It is hard to believe that another semester and another year are almost history! This one has gone by very quickly as have the 22(!!) years I've served as Director and Dean of Honors. I have been particularly impressed with a number of things this year and I wanted to take a moment to tell you about them.
You have again distinguished yourselves in a variety of ways. An increasing number of you have gotten into the best, most prestigious medical, law, dental and graduate schools. The jobs you have been offered are absolutely wonderful. More of you than ever before have GPAs over 3.3, over 3.5, over 3.7 and over 3.9. What amazes me about this that your accomplishments come as full-time students who work and manage various family responsibilities; you are not, in the main, students who go to school and do nothing else!
I am impressed with the thousands of hours you donate to community agencies, your houses of worship and the University. You make what you 'touch' better than how you found it. You demonstrate amazing creativity in your academic activities. I see this clearly in your seminar projects and in your theses. You have published more papers in professional journals and presented more papers at national, regional and state conferences this year than ever before. I am impressed with the creative writing projects you have completed, the art shows at which you have shown your work and the music recitals at which you have performed. You are a good, talented, bright group of human beings whom I am proud to know.
As I look back at the past year, a number of things stand out to me. We had a great summer book for new students and all worked well. Five hundred freshpeople attended the fall convocation and enjoyed a keynote talk by Dr. Omlor. This year we will have a summer book devoted to Charles Darwin and we will, for the first time, utilize the web to have students discuss the book.
Our new class of freshpeople had the highest average SAT/ACT scores ever.
More of you participated in study abroad programs than ever before.
We had more students compete for the national scholarships than ever before and we had more winners than ever.
Our Morsani and Friends conversation series gave us the opportunity to meet the Mayor, the FL Orchestra concertmaster, a judge, an Air Force General and other dignitaries.
Our Research Symposium and Celebration attracted as many presentations as last year and was a wonderful showcase for your work.
We recently welcomed two new Advisors, Cayla Lanier and Juliette Hill; and also Ms. Lauren Schumacher in Research and Ms. Tarryn Dorosz in Development.
Next year, take advantage of the opportunity to go to conferences to present your research, enter our research contest, come to our picnics and parties, look into the national scholarships, join our band and enjoy making music with friends. There is much that you can do now which will be harder to do later on.
I hope you have a great summer. Be productive, relax, have fun, get away. Do the things you dream of; do not wait too long to follow your hearts and your passions. Know that we are here should you need anything. I look forward to seeing you in the fall.
To those of you who are graduating, you have my best wishes and those of Deans Yavneh and Kleine, Dr. Rundus, Ms. Geiger, Ms. Sturrock, Ms. Lazzara, Mr. Mejias, Mr. Lucien, Ms. Hill, Ms. Lanier, Ms. Carlton, Mr. Friday, Ms. Field, Mr Liu, Ms. Schumacher, Ms Kane and Ms. Dorosz for success and happiness. I truly hope that all your dreams are realized, your lives are filled with joy and good health and that you help to make the lives of others better. Please keep in touch with Honors and let me know how you are doing. I really do care. Farewell!
New Fall Course: Healthcare in Panama
Healthcare in Panama: Beyond the Classroom
Fall 2009: Wednesdays from 2:00-4:45
IDH 4200 OR IDH 4000
Students will engage in 14 weeks of coursework prior to a 10-day immersion experience in Panama (participation in the trip from December 12-21 is a required part of the course curriculum). The coursework will introduce students to the healthcare system in Panama (and how it compares to that in the United States), the concept and practice of service-learning, as well as Panamanian culture and current issues.
Ordinarily Estimated Cost of the Trip is $1200 + Airfare (if you meet Honors College scholarship criteria, your estimated cost will be $450 plus airfare), which includes:
* Housing accommodations in Panama
* 2-3 meals per day
* Transportation to / from airport in Panama
* Transportation while in Panama (group related activities)
* Group Weekend Excursion (transportation, tour & lodging)
* Cultural activities
* Panama City Tour/ Miraflores Locks
* Day Trip to the Colon Free Trade Zone
* A visit to the Emberá Indian Community/ Traditional Healing Practices
* Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI)
* Travel / Medical Insurance (Available through USF Study Abroad)
No specific major is required. However, due to the nature of the course, preference will be given to students interested in careers in the health professions (including medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, physical therapy, nursing, and public health). Competency in the Spanish language is also strongly recommended.
