Know-a-BULL News
Week of 05/26/2008 - Issue # 14  

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

  • Great Opportunity for Honors College Students!
    I need some students to attend a USF Foundation Board of Directors luncheon meeting on June 6.  This is an opportunity to network with some very influential “community” people and to spend some time with the folks who help raise USF’s scholarship dollars.  Please email if you are interested; I can promise you a wonderful experience.

  • 05/28/2008 (Wednesday) - Library research skills workshops at 4:30-6, in LIB 201
  • 05/29/2008 (Thursday) - Working with human or animal subjects?  IRB workshop: This workshop is recommended for all, but REQUIRED for students who are conducting research with animal or human subjects in the Honors Student Lounge from 1:30-3:00.
  • 05/30/2008 (Friday) - Health Professions Advisory Committee (HPAC) Brown Bag Lunch at 12-2 in SVC 5012.

  • Please let Dr. Silverman know if you will complete your thesis and plan on graduating this summer.
  • If you are graduating in August and believe you have demonstrated exceptional achievements in leadership, academics, commitment to USF, community service and work experience, you might be a candidate for Outstanding Senior.  Please email Dr. Silverman if you are interested and believe you are qualified.

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Honors College

  • Dean's Update:

    Welcome back and best of luck in your summer classes.  Honors faculty and staff are here to help and you should let us know if you face a problem or if you wish to explore opportunities which can make your education stronger.

  • Graduation Checks for Summer/Fall 2008

    If you are hoping to graduate in summer or fall 2008, it is critical that you meet with a departmental advisor to ensure that you have registered for all required courses to graduate. If you have any questions about your Honors curriculum, please contact an Honors advisor.
  • USF Undergraduate Scholars

    The strategic plan of the University of South Florida seeks to expand world-class interdisciplinary research, creative and scholarly endeavors and to expand local and global engagement initiatives.  The Undergraduate Scholars program adds depth to students' University of South Florida academic experience.  It is designed to help students apply academic learning to real-life issues and problems through faculty supervised research.  This innovative program seeks to encourage students to engage in meaningful service and to ‘connect’ to the global community.  The University Scholars program recognizes students who fulfill the University goals of community engagement, undergraduate research, and global citizenship on both transcript and diploma.
  • For more information, contact Mr. Mejias at

  • New IDH 4000 section for Fall'08: Land Development & Construction with George Karpay

    George Karpay has been developing land and building houses, apartment complexes, offices and malls for more than 40 years.  Most of his projects have been in the Tampa Bay area but he has developed and built elsewhere as well.  What Mr. Karpay does is really problem solving as applied to a specific aspect of business. 

     This seminar will help you to learn problem solving skills that can be used in any endeavor; the context, however, will be in the area of land development and construction.  Here are some of the topics which will be explored via class presentations and field experiences.  Students will get to analyze real projects.  This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and there will only be room for 6 students.

    A. Single Family
    1. How to determine price range
    2. Analyze costs of a finished lot
    3. Profit

    B. Multi Family
    1. Monthly price range
    2. Market research breakdown
    3. Importance of density
    4. Size of apartments
    5. Appurtenances
    6. Community improvements
    7. Analysis of income & expenses
    8. Analysis of importance of Gross Effective Income (GEI)
    9. Net profit / capitalization rates

    C. Commercial & Industrial

    D. Raw Land Development

    Steps to take before “a shovel goes in the ground”
    A. Shopping for a site
    B. Elements of a contract (purchase price, terms, conditions)
    C. Financing
    D. Government agency approval

  • IDH 4930 Narrative Filmmaking will be offered in the Fall Semester!
    What ?    86002 IDH 4930-005;  2 cr.  hrs  Honors elective, S/U grades
    Who ?     Taught by four prize-winning Honors students.
    When ?   Wednesdays 5 - 7 p.m.
    Where ?  Honors Lounge. 
    By permit only. For permits, visit

    An overview of the elements of narrative filmmaking, including screenwriting, pre-production, production, and post-production. Students will learn essential techniques and skills, then
    collaboratively undertake their own film projects.

