Know-a-BULL News
Week of 11/15/2011 - Issue # 189

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

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 11/17/2011 Millennium Development Goals
 11/17/2011 HCSC Mafia Murder Night!
 11/18/2011 Art Reception for Faces of Hope
 11/30/2011 Panama Poster Open House
 11/30/2011 November Lunch with the Deans
 12/2/2011 Thesis Presentation Day
 12/8/2011 Honors Fall Commencement Ceremony
 12/15/2011 HCSC Underground Shirts are IN!!
* "Freshpeople 5 Events"

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Honors College

Dean's Update:

    Are you entering our One Act PlayWrite competition?  Let me know, please.

    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

  • Summer Course in London

    USF is offering a wonderful course in London this summer.  Contact Professor Linda Whiteford for further information.  Honors Scholarships will be available.  See details below.

    Link: Class Info

  • 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 students are expected to attend. However, the event is open to all students! Light refreshments will be served.

  • 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 2 permit request forms and a link for IDH 4910 Undergraduate Research (contract):

    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.

  • Thesis Presentation Day

     To All Honors College Students:

    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 2, from 8:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at the Honors College (ADM 241).  Oral presentations will last 15-20 minutes. PowerPoint, judiciously used, is acceptable.  A 10-15 minute discussion will follow.

    To all Students presently enrolled in Thesis II :

     If you will finish your thesis this semester, please fill out the Thesis Day Registration Form, found on the Honors website.  Submit it no later than Wednesday, November 23rd. 

    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. 

  • Spring 2012 Course Descriptions

    The course descriptions for Spring 2012 are posted on the Honors Blackboard, under Course Descr, and are also available on the Honors website in "Current Students: Course Descriptions.

    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.

  • 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)?

  • 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.

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O.N.S. - Office of National Scholarships

  • Internal Deadlines for Hollings, Udall and Goldwater Scholarships

    The Office of National Scholarships "internal deadlines" are 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



  • Funded Journalism Internship Program in Berlin

    This is a summer internship/seminar program in Berlin for American journalism and communications students. They will accept current undergraduate students, graduating seniors, recent graduates and Master's students.

    Applicants must have at least "advanced intermediate" German skills, as the seminars and internships take place in the German language. The applicants who are finally selected for the program will be awarded a monthly stipend of 650 Euros for the duration of their stay in Germany.

    The application deadline is January 31, 2012.

    For more information, please visit


  • 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

  • HCSC Underground Shirts are IN

    Did you pre-order an HCSC Underground t-shirt at the Honors Convocation or the HCSC Fall Picnic this year?? 


    Please stop by the HCSC Advisor, Huda's, office (ADM 262 A) or see Ms. Cutchens (ADM 241) to pick up your Underground shirt. 

  • Mafia Murder Night

    Are you ready for a night filled with mystery and intrigue??

    It's a classic whodunnit as the Honors College Student Council hosts "Dinner and a Murder"!

    On Thursday, Nov. 17th from 6-8 PM in JPH 1313, prepare yourself for a "mafia"-themed game, an Italian mobster dinner (catered by Olive Garden!), and plenty of FREE fun. Planned by Council's new members, this event is one "offer" you can't refuse!

    Link: RSVP here

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USF Honors College Student Council

  • So You Wanna Be a Cardiologist

    Open to ALL Honors College students interested in health care. Dr. Jimenez is a cardiologist and a pioneer in less invasive thoracic surgery. He works at the Florida Hospital Pepin Heart Institute.

    Tuesday, November 15th at 8pm in JPH 1313

  • November Excitement in the LLC

    "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.

    Door Prizes will be given to the first 5 participants (R.S.V.P. Required)!!!

    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 located on Blackboard or contact Alnicia Williams at

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Student Submissions

  • Unique Opportunity to study the 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

  • 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 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

  • 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) 863.678.3176 email: wandafhoward@yahoo.


    Make the world your classroom! Join the USF Education Abroad "short" program to London/Paris. Travel dates: May 4-May 13, 2012 (break between spring and summer semesters/departure date tentative). Credits: 3, Director: Dr. Merrick. Email: Cell: 941 224 3805 Feel free to call or email. More information: check out Dr. Merrick's personal London/Paris website at . Scholarships Available: contact the Honors College. Number of students accepted: a total of 16 students will be accepted. As of Nov. 10, only 8 spaces remain. In prior years, the London/Paris program filled before the deadline. STUDY ABROAD WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE!


  • The Process of Gender Reassignment Surgery

    The GLBT and Allied Pre-Medical Student Association presents : The Process of Gender Reassignment Surgery, A Lecture by Dr. Dan Greenwald. This fascinating discussion will describe one of the most interesting surgical procedures performed today from the bird's eye view of a surgeon who performs it in his practice. Come join the GLBTAPMSA, the GLBTAMSA and AED in the Lehigh Valley Netword Auditorium at the College of Medicine for what is sure to be an eye opening experience. Feel free to tell your friends and your neighbours as this lecture is not reserved for pre-health students! Free Food and Drink Provided!


  • Faces of Hope The Forgotten Children of Peru Opening Reception FRESHMAN FIVE EVENT

    You are invited to attend the opening reception of Faces of Hope: The Forgotten Children of Peru on Friday, November 18, 2011 from 6-8 p.m. 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.

  • 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

  • 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

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