Know-a-BULL News
Week of 11/19/2014 - Issue # 341

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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 11/19/2014 HCSC's Getting Started Workshop with OUR
 11/19/2014 Lunch with the Deans
 11/19/2014 Bulls Against Ebola Student Conference
 11/20/2014 Corporate Responsibility Job Fair
 11/20/2014 Walt Whitman Poetry Night
 11/21/2014 Fulbright UK Summer Institute Workshop
 12/1/2014 Mobile App Showcase Presentations
 12/2/2014 Honors Improv Showcase
 12/4/2014 AOK Film Festival
 12/5/2014 B.Y.O.B. (Bring Your Own Blanket) Relaxation Event
* Freshpeople 5 Events
* LLC Events
* PSP Events
* TOE Events
* Special Scholars Events

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Honors College

Dean's Update:

    Are you planning to study abroad or volunteer abroad between Winter 2014 and Summer 2015? Then consider entering the Honors College photo contest!

    Who: All USF Tampa Honors students that have participated in an international experience (study abroad or volunteer abroad) between Winter 2014 and Summer 2015

    What: This year’s theme is FAMILY.

    Contestants will submit one picture along with a brief description (3 sentences maximum) describing how their picture relates to this year’s theme of “Family.” We welcome unique interpretations!

    Honors College students will vote to choose the finalists, and a panel of professional photographers will decide the winners.  Winning photographs will be displayed in a public exhibition. The top 3 winners will receive a scholarship prize!

    The picture and statement should be submitted to Indira Ranaweera at by August 1, 2015. It is strongly encouraged that pictures are submitted as soon as possible after the completion of the program. Please note that photos submitted to the Honors photo contest may not be used for other photo competitions.


  • New! - Spring 15 Course Descriptions are now available

    Course descriptions for the Spring 15 semester available on the Honors College Website: Current Students: Course Descriptions: Spring 2015.

    Also, we are very excited to announce that for the first time we will offer one section of PHI 2101, Intro to Formal Logic. The section is for Honors College students only and will be taught in the Honors College! Check it out under Course Descriptions!

  • New! - Deadline extended FREE MCAT course Spring 2015

    Applications are still being accepted for the Honors College/Chowdhari *FREE* MCAT preparatory course to be offered during Spring 2015.  The 15-week non-credit course 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 6:30-9:00pm (ALN241).  Attendance is required for every session.

    Interested students must demonstrate financial need, motivation for medical school, and sufficient academic pre-requisites for MCAT.  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 Mejías,  Please include UID#. Final deadline is Monday, December 7, 2014.

  • New! - College of Engineering Research Day

    The College of Engineering is hosting the 7th Annual Research Day to be held on Wednesday, November 19, 2014, from 9:00 AM until 2 PM in the second floor ballroom in the Marshall Student Center.

    The event is open to all undergraduate and graduate students working with engineering faculty and College research centers for poster presentations. It features cutting-edge research presentations by USF faculty and provides an opportunity for students to network with faculty, fellow students, and local industry. It is also intended to attract undergraduates, providing them valuable insight into various multi-disciplinary research activities across the College of Engineering and USF campus.

    If you are a College of Engineering student, plan to stop by to check out the types of undergraduate research opportunities that are available!


  • Permits and Thesis Permits

    REGARDING THESIS PERMITS:  If you have applied for a thesis permit for Spring 15, these permits will be processed later this week. There is no rush to register for this class as there are unlimited seats. Regular permit requests take precedence right now due to the fact that those classes have limited seating.

    Permits and Thesis Permits for Spring 2015 are open for permit requests on the Honors website. Registration begins on Monday, November 3rd.

    You will need a permit for the Honors sections of PHI 2101 - Intro to Formal Logic, as those two sections are reserved for Honors College students only.