    Your instructors:

    Jesse Newman is currently an Interdisciplinary Social Sciences major at the University of South Florida and employee at The Apple Store in Tampa. He has produced a library of short films over the course of 7 years; many of which have received awards from film festivals around the country. Such awards include "Best Overall Film" at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, "Best Screenplay" at the Daytona Beach Film Festival, and "Best Drama" from the Tampa Film Review. Jesse has written, directed, shot, and edited the majority of his films and has taken acting roles in several. Jesse has aspirations to direct major motion pictures for the theaters.
    Sarah Wilson is a junior Telecommunications major, and has been creating films, PSAs, videos for clients, and commercials for the past four years. Her works have been featured in and received awards in multiple film festivals such as the Independents Film Festival, Gasparilla Film Festival, and Central Florida Film Festival.  Recently, Sarah placed first in a nation wide video contest sponsored by Bridgestone Americas, and her film "Focus", which she co-directed with senior Jesse Newman, received multiple Best Picture honors and is among the top 20 films in the nation for the Campus Movie Fest competition.
    Dan Nguyen is a second-year Bio-Medical Sciences major. His pastimes include making short films, studying, insomniac voting, and being absolutely amazing. Also, he likes red jellybeans.
    Joyce Yong is a first-year Bio-Medical Sciences major in the 7-Year Medical Program. Her experience in film has been informal and self-taught - hence her enthusiasm for experimentation and eagerness to explore new possibilities. Her most recent involvement with short-film production involved composing original music and sound-editing for Andy Nguyen's Total Run Time, as well as audio-editing for Dan Nguyen's Mobile. Both shorts have won numerous awards in Campus Movie Fest 2008, ranked among the top three movies at USF, top 16 in Florida (Mobile winning Best Comedy), and are currently being judged nationally. Creativity and Experience are the passions that fuel her life - extensively expressed in music, digital graphic design and photography, scavenger hunts, mysterious note-planting, and of course, writing about herself in third person.

  • Women’s Health concentration, within the Master’s Program in Medical Sciences, has been developed to provide a new interdisciplinary and concentrated program of study that is designed for students interested in the emerging field of gender medicine. Click Here for more information.
  • Saving Seats Equals Academic Dishonesty

    The University is carefully looking at student registrations 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.

  • First Semester Thesis: Important Dates and Assignments

    Summer C:      May 12th – July 17th

    Signed prospectus due to Honors College:     By Friday, June 13th

    Mentor’s name and topic due to Dr. Yavneh:  By Monday, June 2nd

                If you do not have a mentor and a topic by this date, please see Dr. Yavneh

     In order to pass first semester thesis, you must:

    • Submit a copy of the prospectus as well as a signed copy of the prospectus approval form to the associate dean or the dean for approval; the prospectus is not considered accepted until either Dr. Yavneh or Dr. Silverman has signed it.;
    • Pass the blackboard quiz, “Thesis 101;”
    • If you are working with human or animal subjects, submit a copy of your application for IRB approval, or an email from Dr. Stiles indicating such approval is not necessary

  • Discussions with Dr. Yavneh
    These are casual meetings for you to discuss your concerns, raise questions, and learn from Dr. Yavneh and each other.  Feel free to attend one or all!   You may also contact Dr. Yavneh at any time –

     “How to write your prospectus” - Thurs. June 5th at 10

     “How to get the most out of working with your mentor” - Wed. June 11th at 2:30

    “Structuring your thesis and keeping on task” - Wed. June 26th at 10

    Open topic - Tues. July 8th at 3

     “Thinking ahead to the second semester” - Wed. July 16th at 11

  • The USF Conflict Resolution Collaborative is seeking a talented individual with basic computer skills including experience with word processing, spreadsheets, PowerPoint, and library research. Preference will be given to a dependable, punctual, detail oriented and flexible individual with effective organizational and interpersonal communication skills.

    POSITION TYPE: Student Assistant

    WEEKLY HOURS: Up to 2 - 8 hours per week depending upon activities of the Conflict Resolution Collaborative

    RATE OF PAY: $10 to $12 per hour (undergraduate $10, graduate $12)


    Assist with Conflict Resolution Collaborative courses and conferences including marketing; coordinating registration; scheduling of audiovisual equipment, space and catering; assisting with program evaluation; and other services as needed. 

    Type reports, outlines, forms, etc. and photocopying materials.

    Complete course proposal forms, appointment papers, etc. as may be necessary

    Travel between on-campus and off-campus activities of the USF Conflict Resolution Collaborative.

