Are You Starting Thesis Next Semester?
Completing the Honors Thesis is what will truly set you apart from your fellow students outside the Honors College. It can and should be a crowning achievement. Thesis is the only course you design in its entirety, and often is one last opportunity to do something extraordinary that's truly your own.
What does thesis involve? For what commonly are the last two semesters before graduation, you do original research ("research" broadly defined may be traditional academic research or include writing and performing a musical, creating a series of paintings or poems, producing a video, designing and executing a community service project, etc.) under the guidance of your Thesis committee. Selection of the committee, especially your Thesis Director, is a very important piece of the puzzle. You earn 3 graduate-level credits for each semester. Only with your Thesis successfully completed will you "graduate from the Honors College."
As you are now able to tell, by the time you need to register for Thesis, it is often too late to think about a topic and select a committee. Research professors have little interest in entrusting you with a project if its sole purpose is to fulfill the Thesis requirement and thus is, from the outset, limited to two semesters.
From these observations you will need to draw the following conclusion. Starting in your sophomore year, inform yourself about Thesis opportunities and requirements by consulting with Honors College deans and advisors, advanced fellow students and the HC website. If you are beginning your Thesis Spring 2010, you should be thinking about your topic and a possible mentor right now. This way, you will begin your first Thesis semester doing actual Thesis work, rather than spending precious weeks nailing down the topic and identifying committee members.
Laboratory research is different than other research. If you lean toward doing Thesis via lab research and are not involved in such activity yet, contact the Office of Undergraduate Research which will attempt to match you with a research mentor no later than one full semester before you register for Thesis I. Most labs on campus will not let you do your thesis without at least one full semester of lab experience; two semesters are better. Please note that most psychology research would fall under the rubric of laboratory research.
If you are thinking about going outside your major for your thesis, you will also need to plan ahead. You need to know something about the field in which you wish to work.
If you will begin your thesis next semester (Spring 2010), please email me or Dr. Kleine a statement of the research/creative project you wish to do. This ought to be no more than 2-3 paragraphs and it would be good if you would include possible mentors. I would like this by November 15. To help you, we will have a Pre-thesis workshop in the Honors Lounge at noon on Friday, October 30.
Your satisfying work on and successful completion of Honors Thesis is in everybody's interest. It requires smart advance planning. We stand ready to help.
Thesis Prospectus Due
Reminder for Thesis I students: Prospectus is due this Friday, 10/16. Please turn in with the Prospectus Approval form and Thesis Agreement form. Both forms are found on the Honors Website under: Academics, then Thesis; or on Honors Blackboard (not the class, but under Honors), click on Documents and Thesis. If you still havenâ€™t found a Thesis Director or a topic, please plan to come in and see Dr. Kleine as soon as possible. Any other questions, including regarding the Prospectus Due date, please see Ms. Field.
Now Hiring: Orientation Peer Mentors for Summer 2010
Now Taking Applications for Orientation Peer Mentors
Each year, the Honors College hires students to assist with the First Year Orientation Sessions. These Peer Mentors work one on one with incoming students to show them the ropes, assist with course scheduling, and serve as a friendly face and student contact for all new students.
The 2010 Peer Mentor training will, for the first time, include an Honors Special Topics course taught during the Spring semester. The course will meet once per week and will provide in depth training on USF and Honors College policies and procedures, general education advising, and first year scheduling for each of the colleges and departments. More information on the days and time of class meeting will be available soon.
Peer Mentors must be able to attend every class period, and be available to work every Orientation session, as outlined below. Mentors would need to be available from 7:45am to 5:00pm during Orientation days, meaning Summer courses may not be a possibility.
June 8, June 11, June 15, June 18, June 22, June 25, July 13, July 16, July 20, July 23, July 27, July 30, August 17
An application is attached and will be due by Friday, October 23, 2009. Interviews will be scheduled during the following week and those selected will be notified on Monday, November 2, 2009, so they can add the course to their schedule.
I look forward to hearing from you!
Link: Download Application
Duke Nicholas School of the Environment
On Wednesday, November 4, from 12:00-1:00pm, Lauren Stulgis from Duke will be speaking to students about graduate programs at the Nicholas School of the Environment. More specific information may be found on the Honors calendar. Refreshments will be served.
Link: Nicholas School of the Environment
Afternoon with Dr. Skinner
If you are interested in medicine, public health, public policy, political science or the debate on health care, you need to meet Dr. Skinner this Friday at 1:30 in the Lounge (Freshpeople 5 event). Please go to the Honors Calendar to RSVP for this event.
Dr. Skinner is the John Sloan Dickey Third Century Chair of Economics at Dartmouth College, a member of the College's Institute of Medicine and a Senior Author of the famous Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care. His research interests are the determinants of health care spending and outcomes among different income groups in the Medicare population. He is currently studying how high- and low-income groups are treated differently for heart attacks, and to what extent the better survival outcomes for high-income groups are the consequence of differing treatment patterns.
