Know-a-BULL News
Week of 10/26/2010 - Issue # 136

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

RSS Feed Upcoming Events
 10/27/2010 Study Abroad Info & Tapas Night
 11/5/2010 Colloquium #2
 11/11/2010 Veteran's Day
 11/22/2010 An Afternoon with Quentin Darrington
 11/23/2010 An Afternoon with Les & Pam Muma
 11/25/2010 Thanksgiving Holiday
 11/26/2010 Thanksgiving Holiday
 12/3/2010 Fall - Last Day of Classes
 12/3/2010 Honors College Certification Form
 12/3/2010 Fall 2010 Thesis Deadline
* "Freshpeople 5 Events"

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Honors College

Dean's Update:

    Are you planning to enter the One-Act Play Competition? if so, please email me now.

    A friend of USF has a grandson who needs tutoring in AP biology. The family will pay well.

    From now on, you may apply for an Honors College travel or competitive scholarship only if you have an up to date E-Portfolio. Directions can be found on the website by clicking on 'E-Portfolios' towards the bottom of the page.

    USF has a competition to encourage future inventors. the contest is divided into elementary, middle and high school divisions. I am looking for Honors College students who are willing to help one finalist prepare for their final presentations. This will require 1 meeting of about an hour and two sessions to help prepare the contestant and to provide support at the finals. This will be a fun project and if your student wins, there will be a $100 prize for you! Please email me if you are interested.

  • Registration

    University registration for Spring begins Monday, November 1st.  The Schedule of Classes is available and the descriptions of the Spring 2011 Honors courses are available on the Honors Blackboard Community website and the main Honors web page under Continuing Students.  The matrix for registration is as follows:

    1. High Achieving students 3.75 >= 12 credits register November 1st
    2. Honors Seniors   November 2nd
    3. Honors Juniors   November 9th
    4. Honors Sophomores November 16th
    5. Honors Freshmen November 19th.

    If you are a first semester student (freshman) and have not had your advising appointment, you will not be able to register until you do.  Please make your appt now.

  • An Afternoon with Les & Pam Muma

    Please join us for an afternoon with Les and Pam Muma, on Tuesday, November 23 at 3:30 in the Honors Student Lounge. RSVP at the Honors calendar.

  • An Afternoon with Quentin Darrington

    QUENTIN EARL DARRINGTON, a Lakeland native and Harrison Arts graduate, is thrilled to be back home! He is no stranger to the Lakeland and Bay Area stages having performed with Pied Pipers, the Lakeland Civic Center, PCC, Florida Southern College, the Polk Theatre, TPAC, Ruth Eckerd Hall, The Van Wezel, USF, Stageworks, Bok Tower, Theatre Winter Haven, Bartow Community Center, and Rochelle School of the Arts. A proud alum of the University of South Florida.

    Please RSVP at the Honors Calendar!

  • Honors LLC- Education Abroad & Tapas Night

    Wednesday, 10/27 from 6:30-8:00pm, JPH 1319 

    The purpose of this information session is to provide an overview of USF’s education abroad opportunities and the international experience courses offered through the Honors College. Enjoy the following speakers as you try traditional German, Jamaican, and Costa Rican food!

    *Rene Sanchez (Student Programs Coordinator for International Affairs) will provide a general overview of what USF has to offer. He will be available to answer any questions you may have regarding opportunities abroad.

    *Reginald Lucien (Honors College Academic Advisor) and Tami Mendelson will provide information regarding the Honors College “Beyond the Classroom” courses that will be available this spring. Mr. Lucien and Ms. Mendelson, in addition to Ms. Lanier, are in the process of coordinating the courses that will travel to Costa Rica, Jamaica, and Germany. (Multiple scholarship opportunities are available)

    *Student Panel- Several students from Germany, as well as other locations, will be available to answer any questions you might have regarding their country of origin.

    Please email with any questions.

  • Honors LLC- So You Want to be a Physician?

    Tuesday, 10/26 from 7-8:30pm, JPH 1313

    Housing and Residential Education is partnering with the Honors LLC to provide this event. Dr. Orlowski and Dr. Terenzi will share their experiences through medical school and beyond.

    Guest speakers:

    -Dr. James Orlowski, M.D.- Chief of Pediatrics at University Community Hospital

    For more information on Dr. Orlowski:

    -Dr. Egilda Terenzi, M.D.- Interim Medical Director of USF’s Student Health Services

    *Faculty in Residence, Dr. Julie Langford will be moderating this event

  • Important information for our Fall Graduates!

