Know-a-BULL News
Week of 09/22/2008 - Issue # 31  

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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Honors College

  • Dean's Update:

    I was delighted to see so many of you at the picnic yesterday. There were close to 140 of you, the largest number we have ever had. I hope you all enjoyed the food, canoeing, volleyball, kickball and getting to know one another.

    We have 3 visitors coming to Honors in the next several weeks. Michael Scionti is the second ranking Democrat in the Florida State house of Representatives; Nancy Howe is the publisher of the internationally know Maddox Business Review and Art Ringness, an Honors College graduate with an MBA from Duke, is a major player in Morgan Stanley’s fixed income division. There are but a few spots left for each session and you should sign up immediately. Of course, food will be served.

    Please make sure that you RSVP to events youd like to attend. If you do not, and if the event is too crowded, you may not get in. Our Freshpeople 5 events are meant for you to have a good time, interact with your peers and learn a bit as well. We want you to enjoy whatever events you choose to attend! Attendance will be taken at all Freshpeople 5 events so please have your USF ID with you. When you RSVP to an event, make sure you attend. If you do not, you are depriving a colleague student of a spot; only documented absences will be excused.

    RSVPs: Students should regularly check the calendar of events found on the Honors website. To RSVP for an event, click on it and it will ask for your student number. To check which events you have RSVPd for or to cancel an RSVP, look at the calendar and click on 'My Events'. When you enter your student number it will give you a list of the events you have registered for. Each event has a box next to it in case you need to cancel the RSVP. Please remember if you need to cancel, do it as early as possible so that other students have a chance to take that spot.

    I am glad to announce that the lounge printer has been repaired and is now working. Please remember printing is free but you need to provide your own paper.

    The following folks will speak in the lounge. These are Freshman 5 events

    On Monday, September 29th at 4:30pm in SVC 1040 (The Honors Lounge) Nathaniel A. Raymond will speak and hold a question/answer session on Physician involvement in Torture. He is currently the Senior Communications Strategist at Physicians for Human Rights (PHR), an organization that shared the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize. He currently leads an investigative team at PHR exploring the role of health professionals in current US national security interrogation policy, and in this role he works closely with journalists, members of Congress, and Executive Branch agencies. If you are at all interested in Human Rights, it is a must attend.

    On Thursday, October 2nd at 4:30pm in SVC 1040(The Honors Lounge) Ira Helfand will speak on The Real and Growing Threat from Nuclear Weapons. He is an expert who has widely published on the threat to human health posed by nuclear weapons, nuclear war and nuclear terrorism. He is a co-founder of the National Physicians for Social Responsibility and is currently an emergency physician and internist practicing in Springfield, Massachusetts. He is a must see for anyone even remotely concerned about Nuclear War or our response to the possibility of such war.

    Nancy Howe will join you for lunch on Friday. A few spots remain. Look at her resume and you’ll want to meet her!

  • Spring Thesis Students

    It’s not too early to start thinking about your thesis! NOW is a good time to begin to select a topic and to speak to potential faculty mentors. Join Dr. Yavneh for a discussion of choosing your faculty mentor Thursday, October 23rd, at 11 in the Honors Lounge.

  • December Graduates

    December Grads: If you have a 3.5 GPA and a good record of service to USF and the community, you might be the Outstanding Senior! If you are interested, please email me and I will give you the particulars.

  • An Evening of Physicians

    Tuesday, Oct. 14th
    6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.

    Majoring in Biomedical Sciences? If you are planning for a career in medicine, find out from those who came before you what it is really like first-hand to get accepted and survive medical school, select a specialty to become a plastic surgeon, allergist, etc., and anything else you have always wanted to know as you pursue a career in medicine. Doctors in the Honors College Family (Honors alums and parents) will answer your questions about being a physician.

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RED - National Fellowships

  • Please contact me if you are a National Merit, Achievement or Hispanic Scholar who will graduate this semester or spring 2009

    Calling all college juniors! If you're making a difference in the world, we want to know about it. You could win $3,000 plus a trip to New York City!

    Are you a campus leader? Enter Glamour's 2009 Top 10 College Women Competition. For the past 51 years, Glamour has been combing college campuses for some of the most inspiring females in the country. Previous winners include politicians, CEOs, high-powered doctors and lawyers —even Martha Stewart! If you're a college junior with leadership experience, excellence in your field of study and unique career goals, you could be part of this elite group:

  • The Kaiser Family Foundation is looking for students to serve as the 2008 Barbara Jordan Scholars. T
    he deadline for the 2009 program is December 1, 2008.

