Know-a-BULL News
Week of 08/10/2010 - Issue # 125

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
 8/19/2010 CS_INFO_SESSION
 8/23/2010 Fall 2010 - First Day
 9/3/2010 Honors Freshman Convocation
 9/6/2010 Labor Day
 10/1/2010 Colloquium #1
 11/5/2010 Colloquium #2
 11/11/2010 Verteran's Day
 11/25/2010 Thanksgiving Holiday
 11/26/2010 Thanksgiving Holiday
 12/3/2010 Fall - Last Day of Classes
* "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 am really impressed with the on-line discussion  of Frankenstein!  It is clear to me that the contributors are very bright and insightful.  More important, by participating in our on-line discussion you are demonstrating that you are smart as well.  I am already beginning to recognize names.  I would urge the rest of you to contribute. 

    You should consider the essay contest; we have thus far gotten 4 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.

    It is time for you to think about playing in the Honors College Ensemble this year.  We need all of you musicians to join us each Monday (starting August 23) from 6-7PM in FAH 102.  You may do this for credit if you wish.  Please contact me if you wish to play and tell me what instrument you play and whether you what one credit (S/U) or not.  Those of you who are already signed up for the class do not need to contact me.

  • Healthcare in Panama: Beyond the Classroom-Last Call for Applications!

    Last call for applications for an amazing course! Slots are filling quickly. Healthcare in Panama: Beyond the Classroom will be offered this Fall on Wednesdays from 2:00-4:45 as either a IDH 4200 OR IDH 4000 course.

    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

    Link: Panama Application

  • On Campus job for first or second year studnet

    The Provost’s  Office is  seeking a student assistant to work in the office 20-25 hours weekly. If you are computer literate and have previous experience working in an office environment, please email your resume to Ms. Williams at:  This position starting pay is $7.50 hourly and needs to be filled before the start of the fall semester.  If you have any questions, please email. Ms. Williams.  Here is the job description:

    1. Maintaining the scan folder by making sure that items are properly filed and excess files are deleted;

    2. Sending appointment confirmations to assistants;  

    3. Work on preliminary scheduling to look for available dates on the Provost’s calendar for multiple meetings such as standing meetings with deans, and blocking time on the calendar;    

    4. Following up on catering orders/confirmations; 

    5. Look for flights, hotels, rental car reservations;  

    6.  Developing and maintaining spreadsheets for travel planning, events, special projects.

    7. Organizing graduation thank you notes, event thank you notes, and holiday cards 

  • On campus job for fist or second year student

    The Provost's Office is  seeking a student assistant to work in the office 20-25 hours weekly. If you are computer literate and have previous experience working in an office environment, please email your resume to Mrs. Forkel at:  This position starting pay is $7.50 hourly and needs to be filled before the start of the fall semester.  If you have any questions, please email.

  • Paid Tutoring

    Upward Bound is seeking students to tutor high schoolers (grades 9-12) in a wide array of Math and Science subjects.  This tutoring will be done on Saturdays beginning September 11, 2010 and the tutors will be paid.  If you are interested in helping high school students achieve their college goals, please contact Ms. Sharman McRae at 813-974-9138.

  • New Course: Behavioral Health and the Family

    Behavioral Health and the Family, MHS 4931-904, CRN 91020 Brief Description: This 3-hour course lies at the point of intersection between the biopsychosocial model of health and illness, and family systems theory.  It addresses the ways in which illness and injury affect the family of a person who is ill or injured, and conversely how certain family relations and behavioral patterns can affect (both facillitate and interfere with) recovery, healing, and return to good health.  Finally the course describes how Medical Family Therapists assist families struggling with a loved one who is ailing.  Intended for: Advanced undergraduates interested in careers in biomedical and/or behavioral health, and other third and fourth year students interested in studying families, psychology, health, and the social sciences. Among the topics covered:
    • Family dynamics and how they affect health (e.g., boundaries, alliances, power, communication, triangulation, etc.)
    • How broader aspects of society and culture,  (e.g.,  poverty, violence, culture and ethnicity, education, employment, the economy, military service, health insurance, etc.) affect families and their health
    • Key features of illness/injury and the effect on the family (e.g., key stages of illness, intensity of onset, course of illness- acute vs. chronic, etc.)
    • How Positive Psychology and Relationship Science is involved in Family Therapy interventions
    • How Medical Family Therapists work hand-in-hand with other medical professionals
    Learning Activities:Readings, classroom discussion, guest lectures, films, and student presentations. Date and Time:  Wednesdays, from 2-5pm.  Location:  FMHI, room TBA Enrollment cap: 15 students For more information, please contact Dr. Rick Weinberg []

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O.N.S. - Office of National Scholarships

  • Twitter

    Tweeple.  ONS has started a new twitter account.  USFONS  Please join us and share with others interested in information on National Scholarships and other exciting things.