If you are interested in participating in this course, please contact Ms. Sturrock at email@example.com or (813) 974-1090.
Health Professions Committee Letter Deadline April 30
This is a reminder that Steps 1 and 2 of the HPAC Committee Letter Application are due by this Thursday, April 30. For the online portion ONLY of the HPAC application (Step 3), the deadline is extended until May 30. See the HPAC website below for details. If you have any questions, contact HPAC at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Amy Sturrock at email@example.com.
Link: HPAC Requirements and Deadlines
Med School Applicants - AMCAS Opening Dates and Application Help
The 2010 AMCAS application will open on or about Tuesday, May 5th and submission will begin on or about Tuesday, June 2nd.
You will find an abundance of resources for the 2010 application by following this link:
A polished, complete and timely application is essential to success in the admissions process. You should be working on a draft of your personal statement now. This essay is a critical opportunity to articulate your motivation for medicine, and requires careful reflection and your best writing, no matter how strong your other credentials. If you would like guidance and feedback in developing your personal statement, make an appointment with Amy Sturrock today by calling 813-974-3087.
Fall 2009: CHM 4932 - Peer Leading (for General Chemistry I)
Did you earn an A or B in CHM 2045/2046?
* Need to review general chemistry before that big entrance exam?
* Do you enjoy helping other students and contributing to their success?
* Do you want a unique leadership experience?
* Do you have some free time on Fridays?
Then CHM 4932 Peer Leading is the course for you! As a peer leader, you will have the opportunity to work with the students in General Chemistry now to help them succeed. CHM 4932 can be used towards Biomedical Science, Chemistry, and Interdisciplinary Natural Sciences majors, and it is an excellent upper-level elective and experience for students in other majors.
Contact: Dr. Jennifer Lewis firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about the course and registration!
New Fall Course for Health Professions Students
IDH 4930-005 Selected Topics: Preparing for and Succeeding in a Health Professions Program
Instructor: Dr. Jose Beltran, DMD, MD
Fall 2009: Thursdays from 4:10-5:00pm
Dr. Jose Beltran is an Honors College alum who earned his dental degree at Harvard University and medical degree at the University of Texas. He will be teaching this one-credit seminar to assist students in preparing for programs in the health professions. Topics will include, but are not limited to: preparing an academic resume, the application process (including how to write a personal statement and how students can effectively communicate their role in extracurricular activities and research), preparing for interviews (mock interviews will be incorporated), how to approach standardized tests, the importance of letters of recommendation, and what happens once students receive acceptances.
In order to be considered for this seminar, students must have junior-standing and be following a health professions track. Permits must be submitted through the Honors College website.
Summer Engineering/Science Internship - Draper Laboratory, Inc.
2 positions available - 40 hours per week
June 1st - August 1st
The Draper BioMEMS Center at USF seeks Biomedical Engineering interns for the summer of 2009 with an interest in supporting applied research and development projects in the field of biotechnology. Interns will be responsible for developing laboratory protocols, performing laboratory research, and/or designing, building and testing laboratory devices, prototypes and apparatus.
Qualifications: Undergraduate or Graduate status in Biomedical Engineering, Microbiology or related field. Laboratory experience in one or more areas of cell culture, molecular biology, or microbiology required. Hands-on experience with micro-fluidic devices, microfabrication, or biotechnology systems desirable. Strong communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to work in a team environment required. Flexibility to multi-task and adapt to changing technologies is a must. Candidate must be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident (Green Card).
Apply at www.draper.com.
Job ID: 2687
Job Title: Mechanical Engineering Summer Intern
Location: Tampa, FL
April 28th performance of Waistwatchers: the Musical
Courtesy of Judy Lisi, TBPAC is providing the Honors College with up to 15 tickets to see the Tuesday, April 28th performance of "Waistwatchers: the Musical." The cabaret-style performance is in the Jaeb Theatre at 7:30.
