Know-a-BULL News
Week of 11/16/2010 - Issue # 139

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

RSS Feed Upcoming Events
 11/17/2010 Honor's College Concert
 11/22/2010 An Afternoon with Quentin Darrington
 11/23/2010 An Afternoon with Les & Pam Muma
 11/23/2010 Harvesting Hope
 11/25/2010 Thanksgiving Holiday
 11/26/2010 Thanksgiving Holiday
 11/26/2010 Honors College Certification Form
 11/29/2010 Freshman Five Health Care Conference: Take Charge of Your Health
 12/3/2010 Fall - Last Day of Classes
 12/3/2010 Fall 2010 Thesis Deadline
* "Freshpeople 5 Events"

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Honors College

Dean's Update:

    Thesis is the cornerstone of the Honors College experience . Recognizing its importance for our academic community, we have established Thesis Day, when some of our students are given the opportunity to present their theses in a public forum . We request that all students currently enrolled in Thesis I plan to attend for at least one of the 1 1/2-hour long sessions. We will also assign each attending freshman a Freshpeople 5 credit for each session. This semester, Thesis Day will be Friday, December 3 , from 9 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Oral presentations will last 15-20 minutes. PowerPoint , judiciously used, is acceptable. A 10-15 minute discussion will follow. Poster presenters will be with their posters for one 1 ½ hour session. To all Students presently enrolled in Thesis II : If you will finish your thesis this semester, please fill out the Thesis Day Registration Form at Submit it no later than Wednesday, November 24th. Since more students will complete their theses than can be accommodated on Thesis Day, we will select a representative sample to be presented. If you are selected, we will notify you for which format you have been selected. In the event that you are not selected, please know that only limits of space could exclude you. If you present and your mentor and committee member can come to Thesis Day, it will count as the required public presentation; if not, you will need to present to your committee on a separate occasion arranged with them. Thank you.

    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.

  • Students for Social Justice

    A member of the Coalition for Immokalee Workers will come to our campus to speak about his experience working on Florida's tomato farms, which produce nearly all the tomatoes sold during the winter season. This guest speaker will discuss issues of social injustice and field questions from participants.

    The Honors LLC is partnering with Students for Social Justice, who will be providing food and coordinating this event. This is a Freshmen 5 event.

    Please email Daniela Serpa with any questions:

  • Freshman Five Health Care Conference: Take Charge of Your Health

    The Critical Thinking and Health Care Major Works Major Issues class is hosting a health care conference in the Marshall Center. It will be held on Monday, November 29th in room 2708 from 9 a.m. to 3p.m. This conference will address a variety of health topics: Nutrition and exercise, the basics of health insurance, a panel addressing the affects of the health care reform (open discussion to follow), medical ethics, and the legalization of medical marijuana. Insight and free food, the perfect combination!

    Facebook Event Keyword: Take Charge of Your Health 

  • Registration

    Registration has begun for Spring 2011.  Be sure that you register as soon as the system allows and add your Honors course.  There is a glitch in the system and some students have not been able to register for their IDH course.  If this happens to you, send your UID and CRN to your Honors advisor and they will help you.  Be sure that the course you want to add does not require a permit.  Permits can be requested on the Honors website, link below.

    If you have questions about this, contact your Honors advisor or Ms. Geiger at


  • A few seats still available!!

    Submit your application NOW!  Only a few seats remaining... you will learn about the people, culture, and traditions relevant to that country and incorporate this research into your experience abroad.  Applications are available at the Honors College front desk. Scholarships are available to all Honors students (additional scholarships may be awarded to Honors LLC residents).  Deposit options available.

    Germany (Osnabruek)

    • Course Credit: Arts & Humanities (IDH 3100) OR Major Works (IDH 4000)
    • Dates: May 7-May 21, 2011
    • Estimated Cost:$1600 (not including airfare)
    • Applications are due by November 29, 2010


  • 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

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O.N.S. - Office of National Scholarships

  • Next Steps Interactive Sessions

    Come participate in this interactive scholarship session especially for freshman and sophomores to find out what it takes to get where you want to go.  Get suggestions on resources, tips on goal setting, feedback and support from fellow students who are also moving towards their amazing future selves.  Find out how to translate thought into action into a dynamic scholarship essay. Guest speakers will be announced soon.

    There will be two sessions: Nov 17 at 10-11 AM or Nov 18 at 12:45-1:45 in SVC 1091. Donuts will be provided on the 17th and pizza on the 18th.

     Click here to sign up.                Contact with questions.


  • 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.

