Know-a-BULL News
Week of 04/27/2010 - Issue # 111



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, Undergraduate Research, and Resources for Educational Distinction.

At a Glance

Upcoming Events

RSS Feed Upcoming Events
 4/28/2010 Graduation Reception
 4/30/2010 Last Day of Classes
 4/30/2010 Thesis Presentation Day
 5/7/2010 Honors College Graduation
 5/14/2010 CS_INFO_SESSION
 5/17/2010 Summer A & C - First Day
 5/31/2010 Memorial Day
 6/8/2010 Honors College Orientation
 6/11/2010 Honors College Orientation
 6/15/2010 Honors College Orientation
* "Freshpeople 5 Events"

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Honors College

Dean's Update:

    It's 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 GPA's 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!

    Two of you won the highly prestigious Barry Goldwater Scholarships

    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. 500 freshpeople attended the fall convocation and enjoyed a keynote talk. This year we will have a summer book devoted to Frankenstein and we will continue to utilize the web to have students "discuss" the book.

    This year's 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 tan ever.

    Our "Afternoon/Evening With" conversation series gave us the opportunity to meet the Mayor, the FL Orchestra concertmaster 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 Dr. Lucas and Ms. Nelson to the College. The Mayor, a judge and a very successful entrepreneur were among special faculty who taught this year.

    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; don't wait too long to follow your hearts. 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, Dr. Lucas, Ms. Geiger, Ms. Lazzara, Mr. Mejias, Mr. Lucien, Ms. Hill, Ms. Lanier, Ms. Nelson, 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!

    Peace.

    Stuart Silverman


  • Thesis Presentation Day

    Thesis Presentation Day for Spring 2010 will be April 30th, 2010 from 8:30AM - 3:45 PM. Attached is a list of the topics and rooms for the event.

    Link: Thesis Presentation Day Schedule SP 10

  • USF Transportaion Survey



    Input Needed for Parking and Transportation Survey

    All USF students who commute to and from the Tampa campus are invited to participate in a 10-minute travel survey.

    Survey findings will be used to guide decisions for parking and transportation improvements to the USF Tampa campus, and to update the Campus Master Plan for the long-term development and beautification of the campus. Data will also be used to calculate the USF Tampa campus carbon footprint, as a first step to going green.

    The survey was prepared by the USF Center for Urban Transportation Research, in coordination with USF Parking and Transportation Services, USF Facilities Planning and Construction, and the USF Office of Sustainability.

    For more information: travelsurvey@usf.edu


    Link: clicl for survey

  • Last Call for Honors Spring Graduation RSVP!

    If you are planning on attending the Honors Graduation Ceremony on the 7th we MUST have your RSVP through the Commencement Questionnaire form as well as your Senior Exit Survey (found on the Honors Graduation page) by 5PM on April 27th.

    The Honors Graduation Page will be taken down at 5PM on April 27th!

    Link: Honors Graduation Page

  • Final Call Honors Graduation Photos!

    If you are participating in the Honors Graduation Ceremony on May 7th, we MUST have a head shot to include in the ceremony presentation.

    Please email a favorite to Mr. Wei Liu at liu@honors.usf.edu or please stop by the office by April 27th so we can take a photo of you. It is important for you to do this or we will be using your high school photo you submitted when you applied to the Honors College.

    In addition, we would like any of your favorite photos for our year in review sideshow by April 27th.

    Link: Honors Graduation Page

  • Final Reviews

    Housing and Residential Education has coordinated with over 20 professors to provide final reviews for over 15 courses such as Gen. Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Gen. Physics 1, and many more. Check Blackboard for a detailed schedule.

    Any questions, please email Lisa at lmbooth@honors.usf.edu

    Link: Blackboard

  • Attention Spring Grads Participating in Honors Ceremony

    Don't forget to visit our Honors Commencement Page! Once you have filled out the Honors Exit Survey and Ceremony Questionnaire, please remember to email Mr. Liu at liu@honors.usf.edu with your picture to use in the "Year in Review" slide show.

    Link: Honors Commencement Information!

