Know-a-BULL News
Week of 11/19/2013 - Issue # 291

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
 11/20/2013 Unleashing Your Creativity
 11/20/2013 Personal Statement Writing Workshop
 11/20/2013 The Cult of St. James and the Pilgrimage to Compostela
 11/20/2013 Boren Scholarship Workshop
 11/20/2013 HCSC Roaring 20's Casino Night
 11/21/2013 The Cult of St. James and the Pilgrimage to Compostela
 11/22/2013 Evening Skating with the LLC
 11/25/2013 Gateway to GloBull Citizenry: A How to Event
 12/4/2013 Broadening Political Islam Beyond Islam: Examples From the Arab Spring
 12/5/2013 End of Semester Event
* Freshpeople 5 Events
* LLC Events
* PSP Events
* TOE Events
* Special Scholars Events

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Honors College

Dean's Update:

  • New! - Museum Curation Independent Study

    Interested in Museum Studies? Historical preservation? Decorating display spaces? We have a unique opportunity for a small group of students to preserve and display Honors College history during Spring 2014. Contact Ms. Lanier if you're interested.

  • New! - Lost video

    Dr. Fogel is asking for your help to find a video that she shared with a Honors College student. The video is called "God Bless" and it is the thesis work of one of her former students. If you have this video or see it in the the possession of one of your friends,  please return it to Dr. Fogel. This is an excellent video on homelessness and spirituality.

  • New! - Spring Break Trip to Panama

    There is still room for you!

    • The price of the trip has dropped to $1420 for the week, without airfare. This includes transportation, hotel lodging, food/meals, admission costs to the Panama Canal and other sights, and a farewell dinner to name just a few items covered in this cost.

    • The airfare remains at $545 - more if you check an extra bag.

    • Please fill out your application on the Education Abroad web-site.

    • The $500 deposit for the trip must be paid by Tues,  Nov 26th. Please remember that you must get the payment form from the Education Abroad Office in the Patel Center and bring this to the cashier office in SVC with your funds.

    • If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Fogel at

  • New! - Attention Honors Fall Graduates

    If you have not filled out the Graduation Certification Form and you are graduating in Fall 2013, please note that this form is due on Friday, November 22nd, 2013. The form can be found on our website through the Online Honors Forms page under the Honors College Forms tab.

    If you have any questions or difficulty accessing this form, please contact Kelly Brabant at 

    Link: Graduation Certification Form

  • Biochemistry changes impacting Biology majors

    Important information from Biology advising:

    Biochemistry will no longer be offered as BCH 3023 starting Spring 2014. There are now two Biochemistry options: BCH 3053 Introductory Biochemistry and BCH 4033 Advanced Biochemistry I.

    For your Biology/Microbiology major, there are some things you need to be aware of in order to know which one you can take for major credit.

    For students in the CMMB Department (Microbiology and Cell and Molecular concentration students), BCH 3053 will count towards your elective options.

    For students in the IB Department, only Integrative Animal and Environmental Microbiology concentration majors will be able to count BCH 4033 as part of the major electives. Note, however, that BCH 4033 will not count towards the 8 hours of 4000+ level major electives needed for IAB majors; it will just go towards the total elective hours. The IB department wants students to take Biology electives to satisfy the 4000+ level requirement. Introductory Biochemistry (BCH 3053) will not count for any Integrative Biology major.

    If you have any questions about these changes, please contact Biology advising.

  • Biochemistry Course Changes

    Through Fall 2013 USF Tampa's Biochemistry sequence was as follows:

    BCH 3023 (Introductory Biochemistry), BCH 3023L - (Biochemistry Lab), and BCH 4034 (Advanced Biochemistry)

    Starting Spring 2014, USF Tampa's Biochemistry sequence will change to:

    • BCH 3053 - Introductory Biochemistry (Prerequisites: CHM 2210 & BSC 2010) - Replacing BCH 3023 as the new Biochemistry course for students in: Biomedical Sciences (BMS), Medical Technology (MET) and Non-science majors with Pre-health goals

    • BCH 4033 (Fall Only) - Advanced Biochemistry I (Prerequisites: CHM 2211 & BSC 2010) - Replacing BCH 3023 as the new Biochemistry course for students in: Chemistry BS (CHS), Chemistry BA (CHM), Chemistry BA &ndash Biochemistry emphasis (CHMCBY) and Chemistry BA - Health Professions emphasis (CHMCHH)

    • BCH 4034 (Spring Only) - Advanced Biochemistry II (Prerequisite: BCH 4033 or BCH 3023 - if taken Fall 2013 or earlier)

    • BCH 3023L - Biochemistry Lab - Prerequisite or Co-req: BCH 3023 or BCH 3053 or BCH 4033)

    As of now, the Biochemistry lab will remain the same. Either BCH 3023, BCH 3053, or BCH 4033 will adequately prepare students for BCH 3023L. 