    Assist the USF Conflict Resolution Collaborative by providing information about the Conflict Resolution Collaborative and its programs.

    TO APPLY: Email your resume to Dr. Firestone at the below email address.  Please paste resume into text of email and do not send resume as an attachment. (Hint: This is a good way to see if a student carefully reads materials and responds accordingly.)

    Gregory Firestone, Ph.D.
    Conflict Resolution Collaborative
    University of South Florida

  • Health Professions Advisory Committee (HPAC) Brown Bag Lunch

    Are you planning to apply to medical school for Fall 2009? If so, we encourage you to attend the Health Professions Advisory Committee (HPAC) Brown Bag lunch on May 30 from 12-2 in SVC 5012. Bring your lunch, your AMCAS application, and questions. Advisors from Arts & Sciences, the Honors College and the USF College of Medicine will be represented at the meeting. Please RSVP to with your name and major.

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RED - National Fellowships

  • Open Scholarship Awards

Ayn Rand Essay Contest

Atlas Shrugged was Ayn Rand's greatest achievement and last work of fiction. In this novel she dramatizes her unique philosophy of Objectivism in an intellectual mystery story that integrates ethics, metaphysics, epistemology, politics, economics and sex.

FIRST PRIZE: $10,000
5 THIRD PRIZES: $1,000
20 FINALISTS: $100



As of October 10th the FBI application process for applicants applying for the 2008 summer internship has come to a close. We are in the process of reviewing applications that were received before the October 10th deadline. If you have questions regarding the processing of your Honors Internship application, contact the applicant recruiter at your local FBI field office.

Each summer, a special group of outstanding undergraduate and graduate students are selected to participate in the FBI Honors Internship Program in Washington, D.C., or at a Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory (RCFL) located throughout the US ( Interested applicants should continue to view the website for updates and instructions on how to apply for the summer 2009 Honors Internship Program. The application deadline for the summer 2009 program is October 10, 2008.


Hearst Scholarship Information    Deadline: Fall 2008 - July 15, 2008

The Nonprofit Sector Research Fund, a grantmaking program of the Aspen Institute in Washington, DC, annually offers the William Randolph Hearst Endowed Scholarship. The scholarship, which is based on academic excellence and need, is open to both undergraduate and graduate students who are members of minority groups. The Hearst Scholar serves as a summer intern with the Fund. Through this program, the Fund seeks to introduce a diverse group of students to issues relating to philanthropy, voluntarism, and nonprofit organizations. Recipients may arrange with their colleges or universities to receive academic credit for this experience.

The student must be able to intern for 10-12 weeks full-time during the summer at the Washington, DC, office of the Aspen Institute. All travel and housing costs must be covered by the student.

Scholarship Stipend:
A scholarship grant of between $2,500 and $5,000 will be awarded, depending on the recipient's educational level, financial need, and time commitment. 



  • Despite the rough patches in the economy, this year’s crop of college graduates has reason to be hopeful. The National Associ­ation of Colleges and Employers found in a February survey that employers plan to hire 8 percent more new college grads this year than from the class of 2007. That’s off from the 16 percent increase employers predicted last fall, but reason for hope. Out­placement agency Challenger Gray & Christmas says the lesson is for those graduates one year out. Chances are they’ll suffer the most from the slowdown. That makes it all the more impor­tant for college juniors to seek summer internships that make them marketable. “The slowing economy probably will have little impact on internships, since it is a short-term commitment and many companies pay their interns little or nothing,’’ agency CEO John Challenger said.

    Shortage of skilled trades

    As for those yet to pick their major in school, or those looking for a change, here’s some advice from Manpower Inc. on career choices likely to pay off: In its third annual talent shortage survey, Manpower says 31 percent of employers worldwide are finding it more difficult to fill jobs, with the top shortage in skilled manual trades. Rounding out the top five of the most-wanted list: sales reps, techni­cians, engineers and managers. The list isn’t far off from the 2007 hot jobs, except that sales reps slipped from the top spot and management jumped up from No. 9. Apparently, the managers think we need more managers. About 43,000 employers in 32 countries and territories were surveyed. For a full breakdown, go

  • E-mail Mr. Mejias,, to be enrolled in Resources for Educational Distinction’s BlackBoard site!  Be the first to get news on scholarships, fellowships, and other unique opportunities!

