Know-a-BULL News
Week of 10/30/2012 - Issue # 238

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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 11/1/2012 An Evening with UK Consul-General Kevin McGurgan
 11/1/2012 Microsoft Windows 8 appLab
 11/6/2012 Evening with Jeff Cunningham, Associate Professor in Dept. of Civil & Environmental Engineering
 11/8/2012 Cooking with Cayla - Session 3
 11/8/2012 Duke School of the Environment Recruiting Event
 11/9/2012 Lunch With The Deans
 11/13/2012 College of Public Health Information Session
 11/15/2012 The Medical School Application Process with Dr. Marshall
 11/27/2012 Honors Orchestra Concert
 12/7/2012 Fall: Last day of Classes
* "Freshpeople 5 Events"

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Honors College

Dean's Update:

    Honors College/School of Theatre and Dance One Act Play Writing Competition

    The following are the simple rules of the competition:
    20 minute (optimal)  original one act play - maximum of 25 minutes
    Any topic (including controversial) is ok
    Individual, duo, three member teams may submit manuscripts

    Scholarships will be awarded to the winners and runners up.


    Please let me knwo if you intend to enter by emailing:

    Break a pen!

  • A Great Way to get Involved in Research and Earn Credit

    In collaboration with USF''s Office of Undergraduate research, CMM Biology Department, and Dr. Pollenz, I have been granted the opportunity to design a 1 credit hour course designed to improve the skills necessary to succeed in undergraduate research as well as in graduate school or a professional research environment.

    The course is intended for undergraduate students currently involved in research, as their research will be incorporated into the course.  In short, the course would cover scientific writing, literature searches, experimental design, data analysis, data organization and presentation, and the peer review/publication process.  The course will be offered in the spring and will result in an abstract submission to the undergraduate research symposium.

    The class is currently available for registration on Oasis.

  • College of Public Health Information Session

    On Tuesday, November 13, from 5-6:30pm (JPH 1319), faculty members and students from the College of Public Health will be speaking to students about the general field of public health and exciting research opportunities. To RSVP, please visit the Honors Events page.

  • The Medical School Application Process

    On Thursday, November 15, from 5:30-6:45pm (JPH 1317), Dr. William Marshall, faculty member from the USF Morsani College of Medicine, will be speaking with students about the medical school application process. For more info and to RSVP, visit the Honors College Events page.

  • Fantastic Spring Semester Internship

    Here is a bit of a summary for the type of student that might be a good fit and have interest in our open internship for Spring 2013.  10-20 hours per week.

    Our office is looking for proactive intern candidates interested in a rewarding 3-6 month internship assisting U.S. companies and small businesses export overseas.  Students must be enrolled in school at the time of the internship and a U.S. citizen.  Interviews are in progress.  There may also be opportunities for Summer 2013 and Fall 2013.

    Internship can projects building practical knowledge and skills that may include: updating our office''s website, doing market research for U.S. businesses, meet with U.S. companies, attend local trade community events, learn the steps to exporting, attend trade shows in Orlando and Tampa, and learn more about the federal government''s efforts to promote and increase exports, promotion and logistical organization of local seminars.

    Interns can expect to learn about the U.S. Government and specifically the U.S. & Foreign Commercial Service role, both domestically and abroad, in promoting exports, resources available to mainly Small and Medium Sized companies, and exactly how businesses are assisted throughout a network of partners in Florida spanning the Federal, State, County, and City levels. 

    Interns will leave understanding the basics of what a company is required to know and have in place when it comes to exporting internationally and how this differs from domestic sales.  They also may have the opportunity to get more in depth knowledge of some of the industry sectors with which we work the most in the Tampa Bay and Southwest Florida territory.  They will also have a better idea of opportunities for careers in the Federal Government and State governments specifically in the areas of international trade and commercial diplomacy.

    Job Description:

    1. Facilitating the export of U.S. goods and services
    2. Collecting and analyzing export statistics and market research information
    3. Preparing export action reports
    4. Promoting local seminars and international trade shows/missions and putting on local events run by the U.S. Department of Commerce and partners.
    5. Assisting with marketing efforts and preparing promotional/briefing materials
    6. Opportunity to visit and interact with clients that consist mainly of small and medium sized businesses. 

