Know-a-BULL News
Week of 11/08/2011 - Issue # 188

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
 11/9/2011 "Red Ball"
 11/15/2011 Rainforest Cafe Roundtable
 11/17/2011 Millennium Development Goals
 11/18/2011 Art Reception for Faces of Hope
 11/30/2011 Panama Poster Open House
 12/8/2011 Honors Fall Commencement Ceremony
* "Freshpeople 5 Events"

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Honors College

Dean's Update:

    Let us congratulate Ms. Hill and Ms. Lanier; both were just named winners of the Outstanding Undergraduate Advising Award for the current year!

    Please let me know if you will enter our one-act playwriting competition.

    Mark this date down - Wednesday, November 16 at 7 PM, in the brand new Music Building concert hall, your Honors Jazz Band, Singers and Orchestra will perform its fall concert.  You should attend this Freshpeople 5 event to support your Honors Colleagues.

    Please make sure you have an up-to-date e-Portfolio so you can get your Honors study abroad scholarship and so you can apply for Honors College competitive scholarships.  Go to the website, click on e-Portfolios and follow the directions or click below:

    Link: click here

  • Accelerated BSMS Workshop

    Get a combined BS/MS degree in Biology.  The concentration is in Cell Biology and Molecular Biology.  A workshop will be held Tuesday, November 8th in ISA 3050 from 2:00-3:00pm.

    Presented by Dr. Lindsey Shaw

    Link: BSMS Website

  • Undergraduate Research Assistants Needed






    -Excellent opportunity for students wanting research experience before applying to graduate school

    -Help conduct research on substance abuse, with an emphasis on tobacco dependence

    -Earn course credit

    Minimum GPA: 3.0, must be available to work 10 hrs a week, and a one year commitment is required

    If interested, please contact Bryan at, with the following information:

    -What is your availability?  Please provide all the days (weekday and weekends) and blocks of time that you are available (e.g., M: 9:00 - 3:00 T: 11:00 - 2:00 etc.) -What year are you in school and what semester/year do you anticipate graduating?

    -What are your plans after graduation (e.g., work, graduate school)?

    -What is your overall GPA (please be specific, as this will be confirmed)?

  • Rainforest Cafe Roundtable

    The Honors College is looking for Honors students who live on campus to participate in a roundtable discussion. We are looking to gain your input and ideas about programs, academic resources, marketing, and other initiatives. If you live on campus, are an Honors student, and have something to say, please join us for this event on Tuesday, November 15th from 7:00 - 9:00 pm in JPH 1317. RSVP by November 11th to with your name and on-campus address. Refreshments will be provided!

  • Spring 2012 Course Descriptions

    The course descriptions for Spring 2012 are now posted on the Honors Blackboard, under Course Descr, and are also available on the Honors website.

    Please remember to apply for your permits EARLY -- especially freshmen who will need a permit to register for IDH 2010, the required course for SP12.

  • Permit Request forms for SP12 OPEN

    The online permit request forms are now open for Spring 2012. To find these forms, please go to the Honors website, scroll down to Honors College Forms: Online Forms, and then the form you require.There are 3 permit request forms:

    Permit Request form: for IDH 2010, 3100, 3350, 3400, 3600, 4000,4200 and 4930.

    Thesis Permit form:  A permit is needed for each semester of thesis, only one semester of thesis at a time may be permitted.

    Undergraduate Research Permit: This link is found under Print Forms. Click on the link (IDH 4910) and print the Contract (once the contract is turned in, you will be registered for IDH 4910) -- beginning in Spring 12, this course is for Honors Students ONLY.

    The following classes need a permit: IDH 2010, IDH 4000, IDH 4930, and ANY COURSE that you try to register for that gives you an error message. NOTE: Any Honors student who has not had IDH 2010 will usually need a permit for any Honors course -- be prepared and apply early!

    Note: In SP12, the IDH 2010 classes will be for the Fall 11 incoming freshmen ONLY.

  • An Evening with Dr. Chang and Dr. Fischbach PreTrip Workshop

    Do you desire to become a doctor? Are you interested in learning about infectious diseases? Would you like to gain insight on the various paths taken to medical school?

    Then you won't want to miss this! Come join us as we hear from Dr. Chang M.D., Internal Medicine (USF Alumnus) and Dr. Fischbach (USF Alumnus).  Dr. Chang will share his journey to medical school, discuss the differences between internal medicine and other specialties, explain information regarding infectious diseases, and much more. Furthermore, Dr. Fischbach will share her journey to medical school, share her professional experiences of when she spent time in Nicaragua, and about her overall experiences, as she is a recent graduate of the USF College of Medicine.  Listen, learn, and prepare for your Bulls Service Break to Nicaragua!

    An Evening with Dr. Chang and Dr. Fischbach is a part of the Pre-Trip Workshop Series for Nicaragua 2012: BSB and is the final event for the semester. Join us on Thursday, November 17th at 5PM in JPH 1317. Students who have been selected to participate in Nicaragua: BSB are expected to attend. However, the event is open to all students! Light refreshments will be served.

