Know-a-BULL News
Week of 11/04/2014 - Issue # 339

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

RSS Feed Upcoming Events
 11/5/2014 John Henry Fleming: Songs for the Deaf.
 11/6/2014 DAAD Workshop
 11/7/2014 Personal Statement Writing Workshop
 11/10/2014 Panama Service Trip Event
 11/11/2014 Veteran's Day -- USF CLOSED
 11/12/2014 Chris Impey: The Vexing Problem of Science Literacy
 11/12/2014 So You Want to be an Intern?
 11/12/2014 HCSC Fall Festival
 11/13/2014 Undergraduate Foreign Service Workshop
 11/13/2014 An Evening With... Ryan Kania 10, Social Entrepreneur
* Freshpeople 5 Events
* LLC Events
* PSP Events
* TOE Events
* Special Scholars Events

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Honors College

Dean's Update:

    New Course: Spring 2015

    IDH 4930: Seminar: Refugee Service Experience

    Would you like to work with refugee families in Hillsborough County?

    Would working with resettlement efforts, or tutoring children, or adult education interest you and/or advance your career goals?

    Only three Honors College students will be chosen for this course.

    Here is how you can apply: 

    • a) Write a paragraph about why you wish to be chosen for this new course and email it to Dr. Adams (

    • b) Receive Level 2 certification: fingerprinting and background check. The cost for this certification is approximately $100 in Hillsborough County. The Honors College will pay for half of this expense.  The certification must be complete by January 1, 2015. It takes about 6 weeks for this process.

    • c) Be prepared to volunteer for 8 hours each week during spring semester with a community agency that works closely with newly arriving refugee families.  These hours may be structured as a full day of work or as two half-days.

    • d) Students enrolled in this course will meet every other week to discuss your experiences with students from the College of Public Health also working with this project.  The meetings will be on Mondays from 9:30 – 10:45 a.m.  You will also be required to keep a blog (available only to others in the program) about your experiences.

    If you have additional questions, please contact Dr. Adams.  


  • New! - An Evening With Ryan Kania '10 CEO Advocates for World Health

    Meet Honors alumnus and social entrepreneur Ryan Kania '10, founder and CEO of Advocates for World Health (AWH)!  AWH is a not-for-profit corporation that recovers surplus medical products and distributes them to relief agencies working in developing nations.  Under Kania''s leadership, AWH has been a Dell Social Innovation Challenge finalist and recognized among the Top 30 Startups To Watch by Entrepreneur magazine.

    Link: Advocates for World Health

  • New! - Permits and Thesis Permits

    REGARDING THESIS PERMITS:  If you have applied for a thesis permit for Spring 15, these permits will be processed later this week. There is no rush to register for this class as there are unlimited seats. Regular permit requests take precedence right now due to the fact that those classes have limited seating.

    Permits and Thesis Permits for Spring 2015 are open for permit requests on the Honors website. Registration begins on Monday, November 3rd.

    You will need a permit for the Honors sections of PHI 2101 - Intro to Formal Logic, as those two sections are reserved for Honors College students only.

    Permits will automatically be given for those taking IDH 3400 with Dr. James (second semester freshmen in the 7 yr med program), for IDH 3600 Bio-Med Ethics and for Dr. Specter's IDH 4930 course, so you will not need to apply for a permit if you are on the approved list for these classes.

    The permit will be removed from IDH 3600 Bio-Med Ethics on Wednesday, November 5th -- any seats still available will be open to all Honors College students.

    Students taking the travel classes will automatically be registered once your deposit has been made and the list of approved students received -- there is no need to apply for a permit for the travel classes.

    IF you are a double major, or a new student, you might need a permit in order to register for an Honors course. When registering, if you see a message that says there is a college or major restriction then you need a permit -- please go on the Honors website: Honors College Forms: and click on the Class Permit Request form or the Thesis Registration Request form.

    All thesis students will need to request the thesis permit.

  • New! - Honors in the Everglades

    If you are still interested in joining the Honors College to the Florida Everglades for a week long of environmental conservation service, we still have spots open! This trip is during spring break (Week of February 28th). 


    Please email us at and with an attached resume and cover letter and we will be in contact with you as soon as possible.



    If you have any questions or would like more details regarding the trip please feel free to email us at and


    Thank you!


