The Honors College
Summer Book Essay Contest
Instructions: Write an essay of approximately 700-800 words in length on the following topic. Essays will be judged by the criteria listed below, with the winners to be announced at the Honors Convocation, September 4.
The contrast between the careers of Darwin and Wallace, as depicted in David Quammen's The Reluctant Mr. Darwin, presents us with an important puzzle, with far-reaching implications for our understanding of science. To review: Charles Darwin apparently had an inkling of the theory of evolution by natural selection by the end of the 1830s-but over the next 20 years, he shared his intuitions with only a few close associates. His delay was intended, at least in part, to give him time to amass enough evidence to make a persuasive case for the theory. This time was not spent idly; it included eight years devoted to the study of cirripedia (barnacles), a tedious, smelly, and generally thankless task.
Meanwhile, Wallace apparently lit upon much the same theory while island-hopping in the Pacific, gaining a great deal of experience with island fauna, but not making any attempt to gather evidence systematically. Both Darwin and the more impartial Lyell were forced to agree that the two theories were close enough to merit joint announcement.
The puzzle (and the central question to be addressed in your essay) is this: Two scientists were able to come up with the same theory independently, one with the benefit of lots of carefully collected evidence, one without. So: what is the role of evidence in the discovery and justification of evolution by natural selection? What conclusions may we draw concerning the scientific importance of evidence in general?
Criteria: Essays will be judged on the following criteria, in rough order of importance:
1. Their success in articulating and defending a clear, cogent thesis in response to the essay prompt;
2. The degree of diligence exhibited in drawing on evidence from the assigned text (Quammen) and any additional sources deemed helpful;
3. The clarity and transparency of the writing.
The essay should be emailed to email@example.com no later than August 31.
Required Thesis Workshops
To all students registered for the first semester of thesis: you must attend one of the following Thesis workshops. Please RSVP on the Honors website.
Thesis Workshops in the Honors Lounge :
Wed, Aug 26, 10 a.m.
Th, Aug 27, 2 p.m.
Mon, Aug 31, 2 p.m.
Tue, Sept 1, 10 a.m.
Aug 20: Open House - School of Natural Science & Mathematics
Join the Departments of Cell Bio, Microbiology, and Molecular Bio; Integrative Biology; Chemistry; Physics; and Mathematics & Statistics for an Open House on Thursday, August 20th from 9 AM - 4 PM. Meet faculty and advisors, tour the research labs, and attend information sessions. Lunch provided. RSVP by August 13th.
Link: Open House Registration and Agenda
Financial Literacy and Alcohol Edu Grades
The grades for the Life Skills Tutorials may take up to two weeks to be posted.
If you have questions about Financial Literacy, please contact the financial aid office. If you have questions about Alcohol Edu, please contact Jennifer Fuller at student health services.
Art and Ice Cream Museum Event needs Honors Volunteers
Contemporary Art Museum, August 20, 3-4:30pm
Scope out new work by hot contemporary sculptor Teresita Fernandez in "Blind Landscape". Get connected, see what's new, engage with the art of our time, become part of the cultural community on campus and win a poster.
The Curator, Noel Smith, needs Honors Students volunteers between 2:30 and 4:30. Please contact Ms. Smith directly at firstname.lastname@example.org and copy Dr. Yavneh (email@example.com).
Link: Ms. Smith Email
Spots in Poplar Hall
We have a few spots remaining in Poplar Hall, the brand new residence hall on campus. If you are looking for a way to meet new people and get involve then living in the Honors Living Learning Community may be right for you. If you are interested, contact the housing office at (813) 974-0001 or Mr. Lucien at (813) 974-3087 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Link: Room Features & Hall Amenities
Ordering Your Books for Fall 2009
If you haven't been able to pull up your book lists yet, follow these links: (you will need a copy of your courses handy)
First, go to the USF website: www.usf.edu
- Click on "Current Students"
- Along the left hand side of listings, click on "Bookstores", then "Tampa"
- Click on "Buy your Textbooks on-line Today" (you can save the list - don't have to actually purchase today)
- Click on "Select Term", then choose Fall 09
- Click on "Select Dept." (this will vary for each course - it is the 3 letters before the 4-digit course number) For Honors courses: IDH
- Click on "Select Course": In this case, Acquisition of Knowledge is 2010, Arts/Humanities is 3100, etc
- Click on "Section", to do this you'll need your specific course information - it should be 3 digits and follows the course number: ex: IDH 2010-007.
At this point, you can click on other Courses to add books for the other classes you are taking - again, you will need to know your specific course information.
To look at the books for the specific course, on the right side of the page, click: "View Textbook List", and follow the directions from there.
Link: USF Website
Fall Sections of Arts & Humanities
We have recently opened seats in all sections of IDH 3100 to continuing students. Course descriptions may be found on the Honors website and on Honors Blackboard under "Course Desc". If you are interested in registering for one of these sections, please submit an online request form through the the link below, or you can go to the Honors webpage, scroll down, click on Online forms, then Permit Request form.
Link: Permit Link
Undergraduate Scholar Award
This message is for all of our Honors students but particularly those who are incoming Freshpeople and those getting ready to start their second USF year.
