Know-a-BULL News
Week of 08/24/2009 - Issue # 76

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
 8/26/2009 Thesis I Workshop #1
 8/27/2009 Thesis I Workshop #2
 8/28/2009 Fall Registration (Drop/Add) Ends
 8/28/2009 Doughnuts with the Deans
 8/31/2009 Honors College Student Council General Meeting
 8/31/2009 The PEW Project on National Security, Energy and Climate
 8/31/2009 Thesis I Workshop #3
 9/1/2009 Thesis I Workshop #4
 9/4/2009 Honors College Convocation
 9/13/2009 HCSC Fall Picnic
* "Freshpeople 5 Events"

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Honors College

Dean's Update:

    1. We have started to post our events for the semester. There is something for everyone but spots are limited so it is important that you sign up early. We have a judge, transplant surgeon, head of the USF Board of Trustees (which sets your tuition, among other things), CEO of one of the largest AD agencies in the United States, head of the Tampa Chamber of Commerce and others. We restrict the audiences to 40 so that you can get to know and question guests. We always have food or snacks.

    There are also social events you may attend and service projects to volunteer for.

    You may sign up by going to the Honors College website. IF YOU SIGN UP FOR AN EVENT YOU MUST ATTEND UNLESS YOU HAVE A DOCUMENTED EXCUSE-an absense means that you are taking someone's spot and that is not a "classy" thing to do.

    Freshpeople, remember you must attend 5 events so sign up early.

    2. The Honors musical ensemble will meet at 6PM in FAH 101 on Monday September 14. Please be there if you play or sing.

  • Registering for Honors Events

    Due to limited space, some Honors College events require you to RSVP. You may see a listing of all upcoming Honors events in the 'Upcoming Events' section of the Honors website ( Clicking an event will take you to a description on the calendar page. If the event requires an RSVP you will be able to do so there.

    To see how many FreshPeople 5 events you have attended, to view outstanding RSVPs, or to cancel and RSVP please use the 'My Events' portion of the website located at If you must cancel your RSVP please do so as quickly as you can so that the seat will open up for another student.

    Note that you must bring your USF ID card to all Honors Events. If you do not have your student ID we will be unable to mark you in attendance for FreshPeople 5 credit.

    Link: My Events

  • New Grading Policy for Science/Pre-Med Majors

    Effective Fall 2009, the Biology and Chemistry Departments have instituted a new policy for students who receive D/F grades in major applicable courses. Please visit the Honors College Blackboard organization for full details. This policy will impact new and continuing USF students.

  • Financial Literacy and Alcohol EDU problems

    While we are always happy to be of assistance, the deans and staff of the Honors College have no control over these blackboards. If you have questions regarding "Financial Literacy," please contact Sean Gilmore ( For help with AlcoholEdu, please contact Jennifer Fuller (

    Thank you!

  • H1N1 Information -- IMPORTANT Note from Dr. Yavneh

    Student Health Services and the Florida Department of Health are expecting that 25% or more of USF's students will be affected by H1N1 (swine flu) this season. This illness is marked by the SUDDEN onset of fever (100.5+), severe body ache and a cough. You should call your health care provider, but, because anti-viral medications are not very effective against this type of flu, you will probably not need to be seen unless you have or are at high risk for complications. You should plan on staying at home until you have been fever-free (without medication) for 24 hours.

    To help prevent the flu, please wash your hands frequently and avoid touching your mouth, nose and eyes.

    As a precaution, we recommend you stock up on tissues, ibuprofen and a THERMOMETER in advance, since health care providers will want to know your temperature when you call. As a Jewish mother, I also recommend that you buy a couple of cans of chicken soup, just in case.

    If you are ill, do NOT come to the Honors College but email or phone us instead. Rather than attend class, please phone your health care provider or the student health services. They will likely ask you your temperature, which is why we highly recommend you buy yourself a thermometer.

  • 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.

  • 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


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RED - National Fellowships

  • 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: .

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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The Office of Undergraduate Research

  • Research Position Available at Moffitt Cancer Center

    Moffitt Cancer Center is looking to hire a part-time (10+ hours/ week) research assistant to work for a NCI-funded study examining risk factors for glioma (malignant brain tumors) - The position involves data entry, data cleaning, filing and administering telephone interviews. Requirements for the position include a basic understanding of research, ability to work well in a team environment, knowledge of Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel and Access), effective communication skills and close attention to detail. Hours are flexible. This is a paid position.

    If you are interested, please send your resume to Melissa Hanahan-Madden, MPH ( Please create a profile on by clicking MyURLogin on the bottom right and then send your resume.


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Student Submissions

  • Volunteer and Leadership Opportunities

    An Honors College student is starting a charity and is seeking volunteers to assist in the project. The purpose of the charity is to provide Necessity Bags for women in domestic violence shelters. These bags will include everyday essentials such as soap, razors, shampoo, etc.

    The following positions need to be filled: 2 Co-directors of Charitable Events and 2 Co-directors of Fundraising. Volunteers will be expected to make a 3-5 hour/week commitment. Contact Amber Schmidt at if you are interested.

  • Get Carded's First Meeting

    Get Carded is a student organization that is dedicated about spreading awareness and clearing up misconceptions about organ and tissue donation. Come learn about donation and enjoy free cookies and treats! Our first meeting will be held on Sept 3, 2009 at 12pm in the Marshall Center (CLCE lounge on the first floor). E-mail Tami Mendelson with any questions:

    Look forward to seeing you there!


  • Italian Culture Club Event

    Please join the Italian Culture Club for Pasticcerie d'Italia on August 26, 2009. Enjoy an afternoon of exploring the Italian culture while savoring traditional Italian pastries with the Italian Culture Club! The event is from 2 to 4pm in the Marshall Center room 4102.

  • 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

    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

    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

  • 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

    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.

    Contact: 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:

    Link: IT Online Employment Application

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