    ALL  potential fall semester Honors College Graduates received an email regarding the Honors College Certification Form.  Please fill this out ASAP.  Those who do not fill out this form will not be certified for their Honors requirements.  All Honors College students must submit this form in addition to their bachelor’s degree application. The deadline for this certification form is December 3rd.  Honors College Commencement Ceremony is at 2PM on December 10th in Traditions Hall in the Alumni Center

    Link: Fill out your certification form here!

  • Advising Appointments

    You can now schedule an appointment with your Honors Advisor online through the Honors website. The link is attached.  You can still make appointments by calling 813-974-3087 or dropping by the Honors College offices in SVC 1088.

    Link: Honors College eScheduler

  • Permit Request and Thesis Permits

    Permit Requests and Thesis Registration Requests are now open for Spring 2011. You will need to apply for a permit if you are taking IDH 4000, if the course says you need a permit and if you are a double-major. The Thesis Registration Request permit is required for EACH semester you register for thesis. If you are unsure you have the required amount of hours (75 for IDH 4000 and 90 for IDH 5975), please see an Honors advisor before applying for the permit.

  • The Amazing Race: Campus-Wide Scavenger Hunt

    The Amazing Race: A Team Challenge for Your Mind and Body to Win a Prize! Compete in various challenges to receive the clues in the categories of physical, art, and mind challenges! Start forming teams! Teams of 4-5 people, with a minimum of 1 honors student. Friday November 12th, various campus locations centered around Juniper-Poplar Hall. Keep an eye out for more information to come! Please e-mail your team submissions to the Honors GA, Huda:

  • Exciting New Topics

    The Honors staff want you to be on the look out for some exciting new courses for Spring 2011.  Dr. Marshall (Cardiac Surgeon) will be teaching an A & H course on "Literature and Medicine".  Dr. Berk (Radiation Oncology) with do an A & H course on "The Philosophy of Medicine".  Mr. Gonzalez (Past Artistic Director) with teach an A & H section on the "Spanish Lyric Theatre".   We also will offer 3 sections of AOK.  Dr. Omlor is teaching two and Dr. Balfour (Marketing) will teach a section on "Critical Thinking". These are all new to Honors and extremely exciting.  We hope you will choose one of these when registering.

  • Honors International Experience Courses/Trips

    The Honors College is planning to offer three new international experience courses this coming spring: Costa Rica, Germany, and Jamaica.  In each of these courses, you will learn about the people, culture, and traditions relevant to that country and incorporate this research into your experience abroad. Seats are limited to 18 students per course.  Applications are available at the Honors College front desk. Scholarships are available to all Honors students (additional scholarships may be awarded to Honors LLC residents).

    Costa Rica (San Jose)

    • Course Credit: Geographical Perspectives (IDH 4200) OR Major Works (IDH 4000)

    • Dates:  March 12-March 19, 2011 (Spring Break)

    • Estimated Cost: $900 (not including airfare)

    • Applications are due by November 5, 2010

    Jamaica (Treasure Beach)

    • Course Credit: Geographical Perspectives (IDH 4200) OR Major Works (IDH 4000)

    • Dates: March 12-March 19, 2011 (Spring Break)

    • Estimated Cost: $800 (not including airfare)

    • Applications are due by November 5, 2010

    Germany (Osnabruek)

    • Course Credit: Arts & Humanities (IDH 3100) OR Major Works (IDH 4000)

    • Dates: May 7-May 21, 2011

    • Estimated Cost:$1600 (not including airfare)

    • Applications are due by November 29, 2010

  • Now Taking Applications for Peer Mentors

    Want a Summer job working for the Honors College?  We are now accepting applications for Peer Mentors, who work during Orientation sessions with our new students.  Please see the application for specific days and requirements and contact Ms. Lanier with questions.

    Link: 2011 Peer Mentor Application

  • PLAYWRITE - Honors College One Act Play Writing Competition

    The following are the simple rules of the competition:

    1. 20 minute (optimal)  original one act play - maximum of 25 minutes

    2. Any topic (including controversial) is ok

    3. Individual, duo, three member teams may submit manuscripts

    November 15 - electronic and hard copy due; electronic copy to; hard copy to Honors office

    January 10 - Announcement of top three-four plays selected for performance in early April
    February 7 – playwrights meet with Theater Department representative. February 28/March 1 – auditions for actors March 27-31 – performance space available for rehearsals April 1 – technical rehearsal April 2 – performance $200 first prize, $100 second and third prizes - places announced at performance

    • Acting auditions - early Feb. (this will be an open call to all USF students). Writers and judges will select cast. Writer may choose to act

    • If selected for performance, minimal staging will be available

    • Props and costumes are author and actor responsibility

    • Authors agree to accept judges decisions as final

    Questions? Email
    Break a pen!

