Welcome to another great year at the USF Honors College! We say hello this week to the largest entering class in the history of the College, with over 700 first-year students bringing lots of fresh perspectives, new ideas, and great energy to our halls. I look forward to getting to know each of our new students over the coming weeks and months, and to hearing all about summer work/study/travel/fun experiences from our continuing students. If you need anything to help with the transition to the new year, don't hesitate to ask me or any member of our excellent Honors College staff -- we're all here to help you! The College offers numerous opportunities for learning, community engagement, and fun, so be sure to check this newsletter each week for information about all things Honors. All the best to everyone for a great start to the semester!
Everyone is encouraged to participate in one of the three Honors College music groups: chorus, jazz ensemble, and orchestra. You don't have to be a music major to participate -- the idea is to have fun making music with your fellow Honors students. The first meeting of the choral group is tomorrow, Wednesday, August 26, from 8:00 to 9:00 p.m. in Music 207. The orchestral group will hold its first meeting on Thursday, August 27, from 5:00 to 6:15, in Music 140. And the first meeting of the jazz ensemble is next Monday, August 31, from 5:00 to 6:15 in Music 116.
New! - Paid Tutoring Position
The Holcombe and Jenkins Scholarship Programs are looking for tutors for the Fall 2015 semester in the following courses:
Intro to Formal Logic (PHI 2101)
Organic Chemistry I (CHM 2210)
Physics I (PHY 2053)
Physics II (PHY 2049)
Finite Mathematics (MGF 1106)
Intro to Statistics (STA 2033)
EE Computer Methods (EEL 2161)
Logic Design (EEL 4705)
Electromechanical Systems (EGN 4906)
Network Analysis and Design (EEL 3100)
Intro to Electrical Systems II (EGN 3374)
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) mnk@.usf.edu or Brenae Hillard (Jenkins GA) email@example.com with any questions you might have.
Link: Apply to be a paid tutor
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*
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: http://honors.usf.edu/studentAccess.asp. (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.
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:
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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.
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New! - MOVIE NIGHT: STAR WARS EPISODE IV, A NEW HOPE
Join us (in a galaxy far, far away), as we gear up for the release of Star Wars Episode VII - The Force Awakens. We will be showing the original version of A New Hope in all of its glory. (That's right ladies and gentlemen... that means Han will, indeed, shoot first.) We will have a Cosplay contest, so come dressed up in your best Star Wars costume! We'll be giving away some pretty sweet prizes to the winner! We look forward to seeing you there... and may the force be with you.
Time: 6:00pm Location: JPH 1319
New! - EMPLOY-A-BULL AND LINKEDIN WORKSHOP
As an honors student, you will be required to activate your free Employ-a-Bull account, as well as make a LinkedIn profile. Stop by this workshop with the Career Services office to find out how to use the Employ-a-Bull search engine to find exciting opportunities. Additionally, they will talk to you about how to make a professional LinkedIn profile. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.
Time: 4:30pm Location: JPH 1317
New! - TAPAS NIGHT
Join us for our annual Tapas Night to explore the many Honors international trip opportunities for the upcoming Spring and Summer! We will have Tapas from the different countries along with information to prepare you for choosing an Honors trip.
Time: 5:30 pm  Location: JPH 1317 & 1319
New! - LUNCH WITH THE DEANS
Don't miss out on this great opportunity to meet your deans in a casual, laid back setting. Drs. Adams and Bingham will be joining you at JP Dining to chat about classes, future plans, or just life in general. If you don't have a meal plan, we will cover your lunch. We look forward to seeing you there!
Time: 11:30am-1:00pm Location: JP Dining
New! - MEET YOUR ADVISOR TRIVIA TREATS
Students and advisors compete together in an all-out trivia battle, testing your knowledge about USF, pop culture, and more!
Time: 5:30pm Location: JPH
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New! - Quantum Leap Farm Looking for Volunteers
Do you need volunteer service hours? Are you interested in helping people with disabilities? Quantum Leap Farm is always in need of the precious labor required to take care of our farm, horses and clients. As a volunteer, you are an important member of our team! Horse experience is desired, but not required. Individuals and group volunteers are welcome. You need to be at least 16 years old. This one's important: We respect the right of confidentiality for all our clients and volunteers. Our staff, volunteers, board members and anyone else providing services to Quantum Leap Farm must agree to keep confidential all medical, social, referral, personal and financial information regarding a client or another volunteer and his or her family.
