Know-a-BULL News
Week of 07/21/2008 - Issue # 22  

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.


  • You might be able to go to Hawaii on us!

    See Dr. Silverman if you are interested in going to this conference to present a paper; do not submit an abstract prior to talking with Dr. Silverman. If the budget allows, we can pay most or all of your expenses.

    Subject: Call for Papers - 7th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Education

    Call for Papers/Abstracts/Submissions
    7th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Education January 4 - 7, 2009 Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort & Spa Honolulu Hawaii, USA

    Submission Deadline: August 15, 2008

    Sponsored by:
    Pepperdine University - Graduate School of Education and Psychology University of Louisville - Center for Sustainable Urban Neighborhoods New Horizons in Education - The Journal of Education, Hong Kong Teachers'
    California State University, East Bay - Educational Leadership Program

    Web address: Email address:

    The 7th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Education will be held from January 4 (Sunday) to January 7 (Wednesday), 2009 at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort & Spa, in Honolulu, Hawaii. The conference will provide many opportunities for academicians and professionals from education related fields to interact with members inside and outside their own particular disciplines. Cross-disciplinary submissions with other fields are welcome.

    Submitting a Proposal:
    Submit your paper/proposal by using our online submission system! To use the system, and for detailed information about submitting see:
    Web site:

  • This is a reminder to our incoming Freshpeople.

    Please remember that you can win scholarships by submitting your essay based upon the summer reading book, “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep” and by volunteering to serve on the Convocation Day panel which will respond to our speaker (whose topic will be related to the book).  If you volunteer for the panel, you will be given further instructions well in advance of Convocation.

    You received more specific information in the letter that accompanied the book and if you have any questions, please email me at:

    In the meantime, have a wonderful break and we will see you in August!

  • 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!

  • First Semester Thesis: Important Dates and Assignments

    UPDATE: If you are presenting your thesis this summer, pleas email the date, time and place to Dr Yavneh.

    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

  • 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 web site 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.



  • 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

  • Job Title:  Risk Management & Insurance Interns (2 positions)

    Company:  Jaffe Tilchin Wealth Management
    Opportunity: Interns can start their careers while gaining real world knowledge, development of leadership skills and hands on experience equal to two years work experience in this recession-proof industry. This Internship is a life changing event.
    Requirements:  Our firm is looking to train individuals considering a career in Business, Consulting, Risk Management, Marketing, or Financial Planning.

    Students currently majoring in any of the following should consider applying for this internship program:  All College of Business majors, Risk Management

    Skill sets required to succeed: Looking for individuals who have mastered the skill of multi-tasking, is very organized, proficient in Microsoft Office and has strong verbal communication skills.   

    Personality Traits:  Responsible, Outgoing & Self-driven
    Level of Entry:  Junior year of Honors College
    GPA Requirement:  3.0 GPA and higher in major
    How to apply:  Applicants should send a cover letter and resume with telephone contact to Angie Nemet at

  • I received this email from an Honors student.  It sounds like a terrific on-campus job possibility.

    I work for the Center for Transformation and Innovation (incidentally, I am also in the Honors College), and my boss is interested in getting an Honors student in journalism or creative writing to write a story on CTI for us.  It could be a paid internship for one student, or maybe it could be offered as an assignment in an Honors writing course with the best paper chosen.  The story may be posted on the USF Health web site and will be distributed to potential clients, so this is an excellent chance for a student to gain some experience and recognition for their future in the field of journalism.

    We have had 2 professional organizations on USF write a story on CTI, but the style we are getting back is overly professional and lacks emotion.  I know the Honors College frequently sends out emails to all Honors students with opportunities for employment and internships in the community, so perhaps this would fall under that category.  We would appreciate any help you could give to us in finding a qualified individual for this task!

    Thank you,

    Jessica Hoffman

  • 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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