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O.N.S. - Office of National Scholarships

  • CLS, Truman, Goldwater, Boren, Udall & SMART Office Hours and Workshops

    Please see below for upcoming office hours and workshops for scholarship applicants:

    CLS Workshop--Language (Ms Carlton): Wednesday, Oct 27, 10:30-11:30, SVC 1037 (come at 10:30 with your application materials. RSVP by emailing

    Truman Office Hours--Juniors (Dr. Lucas): Wednesday, Oct 27, 9-10 am, SVC 1038; and Thursday ,Oct 28, 1-2:30, SVC 1038 (drop in with your application materials)

    Goldwater Office Hours--Soph/Juniors (Dr. Lucas): Tuesday, Nov 2, 9-10 am, and 1-2 pm; SVC 1038 (drop in with your application materials)

    Boren Workshop--Language and National Security(Ms Carlton): Monday, Nov 1 at 10:30-11:30; SVC 1091 (come at 10:30.  Sign up here)

    Udall Office Hours--Environment (Dr. Lucas): Wednesday, Nov 3, 1-2pm, SVC 1038 (drop in with your application materials)

    SMART Office Hours--Tech: Thursday, Nov 4 from 1-2:30 and Monday, Nov 8 from 10-12 in Ms. Hanna’s office (email Ms Nanna first at then drop in with your application materials)

    If a scholarship you are interested is not listed, please email to inquire about a workshop or appointment.

  • Attention Graduating Seniors: USF Undergraduate Scholars

    Attention Graduating Seniors: Apply to be a USF Undergraduate Scholar and Receive a Beautiful Medal at Graduation

    If you have experience in service volunteering, research and a global encounter during your USF career, you may be eligible for the Undergraduate Scholar award.  Undergraduate Scholars receive recognition at the graduation ceremony and a medallion for their achievements.

    To apply, you will complete a paper of approximately 20 pages with an integrated discussion of these experiences and how they’ve affected and changed you. The due date for the first draft of the paper and declaration of your intent to apply for the Undergradate Scholar Award  is November 19 at  4 PM in SVC 1088.  The final paper is due December 1.

    Please email Ms. Carlton at to let her know that you intend to apply no later than November 1.  Contact us at to receive the information sheet and with any additional questions.

  • The Washington Center: for Tomorrow's Leaders

    Transforming Today's Students into Tomorrow's Leaders

    We are happy to consult with you on your application for the Washington Center Seminars.  Set an appointment online at or email us at There may be special discounts for applying through our office of up to $150 off.

    The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars is an independent, nonprofit organization serving hundreds of colleges and universities in the United States and other countries by providing selected students challenging opportunities to work and learn in Washington, D.C., for academic credit. Here are the upcoming seminars in January and May:

    -          Camp David III seminar in January: Those interested in international affairs will have an extraordinary experience, with visits to Middle East embassies and talks with some of the U.S. ambassadors from that region

    -          Top Secret security seminar in May: We are especially interested in attracting science majors to attend the Top Secret seminars

    See  for more information.

  • Top 10 College Women Competition, Deadline December 1

    We are happy to consult with you regarding your application for the Glamour competition, please set an appointment online at or email us at

    Glamour magazine would like to invite USF students to apply for the Top 10 College Women Competition.  We’re looking for dynamic young women with leadership experience, academic excellence and inspiring goals.  Winners receive a $5000 cash prize, recognition in Glamour and a trip to New York City for an awards luncheon.

    Any woman who is currently a full-time junior at an accredited college or university in the United States or Canada for the 2010-2011 academic year is eligible to enter.

    Students can download an application from Deadline is December 1, 2010.

  • AT & T Service-Learning Scholarships

    If you read about the underlying causes of homelessness in a sociology class, you are learning.  If you volunteer at a homeless shelter, you are serving.  Service-learning brings both these two activities together so that you can consciously develop a deeper, more personal understanding of homelessness.  Service-learning is a growing pedagogy that recognizes the benefits of active, engaged learning.  There are examples of its application in all disciplines of the social sciences, the humanities and the natural sciences.

    The College of Arts and Sciences Community Initiative (CI) is awarding several $1000 scholarships to College of Arts and Sciences students who have done service-learning in connection with USF.  Contact for a copy of the application form.  Scholarships are awarded on a rolling deadline, so contact us at your earliest convenience.

