Know-a-BULL News
Week of 8/24/2010 - Issue # 127

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
 8/31/2010 Getting Started in Research
 8/31/2010 First Semester Thesis meeting #1
 8/31/2010 First Semester Thesis meeting #2
 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
 9/8/2010 IRB Process Workshop
 10/1/2010 Colloquium #1
 11/5/2010 Colloquium #2
* "Freshpeople 5 Events"

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Honors College

Dean's Update:

    Welcome new Honors Freshpeople; we are delighted that you have joined us. Welcome back Old-timers; we missed you over the past several months. The summer has been a very busy one for us with 450 new freshpeople coming to Honors for Orientation. Our new students are just as bright and accomplished as are our Old-timers and I know that they will contribute much to Honors and to USF.

    Freshpeople, please know that you have until 5PM on Friday to drop a class without receiving a "W"; you may not add any classes after that time. If you want to make changes to your schedule, I would recommend that you come in and see an Honors College Advisor. All advisors are on "walk-in" duty this week.

    The required Freshpeople Convocation will take place on Friday, September 3. We will meet at 12:45 (sharp!) in front of the Administration building (ADM) and then process to the Marshall Center. Freshpeople are only excused for class and were asked to plan for this at Orientation. Old-timers, we want you there too.

    Freshpeople, please remember that you should attend 5 Honors events this year. Convocation is the first. Blackboard will let you know what other events “count”.

    Second year students, if you did not complete your Freshpeople 5 requirement last year, you have this semester to do so. As soon as you accumulate your 5, come in for your Honors College Tee shirt.

    Please be 'smart' and take advantage of opportunities this year. Have a research experience; do a USF international program; do the Washington internship; volunteer on an Honors service project; serve on the Honors Student Council; attend the Honors speaker series. These are the kinds of things which will make your education more valuable and your resume more impressive. 

    We will continue to help you financially if you study abroad or present a paper at a research conference. We are likely to have spring break trip to Costa Rica and Jamaica in the spring and maybe an early May trip to Germany; I hope many of you will come with us.

    Funding is available for those who choose to become Research Assistants and work in faculty labs or on faculty projects. If you are a first, second or third year student and you have any thoughts about going to graduate school, please come talk with me about the Honors Research Major. We believe that this major will help you as you apply to the best graduate schools. We will have an information session for interested students and the announcement will appear on Blackboard. If you are starting your thesis this semester, attend one of the workshops. If you will graduate in December, please respond to the email I sent you. More information about opportunities and events will come to you over the coming weeks and we hope you take advantage of us!

  • Brand new Honors College Scholarship!

    Honors College graduate Ahmad Al-Jallad is currently a Harvard PhD student.  He has established a scholarship in honor and memory of his father, Mohammed.  For fall 2010 and spring 2011 we are awarding a $1000 scholarship ($500 per semester).  To be eligible you must have a 3.5 USF GPA , completed at least three Honors College classes with grades of “B” or better and have participated in a major service project while at USF. To apply, send an email to me ( by Sept 3 at 5 PM, describing the service project(s) in which you have participated; more detail is better than less.  If you are receiving a competitive Honors College Scholarship, National Merit, Achievement or Hispanic Scholarship, Jenkins or Holcombe scholarship, you are not eligible for this scholarship.   Good luck!

  • Federal Work Study

    The Honors College is looking for Honors students to work the Front Desk who have been awarded Federal Work Study (FWS) as part of their Financial Aid package.  We are hoping to find several students who will be able to work for us for the next several years.  If you are interested, please come see Ms. Geiger in the Honors College Office (SVC 1088).  Please bring a resume and a copy of your FWS award letter.

  • 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: .

  • 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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O.N.S. - Office of National Scholarships

  • Connect with ONS

     Additional scholarships, updates and info can be found here:

  • Deadlines!

    Deadlines are marching up quickly!  See below for some of the major Fall Deadlines.

    Deadlines are almost here. Please email us right away if you wish to apply and have yet to express your intent at 

  • Mark These on Your Calendar

    • Freshpeople workshop SEP 2, Thursday, 9 – 10 am or 12:30-1:30 pm (Location TBA) : We have five merit scholarships you can apply for as a First Year Student with a 3.5 or better gpa. Come and find out if you are a candidate.

    • PELL Grant Qualified? Gilman workshop, SEP 7, Tuesday, 9-10 AM (SVC 1037) :  A Gilman scholarship allows Pell eligible students to study abroad for free.  See for more details. 

    Email us at to express your intent to apply.  All undergraduate levels may apply. Bring your personal statement, destination (go to Study Abroad to get information), resume. U.S. State Department  PAID and prestigious internship at the Department of State for Summer 2011 ( send your Statement of Interest, resume and transcript by Sept. 1st. to: Mr. Martinez  at We will review your statements with you if you contact us right away. 

