Know-a-BULL News
Week of 10/20/2009 - Issue # 84

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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 10/21/2009 "Recommendation Letters" Workshop
 10/23/2009 An Afternoon with: Attorney Rhea Law
 10/26/2009 "Poster Design" Workshop
 10/26/2009 Honors Council General Meeting
 10/28/2009 An Evening with: Richard Lazzara
 10/28/2009 Documentary: Invisible Children ...
 10/30/2009 Pre-Thesis Workshop w/the Deans
 10/31/2009 Drop Deadline - Fall 2009
 10/31/2009 HCSC Boys and Girls Club
 11/2/2009 Honors Council General Meeting
* "Freshpeople 5 Events"

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Honors College

Dean's Update:

    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.

  • Meet the Head of USF's Board of Trustees and an Environmental Lawyer

    Not many students get the opportunity to meet and talk with the Chair of USF's Board of Trustees. This is the group that approves your tuition and other critical policies and Ms. Law will answer the tough questions. Rhea Law is also one of the most prominent lawyers in town, spcializing in enviromental issues.

    Do not miss the chance to talk with her on Friday. RSVP in the usual fashion, please.

  • Global Health Essay -- Win $1000

    The CSIS Commission on Smart Global Health is seeking essay submissions that answer the following question in 500-800 words by midnight, November 20th 2009:

    "What is the most important thing the U.S. can do to improve global health over the next 15 years?"


  • Thesis and Permit Forms

    The Thesis Registration and Permit Request forms for Spring 2010 are now available on the Honors College website under "Online Forms".

  • Fall 2009 Honors College Graduation Ceremony

    The Fall 2009 Honors Graduation Ceremony will take place on Friday, December 11, at 3:30pm in Traditions Hall of the Alumni Center. Invitations will be emailed to potential graduates in late October.

  • Lunch Discussion on Recent Political and Historical Events in Honduras

    Please join us for an informal lunch discussion on recent political and historical events in Honduras with Dr. Dario A. Eurauqe, Professor of History, Trinity College.

    Wednesday, October 21 at 12:30pm SOC 37

    Sponsored by the Department of Anthropology and the Institute for the Study of Latin America and the Caribbean

    For more information, contact Christian Wells,

  • 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!
    Cayla Lanier

    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

  • 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


  • 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.

  • 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

  • Personal Development Workshops Fall 2009

    Student Success Series
    Fall 2009

    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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(813) 974-3087

RED - National Fellowships

  • Are you interested in health policy?

    The Barbara Jordan Health Policy Scholars Program brings talented college seniors and recent graduates to Washington, D.C., where they are placed in congressional offices and learn about health policy issues, with a focus on issues affecting racial and ethnic minority and under-served communities.

    Link: KFF/Jordan Scholars Program

  • Are you interested in law school?

    The 19th Annual Summer for Undergraduates Program will take place May 17-June 11, 2010. Applications will be accepted beginning October 1, 2009, and must be postmarked by Friday, March 26, 2010.

    Link: FSU Summer Law Program

RED has information on a wide variety of Scholarships and fellowships for graduate study. Please check the RED website and speak with Mr. Mejias.

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The Office of Undergraduate Research

  • Volunteers Needed on Halloween Day

    One of our research and honors alumna is now managing a pediatric office that is holding a Fall Festival at Riverhills park on October 31st. If you would like to volunteer to run an activity or just be a good worker bee please email Mimi Ghosh by October 23rd.

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USF Honors College Student Council

  • Honors Council Facebook

    Add USF HCSC as a friend on Facebook to get the newest updates and event information about the Honors Council!

    Link: USF HCSC Facebook

  • The Pulse

    The Pulse has finished its transition from newsletter to blog, and is now up and running! You can view it at If you have a Twitter, be sure to follow @usfhcsc to stay informed about events, meetings, and general reminders related to the Council.

    The Pulse is always looking for writers interested in covering events, sharing their opinion, or showcasing their creative writing. We are also looking for anyone interested in making short videos of events or speakers that can be shared on the blog and throughout the Honors College. Those with a background in film making are preferred. If interested, or if you have any questions, e-mail

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Student Submissions

  • 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


  • New Parliamentary Debate Program!

    If you are a former high school debater or are interested in debating at the college level, contact 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:

  • 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
    Time: 5:00-6:30pm
    Requirements: Minimum 3.0 GPA

    Link: USF Undergraduate AMWA Website

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