    PROGRAM The Barbara Jordan Health Policy Scholars Program brings talented African American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, and Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander college seniors and recent graduates to Washington, D.C., where they are placed in congressional offices and learn about health policy. Through the nine-week program, Scholars gain knowledge about federal legislative procedure and health policy issues, while further developing their critical thinking and leadership skills. In addition to gaining experience in a congressional office, Scholars participate in seminars and site visits to augment their knowledge of health care issues, and write and present a health policy research memo.

    PURPOSE The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation established the Barbara Jordan Health Policy Scholars Program at Howard University to honor the legacy of former Foundation Trustee and Congresswoman Barbara Jordan and to expand the pool of students of color interested in the field of health policy. As a member of the United States Congress and the Texas State Legislature, Barbara Jordan's distinguished career was exemplified by her tireless advocacy of behalf of vulnerable populations. She brought this passion to her work, inspiring others to become involved in addressing challenging health policy issues.

    ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS Eligible candidates must be U.S. citizens who will be seniors or recent graduates (less than 2 years) of an accredited U.S. college or university in the fall of 2008. Graduate students and individuals with an advanced degree are not eligible to apply. Successful applicants will show evidence of academic achievement and will demonstrate the following: · Be a member of a population that is adversely affected by racial or ethnic disparities in health; and · Have interest or experience working in or with programs that address health disparities (e.g. local health departments, community health centers, inner city/rural hospitals or organizations that conduct research on or develop policy related to health or healthcare disparities) or have done previous academic work (e.g. taken courses, written papers or participate in research projects) related to health disparities.

    Past USF winners include Aisha Rivera ’06 (MIC) and Nimisha Kalia ’01 (BIO).

  • William Randolph Hearst Endowed Scholarship for Minority Students The Aspen Institute

    Deadlines: Spring 2009 - December 15, 2008; Summer 2009 - March 15, 2009; Fall 2009 - July 15, 2009

    Hearst Scholarship Information The Nonprofit Sector Research Fund, a grantmaking program of the Aspen Institute in Washington, DC, annually offers the William Randolph Hearst Endowed Scholarship. The scholarship, which is based on academic excellence and need, is open to both undergraduate and graduate students who are members of minority groups. The Hearst Scholar serves as a summer intern with the Fund. Through this program, the Fund seeks to introduce a diverse group of students to issues relating to philanthropy, voluntarism, and nonprofit organizations. Recipients may arrange with their colleges or universities to receive academic credit for this experience.

    The Nonprofit Sector Research Fund was established in 1991 to expand understanding of nonprofit activities, including philanthropy and its underlying values, by making grants to support research undertaken by scholars and nonprofit practitioners.

    Activities: In his or her summer internship, the Hearst Scholar undertakes general research and program support for the Fund's grantmaking and outreach efforts.

    Requirements: The ideal candidate for this scholarship is a highly motivated continuing graduate or undergraduate student from an underrepresented community. She or he should have an excellent academic record and also have the following: 1. Outstanding research skills; 2. A background in the social sciences or humanities; 3. Excellent writing and communication skills; and 4. Demonstrated financial need. 5. American Citizenship The student must be able to intern for 10-12 weeks full-time during the summer at the Washington, DC, office of the Aspen Institute. All travel and housing costs must be covered by the student.

    Scholarship Stipend: A scholarship grant of between $2,500 and $5,000 will be awarded, depending on the recipient's educational level, financial need, and time commitment.


    Still can’t make it in?  E-mail Mr. Mejias:

  • The 2009 Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics Essay Contest

    First Prize - $ 5,000
    Third Prize - $ 1,500
    Second Prize - $ 2,500
    Two Honorable Mentions - $ 500 each

    Registered undergraduate full-time juniors or seniors at accredited four-year colleges or universities in the United States during the fall 2008 semester.

    Suggested Essay Topics:
    * What does your own experience tell you about the relationship between politics and ethics and, in particular, what could be done to make politics more ethical?
    * Articulate with clarity an ethical issue that you have encountered and analyze what it has taught you about ethics and yourself.
    * From a personal viewpoint, how does globalization impact your view of the Other in society and in the world?
    * Clearly analyze the relationship between religion and ethics in today's world.
    * How does a recent political or cultural event shed light on the ethics of rebellion/revolution?

