Know-a-BULL News
Week of 10/18/2011 - Issue # 185

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
 10/19/2011 Success in Med School Applications
 10/24/2011 Lunch with the Deans--October
 10/25/2011 Microsoft Hackathon
 10/28/2011 Boys & Girls Club Halloween Party
 11/30/2011 Panama Poster Open House
* "Freshpeople 5 Events"

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Honors College

Dean's Update:

    Mark this date down - Wednesday, November 16 at 7 PM in the brand new Music Building concert hall your Honors Jazz Band, Singers and Orchestra will perform in its fall concert.  You should attend this Freshpeople 5 event to support your Honors Colleagues.

  • IEEE is Coming to the USF Tampa Library

    The IEEE Xplore database is more than a resource only for engineers and scientists.  The USF Tampa Library, along with IEEE trainer and all-around expert Ruth Wolfish, would love to show you just how much interdisciplinary coverage this database has to offer.  With science and technology as the primary focus, there&rsquos also great content in the arts, social sciences, and emerging fields like biomedical engineering and sustainability that may benefit your teaching and/or research.  Please join us for any of the following sessions (each with a slightly different focus), as well as for lunch and prizes provided by IEEE.  Please RSVP Now at the following link so we can get an accurate account of the number of people attending:

    Tues. Oct. 25, 11:00-12:00, LIB209 (IEEE Xplor: Science & Engineering, Lunch Served)

    Tues. Oct. 25, 12:00-1:00, LIB209 (IEEE Xplor: Visual & Performing Arts, Lunch Served

    Link: Register Here

  • Scholarships for Germany course

    All students accepted to the Germany course will receive an extra $1,000 scholarship towards travel expenses. Contact Mr. Lucien with any questions at .


  • Introduction to Art Tutor Needed

    The Holcombe Scholars Program is currently looking for a tutor for Introduction to Art (ARH 3001). Interested applicants MUST have an overall 3.3 GPA, have taken the course at USF, and received an A in the respective course. Applications should be submitted by following the link provided.

    Please contact Andrea Cappello, Holcombe GA, with any questions:


  • Undergraduate Health Symposium

    The Undergraduate Health Symposium is a showcase of many of USF's Pre-Health Student Organizations and Campus Pre-Health Resources.  The event will be held Tuesday, November 8th, 2011 from 11:00am to 3:00pm in MSC 2011 A, B, and C.

  • Registration

    Registration for Spring semester will begin Monday, October 31, 2011.  If you are a first year student you must make an appointment and see that advisor prior to registration.  You will not be able to register without this.  If you are a continuing student and need advising, you should make your appointment as soon as possible.  Advising schedules will fill quickly.  You can come by to schedule, ADM 241, call 813-974-3087 or use eScheduler - link seen here.


  • Permit Request forms for SP12 OPEN

    The online permit request forms are now open for Spring 2012. To find these forms, please go to the Honors website, scroll down to Honors College Forms: Online Forms, and then the form you require.There are 3 permit request forms:

    Permit Request form: for IDH 2010, 3100, 3350, 3400, 3600, 4000,4200 and 4930.

    Thesis Permit form -- A permit is needed for each semester of thesis, only one semester of thesis at a time may be permitted.

    Undergraduate Research contract (once contract is turned in, a permit will be issued for IDH 4910 -- beginning in Spring 12, this course is for Honors Students ONLY.

    Which classes need a permit: IDH 2010, IDH 3600 (Bio-Med Ethics), IDH 4000, IDH 4930, and ANY COURSE that you try to register for that gives you an error message. NOTE: Any Honors student who has not had IDH 2010 will usually need a permit for any Honors course -- be prepared and apply early!

    Note: In SP12, the IDH 2010 classes will be for the Fall 11 incoming freshmen ONLY. Also: Bio-Med Ethics requires a permit -- Ms. Hill has given a list of those approved to take Bio-Med Ethics in Spring 2012 to Ms. Field.

  • Event - Critical Factors in Success in Medical School Applications

    Honors College Special Event.

    Wednesday, October 19, 6:00 - 7:30 PM USF Health Auditorium (MDA 1200)

    Dr. William G. Marshall, Jr., M.D., MBA, Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Vice Chair, Dept of Psychiatry and Neurosciences, Associate Professor, Dept. of Surgery, Adjunct Professor, USF Honors College, will discuss with USF Honors College pre-medical students the qualifications, experiences and personal attributes critical to a successful application to medical school. 

    You will learn the answers to these questions, and much more:

    What constitutes superior academic preparation for medical school?

    How important is the MCAT?

    How important are character and professionalism in preparing for a medical career?

