Know-a-BULL News
Week of 11/05/2013 - Issue # 289

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
 11/6/2013 Public Health Seminar: All About Infection Prevention and Control
 11/6/2013 Undergraduate Foreign Service and International Affairs Informational Workshop
 11/6/2013 University Cultural Experience Opportunity Session: BOLIVIA
 11/7/2013 Cooking with Cayla
 11/8/2013 Personal Statement Writing Workshop
 11/8/2013 Always Dreamed of your own dental or medical practice? Get the inside scoop ...
 11/12/2013 Lawrence Krauss: The Greatest Story Ever Told…So Far
 11/12/2013 Public Health Seminar: Environmental/Occupational Health
 11/13/2013 How to find a research mentor and other great tips
 11/13/2013 The Cult of St. James and the Pilgrimage to Compostela
* Freshpeople 5 Events
* LLC Events
* PSP Events
* TOE Events
* Special Scholars Events

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Honors College

Dean's Update:

  • New! - Biochemistry Course Changes

    Through Fall 2013 USF Tampa's Biochemistry sequence was as follows:

    BCH 3023 (Introductory Biochemistry), BCH 3023L - (Biochemistry Lab), and BCH 4034 (Advanced Biochemistry)

    Starting Spring 2014, USF Tampa's Biochemistry sequence will change to:

    • BCH 3053 - Introductory Biochemistry (Prerequisites: CHM 2210 & BSC 2010) - Replacing BCH 3023 as the new Biochemistry course for students in: Biomedical Sciences (BMS), Medical Technology (MET) and Non-science majors with Pre-health goals

    • BCH 4033 (Fall Only) - Advanced Biochemistry I (Prerequisites: CHM 2211 & BSC 2010) - Replacing BCH 3023 as the new Biochemistry course for students in: Chemistry BS (CHS), Chemistry BA (CHM), Chemistry BA &ndash Biochemistry emphasis (CHMCBY) and Chemistry BA - Health Professions emphasis (CHMCHH)

    • BCH 4034 (Spring Only) - Advanced Biochemistry II (Prerequisite: BCH 4033 or BCH 3023 - if taken Fall 2013 or earlier)

    • BCH 3023L - Biochemistry Lab - Prerequisite or Co-req: BCH 3023 or BCH 3053 or BCH 4033)

    As of now, the Biochemistry lab will remain the same. Either BCH 3023, BCH 3053, or BCH 4033 will adequately prepare students for BCH 3023L. 

    To see the flyer on this information, you can go here:

    *If you are a non-science major whose degree program requires Biochemistry, please contact your academic advisor for information on how these changes will affect you* 

    You can find updated Degree Sheets at If you have additional questions or concerns, please e-mail us at and make sure to include your full name, U# and major.


    Link: Biochemistry Course Change Flyer

  • New! - Registration for Spring 2014

    Registration for spring began yesterday on Monday, November 4.

    First Year Students - All first time in college students must meet with an Honors advisor (or attend an Honors group advising session, if applicable to your major/track) in order to have the Academic Advising (AA) hold lifted.  

    Continuing students - if you have not done so already, please schedule an advising appointment with your advisor to discuss your academic plan. Also, if you plan to graduate in spring, please make sure to schedule an appointment with your departmental major advisor to ensure that you will meet all degree requirements. Since the Honors College does not certify your degree, we want you to confirm with your department that you are on track to graduate. 

    IF you have HOLDS, make plans to meet with your advisor as soon as possible!

  • New! - Course Permits and Thesis Permits OPEN

    Course Permits and Thesis Permits for Spring 2014 are now open, you can find them on the Honors website.

    If you are having trouble registering for an Honors course, please apply for a permit!


  • New! - Not too early to look for a summer internship

    This is from one of our graduates.

    I wanted to share an opportunity that I would like to extend to students in the Honors College for a Summer Internship at Raytheon in Largo, FL.  We have two positions posted - one for an Electrical Engineering Intern and one for an Operations Intern.  The Job Codes are: 

    46354BR        Electrical Engineering Intern 
    46724BR        Operations Intern 

    Both of these are posted on the Raytheon Jobs website:

    They can be found by filtering the job search to United States / Florida / Largo

  • New! - Math Tutor needed for 4th grader

    This is fourth grade math, FCAT prep (we have the official prep book), reviewing math facts (we have flash cards for multiplication and division through 12.  Contact Dr. Silverman if interested.  this job pays $15 per hour - child lives in Land O Lakes

  • Undergraduate Research Chemistry

    Interested in undergraduate research with the Department of Chemistry here at USF?  Insipre-Chem! Research Series for Undergraduates offers an opportunity to hear about research directly from the researchers themselves.  The research seminars also offer an opportunity for undergraduates to ask questions and begin to get involved in high-level research here at USF!  For more information please contact Matthew Chrzanowski at

  • Chemistry Dept UGrad Research Invitation

    INSPIRE-CHEM! A Research Series for Undergraduates.