    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

  • Rangel, Pickering & Boren Office Hours and Workshops

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

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

    Boren Office Hours--Language/Study Abroad (Ms. Carlton): Friday, Nov 19th from 10-11:30 AM.  Please stop by Ms. Carlton's office (SVC1040C) with your application materials.

    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.

  • 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.

  • Upcoming Deadlines: SMART, Truman, DAAD, Carnegie, Homeland Security, Udall, Hollings

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

  • NSF Paid Summer Undergraduate Research Placements

    For Undergraduates: National Science Foundation (NSF) paid Summer 2011 Undergraduate Research Placements

    Over 400 programs - REU and other Summer Research Opportunities fo Undergraduates


  • Research Assistant Needed for Anthropology Research

    A research assistant is needed for the project called &ldquoThe Medicalization of Breastfeeding&rdquo. This project explores the emergence of a new health professionlactation consultingand its impact on how breastfeeding is understood and practiced by mothers. The research assistant will assist with qualitative research methods including oral history interviews with the profession's founders, semi-structured interviews and shadowing with practicing lactation consultants, and a content analysis of professional journals, texts, and exam preparation materials. They will need to have about 2-8 hours per week for the research and should have an interest in public health, anthropology, medicine and/or nursing.

    If you are interested in this project, please make a profile on and then email your resume to Ms. Schumacher at Please include in the subject line of the email "Anthropology Research Project".


  • Research Assistants Needed for ADHD and Physical Activity Research Project

    Three Honors College students are needed to be research assistants for a study looking at the impact that physical activity has on ADHD students. The main focus of the project is on observing ADHD children while providing short bursts of physical activity throughout the day in order to learn the effect it may have on behavior and learning. The opportunity will begin in Spring 2011 and will take place in a school setting. Student tasks would include recording information from observations and data collection. Training will be provided. This opportunity is also available to students who want to do their thesis with the research project.

    If you are interested in the opportunity, please make a profile on Then email your resume to Ms. Schumacher at Please include in the subject line of the email &ldquoADHD Project&rdquo.


  • CUR Registry of Undergraduate Researchers

    The Council on Undergraduate Research hosts a Registry of Undergraduate Researchers.  The purpose of this registry is to facilitate matchmaking between undergraduates who have research experience and a desire to pursue an advanced degree with graduate schools seeking high quality students who are well prepared for research.  We hope that students who are currently in their junior year will register now, but anyone with undergraduate research experience may register at any time.  You will be able to update your listing as appropriate, to include any summer research experience or information about Senior Theses and test scores.

    Any undergraduate may go to to fill out a simple curriculum vitae form.  There is no charge to the student and records will be made available to Graduate Schools that contract with CUR for this service.  Organizations or companies seeking the students’ information for other marketing purposes will not be granted access.  Graduate School representatives may contact students to invite applications or visits to the campus and laboratory, or to share information about their research programs and financial support opportunities.

    Link: CUR Registry

  • Spring 2011 Registration for 0 Credit IDH 4910

    All students participating in Undergraduate Research can register for 0 credits of IDH 4910, Honors Undergraduate Research FOR FREE.

    If you would like to be registered for the Spring 2011 semester you will need to:
    1. Create a profile on Be sure to include your mentors information in the profile.
    2. Your mentor needs to email us at granting permission. The email needs to include "4910, the student's full name and the student's U-number in the subject field".
    3. Once we receive the email and verify that you have a completed profile, we will register you for the class.

    Registration does NOT roll over from semester to semester. If you were registered in the fall for 0 credit and would like to be registered for it again in the spring, please have your mentor email your information to Please feel free to email us if you have any questions!

  • Save the Date - 9th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium and Celebration

    Please save the date for the 9th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium and Celebration. The event will be held Friday, April 15, 2011 in the Marshall Center Ballroom. Application information and guidelines will be posted on the UR website ( in late fall/early spring.
    Students will apply online through the UR profile. Please email any questions to

  • Department of Energy (DOE) Scholars Program Now Accepting Applications

    Are your students interested in participating in the most recent scientific research and development?   Would they like to gain experience in discovering solutions to power and securing America’s future, specifically in energy security, nuclear security, scientific discovery and innovation, environmental responsibility and management excellence?

    The Department of Energy Scholars Program offers summer internships with stipends of up to $650 per week depending on academic status to undergraduates, graduate students and post graduates at accredited institutes of higher education.  Majors accepted include:  engineering; physical sciences; environmental sciences; computer science and information technology; physics; program management; math; statistics; safety and health; accounting and finance; law; and other related discipline areas.  Requirements include:  U.S. Citizenship; 18 years of age or older; and a cumulative GPA of 2.90/4.00.

