Know-a-BULL News
Week of 04/23/2013 - Issue # 261

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

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Honors College

Dean's Update:

  • New! - Honors College Course Evaluations

    If you are currently enrolled in an IDH course, please be reminded that course evaluations now take place online through the eXplorance Blue system. For the current term, the window is open between April 15 and 26.

    This is how the system in being implemented:

    • Students will be notified through email and BlackBoard/Canvas that they have evaluations available for completion
    • A series of three emails will be sent to all students at their USF email address, an invitation and two follow up messages. Each message will contain a link to the evaluations they are eligible to complete. The emails will stop when the student has completed their assessments.
    • Students have a two-week window in which to complete the evaluations. The open period ends at midnight on the last day of class.

    We ask you to pay even more attention to this vitally important part of the Honors College instruction process than you did when you still used pencil and paper. Be assured that your comments will be read and assessed. 


  • New! - Summer Employment

    The University College is looking for a student to work full-time during Summer 2013.  

    Job Title: Temporary Student Employment with University College

    Nature of Work

    • This position will report to the University College Chief Business Officer.

    • This position will perform a wide variety of administrative support duties ranging from general clerical support to complex administrative coordination.

    • Support high-level USF administrators, and must be able to apply judgment with respect to communications and confidentiality.

    • This position requires intermediate or advanced level proficiency in the use of standard desktop applications, including the ability to produce documents and presentations of all kinds using word processing, spreadsheet and presentation software tools.

    Examples of Duties

    • Plan, prioritize and schedule meetings and appointments Chief Business Officer, make decisions on a daily basis regarding calendars.

    • Compose and/or prepare correspondence and memoranda

    • Arrange and coordinate travel

    • Perform other administrative duties as required to support the mission and function of the unit

    Minimum Qualification Requirements

    USF student with extensive knowledge of USF/USF community.  A broad range of skills is required, including excellent written, verbal, and telephone skills; demonstrated ability to multi-task; and a high energy level.  Ability to work independently and make reliable judgment decisions.

    Estimated time of employment

    May 6, 2013 – July 15, 2013

    40 hrs/wk

    Salary:  $8.00 – 9.00/hr

    Please contact Diana Trueman 974-0280 or Linda Gerlich 974-4664 for any questions.


  • New! - Want to get involved

    Interested in joining the E-board for Student Coalition Against Homelessness and Poverty?

    We are currently accepting positions for our E-board for the coming school year! We are a service organization dedicated to raising awareness of the existing homelessness and poverty in the local area. We volunteer with numerous organizations off campus such as Metropolitan Ministries, Laundry Love, Good Samaritan, and Feeding America (too name just a few). We currently have the following positions open:

     -Vice President



    -Events Coordinator

     If you have any questions regarding what each position entails, please do not hesitate to email! 

    If you are interested in running, please email Yesha ( with your name and the position you are running for. Include a paragraph explaining why you would be a great fit for the position and what/how you will contribute to our organization. Members will use these to vote for the best candidates. 

  • New! - Reminder about use of Honors Lounge

    As a reminder, the lounge is reserved for active Honors College students. If you plan to bring guests to the lounge, including members of your student organization, please make sure to get pre-approval from the Dean or an Honors Advisor. Also note that you must accompany your guests at all times, and that you will be responsible for cleaning the lounge after use, especially when food is served.

  • New! - Saving Seats Equals Academic Dishonesty

    The University is carefully looking at registration records to prevent students from "holding" places for their friends. The penalties for doing this are severe, including loss of early registration privileges, so please do not attempt to do your friend a favor.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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! - Congratulations to Harvard REU Recipient Michael Calzadilla

    Congratulations to USF Honors College Sophomore Michael Calzadilla who was awarded a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) at Harvard University. For three months during the summer of 2013, he will be working with Dr. Christine Jones-Forman at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Michael was granted a generous stipend and housing as well coverage for travel costs.

    The (REU) program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation. REU projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or in research projects designed especially for the purpose.  Award amounts vary by location. 

  • New! - The Tylenol Scholarship Application is now open

    The Tylenol Scholarship provides 10 $10,000 scholarships and 30 $5,000 scholarships to students in any health or pre-health major including nursing, pre-med and pre-nursing students, physical therapy, etc. The application includes resume information and 3 very short essays.

    The USF deadline is May 15th. Please email Lauren Townsend at immediately if you are interested in applying.


    Link: httpwwwtylenolcomnewssubptyschol

  • New! - Rising Seniors Apply for the Fulbright Program to study research or teach abroad

    Rising seniors - Now is the time to start thinking about the Fulbright US Student Program and your application. Students applying in fall 2013 will go abroad fall 2014 for up to one year. You will work on your applications now and throughout the summer. Meet with Ms. Chambers in the ONS office as soon as possible to start talking about your application, grant types and country options.

    Find out more about the Fulbright program here:

    Link: httpusfulbrightonlineorg

  • New! - Congratulations to Shaina Maldonado

    Congratulations to Honors College student Shaina Maldonado! Shaina will spend five weeks at Harvard Law School this summer through the TRIALS scholarship program. The scholarship will help to prepare Shaina for a career in international law.

    TRIALS is an LSAT prep program sponsored by Harvard and NYU Law Schools. Learn more about TRIALS here:

    Link: httptrialsatfoundationorgindex

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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. 


  • 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!

  • 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

  • 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 

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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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