    Friday, Nov 1 (Dr. Edward Turos) and Friday, Nov 8 (Dr. James Leahy) at 2 p.m. in CMC 147. The speakers will discuss their research and personal experiences in science. They will invite attendees to become involved in research themselves.

  • Apply for the Undergraduate Scholar Award

    The Undergraduate Scholars Award recognizes outstanding students who fulfill the University goals of community engagement, undergraduate research, and global citizenship.  Recipients are identified at Commencement and the achievement is noted on a student's diploma. The Undergraduate Scholars Award rewards the depth of your University of South Florida academic experience. Fulfilling the award's criteria is designed to help you apply academic learning to real-life issues and problems through faculty-supervised research. Further, this innovative program seeks to encourage students to engage in meaningful service and to ''connect'' to the global community.

    Click on the link below or contact Mr. Mejias:


    Link: More on the Undergraduate Scholar Award

  • MCAT registration is now open!

    The Medical College Admission Test® (MCAT®) is a standardized, multiple-choice examination designed to assess the examinee's problem solving, critical thinking, and knowledge of science concepts and principles prerequisite to the study of medicine.  Scores are reported in Physical Sciences, Verbal Reasoning, and Biological Sciences.

    Almost all U.S. medical schools and many Canadian schools require applicants to submit MCAT exam scores.  Many schools do not accept MCAT exam scores that are more than three years old.

    Registration for the January-May 2014 exam dates will open on October 16, 2013.

    Dates for Summer 2014 - January 2015 may be found here:

    Link: More on the MCAT

  • Approved Nutrition Minor

    The College of Public Health has recently been approved to offer a minor in Nutrition. The 15 required credits will include HUN 2201 (Nutrition) and four courses selected from the following: HUN 3272 (Sports Nutrition), HUN 3296 (Nutrition and Disease), HUN 3126 (Food and Culture), HSC 4573 (Foundations of Food Safety), HUN 3403 (Nutrition and the Life Cycle), and DIE 3310 (Community Nutrition).

    Please note that courses may not count towards both a major and a minor. For more information, please contact Public Health undergraduate advising. 

  • Free MCAT Prep Course for Spring 2014

    The Honors College is now accepting applications for a *FREE* MCAT preparatory course to be offered during spring 2014.   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: BSC2010/2011+Labs PHY2053/2054*+Labs or PHY2048/2049*+Labs CHM2045/2046+Labs CHM2210/2211*+Labs And, ideally, PCB3063, PCB3712 (or another Anatomy or Physiology class) or BCH3023.  (*Physics II and Org Chem II may be completed in the Spring).

    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 Mejias,  Please include your UID#. Deadline is 5PM Friday, November 8, 2013.

  • Honors College Graduation Certification Form

    The Honors College Graduation Certification Form, that must be filled out by all Honors students graduating this Fall, is now open. The form can be found here:

    If you are graduating this Fall and you cannot access this form, please contact Kelly Brabant at

    Link: Graduation Certification Form

  • Looking for Recognition in Engineering

    College Edition recognizes the best and brightest 3rd, 4th, and 5th year engineering students, whose academic successes and experiences in the engineering field have positioned them to make an impact.

    The deadline for this national award is November 15, 2013 so you need to get going! Contact Dr. Lucas ( or Ms. Celestin ( in ONS if you are interested.

    More information about the program can be found on their Facebook page:

    Link: College Edition Facebook Page

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O.N.S. - Office of National Scholarships

  • New! - Undergraduate Public Policy Internships

    The Public Policy Internship Programs provide students with the opportunity to learn about and become involved in the public policy and political process. All academic disciplines and majors are welcome.

    The USF Legislative Internship Program (LIP) (4 Credit Hours). Undergraduate students from a wide variety of majors have the opportunity to work in the offices of elected officials from the Tampa Bay region. Each student is matched with an elected official from Congress, the State Legislature, a County Commission or a City Council willing to provide a meaningful learning experience.

