Because Thesis is the cornerstone of the Honors College experience, we have established Thesis Day, when students are given the opportunity to present their theses in a public forum, either orally or by poster.
All graduating students and those who are currently enrolled in the first semester of thesis are required to attend at least one of the 90 minute sessions during the day. Each session also counts as a Freshpeople 5 event.
This semester, Thesis Day will be Friday, December 4. The event will take place from 9 AM until 4 PM. Oral presentations will be 15-20 minutes. PowerPoint presentations are permitted but not required. A 10-15 minute discussion will follow. Poster presenters will be with their posters for one a 90 minute session. If you are selected to do a poster, we will offer advice on its production.
All sessions will take place in SVC classrooms; the posters will be displayed in the Honors Lounge.
Since there are more students completing their theses than can be accommodated on Thesis Day, we will select a representative sample to be presented. We will notify you for which format you have been selected. In the event that you are not selected, please know that it has nothing to do with perceived quality; it has only to do with available space and time.
Typically the audience consists of other Honors College students, friends, parents and faculty mentors. The poster and oral presentations are "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 Thesis Day, this will count as the required public presentation; if not, you will need to present to your committee also.
If you will finish your thesis this semester, please fill out the Thesis Day Registration Form which you can find on the Honors College Website (honors.usf.edu) under Honors College Forms and then On-Line Forms. You must have the form submitted by Friday, November 13.
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.
Foreign Language Placement Tests
The World Language Department now offers placement tests for French, German, Italian, Polish and Spanish on Tuesdays at 2pm, Wednesdays at 11am, and Thursdays at 2pm. Placement tests for Arabic, Chinese, Modern Greek, Hebrew, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese and Russion are available by appointment at email@example.com. Students must obtain a permit from World Languages to take any foreign language.
There is now a $15 fee to take a placement exam. Fees can be paid with debit or credit card the day of the exam. Students can also get a payment invoice from Cooper 419, to then pay with cash or check at the Cashier's Office in ADM 131.
Contact the World Language department at 974-2548 with questions.
Public Speaking Course Code Change
SPC 2600 Public Speaking is now SPC 2608 Public Speaking. If you plan on taking this course in the Spring, be sure to use the new course code in your searches.
Pre-Med Students: MCAT Registration for 2010 Now Open
As of Nov. 2, examinees can schedule their test dates.
If you have any questions about registration, please contact the MCAT Resource Center at (202) 828-0690 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Link: Reserve a Seat
Second Colloquium: The second student run colloquium in our Electronic Life series will address the many questions surrounding the issue of internet "piracy" and the "illegal" downloading of music, movies, games, files, and software. A quick and informal survey suggests that a majority of USF undergraduates actively participates in this practice. But, do people take the time to think through the ethical issues and even the political issues involved in such actions? What are the ethical questions raised by the copying and distribution of such material and can "piracy" itself even become addictive behavior? Our presenters will try to frame these complicated issues and spark a lively discussion among all who attend. And there'll be food.
The event will take place on Friday, Nov. 13th at 1 p.m. in the Honors Lounge.
Paid Tutor Position
The Jenkins Tutoring Program is in need of a tutor for the courses listed below. All positions are paid.
-PHY 2048- Physics w/ Calc
-MCB 4503- Virology
-MCB 4115C- Determinative Bacteriology
Link: Tutor Applicaion
Alternative Spring Break 2010
Many Honors College students have participated in Alternative Spring Break programs. Applications for spring break 2010 are now available online and are due by November 5th. The ASB Fair & Site Lottery is November 5th - all interested participants must attend this event in order to select their trip! Please click on the following link for more information.
Students who attend an ASB program are eligible to apply for a $200 Honors College scholarship to help cover travel costs. The scholarship application is available through the Honors website (from the Scholarships tab, the form is located within the Competitive Scholarships section).
Link: Center for Civic Engagement
Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week
Hunger Week begins on Monday, November 2, and is a great way for students to learn about issues of hunger & homelessness in our community. Events will be taking place all week, leading up to the campus sleep out on Friday. Please visit the following link for further information.
Link: Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week
Panama: Beyond the Classroom Spring 2010
Are you looking for a class that will take you outside the box? Panama: Beyond the Classroom is an Honors course for spring 2010 and will satisfy the requirement for either IDH 4200 Honors Geographical Perspective or IDH 4000 Major Works Major Issues. This course is designed to give students a hands-on, global experience to enhance their understanding of topics such as Panamanian culture and current issues facing developing countries, research opportunities, the principles of service-learning, as well as beginning dialogue about philosophies of personal and global leadership & service. This is a semester long course with an international travel component. Travel dates are March 6th - 13th, spring break 2010. Applications are available at the front desk of the Honors College SVC 1088. Application packets are due by November 30th, 2009 to be turned in to the front desk of the Honors College.
For more questions please contact Mr. Lucien or Mr. Mejias.
Global Health Essay -- Win $1000
The CSIS Commission on Smart Global Health is seeking essay submissions that answer the following question in 500-800 words by midnight, November 20th 2009:
"What is the most important thing the U.S. can do to improve global health over the next 15 years?"
Thesis and Permit Forms
The Thesis Registration and Permit Request forms for Spring 2010 are now available on the Honors College website under "Online Forms".
Fall 2009 Honors College Graduation Ceremony
The Fall 2009 Honors Graduation Ceremony will take place on Friday, December 11, at 3:30pm in Traditions Hall of the Alumni Center. Invitations will be emailed to potential graduates in late October.
Join the team for the 2009 Tampa Bay Start! Heart Walk
Cardiovascular disease, is the leading cause of death in this country, and claims almost as many lives each year as the next 7 leading causes of death combined.
The USF Honors College/Undergraduate Research will be participating in this year's Start! Heart Walk on Saturday, November 14th at 8am at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.
To join our team, click on the link below and you will be taken to the web page.
This year the USF Honors College/Undergraduate Research team fund-raising goal is $1,000.00. However, you do not have to raise money to participate; you can sign up just to be a walker.
For more information about the Heart Walk please contact Lauren Schumacher at email@example.com.