Exercise your right to vote! You get to choose which artworks from the Graphicstudio collection will be shown in the Honors College. Please pick up a voting ballot from the Honors College and return it to the ballot box located in the Honors College front office. The 5 works with the most votes will be shown in the Honors College for the Fall 2009 and Spring 2010 semesters. Voting starts Monday, April 13th and ends Friday, May 1st.
Link: For more information on Graphicstudio, click here
Delay the Real World
Delaying the Real World Fellowship
We are pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for the DRTW Fellowship 2009,the award is $5,000
Deadline: May 30, 2009
Tell us what YOU would do if you could postpone the 9-5 grind, and we just might make your dreams for adventure come true. Apply for the Delaying the Real World Fellowship and you're in the running for a $5,000 grant for your very own bold, exhilarating, and fulfilling adventure. For suggested adventures and inspiration, check out Delaying the Real World by Colleen Kinder at www.delayingtherealworld.com.
Note: The Delaying the Real World fellowship is designed to sponsor an adventurous project that is independent of academic and religious institutions.
Qualifications: Ages 21 through 29, and a U.S. citizen.
Eligible applicants must use the online application form at delayingtherealworld.com/fellowship08 to propose a gutsy and worthwhile adventure in the spirit of Delaying the Real World and the young adventurers who fill the book. There is no time length requirement on your adventure, though the fellowship committee will take into account how well your proposed idea maximizes the $5,000 grant.
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Nutrition REU Application Deadline Extended to April 29!
For those of you interested in the Summer Nutrition REU, the deadline has been extended until April 29.
The REU provides interdisciplinary training in clinical nutrition and offers students a unique opportunity to perform research in USF's College of Medicine and the laboratories at the College of Arts and Sciences. Students will work under the mentorship of professors in one or both of the institutes and are encouraged to continue their research projects in preparation for undergraduate thesis or graduate program. This REU curriculum is designed to introduce students to the principals of human clinical nutrition, and the application of biochemical, physiological and pathological aspects of nutrition in disease prevention and treatment. In Dr. Mercer's online class, students will learn the role of nutrition in the maintenance of physical and mental well-being on a cellular, body, individual, family and societal level and evaluate nutritional adequacy of individual food consumption using common methods of dietary description and analysis - nutrition standard. Special attention will be given to the obesity epidemic and the consequences of malnutrition.
Each student will complete a research proposal in partial fulfillment of the requirements for TWO courses and present a report on that research at the REU's concluding colloquium, in July, 2009.
-Submit a letter including your name, full contact information, major, and expected date of graduation.
-Describe prior research experience, previous mentors, and any resulting abstracts or publications.
-One letter of recommendation from a faculty member familiar with your qualifications. The letter should be sent directly to the Office of Undergraduate Research.
-A letter (or an email) from one of the prospective faculty members of the research program indicating their willingness to act as your research mentor.
Please direct all questions to Ms. Schumacher at email@example.com or Ms. Carlton at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications are due to the Office of Undergraduate Research by April 29.
Research Position Available for Undergraduate Student
An investigator at Moffitt Cancer Center working at the Department of Experimental Therapeutics is looking for undergraduate student to join their lab. Potential candidate should be majoring in biology and desire to do cancer research. He/she would preferably be in his/her sophomore year now. It is possible to volunteer in the lab. However at the moment there is a part-time position of research assistant open so this position could be filled with a bright undergraduate student willing to advance cancer research. Interested students should contact Julia Nefedova at Julia.Nefedova@moffitt.org.
Part Time Research Assistant Needed
Moffitt Cancer Center Wet lab looking for a part time research assistant. Position starts at $9.20 per hour.
Assumes the responsibility of assisting biological, basic, behavioral or social science research within the specified research program and has responsibility to the faculty of the specified research program.
Technically responsible for the collection, organization and permanent documentation of data in physical and electronic formats as directed by immediate supervisor.
Responsible for data analysis using standardized procedures and protocols and under direct supervision.
Maintains laboratory equipment in a clean and working order, including performing instrument standardization documented by written report.
Please contact Judy Bialk at Judy.Bialk@Moffitt.org if you are interested.
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