Know-a-BULL News
Week of 10/20/2008 - Issue # 35 

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

  • Because Thesis is the cornerstone of the Honors College experience, we have established Thesis Day, on which students are given the opportunity to present their theses in a public forum.

    All graduating students and those who are currently enrolled in the first semester of thesis are required to attend at least one of the 1 ½ hour sessions during the day.  Each session also counts as a Freshpeople 5 event.

    This semester, Thesis Day will be Friday, December 5. The event will take place from 9 AM until 4 PM. Each student will present for 15-20 minutes. PowerPoint presentations are permitted but not required. A 10-15 minute discussion will follow.

    Since there are more students completing their theses than can be accommodated on Thesis Day, we will select a representative sample to be presented.

    Typically the audience consists of other Honors College students, friends, parents and faculty mentors. The presentation is “formal”; the audience is supportive. We will provide time and place details as the semester progresses.

    If your mentor and committee member can come to the presentation, this will count as the required public presentation; if not, you will need to present to your committee also.

    In the meantime, we need to know if you will complete your thesis this semester. We also need the names of your mentor and committee member and a one paragraph description of your thesis. Please provide this information to me by email no later than November 3. I also need to know if you prefer to present in the morning or the afternoon.

    Please remember that our goal is to “show” off your thesis work; we want Thesis day to be a rewarding experience for those who present

  • Freshpeople, please remember that you must have attended 5 Honors College events by the end of spring semester. That means you should make sure that you do at least 2 or 3 events by December 1. Please sign up today for the events you’d like to attend!

  • 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.

    I have 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.

    We have a great "Afternoon with" planned for this Wed. at noon. Linda Marcelli is the former Director of the New York City District of Merril Lynch. She was in charge of 900 Financial Consultants, nine major branch offices and 760 million in revenues. Ms. Marcelli is now the VP of Lucky's Real Tomatoes, a national company which supplies vegetables accross the United States. This is your opportunity to learn about the financial meltdown, the business world and entrepreneurship. Please RSVP now - there are but a few slots left. Lunch will be served.

  • 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.

  • Starting thesis in the spring?

    Come eat pizza and learn about how to pick your topic and your mentor! Tuesday, October 28th, at noon in the lounge (This meeting will replace "Choosing your mentor," scheduled for October 23rd at 11.) Please RSVP on-line to reserve your place and your slice(s)!

  • 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.

  • Hello, Thesis Writers! As the final date for prospectus submission is rapidly approaching, please read this important information to spare us both anxiety and lots of emails!

    1) A guide to writing the prospectus is available on Blackboard. This should answer many of your questions about the format and contents of the prospectus.

    2) Your mentor and second reader should read the prospectus BEFORE the mentor signs the prospectus approval form.

    3) Bring a copy of the prospectus with the prospectus approval form to the Honors College and submit it to Mr. Friday or Ms. Field. You do not need to see either Dr. Yavneh, Dr. Kleine or Dr. Silverman. Don't worry: one of us will read your prospectus and sign it.

    4) Because there are so many of you enrolled this semester (253), we will NOT be sending you an email about your prospectus unless there is a problem. If you have not heard from one of us within one week of submitting your prospectus, your prospectus has been signed and accepted.

    5) If you have not yet printed out (or sent a link to) the Honors thesis guide for your mentor, please do so.

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RED - National Fellowships

  • 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.

  • 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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  • CAS Research and Research Week Showcases

    The Office of Undergraduate Research has been invited to participate in the College of Arts and Sciences Research Showcase as well as the Office of Research’s Research week. The CAS event is Friday, October 24th, in the CIS Atrium. The Office of Research’s event is the first week in November.  These are not symposia or a conference, but rather an opportunity to have your research displayed alongside that of faculty and researchers throughout the university. In order to participate, you must have presented or had the poster accepted for presentation at a conference, including (but not limited to) professional conferences, the USF UR Symposium or NCUR. Students may also display posters created as part of one of the university's REU programs. Send your name, title of your poster, and mentor information to as soon as possible.

  • Undergraduate Conference Deadlines Approaching

    CUR Posters on the Hill Abstract Submission Open, Deadline November 14, 2008—    

    NCUR Abstract Submission Open, Deadline December 1, 2008—  or

    UR is happy to provide funding to first authors who are presenting at these conferences.  Please contact Ms. Carlton at  if you submit your work.

