Know-a-BULL News
Week of 11/17/2008 - Issue # 39 

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

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Honors College

  • This semester, Thesis Presentation Day will be Friday, December 5. The event will take place from 9 AM until 2:30 PM. Each student will present for 15-20 minutes. PowerPoint presentations are permitted but not required. A 10-15 minute discussion will follow.

    All graduating students and those who are currently enrolled in the first semester of thesis are required to attend at least one of the 1 hour sessions during the day. Each session also counts as a Freshpeople 5 event.  All students should bring their IDs for attendance scanning.

  • Students who wish to enroll in the second semester of thesis should go to the Honors website, click on Online forms, then Thesis Registration Request form. Please keep in mind that before you request this you need to have turned in your Prospectus and taken (and passed) the quiz on Blackboard.

  • December Graduates: we will be contacting you within the next week with information about the Honors College graduation reception/ceremony to take place on Friday, December 12. If you applied for graduation late (after September 19), please contact Ms. Sturrock at to make sure you are included in our graduation list.

  • Dean's Update:

    If you have not yet registered for your spring Honors class, please do so immediately.

    Jeff Multer is the Concertmaster of the Florida Orchestra; that makes him the principal musician in a nationally acclaimed orchestra. He is coming to meet you in An Evening With at 5 PM on Thursday, November 20 in the Lounge. This is your opportunity to find out about the technical, musical and business aspects of a major symphony orchestra and probably the only time you will ever meet a concertmaster.  This event is particularly important if you are a Visual and Performing Arts student.  If you have any interest in music, you ought to be there. As always, food will be served and this is a Freshpeople 5 event.

    The Honors College musical ensemble (The Rubber Band) will perform on 11/19 at 7 pm in FAH 101.  This is a Freshpeople 5 event.  Please attend and support YOUR friends and colleagues.

    In the fall of 2007, Paul Tran and Trey Penton began constructing a project that would combine the separate disciplines of music, art, history, and literature in order to educate Floridians of all ages and backgrounds on the history of the state. Together they composed a collection of carefully crafted songs in a variety of genres and styles that have the ability to bring the past to life for modern day citizens.  Now, under the art direction of Joyce Yong, the pair of songwriters will perform these original compositions with the help of a small orchestra in the new Oval Theater at the University of South Florida.  It is with great pleasure and anticipation that they invite you to join them in a unique experience that will prove to be both enlightening and entertaining.  This is a Freshpeople 5 event. The event is 11/18/2008 at 7:00 in the Oval Theater of the Marshall Center.

    Interested in LAW School? Megan OConnor, an admissions officer at Florida State Law and will be in the Lounge on Thursday, November 20th at 2PM to talk about FSU Law School. If being an attorney is of interest to you, please attend.

  • Want to go to the United Arab Emirates and have all your costs paid?  Read on!

    USF Provost Wilcox is planning to attend and speak at the 5th Biennial Education without Borders (EWB) International Student Conference that is taking place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, from March 30th through April 1st 2009, as the guest of Vice Chancellor Kamali. He would be delighted to take a handful of interested USF student scholars, to the extent that their class schedules/calendars allow. 

    The overarching theme for next year’s conference is Innovative Solutions to Global Challenges, with the following sub-themes:

    1. e-World: Harnessing Technology for a Better World
    2. e-nvironment:  A Sustainable Future for our Planet
    3. e-nergy: The Future of Energy on Earth
    4. e-ducation: The Role of Education in Meeting Global Challenges
    5. e-xchange: Cultural Exchange for Tolerance, Understanding and Peace
    6. E-conomy: Global Solutions for Recovery 

    He is looking for undergraduate and graduate students, at USF, who may be interested and who have demonstrated the intellectual curiosity, capacity and motivation to follow-through with such competitive opportunities. Interested students should see me, Dr. Yavneh or Dr. Kleine immediately.

