Know-a-BULL News
Week of 10/07/2014 - Issue # 335

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 and the Office of National Scholarships.

At a Glance

Upcoming Events

RSS Feed Upcoming Events
 10/8/2014 Boren Scholarship Information Session
 10/8/2014 Honors Alumni Meet 'n' Mingle
 10/10/2014 Critical Language Scholarship and Boren Scholarship Workshop
 10/10/2014 PSP small group meeting
 10/14/2014 PSP First year Event-Breakfast for Dinner &Games
 10/15/2014 Camilla Vásquez: The Discourse of Online Reviews.
 10/16/2014 Graduate School Application Workshop
 10/17/2014 Goldwater Scholarship Workshop
 10/17/2014 Weekend Trip to St. Augustine!
 10/20/2014 Holocaust Survivors as Educators
* Freshpeople 5 Events
* LLC Events
* PSP Events
* TOE Events
* Special Scholars Events

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Honors College

Dean's Update:

  • New! - Road Scholars Series St Augustine Trip Fri 1017 Sun 1019

    Founded in 1565, St. Augustine is home to both colonial and civil rights history, and an array of impressive architecture....all situated on the east coast of Florida. It has played host to important military operations (Castillo de San Marcos),served as a resort town for the wealthy American elite in the late 1800s, and even had a role in the Civil Rights Movement.

    • We will be leaving Friday afternoon (Oct. 17th). For those without Friday class, we will leave from JPH around 1pm. Those who have Friday afternoon class will ride in a later van (between 3:30 and 4pm). 

    • We have a mix of tours and free time planned. We want students to have time to wander around town and discover some things for themselves. There are a range of great food options, and food for every budget within walking distance of where we will stay. 

    • We will return to campus between 6pm and 7pm on Sunday, Oct. 19. 

    • As indicated on the flyer, students can email me or Stormy for the pay link. 

    Highlights include:

    • City Tour

    • Lightner Museum

    • Castillo de San Marcos

    • St. George Street

    • discussions with faculty

    • We still have 7 seats for the upcoming weekend trip to St. Augustine (with Dean Adams)

    Cost: Approx. $132.26 covers all expenses except for food. If you apply before Friday Oct. 10th, you will earn a scholarship to off-set some of your costs.

    Please contact Mr. Lucien for more information


  • New! - The Honors Orchestra Returns

    Honors Orchestra: We're Getting the Band Back Together!

    Do you play an instrument?  Do you miss your high-school band or orchestra practices?  Would you like to play in an ensemble?  If you answered yes to any of the above, join us Thursday 16 October at 5pm in MUS 140  for an informational and organizational meeting.  The orchestra is open to ALL HONORS STUDENTS who wish to play in an ensemble.  You need not be a music major or minor.  If you are a music major or minor, you will not be turned away.


  • New! - Permits and Thesis Permits

    Permits and Thesis Permits for Spring 2015 will open for permit requests on the Honors website on Monday, October 20th. Registration begins on Monday, November 3rd.

    Permits will automatically be given for those taking IDH 3400 with Dr. James (second semester freshmen in the 7 yr med program), for IDH 3600 Bio-Med Ethics and for Dr. Specter's IDH 4930 course, so you will not need to apply for a permit if you are on the approved list for these classes.

    The permit will be removed from IDH 3600 Bio-Med Ethics on Tuesday, November 4th -- any seats still available will be open to all Honors College students.

    Students taking the travel classes will automatically be registered once your deposit has been made and the list of approved students received -- there is no need to apply for a permit for the travel classes.

    IF you are a double major, or a new student, you might need a permit in order to register for an Honors course. When registering, if you see a message that says there is a college or major restriction then you need a permit -- please go on the Honors website: Honors College Forms: and click on the Class Permit Request form or the Thesis Registration Request form.

    All thesis students will need to request the thesis permit.