  • Spring 15 Course Descriptions are now available

    Course descriptions for the Spring 15 semester are now available on the Honors College Website: Current Students: Course Descriptions: Spring 2015.

    Also, we are very excited to announce that for the first time we will offer two sections of PHI 2101, Intro to Formal Logic. The two sections are for Honors College students only and will be taught in the Honors College! Check it out under Course Descriptions!

  • Congratulations to Katy Wilkins and Jude Nawlo

    Congratulations to Katy Wilkins and Jude Nawlo, who attended the Florida Communication Association Annual Conference in Lake Buena Vista this weekend with their Honors Instructor/Research Advisor, Samantha Gomes. Katy and Jude had the award winning Poster Presentation and took home the prize for Best Oral Presentation in the Undergraduate poster division. The title of their research is "What doesn''t kill you makes you stronger: A lyrical analysis of women's empowerment and subordination in today''s music hits" which was a continuation of the research they did in IDH 3400 with Dr. Gomes last fall. 


  • Library Workshops

    The USF Library is hosting a series of workshops to help you learn more about the resources and services available through the Library.  The link to the Research Rescue page as well as the page for the
    Fall 2014 Workshops provides you with a list of available workshops both in-person and online. 

    If you have any questions about these workshops, please do not hesitate to contact Audrey Powers, Associate Librarian.

  • Free MCAT Prep Course Spring 2015

    Applications are now being accepted for the Honors College/Chowdhari *FREE* MCAT preparatory course to be offered during Spring 2015.  The 15-week non-credit course 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 pre-requisites 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 Mr. Arnie Mejías,  Please include UID#. Deadline is Friday, November 7, 2014.

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O.N.S. - Office of National Scholarships

  • New! - Chemistry Research Experience for Undergraduates


    Are you interested in developing research skills, becoming part of a network of chemists, and contributing answers to today's scientific questions? If so, you may be interested in an REU in chemistry here at USF. You may apply for 1-3 credit hours or a volunteer appointment. Applications should be submitted by November 19, 2014. To learn more visit


  • New! - Parkinson Disease Foundation Summer Student Fellowships

    PDF Summer Fellowship Program is used to support students from advanced undergraduates to medical students in their pursuit of Parkinson's-related summer research projects. The goal of the Summer Fellowship is to cultivate an early interest in Fellows into the cause and possible treatments for Parkinson's disease.Fellows work under the close supervision of a sponsor who is an expert in the Parkinson's community and oversees the project. For more information please visit


  • New! - Want to study abroad in the UK and not have pay for it?

    Please join us for an informational workshop regarding the Fulbright UK Summer Institute Program and application process.  Participants in these programs will get the opportunity to experience an exciting academic program at a highly regarded UK University, explore the culture, heritage and history of the UK and develop their academic ability by improving presentation, research and communication skills. This workshop will take place on November 21 at 2pm in ALN 252. To sign up for the workshop, please visit the ONS Upcoming Events Calendar at

  • New! - Are you a graduate student interested in a career in Foreign Service International Affairs

    Join us for the Rangel Graduate Fellowship Program and Pickering Graduate Fellowship Workshop! This workshop will take place on November 20 at 2pm in ALN 252. To sign up for the workshop, please visit the ONS Upcoming Events Calendar at

    Please review the information provided on the scholarship&rsquos website prior to the workshop: http://www.rangelprogram.organd


  • New! - Get paid to study abroad

    Please join us for an informational workshop regarding the Boren Scholarship application and application process. Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. This workshop will take place November 14 at 1pm in ALN 252. To sign up for the workshop, please visit the ONS Upcoming Events Calendar at



  • New! - Learn how to effectively write a personal statement for National Scholarship applications

    Please join us for an informational workshop on the process of writing a personal statement. We encourage current national scholarship applicants and students thinking about applying for a national scholarship in the future to attend. Two workshops will be given by writing consultant, Robert Annis, on November 7 and November 14. Both will be at 2:30pm in ALN 252. To sign up for either workshop, please visit the ONS Upcoming Events Calendar at



  • New! - Attend a DAAD scholarship workshop to learn about studying abroad in Germany

    This workshop will discuss the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). DAAD offers a variety of study, internship, and research opportunities for undergraduates and graduates.  You can learn German, study German history and culture, work in a research lab, or intern in an industry for a semester, an academic year, or for a summer. This workshop will be held on November 6 at 2pm in ALN 252.