  • UR Website Upgraded,

    The UR website has received a much needed upgrade.  Thanks to the folks at the Media Innovation Team for their hard work!  Please update your profile and take a look around.

  • Artists, Graphic Designers, Creative types

    We would like your help to design the 2009 Undergraduate Research Symposium Poster, which will also be used as the cover for the program. Feel free to work alone or in groups to create a new design for us. Please email Liza Avramenko at to request the HC logo and last years poster. Then, email her your design including the following information by November 21:

    Title: Undergraduate Research Symposium and Celebration, 7th Annual

    Deadline for Submissions: FEBRUARY 20

    Day of event: APRIL 3rd

    Location: Marshall Student Center, Ballroom


    The USF/HC logo: request via email

    Photos:  Stock and past event photos available

  • Want a mentor?
    The Office of Undergraduate Research has many new exciting opportunities in disciplines across the university! Click myUR/Login to create a profile. Take a look at 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 your profile on the website! You receive a free UR t-shirt when you stop by and let us know. 

  • Need research funds?
    UR is currently accepting Research Grant applications for Fall 2008. Click Grants on the bottom menu of our website. Meeting with Ms. Carlton before submitting a grant application is highly recommended.

  • Presenting or publishing?
    If you have published or presented with your mentor or on your own, please be sure to send the pertinent bibliographic information to and cc Dr. Yavneh for university records. If you have received an acceptance to present, check out our travel grants by clicking Grants on the bottom menu of our website. Meeting with Ms. Carlton before submitting a grant application is highly recommended.
(813) 974-6824


HCSC - Honors College Student Council

  • The Honors College is collecting used cell phones for individuals who have been abused. Please dig through your things and help us out! You can turn in your old cell phones at the front desk in the Honors College. We will be collecting them all month!

  • 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

  • thread is the English department's undergraduate literary journal. We are now accepting poetry, fiction, literary criticism, creative non-fiction, screenplays, and technical writing submissions. Undergraduates from all majors are welcome to submit their work for review.

    Submissions in poetry are limited to 5 poems. All other genres are limited to 15 pages.
    Please use 12 pt font and double spacing, as well as MLA format, where applicable, in your submissions.

    Submit hardcopies ONLY to the English dept, Attn: Dr. Schenck.
    Please include your name and contact information with your submission.
    View the Flyer

    Questions regarding submitting to thread?
    Contact: or

  • Graduating Seniors:

    U.S. PIRG, the federation of state Public Interest Research Groups (PIRGs), takes on powerful interests on behalf of the American public, working to win concrete results for our health and our well-being. With a strong network of researchers, advocates, organizers and students in state capitols and population centers across the country, we stand up to powerful special interests on issues to promote clean air and water, protect open space, stop identity theft, fight political corruption, provide safe and affordable prescription drugs, and strengthen voting rights.

    A program representative will be interviewing in the Career Center on Tuesday, November 13th. There are just a few interview times left for this position: On-Campus Organizer and Fellowship Program.

    Students must have a Career Connections account to view more detailed information and to sign up for one of the interview times on schedule #1068.

  • Since 1986, the USF Libraries have been awarding scholarships to deserving graduate and undergraduate students. One of only a handful of academic libraries to offer scholarships, USF Libraries are proud of our legacy of supporting academic excellence.

    Deadline for student scholarship applications is Friday, October 31, 2008.

    Deadline for Coleman Fiction Contest is Friday, December 5, 2008.

  • INROADS is an organization that places talented minority students in internships. I am currently an Honors College student and a second year INROADS intern, as well as an INROADS USF Campus Ambassador.

    INROADS Presentation- Come learn about the benefits of INROADS internships and the application process!

    Tuesday, October 21st at 7pm

    MSC 2703 (Marshall Center)

    This event is hosted by ALPFA (Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting).

    Thank you!
    Mari S. Meyer

  • Fall 2008 Grad Prep Workshops Flyer

  • Hey everyone!

    My name is Nina and I am a Latina undergraduate nursing student working on my honors thesis.  I’m contacting you to ask for your help in completing the survey portion of my thesis.  The topic concerns the quinceañera celebration in the U.S. context and how it affects how Latinas view womanhood and sexuality. 

