Know-a-BULL News
Week of 08/12/2015 - Issue # 376

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 and the Office of National Scholarships.

At a Glance

Upcoming Events

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 8/14/2015 Freshmen Orientation
 8/18/2015 Freshmen Orientation
 8/20/2015 Welcome Waters
 8/21/2015 Welcome Back Lunch
 8/23/2015 LLC Floor Meetings
 8/27/2015 Office of National Scholarships Open House
 8/27/2015 Please Join Us for a Special Announcement
 9/2/2015 Movie Night: Star Wars Episode IV - a New Hope
 9/4/2015 Honors College 2015 Convocation
 9/9/2015 Meet Your Advisor: Trivia & Treats
* Freshpeople 5 Events
* LLC Events
* PSP Events
* TOE Events
* Special Scholars Events

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Honors College

Dean's Update:

    It is with a mixture of regret (for us) and pleasure (for her) that I announce the Dr. Linda Lucas has decided to retire from USF.  She will be retiring in August, but her last day in the office will be July 10th. 

    Her departure will leave a huge hole in the Honors community that will be impossible to fill.  As many readers of the newsletter know, her contributions to the College have been numerous, and even in my short time here I have come to appreciate how great a role she has played in the College's success.  Her leadership in developing the Office of National Scholarships from an idea into one of the most successful operations of its kind in the nation is her most conspicuous contribution to the prestige of both the College and USF generally, and for that good work everyone is deeply grateful to her.  Her tireless efforts in support of our students have made possible many success stories, and have changed the lives and fortunes of many of our graduates.  Her efforts have contributed greatly to changing the academic culture at USF and have given our students -- past, present, and future -- the conviction that they can compete at the very highest national and international level.  That is a great legacy. 

    This past year, in the role of Assistant Dean for Special Projects, she has expanded her leadership role to successfully manage the College's first national faculty search, organize the complex data gathering necessary to support USF's application for a Phi Beta Kappa chapter, and undertake a number of other important projects.  I am very grateful for her willingness to take on this new role in support of the College's mission. 

    I know that everyone reading this will join me in wishing her the very best in her retirement, and I hope that you will tell her so personally.  There will be an event to commemorate her service to the university, and to celebrate her retirement, sometime later this summer or early fall -- details to follow. 


  • New! - USF Contemporary Art Museum Art and Ice

    Enjoy FREE delicious icy treats and check out the art exhibition A Family Affair. Get connected, see what's new, engage with the art of our time, and win prizes from the museum store!  August 26 from 3 – 5 pm
    Co-Sponsored by the USF Institute for Research in Art and the USF Honors College.

    *This is an Honors FreshPeople Five event*

  • New! - Would you like an Honors section of Composition I ENC1101?

    ENC1101-100  T/R 2:00-3:25PM

    In this section of Honors Comp, Prof. Alan Shaw will use the old tradition of artistic interpretation and reproduction as the primary educational mechanism. Students in the class will be required to complete 30 pages of writing split between numerous shorter essays, all of which will be responding artistically and mimetically to literature explored in the class.

    Students will be asked to read texts such as 1984 and The Sun Also Rises, as well as other great works of Western literature, to learn from them their secrets and craft, and then be asked to complete writing projects in the best approximation of that book's style the students can muster. Presentations and other artistic works could be included in the semester.

    This course is not a core Honors course and thus not eligible for the Honors scholarship.  For the permit, please go to: (click on Online Permit Form and request CRN 86086)

  • New! - Paid Tutoring Position

    The Holcombe and Jenkins Scholarship Programs are looking for tutors for the Fall 2015 semester in the following courses:

    Finite Mathematics (MGF 1106)

    Intro to Statistics (STA 2033)

    EE Computer Methods (EEL 2161)

    Logic Design (EEL 4705)

    Intro to Electrical Systems II (EGN 3374)

    Physics II (PHY 2049)

    Probability and Stats for Engineers (EGN 3443)

    Female Experiences in America (WST 2250)

    Principles of Managerial Accounting (ACG 2071)

    Chemistry for Today (CHM 2023)

    Precalc Algebra/Trigonometry (MAC 1147)

    Applicants MUST have an overall 3.3 GPA, have taken the respective course at USF, and have received at least an A- in the course. Applications should be submitted by following the link provided and clicking on the "Apply to be a paid tutor" link. 
    Please contact either Melanie King (Holcombe GA) or Brenae Hillard (Jenkins GA) with any questions you might have.

    Link: Apply to be a paid tutor

  • New! - Do you want an Honors MCAT background course?

    Bodies, Minds, Society, and Health (IDH 3400-003 TR 9:30-10:45AM, CPR 119) is a core Honors course now open to all students! 

    In this course, Dr. Loseke covers issues of health and illness, and you will examine a range of questions about how interconnected biological, psychological, and social processes influence how people think about, experience, and react to ourselves and others. 

    You also will explore how cultural and social differences among people influence our experiences and reactions and how they determine access to and outcomes of medical interventions.  This course pays particular attention throughout to the characteristics of critical reasoning and scientific methods in social research leading to knowledge about relationships among bodies, minds, society, health, and illness.

    For the permit, please email Mr. Mejias:


  • Rising Seniors or those preparing to start the thesis process

    If you plan to start your Honors Thesis in the Fall 2015 semester, please make sure you sign up for the course as soon as possible.  To sign up, please do the following:

    • Go to the Online Forms page through the Honors College website: (thesis)
    • Select Online Thesis Forms.
    • Fill out the Thesis Registration Form page.
    • Once you receive the permit, you will need to register for the first semester of Thesis, IDH 5956 Honors Project.



    Link: thesis

  • Honors College Bulls Abroad International Photography Exhibition

    Who: All USF Tampa Honors College students that have participated in an international experience between August 2014-August 2015.

