Know-a-BULL News
Week of 8/31/2010 - Issue # 128

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

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 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
 9/7/2010 Honors LLC - Learn. Serve. Lead.
 9/8/2010 IRB Process Workshop
 9/9/2010 Afternoon with Student Backpackers
 9/26/2010 Honors Annual Fall Picnic
 10/1/2010 Colloquium #1
 11/5/2010 Colloquium #2
* "Freshpeople 5 Events"

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Honors College

Dean's Update:

    Freshpeople, please remember that you should attend 5 Honors events this year. Convocation is the first. there is no dress code for Convocation although green and gold looks fine. Blackboard will let you know what other events 'count'.

    If you look on the website you will see a number of e-portfolios. These are very important for you to have as electronic resumes. here is how you can create yours (be 'smart ' and start now - it is fun).

    • Go to (do not go in through USF)
    • Log in or create an account
    • Click on 'create new site'
    • Click on 'browse gallery for more' -this is to the right of the four sample templates
    • Type: USF
    • Hit enter

    That will give you a template. You may modify as you see fit, it is your web page. Put up your best written work, pictures and videos.

    Once your site is under way, send the URL to me and I will post it.

    We will continue to help you financially if you study abroad or present a paper at a research conference.

    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.

    Our Computer Lounge is a place for study and for group work. It is not a social hub like the Marshall Center. Please respect your colleague students both with the volume of your voices and the language.

  • PLAYWRITE - Honors College One Act Play Writing Competition

    The following are the simple rules of the competition:

    1. 20 minute (optimal)  original one act play - maximum of 25 minutes
    2. Any topic (including controversial) is ok
    3. Individual, duo, three member teams may submit manuscripts

    November 15 - electronic and hard copy due; electronic copy to; hard copy to Honors office

    January 10 - Announcement of top three-four plays selected for performance in early April
    February 7 – playwrights meet with Theater Department representative. February 28/March 1 – auditions for actors March 27-31 – performance space available for rehearsals April 1 – technical rehearsal April 2 – performance $200 first prize, $100 second and third prizes - places announced at performance

    Acting auditions - early Feb. (this will be an open call to all USF students). Writers and judges will select cast. Writer may choose to act.

    If selected for performance, minimal staging will be available

    Props and costumes are author and actor responsibility

    Authors agree to accept judges decisions as final

    Questions? Email
    Break a pen!

  • Tutoring Opportunity

    Good friends of the Honors College have a son entering grade 10 and a daughter entering grade 7. These are very bright children of physician parents.  The parents would like to have an Honors student or two work with the children to help them advnce; this is not 'remedial' tutoring.  In addition to being paid, shadowing opportunities will be available. Please send me a resume if you are interesed.  Thanks!

  • Honors Annual Fall Picnic

    Join the Honors Council for an afternoon of FREE fun, sports, and lots of food! Have Dean Silverman cook you up a burger! Play a round of football, frisbee, kickball, and volleyball! Take to the water in a canoe! This is an annual tradition you do not want to miss! Bring your Honors friends for a great time!! Sunday, September 26, 2010, 11-2 pm USF Riverfront Park off of Fletcher Ave

  • 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!

  • 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

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O.N.S. - Office of National Scholarships

  • Goldwater Scholarship Winners on the Radio!

    Click here for the radio interview with Juan Baso and Amber Schmidt, USF winners of the prestigious Goldwater national scholarship for sophomore or junior students who plan to pursue a research career in Science, Technology, Math or Engineering.  

    Link: WUSF radio related pieces (FM 89.7)

  • 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.  Sign up here:

    • 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.

  • 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

     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.

     Additional scholarships, updates and info can be found here:
    Twitter: USFONS
    Facebook: Askmeabout Scholarships

  • 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.

    Link: ONS website

  • All Majors Wanted

    ONS can help you get another step closer to your goals.

    The esteemed Truman Scholarship may be for you if you are a Junior, have a high GPA (>3.7) and Public Policy is in your future plans.  The USF Deadline for Truman is November 15.  

    Maybe you are a real Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM) person with a high GPA.  Goldwater is a prestigious way to make advancement toward a research career in the STEM area.  USF’s Deadline for Goldwater is November 15 as well.  

    If you are a sophomore and Oceanography, water quality or the environment is your niche, then the Hollings Scholarship is one to look into.  The USF Deadline for Hollings is December 1.  Whatever your major, there is a merit scholarship for you!  Get in touch with us.;


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

  • 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

  • Getting Started in Undergraduate Research

    Please join us for the workshop "Getting Started in Undergraduate Research" Tuesday, August 31 at 5pm in MSC 3704. The workshop will be held in conjunction with the first meeting of the semester for the Undergraduate Research Board.

  • 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


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USF Honors College Student Council

  • 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

  • Calling ALL Tutors! Paid Positions!

    The Holcombe and Jenkins Scholars Programs are now recruiting tutors for the Fall Semester 2010 in the following subject areas: Analytical Chemistry Application of Physics I Research Methods 3213 Pre Calculus Principles of Biology Biological Anthropology + Lab Thermodynamics for Chemical Engineering Research Methods 3444 Pre-calculus Algebra/Trigonometry Communications for Engineers Biological Systems and Pattern Recognition Solar Energy College Algebra Organic Chemistry II Trigonometry 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 or Andrea at or you can call (813) 974-9619.

    Link: Tutor Application

  • 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

  • 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

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