    This is a unique opportunity.  If you are a first or second year pre-medical student at the USF Honors College, this is required. Make sure you bring your student ID card. Only class conflicts will excuse attendance. Freshpeople 5 event.

    Link: Map of USF Health

  • Germany the Gateway to Europe in 2012

    Germany: Beyond the Classroom is your gateway to Europe in May 2012. This course is designed to give students a hands-on, global experience to enhance their understanding of topics such as the uniqueness of German culture, history, language, and the differences between Germany and the United States.  Students will synthesize their academic knowledge and immersion experience as a means to learn about the social, political, and economic situation in Germany. This course will be offered as Arts and Humanities IDH 3100 for 3 credit hours.

    After the Spring Semester, from May 7-23rd, 2012, we will travel to the historic city of Osnabrück in northwest Germany, home to a USF-affiliated university which has been our outstanding host in the past. Our 16-day immersion experience will also include a weekend excursion to Berlin, Dresden, Weimar, and a visit to Cologne. 

    Applications are available now at the Honors College. Scholarships are available to all Honors students (additional scholarships will be awarded to Honors LLC residents).

  • Honors Peer Mentors Now Taking Applications

    Each year the Honors College hires current Honors students to work as Peer Mentors during the Summer New Student Orientation sessions.  Peer Mentors work one on one with incoming freshmen, helping them develop their first year schedules and serve as a guide for their first year at USF. 

    Applications are available outside Mrs. Lanier's office in ADM, and are due Oct. 28th.  This is a paid position for June-August, 2012.  Peer Mentors must participate in a 0-2 credit training course during Spring 2012 semester.

    Link: Contact Mrs Lanier with questions

  • Costa Rica Beyond the Classroom

    Pull out your passport and pack your bags, because we're heading to Costa Rica!  Costa Rica: Beyond the Classroom is a unique Honors International course, blending classroom learning with on-site education.  Students will take IDH 4200 or IDH 4000 during the Spring semester, learning about the culture, history, government and unique issues facing Costa Rica.  At the end of the semester, the entire class will travel together to spend two weeks volunteering on construction projects and a coffee plantation in several locations throughout the country.  Applications are available outside Mrs. Lanier's office in ADM, and are due Oct 28th.  Contact her for more details.

    Link: Email Mrs Lanier with Questions

  • Graduation Fall 2011

    If you are applying to graduate Fall 2011, please go the the following link and complete the Declare your Graduation with the USF Honors College.  We will open the other forms after the graduation application deadline has passed.


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O.N.S. - Office of National Scholarships

  • Internal Deadlines for Hollings Udall and Goldwater Scholarships

    The Office of National Scholarships has some internal deadlines coming up soon for students interested in science and evironmental policy!

    Goldwater: November 16, 2011

    Hollings: November 28, 2011

    Udall: January 20, 2012

    Please visit and click "Search" for more information regarding these scholarships. If you are interested in applying, please email Dr. Linda Lucas at



  • Truman Scholarship Deadline Approaching

    The Truman Scholarship awards $30,000 for graduate school to student leaders with >3.7 GPA plus lots of engagement on and off campus. The internal deadline is approaching (Nov 1, 2011).

    Please let Dr. Linda Lucas, know if you plan to apply this year. We want to get started ASAP on your applications -- they require internal review, essay writing, and letters of recommendation.

    If you are a junior (graduating between Dec 2012 and Aug 2013) or a senior and resident of Puerto Rico or other US Territories, you are probably eligible.

    For more information regarding the scholarship, please visit the Truman Scholarship website at


  • College of Business Corporate Mentor Program Networking Event

    This is a unique training event for students to practice their conversation and interaction skills in an environment outside of the classroom.

    The event will be held Tuesday, October 18 at the USF Federal Credit Union from 6:30 to 8pm. The cost is free and light refreshments will be served.

    RSVP to Tyler at

  • NIH OxfordCambridge Scholars Program and MDPhD Partnership Training Program

    The National Institutes of Health collaboration with Oxford and Cambridge application is open. The USF internal deadline is December 1, 2011.

    We will be searching for highly self-directed students with significant research experience who are ready to focus on a particular dimension of biomedical research in their chosen fields of study.

    Students admitted to the program choose a research project from a pre-existing list of collaborations (see our web site for the list) or are free to design their own project, often bridging different disciplines. 