  • PS2 : Program for Scholars in Public Service

    At the University of South Florida we believe in the importance of service, and we believe in supporting students who wish to serve their communities.  It is in that context that we offer the Program for Scholars in Public Service (PS2).  The program is open to a select group of First-Year undergraduate students; second-year students may be considered if space is available. 

    PS2  works with students to foster service, global engagement and research by providing a framework for undergraduate students who want to strengthen and maintain their commitment to serving communities locally in Tampa Bay, nationally and globally.  We believe that students with these skills and experiences are greatly advantaged when they apply to graduate and professional schools or when considered for the very best jobs.

    • Volunteer hours will be eligible for Presidential Volunteer Service Awards
    • Additional scholarships/funding; study abroad support
    • Special advising
    • National scholarship preparation
    • Opportunity to publish in Ut Prosim: The Journal of Scholars in Public Service
    • Multi-year commitment to your personal development
    • Promote public service as a vital aspect of the undergraduate experience
    • Integration of service and scholarship
    • Recognizing students who perform outstanding service

    To qualify for this exciting program, you must have an SAT score of at least 1200 or an ACT score of 28, as well as a weighted high school GPA of 3.5 or higher, and complete an application.  To learn more about PS2, contact Mr. Mejias:

  • Campus Deadlines for 2009 Competitions:

    Sept 10: Rhodes (graduate study at Oxford, )
                   Marshall (graduate study at UK Universities, )
                   Gates-Cambridge (graduate study at Cambridge, )
                   Mitchell (graduate study in Ireland, )

    Oct 1: Fulbright (study abroad, )
               Goldwater (graduate study in math, science or engineering, )

    Nov 1: Truman (graduate study in International Affairs,
                Carnegie Junior Fellows (international affairs,

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  • Research Ethics Film Series:2008

    The Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute invites all REU Scholars and other members of the USF community to a film series on research ethics in social and behavioral sciences.  Each film session will be about  two hours in length.

    FMHI is located in the MHC building in the northwest corner of campus.  Please reserve a seat by contacting  Paul Stiles at 974-9349 or

    Thursdays at 2:30 unless otherwise noted Click Here for more information
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HCSC - Honors College Student Council

  • Tentative Honors Council Fall 2008 Schedule

    Hey everyone,

    Here is the tentative Honors Council fall schedule. Make sure to mark your calendars!

    Sept 9- First General Meeting
    Sept 14-
    Fall Picnic
    Sept 26- Dodge ball
    Oct 10- Camping
    Oct 25- Boys and Girls Club
    Week of November 3- Freshman Event
    Nov 17- Cards for Troops

    Also, the council will be having reappointments in November. If you are interested in applying for a leadership position, make sure you join the council and keep in mind the following dates.

    Nov 3- Applications available
    Week of Nov 11- Interviews
    Nov 21- Appointments announced by 5:00 PM 

    If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at . Good luck to everyone with finals!

    Anthony Le
    Honors College Student Council President

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HCSC Schedule (REVISED FOR Fall 2008):
General Meeting: Tuesdays 4:00 PM (SVC 1101)

Academic Committee: TBA
Advertising Committee: TBA
Events Committee: TBA
Volunteer Committee: TBA
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Student Submissions

  • Vote for Sync with Santa by Andy Nguyen
    Two of our students made another video for a competition for Ford's Sync and the grand prize is a car! They were selected from over 200 entries as the top 20 in the country. Please help generate some votes because they really need them! How to vote: 1) Go to (you need a YouTube account) 2) Search "Santa" 3) Give it a thumbs up 4) Push "Next video" so the vote registers 5) Tell everyone and their mom to do the same :) Thanks again for all your support from the Honors College! Best, Andy Nguyen

  • If you are interested in volunteering abroad, the Fulbright Program, or the Peace Corps, check out the website Adam King, an Honors student, created as a thesis project, for information :
  • The 2009 Annual Meeting of the American Association of Behavioral and Social Sciences is scheduled on February 5 and 6.  The meeting will be held at the Flamingo Las Vegas - where we have met for the past two years. 

    The web site is being updated.  It is anticipated that it will be finished by the end of this month.

    This is one of few conferences which focuses on the social and behavioral sciences and which allows undergraduates to present their research.  Please contact me if you are interested.  As always, we will pay all of your expenses if you make a presentation. 


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