    The USF Tallahassee Internship Program (TIP) (12 Credit Hours) Undergraduate students from a wide variety of majors with at least junior standing and a suggested minimum GPA of 3.0, are provided with the opportunity to work for 60 days in the state capitol in Tallahassee during Florida's legislative session.

    The Washington Center (TWC) Fall, Spring  (12 credits) Summer (9 credits) The USF Semester in Washington provides students with the opportunity to enjoy a semester of experiential and classroom learning in Washington, D.C. 

    For more information on these programs and to apply, please contact Dr. Joan Pynes at

  • New! - Boren Scholarship African Languages Initiative

    For the fourth year in a row, through the African Languages Initiative, funding is available for Boren Scholars and Fellows to study one of the following languages at the University of Florida's summer 2014 program prior to commencing their overseas Boren-funded programs.

    The applications for the 2014-2015 David L. Boren Scholarships and Fellowships are now available at Boren Awards, an initiative of the National Security Education Program, provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to study in Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East, where they can add important international and language components to their educations.

    An informational workshop will be held regarding the Boren Scholarship opportunities and application components on Wednesday, November 20 at 3:30pm in ALN 253. Sign up for the workshop at


    Link: wwwborenawardsorg

  • New! - Interested in a career in International Affairs Foreign Service Applications Open Workshop November 6

    The Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program is a six-week program at Howard University that helps prepare undergraduate students for careers in international affairs. It is open to 1st, 2nd, or 3rd year undergraduate students with any major. The USF deadline to apply is December 9th, 2013.

    The Pickering Foreign Affairs Undergraduate Fellowship provides funding to participants as they are prepared academically and professionally to enter the United States Department of State Foreign Service. Women, members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, and students with financial need are encouraged to apply. The USF deadline to apply is December 9th, 2013.

    More information available at: If you are interested in applying or plan to apply, please email Ms. Celestin at

    A Workshop will be held on Wednesday, November 6th, 2013 at 9:30am - 10:30 am in ALN 252: RSVP here:  Stream it live here:

    Link: ONS Website

  • New! - Department of Energy Scholars Program

    The Department of Energy (DOE) Scholars Program is now accepting applications for Summer 2014.

    The DOE Scholars Program offers unique opportunities that introduce students or post-graduates to the agency's mission and operations.

    For application information and questions contact: Leslie Fox, Project Manager, (865) 241-3319 or

    Want to learn more about the DOE Scholars program? E-mail or visit

    Link: httporiseoraugovdoescholars

  • New! - Scholarship Opportunity to Work for Department of Defense

    Are you a STEM major? Do you have a desire to work for the Department of Defense? The SMART Scholarship for Service Program is an opportunity for students to receive a full scholarship as well as paid summer internships and employment upon graduation.  


    USF deadline: Wednesday November 13th, 2013. By the deadline, you need to submit your resume, transcripts, three recommendation letters, essays, and in some cases test scores to Mr. Brian Arrowood:


    You can access the application and eligibility requirements online at

    Link: SMART Scholarship Eligibility

  • New! - Department of Energy Scholars Program

    The Department of Energy (DOE) is calling for applicants now through January 12, 2014 to the DOE Scholars Program at participating DOE sites across the U.S. The 10 week summer program is for undergraduate, graduate and post graduate students from a variety of disciplines. Gain your competitive edge for a future with the Department of Energy while learning from top scientists. 

    Learn more and apply now at

    Link: httporiseoraugovdoescholars

  • National Agricultural Innovation Prize Launched

    The National Agricultural Innovation Prize is open to U. S. undergraduate and graduate students across all academic disciplines.  The competition runs through Spring 2014 and teams will compete for a chance to win $100,000.

    The competition encourages student teams to develop innovative ways and real-world plans to address social and agricultural challenges within food systems to improve the standard of living and quality of life for the world's population.

     Student team entries are due by February 28, 2014.  More information about the competition can be found at: and at

    Link: National Agricultural Innovation Prize

  • German Academic Exchange Service DAAD Scholarship Opportunities and Workshop

    Are you considering research or studies in Germany during Summer 2014 or during the 2014-2015 academic year? The German Academic Exchange Program (DAAD) has a variety of merit scholarships to support these pursuits at German universities. Find out more information here:

    If you plan to apply, please email Ms. Dosal. Her email address is: The USF Deadline for application materials varies depending on the scholarship program selected.