  • New! - Free MCAT Prep Course Spring 2015

    Applications are now being accepted for the Honors College/Chowdhari *FREE* MCAT preparatory course to be offered during Spring 2015.  The 15-week non-credit course includes test strategy as well as content preparation.  Each week a different subject (biology, physics, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry and verbal) will be covered.  All materials, including study books and full length practice exams, will be provided at no cost to students due to a generous donation from the Chowdhari family.

    This course will be offered on Tuesday evenings from 6:00-9:00pm (location to be determined).  Attendance is required for every session.

    Interested students must demonstrate financial need, motivation for medical school and sufficient academic pre-requisites for MCAT.  Financial need is strongly considered when applicants are selected. To apply, submit a detailed personal statement (recommended length at least one page) describing financial need and future goals to Mr. Arnie Mejías,  Please include UID#. Deadline is Friday, November 7, 2014.

  • Noor Shakfeh, '15, published in American Society for Microbiology's Cultures periodical

    Titled "Happening Now: Syria," Shakfeh discusses the current situation in Syria and offers readers advice.  She encourages readers to "do what you love, find a mentor, take risks, always be humble, learn from your mistakes, and be flexible."

    Link: ASBCulturesV1I32014


    Hosted by ACM and MSDN (Microsoft Developers Network)

    Date: Saturday 10/18/14

    Time: 10 AM - 6 PM

    Location: JPH 1319

    Brief Description: You will work in teams of 3 people to write source code (using C++, C#, Java, or Python) for a computer program to solve given problems, which will be modeled after ACM-ICPC questions. There will be super fun and exciting prizes for the top three teams.

    Link: For more details and the Facebook Event page visit

  • Engineering Group Advising

    All first-year students are required to meet with their academic advisor during the Fall semester before they are allowed to register on Nov 3.  If you are pursuing any major within the College of Engineering, you may meet this requirement by attending one of our group advising sessions:

    Click the link next to the date you wish to attend in order to RSVP (required).

    Students who do not attend a group advising session must schedule an individual advising appointment with their assigned advisor.  

    Engineering Honors Advisors, Ms. Amanda Cutchens and Ms. Sara Spear.

  • Honors Alumni Meet n Mingle

    Time: 5:30pm- 7:30pm

    Location:  ALN 241 


    Wondering about taking the MCAT, getting a job after graduation, going to medical or graduate school? Wouldn't it be great to talk with a friendly Honors grad who has already had these experiences?

    You are invited to join Dr. Adams and the staff welcoming back USF Honors Alumni, Wednesday, October 8th, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at ALN 241. 

    Pizza, prizes, and time to talk with those who came before you in the Honors College.


  • 2014 TGH TGMG Summer Interns Present Research

    The University of South Florida has partnered with specialty physicians at Tampa General Medical Group and Tampa General Hospital to provide a unique experience for a select group of undergraduate students.  On August 4th, Honors College students Tabitha Michaud '16 (her second summer), Kyle Mascarinas '16, Leah Kingsbury '15, Micah Johnstone '15, and Allison Distler '15 presented research conducted as summer interns.  

    Students participated in retrospective clinical research projects with a mentoring physician, shadowed physicians in the hospital setting, and participated in a series of lectures on medically important topics. Some interns will have the opportunity to continue to work with physicians on projects during the subsequent school year.  Selection for Summer 2015 will begin in early February, 2015.  For more information, contact Mr. Mejias:

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O.N.S. - Office of National Scholarships

  • Graduate School for STEM Majors Application Workshop

    Please join us on Thursday, October 16 for a workshop put on by Ms. Cris Murray from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Ms. Murray will be speaking to students about application strategies for graduate school applications as well as providing information to students regarding graduate programs at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

    The workshop will be held from 3pm to 4:30pm in ALN 252.

    You can learn more information about Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute here:

    Link: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

  • Boren Scholarship for Critical Languages Information Session

    Ms. Lisa Mayorga, Program Manager for the Boren Scholarship, will be on campus speaking with students about the Boren Scholarship (and Fellowship) on Wednesday, October 8 at 3pm in CGS (the Patel Center) room 140.


    Boren Scholarships and Fellowships are designed to support critical language study abroad. Students must articulate in their application how the study of the critical language relates to US national security and how they plan to fulfill the Boren service requirement of working for the federal government.