  • New Course

    Dr. Richard S. Pollenz will teach one of our IDH 3350 (Honors Natural Sciences) sections this Fall. Make sure and consider registering for it. Here is the course description:

    UNDERSTANDING 20TH CENTURY SCIENCE USING 18TH CENTURY METHODS

    Does genetic engineering pose a risk? Is global warming a myth? How does H1N1 reproduce? Is the science of NCIS and CSI real and what is the relationship to The Who? If you have considered these questions, this course is designed to help train you to work toward some answers. Think of it as scientific and creative exercise for your brain as we turn back the clock to when education was a truly "active" process and each day was a new discovery. Are you up for the challenge?

  • Attention Spring 2010 Potential Graduates!

    Spring 2010 Graduation is almost here! USF Spring Commencement is scheduled for Friday May 7th and Saturday May 8th, 2010 depending on your major. Our own Honors College Graduation will be held on Friday, May 7th. Due to the large number of graduates this semester, there will be three Honors Graduation Ceremonies in Traditions Hall in the Alumni Center. The ceremony schedule is as follows:

    - Students with last names starting with A to G will attend the ceremony at 9:00 a.m.
    - Students with last names starting with H to O will attend the ceremony at 11:30 a.m.
    - Students with last names starting with P to Z will attend the ceremony at 2:00 p.m.

    More information will be found on our graduation page beginning April 1st! Hope to see you there!

    Link: Honors Graduation Page

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O.N.S. - Office of National Scholarships

  • Phi Kappa Phi's

    These awards are granted to help fund post-baccalaureate studies and/or career development for active Phi Kappa Phi members to include (but not be limited to):

    * Graduate or professional studies
    * Doctoral dissertations
    * Continuing education
    * Career development
    * Travel related to teaching/studies, etc.

    Recipients of the Fellowship award are not eligible to apply. Eighty awards, at $500 each, will be awarded.

    The competition is open to all active (dues current) Phi Kappa Phi members who:

    - Have completed their baccalaureate studies by application submission deadline.
    - Did not receive a Fellowship or Award of Excellence grant.

    Link: Love of Learning Awards

  • Scholarships Announced for Study in Egypt

    The American University in Cairo (AUC) has announced two scholarships available to U.S. students wishing to study abroad at AUC with concentrations in studies to advance understanding between the U.S. and the Arab world, or Egyptology.

    The Hermann F. Eilts International Scholarship
    The scholarship is open to full-time undergraduate students currently enrolled in colleges and universities in the United States, who are already accepted to AUC's study abroad program. Additionally, they must have a 3.5 cumulative GPA and will be required to register for at least one political science, Middle East studies or history course during each semester of attendance at AUC.

    The Simpson Scholarship in Egyptology
    $2500.00 award for one semester to be used toward tuition or living expenses. The scholarship is designed for students who wish to increase their knowledge and familiarity with ancient Egypt. Students must enroll in at least three Egyptology courses.

    Deadline: May 15, 2010.
    Will you apply? We can help: nationalscholarhips@usf.edu

    Link: Study in Egypt

  • Fulbright UK Summer Institutes in London!

    The four to five week cultural and academic programs are open to graduates of US high school (or the equivalent) that are at least 18 years of age, and have completed no more than two years of University level study.

    The Summer Institute will cover the majority of the participant costs.

    For more information and application forms, please visit link. Deadlines:
    May 3, 2010 for the Roehampton University
    May 14, 2010 for the Newcastle University

    If you require any further information, please contact:
    The Office of National Scholarships
    nationalscholarships@usf.edu

    Link: Fulbright UK Summer Institute

  • Fulbright Scholarships to Study and Research Abroad

    Fulbright Scholarships to Study and Research Abroad for Graduate and Undergraduate Students. The USF campus deadlines are the first week of September 2010. For more information contact National Scholarships Office at nationalscholarships@usf.edu

  • Hispanic/Latino students: CHLI-TUCK Business Bridge Program at Dartmouth

    The Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI) invites qualified Hispanic university students and recent graduates of arts and social sciences colleges, to apply for the CHLI-Tuck Business Bridge Program in Hanover, New Hampshire.

    The Tuck Business Bridge Program is designed for non-business majors and is open to sophomores, juniors, seniors, and recent graduates. Students who are selected to the program will participate in a four-week career focused fast track to mastery of business essentials at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.