    Permits will automatically be given for those taking IDH 3400 with Dr. James (second semester freshmen in the 7 yr med program), for IDH 3600 Bio-Med Ethics and for Dr. Specter's IDH 4930 course, so you will not need to apply for a permit if you are on the approved list for these classes.

    Students taking the travel classes will automatically be registered once your deposit has been made and the list of approved students received -- there is no need to apply for a permit for the travel classes.

    IF you are a double major, or a new student, you might need a permit in order to register for an Honors course. When registering, if you see a message that says there is a college or major restriction then you need a permit -- please go on the Honors website: Honors College Forms: and click on the Class Permit Request form or the Thesis Registration Request form.

    All thesis students will need to request the thesis permit.

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O.N.S. - Office of National Scholarships

  • New! - Have a 3.9 or above GPA and want to study at Oxford University for a year?

    The Frost Scholarship to Oxford is for a one-year master's degree. This is an amazing opportunity to study at Oxford University with everything paid.  It is only for 2015 graduating students in the State University of Florida system focused on certain programs found in the link below. There are 10 scholarships per year funded for the next four years. This scholarship pays for all expenses for a one year master's degree in certain science areas listed in this link:

    Students need to have a strong GPA and letters of recommendation in order to be accepted to an Oxford department. If you are not eligible this year, come by to find out about it for next year. Eligible students are Florida residents, currently enrolled in a State University, graduating in May or August 2015. Students need to apply to their Oxford program no later than either January 9 or 23, 2015, depending on field, and perhaps earlier if required by the program, to be automatically considered for the Frost Scholarship. There is no separate scholarship application.

    If you are interested or plan to apply for the Frost Scholarship, please contact Dr. Linda Lucas at

    Link: Frost Scholarship

  • New! - Washington Semester Program Application Deadline Extended to December 1

    The Washington Semester Program is an academic experiential learning program for students to participate in a seminar that will give students the chance to meet professionals who are chest-deep in the fields they are studying so that they gain valuable expert insights first-hand. Through the internship, students will get real-world work experience while making connections with leaders in Washington, D.C. The research project or elective course lets students take their experience one step further and use the valuable resources that American University and Washington, D.C. have to offer.

    For more information and to apply, please visit:

    Link: httpwwwamericaneduspexswashingtonsemesterindexcfm

  • New! - Are you a sophomore who is a leader and is interested in strengthening your leadership skills?

    The Mount Vernon Leadership Fellows is a competitive five-and-a-half-week summer leadership program that offers a small, select group of rising college juniors unparalleled opportunities in the nation's capital and on the famous estate of America's first President. The program invites undergraduates to immerse themselves in leadership development programming inspired by the life and legacy of George Washington. It is designed to prepare the next generation of our nation's leaders.

    You can learn more about the Program here:

    The application is now open. The deadline to apply is February 1, 2015 but applications will start being reviewed in December so the sooner you apply the better.

    If you have any questions, or plan to apply please contact Mr. Brian Arrowood at


  • Are you interested in a career in Foreign Service and International Affairs

    Join us for the Rangel Undergraduate Fellowship Program and Pickering Undergraduate Fellowship Workshop! This workshop will take place on November 13 at 2pm in ALN 252. To sign up for the workshop, please visit the ONS Upcoming Events Calendar at

    Please review the information provided on the scholarship website prior to the workshop: and


  • Chemistry Research Experience for Undergraduates


    Are you interested in developing research skills, becoming part of a network of chemists, and contributing answers to today's scientific questions? If so, you may be interested in an REU in chemistry here at USF. You may apply for 1-3 credit hours or a volunteer appointment. Applications should be submitted by November 19, 2014. To learn more visit


  • Parkinson Disease Foundation Summer Student Fellowships

    PDF Summer Fellowship Program is used to support students from advanced undergraduates to medical students in their pursuit of Parkinson's-related summer research projects. The goal of the Summer Fellowship is to cultivate an early interest in Fellows into the cause and possible treatments for Parkinson's disease.Fellows work under the close supervision of a sponsor who is an expert in the Parkinson's community and oversees the project. For more information please visit


  • Want to study abroad in the UK and not have pay for it?