    To sign up for the workshop, please visit the ONS Upcoming Events Calendar at



  • Goldman Sachs Looking For College of Business Undergrads

    Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. is a well-known global investment banking, securities and investment management firm. Goldman Sachs is currently looking for USF College of Business Undergraduates for a 10 week program as a summer analyst or summer associate in one of their many offices around the world. This program could lead to a permanent position on the Goldman Sachs team. To learn more about or to apply for this opportunity please visit Deadlines vary by office location. 

    Link: Goldman Sachs Careers

  • Interested in an all-expense paid masters level degree in Peace and Conflict Studies?

    Over the past ten years, The Rotary Foundation has provided over 700 future peace leaders with peace and conflict resolution education and field experience at Rotary Peace Centers around the world. Fellows earn a master's-level degree or a professional development certificate in peace and conflict studies at one of six Rotary Peace Centers at leading universities in Australia, England, Japan, the United States, Sweden and Thailand. To apply or learn more visit The deadline is July 1, 2015.

    Link: Rotary Centers

  • Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration Stewardship Science Graduate Fellowship

    Are you planning to study properties of materials under extreme conditions and hydrodynamics, nuclear science, or high energy density physics in graduate school? If so, this opportunity may be for you. To learn about or to apply for this great opportunity visit Applications are due 1/14/2015. 


  • Learn more about nationally competitive merit scholarships

    Attend an upcoming informational workshop to learn more about the Office of National Scholarships and the national scholarship opportunities that can fund your study abroad experience, do research or an internship or pursue graduate study. Workshops will be presented by year (Freshmen, Sophomore, Junior and Senior) as well as by specific scholarship.

    View the upcoming workshop schedule and sign up for a workshop at under the Upcoming Events Calendar.

    Link: Office of National Scholarships

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

  • New! - Honors College Student Council Fall Festival

    Fall in love with your fellow honors students even more at Fall Fest on Wednesday, November 12th from 6-9 PM outside Juniper-Poplar Hall. Earn tickets by playing fun games such as corn hole, 3 legged race, pie-in-the-face and more. Redeem your tickets for popcorn, caramel apples and hot chocolate OR bring money to purchase these delicious festive delicacies. Raffle tickets for a Princeton Review course will also be for sale: $2 for one, $5 for three! Winner will be announced at Fall Fest. Contact Samantha at for questions or concerns.

  • New! - HCSC's Getting Started Workshop with OUR

    Are you looking for research opportunities, but do not know where to look? Are you having trouble finding or approaching a potential mentor who will take you on as a research volunteer?

    The Honors College and the Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) are here to answer your questions. The OUR will be hosting a customized research workshop that plans to answer these questions and any more you may have. The workshop will be led by the Director of the OUR, Dr. Pollenz.

     The event will be held in the OUR located in Lib 210, second floor of the library, Wed. Nov. 19 from 5-6pm.

    RSVP on the Honors Calendar for a seat--there's only room for 40! Please email Cyrus Tamboli: with further questions or concerns.


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USF Honors College Student Council

  • New! - BYOB Bring Your Own Blanket Relaxation Event

    Take a break from studying and join fellow HLLC residents for a movie under the stars, hot chocolate, card decorating for children at St. Joe's, and more! Be sure to bring your own blanket for our featured holiday movie.

    Friday December 5th

    Time: 6:00 PM

    Location: JPH Pool, Side of MAG Apartments


  • New! - Panama Service Trip Event

    Did you know you can make a difference in the 10 million people that cervical cancer affects annually? 

    Come learn how my study abroad trip to Panama inspired my honors thesis service project and how you can help increase cervical cancer awareness and raise funds for supplying screening tools. Find out ways that you can become involved to make a difference in an at-risk community. You will even get to make your own keychain to take home! There will be refreshments and food served, all are welcome!

    Monday November 10th

    Time: 5:30 PM- 7:00 PM

    Location: JPH 1317

  • New! - Star Wars Night

    Whether you are with the Rebel Alliance or the Empire, please join us for a viewing of the classic 1977 space opera Star Wars! We will be watching the original movie, which George Lucas later renamed A New Hope. Wear your favorite Star Wars t-shirt, and stop by for some fun and relaxation before finals!

