Know-a-BULL News
Week of 11/2/2010 - Issue # 137

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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 11/5/2010 Colloquium #2
 11/5/2010 The Amazing Race: Campus-Wide Scavenger Hunt
 11/9/2010 Backpacking in China
 11/11/2010 Veteran's Day
 11/17/2010 Honor's College Concert
 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
* "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.

  • HC Philharmonic Concert

    USF Honor's College Philharmonic

    Music Facility: Fine Arts Hall (FAH 101)Description:

    The USF Honors College has the only honors musical ensemble in the country. Come hear your friends and colleagues present orchestral, jazz, and choral works in concert.  This is a Freshpeople 5 event.

    Date: 11/17/2010 Event Information: For additional event information, please visit:   Purchase Tickets: A Free Event.   Location: FAH 101-Recital Hall Start Time: 7:00 PM End Time: 8 PM

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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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(813) 974-3087

O.N.S. - Office of National Scholarships

  • Attention Science and Math Majors: Knowles Teaching Fellowship

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

    The Knowles Science Teaching Foundation (KSTF) is dedicated to supporting beginning teachers who are committed to being agents of change in our nation’s schools. Everything KSTF does is grounded in the knowledge that teaching is a professional practice that evolves over time, requires ongoing specialized training, access to expertise and resources, and the support of a like-minded community of professionals dedicated to challenging and supporting ALL students.

    KSTF Teaching Fellowships are awarded in the three disciplinary areas of biology, mathematics and physical sciences to individuals with exceptional content knowledge and a commitment to teaching, and who demonstrate professional ability and the potential for leadership.

    Link: ONS website

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

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

    Truman Office Hours--Juniors (Dr. Lucas): Deadline is approaching, Nov 15. Please contact Dr. Lucas at your earliest convenience with questions: 

    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)

    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)

    Gilman Workshop--Study Abroad (Ms. Nanna):  Must be receiving the Pell grant.  Tuesday, Nov 16 from 12:30-1:30 PM in SVC 1091 (go to this link to sign up)

    Rangel / Pickering Workshop--Foreign Affairs (Ms. Nanna): Thursday, Nov 18th from 11:30-12:30 in SVC 1037

    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.

  • 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

  • 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:  

    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

  • New Course Offered for Spring 2011 - Getting Started in Research

    Are you interested in getting started in undergraduate research? 
    This one-credit course is designed to stimulate your interest in becoming an active participant in the research process.  Through classroom discussions, readings and presentations by faculty conducting research, scholarship and creative activity in a broad range of disciplines, you will learn about how systematic inquiry occurs in a variety of fields; what are some methods used in conducting research; what are some of the major issues in research ethics; and how to identify a problem, frame a research question, and design a strategy to answer the question.
    If you would like to be enrolled in this course for the Spring 2011 semester, please email a short essay (about 250 words) discussing why you are interested in research to Ms. Alyssa Cobb at The course will be held on Friday mornings from 9:40am until 11:15 am and will be offered as S/U (Pass/Fail). If you have questions about the course, please email the Office of Undergraduate Research at  

  • 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

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USF Honors College Student Council

  • 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:

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Student Submissions

  • Interested in creating a medicinal garden on campus?

    The Botanical Gardens Club will be having its monthly meeting this Friday, November 5th at the USF Botanical Gardens. Our main order of business is planning for the construction of the Medicinal Garden. If you are interested in volunteering at the Botanical Gardens and/or the Medicinal Garden project please contact Tony Kurian at Join the Botanical Gardens Club on Blackboard to become a member and receive email updates on this and other events.

  • Creative Writers' Club

    The Creative Writers' Club at USF is currently working on some very exciting projects. We are creating an anthology of short stories, working on a literary magazine and hosting guest speakers on the craft of writing and the game of publishing and editing. Meetings are held every Tuesday at 5:00 and Thursday at 6:00 in SVC 1040. At this Thursday’s meeting (November 4), we will have Professor Mark Leib from the Creative Writing department speak on playwriting just in time for the Honors College’s PLAYWRITE competition. All are welcome to attend.

    If you have any questions, please email Theresa Woods at

  • Skate Night: Panama Fundraiser

    The IDH 4200/4000 Panama class is hosting a Throwback Skate Night to raise money for a charity organization in Panama and they need your help!

    When: 6:30-8:30pm Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

    Where: United Skates of America Inc. (5121 N. Armenia Ave)

    Tickets: $10. For sale at the Honors Front Desk (SVC 1080) or from Panama class students. (Skate rental is included in ticket price) Buy yours today!

    Prizes will be given for the best decade costumes! So come dressed up, bring your friends (open to non honors students), show your support and have a blast all at the same time!


    If you have questions, please contact: Sarah Brady (

  • Attention Writers!

    thread, USF's undergraduate literary journal, is now accepting submissions for the new edition.

    All submissions must be in by December 3.

    Send all submissions to: Please include your name, e-mail, phone number, year and each work’s category. You may submit to multiple categories. No hard copies will be accepted.

    You can find this information and more at our new website. We've also uploaded videos from the showcase event.

    Also, look out for updates with information regarding an event in November.

    Link: thread literary inquiry

  • 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

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