    If you are Latina and between the ages of 18-25, I would appreciate it if you could follow the link below and answer a short 9-question anonymous survey.  It’s ok if you haven’t had a quinceañera or haven’t even been to one, I still would like to hear about your experience about turning 15 years old. 

    Please follow this link:

    Once again, this survey is anonymous and none of your personal information will be disclosed.

    Thank you very much! 

    Nina Maria Hunt-Villegas

  • Paid Internship

    Gain experience working in a professional environment by joining the RGA team.  RGA is an entreprenural architecture and development firm located in Hyde Park.  Working with some of the very best in the building industry, you will be exposed to various aspects of business from marketing, graphic design, and sales.  We seek to develop the skills and talents you already have, and introduce you to new ones, therefore this is a great internship for all sorts of career goals.  A great transition job if you don't have previous office experience, you will learn about how companies work from an operations standpoint.  We seek hard-working students, who take initiative and demonstrate leadership capabilities.  

    Office Location: 309 S Willow Ave, Tampa 33606
    Hours of Operation:
    Mon-Thurs, 9am-5pm; Friday 9am-12pm
    Hours: 20-30 hours/week within RGA workdays (flexible schedule)
    Pay:    Based on credentials
    Length of internship:  Will be discussed, potential for job


    Must be moderately proficient with Adobe Photoshop
    Works well with a diverse group of people
    3.0 GPA (please explain if this requirement is not met)
    Technical writing skills
    Basic understanding of Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, Outlook)
    Resourceful/Problem solver
    Please note if you have extensive computer proficiency/web development/other skill which you think may be helpful to the duties of the job.

    To apply:

    Email Rochelle Barber at with your resume.  Please include a cover letter to introduce yourself and clarify any information or specific information you'd like noted. 

  • Dear Honors College Students:

    As Interim Dean of the University of South Florida Graduate School and Associate Vice President for Research and Innovation, it is my sincere pleasure to write this letter welcoming those of you who are new to USF and connecting with those who have been with us for a while.   As Honors College students, you have shown your outstanding academic ability and perseverance to go the extra mile to succeed.  These are qualities we certainly look for in our graduate students.  I hope you will take the time to visit the graduate school website at to learn more about what we have to offer and all the stellar graduate programs at USF.  While we certainly hope you will strongly consider USF for your graduate school home, my message for you is that you seriously consider graduate school in general, wherever it leads you.  Graduate students are absolutely vital to the success not only of our universities but our country in that it is these students who conduct groundbreaking research in myriad settings.  As Honors students, you already are or will be participating in great research so you are preparing for your role as graduate students!
    We in the Graduate School are here to assist you any way we can in terms of learning more about graduate studies and preparing for your graduate school experience.  Our Graduate and Professional Student Council is here to talk with you about what it means to be a graduate student and help answer your questions.
    I wish you the best during this academic year and look forward to meeting with you soon in informational sessions.  Our graduate school focuses on preparing global leaders and we know that as Honors students you already are preparing for those leadership positions that will change our world!
    Karen D. Liller, PhD
    Associate Vice President for Research and Innovation and Interim Dean of the Graduate School

  • Mesoamerican Archaeology Field School in Honduras (June 7-July 18, 2009) The USF Mesoamerican Archaeology Field School is a six-week summer research program that allows participants to explore the fascinating world of ancient Mesoamerica through scientific excavation of a late prehispanic village, El Antigual, located against a backdrop of beautiful tropical forests and pristine beaches on Roatán Island, Honduras. As one of the educational components of Project Roatán, an international collaborative between the University of South Florida and the Honduran Institute of Anthropology and History, the program introduces participants to the ways in which archaeology can answer questions about past lifeways and simultaneously contribute to understanding the current intersection of cultural heritage and global tourism. Through assisting archaeologists in the field and laboratory, field school participants are trained in the methods, theories, and ethics of contemporary archaeology. Participants also learn about the cultures and history of Mesoamerica through seminars and field trips led by USF faculty, and gain a broader perspective on the world by living and working in a modern Central American community. Both undergraduate and graduate students are invited to participate. The program is led by Christian Wells and Karla Davis-Salazar, both faculty members in the Department of Anthropology at USF who have worked in Honduras and neighboring countries for over 15 years. For more information, visit the website,, or email Christian Wells,

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