The Undergraduate Scholars Award recognizes outstanding students who fulfill the University goals of community engagement, undergraduate research, and global citizenship. Recipients are identified at Commencement and the achievement is noted on a student's diploma. The Undergraduate Scholars Award rewards the depth of your University of South Florida academic experience. Fulfilling the award's criteria is designed to help you apply academic learning to real-life issues and problems through faculty-supervised research. Further, this innovative program seeks to encourage students to engage in meaningful service and to ''connect'' to the global community.
New! - Attention Biomedical Science and Chemistry Majors
Check out the fantastic opportunity to review general chemistry concepts, enhance your academic and leadership credentials, establish positive relationships with faculty and peers, and gain 3 credits (CHM 4932) towards your BMS or Chemistry major! (meet with your Academic Advisor to discuss if the course is able to satisfy outstanding major degree requirements)
Apply to become a Chemistry Peer Leader today. Applications are due November 4th. For more information and/or to submit your application, visit the link below.
Here is an email the Honors College was sent this week. Please contact Mr. Ariel by email if you are interested.
We are recruiting an undergraduate research intern from the Honors College to help with an NIH funded study at the Tobacco Research and Intervention Program. This is an excellent opportunity for students wanting research experience before applying to graduate school. Interns will help conduct research on substance abuse, with an emphasis on tobacco dependence. We have one position available and we are looking for a motivated student, preferably with a background in or interest in medical sciences. The study in question is an ongoing longitudinal study and intern duties will involve data entry and other research support activities. There is also potential for greater involvement including medical chart reviews and participant recruitment, but we can't promise that for certain. We are looking for a student with a minimum GPA of 3, who is able to dedicate 10 hours a week and commit to a year (including summer).
Please watch the website for details, including prices and scholarship amounts, later in the week. In the past, our trips fill quickly and enrollment is limited.
Remember, if you are an Honors student in good standing, you'll receive significant scholarship support.
New! - Course Permits and Thesis Permits OPEN
Course Permits and Thesis Permits for Spring 2014 are now open, you can find them on the Honors website.
Second semester freshmen taking IDH 2010 will need to apply for a permit. If you are having trouble registering for an Honors course, please apply for a permit!
Please apply early! Also, thesis permits will be given after the first week of registration, as there is no need to rush since this class has unlimited seats.
New! - MCAT registration opens tomorrow!
The Medical College Admission Test® (MCAT®) is a standardized, multiple-choice examination designed to assess the examinee's problem solving, critical thinking, and knowledge of science concepts and principles prerequisite to the study of medicine. Scores are reported in Physical Sciences, Verbal Reasoning, and Biological Sciences.
Almost all U.S. medical schools and many Canadian schools require applicants to submit MCAT exam scores. Many schools do not accept MCAT exam scores that are more than three years old.
Registration for the January-May 2014 exam dates will open on October 16, 2013.
Dates for Summer 2014 - January 2015 may be found here:
If you went to a FreshPeople 5 event and either did not swipe your card or did not receive credit for the event, you can put in a FreshPeople 5 Request! All you need to do is to follow this link, https://honors.usf.edu/f5requestverify.asp, which is also under our online forms page on the Honors College website. Please wait about a week from the event to request credit if it does not show up for you as it sometimes takes a few days for the card readers to get back and processed.
In order to keep track of your FreshPeople 5 events, you can go to the Honors College Events tab on the Honors College website and click on "My Events." It will ask you for your USFID number and then will show you your FreshPeople 5 count, your current RSVPs for events, and your past event history.
If you have any questions about any FreshPeople 5 event information, please contact Kelly Brabant at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This program offered by the School of Art and Art history affords students the opportunity of earning up to 4 credits while enrolled in an art or art history course for the entire month of June in Paris. The program utilizes Paris as a vast resource for learning, including explorations of its museums, galleries, architecture, streets, parks and culture and students experience the city as temporary residents rather than as tourists.The program also takes advantage of the proximity of Paris to important cultural sites in the surrounding region including Chartres Cathedral, Monet's gardens at Giverny, the chateaus of Versailles and Vaux-le-Vicomte and Van Gogh's home at Auvers-Sur-Oise. The 2014 program includes the option of an add-on excursion to London, June 30 - July 6th earning an additional 2 credits and students may enroll in the London excursion alone. Numerous students from the Honors College have participated in this program and specific course prerequisites can be waived if students have equivalent background or experience. Students enrolled in this program may be eligible for partial funding from the Honors College. Applications can be filed on-line at the program's website and students are encouraged to apply early in order to reserve a space in the program: http://usfinparis.arts.usf.edu. For further information, please visit the website or contact program director Lou Marcus: email@example.com.
