Know-a-BULL News
Week of 04/16/2013 - Issue # 260

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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 4/17/2013 Fulbright Information Session
 4/17/2013 Medical School Personal Statement Workshop
 4/19/2013 HLLC Group Photo & End of Year Celebration
 4/19/2013 Fulbright Information Session
 4/22/2013 Caswell's Class Science Fair
 4/22/2013 From Visual Arts to the Trojan War: USF’s National Poetry Month’s Epic Final Week!
 4/23/2013 King's College London Information Session
 4/23/2013 Army Health Professions Scholarship Program
 4/24/2013 From Visual Arts to the Trojan War: USF’s National Poetry Month’s Epic Final Week!
 4/26/2013 Graduation Headshots
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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

  • 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

  • New! - Kings College London Representative on Campus April 23

    Want to learn more about graduate study in the UK at King's College London? Christopher Payne, Head of the USA Office for King's College London will be on the USF campus on Tuesday, April 23 speaking with students about Graduate Studies in the UK. He will also speak with students specifically about King's College London Graduate programs as well as the summer and semester study abroad programs. The event will be held in ALN 216 from 1pm to 2pm. Sign up for the session at

    Link: Office of National Scholarships

  • New! - Are you creative and have an eye for messages and marketing

    The Office of National Scholarships is looking for a student intern to help design promotional materials to spread our message to students. We are looking for students who are creative, have an eye for design and have previous design experience.

    If you are interested, please email a resume to Ms. Chambers at

  • 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

  • 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

  • New! - 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. 


  • New! - Enactus Essentials Drive for the Childrens Home

    Enactus is hosting an essentials drive for the Children's Home, which cares for 50 children who have been affected by abuse or neglect. The Children's Home is in constant need of basic items such as hand soap, brushes, deodorant, band-aids, socks,and towels. We are holding a drive until the end of the semester with a collection box in the Marshall center, so please lend a hand so we can help this amazing organization!

  • New! - Peer Leading Opportunity in Chemistry

    The Chemistry department is looking for peer leaders for fall 2013. Depending on your admit term, you may be able to receive upper level Chemistry BMS credits for this course. If you have questions or need clarification about requirements, credit hours, credits towards degree or other concerns, feel free to contact Nina Oliver at (put "Peer Leading" in the subject line of your email and include your full name, U# , and major in the body of your email along with your question).

    Link: Peer Leading

  • New! - Great Opportunity for Experience in the Medical Field

    Two full-time job openings at a physicians office close to campus!

    Contact Ashley at 813-977-2222 at the office of Dr. Chowdhari to apply or for more info 

  • New! - Leadership Opportunities

    The Women in Need Foundation is currently looking for students to fill their executive board. The WIN foundation is a student organization that raises awareness about domestic violence and helps support the local domestic violence shelter. Officer Positions that are available include Treasurer and Director of Charitable Events, and Director of Communication/Advertising. 

    Visit our website to find out more information or email us at!

    Link: WIN Officer Application

  • New! - Dashavataram Indian dance fundraiser for BRIDGE Clinic USF Health

    Shreyas-An Expression of Dance will be presenting Dashavataram, a Bharatha Natyam Dance Ballet, on Saturday June 1, 2013 at 6 pm at Sickles High School in Tampa, FL. The net proceeds of this production will be donated to the BRIDGE Clinic. BRIDGE is a free, student-run clinic affiliated with USF Health. Bharatha Natyam is the ancient dance form of India that brings poetry to life. As a dance form it is all that we know as theater, with music, dance, drama , color, rhythm, poetry and storytelling. This dance ballet is choreographed in a light classical style. All the dancers have had several years of training. The story line travels through centuries with beauty and grace. This is an excellent opportunity for aspiring health professionals to support USF Health! For more information about tickets or ways to get involved, please contact Shreya Narayanan at

  • New! - Undergraduate Research Assistants Needed Cognitive Aging Lab

    Gain research experience for Graduate school or earn undergraduate course credits!

    The Cognitive Aging Lab conducts research comparing the effectiveness of cognitive interventions ("brain training") to counter age-related cognitive decline. We are looking for motivated RAs to assist in recruitment, training, participant and data management, and lab management.

    If you have at least a 3.25 GPA, can commit to at least one year, and are available to start immediately, please e-mail or call Dr. Jerri Edwards at or 813-974-6703.

    Link: Dr Jerri Edwards

  • New! - Microbiology Club Last Meeting of the Semester

    Join the Microbiology Club of the final meeting of the semester on Wednesday, April 17th at 6PM in BSF 102!  Monica Campbell, a microbiologist in the Division of Infectious Disease at Tampa General Hospital, will be presenting infectious disease case reports. Try to discover the diagnosis while enjoying free food! Monica Campbell will also be available to answer questions about obtaining employment as a microbiologist at a major hosptial. 

  • New! - Summer Internship at Moffitt Cancer Center

    Are you interested in research on health decision making? Consider an internship at Moffitt Cancer Center with Dr. Benjamin Craig. His lab conducts surveys to better understand the outcomes of health interventions and related decisions. It should be noted that this lab is not a wet-lab and has no patient contact (i.e, office environment). 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, visit our website at If you are interested in applying, please submit your resume and one paragraph detailing your future career goals to Dr. Benjamin Craig at by Thursday, April 25, 2013.

    Link: Dr Craig Lab

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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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