Know-a-BULL News
Week of 04/09/2013 - Issue # 259

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

RSS Feed Upcoming Events
 4/10/2013 Presentation by USF Fulbright Alumnae
 4/11/2013 Spring Honors Concert
 4/11/2013 Second Presentation by USF Fulbright Alumnae
 4/12/2013 Marshall Mitchell Rhodes Workshop
 4/17/2013 Fulbright Workshop
 4/17/2013 Medical School Personal Statement Workshop
 4/19/2013 HLLC Group Photo & End of Year Celebration
 4/19/2013 Fulbright Workshop
 4/22/2013 Caswell's Class Science Fair
 4/23/2013 King's College London Information Session
* "Freshpeople 5 Events"

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Honors College

Dean's Update:

  • Long Term Research Opportunity in Animal Behavior

    My name is Martyna Boruta, and I am a graduate student working in Dr. Martin's lab at the Department of Integrative Biology.  

    I have another interdisciplinary opportunity to gain research experience in animal behavior, ecoimmunology, physiology, and early life experience.  I am currently researching how early developmental stress affects adult female preference of sexually selected traits in an avian species. To answer questions around this topic, I am working with Zebra Finches. 

    I am looking for a student who is highly motivated, can work independently and work well in small teams, and is interested in formulating his/her own research questions. I am preferably looking for sophomore or junior, with at least 3.5 GPA. The student must be able to commit around 8-10 hours a week and be available during the entire summer and fall semester. Successful students will gain experience in animal handling, conducting animal behavior observations, and lab skills. 

    Please contact Martyna at for more information. 

  • Hunger Banquet

    Are you first, second, or third world material?

    Find out at Student Coalition Against Homelessness and Poverty's first annual Hunger Banquet on Friday, April 19, 2013 from 4-7pm in MSC 3704. Free food and education for all who attend!

  • Recruiter for the Health Professions Scholarship Program

    If you have been accepted to a health professions graduate or professional program for fall 2013, please review the link below to determine if you may qualify for the Health Professions Scholarship Program. An Army recruiter will be visiting the Honors College on Tuesday, April 23, at 4pm, to provide an overview of the program and answer questions. Please RSVP through the Honors calendar for this event.

    Link: Army Health Professions Scholarship Program

  • 7year BSMD Program Declaration Deadline

    Attention Fall 2012 Admits: Please note that the deadline to declare your intent to follow the 7-year medical program is this Friday, April 12, by 5pm. The online declaration form and the eligibility requirements are available through the following link. 

    Link: Fall 2012 BSMD Declaration

  • Prep Course for MCAT 2015

    To help prepare students for the MCAT 2015, the Colleges of Arts/Sciences and Engineering have collaborated and developed a new research design course which specifically targets content which will be covered on this exam. Therefore, any students who plan to take the MCAT in 2015 should strongly consider enrolling in this course for fall 2013 (ECH 4931 section 005 or 006). The only pre-requisite is Statistics (STA 2023) or one semester of Calculus applicable to science majors (MAC 2241, 2281 or 2311). No permit is required. The target group for this course is first time in college students who entered USF in Fall 2012 (and are not currently following the 7-year BS/MD medical track).  There is no guarantee that the course will be offered again in spring 2014.

  • Fall White House Internship Program Extended Deadline

    If you have a demonstrated commitment to public service and interest in gaining valuable leadership while interning in the White House, then this program is for you! The Fall White House Internship Program runs from September 3rd to December 2013. It is a full-time unpaid position, but there may be educational or other non-profit organizations to apply for funding or housing assistance. The application is now available and the deadline to apply has been extended to May 12th 2013.

    If you are interested in applying, please submit your application materials to Ms. Toni Granato at by Monday, April 22nd 2013.

    For more information, and to view the application materials and eligibility requirements visit:

    Link: httpwwwwhitehousegovaboutinternships

  • EPAs Office of Sustainable Communities Seeks Summer Interns

    Interested in helping communities grow more sustainably? The EPA's Office of Sustainable Communities (OSC), which manages EPA's Smart Growth program, is seeking interns for summer 2013.

    Applications are due April 19, 2013. Applicants should submit a brief cover letter summarizing their interests and qualifications (not to exceed one page), current resume, and writing sample (no longer than five pages) to Adhir Kackar at

    Find out more about the program here:

    Link: httpwwwepagovsmartgrowth

  • Medical School Personal Statement Workshops

    On April 8 and April 17 (repeat sessions), Dr. Marshall from the College of Medicine will provide personal statement workshops. For more information and to RSVP, please view the Honors College calendar.

  • New Cultural Experience Requirements

    The Honors College has changed the policy requiring a foreign language for students pursuing a B.S. degree.  The new requirements may be viewed at  If you have met, or anticipate meeting this requirement, please be sure to complete the new Cultural Experience Approval Form.  Thank you.

    Link: Cultural Experience Approval Form

  • Updated Honors Foreign Language Policy

    We have recently modified our Foreign Language policy, which is now incorporated in the Cultural Experience Requirement. Please visit the following link for detailed information.