    There will be an informational DAAD Workshop held on Wednesday, November 13 at 9:30am in ALN 252 with special guest and former DAAD RISE scholarship winner, Ms. Trang Luong. Sign up for the workshop at


  • Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Arts Award Application Now Open

    The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Arts Award Application is now open! The Phase One deadline for application materials is due Tuesday, November 26. The JKC Graduate Arts Award enables students or recent alumni with exceptional artistic or creative promise and financial need to pursue up to three years of study at an accredited graduate institution in the US or abroad. Awards can be as much as $50,000 annually.

    If you are interested in applying or plan to apply, please email Ms. Chambers at 
    For more information, including eligbility requirements, please visit:

    Link: Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

  • Graduating? Want to study at the University of Oxford?

    The Frost Scholarship pays for all expenses for a one year master's degree at the University of Oxford in certain science areas, which can be found in the link below:

    If you are interested in more information or in applying, please contact Dr. Lucas at

    Link: Frost Scholarship

  • Interested in Studying at the University of Oxford?

    If you are interested in studying at Oxford next year for a M.Sc. in a science field outside of engineering, contact Dr. Lucas in ONS for information about a new scholarship that might be suitable for you. She can be reached via e-mail at:

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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  • Free Princeton Test Prep Course

    Are you preparing to take the MCAT, GRE, LSAT, GMAT, or DAT/OAT? If yes, then don't miss out on an amazing opportunity to win a Princeton Review Ultimate Prep Course (valued at up to $2,299)! The Honors College Student Council is holding a raffle over the next several weeks to raise money for Relay for Life. Raffle tickets can be purchased for $1 each at Ms. Cutchens' or Tori Phillips' offices in the Honors College. One winner will be drawn from these tickets and awarded the Princeton Prep Course, so the more tickets you buy, the better your chances are of winning!

    Don't miss out on this opportunity to win a free test prep course AND raise money for Relay for Life! Get your tickets now to secure your chance at winning, and....May the odds be ever in your favor!

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  • New! - Special Topics Course Improvisation

    • New! HONORS SPECIAL TOPICS IDH 4930 007 Improvisation course offered this Spring Tuesdays 3:30-5:15 p.m. The often overlooked art of improvisation is a life-changing skill that enhances your ability to collaborate, adapt to unfamiliar situations, and communicate spontaneously and well. Learning to perform without a script not only develops your ability to think on your feet, it awakens your natural creativity. More importantly, it fosters the confidence you need to step out of your comfort zone and take calculated risks that spotlight your work and ideas. This multidisciplinary course focuses on extemporaneous performance techniques that challenge you to build trust, quiet your inner critic, listen carefully and respond genuinely in the moment. Acquiring improvisational skills will help you again and again, whether you're preparing for your dream job interview, presenting a cutting-edge theory or moving up the corporate ladder. Set yourself apart by learning the secrets of creative communication and give yourself an advantage in today's competitive environment. This is a 2 credit course taught by Mr. Lucien and Crystal Haralambou. 


    Link: Course Description

  • New! - Lunch with the Deans

    •  Monday, November 18th 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 

    Link: Calendar of Events

  • New! - University Cultural Experience Opportunity Session BOLIVIA

    Wednesday, November 6th JPH 1313 4-5 p.m. This program information session serves as a great way to learn about an exciting opportunity to travel abroad while meeting the honors cultural experience requirement. On this trip, students can learn about the Latin American revolution while touring the beautiful sights this country has to offer.  This trip also provides students with a great opportunity to seek adventure while improving their Spanish skills. Join us to learn more about travel information and related scholarships.

    ***All of those in attendance will revive a raffle ticket and will be eligible to win ADDITIONAL scholarship money for attending!***

    Link: Events Calendar

  • New! - Public Health Seminar All About Infection Prevention and Control

    Wednesday, November 6th  JPH 1313 6 p.m.  Dr. Donna Haiduven will present an informational session about infection prevention and control, including the undergraduate certificate and minor in infection control as well as career opportunities in this field.


    Link: Events Calendar

  • The Pulse Podcast Cultural Experiences

    Check out the Honors College's very own Podcast! Learn more about upcoming opportunities and trips abroad being offered!

    Link: The Pulse Podcast Cultural Experiences

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Student Submissions

  • New! - UNs Post2015 MDG Development Agenda event entitled The World We Want US Consultations on the Post2015 Development Agenda

    We would like to cordially invite you be a participant in an exciting event in Tampa.  We are holding a vital program on ''The World We Want'' in November and we are only inviting 160 participants.  We want to extend an invitation to you, however, it is on a first come, first serve basis. This is going to be a fun filled, free catered dinner and casual conversations about ''The World We Want.''  You do NOT want to miss out! 