    For more information, please visit If you are interested in applying, please contact the Office of National Scholarships at  


  • Intelligence Analysis Summer Intern Program

    Exciting opportunity for a paid, 12-week internship for eligible, rising seniors.  We are currently taking applications for the 2012 Intelligence Analysis Summer Intern Program. 
    The application process began on September 1st and the deadline for applying is November 15th. 
    Prospective applicants must apply on-line to be considered for a position in the program.  Interested applicants should apply at the following website:


  • CongressBundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals

    The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX), a yearlong fellowship to study and intern in Germany, is currently accepting applications from students. CBYX is open to applicants in all career fields without any prior German language knowledge, and is funded by the US and German governments through a grant provided by the US Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

    The deadline to apply is December 1, 2011.

    More information can be found at


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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USF Honors College Student Council

  • Boys Girls Club Halloween Party

    Think you are too old for Halloween? Think again! Come relive your childhood with the Boys and Girls Club Halloween Party!

    Honors Council will be hosting a Halloween party for kids from a local Boys and Girls Club and volunteers are needed! Join us on Friday, October 28th from 1-5 pm in JPH 1319. The actual event for the kids will be from 2:30 - 4:30 pm. Activities will include Twister games, arts and crafts, face painting, photo opportunities, and more! 

    Volunteering space is limited and volunteers will be chosen on a first come basis. If you are interested, contact for more information.

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  • Microsoft Hackathon

    TUESDAY, October 25 from 5:30-9:00pm in JPH 1319

    Please join us for our final Microsoft event. The purpose of the Hackathon is for you to fully develop your app. Multiple Microsoft professionals and developers will be available during the session to help you. You do not have to have attended the previous workshops to attend or to enter in the app competition.

    Three Windows 7 phones will be awarded to the top 3 apps, as judged by the Microsoft professionals. Apps do not have to be submitted at the conclusion of the Hack-a-thon a deadline will be determined in the near future.

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Student Submissions

  • Brief survey on plastic straws

    Dear friends, USF is exploring the possibility of eliminating plastic drinking straws from the dining halls on campus. This effort would reduce the amount of pollution maked by the disposal of these straws and simultaneously lower our use of non-renewable resources.

  • 76th Annual of the Florida Academy of Sciences University of South Florida

    The 76th Annual Meeting of the Florida Academy of Sciences will be held at the University of South Florida, from March 16-17, 2012. Abstracts on any aspect of science or engineering, including science eduation, are being accepted for presentation opportunities. The FAS meetings are a great opportunity for both graduate and undergraduate students to present their research and to network with professionals from around Florida. The deadline to submit abstracts is Friday, Decemeber 16th. Early submissions are strongly encouraged. For further information and procedures, please visit the academy's web page located at or contact the FAS Program Chair, Dr. Jeremy Montague (Barry University) at 305-899-3218, fax 305-899-3225, email: .

    Link: httpwwwfloridaacademyofsciencesorg

  • Kaplan Course Auction with Timmy Global Health

    Join Timmy Global Health for our first Kaplan Course Auction on Tuesday, October 25th from 5:30 to 6:45 pm in MSC 3701. Join fellow members and officers to learn more about Timmy, enjoy light refreshments and BID! For more information contact .

  • The United Nations Millenium Development Goals Impact on your World

    In September 2000, the then 189 member states of the United Nations (UN) met at UN Headquarters in New York City for the Millennium Summit. What came out of this three day meeting is what we now know as the Millennium Development Goals (MDG). A decade in the making, the 2001 Millennium Declaration officially established the eight goals to combat the rife global injustices. As the year 2000 approached, the United Nations saw a symbolic opportunity for its members to work together to make goals that would lead to worldwide changes needed in order to achieve equality and global sustainability for years to come. Each of the eight Millennium Development Goals targets a specific quandary that faces the world's poorest populations and least developed countries. Join us at the Marshall Student Center on November 17th, from 1 - 4pm as Professor Jeffrey Sachs, Director of The Earth Institute, Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, and Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University, a panel of local professors and businesspeople speak about the MDGs and how we can become global citizens in the 21st Century. Free food and raffle prizes for those who attend!!

    Link: Welcome to the United Nations

  • USF Counseling Center in October

    Featured Workshops:
    Relaxation and Stress Reduction Techniques Mondays 1:00 -- 2:00 and Thursdays 12:00 --1:00, Every week until December 15th

    Coping Skills for College Stress Tuesdays: 11:00 --12:00 on 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, and 10/25

    Theme and Support Groups:
    Ready to Exhale: A Support and Resource Group for Black Women
    Wednesdays, October 19 -- December 7th, 2:00 -- 3:30pm

    Voces (Voices): A Latina Resource and Support Group
    Mondays, 3:00 -- 4:30pm, October 3rd -- November 14th.

    Recovery Road
    Meets Mondays, 3:00 -- 4:30pm

    Contact Lani Steffens, M.A. Mental Health Promotion Specialist at 813-974-0188 or for more information.

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