Know-a-BULL News
Week of 10/06/2008 - Issue # 33  

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:

    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.

    There are still spots left for the programs featuring Mr. Martinez, Ms. Norris and Ms. Marcelli. Please take my advice and sign up now. These are the kinds of folks you do not meet often and they will give you a good sense of what successful folks are like.

  • I have a Honors College Underground shirts in a variety of colors and sizes for $10.00 each. They say, on the back : Honors students do it longer, harder and need less sleep in between. This, of course, refers to studying. See me if you want one.

  • Spring 2009 registration begins Monday, November 3.

    Now is the time to call 974-3087 or stop by SVC 1088 to schedule an appointment with your Honors College advisor. In addition, if you are planning to graduate in May 2009, please make sure to also schedule a graduation check with your departmental major advisor.

  • Dual Enrollment Students:

    If you participated in a dual enrollment program, please read the attached flyer and contact Teresa Lewis at about possible inclusion in her dissertation research.

  • Alumni,

    I need YOU for two panels for our two sections of Freshpeople Seminar Which did not exist when you were students!). One panel will meet on Tuesday, Dec 2 from 3:30-4:20 in BSN 1100. The second will meet on Friday Dec 5 from 11:50-12:40 in EDU 115.

    This is your opportunity to help those who are coming behind you. As a panelist you will discuss the kinds of issues that students need to be aware of in order to be successful at USF and beyond. I would greatly appreciate your help!

    Please email me if you are able to attend.

  • IDH 4000 (Major Works/Major Issues)

    DH 4000 (Major Works/Major Issues) requires that you have completed 75 hours (by the end of the semester just prior to the semester in which you will take the course – if you want to take 4000 in the spring, you must have 75 credits by the end of this semester). Exceptions are sometimes granted (for 7-year BS/MD students, for example) and may be requested of your advisor The course requires a permit which you may request now.

  • The first ever Honors College Chess Tournament will take place on Monday, October 20, from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the Honors Lounge, SVC 1040. There will be pizza and drinks. RSVP to Jorge Fernandez

  • Let’s help those who are less fortunate than we are.

    If you have canned food that you would like to donate to the Charit-A-Bull food drive, please drop it off in one of the boxes labeled “Canned food for Charit-A-BULL food drive,” located in the Honors College Reception area. Thank you!

  • E. L. Doctorow Talk

    Author E. L. Doctorow will visit USF and give a talk the evening of November 13th. Edgar Lawrence Doctorow is widely recognized as one of America's great masters of the historical novel. His novel, The March, is a fictional account of General William Tecumseh Sherman's infamous military rampage from the burned-out ruins of Atlanta to the Atlantic ocean, and north into the Carolinas, leaving a path of destruction that affected the South for generations. The March recently received the 2006 PEN/Faulkner Award and the 2005 National Book Critics Circle Award and was a finalist for the 2005 National Book Award. The talk will take place at 6:00pm at the Alumni Center and is free and open to the public. This event is co-sponsored by the English Department, the Humanities Institute with generous support from private donors.

  • 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

  • Ca$h to study abroad!

    The 2009-10 academic year competition for NSEP David L. Boren Scholarships for undergraduate students is now open. 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. The application deadline for the deadline for the Boren Scholarship is February 11. Please contact Mr. Mejias for more information.

  • Graduating Seniors: Apply for the Emerson Fellowship!

    Do you want to spend a year fighting hunger and poverty with a tight-knit community of emerging leaders? Emerson Hunger Fellows shape and implement local anti-hunger programs all over the U.S., and then research and provide support for national policy initiatives in Washington, D.C. Read on for application instructions, or download application instructions. Applications are encouraged from candidates reflecting diverse personal, educational, cultural, and experiential backgrounds.

    Deadline: January 22, 2009.