    Link: Email us

  • Mississippi Teacher Corps

    The Mississippi Teacher Corps is the most competitive teaching program in the country. The two-year program, designed for non-education majors, recruits college graduates to teach in the Mississippi Delta (and other critical-needs areas of Mississippi) and offers a host of benefits, including teacher training and certification, a full scholarship for a master's degree in education, job placement that includes full pay and benefits and, most importantly, the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of students in one of the poorest areas of the country

  • Upcoming Deadlines: SMART, Truman, DAAD, Carnegie, Homeland Security, Udall, Hollings

    Link: More Scholarship Information on the ONS website

  • Attn Grads: Carnegie Jr Fellows Program

    Attention Graduating Seniors

    Carnegie Endowment for International Peace –Topics Announced

    Junior Fellows Program USF Internal Deadline Nov 29, 2010 For a consultation to see if you are a match for this program, please contact the Office of National Scholarships at or use eScheduler to set an appointment with us Each year, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace holds a rigorous national competition to select approximately 8-10 graduating seniors to serve as research assistants. They are matched with senior associates – academics, former government officials, lawyers and journalists from around the world – to work on a variety of international affairs issues. JuniorFellows have the opportunity to conduct research for books, participate in meetings with highlevel officials, contribute to congressional testimony and organize briefings attended by scholars, journalists and government officials. Junior Fellows spend one year (beginning August 1st) at the Carnegie Endowment in Washington, DC. Positions are full-time and include a salary and benefits package.  More information: 2011 – 2012 Projects

    For more information, contact: USF's Office of National Scholarships at

    Link: Carnegie Jr. Fellows Info

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. Carlton.

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The Office of Undergraduate Research

  • Call for Abstracts - National Conference on Undergraduate Research

    The National Conference on Undergraduate Research is an annual conference dedicated to showcasing the high achievements of undergraduates in research and scholarship and is open to all students in every field.

    If you are interested in submitting your work, please email your abstract to the Office of Undergraduate Research at by the Wednesday, November 3 deadline to be considered for funding. Students will be notified of their acceptance by Wednesday, November 10. Students will then have to apply to NCUR by the national deadline of Thursday, November 19.

    For more information, please call our office at (813) 974-6824 or email Please visit the NCUR website at

  • Study Hints

    One of our students gave Dr. Yavneh a copy of a handout she made for herself about how to study for biology exams.  She thought it was very good and it made her wonder if others had study tips to share.  If you do, please send her a copy and they will be linked to the Honors and UR websites. You can email her at

  • American Educational Research Association Fellowships and Funding

    AERA is accepting applications for its 2010-2011 fellowships and funding opportunities. Opportunities include
    • Education Research Training Workshop in New Orleans
    • Minority Fellowship Program in Education Research
    • Grants Program
    • AERA - AIR Fellows Program
    and more. Please visit their website for more information.

    Link: AERA Fellowships

  • Pearson Anthropology Scholarship

    In remembrance of Melvin Ember (January 13, 1933–September 27, 2009), Pearson is proud to offer the 1st annual Mel Ember Student Scholarship Award. This award is open to all students currently enrolled in an undergraduate anthropology course. If your students are interested in participating in this scholarship, they will need to write an essay or film a short video on the following topic: "Why do you think the study of anthropology is important to today’s world? Submissions are due by December 31, 2010 and must be no more than 1000 words in lenght (essay) or no more than 3 minutes in length (video). For more information, check out at the scholarship rules.

    Link: Scholarship Rules

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Student Submissions

  • Want to spend New Years in India?

    USF is pleased to announce that Dr. Carlos Lopez of Religious Studies and Dr. Pratyusha Basu of Geography will be leading a two week winter break study tour to India from December 26th to January 8th!

    The program consists of a 2-week intensive engagement with diversity of urban and rural life in India.  India serves as an excellent case study for examining the co-existence of metropolitan, urban and rural landscapes and traditional cultural, religious and socio-economic systems.  Our goal is to familiarize students with the process of conducting field-based research in international settings while providing the opportunity to explore famous cultural and historical sites.

    We are still accepting applications for this exciting opportunity!  Please contact Dr. Lopez ( or Ryan Walsh ( with inquiries.

    Also, please visit the Education Abroad website for full program details or attend one of our info sessions on October 27th at 12:00pm or November 4th at 1:00pm at the Confucius Institute CPR478.

