Know-a-BULL News
Week of 6/8/2010 - Issue # 117

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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 6/8/2010 Honors College Orientation
 6/10/2010 Winning a Fulbright Workshop
 6/10/2010 Winning a Fulbright Workshop
 6/11/2010 Honors College Orientation
 6/15/2010 Honors College Orientation
 6/18/2010 Honors College Orientation
 6/25/2010 Summer A - Last Day of Classes
 6/25/2010 Honors College Orientation
 6/28/2010 CS_INFO_SESSION
 6/28/2010 Summer B - First Day
* "Freshpeople 5 Events"

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Honors College

Dean's Update:

    I have been thinking about E-Portfolios and how valuable they might be as you apply for jobs and to graduate and professional programs. An E-Portfolio is pretty easy to establish and would take but minutes per week to maintain. Your Portfolio could contain your writing, videos, journals, pictures, research, study abroad experiences and any other information you choose to include. You alone would have the ability to add subtract and modify the portfolio and we could proudly house and showcase your portfolio on the Honors College website for all to see.

    We can help you set up the portfolio and maintain it (although it is simple enough that even I could do it!). If you have Facebook or Myspace page or your own website, you are already on the way to an e-folio. I would like to invite you to be among the first to create an Honors E-folio. All you need to do is email me or schedule an appointment. I can almost guarantee that the process of setting up the portfolio is easy and fun, maintenance is minimal and the potential value is great.

    Please don't let this opportunity pass you by.

  • Summer Graduation Application Due June 11th!

    Potential Summer Graduations-- Do not forget to complete your Summer 2010 graduation application for your Bachelor's degree. This is the first step in ensuring you will be certified for your degree. More information regarding Summer commencment ceremony will be coming over the next few weeks!

    Link: Application for Summer 2010 Graduation

  • Healthcare in Panama: Beyond the Classroom

    Healthcare in Panama: Beyond the Classroom
    Fall 2010: Wednesdays from 2:00-4:45
    IDH 4200 OR IDH 4000

    Looking for a different kind of learning experience? You will engage in 14 weeks of coursework prior to a 10-day immersion experience in Panama (participation in the trip from December  11 - 20 is a required part of the course curriculum). The course will introduce you to the healthcare system in Panama and how it compares to that of the United States, Panamanian culture and society, and current issues facing developing countries.

    Although the course will focus on cultural comparison through the lens of the healthcare system, students of all majors are welcome to apply.
    If you are interested in participating in this course, please contact Ms. Hill at .

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O.N.S. - Office of National Scholarships

  • Truman Scholarship Applicants

    Have policy on your mind?  We will begin reviewing policy proposals for potential Truman applicants in June.  Email us with your policy proposal and your academic resume attached at before July 1.  If you need help crafting the statement, you may wish to contact us at least a 1-2 weeks prior to that date for feedback. The Truman Fellowship provides $30,000 toward graduate/professional school. Any major may apply so long as they plan to pursue a career in government or public service. Go to for more information. 

  • Winning a Fulbright Workshop

    Graduate and Undergraduate Fulbright Application Workshops Dreaming of conducting research, or teaching English abroad after your senior year?  Then you should apply for a Fulbright scholarship to fund your expenses?  Come find out more about building your profile as a candidate for this prestigious scholarship competition. Get started by taking a look at the Fulbright website, today: and contact us if you have questions at     Winning a Fulbright Workshop—Honors Classroom SVC 1091 Choose one of the following two sessions or come to both. June 10 at 10-11AM or 3-4 PM

  • September Deadlines for National Scholarships

    The following scholarships have internal USF September 10, 2010 deadlines. These all require internal faculty committee review. Come in now to open your application, gather your letters of recommendation and begin your essay. Rhodes, -- for study at Oxford for all round excellence in academics and leadership, under age 25, >3.8 GPA  Mitchell, - for a year graduate study in Ireland or Northern Ireland for US Citizen. Seniors or graduate students. Marshall, - study in UK for 2-3 years for US Citizen, >3.7 gpa, leadership, reason to study in UK. Fulbright research, -- research abroad for senior or graduate student, any major. Fulbright English Teaching Assistant - -- teach English across the globe; > 3.3 gpa. Gilman - study abroad anywhere - PEL grant recipient required, all majors Javits,, graduate students entering PHD programs, seniors entering MFA programs, MA programs.   Go to Office of National Scholarships website for more:      

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

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The Office of Undergraduate Research

  • Hurricane Research Opportunity

    With a possible hurricane landfall, we may see a hurricane evacuation here in Florida. If so, a research team from USF will be going to a site near the evacuation to survey people about their evacuation behavior. The research team did a similar project last year, though that one focused on intended rather than actual hurricane behavior. Those who joined the team last year had a lot of fun, enjoyed the media attention, developed their interviewing skills, got training and a certificate  in human subjects research and enjoyed being part of a research team. This is an interdisciplinary research project led by faculty in the Department of Geography (Dr. Collins) and School of Social Work (Dr. Ersing). Last year students on the team had a variety of backgrounds e.g. Social Work, Geography, World Languages, Meteorology, Business. Being fluent in speaking Spanish was a plus (though foreign language skills not required). Students who have an interest in this project and being part of the team from all backgrounds are welcome. Please be aware of the commitment that you will need to come to a training session at USF in the next couple of weeks, you will need to do an online training session on human subjects research and you will most likely be away with the team overnight (though hotel arrangements will be made by the faculty). Please email Dr. Jennifer Collins ASAP if you are interested in this opportunity at

  • Research Assistant Needed

    Interested in how kids learn best?  There is a project this summer in the College of Education to put together a literature review for a future publication on active gaming technology in learning. Tasks would involve doing lit reviews with a faculty member and writing 1 paragraph summary’s for each articles/books.  The literature review would be collecting any and all articles related to this new approach to physical activity. When the literature review is published, your name would be listed in an acknowledgment section.  This type of informational research is very helpful to learn about the process of research and publishing in the academic realm.  The project would be useful for Education, Psychology or any Social/Behavioral Sciences major planning to pursue a graduate education. Please create a profile on the UR website and send your resume to Ms. Schumacher at  If you have not met with her, please set an appointment by calling 813-974-6824.

  • Research Assistant Needed

    New Orleans is made up of groups of residents who wear costumes during Mardi Gras, an annual street festival that dates to the eighteenth century. Such groups, especially those from marginalized and 'aggrieved' groups are often mutual aid and pleasure clubs established in the early twentieth century to care for community members in times of illness, poverty and death. They parade in the streets several times a year; including Mardi Gras, in what scholars have argued is the use of public space to embody dissent of their social marginalization. The selection of a “mask” is not a fly by night decision. It reflects certain claims about identity. Groups of people, who “mask” as it is called, see Mardi Gras simply as an opportunity to publically display a private sense of self that guides their entire lives. The field of trauma research supports the use of ritual for healing and recovery from disaster and large scale social trauma situations. Communal rituals and artistic practices have been found to contribute to survivors’ sense of recovery, especially as meaning making based in the survivor's culture is a key indicator of thriving and resilience.  This project focuses on the Centennial celebration of the African American woman's masking tradition, "Baby Dolls." Research assistants would be asked to: Locate materials that can be used in a Centennial exhibition of the New Orleans Mardi Gras Baby Dolls, a century-old African American women's masking tradition Research and write a description of the artists and photographs who took photographs or made representations of Baby Dolls Assist with creation of a website for an on-line exhibition The time commitment would be about 2-4 hours weekly; for 6 weeks. If you are interested, please create a profile on and send your resume to Ms. Schumacher at referencing the project in the subject line of the email.


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