    The student authors of selected papers and/or multimedia projects will have their full way paid by the United Arab Emirates government organizers. All students will have their accommodation and registration costs covered while in Abu Dhabi, and USF may provide some travel supplements to those not successful in receiving travel awards from HCT. I expect all interested USF students to submit an abstract of a paper. Deadline for receipt of 200 word abstracts is November 30th, 2008 with the deadline for full paper submission (pending acceptance of the abstract) set for February 2nd, 2009.

  • Interested in taking Narrative Filmmaking in the Spring? Be prepared to discover the filmmaker within you?

    This 2-credit, special topics course is taught by four experienced and award-winning students: Jesse Newman, Dan Nguyen, Sarah Wilson, and Joyce Yong -- who have a collective vision to share their passion in filmmaking.

    Students will be guided through the entire process of filmmaking, from concept to production to screening. No prior filmmaking/creative experience is required, although students do have to go through an interview process before being approved for the course in the Spring. Interviews are currently scheduled for Wednesday 11/19/08 evening, although other arrangements can certainly be made to accommodate anyone who is not able to meet at that time.
    In the Spring, the class (IDH 4930-005) will meet Wednesday nights, 6:30-8:30 PM.

    Please contact Dan Nguyen
    ( to schedule an interview.

    We strongly suggest that those who are interested in viewing short films produced by students currently taking the course, plan to join us for our screening on 12/2/08, location TBD.

  • USF Panama: Beyound the Classroom

    Students will engage in 8 weeks of coursework both prior to and following a 9 day immersion experience in Panama (participation in the trip is a required part of the course curriculum). The pre-trip coursework introduces students to the principles of research and service-learning, as well as Panamanian culture and current issues.

    Costs include: • Housing accommodations in Panama • 2 – 3 meals / day provided • Transportation to / from airport in Panama • Transportation while in Panama (group related activities) • Group Weekend Excursion (transportation, tour & lodging) • Cultural activities o Panama City Tour/ Miraflores Locks o Visit Emberá Indian Community/ Traditional Healing Practices o Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) • Travel / Medical Insurance (Available through USF Study Abroad or STA Travel)

    If interested go to the Honors website click on Honors College forms, then Print Forms, to fill out an application.
    Please turn applications into the front desk

    • Applications for IDH 4200 Geographical Perspectives: Panamá Beyond the Classroom are now available on the Honors College website under printed forms and on Blackboard under documents, forms.

  • IDH 4000 (Major Works/Major Issues)

    DH 4000 (Major Works/Major Issues) requires that you have completed 75 hours (by the end of the semester just prior to the semester in which you will take the course – if you want to take 4000 in the spring, you must have 75 credits by the end of this semester). Exceptions are sometimes granted (for 7-year BS/MD students, for example) and may be requested of your advisor The course requires a permit which you may request now.

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RED - National Fellowships

  • Through the Tallahassee Internship Program (TIP), students will spend an entire term focusing on the Florida legislative process. Up to eight undergraduate students from a wide variety of majors with at least junior standing and a minimum GPA of 3.0 will be selected to participate. Prior to the legislative session the students will complete an intensive course on the history, structure and issues of Florida government. During the sixty day legislative session, they will work with officials in Tallahassee. These officials are actively involved in finding solutions to issues facing Florida such as economic development, growth management, transportation, environmental protection, education, health, and social welfare.

    Students will be awarded a $2,500 USF Alumni Association/Student Government scholarship which is intended to defray expenses of travel, housing and food during the program.

    Contact Mr. Mejias: or Prof. Jones: or (813) 974-8452

    Deadline: 11/24/08!

  • Student fellowship program:

    The Space Grant Fellowship Program provides a prestigious instrument to reward and attract the best and the brightest of US citizens to space-related careers. The program is also designed to enhance cooperation among FSGC-affiliated (USF included) university faculty and peers in industry, government and private laboratories. Accordingly, each Fellow will receive an Academic Year fellowship stipend of $20,000 for full-time doctoral study, renewable for 2 additional years or $12,000 for full time Master's study, renewable for 1 additional year. Florida Space Grant Fellows are expected to be involved in FSGC outreach activities. These activities will differ from campus to campus and a specific assignment will be made after consultation with the FSGC representative at that institute.