    There are 16 themes that your members and board may be interested in and therefore we highly encourage you to visit the site and apply to attend this event!  Your voice will be heard as a final outcome of this event will be in a report sent directly to the United Nations.  These themes are not only about what we want abroad but right here in our country - in our community (ie: Human Rights issues, Honest & Responsive Government, Political Freedoms, Climate Change, Protecting Forests, Rivers & Oceans, Reliable Energy, Protection Against Violence & Crime, Affordable & Nutritious Food, Better healthcare, Equality between men & women, Better transport and roads, Access to clean water and sanitation etc...)

    Please read over attached invitation and apply!  Deadline to apply is November 10, 2013.

    Event date:  11/19/13
    Time:  6:00 - 9:00 pm
    Place:  Glazer Children's Museum, Tampa



  • Golden Key International Honor Society

    Golden Key is an international honor society recognizing the top 15% of each class! Golden Key members have access to $1,000,000 in scholarships annually, connections to jobs and internships through a large network of opportunities, and unique study abroad programs! Meeting dates will be posted soon! Like Golden Key USF Chapter on Facebook for more updates! If you have any questions, feel free to email:

    Link: Golden Key Internationals Official Website

  • The Crisis Center of Tampa Bay Seeks Intern

    The Crisis Center of Tampa Bay is actively seeking a bilingual intern victim advocate for Sexual Assault Services. As an intern, you learn the skills needed to become a Victim Advocate. The interns assist Survivors of Sexual Assault throughout the legal process in providing advocacy during hearings and depositions.

    To enhance skills in a particular interest, interns will have the option of completing a project. Examples of past projects include fundraising, outreach to college students, domestic violence, human trafficking, state & national to name a few.

    Intern advocates provide coverage for 2-4 on call shifts per month in addition to their weekly office hours of 16-40 hours a week. Scheduling is very flexible.

    Interested candidates please contact Paola Gonzalez at, or 813-964-1964 ext. 3116.

  • A Lecture Series with Dr James DEmilio

    The Cult of St. James and the Pilgrimage to Compostela

    November 13-21, 2013

    Lectures stand alone or together: Attend any or all! Free and open to the public!

    • Wed., Nov. 13, 6:30 PM, CWY 109 - "St. James in Spain: The Pilgrimage to the End of the Earth"

    • Fri., Nov. 15, 3:30 PM,Grace Allen Room, 4th Floor Library - "In Search of Miracles: Saints'  Relics and Pilgrimage Shrines"

    • Mon., Nov. 18, 6:30 PM, CWY 109 - "Making and Marketing a Cult: St. James at Compostela"

    • Tue., Nov. 19, 3:30 PM, Grace Allen Room, 4th Floor Library - "John the Baptist's Two Heads and Other Oddities: Dueling Shrines in the Age of Pilgrimage"

    • Wed., Nov. 20, 6:30 PM, CWY 109 - "From Pilgrimage to Crusade: St. James 'Moorslayer' and Holy War" A Panel with: David Arbesú (Spanish), Michael Decker(History), James D'Emilio (Humanities), and Anne Latowsky (French)

    • Thu., Nov. 21, 6:30 PM, CWY 109 - "The Romanesque Cathedral of Compostela: The Art of Pilgrimage"

    For lecture descriptions and other information, please visit

    Any lecture you attend will count as Freshpeople 5 credit! 

    Link: Dr James DEmilio Website

  • Stampede of Service

    The Stampede is Coming! Are you Ready? Join the Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement at USF's largest service event, Stampede of Service! You can serve your Tampa Bay community on Saturday, January 18th as a site leader or participant. Site leader registration closes on Friday, November 1st and participant registration closes Friday, November 8th…or until full. Register TODAY at

    Link: CLCE Website

  • Lawrence Krauss The Greatest Story Ever Told So Far - FreshPeople 5 Event

    Renowned physicist and cosmologist, Dr. Lawrence Krauss, is Foundation Professor in the School of Earth and Space Exploration and Inaugural Director of the Origins Project at Arizona State University. In his talk, Krauss will argue that, the REAL story of the Universe is much more exciting than the bland myths pervaded by the ancients. He will describe the remarkable scientific story that has led to the greatest intellectual edifice ever created by humans, the Standard Model.  It is a tale ripe with drama and surprise, and will take us from Plato to the discovery of the Higgs Boson. Co-sponsored with the USF Departments of Physics and Chemistry. A ResearchOne event.

    This event will be on November 12th, 2013 at 6:00 pm in the Oval Theater of the Marshall Center. This will be a FreshPeople 5 event! 

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