Registration for spring will begin on Monday, November 4.
First Year Students - All first time in college students must meet with an Honors advisor (or attend an Honors group advising session, if applicable to your major/track) in order to have the Academic Advising (AA) hold lifted.
Continuing students - if you have not done so already, please schedule an advising appointment with your advisor to discuss your academic plan. Also, if you plan to graduate in spring, please make sure to schedule an appointment with your departmental major advisor to ensure that you will meet all degree requirements. Since the Honors College does not certify your degree, we want you to confirm with your department that you are on track to graduate.
Free MCAT Prep Course for Spring 2014
The Honors College is now accepting applications for a *FREE* MCAT preparatory course to be offered during spring 2014.   The 15-week non-credit course, facilitated by third and fourth year USF College of Medicine students, 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 prerequisites 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 Mejias, firstname.lastname@example.org.  Please include your UID#. Deadline is Friday, November 8, 2013.
New! - National Agricultural Innovation Prize Launched
The National Agricultural Innovation Prize is open to U. S. undergraduate and graduate students across all academic disciplines.  The competition runs through Spring 2014 and teams will compete for a chance to win $100,000.
The competition encourages student teams to develop innovative ways and real-world plans to address social and agricultural challenges within food systems to improve the standard of living and quality of life for the world&rsquos population
Student team entries are due by February 28, 2014.  More information about the competition can be found at:  http://agprize.com and at http://www.40Chances.com.
New! - Interested in Biology Oceanography or the Environment?
The Hollings Scholarship for sophomores, and the Udall scholarship for sophomores and juniors, award students with interests in environmental law, weather, climate change, biology, marine animals, and related fields. The deadlines to apply are November 25th and January 27th, respectively.
Attend an upcoming workshop to learn more about these scholarships and other opportunities. Visit ons.usf.edu to RSVP under the "Upcoming Events" tab. The next junior workshops are:
Tuesday, October 15th from 3:30-4:30pm in ALN 253.
Wednesday, October 16th from 9:30-10:30am in ALN 252.
Friday, October 18th from 11am-12pm in ALN 252.
If you are interested in more information or in applying, please contact Dr. Lucas at email@example.com
New! - Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Arts Award Application Now Open
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Arts Award Application is now open! The Phase One deadline for application materials is due Tuesday, November 26. The JKC Graduate Arts Award enables students or recent alumni with exceptional artistic or creative promise and financial need to pursue up to three years of study at an accredited graduate institution in the US or abroad. Awards can be as much as $50,000 annually.
Interested in Studying at the University of Oxford?
If you are interested in studying at Oxford next year for a M.Sc. in a science field outside of engineering, contact Dr. Lucas in ONS for information about a new scholarship that might be suitable for you. She can be reached via e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Are you preparing to take the MCAT, GRE, LSAT, GMAT, or DAT/OAT? If yes, then don't miss out on an amazing opportunity to win a Princeton Review Ultimate Prep Course (valued at up to $2,299)! The Honors College Student Council is holding a raffle over the next several weeks to raise money for Relay for Life. Raffle tickets can be purchased for $1 each at Ms. Cutchens' or Tori Phillips' offices in the Honors College. One winner will be drawn from these tickets and awarded the Princeton Prep Course, so the more tickets you buy, the better your chances are of winning!
Don't miss out on this opportunity to win a free test prep course AND raise money for Relay for Life! Get your tickets now to secure your chance at winning, and....May the odds be ever in your favor!
HCSC Presents A Dark KNIGHT Black Out
Why so serious, Honors Students? Come let loose at our next event!
For one night only, Gotham City will be coming to you! On Wednesday,October 16th at JPH 1319, the city of Gotham will be opening its doors to all Honors College students and will be the site of a BLACK LIGHT GLOW Party! There are NO dress requirements...just come in a white t-shirt and you'll be sure to glow the night away! If you like, dress up for this event for our costume contest at the end of the night! Gotham will have several attractions for your entertainment, including "Wayne Fashion" where you can decorate your white t-shirt with highlighters so they can glow under the black light , glow-in-the dark face painting or YOU can "paint the town" by creating your own graffiti on the walls! You can even buy special Honors Council GOTHAM t-shirts! Come observe the walls of Arkham Asylum and see all their former patients! But most of all you get to dance in GOTHAM! DJ Swann will be providing the music! Come explore and see why we chose Gotham City as the venue for our Honors Council Black Light Party. From the high crime rates & insane criminals at Arkham, to a masked vigilante who dresses up as a Bat, we guarantee that you'll leave Gotham with a smile on your face, at least that's what some guy named the Joker told us!
