APRIL is National Poetry Month at USF! Ever wondered what President Judy Genshaft's favorite poem is? Or Coach Skip Holtz? Or Provost Ralph Wilcox? Or your colleague down the hall? Now is your chance to find out, as the Humanities Institute launches Poetry Matters at USF! -- part of our annual celebration of National Poetry Month (April).
While you are on USF's NPM Website, check out the exciting array of readings and activities that mark April as special. You can find the complete NPM schedule, author biographies, and more.
This year events are possible thanks to a grant from the Florida Humanities Council and generous support from the Florida Book Awards, the USF Office of Sustainability, the Department of English, and the Botanical Gardens.
Erez Lieberman Aiden delves into the topic How the Human Genome Folds
The talk is directed at a general audience and is open to the public. There is no entrance fee.
Med School Personal Statement Workshop with Dr Marshall
Applying to medical school this year?  A strong personal statement is an essential part of a competitive application.  In this workshop Dr. William Marshall, faculty member at the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine and adjunct faculty at the Honors College, will explain how committees view personal statements and how to craft a statement that conveys your best attributes as an applicant.
Thursday, April 19 from 6:30 - 7:30pm in JPH 1319
2nd Annual Photo Contest
The Honors College is holding our 2nd Annual Photo Contest!  Submit your photos April 10th through April 20th.  Winners will be announced on April 30th and winning submissions will be hung in the Honors College offices.  Categories include: Portraits, Landscapes, and USF Spirit.  There will be a winner from each category, a "Fan Favorite" as voted on via Facebook, and one overall winner from all submissions.  Only Honors College students are able to submit photos, and students can submit one photo per category  for a total of three photos.
The project is a biogeochemical survey of surface waters and sediment along the coast. I collect water and sediment from offshore, estuarine, nearshore, and inland sites every three months.
The ideal thesis student would have one free day of the week where they could come with me sampling, preferably Friday. The student would be responsible for water chemistry analysis, DNA extractions, and possibly polymerase chain reactions if they show an aptitude for the molecular side. They will combine this data to show how biodiversity changes over time and determine which/if any geochemical properties are effecting biodiversity. This would require 4-12 hours per week in the lab. They would end the year with a thesis and poster to be presented at the Undergraduate Research Colloquium.
Contact: Damian Menning
Thesis Presentation Day
To all Honors College Students:
Thesis is the cornerstone of the Honors College experience. Recognizing its importance for our academic community, we have established Thesis Day, when some of our students are given the opportunity to present their theses in a public forum .  We request that all students currently enrolled in Thesis I plan to attend for at least one of the 1 1/2-hour long sessions. We will also assign each attending freshman a Freshpeople 5 credit for each session.
This semester, Thesis Day will be Friday, April 27, from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m, in the Honors College classrooms. Oral presentations will  last  15-20 minutes. PowerPoint, judiciously used, is acceptable.  A 10-15 minute discussion will follow.  Poster presenters will be with their posters for one 1 ½ hour session.
Permits and Thesis Permits Now Open
Permit Requests and Thesis Registration Permit Requests are now open for Summer and Fall 2012. Most students should not need a permit, unless registering for a course that is restricted and has a permit on it, such as Thesis and IDH 4000. For all other courses, please try registering first and only apply for the permit if you receive a Major or College (or permit required) restriction. Permit and Thesis Permit requests are found on the Honors website under ONLINE FORMS. You will know when the permit has been put in as you will receive an email reply from the Permit Request.
For Undergraduate Research, IDH 4910, please go to the Honors Website and look under Printable Forms. Click on the IDH 4910 contract and print. Fill out the contract, have your mentor sign it and return to Joan Field for Registration (for Summer or for Fall 2012).
Fall Course Descriptions
Course Descriptions for Fall 2012 are now available. Go to the Honors Website and look under: Current Students: Course Descriptions.
Ryan Salazar - Fulbright Postgraduate Study Grant Recipient
Congratulations to Ryan Salazar!
Ryan, an Honors College senior majoring in Music Education has received a Fulbright Postgraduate Study Grant to the United Kingdom. Ryan is one of only 35 students who have received grants to the UK to pursue his graduate degree in Education at the Institute for Education -University of London.