    The application deadline is Monday, May 10, 2010. The program offers two summer sessions June 14 - July 9, 2010 and July 19 - August 13, 2010. Applications can be downloaded from the CHLI website at www.chli.org.

    To apply, applicants must:

    - U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents of Hispanic descent, enrolled in a four-year university, two-year college or recent college graduate
    - Submit a completed application form, essay, resume, two letters of recommendation, and unofficial transcripts with SAT or TOEFL score.

    Link: Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute

  • Learn about The GATES CAMBRIDGE TRUST

    For graduate study at the University of Cambridge. Candidates must:
    *have a demonstrated record of academic achievement, leadership activity, and service to their community;
    *hold, or expect to obtain before the application deadline, a bachelor's degree;
    *gain admission to the University of Cambridge and to a constituent college;
    may be citizens of any country outside the UK

    Link: Gates Cambridge Scholarship

  • Tylenol scholarship deadline

    If you have chosen to pursue a career that is all about taking care of others, the makers of TYLENOL want to help take care of up to $10K of your tuition.

    Now in its 18th year, the TYLENOL Scholarship program helps students getting a healthcare-related education manage the rising costs of education. This year, we will be awarding $250,000 in scholarships to forty students based on leadership qualities and performance. We encourage any student who is pursuing a career in healthcare to apply.

    Link: Tylenol scholarship

ONS has information on a wide variety of Scholarships and fellowships for graduate study. Please check the ONS website and speak with Mr. Mejias.

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The Office of Undergraduate Research

  • Symposium Winners and Pictures

    The winners from the 8th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium and Celebration have been posted on the UR website (www.ur.usf.edu). Pictures from the event have also been posted. Be sure to check it out!

    Link: http://www.ur.usf.edu

  • Seeking Lab Volunteer

    Seeking under-graduate biology or biomed student interested in volunteering 10-20 hours in Immunology based research lab at the USF College of Medicine in The Department of Molecular Medicine.

    Lab duties include but not limited to purchasing/requisition ordering, cell culturing, autoclaving, western blots, handling animal models and general laboratory maintenance.

    Interested students please contact Ms. Carlton at carlton@honors.usf.edu after you have completed your UR profile. Please attach your up to date resume and reference the advertised research in Molecular Medicine.

  • Mood and Emotion Research

    The Mood and Emotion Laboratory at the University of South Florida is a research laboratory devoted to the integration of affective and clinical science.
    These RA positions can be quite competitive and only mature, reliable, and hard working persons should consider applying. For example, most students who are successful in working in our laboratory typically maintain a 3.5 GPA or higher and have a specific interest in pursuing graduate education in clinical psychology or related fields. We ask for a minimum of a 9 hour commitment per week for at least two consecutive semesters. After you have made a profile on the UR website, please see the link below for instructions on applying to the MEL lab.

    Link: http://uweb.cas.usf.edu/mood/

  • Biology or Biomed student needed for Immunology based research lab

    Seeking under-graduate biology or biomed student interested in volunteering 10-20 hours in Immunology based research lab at the USF College of Medicine in The Department of Molecular Medicine.

    Our research focus is on studying immune cells and their response in tumor microenvironment.

    Lab duties include but not limited to purchasing/requisition ordering, cell culturing, autoclaving, western blots, handling animal models and general laboratory maintenance.

    Preferably a candidate with the potential of pursuing own thesis research project.

    Interested students please contact Ms. Carlton at carlton@honors.usf.edu after you have completed your UR profile. Please attach your up to date resume and reference the advertised research in Molecular Medicine.

  • Research Assistants Needed in Mood and Emotion Lab

    The Mood and Emotion Laboratory at the University of South Florida is a research laboratory devoted to the integration of affective and clinical science. More specifically, they apply methods and insights drawn from basic research on emotion to further understanding of important clinical conditions such as major depressive disorder. They are also a teaching laboratory, training advanced undergraduates and graduate students in the measurement and analysis of emotion, using both experimental and naturalistic methods.