  • Another one for Seniors:

    The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship, established in 1987, is a competitive national fellowship program that provides college graduates with the opportunity to gain a Washington perspective on key issues of peace and security. Twice yearly, the Fellowship's Board of Directors selects a group of outstanding individuals to spend six to nine months in Washington. Supported by a stipend, the Fellows serve as full-time junior staff members at the participating organization of their choice. The program also arranges meetings for the Fellows with policy experts. Many former Scoville Fellows have gone on to pursue graduate degrees in international relations and related fields and taken prominent positions in the field of peace and security with public-interest organizations, the Federal Government, and in academia. To date, 115 Fellowships have been awarded.

  • Graduating Seniors:

    Since 1964 the National Gallery of Art has offered professional museum training to candidates from all backgrounds through a variety of internship programs. Nine-week summer internships provide opportunities to work on projects directed by a Gallery curator or department head. Biweekly museum seminars introduce interns to the broad spectrum of museum work, and to Gallery staff, departments, programs, and functions. Eligibility Eligibility varies according to internship. A few are geared to undergraduates graduating in 2008, but most are for currently enrolled graduate students of all levels and those graduating in 2008 with a relevant degree (e.g., MA, MBA, MFA, M Arch, M Ed, JD, or MLS). Please check prerequisites carefully. Applicants from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. This is an international program.

  • 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.

  • Hispanic Scholarship Fund application period now open

    Be a community college, undergraduate or graduate student Be a U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen Have plans to enroll FULL-TIME in a degree seeking program at a two or four year U.S. accredited institution in the U.S., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands or Guam in the upcoming academic year.

  • The Historic Preservation Internship Training Program

    The Historic Preservation Internship Training Program gives undergraduate and graduate students opportunities to undertake short-term research and administrative projects with the National Park Service either during the summer or the school year. The Internship Training Program trains our future historians, archeologists, architects, curators, planners, and archivists by providing the opportunity to work under the direction of experienced professionals in the field of historic preservation. Applications are invited for Academic Year 2008 - 2009 internships with the National Park Service and the Department of Interior. The application deadline is October 17, 2008.

  • The Hollings Scholarship Program provides successful undergraduate applicants with awards that include academic assistance (up to a maximum of $8,000 per year) for full-time study during the 9-month academic year; a 10-week, full-time internship position ($650/week) during the summer at a NOAA facility; and, if reappointed, academic assistance (up to a maximum of $8,000) for full-time study during a second 9-month academic year. The internship between the first and second years of the award provides the Scholars with ‘‘hands-on''/ practical educational training experience in NOAA-related science, research, technology, policy, management, and education activities. Awards also include travel funds to attend a mandatory Hollings Scholarship Program orientation, conferences where students present a paper or poster, and a housing subsidy for scholars who do not reside at home during the summer internship.

  • The PPIA Junior Summer Institute is a seven-week program structured to introduce or strengthen skills in economics, statistics, policy analysis, writing, and public speaking. At the end of the seven-week program, students will be able to present a comprehensive final report on a current policy issue that will encompass the skills acquired in their coursework, including the seminar on the intercultural dimensions of policy making, field research, policy analysis, and writing and computer workshops.

  • Campus Deadlines for 2009 Competitions:

    Nov 1: Truman (graduate study in International Affairs,
                Carnegie Junior Fellows (international affairs,

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  • 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 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:
    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

  • Are you a Biomed or Premed Student with serious editorial skills?

    The College of Medicine has an opportunity for you. The 2009 USF Health Research Day is coming up. COM is looking for a student or two to do an internship as editor of their Research Day Abstract Book during the months of November, December, and January. Tasks would include reviewing electronically submitted abstracts for spelling and grammar errors, formatting them, sending them to the participants for review/edits, and other deadline-oriented editorial tasks. Newspaper, magazine, or yearbook editing experience is preferred. If you are good with science jargon and working under a deadline, this may be just your thing. Some compensation may be available if you qualify (must be a full time student, enrolled in Fall 08 with a 3.2 GPA or higher, and some other rules may apply). Please contact Ms. Carlton with your resume by October 17th at if you are interested. Serious inquiries only.

