Know-a-BULL News #386
Know-a-BULL News
Week of 10/20/2015 - Issue # 386

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

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 10/22/2015 Lunch with the Deans
 10/23/2015 Goldwater Scholarship Workshop
 10/23/2015 Public Service Workshop
 10/24/2015 Scavenger Hunt through Tampa's Historical District
 10/28/2015 Body of Research: Training
 10/28/2015 HCSC Haunted House
 10/30/2015 DAAD Scholarship Workshop
 10/30/2015 Personal Statement Workshop
 11/4/2015 Information Session: Conflict Transformation in Northern Ireland
 11/5/2015 Sports, Business & Philanthropy: A Conversation with Jeff Vinik
* Freshpeople 5 Events
* LLC Events
* PSP Events
* TOE Events
* Special Scholars Events

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Honors College

Dean's Update:

  • New! - Spring 2016 Registration

    Spring 2016 Registration is approaching. The first day of registration is Monday, November 2, 2015.

    You may read about the available courses under Course Descriptions. In the green column on the Honors website, click on Current Students, scroll down to Course Descriptions (change the date to Spring 2016) and click submit. The course descriptions are updated daily to reflect new information from the instructors.

    Permits and Thesis Permits for Spring semester, 2016, are now open. The Permit form and Thesis Permit form can be found on the Honors website. Look in the green column along the left-hand side and click on Honors College Forms: Online Forms, and scroll down to the permit form you need. If you want to take IDH 4910, Undergrad Research, print out the contract found in Honors College Forms: Printable forms, have it completed and signed by your Research Mentor, and bring it to Joan Field. All Thesis classes require a permit. If you have problems registering for a course, request a permit for it. If you have any questions, please contact your advisor, or Ms. Field.




  • New! - Free MCAT Prep Course Spring 2016

    Applications are now being accepted for the *FREE* Honors College/Chowdhari MCAT preparatory course to be offered during Spring 2016.  This 15-week non-credit course includes testing strategies, as well as content preparation.  Each week a different subject (biology, physics, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, and verbal reasoning) 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 pre-requisites 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 Mejías:  Please include your UID#.  The application deadline is Friday, November 13, 2015.

  • New! - Sports, Business, and Philanthropy: a Conversation with Jeff Vinik

    Jeff Vinik is the owner of the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Tampa Bay Storm - as well as principal with Strategic Property Partners.  An exceptional fund manager who has transitioned into new roles as an entrepreneur and civic leader, he is a sought-after speaker who inspires passion. 

    At this lecture, cosponsored by the USF Muma College of Business and the USF Honors College, the Duke and Harvard alumnus will discuss sports, business, and philanthropy - three of the cornerstones of his career.

    RSVP is NECESSARY.  For more information, visit the link below.


    Link: Sports, Business, & Philanthropy: a Conversation with Jeff Vinik

  • New! - Paid Tutoring Position


    The Jenkins Scholarship Programs is looking for tutors for the Fall 2015 semester in the following course:

    o Precalc Algebra/Trigonometry (MAC 1147)

    Applicants MUST have an overall 3.3 GPA, have taken MAC 1147 at USF, and have received at least an A in the course.  Applications should be submitted by following the link provided and clicking on the "Apply to be a paid tutor" link. 

    If you have any questions please contact Brenae Hillard, the Jenkins GA, at


    Link: Apply to be a Paid Tutor

  • Important notice to all thesis I prospectus students

    The deadline to turn in your prospectus has been extended to Oct 31, 2015. You may  turn in your paperwork and thesis to the front desk starting now. All students who have turned in their prospectus will be able to register for thesis II and move on toward graduation.

    Students who have not turned in their prospectus and required forms will not be able to register for thesis II. Priority registration privileges given to HC students may also be withdrawn. Please also know that failure to complete this course work may also delay your graduation as this course and thesis II (the second course) counts toward completing your mandated educational requirements for many majors.

    Please see your HC advisor if you have any questions about completing the Honors College curriculum.

  • Education Abroad Opportunities

    The Honors College is proud to announce the opening of our travel abroad opportunities for this academic year.  Students will be able to select from five different countries to travel to and experience.

    For 2016, the currently offered destinations are:

    St. Lucia (Application not yet active)

    London, England

    Madrid, Spain

    Panama City, Panama

    Osnabrück, Germany

    Hanoi, Vietnam (Application Not Yet Active)

    Peru (application not yet active)

    For further information about each trip, click on the country to be redirected to its Education Abroad brochure.