It is not too early to think about the kinds of activities you want to participate in; now is a particularly good time to do that since classes have not yet begun. All of these opportunities will enhance your education and your resume so that when you get ready to apply to graduate or professional school or for a great job, you will be competitive with the best students across the country.
I would like to introduce you to one of USF's highest recognitions: the Undergraduate Scholar Award. As a national research University with a global mission, students are recognized for serving the community, conducting research, and experiencing the world's diversity. Designed to foster your personal, intellectual and cultural growth, the Undergraduate Scholar Award would add depth to your University of South Florida academic experience. In addition to facilitating research opportunities, this innovative program will support you to engage in meaningful service and make 'connections' with the global community. While important in their own right, these activities also make you competitive for prestigious national awards such as the Rhodes, Marshall, and Truman scholarships. In general, these awards are designed for creative, visionary, academically strong students. Some awards are for graduate/professional study in the United States; some are for study at Oxford, Cambridge, Glasgow, or at many other world-class institutions.
To achieve our goals, over the next four years, you will complete four components as an Undergraduate Scholar: provide service to the community, conduct mentored undergraduate research, pursue an international experience, and write an integrative essay. We will reward you with praise and a handsome medallion at graduation. Further, both your transcript and diploma will identify you as an Undergraduate Scholar. You are ready to achieve, we are ready to support your efforts!
If you would like further information about the Undergraduate Scholar Award, please email Mr. Mejias at email@example.com
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Seeking Prospective Applicants for Fall Competitions
The Office of National Scholarships is currently seeking prospective applicants for the following competitions: Fulbright, Gates-Cambridge, Gilman, Javits, Marshall, Mitchell, Rhodes, NSF, Rotary, Truman, Udall, USA Today, and Elie Wiesel Ethics Prize!
For more information on these competitions, contact Mr. Mejias: firstname.lastname@example.org .
RED has information on a wide variety of Scholarships and fellowships for graduate study. Please check the RED website and speak with Mr. Mejias.
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International Affairs Events 2009
2009 International Photo & Video Competition:
International Affairs is proud to sponsor the annual International Photo Competition, open to all USF students, faculty, staff, and alumni! International Affairs is again partnering with the UFS Film & Video Association to host the Second Annual International Video Competition. Prizes are awarded in each category. More information can be found in the attached flyer and on our web site at http://global.usf.edu/photo_contest.php
International Education Week 2009:
International Affairs celebrates international education and exchange worldwide between November 16 and November 20, 2009. Each year USF hosts a variety of events across campus, promoting and commemorating international academic exchange. To participate in International Education Week 2009, contact Samira Obeid at email@example.com.
Education Abroad Fair, Fall 2009:
The Education Abroad Fair Fall 2009 will be held on September 24, 2009 outside the Marshall Center from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm. The fair will give students the opportunity to study in various destinations across the globe. Opportunities include semester exchange, short term programs, service learning, volunteering, internships and dual degree opportunities.
Link: Photo Video Poster Application
P.E. coach wanted for local (Lutz) private school.
Approximately 12 hours/week. Days and times are flexible.
Must be able to work with young children (ages 3-6) doing a variety of outdoor activities including kicking, throwing, jumping, running, etc.
The school would take a VERY mature senior. The person should be able to demonstrate some knowledge or experience in fitness or physical education.
Pay is $12/hour. Please call 813 949 3367 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
2010 ASME Arthur L. Williston Award Contest
The American Society of Mechanical Engineer's Arthur L. Williston Award Contest was established in 1954 to encourage mechanical engineering students and recent graduates to develop an increased interest in social service, civic, and public-minded activities. Throughout the years, the contest has elicited some fine student papers and has helped foster a spirit of continuing focus on the various ways in which engineering can benefit society.
The Arthur L. Williston Award Contest is under the general direction of the ASME General Awards Committee. A copy of the 2010 contest flyer is available on line at http://files.asme.org/asmeorg/Governance/Honors/SocietyAwards/18628.doc.
This year's subject is "How can you use your Mechanical Engineering education to improve society?"
The first prize winner will receive a certificate, bronze medal, $1000 honorarium and a travel expense supplement to attend the International Mechanical Engineering Congress. The second prize winner will receive a $500 honorarium and certificate, and the third prize winner will receive a $250 honorarium and certificate.
The participant's time will be well spent in preparing an entry for this contest that awards valuable prizes and professional recognition to the winner.
for more information.
Link: Contest Flyer
Consider Taking a Language Class
The World Language Department invites you to take part in learning a new language. Statistics prove that learning a foreign language opens the doors to many employment and social opportunities and is a terrific enhancement to your resume. All students are invited to enroll in the classes that are being offered for the fall 09 semester. For a full list please find the attached PDF.
Link: Languages Offered
Information Technologies Help Desk (LIB 117) -- NOW HIRING
The Information Technologies Help Desk provides general computing,email, networking, Blackboard and software support to the University community via telephone, e-mail, chat and walk-in.
Student consultant positions at the Help Desk provide a valuable opportunity to strengthen professional and interpersonal skills as well as computing abilities. We are looking for individuals with superior customer service skills and excellent knowledge of computers.
Please apply at: jobs.acomp.usf.edu
Link: IT Online Employment Application