    Please join us for an informational workshop regarding the Fulbright UK Summer Institute Program and application process.  Participants in these programs will get the opportunity to experience an exciting academic program at a highly regarded UK University, explore the culture, heritage and history of the UK and develop their academic ability by improving presentation, research and communication skills. This workshop will take place on November 21 at 2pm in ALN 252. To sign up for the workshop, please visit the ONS Upcoming Events Calendar at

  • Interested in an all-expense paid masters level degree in Peace and Conflict Studies?

    Over the past ten years, The Rotary Foundation has provided over 700 future peace leaders with peace and conflict resolution education and field experience at Rotary Peace Centers around the world. Fellows earn a master's-level degree or a professional development certificate in peace and conflict studies at one of six Rotary Peace Centers at leading universities in Australia, England, Japan, the United States, Sweden and Thailand. To apply or learn more visit The deadline is July 1, 2015.

    Link: Rotary Centers

  • Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration Stewardship Science Graduate Fellowship

    Are you planning to study properties of materials under extreme conditions and hydrodynamics, nuclear science, or high energy density physics in graduate school? If so, this opportunity may be for you. To learn about or to apply for this great opportunity visit Applications are due 1/14/2015. 


  • Learn more about nationally competitive merit scholarships

    Attend an upcoming informational workshop to learn more about the Office of National Scholarships and the national scholarship opportunities that can fund your study abroad experience, do research or an internship or pursue graduate study. Workshops will be presented by year (Freshmen, Sophomore, Junior and Senior) as well as by specific scholarship.

    View the upcoming workshop schedule and sign up for a workshop at under the Upcoming Events Calendar.

    Link: Office of National Scholarships

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

  • New! - HCSC's Getting Started Workshop with OUR

    Are you looking for research opportunities, but do not know where to look? Are you having trouble finding or approaching a potential mentor who will take you on as a research volunteer?

    HCSC and the Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) are here to help. The OUR will be hosting a customized research workshop to answer these questions and any more you may have. The workshop will be led by the Director of the OUR, Dr. Pollenz.

     The event will be held in the OUR located in Lib 210, second floor of the library, Wed. Nov. 19 from 5-6pm.

    RSVP on the Honors Calendar for a seat--there's only room for 40! Please email Cyrus Tamboli: with further questions or concerns.


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  • BYOB Bring Your Own Blanket Relaxation Event

    Take a break from studying and join fellow HLLC residents for a movie under the stars, hot chocolate, card decorating for children at St. Joe's, and more! Be sure to bring your own blanket for our featured holiday movie.

    Friday December 5th

    Time: 6:00 PM

    Location: JPH Pool, Side of MAG Apartments


  • Dinner with a D.O.

    Join the Honors LLC as we present Dinner with a D.O. Enjoy dinner with James Phillips, a 4th year medical student from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine Bradenton. Discover what being a D.O. student entails, and learn about the field of Osteopathic Medicine (and how it rivals Allopathic Medicine). James will discuss his path into medical school, an overview of Osteopathic Medicine, and the many reasons to enter into this field. This event is meant to ease your fears of getting into medical school by hearing a first-hand account of the trials and tribulations of the application process, as well as the many successes upon acceptance, in a casual and relaxed environment. Bring your questions, concerns, enthusiasm, and appetite!

    Tuesday November 18th

    Time: 5:30 PM- 7:00 PM

    Location: JPH 1317

  • Lunch With The Deans

    Join Dr. Adams and company for our monthly Lunch with the Deans! November's Lunch with the Deans will be a week early instead of the traditional last Wednesday of each month because of the holidays. Join us for our last lunch of the semester for a unique lunch experience and a chance to get to know Honors College staff in a relaxed environment!