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O.N.S. - Office of National Scholarships

  • Learn how to write an effective personal statement for National Scholarship applications

    Please join us for an informational workshop on the process of writing a personal statement. We encourage current national scholarship applicants and students thinking about applying for a national scholarship in the future to attend. Two workshops will be given by writing consultant, Lacie Meier, on October 30 at 2:00pm in ALN 252, and November 13 at 1:00pm in ALN 252. To sign up for a workshop, please visit the ONS Upcoming Events Calendar at


  • Freshmen and Sophomores: Study Abroad in the United Kingdom next summer

    Join us for an informational workshop regarding the Fulbright UK Summer Institute Program and application process.  Participants in these programs will get the opportunity to experience an exciting academic program at a highly regarded UK University, explore the culture, heritage and history of the UK, and develop their academic ability by improving presentation, research, and communication skills. This workshop will take place on November 12 at 3:00pm in JPH 1317. To sign up for the workshop, please visit the ONS Upcoming Events Calendar at


  • Looking for long term critical language study abroad

    Join us for an informational workshop regarding the Boren Scholarship application and application process. Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. This workshop will take place November 6 at 2:00pm in ALN 252. To sign up for the workshop, please visit the ONS Upcoming Events Calendar at



  • Study Abroad in Germany through the DAAD Program

    This workshop will discuss the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). DAAD offers a variety of study, internship, and research opportunities for undergraduates and graduates.  You can learn German, study German history and culture, work in a research lab, or intern in an industry for a semester, an academic year, or for a summer. This workshop will be held on October 30 at 1pm in ALN 252. To sign up for the workshop, please visit the ONS Upcoming Events Calendar at


  • Interested in a career in public service?

    This workshop will discuss applications for national scholarship opportunities that focus on careers in public service such as the Truman, Udall, and Pickering, as well as other public service focused scholarships. There will be two workshops, one held on September 25 at 10:00am in ALN 233, and another on October 23 at 10:00am in ALN 233. To sign up for a workshop, please visit the ONS Upcoming Events Calendar at


  • Funding for undergraduate research -- Goldwater Scholarships

    You are invited to attend a workshop on the Goldwater Scholarship program, the most prestigious scholarship program in the country for undergraduate scientific research.  The Goldwater Scholarship covers undergraduate expenses up to $7,500 for 1-2 years for students planning research careers in mathematics, natural sciences, or engineering. This opportunity is for sophomores and juniors, typically with a 3.9 GPA or higher. There will be two workshops, one held on September 25 at 11:00am in ALN 233 and another one on October 23 at 2pm in ALN 252. To sign up for a workshop, please visit the ONS Upcoming Events Calendar 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. Chambers.

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Speical Programs

  • London Paris with Dr Merrick May 5 to 15, 2016

    Absorb the culture of these magnificent cities with guided tours and special events. The best 10 days of your life! Three Academic Credits: political science, international studies, sociology or criminology. Credit in other depts by request. Course: the pre-departure course meets 5 times during spring semester.  The remaining academic activities conducted online.  Cost: TBD, approximately $2500 (plus tuition).  Application Deadline: December 1, 2015, however, this program usually fills before the official deadline.  More information and a complete itinerary:  Call or Email Dr. Merrick: or 941-224-3805


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USF Honors College Student Council

  • New! - HCSC Haunted House

    Hey Bulls, 
    Are you ready to be scared? Dare to brave the dark? Bring your fellow Bulls out Wednesday, October 28th, to the Honors College Haunted House. The fairy tales have gone awry, now they''re "Happily NEVER After!"  Starting at 8 PM, Disney''s greatest characters will come to wreak havoc in the Allen building.  We will also be selling snacks to raise money for Relay for Life, so bring cash!  Just remember, its a small... small... world...

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    Most people are wasting a lot of time in the gym! DON'T BE ONE OF THEM! Research in sports science and body composition gives us a lot of answers on how to work out to reach your fitness goals and look the way you want. So whether you want to gain or lose weight, the research has something to say to you. During this workshop, you will have the opportunity to develop your own workout plan, and you will leave knowing what to do to make quicker progress toward your goals!

    Wednesday October 28th

    Time: 6:30pm Location: JPH 1317


    Get a group of friends, classmates, or pod-mates together and conquer the city of Tampa! This Scavenger Hunt will take you through Ybor City, Channelside, and downtown Tampa. You will compete to win the glorious title of Scavenger Hunt Champions (and small prizes) while learning about historical, architectural, and cultural landmarks throughout the city. End the day with a shared lunch in the heart of Tampa! Be sure to email Ashley Hinton at with your team name! We will meet in the JP Lobby at 10:30am to head down. Transportation WILL NOT be provided.

    Saturday October 24th

    Time: 10:30am Location:  Juniper Lobby


    Don't miss out on this great opportunity to meet your deans in a casual, laid back setting. Dr. Adams and Dr. Bingham will be joining you at JP Dining to chat about classes, future plans, or just life in general. If you don't have a meal plan, we will cover your lunch. We look forward to seeing you there!