    Link: Cultural Experience Requirement

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O.N.S. - Office of National Scholarships

  • Congratulations to Hiram Rios USFs First Student Employee of the Year

    Congratulations to Hiram Rios, Honors College Student and Office of National Scholarships Student Assistant. Hiram is USF's First Student Employee of the Year!
    His achievement will be commemorated with an 8x8 engraved paver on the Marshall Student Plaza walkway. Congratulations for your outstanding work in the Honors College and Office of National Scholarships!

  • Congratulations to Hollings Scholarship Recipients Nadia Tenouri and Elaina Graham

    Congratulations to Honors College students Nadia Tenouri and Elaina Graham! Nadia and Elaina received the NOAA Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship which provides funding for tuition, books and fees as well as a 10 week paid internship with NOAA.

    To find out more about the Hollings Scholarship, please visit:

    Link: httpwwwoesdnoaagovscholarshipshollingshtml

  • We want your smart and sparkly friends Nominate your friend campaign

    Do you have a friend who is curious, engaging and a leader on campus? Someone who has a strong GPA and a bit of sparkle? Maybe they are too shy to apply for a national scholarship. Do you think they would be a good fit for graduate study abroad, research opportunities at another University or studying a critical language abroad?

    Nominate them to the Office of National Scholarships and we will follow up and tell them. Email your friend's name and email address to If you don't know about our office check it out at

    Link: httponsusfedu

  • Congratulations to Nick Gunther Goldwater Scholarship Honorable Mention

    Congratulations to USF Honors College Junior Nick Gunther. Nick was selected as a Goldwater Scholarship Honorable Mention. The Goldwater Scholarship is for excellence in undergraduate research in the STEM fields. Way to go Nick!

    Find out more about the Goldwater Scholarship here:

    Link: httpwwwactorggoldwater

  • Fulbright Information Sessions for Postgraduate Study Research or Teaching Abroad

    Are you interested in pursuing post graduate research, study or teaching abroad? If so, please attend a Fulbright information and application session! Workshops will be held on April 17 at 11:45am in ALN 252 and April 19 at 2pm in ALN 252. Information sessions will also be streamed live, if you cannot attend in person.

    Sign up for an information session at The USF deadline to apply is August 26, but we start working with applicants on their applicantions late spring/early summer. Contact Ms. Chambers at for more information and to apply!

    Find out more about the Fulbright program here:

    Link: httpusfulbrightonlineorg

  • Information Sessions for Graduate Study Abroad

    Rising Seniors in particular but anyone interested -- have you thought about doing graduate work in the UK, Australia, Germany or Canada? If yes, then please attend an information session to talk about national scholarships that could fund these aspirations.
    We will be holding two information sessions, March 27 (9am to 10am) and April 12 (2pm to 3pm). Sign up for an information session at

    Link: httponsusfedu

  • Second Fulbright Alumnae Meet and Greet Event Added

    Second event added by popular demand! 

    Are you open to going abroad as a student or having a gap year after graduation? Want to hear first-hand from USF Fulbright Alumnae to Malaysia, Serbia and the United Kingdom? Come by ALN 263E (through the Graduate School main office) on April 11 from 10-11AM to get ideas on how you can travel abroad and expand your horizons. This event is for high-achieving freshmen/sophomores. Questions? Contact Jenna Dionisio at

    Signup at

    Link: httpsonsusfeducalendarlistasp228

  • Rising Seniors Now is the time to meet with an ONS Advisor

    Attention rising seniors (and students graduating in spring 2014)! Now is the time to meet with an ONS advisor regarding your post-graduate plans. Even though most applications are due in the fall, we work with students starting in late spring/early summer and throughout the summer on their applications. Schedule an appointment through eScheduler today!

    Link: httpescheduleforestusfeduloginaspx

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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Student Submissions

  • Student Research Opportunity

    Cancer genetics is a cutting-edge field with many exciting opportunities for clinical research.  Dr. Rebecca Sutphen is is a professor of genetics at the University of South Flordia Morsani School of Medicine and a board-certified clinical and molecular geneticist with extensive clinical and research experience relevant to Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer (HBOC).  Dr. Sutphen and her team have a strong interest in studying families with hereditary susceptibility to cancer. Some of the research questions that  Dr. Sutphen and her team are involved with include: 1) how common are the inherited genetic changes that cause cancer? 2) why do some people with inherited genetic changes develop cancer and others do not? 3) how does a person''s lifestyle interact with genetic changes to cause or prevent cancer? 4) how can we detect cancer early in people at high risk? and 5) how can people cope with inherited cancer risk?


    We are always looking for dedicated volunteers to help with tasks such as the following:

    • maintaining databases
    • data entry and verification,
    • creating study tools and instruments
    • Preparing and submitting grant applications/IRB submissions


    Students who are interested in volunteering in the area of cancer genetics research are invited to contact Matt Kondoff at 813-396-9224 or to schedule an appointment to meet with Dr. Sutphen and her staff to discuss specific research opportunities in further detail.