The Athletics Department is looking for tutors. The pay rate is $9.00 per hour. If you are interested, please contact:
Bruna Zanolini,firstname.lastname@example.org,(813) 974-1426
FreshPeople 5: Public Health Event
The data from the card reader for the Public Health event was lost. If you attended this event please email email@example.com with your Name, USF ID, and a 1-2 sentence summary of the event. We apologize for this inconvenience.
Join the team for the 2009 Tampa Bay Start! Heart Walk
Cardiovascular disease, is the leading cause of death in this country, and claims almost as many lives each year as the next 7 leading causes of death combined.
The USF Honors College/Undergraduate Research team will be participating in this year's Start! Heart Walk by walking and by raising funds that are needed for heart disease and stroke research and education. The walk will be on Saturday, November 14th at 8am. It will be held at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. Each year the money that is raised by USF is given back to USF in the form of grants for cardiovascular research and education.
To join our team, click on the link below and you will be taken to the web page. On the web page, click My Team Page and Join our Team to register online! You can use the online fund-raising tool to email your friends, family and colleagues to ask them to support our team and our cause! The more people we have working to defeat heart disease and stroke-the better, so please join me today!
This year the USF Honors College/Undergraduate Research team fund-raising goal is $1,000.00. However, you do not have to raise money to participate; you can sign up just to be a walker.
For more information about the Heart Walk please contact Lauren Schumacher at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration for Spring/Graduation Checks
Registration for the Spring 2010 semester begins Monday, November 2nd. Students will be able to log in to their OASIS accounts the week of October 26 to view their specific time of registration on November 2 - to view the time once in OASIS, click on Student, Registration, and then select Spring 2010 as the term.
In preparation for registration, we encourage students to call 813-974-3087 or stop by SVC 1088 to schedule an advising appointment. All first year Honors students (regardless of the number of accelerated credits earned) are required to meet with an advisor before being able to register.
Also, please be sure to check OASIS to make sure you do not have any holds that will prevent registration. The only hold you should have prior to November 2 is the Registration Appointment Time Hold (this virtual hold will be lifted once your assigned registration time occurs). Please note that there may be additional holds (cash collections, parking services, final transcript needed from Admissions, etc) that will prevent you from registering for spring courses. I strongly encourage you to check your OASIS account (once logged in, click on Student, then Registration, then Registration Status) during the weeks ahead to make sure that you address any holds that may arise.
For students planning to graduate in May 2010, please schedule an advising appointment with your departmental major advisor prior to registration to confirm that you will meet all degree requirements by the end of spring.
Orientation OTL Applications Available
The Office of Orientation is now accepting applications for OTLs - Orientation Team Leaders - to work during the Summer 2010 Orientation sessions. Completed applications must be turned in to SVC 2049 by Friday, October 16th at 5:00 p.m. Contact Leslie Page with questions at email@example.com.
Link: OTL Application
Pharmacy School Visits - HCC Brandon Campus
Below is the schedule for Info Sessions held at the Hillsborough Community College Brandon Campus about pharmacy school admissions:
University of Florida College of Pharmacy
Friday November 13, 9:30AM - 12:00PM, BSSB 206/208
Florida A&M College of Pharmacy
Friday January 22, 9:30AM - 12:00PM, BSSB 206/208
Archaeology, National Identity, and the Coup in Honduras: The Role of the Ancient Maya
On June 28th, the duly elected President of Honduras, Manuel Zelaya Rosales, was ousted in a coup denounced around the world. The new regime has not been recognized by virtually any country in the international community. New ministers have been imposed, and almost all high-level government officials have been removed, including Minister of Culture, Dr. Rodolfo Pastor Fasquelle. A little known story in the midst of the broader political crisis concerns the illegal ouster of Honduras's Director of its Institute of Anthropology and History, the state agency charged with protecting, restoring, researching, and promoting the country's cultural heritage, including its ancient archaeological past. This aspect of Honduras's national identity is often associated with the tourism drawn to the country's world famous ancient Mayan city in Copan, near the Honduras-Guatamala border. This talk addresses the eerie question: what role did the Ancient Maya play in the aftermath of the coup in Honduras?
Please join Dr. Dario A. Euraque as he answers this along with many other questions. The discussion will be held on October 21 at 4:00 PM in the Grace Allen Room of the USF Library. Dr. Euraque is a Professor of History at Trinity College.
Personal Development Workshops Fall 2009
Student Success Series
Thursday, October 15, 2009 - SVC 2126 (Counseling Center Conference Room) - 2:00 - 3:30 Who Do You Think YOU Are: Increasing Self-Awareness - Leonard Kirklen, Ph.D.