    Responsibilities often include attending weekly research meetings and gaining formal introduction and training into the ethical conduct of research. Activities in the MEL may include running psychological experiments, being trained in clinical interviews, scheduling and running participants, entering data, helping with data reduction using customized physiological data reduction software, data analysis, behavioral coding, preparing stimuli for projects, doing literature searches, designing studies, maintaining lab equipment, screening potential study participants over the phone, and contacting recruitment sites.

    These RA positions can be quite competitive and only mature, reliable, and hard working persons should consider applying. For example, most students who are successful in working in the laboratory typically maintain a 3.5 GPA or higher and have a specific interest in pursuing graduate education in clinical psychology or related fields. They ask for a minimum of a 9 hour commitment per week for at least two consecutive semesters.

    After you have made a profile on the UR website, please see the link below for instructions on applying to the MEL lab.

    http://uweb.cas.usf.edu/mood/

    Link: http://uweb.cas.usf.edu/mood/

  • Undergraduate Research Assistants Needed for USF Active Gaming Research Lab

    Love to work with kids? Interested in research on learning and video games?

    USF Active Gaming Research Labs: Brain research on active game play. Participants will be 3rd-5th graders. Looking for 2-3 Undergraduate Research Assistants. Those that enjoy physical activity and video games would be a perfect fit but certainly not necessary. The theory behind the research is the new brain research suggesting when children are active they are more cognitively prepared to learn. They would like to investigate active video games as the tool versus sedentary video game play.

    Time commitment will be 2-3 hours several times a week. Research Assistants would be administering tests, grading pre/post tests, collecting surveys, transcribing surveys, etc. They will assist in putting on heart rate monitors, but the lab will do the downloading of information. They are more than welcome to be as involved in the analysis stages as desired. This position is open to all majors.

    Please create a profile on the UR website and send your resume to Ms. Carlton at carlton@honors.usf.edu. If you have not met with her, please set an appointment by calling 813-974-6824. We will be forwarding all resumes to the lab in early May.

  • Student Award Recipients: We need your help!

    If you have been awarded an undergraduate research departmental award or any award related to your research, please contact Ms. Schumacher at lschumac@honors.usf.edu. We are currently keep track of students who have received such awards at USF. Thank you!

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Student Submissions

  • Sustainability Film Fest

    Thursday, April 29
    2-4 pm in JPH 1319

    As part of their service-learning projects this semester, the students kept video diaries, turned them into educational documentaries, and posted them on YouTube. We will review the films in class on Thursday and discuss sustainability on the USF campus.

    Here is an example from one of the groups: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eomNCO5LOtU

    Please join us! (there will be popcorn, plus you get to meet a bunch of really smart, really dedicated Honors students)

    E. Christian Wells, Ph.D.
    ecwells@usf.edu

    Link: YouTube Example

  • Student Government Jobs

    Are you interested in making a difference in your university? Do you have a genuine interest in how your Activity & Service fees are spent?
    Have you thought about Student Government? The Hernandez-Montgomery Administration is looking for young leaders and talented individuals from many different walks of life to help take Student Government at USF to new heights.
    PLEASE apply today! The applications are online and it only takes a few minutes. Just go to www.sg.usf.edu and search for "51st Administration Applications". The applications and job descriptions are directly beneath that subtitle, or you can follow these links:

    Job descriptions: http://sg.usf.edu/files/2010-2011-Executive-Branch-Job-Positions.pdf

    Link: Application

  • Executive Board HCSC positions available

    Honors College Student Council is accepting applicants for several Executive Board positions open for the Fall 10 to Spring 11 term. Council is looking for students dedicated to the Honors College and Council's mission of building community within the college. If you are interested in a position, please contact Sarah Brady (slbrady@mail.usf.edu) for more information.

  • Media For Your Mind

    The linked PDF contains a list of media items (books, movies, plays, essays, et cetera) recommended for students by students.

    Do you feel underrepresented? You are free to contribute without restriction on genre, topic or amount of submissions. If you can sufficiently explain why the piece of media is important to you, acceptance in a future edition of this list is likely.

    Contributions, suggestions, changes, and error fixes should be directed to: rjakimav@mail.usf.edu

    Link: View the PDF


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