Know-a-BULL News
Week of 05/11/2009 - Issue # 62

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
 5/20/2009 Thesis I Workshop
 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
 9/4/2009 Honors Convocation
 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:

    Welcome back to those of you taking summer classes. The Honors College office will be open all summer should you need anything. However, we will be less available on Orientation days as you might expect. On those few days, the Lounge will be closed.

    Please stop in and say "hello" when you have a chance.

    Honors Thesis I Workshop, on Wednesday, May 20th from 10-11 in the student lounge. All Thesis I students need to attend -- if unable to they need to contact Dr. Kleine at .

  • Grocery Manufacturers Representatives

    Special Requirements: For Business majors in the Honors College interested in the field of consumer packaged goods/food industry. This is an outstanding opportunity to network with professionals in the industry. Recipients are selected on the basis of academic record, participation in school and community activities, and work experience. Submit a one-paragraph essay of 250 words or less explaining your qualifications. Must be able to attend one GMR event.
    Scholarship Criteria:

    * Student Type: Continuing Student/Transfer Student
    * Classification: Junior/Senior
    * College: Honors College
    * Major: Business
    * US Citizen\Permanent Resident: Yes
    * Campus: Tampa
    * Financial Need: No
    * Minimum GPA: 3.3

    Please send qualifications and essay to by June 15, 2009.

  • Summer/Fall Graduation

    The deadline to apply for summer graduation is Friday, June 5. The application may be found on the following link.

    In addition, students planning to graduate in the summer or fall term should schedule appointments with their Honors College and Departmental Major advisors to ensure that all degree requirements will be satisfied.

    Link: Registrar Website

  • Employment - Honors College

    If you are a first year student admitted for Fall 2009 and you have been awarded Federal Work Study (FWSP) for the next academic year, please contact Ms. Geiger at about possible employment in the Honors College this Fall.

  • 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.

    The 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.

  • 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

Student Submissions

  • Workshops, conferences, summer programs, many w/ scholarships

    Several of the opportunities listed below have student scholarships. The listings are in order by application deadlines, by the way.

    Information of this nature is sent to the members of the Empowering Leadership: Computing Scholars of Tomorrow Alliance (EL Alliance), which is supported by the National Science Foundation. The EL Alliance is a national network of individuals and institutions committed to the success of minority scholars, and offers information about opportunities, mentoring, conference participation, and much more.

    If you're already a member of the EL Alliance, wonderful! If not, and you'd like to join, visit the Website below. General messages of this nature will not be sent to the broader community on a regular basis. That is, if you want to continue to receive updates, and also learn more about the EL Alliance, sign up at the Website!

    All best,
    Ann Redelfs, ELA Co-Program Manager

    Link: ELA Website

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