Link: Quantum Leap Farm Website
New! - Be The Match On Campus at USF -- Volunteer, Save A Life
Be The Match On Campus at USF (BTMOC) is getting ready for a successful year and we need your help! We have three pillars: spread awareness about Be The Match, expand the registry through forms and cheek swabs to find matches that save lives, and fundraise as it costs $100 to add a single person to the registry. It is only through our volunteers that we are able to cure cancers and save these lives. ***WE ARE EXPANDING OUR E-BOARD AND LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS*** If you are interested in becoming a greater contributer to this life-saving organization, either as a volunteer or by applying to join the e-board, follow this link: http://goo.gl/forms/DFOZ7LyyYq
Email President Jillianne Ramirez (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions. Ready to get involved? Visit us at Bull Market August 26th, 9am-3pm! Like us on Facebook: facebook.com/BTMOCUSF and join our BullSync!
Link: Join the Life Saving Chapter to the National Organization
New! - Learning and Memory Lab Volunteer Opportunity
Are you an excited, hardworking, independent student looking to enhance your experience at the University of South Florida? Then a volunteer position at the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory Lab may be the place for you. If you are interested in getting experience with experimental design, working in a lab, or learning scientific techniques, then this may be the opportunity you have been waiting for. The focus of our research includes understanding the cellular and molecular mechanisms of learning and memory in hopes of finding novel therapeutic targets to treat cognitive disorders, including Alzheimer's disease and schizophrenia. If you are interested, please contact me at email@example.com, and include you resume and schedule of availability.
USF HOSA Future Health Professionals Club
Are you interested or may be interested in a medical career? Are you looking for an organization to develop leadership skills and character but at the same time have fun and gain recognition at regional, state, and national competitions? Do you want to make a difference nation-wide towards HOSA's national service project of raising awareness and supporting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society? Maybe you want to explore something new? This is the club for you!
HOSA: Future Health Professionals aims to develop skills through motivation, recognition, and awareness to increase the delivery of compassionate, quality health care to the community. The national organization provides opportunities to increase knowledge, develop leadership skills, enhance character, gain friendships, build self-confidence, increase involvement in the local and national community, and so much more. Even if you're not interested in the medical field, this organization can help you become a more well-rounded individual!
Our meetings dates are on Tuesdays (9/15, 10/6, 11/3, 11/24) from 7:30-8:30pm at MSC 2709. There will be free food! Come check us out!
Add us on BullSync and on Facebook to get updates quicker and email Kathryn Ospino (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions.
Laboratory Volunteer Opportunity
The Neurobiology of Learning and Memory Laboratory, located at USF Health's Byrd Alzheimer's Research Institute, is looking for volunteers to assist in day to day laboratory operations as well as carry out experiments. Under the direction of Edwin Weeber, Ph.D., our studies help us to better understand the cellular and molecular mechanisms of learning and memory as well as discover novel treatments for cognitive disorders such as Alzheimer's disease. If you're interested or have questions about this volunteer opportunity, please email Joe Grieco at email@example.com to schedule a meeting and tour of the lab.
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: http://www.usnews.com/education/blogs/medical-school-admissions-doctor/2014/02/18/elevate-medical-school-applications-with-research-experience . Finding an internship spot in a good research lab is not easy. But, there is help. The Office for Undergraduate Research (OUR)[ http://www.lib.usf.edu/undergraduate-research/] 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 www.nbiospectrum.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com
Link: USF Research Park USFCONNECT
Camp Boggy Creek Chapter at USF 1st Meeting Officer Positions
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Link: CBC at USF Facebook Page
Rush Alpha Phi Omega
Are you a leader? Do you like to volunteer? Want to make friends? Rush Alpha Phi Omega, a National Co-Ed Service Fraternity. Our members commit thousands of hours a year in serving the community and we want you to be a part of our fraternity. For information on Fall 2015 Rush, check out our website to see when our Informationals will occur!
Link: Alpha Phi Omega Website
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 email@example.com. Meetings: 9/15, 9/29, 10/13, 10/27, 11/10, 11/24 - See you guys there!
Link: CBCUSF Facebook Group
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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