    To see the flyer on this information, you can go here:

    *If you are a non-science major whose degree program requires Biochemistry, please contact your academic advisor for information on how these changes will affect you* 

    You can find updated Degree Sheets at If you have additional questions or concerns, please e-mail us at and make sure to include your full name, U# and major.


    Link: Biochemistry Course Change Flyer

  • Apply for the Undergraduate Scholar Award

    The Undergraduate Scholars Award recognizes outstanding students who fulfill the University goals of community engagement, undergraduate research, and global citizenship.  Recipients are identified at Commencement and the achievement is noted on a student's diploma. The Undergraduate Scholars Award rewards the depth of your University of South Florida academic experience. Fulfilling the award's criteria is designed to help you apply academic learning to real-life issues and problems through faculty-supervised research. Further, this innovative program seeks to encourage students to engage in meaningful service and to ''connect'' to the global community.

    Click on the link below or contact Mr. Mejias:


    Link: More on the Undergraduate Scholar Award

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O.N.S. - Office of National Scholarships

  • New! - Gateway to GloBull Citizenry A How to Event

    Join the Office of National Scholarships and Education Abroad to learn more about study abroad programs and national scholarships that support study abroad.

    Meet and speak with Lazaro Silva, a Gilman Scholarship recipient who studied abroad in the United Kingdom.

    The event will be held in Juniper Poplar (JPH) 1319 from 2:30pm to 4pm on Monday, November 25.

    Sign up for the event through the ONS website under Upcoming Events.

  • New! - Personal Statement Writing Workshop

    If you are planning to apply for a national scholarship in the spring semester (or beyond), please attend this workshop. The workshop will be given by Ms. Gloria Munoz, an ONS writing consultant.

    Date: 11/20/2013 Time:9:30am to 10:30am Location:ALN 252

    Sign up for the workshop at the ONS website: under Upcoming Events.

  • New! - Interested in learning a critical language abroad? Attend a Boren Scholarship Workshop

    Come learn more about the Boren Scholarship at an information workshop held Wednesday, November 20 at 3:30pm in ALN 253. Former Boren Scholarship recipient, Michael Schwab-Holler will be in attendance to share his experience and answer questions.

    You can find out more regarding the Boren Scholarship at: The USF Deadline to apply is January 6, 2014.

    Sign up for the workshop at the ONS website: under Upcoming Events. For more information and to apply, please email Ms. Lauren Chambers at

  • New! - Freshmen and Sophomores Want to study abroad in the United Kingdom this summer?

    Come learn more about the Fulbright UK Summer Institute Program at an informational workshop held Tuesday, November 19 at 3:30pm in ALN 253. Two previous recipients, Shelby Thomas and Christine Goddard will be in attendance to share their experiences and answer questions.

    You can find out more regarding the Fulbright UK Summer Institute Program at: The USF Deadline to apply is January 27, 2014.

    Sign up for the workshop at the ONS website: under Upcoming Events. For more information and to apply, please email Ms. Lauren Chambers at

  • New! - Summer 2014 Research Experience for Undergraduates at the Center for Injury Research and Prevention

    The Center for Injury Research and Prevention (CIRP) at The Children&rsquos Hospital of Philadelphia, in partnership with the University of Pennsylvania, announces 10-week paid summer research internships for undergraduate students. 

    CIRP is a leading multi-disciplinary center engaged in collaborative cross-discipline research implementing real world applications. The Injury Science Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Site program (sponsored by the National Science Foundation) will provide students with mentorship and hands-on research experiences in the fields of engineering, behavioral science, population science and statistics as applied to pediatric injury science (i.e., prevention of injury secondary prevention, post-injury/traumatic stress). 