    What: Contestants can submit up to 3 of their favorite pictures taken internationally.

    All entries must include:

    • Name

    • Major

    • Photo title

    • City, Country (where the picture was taken)

    • Date taken        

    • Type/name of trip (ex. USF in Florence Study Abroad, USF Honors College Costa Rica Volunteer Trip, DAAD Research Internship)

    Please keeping editing to a minimum. Email a high resolution digital copy to Indira Ranaweera at with the subject line "Honors Bulls Abroad" and the required information included in the email. Honors College students will vote to choose the finalists, and a panel of professional photographers will decide the winners.  Winning photographs will be displayed in a public exhibition. The top 3 winners will receive a scholarship prize! The picture and description should be submitted to Indira Ranaweera at by September 1, 2015. It is strongly encouraged that pictures are submitted as soon as possible after the completion of the program. Please note that photos submitted to the Honors College photo contest may not be used for other photo competitions.


  • Permits and Course Descriptions

    Permits and Thesis Permits for Fall 15 registration are open. You will need a permit if you are new to the Honors College or are a double major. Incoming Freshmen should not apply for permits as you will have assistance in registering.

    ALL Thesis Requests require a permit. For first semester thesis, please see your Honors Advisor and have them check the approval box for Thesis I approval.

    Course Descriptions for Fall are posted on the Honors College web page.

  • Honors LLC End of Year Survey

    Give us your feedback about the LLC this year! Mr. Lucien has promised a pizza party to any pod or floor that has full participation in survey completion! Spread the word!


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ONS has information on a wide variety of Scholarships and fellowships for graduate study. Please check the ONS website and speak with Dr. Lucas or Ms. Chambers.

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Student Submissions

  • New! - Tips to increase your chances to get into medical school or graduate school

    If you are a pre-med student or plan to enroll in a graduate program related to medicine, you may consider adding biomedical research experience to your resume through an internship. Here is a link with more information on that: .  Finding an internship spot in a good research lab is not easy. But, there is help. The Office for Undergraduate Research (OUR)[] which is located in room LIB 210 can help you find a lab. Moreover, you can register for a "research experience" course through OUR. The courses are listed as IDS-2912 and IDS-4914. If you are an Honors College student, you can register through course IDH-4910. If you love nature, here is a research project you may be interested "Effect of plant extracts on inhibition of cancer cell proliferation�� . The USF Research Park includes the Tampa Bay Technology Incubator (TBTI) where several companies are involved in biomedical research. A biotech start-up company at TBTI by the name "Novel Biospectrum Technologies", Inc. (NBT for short) is doing cancer research and quite a few students have done an internship at that lab. Additionally these students were able to register for one of the courses mentioned above, and some presented a poster at the OUR colloquium. If you are an Honors College student, you may also do your thesis at the NBT research lab. If you want to get more details about the NBT research projects and available internships, visit the NBT website at and click on the tab "Internships". The page has general information about internships, and if you scroll down, you will see the box "List of available internships". The project mentioned above is the first one on that list. It is also listed in the Office for Undergraduate Research (OUR) as position #62. If you scroll below the list of available internships, you can see the names of the interns that participated in the previous semesters, what courses were applicable, and who presented at the colloquium. For more information regarding the OUR position #62, contact Lisa M. Piazza M.A. Assistant Director Office for Undergraduate Research, LIB 210 813.974.2926 For information regarding the NBT internships, visit the NBT website. To inquire about the NBT's residency status at TBTI, contact USF-CONNECT: Amy L. Yonai USF-CONNECT Program Coordinator

    Link: USF Research Park USFCONNECT

  • New! - Camp Boggy Creek Chapter at USF

    The Camp Boggy Creek Chapter at USF is in affiliation with the non-profit pediatric camp. This club focuses on volunteering & fundraising for children with chronic & life threatening illness by participating in weekend retreats to Camp Boggy Creek! This fall we will be doing pediatric-oriented volunteering with both CBC, Shriner's Hospitals for Children, and Hope Lodge. For information about how to get involved email President Tabitha M. at Meetings: 9/15, 9/29, 10/13, 10/27, 11/10, 11/24 - See you guys there!

    Link: CBCUSF Facebook Group

  • New! - Camp Boggy Creek Chapter at USF 1st Meeting Officer Positions

    Hey Bulls!

    We are excited to announce the first meeting of the Fall for CBC at USF will be Sept 1st at 530 pm in MSC 3701! We will have free pizza, games and info with how to be involved for this fall semester!
    Our following meetings will be every other Tuesday at 530 in MSC 3705 (starting Sept 15th). 
    Camp Boggy Creek is a nonprofit pediatric organization that hosts camps for children with life threatening and chronic illnesses, and our club supports this mission by helping with the camp, as well as with other organizations in our area, such as Ronald Mcdonald House, Hope Lodge, and Shriners Hospital.
    For more information visit our facebook page at and on our Bull Sync page (search Camp Boggy Creek at USF)!
    We are also looking for enthusiastic Bulls to help fill officer positions - more information & applications will be given out at our first meeting!
    Can''t wait to see you guys there!
    For more information, please email President Tabitha Michaud at

    Link: CBC at USF Facebook Page

  • Get Involved with Rotaract

    If you are looking for a fun way to be involved on campus and in the surrounding community come check out Rotaract at USF. Affiliated with Rotary International, Rotaract at USF is a service, leadership, and professional development organization. We provide opportunities for service and networking with Rotarians in the community, as well as social activities because we enjoy what we do. Contact Matthew Miller at for more information, or find us on Facebook or BullSync. Look out for our first meeting of the Fall semester on Monday August 31, 2015 @ 7:00pm in the Marshall Student Center room 3704!

    Link: Rotaract Facebook Page

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