    Link: USFNatlScholarships

  • 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

  • Fall Workshop Series

    Getting Started in Undergraduate Research, Tuesday August 31, 5pm MSC 3704 Human Subjects - The IRB Process, Wednesday September 8, 1:30pm SVC 1099 Demystifying Graduate School, Monday November 8, 10am MSC Oval Theatre, Registration is required at


  • Moving Hillsborough Forward - Fall Internship Program

    Are you an undergraduate student who wants to see improved mass transit and a modern transportation system come to Hillsborough County? Looking for a full or part-time internship for the fall semester? The Moving Forward campaign is looking for approximately 10 fall interns to assist in a wide variety of campaign activities. This is a cross-cutting, interdisciplinary issue and there are opportunities specific to any number of disciplines including: political science, communications, journalism, art, environmental science or policy, public policy, economics, engineering, architecture, urban planning, urban design, health sciences and many others. To apply, send your resume along with a letter explaining your interest in transit and the campaign as well as what perspective and skills your might bring to the table. Please also include the number of hours per week you could commit. Please note this is an UNPAID internship. Applications or any questions should be sent to Kim Pierce at

  • Moffitt Undergraduate Research Assistant Needed

    A Cancer Genetics Research Team at Moffitt Cancer Center is seeking an undergraduate research assistant to assist with several ongoing breast and ovarian cancer projects. The position is unpaid and requires a 2-4 hour weekly commitment for one academic year. Previous research experience is not necessary. Dependability is a must. Study team has a strong preference for the following: -Freshman or sophomore standing -Interest in cancer, women’s health, clinical genetics and/or genetic counseling -Biology, biomedical science or similar major If you are interested in applying for this position, please email your resume and a cover letter to Ms. Schumacher at Please include in the subject line of the email "Moffitt UR Assistant".

  • Student Assistants Needed at the USF Epidemiology Pediatrics Center

    Student assistants are needed in the USF Epidemiology Pediatrics Center. The Center is looking for students to facilitate their study analyzing BRCA genetic testing patterns across soci-economic and racial groups and who are also able to assist in their ovarian cancer research. Students must be able to commit at least four hours per week to the project.  In order to apply, students must have an interest in health and science as well as an interest in minority populations and health disparities.  If you would like to apply for the position(s), please make a profile at After you have made your profile, please email your resume/CV to Ms. Schumacher and include “Epidemiology Pediatrics Center” in the subject line of the email.

  • 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

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Student Submissions

  • Volunteer with the Honors College for a Build Day with Habitat for Humanity

    What is Habitat for Humanity? Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit organization that builds homes for low-income families around the world. The homes are built largely using volunteer labor and donated materials. The families pay a no-interest mortgage and donate “sweat equity” hours to the construction of Habitat homes.

    What are we doing? We will be priming and painting a newly built home.

    When?  Saturday, September 11, 2010 from 8 am to 2 pm

    Who can attend? Anyone! We have 20 slots open for volunteers.

    What do I need to bring? Bring a water bottle, gloves, lunch, and enthusiasm. Habitat will provide the rest.

    How do I sign up?  Email Lauren ( with your name, phone number, and email address. She will send you instructions and a waiver to fill out and bring on the Build Day.

    Is there anything else I need to know?  Habitat for Humanity Hillsborough requests a (not required) donation of $25.00 per volunteer to cover event costs. Thank you to all the volunteers that make it possible to build these homes for families in need. P.S. This event counts as a FreshPeople5 event!

    Link: Habitat Hillsborough website

  • New Organization Forming

    Helping Hands is a brand new organization that is dedicated to helping the homeless around USF campus. We are dedicated to improving the lives of those in need by collecting and distributing items such as clothes and hygiene items. We also plan to aid the homeless by enrolling them in programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous.
    There are officer positions still available for those who want to take leadership roles in the organization. There is no member dues, all we require are those who have the desire to make an impact in the lives of others.

    Call Christian Bramwell Public Affairs Chairman 813-957-6256  or email at

    Link: Google Mail

  • OTL Applications for 2011

    Applications for new Orientation Team Leaders will be available Monday, August 23rd through October 15th.  Group interviews are offered on a first come, first served basis, so turn your application in early! OTLs work during all First Year Orientation sessions, get free housing during the summer, and get paid!  Extensive training is provided, as well as uniforms and backpacks. See Ms. Lanier or Leslie Page ( for details about this great program!

    Link: OTL Application

  • Leadership Opportunity

    Are you looking for an opportunity to get involved on campus? Do you want to make a difference in your community? Join the Women In Need Foundation at USF. This organization provides necessity items such as shampoo, soap, toothpaste and additional items to women in domestic violence shelters. If you are interested in becoming an officer in the WIN Foundation at USF you can contact Amber Schmidt at Officers attend weekly meetings, which will be held Mondays at 5:30 PM during the Fall and Spring semesters. If you would like to become a member, join the organization on Blackboard (Women In Need Foundation). Members must be involved in AT LEAST one event every semester.  The WIN Foundation is a great way to get involved in a student organization, make friends, AND serve a great cause!

  • National Society of Leadership and Success

    The establishment of the Sigma Alpha Pi Chapter at the University of South Florida is currently in progress. We are looking for students who are interested in being a part of the First Executive Board as well as staff members interested in becoming an Advisor. The current board positions open are Vice President, Secretary, Success Networking Team Coordinator, Treasurer, Fundraising Chair, Publicity Chair, Welcome Chair, Information Technology Coordinator, Recruitment Chair, Society Event Chair, Social Event Chair, and Community Service Chair. Being on this Executive Board is an amazing opportunity and honor, so if anyone is interested or has any questions, feel free to e-mail Krystyn Ramdial at Also, feel free to visit the official Society website ( or our Facebook group page (!/group.php?gid=126828420695277&ref=ts) for more information.

    Link: The National Society of Leadership and Success Website

  • 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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