Welcome to another great year at the USF Honors College! We say hello this semester to the largest entering class in the history of the College, with 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!
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.
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New! - Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month Volunteers
September is Childhood Cancer awareness month! Pediatric cancers affects nearly 13,500 children in the US every year, with about 100 new cases reported in Tampa alone in the past year. If you are a student who would enjoy the opportunity to help raise awareness and raise money for the children battling cancer at St. Josephs Children&rsquos Hospital, then please contact Brianna Borsheim (email@example.com). As a volunteer, you would be able to help raise awareness on campus, make an event to get other students involved, and be able to deliver the money raised and gift-bags to the children on the Oncology and Hematology floors of St. Josephs Children&rsquos Hospital. This opportunity would allow you to help some of the youngest heroes in our Tampa Community!
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
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
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! - Bulls Service Breaks Site Leader Applications Have Opened
Bulls Service Breaks (BSB) offers all USF students with the opportunity to travel across the U.S. during Spring Break on a service trip in a social issue in which they are passionate about. Our trips consist of 12 people, with two students on this trip leading others on their service experience.
Currently, BSB is accepting applications for these two lead students named Site Leaders. Site Leaders have the unique opportunity to collaborate and plan for their trip, ensure the other participants are gaining a meaningful experience from the trip, and gain essential leadership and teamwork skills in the process. In the end, many students return feeling a deeper passion for their chosen social issue and feel the experience was truly life-changing.
If you are interested in the opportunity to lead students through a BSB experience, apply by Friday, September 18!
Link: BSB Site Leader Application
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 (email@example.com) 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
Link: CBC at USF Facebook Page