Gotham's doors open at 8pm, so be there dressed in a white t-shirt or costume...Your choice! Hope to see ya there!
Email your event co-chairs Kunal at email@example.com or Haley at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
HCSC "Dark Knight's" Black Out! (Wed. Oct. 16, 8:00 p.m. JPH 1317)The city of Gotham will be opening its doors to all Honors College students and will be the site of a BLACK LIGHT GLOW Party! There are NO dress requirements...just come in a white t-shirt and you'll be sure to glow the night away! If you like, dress up for this event for our costume contest at the end of the night! Gotham will have several attractions for your entertainment, including "Wayne Fashion" where you can decorate your white t-shirt with highlighters so they can glow under the black light , glow-in-the dark face painting, or YOU can "paint the town" by creating your own graffiti on the walls!
International Film Series (Wed. Oct. 16, 7:30 p.m. Maple C between Beta, Maple Apts and Holly Suites) The Department of Housing and Residential Education Presents: City of God. Based on a true story of two boys growing up in the 1960's Rio De Janiero, City of God is told through eyes of Buscape, a poor young fisherman's son who dreams of becoming a photographer one day. His story narrates the violence and corruption surrounding the city and the rise and fall of the one the city's most notorious bosses, Li Ze. Join us for the film, food, and a discussion. Information on Brazil and studying aboard will also be provided.
ONS Junior Scholarship Workshop (Monday. Oct. 21, 4-5 p.m., JPH 1313 & Tuesday. Oct. 22. 3:30-4:30 p.m. ALN 253) This workshop is for freshmen to learn about national scholarship opportunities and learn how to become a competitive applicant. If you are not able to attend the workshop in person, it will be streamed live through Elluminate at:http://elluminate.it.usf.edu:80/join_meeting.html?meetingId=1294178374652. Please RSVP on the ONS website at http://ons.usf.edu by selecting the workshop under the "Upcoming Events" menu.
Lunch with the Deans (Monday. Oct. 21, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., JPH Dining Hall)
The Stampede is Coming! Are you Ready? Join the Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement at USF's largest service event, Stampede of Service! You can serve your Tampa Bay community on Saturday, January 18th as a site leader or participant. Site leader registration closes on Friday, November 1st and participant registration closes Friday, November 8th…or until full. Register TODAY at http://leadandserve.usf.edu.
See the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace! Watch the sun set over Paris from atop the Eiffel Tower! Absorb the culture of these magnificent cities.
Travel Dates: 10 days between Spring & Summer semesters
Academic Credit: political science, international studies, sociology or criminology. IDH credit pending approval from the Honors College
Course: the pre-departure course meets 5 times during spring semester. The remaining academic activities are conducted online.
Application Deadline: December 1, 2013
Dr. Merrick's London/Paris website: http://drmerrickstudyabroad.blogspot.com
Email Dr. Merrick: email@example.com
Call Dr. Merrick: 941 224 3805
USF Online Application: http://educationabroad.global.usf.edu/index.cfm?FuseAction=programs.ViewProgram&Program_ID=17549#overview
Trip Diary and Videos:
Trip diary from 2011: http://londonparisphotojournal.weebly.com/index.html
Trip video from 2011: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A2plJWT5F-Q
Trip video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=THVArc994is&feature=youtu.be
Make the World Your Classroom!
Applications to participate in the Bulls Service Breaks for the Spring 2014 have opened and are now receiving applications. There are multiple social issues for students to get involved in and help out. Students will be traveling around the nation for their spring break to assist in this issues and will be given a great opportunity to cultivate friendships, add a boost to their resume, and most importantly become a catalyst for change in their issue. The link for the application can be found here: http://www.leadandserve.usf.edu/servebreaks.php. Applications for the Spring are due Friday, October 18th.
Are you interested in traveling and doing community service? If so, then check out Bulls Service Breaks (BSB)!
The Bulls Service Break program provides a variety of low cost, week long and weekend service opportunities for USF students. Through these service-learning opportunities, students are fully immersed in new communities and learn about a specific social issue, while also doing community service.