  • National Society of Leadership and Success

    The establishment of the NSLS Chapter at the University of South Florida is currently in progress.  We are looking for students who are interested in being a part of the First Executive Board.  The current board positions open are Publicity Chair, Success Team Coordinator, Fundraising Chair, Society Events Chair, Social Events Chair, and Historian.  Being on this Executive Board is an amazing opportunity to display and improve your leadership skills so if anyone is interested or has any questions, feel free to e-mail Krystyn Ramdial at  Also, feel free to visit the official Society website ( for more information.

  • Want to Become More Involved in YOUR Community? BullSERVE can Help!

    Interested in volunteering throughout the Tampa Bay area?  BullSERVE (under the Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement) has great sites for you, so that you can volunteer any time of the week! 

    The sites include:

    Hope Lodge, Community Stepping Stones, Metro Ministries, Trinity Café, Horses for the Handicapped, Urban Scholars Outreach Program, Feeding America, Local Community Gardens, Dr. ANV Rao Gurukulam Program, and Moses House. 

    If you’re interested, please sign up on-line at: or

    Go Bulls!

    Link: Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement

  • Help the Homeless with Helping Hands

    Helping Hands at USF is a student-led organization whose focus is to
    address the issues of Hunger, Hygiene and Hiring
    that those who are homeless or in need are facing.
    Join us at our next meeting Wed 20 at 3:45pm MSC 4102/4103 or
    help us help others at our next outing Wed 27 meet us by the stair in the MSC- 1st floor at 5:25pm.

    "We make living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give." -Winston Churchill

  • Interested in Presenting at a Conference?

    The Undergraduate Research Board will be hosting a brief Q&A session with several students who have recently presented their work at conferences around the country. The panel includes students from behavioral sciences, microbiology, and political science. If you are interested in presenting your own work in the future come see what it's all about! Join us on October 26th at 5pm in MSC 3704-- you do not have to be a member of UGRB to attend!

    Link: UGRB on Facebook

  • GLBT and Allied Pre Med Student Association

    The GLBT and Allied Pre Med Student Association meets every other Wednesday from 6-7:30 in MSC 3713. Our next meeting is October 20th.  If you are interested in joining or have any questions please email us at or check us out on facebook.

  • Teach For America Upcoming Deadline: October 27, 2010

    Watch this short video to learn more about our impact:

    Register online today to get started on your application:

    Educational inequity limits the life prospects of millions of children. Teach For being part of the solution.

    Teach For America is the national corps of outstanding recent college graduates and professionals—of all majors, backgrounds, and career interests—who commit to teach for two years in urban and rural low-income communities and become lifelong leaders in expanding educational opportunity. After their two years in the classroom, Teach For America alumni move into every sector to continue expanding opportunity in the long term. 

    Right now, 8,200 corps members have begun teaching in 39 regions across the country while over 20,000 Teach For America alumni continue working from inside and outside the field of education for the fundamental changes necessary to ensure educational excellence and equity.

    All majors and professional experiences. Full salary ($30,000-$50,000 depending on region) and health insurance. Federal student loans deferred.

    For more information, contact Recruitment Director Tiffany Roufs at 

  • Paris and Venice study-abroad - art and art history, June 1- July 6th

    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 Chantilly and Vaux-le-Vicomte and Van Gogh's home at Auvers-Sur-Oise.   The 2011 program includes the option of an add-on excursion to the Venice Biennale, June 30 - July 6th earning 3 additional credits and students may enroll in the Venice excursion alone.   Numerous students from the Honors College have participated in this program since its inception over 20 years ago and specific course prerequisites can be waived if students have equivalent background or experience.   Students enrolled in this program are 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:   For further information, please visit the website or contact program director Lou Marcus:

  • Calling All Tutors!

    The Holcombe Scholars Program still needs tutors in the following subject areas: Life Cycle, World Perspective, and Applications of Physics to Biology and Medicine Part I. Applicants MUST have an overall 3.3 GPA and have received an A in the respective course. Applications should be submitted by following the link provided. Contact information: Andrea Cappello Holcombe Graduate Assistant 

    Link: Tutor Application

  • SOS 2011 Registrations Now Open!

    Stampede of Service (SOS) is USF's largest day of service! 2010 was a record-breaking year with over 2700 students coming out to serve in the Tampa Bay community. This day of service was the largest community service project in USF's history. If you want to help make history happen in 2011, sign up to volunteer today! SOS 2011 is projecting to have over 3000 students in attendance this upcoming January 15, 2011. SIGN UPS ARE NOW OPEN! Sign up at this link FIND US ON FACEBOOK! INVITE YOUR FRIENDS!!/group.php?gid=165801873431499

    Link: Stampede of Service 2011

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