    Friday November 14th

    Time: 6:30 PM

    Location: JPH 1317

  • New! - Dinner with a D.O.

    Join the Honors LLC as we present Dinner with a D.O. Enjoy dinner with James Phillips, a 4th year medical student from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine Bradenton. Discover what being a D.O. student entails, and learn about the field of Osteopathic Medicine (and how it rivals Allopathic Medicine). James will discuss his path into medical school, an overview of Osteopathic Medicine, and the many reasons to enter into this field. This event is meant to ease your fears of getting into medical school by hearing a first-hand account of the trials and tribulations of the application process, as well as the many successes upon acceptance, in a casual and relaxed environment. Bring your questions, concerns, enthusiasm, and appetite!

    Tuesday November 18th

    Time: 5:30 PM- 7:00 PM

    Location: JPH 1317

  • New! - Lunch With The Deans

    Join Dr. Adams and company for our monthly Lunch with the Deans! November's Lunch with the Deans will be a week early instead of the traditional last Wednesday of each month because of the holidays. Join us for our last lunch of the semester for a unique lunch experience and a chance to get to know Honors College staff in a relaxed environment!

    Wednesday November 19th

    Time: 11:30AM

    Location: JPH Dining


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Student Submissions

  • Alpha Epsilon Delta General Body Meeting with Guest Speaker Dr Specter

    Come on out to Alpha Epsilon Delta's general body meeting Wednesday November 5th at 3:30 in MSC 3707. Dr. Specter, the associate Dean for Student Affairs and Professor of Molecular Medicine, will be speaking. We will be discussing fundraisers, volunteering, and social events. As always food will be provided!! For more information contact

    Link: USF Alpha Epsilon Delta Facebook Group

  • Timmy Global Health at USF

    Timmy Global Health at USF will be holding their General Body Meeting on November 5th at 11:30am-12:30pm in MSC 3711. We will be discussing volunteer opportunities, fundraising events, medical brigade information and any questions. We will have light refreshments and cupcakes! Come join us and learn how to be involved with Timmy and how you can make a GLOBAL impact.


  • Summer Program in Paris

    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 Versailles and Vaux-le-Vicomte and Van Gogh's home at Auvers-Sur-Oise.   The 2015 program includes the option of an add-on excursion to Venice, June 30 - July 6th earning an additional 2 credits and students may enroll in the Venice excursion alone.   Numerous students from the Honors College have participated in this program and specific course prerequisites can be waived if students have equivalent background or experience.   Students participating in this program may apply for scholarships sponsored by the Education Abroad Office.  

    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:


  • Blog Writer Position Open Volunteer Opportunity

    We are looking for a few blog writers to make blog posts for the Human Health Project, preferably one post a week. A list of potential topics will be provided for ideas, but writers have the option to write on any health topic of their interest. The person doing this work does not need to have a medical background. It is much more important to have writing ability and have an interest in healthcare as a human right. Please note that blog writers will be given full credit for their blog posts, but the Human Health Project will need the legal right to use their contributions. Interested students should contact Peter Adams ( with their resume. Please pass this opportunity along to others who may be interested. More information: The purpose of the Human Health Project (HHP) is to get conventional and complementary health information and peer-to-peer support from the HHP community around the world in response to health experiences that are posted. Generally, information and support will be provided by members of the public who want to help people anonymously who have health conditions and questions. Our goal is to improve access, self-management, equity, and affordability of health care throughout the world.

    Link: Human Health Project Website

  • Research Methods Online SurveyPRIZE

    Please take this 10 question survey on media in order to be entered to win a MYSTERY PRIZE BOX and help undergraduate researcher and honors student, Tory Royal. The drawing winner will be announced via email on November 13th. Email to be entered after completing the survey. Survey:

  • Student Needed to Create Website for Free Clinic

    We are looking for an experienced volunteer to develop a web page for CARE for Peripheral Neuropathy, a free clinic for people suffering with neuropathy. This is a great opportunity to serve your community! Please contact Cindy Tofthagen, PhD, ARNP at (813) 252-0475 or by email at

If you would like to be included in future editions of "Know-a-BULL News", articles may be submitted for consideration to the Dean through the submission form. Submissions should be brief and well written. Links should be JPG images or PDFs.

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