Our Social issues include:
Youth and Education
Hunger and Homelessness
And Many More!!!
Currently, all Bulls Service Breaks participant applications are now open, and we encourage everyone to apply!
You can find application links here: http://www.leadandserve.usf.edu/servebreaks.php
We look forward to receiving your applications and if you have any questions feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note the following deadlines:
Fall trips deadline - has been extended
Winter trips deadline - has been extended
Summer trips deadline is October 18th
Spring trips deadline is October 18th
NOTE: Fall, and Winter trips take place in Florida, Spring Break trips take place in different states within the U.S., and Summer trips are International (with the exception of our Elephant Sanctuary trip, which will be in Tennessee).
Here is an email the Honors College was sent this week. Please contact Mr. Ariel by email if you are interested.
We are recruiting an undergraduate research intern from the Honors College to help with an NIH funded study at the Tobacco Research and Intervention Program. This is an excellent opportunity for students wanting research experience before applying to graduate school. Interns will help conduct research on substance abuse, with an emphasis on tobacco dependence. We have one position available and we are looking for a motivated student, preferably with a background in or interest in medical sciences. The study in question is an ongoing longitudinal study and intern duties will involve data entry and other research support activities. There is also potential for greater involvement including medical chart reviews and participant recruitment, but we can&rsquot promise that for certain. We are looking for a student with a minimum GPA of 3, who is able to dedicate 10 hours a week and commit to a year (including summer).
The Holcombe Scholars Program is looking to hire a paid tutor for the following courses: Nutrition (HUN 2201) and Microbiology. Applicants MUST have an overall 3.3 GPA, taken the respective course at USF, and received a B in the course. Applications should be submitted by following the link provided and clicking on the "Apply to be a paid tutor" link. Please contact Laura Reiser, Holcombe GA email@example.com , with questions.
Lawrence Krauss The Greatest Story Ever Told So Far - FreshPeople 5 Event
Renowned physicist and cosmologist, Dr. Lawrence Krauss, is Foundation Professor in the School of Earth and Space Exploration and Inaugural Director of the Origins Project at Arizona State University. In his talk, Krauss will argue that, the REAL story of the Universe is much more exciting than the bland myths pervaded by the ancients. He will describe the remarkable scientific story that has led to the greatest intellectual edifice ever created by humans, the Standard Model. It is a tale ripe with drama and surprise, and will take us from Plato to the discovery of the Higgs Boson. Co-sponsored with the USF Departments of Physics and Chemistry. A ResearchOne event.
This event will be on November 12th, 2013 at 6:00 pm in the Oval Theater of the Marshall Center. This will be a FreshPeople 5 event!
Emerging Leadership Institute Leadership Opportunity for FirstYear Students
The Center for Leadership and Civil Engagement is offering a weekend leadership retreat, the Emerging Leadership Institute (ELI), in January for first-year undergraduate students. The retreat is a fun and engaging experience that enhances students' understanding of leadership, gain credit towards USF's Certified Student Leader program, and is a great networking opportunity. Individuals who are interested can receive more information and apply at http://www.leadandserve.usf.edu/leadeli.php . The application deadline is November 15th, 2013.
The Burdensome Expectations of the Colonial Migrant - FreshPeople 5 Event
Caryl Phillips, Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence. Phillips is Professor of English at Yale University and a prolific novelist, essayist, and playwright. He is often described as one of the premier "Black Atlantic" writers and has received the Martin Luther King Memorial Prize, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize (Britain's oldest literary award) and is an elected fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and the Royal Society of Arts.
The event will be on October 18th, 2013 at 6:00 PM at CWY 206. This will be a FreshPeople 5 event!
Fascination and Fear American Popular Culture and the Black Masculine Fetish - FreshPeople 5 Event
With USF Alumnus Jonathan Gayles.
Gayles, a 2002 doctoral graduate in Applied Anthropology, was selected as Anthropology's Distinguished Alumnus for 2013. In his presentation, Gayles offers a critical examination of the representation of Black masculinity in popular culture, considering historical narratives that frame the Black masculine body and Black men themselves. He explores "the dilemma represented by the articulation of the black masculine body as mythically powerful and concurrently threatening, menacing, and dangerous." Gayles is Associate Professor of African-American Studies and Associate Dean for Undergraduate Learning in the College of Arts and Sciences at Georgia State University.
This event will be on October 24th, 2013 at 4:00 pm in CWY 107. This will also be a FreshPeople 5 event!
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