Know-a-BULL News
Week of 08/17/2010 - Issue # 126

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
 8/18/2010 LLC Kick Off!
 8/19/2010 CS_INFO_SESSION
 8/23/2010 Fall 2010 - First Day
 8/31/2010 First Semester Thesis meeting #2
 8/31/2010 First Semester Thesis meeting #1
 8/31/2010 Getting Started in Research
 9/1/2010 First Semester Thesis meeting #3
 9/1/2010 First Semester Thesis meeting #4
 9/3/2010 Honors Freshman Convocation
 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 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.

  • Important Financial Info for Thesis Students

    Students who are registered for IDH 5975-001, IDH 5975-002 and IDH 5965-001 MUST NOT complete the Undergraduate with Graduate Courses Certification Form, which the Financial Aid Office will be sending notification of in the upcoming week.   

  • Calling ALL Tutors!

    The Holcombe and Jenkins Scholars Programs are now recruiting tutors for the Fall Semester 2010  in the following subject areas: Chemistry I & Chemistry II Organic Chemistry I & Organic Chemistry II Analytical Chemistry Life Science Calculus Business Calculus Engineering Calculus Calculus Genetics A & P II Physics I 2053 (non-calculus) Financial Accounting All tutors MUST have an overall 3.3 GPA and have received an A in the respective course. Applications should be submitted by following the link provided. Please Contact Rochelly at rochelly@honors.usf or Andrea at or you can call (813) 974-9619.

    Link: Tutor Application

  • First Semester Thesis meetings

    We have scheduled 4 First Semester Thesis meetings during the second week of classes. They are on Tuesday, 08/31 from 10:00 - 11:00 or 2:00 - 3:00, and Wednesday, 09/01 at 10:00 - 11:00 and 2:00 - 3:00. Plan on attending ONE of these meetings. Please RSVP at the Honors Calendar for the one that best fits your schedule. This meeting will give you important information about your thesis, financial info, thesis directors, etc. IF you are unable to attend one of these meetings, please email Dr. Kleine at: .

  • LLC Kick Off!!

    Welcome to Juniper!!

    Please come by JPH 1319 on Wednesday, 8/18 @ 6pm for some delicious snacks and to pick up your LLC T-SHIRT and goodies!

    Please RSVP on the Honors Calendar. See you there!
    *This event is for students who live in Juniper and are part of the Honors LLC

  • 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

  • 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.

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(813) 974-3087

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

  • Computer Games into Books: Research Assistants Needed in the COE Instructional Technology Program

    A research group in the COE’s Instructional Technology Program is looking for a few sharp undergraduates to join their research group, which involves embedding computer games in hard copy books to improve reading comprehension, using pentop computer, microdot paper and audio feedback. They are looking to migrate to the iPod/iPad platforms in the near future.
    They are currently involved in a think-aloud study on how struggling 6th readers do inferences, reading a text versus a graphic novel. In the fall, they plan to gather more data on a computer game equivalent. They need about 3-5 undergraduates to help them with this study. Please see their web site: for more information. They are looking for students who write well and are well organized, and also students who are interested in and/or optionally have experience with design, multimedia development, marketing, game design, graphic art, and programming.
    The research group meets on Monday evenings from 5-8 pm. You must be available during this time to participate. You will also do weekly assignments outside of class.
    You may be eligible to receive up to 3 credits of IDH 4910: Undergraduate Research for your work on this project. Clock hours for research should equal three hours for one hour of credit per week. You will need to fill out a research contract with Ms. Schumacher ( in order to be registered for the appropriate number of credits.
    Tasks: After you are taught how, you will analyze think-aloud data from the reading a text versus a graphic novel study. Depending on your skills & strengths, you may do one or more of the following: conduct research at a school, do conceptual design of educational computer games, write papers for journals or conferences, program computer games on an iPad or iPhone, contribute to design of studies, and more.
    If you are interested in applying for the opportunity, please make a profile on After you have made your profile, please email Dr. Glenn Smith at ( and cc ) with Subject: Undergrad looking for research.

  • 0 Credit IDH 4910 for the Fall Semester

    Students, if you were registered for 0 credit IDH 4910 for the summer semester and would like to be registered for the fall semester, your mentor must email UR again. The enrollment from one semester does not roll over into the next semester. To be registered, your mentor must email with 4910, your name, USF ID number and term for research in the subject line of the email. Once we receive the email from your mentor and verify that your profile is updated with the mentor's information, we will register you for the course. Emails must be received by the drop/add deadline for the fall semester which is August 27 at 4pm. If you are participating in undergraduate research but have not been signed up for 0 credit IDH 4910, please have your mentor email with 4910, the students name, USF UID number and term for research in the subject line of the email . If you have any questions, please email Ms. Schumacher at

  • 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

  • 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

  • Internship: Moving Hillsborough Forward

    Are you an undergraduate or graduate 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 supporting this November’s transportation referendum is looking for approximately 10 fall interns to assist in a wide array of campaign activities.

    Link: Internship Flier

  • Teach for Kaplan

    The pay structure for teaching is $16 / hour for teaching the SAT and ACT and $18 - $20 / hour for teaching our Grad courses such as GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT, DAT, OAT and PCAT

    Link: Kaplan Flier

  • USF Botanical Gardens Club: Events & Honors Thesis / Volunteer Opportunities

    New USF Student Organization – USF Botanical Gardens Club offers individual thesis and volunteering opportunities as well as student wide events.   For information about developing a thesis project, please make an appointment with Laurie Walker ( Develop an individualized thesis project in Florida wildlife, Florida plants, biogeography, conservation, Florida flora and fauna, ecosystems of Florida, funding for non-profits, or sustainability. ALL DISCIPLINES WELCOME!   USF BG Club / Botanical Gardens Events: Botanical Gardens Open House – Thursday, August 26th – Friday, August 27th The botanical gardens is hosting an open house and welcoming all students to visit the garden. This is your opportunity to sign up for a vegetable plot if you are interested because spots are limited. Come and enjoy refreshments, a tour of the garden, and an opportunity to meet the staff. Volunteer Orientation – August 28th (10:00 A.M.)  Volunteer orientations take place on the 4th Saturday of every month. The next volunteer orientation will be on August 28th at 10:00 A.M. If you are interested in volunteering, please come! Botanical Gardens Club Meeting / Volunteering – Friday, September 3rd (12:00 – 1:30) This will be the first meeting of the Botanical Gardens Club. We will spend the first 20-30 minutes discussing plans and projects for the year, and spend the next 30 minutes – 1 hour working on a garden project.  

  • 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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