Know-a-BULL News
Week of 04/08/2014 - Issue # 309

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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 4/9/2014 National Poetry Month at USF: April 2014
 4/9/2014 Declassified
 4/10/2014 Lunch with the Deans: Special Edition
 4/14/2014 HLLC Wrap-Up & Study Abroad Sendoff
 4/15/2014 National Poetry Month at USF: April 2014
 4/16/2014 National Poetry Month at USF: April 2014
 4/17/2014 Honors College Spring Concert
 4/21/2014 Bruce Bradley Talk
 4/22/2014 Honors Improv Showcase
 4/25/2014 National Poetry Month at USF: April 2014
* Freshpeople 5 Events
* LLC Events
* PSP Events
* TOE Events
* Special Scholars Events

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Honors College

Dean's Update:

    Did you know that the Honors College has had an Orchestra, Jazz Band and Chorus for more than 20 years and that the participants are all non music majors?  You'll want to attend the spring concert in the School of Music's main recital hall at 7PM on Thursday, April 17.  Freshpeople 5 event, of course.

    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. 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.


  • New! - Summer Internship at Moffitt Cancer Center

    Are you interested in the applications of economics in health decision making? Consider an internship with Moffitt's health economist, Dr. Benjamin Craig. Dr. Craig's lab conducts online and clinic surveys to understand the value of cancer interventions. It should be noted that this lab is not a wet-lab. Full-time, undergraduate students can earn credit hours over the summer for this internship. A minimum commitment of 15 hours per week is required. 

    For more information about Craig Lab, please visit our website at:

    If you are interested in applying, please submit your resume and one paragraph detailing your future career goals to Michelle Owens at by Sunday, April 20, 2014. We will begin to review resumes on April 21st and schedule interviews starting May 5th, the Monday following finals.

  • 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! - Congratulations to Steffanie Munguia

    Steffanie, an Honors College sophmore, has received a Hollings Scholarship. The Hollings Scholarship Program provides undergraduate students with up to $8,000 per year for two years for academic assistance and a 10-week, full-time paid internship position during the summer at a NOAA facility.

    For more information regarding Hollings, please visit:

    Link: httpwwwoesdnoaagovscholarshipshollingshtmlpagetimeline

  • New! - Congratulations to Sarah Seabrook

    Sarah, an Honors College junior, received a Udall Scholarship. This is her third national scholarship as she received the Gilman Scholarship and Hollings Scholarship in 2012.

    The award is given for a commitment to the environment and awardees receive a $5,000 scholarship to support research related to the environment. Sarah also becomes a member of a national, professional network of scientists, activists, educators, lawyers and others working on environmental issues.

    For more information regarding the Udall Scholarship, please visit:

    Link: httpwwwudallgovourprogramsmkuscholarshipmkuscholarshipaspx

  • 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


  • 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:


  • 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. 

  • 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


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

  • New! - Honors LLC Improv Showcase

    The USF Honors College LLC, in collaboration with Camp Boggy Creek Chapter at USF, is presenting the Improvisation Showcase on TUESDAY APRIL 22nd at 4:15 in JP Room 1317! All semester, the students have been perfecting the art of improvisation, and in a Whose-Line-Is-It-Anyway style performance, will demonstrate their skills of quick-thinking and humorous on-the-spot scenes, all with the help of audience participation! 
    Lemonade and snacks will be available at the event, with all proceeds and donations going to Camp Boggy Creek Chapter at USF! Camp Boggy Creek is a non-profit pediatric camp that provides safe weekend retreats for children with life threatening and chronic illnesses! This will be a Fresh-People-Five Event, so come on out and support your fellow Honors Students and CBC at USF!

  • 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.


  • 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!


  • 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! - Dog Impression Survey

    I am inviting you to help with my study, "An Experimental Look into the Factors Affecting People's First Impressions of Dogs". This research study is for my honors thesis at the University of South Florida, which involves asking people about their impressions of dogs through an online electronic survey. The purpose of my study is to explore factors that affect whether and why people decide to adopt dogs, and the results might help animal shelters get more dogs adopted and reduce the number of dogs who are euthanized. I am asking you to participate because you have probably made these observations in everyday life, and your help would be greatly appreciated. Please visit the link below if you would like to participate:  

    Rachael Trent, University Honors Student, University of South Florida, 

    Link: Dog Impressions

  • New! - Great Chinese Courses for the Fall

    1.) CHT3520/ Chinese Film

    TR 3:30-4:45

    In recent years, Chinese films have won numerous awards in international film festivals. Who are the major directors, actors, and producers? What are some of the recurrent themes discussed in these films? This survey course explores cinema of China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong, including films by Ang Lee (the director of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Brokeback Mountain, and Life of Pi), Zhang Yimou (Hero, Raise and Red Lantern), Wong Kar-Wai (The Grandmaster, In the Mood for Love), and John Woo (The Killer, A Better Tomorrow). Focusing on both formal aspects and cultural contents, we will explore topics such as transnational imaginations, the aestheticization of violence, and the visualization of sexualities No knowledge of the Chinese language is required. All required films carry English subtitles, and all reading is done in English.

    2.) CHT3124/ Modern Chinese Literature in Translation TR 11:00 -12:15

    This survey class explores highlights of the Chinese literary tradition in the modern period from 1911 to the present day. We will explore influential works and literary movements that have shaped modern Chinese culture and thoughts. Primary texts include Nobel literature laureate Gao Xingjian's One Man's Bible, Taiwanese colonial writer Wu Zhuoliu's Orphan of Asia, and May Fourth intellectuals' short stories and novels. Through close reading of the selected works, we will also study literature in relation to broader sociocultural movements such as Japanese colonialism in Taiwan, the Cultural Revolution, and the postwar nativist and root seeking movements. No prior knowledge of Chinese language is required. 

    Contact Mei- Hsuan Chiang for more information at


  • New! - So You Want to Go to Grad School

    The Biology Club will be hosting a graduate school panel next Monday, April 14th from 3 to 5:30pm in MSC 2708. This panel will feature professors and graduate students who will share their tips on getting into grad school and what to expect once you get there. This is a great opportunity to meet professors as well as get information on graduate school and other Bio-related clubs on campus!

  • New! - Camp Boggy Creek Chapter at USF MeetingInfo Session

    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!

    We will be having our second meeting / information session TUESDAY APRIL 15th @ 6pm in MSC 2702. There will be tons of information about the club and getting involved, as well as club T-Shirts for only 10$! 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: CBC at USF Facebook

  • New! - 7 Year BSMD Program Announcement

    Attention BS/MD second year students: As you near the end of your second year in the BS/MD program, we have important information to share with you. Please check your USF email for important message from your advisors, Mr. Mejias ( and Ms. Twachtman (

  • 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!

  • 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

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