    Thursday October 22nd

    Time: 11:30am-1:00pm Location:  JP Dining


    Want to lose weight? Want to get big? Have some sports-related goals? Be aware that most common nutritional advice is FALSE! Come find out what recent research in sports nutrition and body composition says about this important topic. During this session, you will design your own nutritional plan based on scientific evidence. You will leave with a much better understanding of how you should eat to turn your goals into reality!

    Wednesday October 21st

    Time: 6:30pm Location: JPH 1317

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Student Submissions

  • New! - Undergraduate Research Opportunity

    Dr. Guida's lab is currently looking for an undergraduate researcher to join the lab. Dr. Guida's research is multifaceted but focuses on the discovery of new medicines for the treatment of cancer and infectious diseases. The position requires a background in programming and a familiarity with Python, C, C++ and/or Perl. If you would like more information on the lab, please check out our website at If you are interested in the position, please contact the lab at and cc

  • Celebrate Halloween in style while fundraising for care packages for local homeless youth

    Come on out to celebrate Halloween in style with a trail run while raising money to provide basic needs for the homeless of Tampa Bay! The Trick or Trot 5k Fun Run/Walk is a fundraising event held by the non-profit organization Hope for the Homeless at USF. This Halloween Costume Fun Run will be held at the USF Campus Recreation Trails at USF Tampa on October 24th at 9 am. All ages are encouraged to participate and there will be costume contest and raffles to offer fun for the whole family! There will be prizes for top runners and contest winners! *Race participation fee is only $15 and includes a free t-shirt! All donations will go towards funding highly demanded care packages and food gift cards that will be donated to the homeless patients of Ybor Youth Clinic! Every dollar will be going straight into our community to help feed and provide for homeless young adults living in Tampa Bay.*

    Link: Sign up link

  • Bulls Service Breaks Information Night

    Bulls Service Breaks (BSB) is an organization dedicated to providing service trips during Spring Break for students at USF. Our trips cover a wide variety of social issues that provide direct, impactful service for our students. Come learn all about the BSB mission and application process at our BSB Information Night! The event will take place on Tuesday, November 17 in MSC 3707 from 6:00 - 7:30 pm. We will have our Board Members and Site Leaders around ready to answer your questions and give you all the necessary information to experience a life changing BSB trip! Applications for our Participants will open the same evening through BullSync, on Tuesday November 17. Learn more about BSB at our website!

    Link: website

  • USF in Northern Ireland Study Abroad Opportunity

    Interested in learning about peace building and conflict reconciliation? Then join the Global and International Affairs Department for USF in Northern Ireland program on Conflict Transformation. Over the course of three weeks students will get the opportunity to attend lectures led by leading academics hosted by Queens University and will be able to visit locations around Belfast that have been impacted by this country's history. Some of the issues that will be addressed in these lectures and site visits are types of transitional justice, understanding conflict, mediating conflict, and inclusion and exclusion in transitional societies. 

    Link: Northern Ireland Study Abroad Opportunity

  • USF HOSA Future Health Professionals Princeton Raffle

    Looking for a Princeton course? USF HOSA is raffling one! Each ticket is $20 and you can submit more than one ticket. The winner of the raffle will be announced on Friday, December 4th, 2015 (end of fall semester). The last day to submit a ticket is Thursday, December 3rd, 2015. The winner can choose a MCAT, LSAT, GMAT, or GRE Princeton course.

    Buy a ticket during one of these times:

    1) HOSA General Meetings: MSC 2709, Tuesdays, 7:30pm-8:30pm, 10/6, 11/3, 11/24.

    2) HOSA Officer Meetings: MSC 3rd Floor CSI, Tuesdays, 7:30pm-8:30pm on weeks without general meetings.

    3) HOSA Office Hours: MSC 1st floor, Einsteins. Mondays: 4pm-5pm, Tuesdays: 2pm-3pm , Wednesdays: 11am-12pm, Thursdays: 2pm-3pm.


    Email if you have any questions!


  • USF HOSA Future Health Professionals Club

    Are you interested or may be interested in a medical career? Are you looking for an organization to develop leadership skills and character but at the same time have fun and gain recognition at regional, state, and national competitions? Do you want to make a difference nation-wide towards HOSA's national service project of raising awareness and supporting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society? Maybe you want to explore something new? This is the club for you!

    HOSA: Future Health Professionals aims to develop skills through motivation, recognition, and awareness to increase the delivery of compassionate, quality health care to the community. The national organization provides opportunities to increase knowledge, develop leadership skills, enhance character, gain friendships, build self-confidence, increase involvement in the local and national community, and so much more. Even if you're not interested in the medical field, this organization can help you become a more well-rounded individual!

    Our meetings dates are on Tuesdays (9/15, 10/6, 11/3, 11/24) from 7:30-8:30pm at MSC 2709. There will be free food! Come check us out! 

    Add us on BullSync and on Facebook to get updates quicker and email Kathryn Ospino ( if you have any questions.




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