    Essay Format:
    * In 3,000 to 4,000 words, students are encouraged to raise questions, single out issues and identify dilemmas.
    * Essays may be written in the formal or informal voice, but most importantly, an individual voice should be evident in the essay.
    * The essay should be developed from the student’s point of view and may take the form of an analysis that is biographical, historical, literary, philosophical, psychological, sociological or theological.
    * Essay must be the original, unpublished work of one student. Only one essay per student per year may be submitted.
    * Essay should be titled, typed in 12-point font in English, double-spaced with 1" margins and numbered pages.
    * Submissions will be judged anonymously. Hence, no name or identifying references (i.e. your name, school, or professor) should appear on the title page or in the manuscript. Our office will put a code on your essay.

    Faculty Sponsor: Contact Mr. Mejias Contest Deadline: December 19, 2008

  • Campus Deadlines for 2009 Competitions:

    Oct 1: Fulbright (study abroad, )
               Goldwater (graduate study in math, science or engineering, )
    Nov 1: Truman (graduate study in International Affairs,
                Carnegie Junior Fellows (international affairs,

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  • The McNair Scholars program

    The McNair Scholars program is seeking diverse students interested in research and graduate school for its 2008-09 cohort.

    This program provides funding, a mentored research experience and graduate/professional school preparation to students from underrepresented groups – Hispanic/Latino, African American, Native American, first generation, low income and/or disabled students.

    Applicants must:
    (1) an underrepresented background – Hispanic/Latino, African American, Native American, first generation, and/or low income students,
    (2) have completed sixty credit hours,
    (3) have at least a 3.0 GPA, and
    (4) have a declared major.

    If you meet these criteria and believe you will be a strong candidate, please email Dr. Yavneh ( by September 24th.

  • Need a mentor? Take a look at the new placements listed under the 'Search' tab of our web site: Then, set a meeting with Ms. Carlton, Research Advisor, by calling (813) 974-6824 or emailing with a day/time that is best for you.

  • Have a mentor? Please update us! You receive a free UR t-shirt when you stop by and let us know. You can also update your information by logging in to our web site.

  • The Office of Undergraduate Research has many new exciting opportunities in disciplines throughout the university! Please create a profile at our web site ( and then make an appointment ( or phone 974-6824).

  • If you have published or presented with your mentor, please be sure to send us the pertinent bibliographic information for our records.

    • Naomi Yavneh, Ph.D.
      Director, Office of Undergraduate Research
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HCSC - Honors College Student Council

  • Honors College Student Council
    • Plan Social Activities
    • Serve Your Community
    • Leadership Opportunities for Freshman

  • Honors Council is a student led organization with a mission to promote a sense of community within the Honors College and enable the personal growth and academic success of all Honors Students.

    ~*Reminder*~ Dodgeball Registration forms can be picked up in SVC 1101. They are due by 5:00pm Monday, September 22nd. You will not officially be signed up to play until you pay your registration fee. ($5/team, $1/individual)

    ~Our camping trip in Fort DeSoto is quickly approaching. Please RSVP on our website, There are only 60 spots available for this trip.

    ~Interested in Volunteering as a Tutor? Come to our Informational Meeting, Tuesday, September 18th at 4pm in SVC 1101.

    Honors Council General Meetings every Tuesday at 4:30pm in the Honors Lounge

    Advertising Committee Meetings, Tuesdays 5:30-6:30 in the Honors Lounge
    Academic Committee Meetings, Tuesdays 1-2 in SVC 1101
    Events Committee Meetings, Wednesdays, 10:45-11:45 in SVC 1101
    Volunteer Committee Meetings, Wednesdays 1-2 in SVC 1101
    The Pulse Committee Meetings Wednesdays 12-1 in SVC 1101

    Honors Council Fall 2008 Schedule:
    Sept 26: Dodgeball Lower Gym 5:30-8:45pm
    Oct 10/11: Camping in Fort DeSoto 5pm (Fri) -1:30pm (Sat)
    Oct 25: Boys and Girls Club - Location and Time TBA
    Week of November 3: Freshman Event - Details TBA
    Nov 17: Cards for Troops - Details TBA

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Student Submissions

  • Attention Sociology Majors...Honors Students!