  • Needed: Volunteer Experiment Research Assistants

    I am an Honors Program graduate and Doctoral Candidate in the Computer Science and Engineering Department. I need volunteers to assist in completing a research study using an assortment of cutting-edge sensors and mobile robots. By assisting students will receive first-hand experience with experimental research in the field of intelligent robotics (and will be eligible to win door prizes). Assistance is needed during two phases of the study: data collection and video demonstration. No experience is needed in the data collection phase where students will assist with setting up the experimental testbed and monitoring the data collection process. For the video demonstration phase a student with video filming, directing (e.g. planning shots), and editing experience is preferred. Such a student would work closely with me to create several video demonstrations to be submitted as video proceedings for international conferences and as supplementary material for published papers. It will be necessary to perform most of this work late at night or on weekends (when there is less traffic on campus), therefore students who are willing to volunteer during these times are especially needed. Interested students should contact Jennifer Gage by email ( Please include availability.

  • Dear Dr. Silverman:

    My department is gearing up to do another First Responder class over at the CON. Myself and a few other folks from AMR/USF EMS will be teaching. I attached the flyer. You requested a copy when we were ready to advertise. Let me know what we can do to get the news out to the Honors students.

  • Global Opportunities Fair
    October 14,2008

    Join Education Abroad Tuesday, October 14, 2008 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the MLK Plaza for the Global Opportunities Fair. Meet USF's global community and find out how to get involved. More Details>>

  • Hoops of Hope

    "Have you ever wanted to take an active stance in the fight against AIDS? " Join Hoops of Hope

    About Hoops of Hope: Hoops of Hope was started in 2004 by 13-year old Austin Gutwein. Hoops of Hope encourages participants to shoot a 1000 free throws to represent the 1000 kids orphaned every 4 hours by HIV/AIDS. Participants will spend their day at the USF gym free-throw line shooting baskets in honor of these children. Check out Hoops of Hope website:

    Have you ever wanted to take an active stance in the fight against AIDS? The Student Global AIDS Campaign, Center for Civic Engagement, and CAB are working together to bring a Hoops of Hope event to USF on Thursday November 6th, 2008 and we need YOUR help!

    What you can do: If you are interested in signing up to participate, signing up is easy. You can create you own, personalized fund raising page. You can participate and create a team for yourself as an individual or for team as the team captain. Sign up: Go to . Click Get Started, Under the Select Your Event tab click Select next to the January 1, 2008 through December 31, 2008 tab. Type in your email and create an account. Under Yes I am raising funds as part of a team, click Select next to the USF team. Create your personalized URL and personalize the page. You are set to shoot!

    How you can help: We need a small, cohesive, dedicated group of students who are willing to volunteer some time to making this Hoops of Hope event a success. For more information or if you have any skills or time that you would be willing to contribute, please feel free to contact our team at or by cell at 8139009003. You will receive volunteer hours for your time spent.

    We are bringing 13 year old Austin to speak at a lecture series here at USF prior to the kick off the first ever USF Hoops of Hope event on Nov 6 at 4pm (see for more information). We want to make Hoops of Hope a lasting and yearly USF tradition. If you are interested, please email us at

    Thank you,
    USF Hoops of Hope Team,

  • Engineers Without Borders

    Engineers Without Borders is currently working with Tada! Traditional and Digital Arts to host our first art gallery fundraiser, Caribbean Consciousness. The Grand Opening of Tada! Gallery of Arts will showcase local artists, energetic music and of course EWB's efforts. Partial proceeds from the event will go to EWB-USF.

    The event will take place on November 1st so help spread the word! The event is open to the public and there will be a $5 suggested donation at the door. There will be other events going on in the same plaza including live music, wine tastings, and more.

    Also, all artists are welcome to submit pieces to the show, so if you have any artist friends, be sure to send along the attached information for art submission. Deadline for art is October 25th.

    For more information, check out our Caribbean Consciousness webpage,

    Hope to see everyone there!
    Jenn Woodham


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