    For more information regarding Boren Scholarships and Fellowships, please visit:

    Please contact the Boren Scholarship Manager, Ms. Lauren Chambers at if you plan to apply.


    Link: Boren Awards

  • Interested in an all-expense paid masters level degree in Peace and Conflict Studies?

    Over the past ten years, The Rotary Foundation has provided over 700 future peace leaders with peace and conflict resolution education and field experience at Rotary Peace Centers around the world. Fellows earn a master's-level degree or a professional development certificate in peace and conflict studies at one of six Rotary Peace Centers at leading universities in Australia, England, Japan, the United States, Sweden and Thailand. To apply or learn more visit The deadline is July 1, 2015.

    Link: rotaryorgrotarycenters

  • Learn more about nationally competitive merit scholarships

    Attend an upcoming informational workshop to learn more about the Office of National Scholarships and the national scholarship opportunities that can fund your study abroad experience, do research or an internship or pursue graduate study. Workshops will be presented by year (Freshmen, Sophomore, Junior and Senior) as well as by specific scholarship.

    View the upcoming workshop schedule and sign up for a workshop at under the Upcoming Events Calendar.

    Link: Office of National Scholarships

  • Princeton in Africa Fellowships

    Princeton in Africa (PiAf) is a non-profit organization that offers yearlong post-graduate fellowship opportunities with a variety of organizations working across the African continent. PiAf Fellows work in service-oriented positions in many different fields, including humanitarian aid, social enterprise, public health, conservation, and education. Graduating seniors and young alumni are eligible to apply. To learn more or apply visit The deadline to apply is November 2, 2014.

    Link: princetoninafricaorg

  • Goldmach Sachs Looking For College of Business Undergrads

    Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. is a well-known global investment banking, securities and investment management firm. Goldman Sachs is currently looking for USF College of Business Undergraduates for a 10 week program as a summer analyst or summer associate in one of their many offices around the world. This program could lead to a permanent position on the Goldman Sachs team. To learn more about or to apply for this opportunity please visit Deadlines vary by office location. 

    Link: goldmansachscomcareers

  • Want to learn a critical language like Arabic Punjabi or Turkish

    Attend an upcoming workshop regarding the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) and the Boren Scholarship. Workshops will be held Friday, September 19 at 12:30pm in ALN 252 and Friday, October 10 at 2pm in ALN 252. You can sign up for a workshop through the Office of National Scholarships Upcoming Events Calendar at

    The USF deadline to apply for CLS is October 14, so please contact Ms. Lauren Chambers at ASAP if you are interested in applying!

    Link: httponsusfedu

ONS has information on a wide variety of Scholarships and fellowships for graduate study. Please check the ONS website and speak with Dr. Lucas or Ms. Schumacher.

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  • New! - Volunteer with HCSC Quantum Leap Farm

    Quantum Leap Farm is holding an event called Olivia's Barnyard Buddies.  It's a Saturday Family Fun Day volunteer shift from 11 to 4. In partnership with Florida Medical Clinic Foundation of Caring, Quantum Leap Farm welcomes special needs children and their family members for an afternoon of fun at the Farm including pony rides, pony painting, equestrian arts and crafts, games and more! Volunteers are needed to help with all of these activities and need to wear closed-toe shoes and be aware that it might be hot and/or wet. Please contact Imran Gruhonjic for more information at


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  • New! - St Augustine Weekend Trip Spots and Scholarships Still Available

    The trip will begin Friday afternoon, 10/17, and return late Sunday night,10/19. Students will be accompanied by our very own Dean Adams, Dr. Shawn Bingham,and Graduate Assistant Stormy Knight. 

    *Please note: If you are living in the Honors LLC, the Honors College will provide a scholarship totaling half of the expense of the trip. Student cost will be set at $75 dollars which includes transportation, lodging, and tours.

    Email for inquiries on how to reserve your spot and scholarship!

