Know-a-BULL News
Week of 04/30/2013 - Issue # 262

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

RSS Feed Upcoming Events
 5/1/2013 Honors College Commencement
 5/1/2013 Honors College Commencement
 5/1/2013 Honors College Commencement
 6/7/2013 Freshmen Orientation
 6/11/2013 Freshmen Orientation
 6/14/2013 Freshmen Orientation
 6/18/2013 Freshmen Orientation
 6/28/2013 Freshmen Orientation
 7/16/2013 Freshmen Orientation
 7/19/2013 Freshmen Orientation
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Honors College

Dean's Update:

  • 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! - Research Opportunity

    The volunteer will assist with one or more research studies related to maternal and child health at the College of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics and the Lawton & Rhea Chiles Center for Healthy Mothers and Babies. The primary responsibility will involve entering data into a database as well as the abstraction of medical information from patient databases. Other responsibilities could include assisting the study team with daily functions related to goals and specific aims of clinical research projects already in progress. The volunteer will be required to obtain Human Subjects Certification. Interested candidates please send resume to Lindsey King at .

  • 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.


  • 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.

  • 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 Jasmine Paulino

    Congratulations to Honors College Student Jasmine Paulino! Jasmine will attend the FSU Summer Law Program for Undergraduates. Jasmine will spend four weeks in Tallahassee (all expenses paid) engaging in activities covering three primary areas classroom experience, law school admissions process and careers in law.

    To find out more about the program, please visit:

    Link: httpwwwlawfsuedusummerundergraduatesindexhtml

  • New! - Congratulations to our 13 Gilman Study Abroad Scholarship Recipients

    Congratulations to our 13 Gilman Scholars for Summer 2013!

    Hiram Rios, China
    Emily Baillie, China
    Elloni Ellick, China
    Clifton Garrison, China
    Monica Velsasco, China
    Zachary Tomlinson, Morocco
    Adely Castaneda, China
    Camille Mourant, Brazil
    Tamara Sine, Russia
    Grace Jean-Pierre, Argentina
    Jalina Pittman, Ghana
    Lazaro Silva, UK
    Charles Tyer, Costa Rica

    Gilman Scholarships provide up to $5,000 to study abroad. To find out more visit the website:

    Link: httpwwwiieorgenProgramsGilmanScholarshipProgram

  • New! - Congratulations to Hiram Rios and Shaza Hussein

    Congratulations to Honors College students Hiram Rios and Shaza Hussein! Hiram and Shaza received Boren Scholarships to study a critical language abroad this summer. Hiram will study Mandarin Chinese in China and Shaza will study Arabic in Oman.

    Boren Scholars receive up to $20,000 for their study of critical language abroad (summer, fall, spring semesters or academic year). To learn more about the Boren Scholarship, visit:

    Link: httpborenawardsorgborenscholarship

  • 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. 

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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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