes, specifically the ways in which many female heroes are shown wearing costumes very different from their male counterparts, namely those that show a lot of skin, have nonfunctional armor, and over-sexualize. Well, your honors classmates want to do something about this! The students will be presenting a lecture on the status of female superhero costumes in popular American comic books, the problems related to those costumes, and will be cosplaying in rebooted versions of those superheroes' costumes. There will be a one hour meet and greet at the start of the event to allow attendees to see the costumes up close, followed by the lecture on the heroes chosen and the costumes rebooted. And finally, the event will close with a viewing of the first episode of the new Netflix original series DAREDEVIL! This event is open to the entire honors community. Students interested in cosplaying in their own like-minded costumes are invited too. This event will also be a Fresh 5 and Honors LLC event, and refreshments will be provided.

  • Camp Boggy Creek Chapter at USF

    The Camp Boggy Creek Chapter at USF is in affiliation with the non-profit pediatric camp. This club focuses on volunteering and fund-raising for children with chronic & life threatening illness by participating in weekend retreats to Camp Boggy Creek! This semester, we will be doing pediatric-oriented volunteering with CBC, Shriner's Hospital, Hope Lodge, Ronald McDonald House, and Relay for Life. For more information about how to get involved, email President Tabitha Michaud at Don't forget to mark your calendars with our general body meeting dates! Meetings: 2/5, 2/19, 3/19, 4/2, 4/16 See you guys there!

    Link: CBCUSF Facebook Page

  • Humanities Institute Spring Events

    Check out the Humanities Institute Spring Events calendar! All events will count as FreshPeople 5 credit if you attend them. Further descriptions of the event can be found on the Honors College calendar.

    Link: Humanities Institute Spring Calendar

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