Thursday, October 22, 2009 - SVC 2126 (Counseling Center Conference Room) - 2:00 - 3:30 Feeling Good About Yourself: Enhancing Self-Esteem - Leonard Kirklen, Ph.D.
Thursday, October 29, 2009 - SVC 2126 (Counseling Center Conference Room) - 2:00 - 3:30 Building Self-Confidence - Leonard Kirklen, Ph.D.
Thursday, November 19, 2009 - SVC 2126 (Counseling Center Conference Room) - 10:00 - 11:00 Stress Management - Rick Temple, Ph.D.
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ASME General Body Meeting
When: Tuesday, October 20th, 5:00 - 6:45 PM
Where: Marshall Center 2703 (Honors Room)
Mr. Pete Grotsky from our senior section, Florida West Coast Section (FWCS), will be our guest lecturer and he will talk to students about Marine Engineering and ASME membership benefits. There will be free burritos by Chipotle and drinks too! Also, we will be having our t-shirt sale at this meeting for $10 each. See you there!
Link: Event Flyer
Undergraduate Health Symposium
The Undergraduate Health Council will be holding the first annual Undergraduate Health Symposium on October 21st, 10:30am-2:30pm in the Marshall Center Ballroom. The morning will begin with speakers from volunteering, research, scholarships, graduate school, and more, with the keynote address given by Dr. Alicia Monroe, Vice Dean of Educational Affairs at the USF College of Medicine. The afternoon will consist of a health organizations showcase. Free Lunch will be served and 1 Kaplan and 1 Princeton course will be raffled. All pre health science students are welcome, no dress code.
Link: Undergraduate Health Symposium Flyer
Emerging Leaders Institute 2010
The Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement invites you to apply to this incredible weekend excursion that prepares Freshmen to take on leadership roles at USF. It will be a fun, interactive experience to help students enhance their understanding of leadership and create lasting friendships!
Leadership retreat: JAN 23&24,2010
Application deadline: NOV 11,2009
Link: Emerging Leaders Application
Volunteer and Thesis Opportunities at USF Botanical Gardens
The USF Botanical Gardens are an asset to our campus but it has trouble attracting a resource that is readily available at USF: the students.
The Gardens are offering volunteer opportunities and unique thesis opportunities to Honors College students. Volunteer orientation is on the 4th Saturday of every month at 10:00 AM
Interested? Please contact Tony Kurian firstname.lastname@example.org
Women's Conference - The Female Status
Join us as we shed light on the status of women throughout history and compare it to the elevated status that women gained after Islam. We will also discuss some of the challenges that the modern Muslimah faces in modern times and what she can do to remain the ideal Muslim woman in American society.
All are welcome and dinner will be provided.
Date: Thursday, October 15
Time: 6:30 - 9:30 pm
Location: MSC BALL ROOM C
Hosted By: Sisters United Muslim Association (SUMA)
Link: Click to view flyer
An Honors College student recently started a non-profit organization that was established to assist women in local domestic violence shelters. This organization provides necessity bags that include soap, shampoo, magazines, etc. to aforementioned shelters. Students willing to commit approximately 7 hours per week can apply for the position of Co-Director of Charitable Events. For more information contact Amber Schmidt at email@example.com.
New Parliamentary Debate Program!
If you are a former high school debater or are interested in debating at the college level, contact firstname.lastname@example.org for information on the new parliamentary debate and forensics program.
An Evening with Tom Digby & the Philosophy Organization
Interested in Philosophy & Feminism?
USF's Philosophy Org & the Honors College welcome you to explore "Love & War" w/ Tom Digby! (A FRESHMAN 5 EVENT)
THURSDAY, OCT 15th, MSC Ballroom A, 5-7:30PM
Tom Digby is a philosopher who addresses the intersections of militarism, love, and gener in multimedia presentations. Digby has given over fifty public presentations & interviews in every region of the country. He is a professor of Philosophy at Springfield College in Mass.
This presentation will explore how love became "a kind of war, and no assignment for cowards." In militaristic societies the language of war is not merely a convenient way to describe love. Digby will explain how the material demands of war engender particular cultural ideals of masculinity and femininity that generate antagonism between men & women.
Join us for this FRESHMAN 5 EVENT & enjoy refreshments.
For further details email PHI ORG President Sydney Millett at: email@example.com
Join the Undergraduate American Medical Women Association
In this undergraduate chapter of AMWA, we provide a wonderful network for students during the stressful and often competitive time before medical school. We offer a tremendous amount of volunteering opportunities and help with setting up physician shadowing, in addition to a great network of friends. Join us this semester to volunteer with the children at Shriners Hospital, make dinner for the cancer patients at Hope Lodge, and walk in the Making Strides breast cancer marathon!
Meeting Dates: Every other Sunday (10/4, 10/18, 11/1, 11/15)
Location: MSC 3713
Requirements: Minimum 3.0 GPA
Link: USF Undergraduate AMWA Website