    Wednesday November 19th

    Time: 11:30AM

    Location: JPH Dining


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Student Submissions

  • New! - London/Paris Political Science

    Dr. Merrick is leading a 10-day program in London/Paris (April 30 to May 10). Three credit hours will be offered in political science, international affairs, sociology, or criminology, though the class is open to all students. (This program is separate from the London/Paris Honors College trip, which is full.) Application deadline is Dec 1. Apply at:

    Email Dr. Merrick for more information:

    There will be an information meeting on Monday Nov. 24, at 5:00, in SOC 152.



  • New! - Honors College Acquisition of Knowledge Film Festival

    Event: Honors College Acquisition of Knowledge Film Festival

    Event Date: Thursday, December 4th

    Event Time: 7pm until curtain

    Location: JPH 1317

    Description: This semester many of your Honors College friends have been busy. They've been making movies. As part of Prof. Shaw's Acquisition of Knowledge classes, 38 students in your cohort have completed films related to self-knowledge, self-discovery, issues of immediate importance to them, and communities and activities that impact college students. Some even made a film about this year's Humans Versus Zombies game! To share their hard work and fantastic artwork, the classes are hosting a night of film and art at the beginning of December. Come out and enjoy some great films and a conversation with their creators at this inaugural Honors College Acquisition of Knowledge Film Festival. Refreshments will be provided. This is a Freshman 5 and and Honors LLC event.

    For more information contact:Alan Shaw at


  • New! - Corporate Responsibility Job Fair and Expo

    There will be a Corporate Responsibility Job Fair and Expo this Thursday, November 20th in MSC 2708 (Plaza Room) from 10am to 2pm. What differentiates this job fair from others is that it was organized by the Honors College Business Ethics students (IDH 3600-004, taught by Sacha Greer) and will include only companies with outstanding social responsibility track records. The fair and expo is open to all USF students, so you are encouraged to bring your resumes, professional attire and winning attitude! 


  • New! - Advocates for World Health

    Advocates for World Health is a national non-profit organization that relocates surplus medical supplies to developing countries. On Monday, November 24th 6:30-8:30, come join fellow USF students in visiting the national warehouse to sort and organize these medical supplies so they are able to be shipped. There will be pizza and rides provided! Email Melissa Falzon at if you are interested in joining.


    Timmy Global Health at USF will be holding a Call Out Meeting on Wednesday, November 19th at 11:30am-12:30pm in MSC 3711 !! We are a non-profit health organization seeking students interested in making a global health impact ! We will discuss volunteer opportunities for Spring 2015, information about our Medical Brigade, introduce you to our committed officers and enjoy delicious cupcakes ! Questions ? E-Mail

  • Blog Writer Position Open Volunteer Opportunity

    We are looking for a few blog writers to make blog posts for the Human Health Project, preferably one post a week. A list of potential topics will be provided for ideas, but writers have the option to write on any health topic of their interest. The person doing this work does not need to have a medical background. It is much more important to have writing ability and have an interest in healthcare as a human right. Please note that blog writers will be given full credit for their blog posts, but the Human Health Project will need the legal right to use their contributions. Interested students should contact Peter Adams ( with their resume. Please pass this opportunity along to others who may be interested. More information: The purpose of the Human Health Project (HHP) is to get conventional and complementary health information and peer-to-peer support from the HHP community around the world in response to health experiences that are posted. Generally, information and support will be provided by members of the public who want to help people anonymously who have health conditions and questions. Our goal is to improve access, self-management, equity, and affordability of health care throughout the world.

    Link: Human Health Project Website

  • Student Needed to Create Website for Free Clinic

    We are looking for an experienced volunteer to develop a web page for CARE for Peripheral Neuropathy, a free clinic for people suffering with neuropathy. This is a great opportunity to serve your community! Please contact Cindy Tofthagen, PhD, ARNP at (813) 252-0475 or by email at

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