    Eligible Fields: All nominees shall be enrolled in masters or doctoral programs with the intent of pursuing "space" research broadly defined to include aeronautics and astronautics, remote sensing, atmospheric sciences, and other fundamental sciences and technologies relying on and/or directly impacting space technological resources. Included within this definition are space science, earth observing science, space life sciences, space medicine, space policy, law, and engineering, astronomy and astrophysics, space facilities and applications, and space education.

    Florida Space Grant Consortium
    Space Florida

  • 2009 Ford Motor Company CHLI Leadership Program

    Eight undergraduate university students of Hispanic or Portuguese origin will be selected to participate in the 2008 Ford Motor Company CHLI Leadership program. Participants will travel to Washington, D.C. to take part in a six-week internship program consisting of professional leadership development workshops while learning about local and state government, federal government, national advocacy organizations and policy development. Interns will have the opportunity to interact with appointed and elected officials, as well as other community members and leaders from across the country.

  • The Eben Tisdale Fellowship:

    Offers outstanding opportunities for students to learn about high tech public policy issues with hands-on experience in Washington, D.C. The Fellowship has two components: a full-time 8 week public policy internship with a high-tech company, firm or trade association, and weekly issues seminar lunches hosted by Tisdale sponsors. The Fellowship offers a $5,000 grant to students who are accepted.

    Important 2009 Dates
    Application Deadline: February 15, 2009
    Applicants notified by: March 15, 2009
    Program: June 15 - August 7, 2009

  • Graduating Seniors: Apply for the Emerson Fellowship!

    Do you want to spend a year fighting hunger and poverty with a tight-knit community of emerging leaders? Emerson Hunger Fellows shape and implement local anti-hunger programs all over the U.S., and then research and provide support for national policy initiatives in Washington, D.C. Read on for application instructions, or download application instructions. Applications are encouraged from candidates reflecting diverse personal, educational, cultural, and experiential backgrounds.

    Deadline: January 22, 2009.

  • Another one for Seniors:

    The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship, established in 1987, is a competitive national fellowship program that provides college graduates with the opportunity to gain a Washington perspective on key issues of peace and security. Twice yearly, the Fellowship's Board of Directors selects a group of outstanding individuals to spend six to nine months in Washington. Supported by a stipend, the Fellows serve as full-time junior staff members at the participating organization of their choice. The program also arranges meetings for the Fellows with policy experts. Many former Scoville Fellows have gone on to pursue graduate degrees in international relations and related fields and taken prominent positions in the field of peace and security with public-interest organizations, the Federal Government, and in academia. To date, 115 Fellowships have been awarded.

  • The Hollings Scholarship Program provides successful undergraduate applicants with awards that include academic assistance (up to a maximum of $8,000 per year) for full-time study during the 9-month academic year; a 10-week, full-time internship position ($650/week) during the summer at a NOAA facility; and, if reappointed, academic assistance (up to a maximum of $8,000) for full-time study during a second 9-month academic year. The internship between the first and second years of the award provides the Scholars with ‘‘hands-on'' practical educational training experience in NOAA-related science, research, technology, policy, management, and education activities. Awards also include travel funds to attend a mandatory Hollings Scholarship Program orientation, conferences where students present a paper or poster, and a housing subsidy for scholars who do not reside at home during the summer internship.

  • 'USA Today' Will Recognize All-Academic Teams After All The programs, the All-USA College Academic Team and the All-USA Community College Academic Team, recognize student “all stars” who excel in and beyond the classroom. In previous years, the programs provided cash awards of $2,500 each to 20 undergraduates at four-year colleges and 20 at community colleges. The award winners and 40 honorable-mention students in each program were also featured in the newspaper.