  • Help fight global poverty

    I am a recent USF graduate currently living in Israel on a teaching fellowship. I am taking part in the global Live Below the Line campaign from April 29th - May 3rd. During this time, I will be living on the equivalent of $1.50/day for 5 days in order to raise awareness and necessary funds for global poverty. The organization that I chose to donate funds to is called the Somaly Mam Foundation. Their website states: "We are a nonprofit organization dedicated to the eradication of slavery and the empowerment of its survivors, based on the vision and life's work of Cambodian survivor Somaly Mam." I truly believe in this cause and hope that you will join me in the fight! 

    Will you help me reach my fundraising goal of $600?  

    If you would like to get more involved and participate in the challenge yourself, you can sign up at

    Link: Make a donation today

  • Looking for Honors College Engineering Students

    Over at COM, we're looking for 2-3 engineering students, perhaps with some civil engineering background, to help us on a project to gather more information about RFID parking lot technology.  We are looking into the feasibility of using the technology as a means to track parking lot vacancies we hope to perhaps try it out in a couple lots if it seems feasible.  Hopefully the Honors College has some students who would be willing to help us out, and maybe they can even get a publication out of it if we track outcomes.

    If interested, please contact Neil Manimala at

  • Washington Semester at American University

    Established in 1947 at American University in Washington, D.C., , the Washington Semester Program is an academic experiential learning program that includes 8 credits of academic seminar in one of 11 topic areas, 4 credits of internship, and 3-4 credits of independent research or elective course. The seminar will give you the chance to meet professionals who are knee-deep in the fields you are studying and gain valuable expert insight. At your internship, you'll get real-world work experience while making connections with leaders in Washington, D.C. Your research project or elective course lets you take your experience one step further and use the valuable resources that AU and Washington, D.C. have to offer. April deadline for Fall 2013 admission. For more information, see Dr. Kleine. 


  • Biology Career Day

    The Biology Club will be putting on a career day event on Thursday, April 18th, from 2pm to 6pm in  MSC 2708! This amazing event will include free food and free information about what you can do with a degree in biology (who doesn''t want to learn about that?). We have invited an eclectic group of individuals from different biology career paths to give advice on how to pursue careers in avenues you may not have even considered!

    Link: Biology Career Day Flyer

  • USF Event with the Consul General of France

    Presentation: 450 Years of French History in Florida, April 10, 4pm to 5pm, Patel Center Auditorium

    Presented by the Consul General of France and recognition of Dr. Christine Probes with one of the highest awards conferred on civilians by the French government

  • EcoMentors 20132014

    EcoMentors is a full-year, credit-bearing program through which students undertake independent environmental research projects working in partnership with local high school students. Why be come an EcoMentor? You will get the chance to: Develop research skills: EcoMentors will work with USF faculty to design and carry out research projects; Demonstrate leadership: Working with one or more high school students, EcoMentors will have the opportunity to develop their leadership and mentoring skills; Deepen understanding of local environmental issues: EcoMentor projects will focus on local environmental concerns -- EcoMentor research can actually make a difference to our region!  Your EcoMentors project can serve as your required senior project for an Environmental Science and Policy major. We will work with other departments or the Honors College to ensure that these projects can meet other requirements as well. Contact Mark Hafen ( to sign up and Shaza Hussein ( for more information!

    Link: EcoMentors Flyer and Contact Information

  • Undergraduate/Post Bac Job Opportunity

    United Pathology Laboratory is currently seeking to hire a student or post bac graduate for a part time position (20-25 hours/week, Mon-Fri). This position will include working with board certified pathologists by preparing slides and entering in diagnoses for pathology reports. The applicant must be able to type at least 30 words per minute, and they must be affluent in Microsoft Word and Excel. The applicant will be exposed to medical terminology and possible experience with specimen and tissue preparation. This is a paid position. In addition, the applicant will also be performing standard office tasks which include faxing, answering phone calls and filing. Please email your questions and/or interests to Adriana Santos,

  • UHC Health Careers Expo

    Interested in a healthcare career? Need help getting there? Then come to the Undergraduate Health Council's (UHC) Health Careers Expo on April 18 from 10:00AM-1:00PM in the MSC Ballroom! You will get the chance to meet representatives from many different health-related graduate schools. In addition, The Princeton Review and Kaplan Test Prep will have workshops and raffles to help you reach your career goal. This event offers free attendance, free food, and most importantly, great information and networking opportunities! For more information, please contact UHC President Joseph Lotfi ( or UHC Vice President of Internal Affairs Kristine Almonte ( 


  • Seeking Non Musicians to Participate in Research Study

    Research study on the working memory of musicians and non-musicians between ages 18-24. We have enough musician participants, but still need non musicians (must have less than 4 years of prior musical training). This is a two-hour time commitment for which participants can earn coupons to Chick-fil-a and free refreshments during testing. Contact Dr. Jennifer Bugos at 352-339-4076 or for more information and to schedule testing.

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