Know-a-BULL News
Week of 10/27/2008 - Issue # 36 

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:

    The last date to Withdraw (“W”) from a course without Academic Penalty is this Saturday, November 1. If you are contemplating withdrawing from a course, please see a departmental or Honors College advisor beforehand to discuss possible academic and financial implications.

    Attention Biomedical Science majors, as you may have heard, the Public Health courses approved for the Biomedical Science major may also count for the Public Health minor. Please visit the following link for more information about the Public Health minor.

    December graduates: we will be contacting you within the next week with information about the Honors College graduation reception/ceremony to take place on Friday, December 12. If you applied for graduation “late” (after September 19), please contact Ms. Sturrock at to make sure you are included in our graduation list.

    The Honors course descriptions for Spring 2009 are now posted on the Honors College website under Academics/Registration and under Course Descriptions on the Honors Blackboard organization.

    Jeff Multer is the “Concertmaster” of the Florida Orchestra; that makes him the principal musician in a nationally acclaimed orchestra. He is coming to meet you in “An Evening With” at 5 PM on Thursday, November 20 in the Lounge. This is your opportunity to find out about the technical, musical and business aspects of a major symphony orchestra and probably the only time you will ever meet a “concertmaster”. As always, food will be served and this is a Freshpeople 5 event.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Panama: Beyond the Classroom is a Geographical Perspective course which will include a voyage to the City of Knowledge in Panamá. Students will engage in coursework prior to and following a 9 day immersion experience in Panamá. The pre-trip coursework will introduce students to the principles of service-learning, Panamanian culture and current issues, and philosophies of personal and global leadership.

    Applications for IDH 4200 Geographical Perspectives: Panamá Beyond the Classroom are now available on the Honors College website under printed forms and on Blackboard under documents, forms.

  • 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

  • Full Scholarships

    Science, engineering and technology students:

    The KAUST Discovery Scholarship is the general scholarship program of the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST).

    This program is designed to ensure that any highly talented student who is qualified and eligible to enroll in KAUST will receive full financial support while at the University. Those who receive a Discovery Scholarship will receive full tuition support, a living stipend, and summer and career enrichment programs.

    KAUST will offer Discovery Scholarships to all KAUST students – an exceptional level of support intended to attract gifted and talented students from Saudi Arabia and from other countries around the world.

    KAUST will offer a pre-enrollment version of this general scholarship program to students attending first-university or bachelor's degree programs. KAUST will provide financial support to pre-enrollment Discovery Scholarship recipients at their home institutions prior to the University's opening. Upon graduation, these students will enter KAUST as master's degree students in September 2009 and 2010 to complete their graduate studies on a fully funded scholarship.

    For more information go to:

    Or contact Mr. Mejías,
    Coordinator of National Scholarships & Resources for Educational Distinction:  
    (813) 974-3087

  • 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 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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  • Undergraduate Research Newsletter

    The Undergraduate Research newsletter, UR News, is coming at you this Thursday. Please let us know if for some reason you'd like to be removed from our email list by emailing your full name and email to
(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

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Student Submissions

  • This is not an Honors course but we recommend it highly. Dr. Donchin is a long time Honors professor and Honors students like his courses very much.

    PSY 4931, 002 (and EXP 7099, 001) Spring 09

    MW 9:40am to 11:30am, PCD 2125

    Pre-requisites: none
    "Applied Cognitive Neuroscience: The Path from Discoveries to Gadgets"
    Instructor: Prof. Emanuel Donchin

    We will examine several instances in which basic discoveries derived from Electrophysiological, and Radiological, Neuroimaging (i.e. ERP and fMRI) have been put to use in such diverse applications as Brain Computer Interfaces, Guilty Knowledge Tests and Workload assessment, to name a few. In each case, information about how the variance in brain activity can be controlled is used to create a system that can serve a very specific practical need. We will review the scientific foundation for most of the applications we shall examine, which is the P300 component of the human Event Repated Potential (ERP), We will than examine the real world problems that were addressed by the various "gadgets" and the logic that is helpful in finding an optimal means for achieving the practical goal. The process of development, from pilot testing to full scale evaluation will be examined in some detail. Students will be challenged to invent new applications drawing on the rich base of discoveries in Cognitive Neuroscience.

  • Business Etiquette Dinner for Students Flyer

  • 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.

  • Fall 2008 Grad Prep Workshops Flyer

  • 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,

  • Summer ORISE Fellowship Opportunities at CDC

    Undergraduate Summer Fellowships at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH), Division of Laboratory Sciences (DLS) in Atlanta, GA.  This fellowship is open to undergraduate students who plan to major in chemistry or biology and have taken courses in general chemistry or biology.

    The candidate will work on projects associated with developing and applying new methods to characterize and quantitate biochemical markers that are relevant in environmental exposures and chronic diseases.  This includes assessing a variety of markers in biologic specimens (such as serum or urine) and developing reference materials.

    The candidate will be part of a multidisciplinary team and will work with state-of-the-art equipment on topics relevant to public health. DLS offers a stimulating environment that enables summer Fellows to learn about applied analytical chemistry and to enhance their knowledge of public health.

    The stipend for first time, full-time summer Fellows is $2,100/month and the deadline for application is  January 16, 2009 .  Additional application guidelines and contact information is included in the flier. 

    Monnie E. Champion
    voice:  865.576.3306
    fax:  865.573.3816


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