Know-a-BULL News
Week of 05/04/2009 - Issue # 61

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

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 5/11/2009 Summer A & C - First Day
 6/19/2009 Summer A - Last Day
 6/29/2009 Summer B - First Day
 7/17/2009 Summer C - Last Day
 8/7/2009 Summer B - Last Day
 8/24/2009 Fall 2009 - First Day
 11/26/2009 Thanksgiving Holiday
 11/27/2009 Thanksgiving Holiday
 12/4/2009 Fall 2009 - Last Day
* "Freshpeople 5 Events"

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Honors College

Dean's Update:

  • Swine Flu Info

    According to the Dean of Public Health, the threat of swine flu (H1N1) is that it spreads easily; it is unpleasant but a full recovery is expected. And contrary to what my daughter heard from her elementary school classmates, it is not caused by eating pork.

    Below is some information from the Downtown Security Council of Tampa that may be useful:

    * What is Swine Flu?
    H1N1 (Swine Flu) is a new influenza causing illness in people. This virus is spreading from person to person, much in the same way other influenza viruses are spread. The CDC has determined that this new H1N1 virus is contagious, but at this time, it is not known how easily the virus spreads between people.
    * What are the symptoms?
    Symptoms of Swine Flu are like regular flu symptoms and include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills, and fatigue. Some people have reported diarrhea and vomiting associated with Swine Flu. These same symptoms can also be caused by many other conditions, which means you and your doctor cannot know with any certainty, just based on your symptoms, if you have Swine Flu. Diagnosis requires a lab test to positively confirm Swine Flu.
    * If I think I have Swine Flu, what should I do? When should I see my doctor?
    If you, or your child, have flu symptoms, stay home, and when you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue. Afterward, throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands. That will help prevent your flu from spreading.
    If flu symptoms are present, and you've recently traveled to a high-risk area such as Mexico, CDC officials recommend that you see your doctor. If you, or your child, have flu symptoms but you haven't been in a high-risk area, you can still see a doctor - that is your call.
    Keep in mind that your doctor will not be able to determine whether you have Swine Flu, but he or she will take a sample from you and send it to a state health department lab for testing in order to make a positive diagnosis. If your doctor suspects Swine Flu, he or she would be able to write you a prescription for Tamiflu or Relenza. Those drugs may not be required; Swine Flu patients in the United States have made a full recovery without prescription medications.

  • Swine Flu Update for Summer Sessions

    The university is currently working with faculty to revise mandatory attendance and in-class testing policies to encourage students to STAY HOME IF THEY ARE SICK.

    If you have a respiratory virus or suspect you have the flu, PLEASE DO NOT GO TO CLASS; email your professors and call the Honors College so we can notify them, as well.

    If you are not sick and just want a beach day, please don't lie to me.

  • New Fall Course: Healthcare in Panama

    Healthcare in Panama: Beyond the Classroom
    Fall 2009: Wednesdays from 2:00-4:45 (Please note the class time may change to 3:05-5:50)
    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 or (813) 974-1090.

  • 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 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.

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(813) 974-3087

RED - National Fellowships

  • Seeking Prospective Applicants for Fall Competitions

    The Office of National Scholarships is currently seeking prospective applicants for the following competitions: Fulbright, Gates-Cambridge, Gilman, Javits, Marshall, Mitchell, Rhodes, NSF, Rotary, Truman, Udall, USA Today, and Elie Wiesel Ethics Prize!

    For more information on these competitions, contact Mr. Mejias: .

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

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(813) 974-3087

The Office of Undergraduate Research

  • NSF-funded summer program in environmental research

    Spaces are available in a newly-funded program in environmental sciences sponsored by NSF and led by Dr. Maya Trotz of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

    Link: program description and application

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(813) 974-6824

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