  • Free Honors College MCAT Prep Course Spring 2012

    The Honors College is now accepting applications for a *FREE* MCAT preparatory course to be offered during spring 2012.   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. All materials 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 TBD). Interested students must demonstrate financial need, motivation for medical school and sufficient academic preparation for MCAT.  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, December 2, 2011.

  • Registration

    Registration for Spring semester will begin Monday, October 31, 2011.  If you are a first year student you must make an appointment and see your advisor prior to registration.  You will not be able to register without doing this.  If you are a continuing student and need advising, you should make your appointment as soon as possible.  Advising schedules will fill quickly.  You can come by to schedule, ADM 241, call 813-974-3087 or use eScheduler - link seen here.


  • Graduation Fall 2011

    If you are applying to graduate Fall 2011, please go the the following link and complete the Declare your Graduation with the USF Honors College.  We will open the other forms after the graduation application deadline has passed.


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O.N.S. - Office of National Scholarships

  • Internal Deadlines for Hollings Udall and Goldwater Scholarships

    The Office of National Scholarships has some internal deadlines coming up soon for students interested in science and environmental policy!

    Goldwater: November 16, 2011

    Hollings: November 28, 2011

    Udall: January 20, 2012

    Please visit and click "Search" for more information regarding these scholarships. If you are interested in applying, please email Dr. Linda Lucas at



  • Boren Scholarship Representative on Campus November 16

    The Boren Scholarship provides unique funding opportunities for US undergraduate students to add an important international and language component.

    A Boren Scholarship representative will be on campus Wednesday, November 16 to speak to students about the scholarship. The meeting will take place at 10:00 am in ADM 252.

    Sign up for the meeting through the ONS website:  


  • Present your research at the Florida Academy of Sciences Meeting

    The 76th Annual Meeting of the Florida Academy of Sciences will be held at the University of South Florida, March 16-17, 2012.

    Abstracts on any aspect of science or engineering, including science education, are being accepted for presentation opportunities.

    The deadline to submit abstracts is Friday, December 16. Early submissions are strongly encouraged. For further information and procedures, please visit the academy's web page located at or contact the FAS Program Chair, Dr. Jeremy Montague (Barry University) at 305-899-3218, fax 305-899-3225, email: .


  • Mississippi Teaching Corps Summer Internship

    MTC offers a summer internship for all college freshmen, sophomores and juniors.

    Summer interns examine issues of race, education and poverty (and food). This is done through field trips, a speaker series and readings. Reflections are done as blog entries and discussions. All interns work towards a final project.

    The application deadline is February 5, 2012. For more information about the internship and to apply, please visit


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

  • November Excitement in the LLC

    "Red Ball"

    Wednesday, Nov. 9 from 7-9:30 pm, Location: JPH 1313

    Are you the best of the best? Do you have what it takes to be a part of the elite team? Come discover in a way you've never imagined before the keys to success professionally, academically, and socially. Improve your communication style, strengthen interpersonal skills, and unlock the door to your future! Come ready to have fun for this high impact, get you out of your seat experience!

    Free Food and FreshPeople 5 Event!

    Don't be the one to miss out and have to hear your roommates talk about it!Experience It!

    "Rainforest Cafe Roundtable"

    The Honors LLC is hosting a roundtable discussion to gain your input and ideas about programs, academic resources, marketing, and other LLC initiatives. This event is open to LLC and Honors Students residing on-campus, we would love to hear all perspectives. We look forward to you joining us!

    Refreshments will be provided.

    For more information and to R.S.V.P., contact Andrea Cappello at by Friday, November 11th.

    "Honors LLC Street Team"

    Do you want to lead? Do you want to make a difference? Join the LLC Street Team! What exactly is a Street Team member?!? You're one of the most essential components in the LLC. For more information, refer to the position description and application attached in the LLC Weekly Updates or contact Alnicia Williams at

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Student Submissions

  • Department of Energy Internship Opportunity

    The Department of Energy Scholars Program application is due November 15th. The DOE Scholars Program introduces students or recent college graduates to DOE's mission and operations. As a participant in the DOE Scholars Program, you will have a competitive edge for familiarizing yourself with DOE functions while showcasing your education, talent, and skills. Students will take part in a ten-week paid internship at one of the many DOE sites around the country. Please visit:  for more information. Please email Stephanie Martell, your DOE Student Ambassador with questions. You can also email her to be notified of future DOE opportunities. Email: .

    Link: DOE Scholars Program Site

  • Hajj The Journey of a Lifetime

    Join MSA as we take you through the life-changing journey every Muslim takes during this blessed month of Hajj (pilgrimage). With FREE FOOD for your body and knowledge for your mind, learn what the Hajj experience is really all about.

    Link: Hajj The Journey of a Lifetime

  • Start Something that Matters Event

    TOMS Club is here to promote Blake Mckoskie's book (Start Something That Matters)! Come out to the event to see the documentary on the book and the TOMS One for One giving model. TOMS donates one pair of shoes to a kid in need for every pair that is purchased from them. There will be free shirts, books, and totes to those who arrive early. Food will also be provided! RSVP on facebook here: .