    Rachel Kreissl

    Commercial Officer

    Tampa Bay Export Assistance Center

    13805 58th Street North, Suite 1-200

    Clearwater, FL  33760

    Phone: (727) 464-4166  Mobile: (727) 215-2141

    Fax: (727) 893-3839

  • FREE Honors College MCAT Prep Course

    The Honors College is now accepting applications for a *FREE* MCAT preparatory course to be offered during spring 2013.  The 15-week non-credit course, facilitated by third and fourth year USF College of Medicine students, includes test strategy as well as content preparation. Each week a different subject (biology, physics, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry and verbal) 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 prerequisites 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 Ms. Amy Sturrock,  Please include UID#. Deadline is Friday, November 30, 2012.

  • Walk for the Homeless

    Walk for the Homeless

    There is currently a hunger epidemic in the United States that has been magnified by the economic climate. It''s estimated that there are 14 million children that risk going hungry this year in our country. The crisis is evident in the drastic increase of children that rely on free and reduced cost meals in our schools. Many of these kids go hungry at night or even for an entire weekend. Childhood hunger causes devastating effects including stunted educational development.

    Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate Cares presents the Tampa Bay CaresWalk for the Homeless on Saturday, November 10 at Lowery Park Zoo.  On site registration opens at 3:30 p.m. and the event begins promptly at 5 p.m. and ends at 8 p.m.  Refreshments and festivities follow the walk.

    The Tampa Bay CaresWalk for the Homeless will benefit the Homeless Coalition of Hillsborough County, Metropolitan Ministries, Clothes to Kids, Pinellas Hope, Pinellas Safe Harbor, Trinity Café.

    Register to walk or support a walker by visiting and join the fight against hunger and homelessness.  Registration is $15 for children ages 4 to 11 $25 for ages 12 and over.


  • Puerto Rico Alternative Spring Break 2013

    Join us in Puerto Rico for Alternative Spring Break 2013!  It will be a 7-day trip (Saturday, March 9 - Saturday, March 16th) from Tampa to San Juan and stay in a vacation home near the northwestern coast.  There will be three days of service (no ditch-digging!), likely at a multiservice non-profit organization.  Trip-related ground transportation, r/t airfare, two meals, and lodging are included.  We will decide on two low-cost excursions (trips may be to the only rainforest in the U.S. forest system, the largest cavern/underground river system in the Western Hemisphere, or the world''s largest single-dish radio telescope).  The trip will cost approximately $1,260 and Honors College will offer scholarships.  This trip is not part of a course (so, no credits), but participants will learn about Puerto Rico''s complex history and rich culture.

    Link: Application for PRASB 2013

  • Peer Mentor Applications Available

    Apply to be an Honors College Peer Mentor.  This is a paid position, working the first-year Orientation sessions through the months of June and July 2013.  A Spring 2013 training class is required to be hired.  Apply online at (click on Student Employment).  Application deadline is November 2.  See Mrs. Lanier for questions.

    Link: Job Post

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O.N.S. - Office of National Scholarships

  • November is International Education Month

    Check out the list of events here:


  • Jack Kent Cooke Workshop November 2

    An informational workshop regarding the Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Arts Award will be held on Friday, November 2 at 10am in ALN 252. Sign up for the workshop here:

    The intent to apply deadline is November 9 and the USF deadline to apply is November 26. Jack Kent Cooke has instituted a new two tier application process this year with more information found here:

    For more information and to apply, please contact Ms. Schumacher Chambers at


  • ONS Needs an Honors FWS Student Assistant

    The Office of National Scholarships needs an Honors FWS Student Assistant!

    We are looking for someone who can work Tuesday and Thursday 8am to 11:30am and 1pm to 5pm. If you are interested, please send your resume and availability to Dr. Linda Lucas at as soon as possible!

  • Truman Scholarship USF Deadline to Apply November 12

    The USF deadline for the Truman Scholarship is due Nov. 12, 2012. This is the most prestigious leadership scholarship for undergraduates there is!
    It is targeted at students of any major who hope to work in the public sector (education, social work, public office holder, law,  foreign aid etc.). There is a monetary award of $30,000 for graduate school, a paid summer internship in DC and a service requirement to work in the public sector for 4 out of the 7 years after receiving your final degree.
    To apply this year you need to be graduating between Dec 2013 and Aug 2014.

