Know-a-BULL News
Week of 07/07/2008 - Issue # 20  

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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Honors College

  • Dean's Update:

    Our Honors graduates continue to distinguish themselves.

    President George W. Bush will appoint Honors graduate (1991) Wayne B. Paugh, of Virginia, to be Coordinator for International Intellectual Property Enforcement at the Department of Commerce. Mr. Paugh currently serves as Senior Advisor and Acting Coordinator for International Intellectual Property Enforcement at the Department of Commerce. Prior to this, he served as Senior Counsel at Venable LLP. Earlier in his career, he served as Chief of Staff to the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Mr. Paugh received his bachelor's degrees from the University of South Florida, his master's degree from the University of Miami and his JD from George Mason University School of Law.

    Damu Cherry (class of 2000) is off to Beijing to run the 100 meter hurdles in the Olympics.  Damu is our very first Olympian!

    Veronica Burianek (class of 1997) serves as Assistant State Attorney in Pinellas County where she is a Felony Crimes Division Prosecutor, having tried over 40 jury trials including First Degree Murder, securing Grand Jury indictment.  She serves as a Member of the DUI Manslaughter Squad

    Aliyah Baluch (class of 2001), is Chief Resident for Internal Medicine at Moffitt Cancer Center.  Aliyah is one of our 7-year BA/MD grads

  • Important! - If you have not taken an Honors course for more than 3 semesters and you plan on finishing Honors, please let me know no later than July 15.


  • Thursday, July 17th at noon:  Lunch with kickboxing researcher! 

    USF Director of Assessment (and rec center kickbox instructor) Dr. Terri Flateby will join students to discuss opportunities for research on the effectiveness of undergraduate research.  Find a thesis topic or just get involved in research!  Space is limited – email Dr. Yavneh ( if you are interested.

  • Uconnect - USF’s on-line community for first year students!

    Would you like to create friendships before beginning classes at USF? 
    Are you just a little nervous about making the transition to this large University? 
    Wouldn’t it be great to know more about the University you’re about to call home? 

    By joining USF’s on-line community for first year students you will be able to create a profile, establish friendships with new and current students, learn about available campus resources, and read articles on common first year challenges. 

    It’s your community; make the most of it by signing-up today at!

  • Honors Student's Thesis Survey

    The following comes from a fellow Honors College student:

    I'm trying to get USF students opinions in a survey I'm conducting for my thesis. It's a survey on campus publications. The survey is located at:

    Thank you,
    Robin Roup

  • 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

  • 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
  • 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

  • Attention: Students applying to health-professions programs for fall 2009

    USF offers two services that are of interest to students applying to programs in the health professions.

    First, the Health Professions Advisory Committee (HPAC) offers a committee letter service. Second, through Virtual Evaluation, the College of Arts & Sciences offers a Letter of Recommendation service for students. More information about these services is available through the following links.

    For students applying to medical school, AMCAS has been open for a few weeks and students will be able to start submitting applications later in the week. Before you complete your application, we strongly recommend that you review all AMCAS information through the following link. In addition, we recommend that you have a professional advisor review your AMCAS application prior to your submitting the information.

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RED - National Fellowships

  • Open Scholarship Awards

Storch Awards & Sanford N. Young Award

Biological Research Associates and the ENTRIX Florida Region have been long-time members and supporters of the Florida Section of the American Water Resources Association.  Please forward the information below to your friends and relatives who are teachers or students in disciplines associated with water resources.

The Florida Section has extended the application period for its grants and scholarships to teachers and university students to June 15th 2008. The awards are as follows:

Storch Awards are for college students pursuing an education involving water resources. The awards are usually for $1,000 each (3 to 6 usually awarded).

The Sanford N. Young Award is for college students pursuing a water resources education in an inter-disciplinary fashion. The award is for $2000 and only one is awarded.

For more information on the awards and application forms, please go to <>   and click on "Grants & 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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  • Office of Undergraduate research has many exciting new opportunities for research this summer.  Please contact us at
(813) 974-6824


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

  • 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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