The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.
Michael, an Honors College sophomore majoring in Civil Engineering received the NOAA Ernest F. Hollings scholarship. The Hollings Scholarship Program provides undergraduate students with awards that include academic assistance (up to a maximum of $8,000 per year) for full-time study during the 9-month academic year and a 10-week, full-time internship position during the summer at a NOAA facility.
Christie, an Honors College junior majoring in Cellular and Molecular Biology and Microbiology was awarded the Goldwater scholarship for excellence in research and scholarship. The one year scholarship will cover the cost of tuition, fees, books and room and board up to a maximum of $7,5000 per year.
Please join your Student Energy Ambassador for the Department of Energy (DOE) on April 18th from 2:30-4:00PM in ALN 185 (old ADM) for an Information Session.
Ines Triay, the former assistant secretary for Environmental Management for DOE, will be speaking about the organization and how students can find work within DOE. This is a great opportunity for students to learn more about government work and how to apply for federal jobs. Light refreshments will be served. A short Q & A will follow her talk.
If you have any questions about this event or about the Student Energy Ambassador program, please email Stephanie Martell at Stephanie.Martelll@hq.doe.gov. If you would like to be added to the contact list to receive information about specific job or internship opportunities, please e-mail Stephanie with you contact info, major, and graduation date.
Graduate Fellowship for Conflict/Peace Studies Deadline July 1
The Rotary Peace Fellowship provides academic and practical training to prepare scholars for leadership roles in solving conflicts around the world. Fellows earn a masters-level degree or a professional development certificate in peace and conflict studies at one of six Rotary Peace Centers at leading universities in Australia, England, Sweden, Japan, the United States and Thailand.
Sayeef Mirza Critical Language Scholarship Recipient
Congratulations to Sayeef Mirza! Sayeef, an Honors College senior majoring in Biomedical Sciences, was awarded the Critical Language Scholarship to study Arabic in Salalah, Oman for 10 weeks this summer.
The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) provides fully-funded group-based intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences. A program of the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the CLS Program offers intensive language institutes overseas in thirteen critical need foreign languages.
Fulbright Information Session with Walter Jackson April 25
The Fulbright Program is a Merit Scholarship to fund postgraduate studies, english teaching or field work abroad.
On Wednesday, April 25 at 3pm, Walter Jackson (Student Program Manager from Fulbright) will be giving a presentation about the Fulbright program. The event will be held in ALN 185 -Admissions Preview Room.
Sign up for the session through the ONS website http://ons.usf.edu. Click on Upcoming Events on the right hand side of the page.
Tylenol Scholarship for Medical and related interests
It is time to apply for the Tylenol Scholarship for people studying medicine and related areas. The Tylenol scholarship provides funding to those who have committed to a career of caring. They will award 40 students up to $10,000. The USF deadline to apply is Tuesday May 1st. See Mr. Sam Waldron for more information.
Are you intelligent?? Are you competitive?? Are you a proud USF Honors student??
If so, then what are you waiting for?! make your team and compete in the ultimate battle-of-the-brains against your fellow Honors peers at the Honors Council Brain Bowl Knowledge Tournament! Everything from Intro Chem to Disney and USF Trivia will test your team's collective brainpower! The winning teams will be eligible for incredible prizes!
Brain Bowl is Tuesday, April 17th, 6-8 pm in JPH 1319. Teams are to consist of 3-5 Honors students. Registration is free, and while teams can sign-up the day of the Tournament, it is recommended to be registered no later than Fri. April 13th at 8 pm to receive team preparation materials.
Be sure to form your teams quickly! To sign-up your team, e-mail the names of everyone on your team to Kelsey Shook: firstname.lastname@example.org
See you there and may the odds be ever in your favor!
Honors Councils Luau Spring Picnic!
Aloha oukou! Don't be stuck indoors! Breathe the fresh “tropical” air with the Honors Council's Luau-Themed Spring Picnic! Sunday, April 15th, 11-2 pm at the USF Riverfront Park off of Fletcher.
Enjoy an afternoon of field day games, a “Student vs. Staff” Kickball Tournament, free canoeing, tropical smoothies and most importantly hot dogs and hamburgers grilled with a Hawaiian twist by Dean Silverman!