  • New! - Lunch with the Deans

    Join us in welcoming Dean Adams to "Lunch with the Deans"! Enjoy lunch with Dean Adams and other Honors College faculty in a laid back setting with fellow Honors College students. This is a great opportunity to connect one-on-one with important figures in the Honors College. See you there!

    Lunch with the Deans will continue the last Wednesday of every month at 11:30.

  • Journaling Workshop Series

    Journaling will change your life. No, really. Starting and keeping a simple journal can allow you to reflect on your goals, your time, your achievements, your creativity and your life. This sort of self-reflection is vital to making and pursuing goals related to your academics, career and beyond. Come join Mrs. Lanier for the Intro workshop to learn the what's, why's and how's of journaling, then dive right into several different styles to see which one fits you best.

    Wednesday September 24th at 4pm in JPH 1313 (will repeat October 8th, 22nd, and November 19th)

  • Leadership Series

    Through discussion, this seminar series will help students learn about the types of skills applied by leaders within various fields and industries, the factors that contributed to learning those skills, and the conditions under which those types of skills are most effective. Each session will examine leadership within a different industry. Students will be asked to identify two or more leaders in the specific industry and learn about their careers and their approach to leadership. 

    Tuesdays from 3-4:30 JPH 1317 (Tuesday September 30th not included)

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Student Submissions

  • New! - 3rd Bulls Walk and Bike Week campaign AFTER study

    Hello Everyone,

    Center for Urban transportation research (CUTR@USF) has conducted the 3rd Bulls walk and Bike Week campaign from September 2nd to 5th 2014, to promote the awareness of pedestrian and bicyclist safety at the USF Tampa campus. You are invited to participate in the online survey, which is part of the campaign evaluation, where you will be answering the behavioral questions on pedestrian and bicycle safety. Your participation will help us evaluate and know more about pedestrian safety conditions on campus. Please click on the link here:


  • Phi Gamma Delta FIJI Information

    Phi Gamma Delta is the newest fraternity at the University of South Florida. We are proud to offer a unique experience that focuses on the current and future success of our members. We offer two different scholarships to potential members, encouraging them to perform to the best of their abilities in the classroom. Our brothers are offered training in the Situational Leadership program, a management course that focuses on improving a leader's ability to perceive what a team member needs to succeed and adapt his actions accordingly.

    Finally, we emphasize that the fraternal experience is not for college days alone. You can look for mentors among area alumni, build professional connections through the brothers you meet, and always have a group of men that are pushing you to excellence. Of course, as a new chapter, men that join have the opportunity to make the experience they want. As "founding fathers" of the chapter, they will establish an enduring legacy both at the University of South Florida and within our organization.

  • Alpha Epsilon Delta General Body Meeting with Guest Speaker Dr Bina Nayak

    Alpha Epsilon Delta invites you to attend our general body meeting on Wednesday October 8th from 3:30-4:45 in MSC 3709! Dr. Bina Nayak has a doctorate in microbiology and will be speaking about her research, current events in microbiology, and tips for students. We will also being discussing socials, volunteering, and our CPR workshop. Food will be provided!!

    Link: USF Alpha Epsilon Delta Facebook Group

  • Volunteer Opportunity for Honors Students at a Busy Medical Practice

    You are encouraged to apply if you are looking for experience in a medical practice setting and plan on a career in a health profession. This is an excellent learning opportunity.  After completing a certain amount of hours, you may shadow the physician.

    Please apply in person at the office, 11707 Club Drive, Tampa, near campus located across the street from Sears at University Mall.  For questions, please contact Ally at 813-977-2222


  • Advocates for World Health

    Are you a pre-med student or looking for several volunteering opportunities? Advocates at USF is the student chapter of a non-profit organization that collects surplus medical supplies that would otherwise go to waste. They redistribute these medical supplies to hospitals all around the world free of charge! Our organization helps sorts these supplies at the national warehouse located here in Tampa. We are also fundraising to sponsor a shipment of our own! Our next meeting will be Wednesday October 1st, 6:30-7:15 in MSC 3712. Our next warehouse trip will be October 9th from 6:30-8:30 with pizza provided. For more information, contact Melissa Falzon at

  • Camp Boggy Creek Chapter at USF FALL CARNIVAL

    Camp Boggy Creek Chapter at USF will be hosting the First Annual Fall Carnival on October 31st from 4:30pm-6:30pm at the MSC Amphitheater! We will be having games, food, prizes, and plenty of CBC Gear, so put on your Halloween costumes and come have some fun! The event will have a five dollar donation entrance fee with all proceeds going towards helping be able to send money and supplies to CBC!


