Know-a-BULL News
Week of 07/20/2010 - Issue # 123

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
 7/20/2010 Honors College Orientation
 7/23/2010 Honors College Orientation
 7/23/2010 Summer C - Last Day
 7/27/2010 Honors College Orientation
 7/30/2010 Honors College Orientation
 8/6/2010 Honors Commencement Ceremony
 8/6/2010 Summer B - Last Day
 8/19/2010 CS_INFO_SESSION
 8/23/2010 Fall 2010 - First Day
 9/6/2010 Labor Day
* "Freshpeople 5 Events"

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Honors College

Dean's Update:

    The summer is moving along rapidly and classes will start in just over a month.  To those of you joining us as new Freshpeople, welcome to your Honors College.  We look forward to greeting you on August 23 and at Convocation on September 3.  Please know that we are here and are happy to answer any questions you might have.

    I hope that you are enjoying Frankenstein and are participating in our on-line discussion (the handout included in the book tells you how to do this).  You should consider the essay contest; we have thus far gotten 2 entries.

    Old-timers, I hope that the summer has been a good one for you and I look forward to seeing all of you in August.  I think this will be a great year and I appreciate your leadership and accomplishments.

  • Honors on Twitter!

    The Honors College now has a Twitter account. Follow us at for information on upcoming events, scholarship opportunities, and special announcements.

    Link: Follow us on Twitter

  • Honors College Summer Commencement Ceremony

    The Summer 2010 Honors College graduation ceremony will take place on Friday, August 6th at 2:00 PM in Traditions Hall at the Alumni Center. Specific information will be emailed to potential summer graduates by the middle of July.

    Link: Graduation & Commencement Info

  • New IDH 3400 Course offered in Fall 2010

    IDH 3400--003 Catherine Batsche, T/R 12:30 - 1:15 in SVC 1099: Applied Research Methods and Problem-Based Learning: The College of Behavioral and Community Sciences (BCS) received a grant to develop an applied research methods course using an innovative teaching model known as problem-based learning.  Seven faculty members from the college worked throughout the summer, 2010 to develop four problem-based case studies that are intended to help students learn to apply knowledge and skills they gained in Research Methods classes.  As a student in this class, you will have three opportunities.  First, you will get to apply what you have learned in your research methods courses to real-world research projects as a member of a research team.  Second, you will learn new research methods and dissemination strategies.  Third, you will pilot-test selected research case studies and provide feedback to the faculty to enhance their effectiveness for use as problem-based learning modules.  What research problems will you work with? The case studies deal with research problems related to substance abuse among college students, incarcerated mothers, addiction to pain medication, and behavioral health interventions and treatments.  Working with other students on your research team, you will decide the approach that you think best responds to the research questions and will design the research project accordingly.  You will also gain experience responding to grant requests, preparing grant proposals for peer review, preparing research posters, and making research presentations. What is problem-based learning? Problem-based learning (PBL) is an instructional method that uses "real world" problems as a context for students to apply critical thinking and problem solving skills as they acquire the essential concepts of the course. PBL typically includes the following steps:
    1. Students are presented with a problem (e.g., a case study, video, newspaper article). Students (in groups) organize their ideas and previous knowledge related to the problem, define the broad nature of the problem, and define a solution they think best responds to the problem.
    2. Through discussion, students pose questions, called "learning issues," on aspects of the problem that they don’t yet understand or for which they need more information. These learning issues are recorded by the group.
    3. Students decide which issues will be followed up by the whole group, and which issues can be assigned to individuals, who later teach the rest of the group.
    4. Students select an approach to solve the problem and present their solutions to the rest of the class.
    What is the faculty role in PBL? The instructor guides and supports student initiatives rather than lectures students as they seek solutions to the problems.  Who can take this class? Students with majors/minors in a social or behavioral science field such as Psychology; Criminology; Social Work; Gerontology; Long Term Care Administration; Speech, Language, & Hearing Sciences; Interpreter Training;  Behavioral Healthcare; Public Health; Sociology; Anthropology and other related disciplines.  Students should have already completed or be concurrently enrolled in statistics and research methods classes.  This course will assume students already have some knowledge of basic statistics and research methods.

  • 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

  • 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

  • Research Position Available at Moffitt Cancer Center

    Moffitt Cancer Center is seeking a part-time (15+ hrs/wk during the school year) research assistant to work on a NCI-funded study examining risk factors for glioma (malignant brain tumors) - This is not a lab position.  The position primarily involves administering telephone interviews to study subjects. Other tasks include data entry, data cleaning, and filing. Requirements for the position include good telephone and communication skills, a basic understanding of research, ability to work well in a team environment, knowledge of Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel and Access), and close attention to detail. Hours are flexible but evening hours are required. This is a paid position. If you are interested in applying for the position, please make a profile on After you have made your profile, please email your resume to Ms. Schumacher at


  • Project Link: High School / Undergraduate Cancer Research Training Program

    This competitive training program is designed for motivated aspiring scientists to help prepare them for cancer research careers. Project LINK provides research experiences for high school students and undergraduate students from underrepresented minority populations.  Students will be matched with a Moffitt Scientist/mentor and expected to commit approximately 6-10 hours per week during the school year and full-time during the summer months. Attendance at educational/scientific lectures is required. Two year commitment is required and a stipend is provided. Obtain an application from the LINK Training office at Moffitt Cancer Center by calling (813) 745-6031 or visit the website: Applications must be received no later than August 2, 2010.


  • Call for abstracts!

    The American Association of Behavioral and Social Sciences Fourteenth Annual Meeting will be held February 10-11, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Relevant disciplines include: Accounting/Anthropology/Behavioral Sciences/Business/Community Studies/ Economics/Communications/Criminology/Criminal Justice/Education/Geography/History/Family Studies/ Gerontology/Human Development/Human Relations/Human Resources/Labor Studies/International Relations/Psychology/Political Science/Social Work/Sociology/Urban Studies/Women's and Men’s Studies If you are interested in applying, please email your abstract FIRST to the Office of Undergraduate Research at by September 17, 2010. Students will be notified of acceptance by September 24, 2010. Conference travel funding will be provided by the Office of Undergraduate Research. After notification of acceptance, students will have to submit the online conference proposal to AABSS. The conference proposal deadline is October 1, 2010. For more conference and application information, please visit

  • UR Student Assistant Needed

    The Office of Undergraduate Research is looking for a student assistant to work up to 20 hours per week in the office. If you are a freshman or sophomore and have had experience working in an office environment, please email your resume with day and times available to work during the fall semester to Ms. Schumacher at  

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USF Honors College Student Council

  • Have a little free time this summer?

    Do you have more free time this summer than you expected?  Do miss school and want to get involved as soon as possible?  Well you can! Join the Honors College Student Council and start planning this Fall's events!  We are looking for creative and enthusiastic people to help with the details of our Picnic, sporting event and Great Gatsby Dance.   You don't have to be on campus to help!  Please email Theresa or Eilis for more information. Theresa: Eilis: 

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Student Submissions

  • Calling all creative writers!

    Starting this fall the USF Honors College will be hosting a Creative Writers’ Club for the first time.  Students are invited to build a community with other writers and submit their writing for peer review. This group will work on larger group projects and help students develop their skills and enjoy the company and feedback of other writers.  All genres and types of writing are welcome. The first meeting will be held at the beginning of the fall semester. Feel free to contact for more information.

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