    Internships provide participants with the opportunity to conduct hands-on research while showcasing their education, talent and skills. Interns will also have a unique opportunity to explore the options for federal careers with DOE. 

    Visit for more information or to apply. The application deadline is January 31, 2011.


  • 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  

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Student Submissions

  • Become an Athletics Tutor! Spring 2011 positions

    The USF Athletics Academic Enrichment Center is looking for students who are committed, responsible and want to help others. Exceptional tutors will be working with our student-athletes on a variety of subjects. Criminology, Statistics, Business, Sciences, Communication, Math and ALL subjects needed! If interested please send an e-mail to

  • Take Charge of Your Health

    Monday, 11/29 from 9-3pm, MSC 2708

    The Critical Thinking and Health Care 2010-11 class is hosting a Health Care Conference at USF. There will be several segments on the topics of nutrition, obesity, diabetes, medical marijuana, and prescription drug abuse. There will also be an overview of health insurance and the health care reform. There will also be a panel led by a doctor, a nurse, and a pharmacist who will talk about how the Health Care Reform affects their practice from a professional perspective. They will also answer questions from the audience. 

    There will be free food.

    Link: Take Charge of Your Health

  • Socks and Ponchos Drive for the Homeless

    Socks & Ponchos Drive For the Homeless

    November 19th 8am-4pm

    Marshal Center North Entrance

    FREE: Blood Pressure, Diabetes, Cholesterol and HIV Testing

    For everyone who brings Socks and/or Poncho

    Provided by Tampa Family Health Centers


    Please come support your fellow classmates in their fight to help homeless individuals in our community!

    Link: Facebook Event information

  • Hindu Student Council Organization Mixer - Nov 23

    Want a hot and free Indian meal while learning about Indian cultures? Well, you are in luck, Hindu Student Council would like to invite you to our Organization Mixer! Come enjoy a hot and delicious Indian meal and meet a number of USF's organizations of the Indian community. Meet us on Nov 23nd at Marshall Student Center room 3707 from 5pm to 8pm. Also, we will be auctioning a Kaplan course at the mixer, so come prepared! Hope to see all of you there!


  • Study Abroad in London/Paris or Florence, Italy!

    Dear Honors College Students,

    Make the world your classroom!  Study and travel in the magnificence of Europe!  As many of you already know, I direct the London/Paris Program (May 6-15) and the Florence, Italy Summer B Program (June 27-August 5). .    

    SCHOLARSHIPS:  Scholarships are available for Honors College students.  Contact Dr. Georg Kleine for more information (   Additional scholarships are available through the Office of Education Abroad.  See my websites for more details. 

    WEBSITES:  Please view my informative (and totally cool) websites for each program. Copy and paste the URLs found below into your browser to see a world of opportunities!  You can sit in a classroom at USF or you can make the world your classroom!  

    DEPOSITS FOR LONDON/PARIS are due no later than DECEMBER 3.  Last year, the program filled three weeks prior to the deposit deadline, and we turned students away!  As of November 4, there are only 9 spaces left.  DON’T DELAY!!!

    DEPOSITS FOR FLORENCE will be due during Spring semester, date to be determined.  

    Please view my websites and feel free to email ( or call me (941 224 3805).  

    For London/Paris:

     For Session B Florence, Italy:


    Dr. Merrick

  • New Student Organization - Naturopathic Medicine

    A student organization that promotes naturopathic medicine is being started at USF. Naturopathic medicine recognizes the body’s innate ability to heal itself and uses techniques that promote this ability. Treatment protocols given by naturopathic physicians (NDs) include clinical nutrition, energy medicine, botanicals, algae, pharmaceuticals, etc. This group is for anyone who is interested in truly preventing and curing disease, meaning you do not necessarily have to plan on becoming a doctor to join this group.

    If you are interested in joining, please send your NetID (used to log in to Blackboard) to Alexander Bear at by the end of this week. Also, if you are interested in working on the constitution, helping to find a faculty sponsor, or other necessary tasks involved with starting an organization on campus, please let Alexander know.

  • The Florida Collegiate Honors Council

    The Florida Collegiate Honors Council is pleased to announce its annual writing competition for students enrolled in honors programs at Florida colleges and universities.  This year, we are introducing an electronic submission process that will allow deans and directors to submit entries by email.

    For categories, guidelines, and to download the cover sheet, click on the link below:

    The submission deadline is Monday, December 13, 2010

    If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me by email ( or phone (407-582-1373).

  • 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.

  • 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

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

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