  • Looking for a mentor

    Looking for a mentor? MentorNet is a national e-mentoring program where you exchange emails, one-on-one, with a S.T.E.M. professional. This is your chance to gain insight into your field of study and to network with potential employers (MentorNet has a wide list of affiliates). You get a great support system in the process! This is free to any student with an .edu email account. MentorNet is always looking for mentors if any faculty would like to get involved.

    Link: Check out this flyer for more information

  • NAACP Enrichment Workshop and Competition

    The Lake Wales NAACP Branch ACT-SO will have its first Enrichment Workshop and competition on Monday, November 21, 2011 from 3:00 - 5:00 pm in Lake Wales, Florida for students in the 9-12 grades. 

    Volunteers, coaches, mentors, role models and judges are needed.  Workshops on how to get your work published & patented, presentation skills, vocal coaching, art lessons, use of the internet as a research tool are just a few activities for the enrichment program.

    Contact Wanda Howard, (USF &rsquo86) 863.678.3176 email: wandafhoward@yahoo.

  • Tutor Needed

    The Jenkins Scholars Program is looking for a tutor for General Chemistry for Engineers. Applicants MUST have an overall 3.3 GPA, have taken the respective course at USF, and received an A in the course. Applications should be submitted by following the link provided. Contact information: Rochelly Ramirez, Jenkins GA, .

    Link: Tutor Application

  • Mindfulness and Stress Reduction Workshop

    Gary DuDell, Ph.D., LMHC, Clinical Instructor from the Department of Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling at USF will hold a Mindfulness and Stress Reduction Workshop on Wednesday, November 16th at 3:00 PM at the USF Botanical Gardens. This will be a an experientially-based workshop that provides specific stress reduction tools which can be immediately used by participants. For more info, contact Alex Bear (

    Link: Mindfulness and Stress Reduction Workshop Event Info

  • Faces of Hope The Forgotten Children of Peru Opening Reception

    You are invited to attend the opening reception of Faces of Hope: The Forgotten Children of Peru on Friday, November 18, 2011 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM in the USF Centre Gallery located on the 2nd floor of the Marshall Student Center. (Also a Freshman Five Event) Featuring portraits and biographies of the patients of El Hogar, "Faces of Hope: The Forgotten Children of Peru" provides the opportunity for guests to learn about the Villa la Paz Foundation and experience the infectious hope of El Hogar. Visitors will have the opportunity to meet the founder of the Villa la Paz Foundation, Dr. Anthony Lazzara. Guests are also welcome to speak with previous volunteers and learn how they can serve at the clinic in Chaclacayo, Peru. Traditional Peruvian food will be served.

  • GLBTand Allied PreMed Association Transgender Discussion

    Did you know that November is Transgender Awareness Month? In honor of this the GLBT and Allied Pre-medical association will be hosting a transgender health discussion, this Wednesday from 6:00 - 7:00 in MSC 2702. We will have a very special guest speaker and a question and answer discussion forum after our lecture so come prepared to listen, learn and take part! We look forward to seeing you there!


  • Unique Opportunity Archaeology of Pirates

    Join USF for the adventure of a lifetime "on the high seas,'' investigating the pirate and buccaneer history of Roatan Island in the western Caribbean. Recent archaeological excavations on Roatan have unearthed an 18th century village of English settlers, who had to battle pirates and other tropical pests for their survival. The new USF Education Abroad program, which runs from late May to early July of 2012, will take students to the scene of the action as they explore the events surrounding the establishment and eventual destruction of the village. The program takes the form of an archaeological expedition and field school, where students will learn how to excavate the past, study artifacts, and contribute to the budding heritage tourism industry of ‘pirates of the Caribbean.'' Undergraduates and graduate students welcome. No experience necessary. For details, visit our website ( or contact Dr. Christian Wells,

    Link: httpuwebcasusfeduecwellsroatan

  • The United Nations Millenium Development Goals Impact on your World

    In September 2000, the then 189 member states of the United Nations (UN) met at UN Headquarters in New York City for the Millennium Summit. What came out of this three day meeting is what we now know as the Millennium Development Goals (MDG). A decade in the making, the 2001 Millennium Declaration officially established the eight goals to combat the rife global injustices. As the year 2000 approached, the United Nations saw a symbolic opportunity for its members to work together to make goals that would lead to worldwide changes needed in order to achieve equality and global sustainability for years to come. Each of the eight Millennium Development Goals targets a specific quandary that faces the world's poorest populations and least developed countries. Join us at the Marshall Student Center on November 17th, from 1 - 4pm as Professor Jeffrey Sachs, Director of The Earth Institute, Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, and Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University, a panel of local professors and businesspeople speak about the MDGs and how we can become global citizens in the 21st Century. Free food and raffle prizes for those who attend!!

    Link: Welcome to the United Nations

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