  • Medical-School Applications Dip for the First Time in 6 YearsAfter five years of application increases, the number of students applying to the nation’s medical schools slipped 3 percent this year, according to a report released on Tuesday by the Association of American Medical Colleges. The drop came at a time when medical schools were being urged to accept more students to stave off a projected shortage of physicians.

  • UC-Irvine Law School Plans to Offer Full Scholarships to its First Class of StudentsVying to compete for top students, the University of California at Irvine’s School of Law is trying to raise $6-million so it can offer full scholarships to its entire inaugural class, which is due to enroll next year.Each scholarship is expected to be worth about $100,000, enough to cover the cost of tuition over three years. The school is expecting 60 students in its first class and will charge annual tuition of around $30,000, comparable to other University of California law schools, officials said.


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  • Undergraduate Research Newsletter

    The Undergraduate Research newsletter, UR News, is coming at you this Thursday. Please let us know if for some reason you'd like to be removed from our email list by emailing your full name and email to

  • Undergraduate Conference Deadlines Approaching

    NCUR Abstract Submission Open, Deadline December 1, 2008 or

    UR is happy to provide funding to first authors who are presenting at these conferences. Please contact Ms. Carlton at if you submit your work.
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HCSC - Honors College Student Council

  • Honors Council General Meetings every Tuesday at 4:30pm in the Honors Lounge

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Student Submissions

  • Child Care Needed

    Looking for an energetic, active student with reliable transportation to pick up my 8 year old son at his school (Childs Elementary – New Tampa) Monday through Friday and play with him. Hours would be 2-5. Homework help would be a plus but not necessary. Contact Ms. Geiger at if you meet all criteria.

  • Dr. El-Rady's IDH 4000 class is putting on a scavenger hunt all over the USF starting on Tuesday Nov 17, 2008 and ending on Friday the 21, 2008. The scavenger hunt will be pertaining to infectious disease trivia but upon successful completion, correct completed scavenger hunt forms will be entered into a drawing for t-shirts, caps, and two cash prizes valued at $125!

    After the Scavenger hunt, we are also showcasing an art museum filled with works of art surrounding Infectious Diseases throughout the ages and will also have a Who-Wants-To-Be-A-Microbiologist? game show featuring USF apparel and Cash prizes up to $50 dollars. These two events will happen on Monday November 24, 2008 in the Marshall Student Center 3707 from 2-4pm. There will be pizza and drinks served too!

    For more information, contact either or visit the site for more information regarding the two events.

    We will provide Freshpeople 5 credit for those who commit to the 2 hours.

    See you there!!!

  • The Barbara Jordan Health Policy Scholars Program

    The Barbara Jordan Health Policy Scholars Program brings talented college seniors and recent graduates to Washington, D.C., where they are placed in congressional offices and learn about health policy issues, with a focus on issues affecting racial and ethnic minority and underserved communities. Through the nine-week program (May 18-July 27, 2009), Scholars gain knowledge about federal legislative procedure and health policy issues, while further developing their critical thinking and leadership skills. In addition to gaining experience in a congressional office, Scholars participate in seminars and site visits to augment their knowledge of health care issues, and write and present a health policy research memo that addresses a problem of concern to disadvantaged populations.

  • Deadline for Coleman Fiction Contest is Friday, December 5, 2008.

  • Fall 2008 Grad Prep Workshops Flyer

  • Majors Fair Mixer - November 18th Flyer

  • Summer ORISE Fellowship Opportunities at CDC

    Undergraduate Summer Fellowships at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH), Division of Laboratory Sciences (DLS) in Atlanta, GA. This fellowship is open to undergraduate students who plan to major in chemistry or biology and have taken courses in general chemistry or biology.

    The candidate will work on projects associated with developing and applying new methods to characterize and quantitate biochemical markers that are relevant in environmental exposures and chronic diseases. This includes assessing a variety of markers in biologic specimens (such as serum or urine) and developing reference materials.