    You need three letters of recommendation plus a completed application. USF can nominate only four so we will send the applications out to faculty review mid November. You will know if you will be nominated  by early December which will give you time to revise your application before final submission in early February. At a minimum, you need  strong GPA (3.7 or greater), lots of leadership or research, some awards, distinctions or honors, ability to write up a policy proposal.

    Let Dr. Lucas (  know if you are interested asap.

  • Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellowship USF Deadline January 7

    Rangel International Affaris Program is now accepting applications for the 2013 Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellowship! The USF deadline to apply is January 7, 2013.

    The Fellowship welcomes applications from young people interested in careers of international service. For those who want to become Foreign Services Officers in the U.S. Department of State, The Rangel Graduate Fellowship Program provides benefits of up to $90,000 over two years toward a two-year master's degree, arranges internships on Capitol Hill and at U.S. embassies, and provides professional development and support activities.

    Information and application materials can be found at The application deadline is January 18, 2013. The Program is funded by the U.S. Department of State and managed by Howard University.

    Please contact Dr. Bishop at to apply.

  • Want to learn Swahili Wolof or Zulu Boren Scholarship African Languages Initiatives Deadline Jan 7

    Boren African Languages Initiative - Two USF students are currently studying Swahili in Tanzania!

    For a full explanation of the African Languages Initiative, including information on the domestic and overseas programs, please go to

    and look under announcements on the left side of the page.
    In addition, Boren is holding a series of webinars this fall, including two specifically about the African Languages Initiative, on November 8 and December 19. The full list is here:

    If you plan to apply for a Boren Scholarship or Fellowship, please contact Ms. Schumacher Chambers at


  • State Department Summer Internship Deadline November 2

    State Department Internship Application Deadline for Summer 2013 Internships is November 2, 2012.

    Find opportunities here:

    You can also connect with the South Florida Diplomat in Residence Mr. Edward Loo on FB - Search for DIRSouthFlorida


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. Schumacher.

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USF Honors College Student Council

  • HCSC Harry Potter Party

    This Halloween, his journey is now yours as the Honors College Student Council brings the excitement of Harry Potter to USF! Join us for a night filled with trivia, cool prizes, dancing, those famous Hogwarts Express treats, and our very own Triwizard tournament.

    When you enter, you will be sorted into one of the four Houses so feel free to show your colors. We invite you to wear your robes, scarves, ties, and bring your wands (of course we are going to have a costume contest)!

    Bring your friends...or better yet, bring your entire pod! Not to worry...we will bring the Butterbeer!

    The event takes place October 30, 2012 from 8 - 10:30 PM in JPH 1317. Remember the password...Acid pops!

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  • Microsoft Windows 8 appLab Workshop

    App developers in the making, come enjoy a night of free development support with:

    Free live technical support!
    Design assistance for Windows 8 development!
    Free Food!
    Prizes for ALL Windows 8 participants!

    November 1, 2012

    5:30-9:30 pm

    JPH 1319

    Please refer to the Honors College Calendar for program specifics and requirements!

    FreshPeople 5 Event!

  • Get Connected to the HLLC

    If you are not connected to the Honors LLC Facebook and Twitter pages yet, you're missing out! Pictures from the luau are available via those sites and these sites are being consistently updated with new information. Log on and connect with the LLC today!

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Student Submissions

  • Interested in an Eating DisorderBody Image Support Group

    There is a small group of USF students, undergrad and graduate alike, trying to form a support group on campus to deal with body image and disordered eating. If you are interested, please contact us at

  • Washington Semester

    USF is affiliated with the WASHINGTON SEMESTER PROGRAM of American University (AU) in Washington, D.C. Our students are eligible to study for one semester at one of the country's most prestigious private universities and take advantage of, among other privileges, the oldest internship program of its kind in the nation's capital. The program offers classes in the following specialties:

    American Politics, Global Economics and Business, Foreign Policy, International Law and Organizations, Justice and Law (Criminal Justice or Public Law), Peace and Conflict Resolution, Journalism and New Media, International Environment and Development, Transforming Communities, and The Middle East and World Affairs.

    Applications can be submitted at  November 1 is their priority deadline. Please see Dr. Kleine who will have to endorse your application and have much additional information, including advice on how to receive help paying for the experience.

    Link: Washington Semester Website

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