  • Hot Scholarships

    Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell, and Javits are the hot scholarships right now (Deadline: AUG 30).  Ms. Carlton is working intensively with the Fulbright candidates (Deadline: Sept 10).  The Fulbright program allows people with their Bachelors’ to teach, research or study all over the world.  Spots are competitive. Please check your eligibility (see weblinks below) and email her at  if you are serious about applying for this amazing program.  Dr. Lucas is coaching the Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell and Javits crew. These highly presitigious scholarships will allow you to attend graduate school in the US and UK.  Please check your eligibility(see weblinks below)  and get in touch with her at  The applications for the 2011-2012 National Security Education Program’s David L. Boren Scholarships for undergraduate students and Fellowships for graduate students are now available at Boren Awards provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. students to study in Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East, where they can add important international and language components to their educations. 

  • Contact ONS

    Welcome Back, Students! USF’s Office of National Scholarships (ONS) would like you to know that we are here to help strengthen your national merit scholarship applications. 

    You may set a meeting with us, individually, by calling our main line 974-3087 and asking to set an appointment with Ms. Carlton or Dr. Lucas. Please bring your updated resume or CV with you. You are welcome to send preliminary questions to us by emailing

    Link: ONS website

  • 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 Hurricane Research Project

    With a possible hurricane landfall, we may see a hurricane evacuation here in Florida. If so, we will be going to a site near the evacuation to survey people about their evacuation behavior. We will be away most likely overnight. If we get a direct hit to Tampa, we will most likely NOT be doing this as we will have our own personal situations to deal with. If you are interested in participating with this hurricane research in the fall while also registering for FREE for IDH 4910, Honors Undergraduate Research, I will need the following information from you by August 26th at 5pm, NAME and UID NUMBER. Students from ALL disciplines with an interest in this project are welcome to join us. We would like to particularly invite those from the languages as our team certainly needs those who can speak English as well as another language. We will have a training session THURSDAY September 2nd @ 5pm in NES 218 so you can find out more about the project and learn the specifics of the surveys (If you are registering for IDH 4910, you MUST come to the training whether or not you have been to a previous one). This training session is essential if you are to be part of the team. If you would like to be on the team but cannot make this date, please let me know so we can consider whether we hold an extra training session date. If you are interested in this opportunity, please make a profile at Then contact Dr. Jennifer Collins at to sign up for the training course.

  • NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program

    If you have participated in an REU program, you are eligible to apply for the GRFP. REU students are often competitive for this award because of the independent research they conduct at the undergraduate level and their strong interest in pursuing graduate studies. The GRFP provides three years of Fellowship support to our nation's best future scientists and engineers who seek research-based masters or PhD degrees in science and engineering fields supported by NSF.
    The award incldues a $30,000 per fellowship year stipend to the student and a $10,500 fellowship year cost-of-education allowance to the graduate institution they will choose to attend. Undergraduates in their senior year and graduate students in their first or second year of their program are generally eligible to apply.
    Students can look at the 2009 Solicitation for general guidelines, available as a link on The 2010 Solicitation will be posted soon. The new Solicitation must be examined carefully for changes to the program for the upcoming competition.
    Useful information, with tips for how to apply and also a list of resource people is available at

  • UR is on Facebook!

    The Office of Undergraduate Research has created a Page on Facebook called “USF Undergraduate Research”. This page will give everyone up-to-date announcements and information, along with providing a way to get in touch with the UR staff through a more convenient means. Please be sure to “Like” us next time you log in to your Facebook and check back frequently!

  • 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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USF Honors College Student Council

  • First General Meeting

    Please join us for our first general meeting on Monday, August 30th at 4:30pm in the Honors Lounge.   This is a great opportunity to meet your Honors peers as well as some faculty members.  There will be snacks and beverages provided.  *Please bring $10 if you are interested in buying an Honors Underground T-shirt

  • T-Shirt Design Contest

    FEEL THE NEED TO EXPRESS YOUR CREATIVITY? The Honors College is looking for a new logo for the Honors College Student Council t-shirt. E-mail your designs by September 13th to Huda Oweis at We will have a general council meeting on September 13th at 5:30 pm in the Honors Lounge where we will vote on the submissions at the general council meeting and the prize will go to the most unique logo!

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Student Submissions

  • Creative Writers' Club

    This fall the Honors College will be hosting a Creative Writers' Club. The goal of this organization is to facilitate review, critique and collaboration amongst students.  Members can participate in challenges and group projects throughout the year. Feel free to contact with any questions.

  • 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 Secretary, Success Networking Team Coordinator, Fundraising Chair, Publicity Chair, Information Technology Coordinator, Recruitment Chair, Society Event Chair, and Social Event Chair.  Being on this Executive Board is an amazing opportunity to get involved and boost your resume, 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 ( for more information.

    Link: National Society of Leadership and Success

  • Become a USF Athletics Tutor!

    The USF Athletics Academic Enrichment Center is looking for students who are committed, responsible and want to help others. Exceptional tutors will be working with our student-athletes. All subjects needed! Benefits include: - $8.00 per hour minimum / 5 - 20 hours a week - Flexible scheduling - Day, Evening and Weekend hours available   Candidates must be dependable and have a minimum GPA of 3.0. If interested, please contact Bruna Zanolini at  

  • 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!

  • 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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