    Research Project: Community Resources and Disaster Resilience in Florida Mobile Home Parks This funded, interdisciplinary study investigates how residents of mobile home communities prepare for disasters. Specifically, it explores the impacts of community resources. We conduct observations and interviews in four mobile home parks in Hillsborough County, and gather a variety of background information. The current research team consists of two USF faculty and two graduate students. For more information, see the flyer

  • You're invited to USF College of Medicine's Open House!

    Friday September 26, 2008 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    You're invited to join us for a great opportunity to learn about what makes USFCOM a unique education and personal experience. RSVP by September 19, 2008 at

  • Calling all Honors musicians and vocalists

    Paul Tran and Trey Penton are performing their honors thesis project, entitled A History of Florida Through Song, and they need your help! The performance will take place the week before Thanksgiving and will consist of approximately an hours worth of songs about the history of our great state. Practices will take place in October and November and will be as efficient as possible in order to save everyone time. If you play violin, viola, cello, percussion, bass, a brass instrument, a woodwind instrument, or are a vocalist they need you! This is sure to be an event that you will be proud to have been a part of! The compositions are original and fun to play and the experience will be unique to any musical performance you have ever participated in. If you are interested in joining this honors musical militia send an email to Trey Penton at or Paul Tran at or contact them through facebook.

  • Paid internship for those interested in marketing, business, and advertising

    I am a small developer and general contractor getting ready to unroll a significant marketing campaign to promote the construction and sale of new single family homes to income qualified first time homebuyers within the City of Tampa. The parcels are infill lots in Southeast Seminole Heights and the homes to be built will be certified green via the Florida Green Building Coalition. Needless to say there are many facets that can be promoted. I am seeking two students to perform “guerilla marketing” for me in these neighborhoods. I have all materials available for their use and distribution. It’s as much a community informational effort as it is a true marketing effort. Students from these neighborhoods would be preferred but not required. As a follow up to this campaign, I will then need someone (possibly) two to field phone call inquiries and follow up on previous inquiries. My office is located in Tampa Heights and this is a paid offering of $10.00/hour. Please feel free to call if you have any questions.

    Cathy Byrd
    (813) 288-9335 X1101
    (813) 288-9336 Fax

  • Students: Get the Facts and Take Action at USF Peace Week

    With the national elections coming up fast, political spin isn’t good enough – students want real information about peace and justice issues before they vote. Peace Week provides key information to inspire students to get involved and vote.

    The second annual USF Peace Week will be held from September 29th through October 4th, 2008, on the Tampa campus of the University of South Florida. All events are free and open to the public.

    Events include keynote lectures by two international experts:
    Nathaniel Raymond, from Physicians for Human Rights, will speak on “Physician Involvement in Torture” on Monday, September 29th at 7:00 pm in the Marshall Center, room 3707.

    Ira Helfand, MD, from Physicians for Social Responsibility, will speak on “The Real and Growing Threat from Nuclear Weapons” on Thursday, October 2nd at 7:00 pm, in the Marshall Center Ballroom.

    For additional information, see the press release

  • The Institute of International Education is pleased to announce the opening of the 2009-10 academic year competition for NSEP David L. Boren Scholarships for undergraduate students. Boren Awards provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. students to add important international and language components to their educations.

    Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 for an academic year's study abroad.

    Applications and detailed information on the Boren Scholarships and Fellowships are now available on - our newly designed website.

    The application deadline for the Boren Scholarship is February 11, 2009.

  • Job Opportunity

    ENLACE Florida is seeking an Honors student on FWS who is looking for a job. We have need of a student in our office. Email your resume to the contact below by Friday afternoon.

    Donna Parrino
    Enrollment Planning & Management

  • International Photo and Video Competition – Deadline for submission: October 17, 2008 Submit your entry for the 2008 Annual International Photo and Video Competition! The competition is open to USF students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Photographs submitted should capture an observation made or experience had while traveling outside the United States. For entry details and to view the previous winners visit

    Former U.S. Ambassador Vicki Huddleston – Tuesday, September 30, 2008 Join International Affairs and the International Business Board on Tuesday September 30th, 2008 at 2:00 pm in the Marshall Center (room TBD) to hear the Honorable Vicki Huddleston, (former US Ambassador to Mali) will be at USF on speak to students and faculty about her work as a US ambassador. Ambassador Huddleston’s talk is titled "Africa and Cuba - What the Next Administration Should Do."


If you would like to be included in future editions of "Know-a-BULL News", email submissions to Dr. Stuart Silverman at for consideration. Submissions should be in electronic form, text only, and brief. Flyers containing additional information should be submitted in PDF.

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