    Camp Boggy Creek is a nonprofit pediatric organization that each weekend hosts camps specifically focused on a particular pediatric chronic or life threatening illness giving these kids and their families a way to forget about their life with their illness and have a week or weekend of safe, care-free fun!

    Link: CBC at USF Facebook


    Camp Boggy Creek Chapter at USF - a nonprofit organization dedicated to volunteering and fund raising for children with chronic and life-threatening illnesses - is hosting a raffle for TWO CENTER, BOX-SEAT TICKETS FOR THE OCT 17TH JASON ALDEAN AND FLORIDA-GEORGIA LINE CONCERT!! We will be selling raffle tickets for five dollars each ($10 for 3, $25 for 10... the deals get better than more you donate!!) 

    We will be selling them at Bull Market on Wednesdays as well as at our meetings, and at different places throughout campus! For more information on raffle ticket sales and club information email president Tabitha Michaud at  

    Link: CBC at USF Facebook

  • Student Needed to Create Website for Free Clinic

    We are looking for an experienced volunteer to develop a web page for CARE for Peripheral Neuropathy, a free clinic for people suffering with neuropathy. This is a great opportunity to serve your community! Please contact Cindy Tofthagen, PhD, ARNP at (813) 252-0475 or by email at

  • Save a Life Be The Match 5K

    Ready to Walk+Run to save a life? Join Be The Match On Campus at USF for our Walk+Run 5K on Saturday, October 11th, 9am-12pm. Register online with the link below! All proceeds go directly to the mission of Be The Match, the National Marrow Donor Program, to SAVE THE LIVES of those with lymphoma, leukemia, sickle cell anemia and many other diseases through expansion of the registry. With a cost of $100 to add a single person to the registry, every bit helps. Join us and receive a T-Shirt! Like us on Facebook for more updates: If you have any questions, email

    Link: Registration for BTMOC 5K

  • Integrative Medicine Group Seeking Strong Leaders

    CANM (Complementary, Alternative, & Naturopathic Medicine) at USF is seeking strong leaders to fulfill the roles of event coordinator, marketing chair, historian, and fundraising chair. Please apply if you have knowledge or experience in the aforementioned areas, have at least 3 hours a week to commit to the role, and are passionate about health & medicine. Applications can be sent to Alexander Bear at Thank you!

    Link: CANM at USF Website

  • Scare Away Cancer 5K with South University PA Students

    South University Tampa Physician Assistant program is excited to be hosting the first ever 5K run/walk with proceeds going to Moffitt Cancer Center! We are working to reach out to the community to educate individuals on the role of the Physician Assistant in healthcare as well as to promote overall health and wellness.

    This event will be a COSTUME 5K so everyone is encouraged to dress up in their best Halloween costume to help us SCARE AWAY CANCER!

    We will have face painting available for children to make their costumes complete! We will also be giving costume prizes for the best children's costumes of the day!

    This is an excellent way to network with current PA students and the PA community in Tampa. Please go to the website for more information and to register for the event!

    Link: Scare Away Cancer 5K

  • Wishmakers on Campus at USF

    The Make-A-Wish Foundation has come to USF with its new partner, Wishmakers on Campus! The new student organization works to raise funds, spread awareness and connect with children living with life-threatening medical conditions. Working closely with the foundation, Wishmakers on Campus will be hosting events and fundraisers as well as actively participating in Make-A-Wish events across the state of Florida! For more information about how to start granting wishes today, contact President Alec Waid at

    Link: Wishmakers on Campus FB Page

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