This will be the Dean’s 50th Picnic, so don’t miss out!
What does it take to not only make a great first impression but to leave a lasting impression? How do you set yourself apart from the rest? Do you know how to be memorable?
Certain skills are essential in life whether they are used in the academic, professional, or social arenas. Through "up on your feet" activities and interactive games take away skills for character and interpersonal development, team building, leadership and much more!
USF has been nominated for a &lsquoClimate Leadership Award&rsquo from Second Nature, the organization that oversees the Presidents&rsquo Climate Commitment. The award&mdashwhich includes national recognition through public television&mdashwill be made to the university that receives the most votes on its video posted on http://planetforward.org/climate-leadership-awards/. Scroll down to find the USF site. I am writing to ask that you please share this link widely with your colleagues and students, and encourage them to vote for USF. The competition ends April 15. Thank you for your support.
Come to the USF Make-A-Wish Concert on April 21st! The Make-A-Wish concert is a live charity event featuring six up and coming local music acts, including ANEW and Variance, the winners and runners-up of the USF Battle of the Bands contest. Co-hosted by the USF Wishmakers Club and Honors senior Israel Morejon, the event is free to attend, but donations are encouraged and all proceeds go to benefit the Make-A-Wish foundation. Help make this event a huge success!
The Women In Need Foundation is currently looking for officers to fill our board of directors! Please visit www.usfwin.vpweb.com for an application and a constitution which describes positions. Positions available will include Director of Advertising, Director of Member Education (will bring in guest speakers for our general body) and Director of Charitable Events  Fundraising (multiple appointments available, will help organize fundraisers). Our organization raises funds for women in domestic violence shelters and raises awareness in the Tampa community. Please email completed applications to email@example.com to set up an interview.
Please join your Student Energy Ambassador for the Department of Energy (DOE) on April 18th from 2:30-4:00PM in ALN 185 (old ADM) for an Information Session.  Dr. Ines Triay, the former assistant secretary for Environmental Management for DOE, will be speaking about the organization and how students can find employment opportunities within DOE. Ines Triay is now a visiting DOE scholar at FIU and has done a lot of work with DOE&rsquos Workforce Development Program to help prepare students for government work. She has vast experience within the Department of Energy and is very knowledgeable of the structure of federal agencies.
This is a great opportunity for students to learn more about government work and how to apply for federal jobs. Free food and tote bags will be given to those who attend. A short Q & A will follow her talk.
If you have any questions about this event or about the Student Energy Ambassador program, please email Stephanie Martell at Stephanie.Martelll@hq.doe.gov. If you would like to be added to the contact list to receive information about specific job or internship opportunities, please e-mail Stephanie with your contact info, major, and graduation date.
Are you GRADUATING this semester? If so, then you should come to Grad Night on Saturday, April 21st at 5:30pm to watch the USF Men's Baseball Team take on the Louisville Cardinals! It will be a fun event with food and drinks provided, and a great way to finish off your college career. Please RSVP to Vic Teschel.
LLC Thesis Survey
Hello fellow Honors College students,
If you could please take a short period of time out of your day to fill out this survey about a proposed new living learning community on campus I would really appreciate it! It's for my thesis!
Research Assistants needed! Dr. Marc Karver Alliance Lab is looking for dedicated students to assist with projects focused on depressed and at-risk populations. Research assistants must be meticulous, detail-oriented, hardworking, and dependable with good communication and problem-solving skills. Applicants should have a 3.5 GPA or above and be able to make a 2-semester commitment. Students who are planning to go to graduate or medical school are strongly encouraged to apply. Past research assistants have been very successful in acceptance to graduate school! Please email the Alliance Lab Team at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
USF MakeAWish Concert
Come to the USF Make-A-Wish Concert on April 21st! The Make-A-Wish concert is a live charity event in the Marshall Center Amphitheater featuring six up and coming local bands, including ANEW and Variance, the winners and runners up of the USF Battle of the Bands. Co-hosted by the USF Wishmakers Club and Honors Senior Israel Morejon (as his thesis), the event is free to attend, but donations are encouraged and all proceeds go to benefit the Make-A-Wish foundation. Help make this event a huge success! Visit our event page on Facebook and RSVP.
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