    The candidate will be part of a multidisciplinary team and will work with state-of-the-art equipment on topics relevant to public health. DLS offers a stimulating environment that enables summer Fellows to learn about applied analytical chemistry and to enhance their knowledge of public health.

    The stipend for first time, full-time summer Fellows is $2,100/month and the deadline for application is January 16, 2009. Additional application guidelines and contact information is included in the flier.

    Monnie E. Champion
    voice: 865.576.3306
    fax: 865.573.3816

  • Job Title:  Risk Management & Insurance Interns (2)

    Company:  Jaffe Tilchin Wealth Management

    Opportunity: Interns can start their careers while gaining real world knowledge, development of leadership skills and hands on experience equal to two years work experience in this recession-proof industry. This Internship is a life changing event.

    Requirements:  Our firm is looking to train individuals considering a career in Business, Consulting, Risk Management, Marketing, or Financial Planning.

    Students currently majoring in any of the following should consider applying for this internship program:  All College of Business majors, Risk Management

    Skill sets required to succeed: Looking for individuals who have mastered the skill of multi-tasking, is very organized, proficient in Microsoft Office and has strong verbal communication skills.   

    Personality Traits:  Responsible, Outgoing & Self-driven

    Level of Entry:  Junior year of Honors College

    GPA Requirement:  3.0 GPA and higher in major

    How to apply:  Applicants should send a cover letter and resume with telephone contact to Angie Nemet at

  • Students with undergraduate degrees in the physical sciences, life sciences, mathematics, or engineering are eligible to apply for the Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management Graduate Fellowship. Current graduate students who have not progressed to the point of having an approved thesis or dissertation problem are also eligible. Students must be planning full-time, uninterrupted study toward a Master's or Ph.D. degree. A current graduate student with a M.S. degree in the physical sciences, life sciences, mathematics, or engineering may apply for support to pursue a Ph.D. as long as a dissertation topic for the Ph.D. has not been previously selected. However, a recipient of an advanced degree in the physical sciences, life sciences, mathematics, or engineering may not receive support to pursue another degree at the same or lower level. A fellowship appointment will not exceed 48 months. The length of the fellowship appointment is based on the amount of graduate work completed before the initial fellowship appointment date. Renewal of the fellowship is based on excellent academic progress and research consistent with the DOE mission in Civilian Radioactive Waste Management. Applicants must be either U.S. citizens or Permanent Resident Aliens. It is the policy of Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education to recruit and select participants without regard to race, age, gender, religion, color, national origin, mental or physical disability, or special disabled or Vietnam Era veteran status.

  • Here is an interesting way you can help the University.  If you are interested, please contact Ms. Gibson.  We will be happy to give Freshpeople 5 credit for your participation.

    My name is Daragh Gibson, and I am a graduate student in the College of Public Health.  I am also working as a Graduate Research Assistant for the World Initiatives directed by Dr. Linda Whiteford, and Dean Donna Petersen.  My task is to organize and facilitate focus groups of domestic undergraduate and graduate students, as well as international students.  I was wondering if you had a list of names and emails of undergraduate students in the Honors College that have international experience, want to go abroad, or that are interested in global issues. 

    The World Initiative is made up of a number of committees that are working on making USF more global.  The goal is to have USF be considered a global destination by international students as well as right here on our own campus.  The focus groups will consist of a full meal (either lunch or dinner, with a vegetarian option included), and will consist of 8-12 students per session.  After everyone eats they will informally be asked a series of questions that are open for discussion.  The questions deal with their international interests whether it be study abroad, volunteering, interning or working abroad, as well as questions regarding the global atmosphere here locally at USF.

    The dates of the sessions are for Wed, Nov. 12th, Mon. Nov 17th, and Wed. Nov 19th.

    Once I have the list of students, I will send out an email with the other names I currently have containing the specific dates and times so that they can sign up for a session.

    Thanks so much!

    Daragh A. Gibson
    MPH Student-Global Health Practice
    Graduate Research Assistant
    College of Public Health
    University of South Florida


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