    The program will provide students with a stipend, housing at the University of Pennsylvania (contingent on funding) if needed, and a contribution toward travel expenses (contingent on funding).

    CIRP is accepting applications from January 3 to January 31, 2014
    contact: Carol Murray

    Link: httpinjuryresearchchopedutrainingopportunitiesreuUoE4v3Ckp5U

  • Interested in Foreign Service or International Affairs?

    Are you a senior interested in pursuing a career in Foreign Service and/or International Affairs? Applications Open! Workshop Soon! Monday, November 18th, 2013 from 9:30am - 10:30am in ALN 252: RSVP here. Stream here.

    The Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellowship provides up to $90,000 toward a two-year master's degree, internships, and mentorship and professional development support. Upon completion, Fellows join the Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State. Eligibility requirements include: U.S. citizenship GPA of at least 3.2 Seeking to start graduate program in fall 2014. The USF deadline to apply is January 6th, 2014. Questions? Please email Ms. Celestin at


    The Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program provides funding to participants as they are prepared academically and professionally to enter the United States Department of State Foreign Service. Women, members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, and students with financial need are encouraged to apply.  Eligibility requirements include: U.S citizenship GPA of at least 3.2 Seeking to start a graduate program in fall 2014. The USF deadline to apply is January 6th, 2014. Questions? Please email Mr. Arrowood at


    The Payne Fellowship seeks to attract outstanding young people who are interested in pursuing careers in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Agency for International Development.  Eligibility requirements include: U.S citizen GPA of at least 3.2 Seeking to start a graduate program in fall 2014. The USF deadline to apply is January 6th, 2014.  Questions? Please email Mr. Arrowood at


    Additionally, the Director of the Rangel Fellowships Program, Patricia Scroggs will be hosting an information session. Tuesday, November 19th, 2013 from 2:00pm - 3:00pm in BSN 230: RSVP here.

    We highly recommend those who intend to apply to attend the workshops.

    Link: Office of National Scholarships

  • You have seen our emails Now it is time to schedule an appointment

    If you have seen our emails in your inbox or come to a workshop, now it is time to schedule an appointment to meet with a national scholarships advisor.

    Schedule the appointment through eScheduler: Choose Office of National Scholarships as the Advising Area and General Inquiry as the Sub-Area.

    We look forward to meeting with you soon!

    Link: httpescheduleforestusfeduloginaspx

  • Undergraduate Public Policy Internships

    The Public Policy Internship Programs provide students with the opportunity to learn about and become involved in the public policy and political process. All academic disciplines and majors are welcome.

    The USF Legislative Internship Program (LIP) (4 Credit Hours). Undergraduate students from a wide variety of majors have the opportunity to work in the offices of elected officials from the Tampa Bay region. Each student is matched with an elected official from Congress, the State Legislature, a County Commission or a City Council willing to provide a meaningful learning experience.

    The USF Tallahassee Internship Program (TIP) (12 Credit Hours) Undergraduate students from a wide variety of majors with at least junior standing and a suggested minimum GPA of 3.0, are provided with the opportunity to work for 60 days in the state capitol in Tallahassee during Florida's legislative session.

    The Washington Center (TWC) Fall, Spring  (12 credits) Summer (9 credits) The USF Semester in Washington provides students with the opportunity to enjoy a semester of experiential and classroom learning in Washington, D.C. 

    For more information on these programs and to apply, please contact Dr. Joan Pynes at

  • Boren Scholarship African Languages Initiative

    For the fourth year in a row, through the African Languages Initiative, funding is available for Boren Scholars and Fellows to study one of the following languages at the University of Florida's summer 2014 program prior to commencing their overseas Boren-funded programs.

    The applications for the 2014-2015 David L. Boren Scholarships and Fellowships are now available at Boren Awards, an initiative of the National Security Education Program, provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to study in Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East, where they can add important international and language components to their educations.

    An informational workshop will be held regarding the Boren Scholarship opportunities and application components on Wednesday, November 20 at 3:30pm in ALN 253. Sign up for the workshop at


    Link: wwwborenawardsorg

  • Department of Energy Scholars Program

    The Department of Energy (DOE) Scholars Program is now accepting applications for Summer 2014.

    The DOE Scholars Program offers unique opportunities that introduce students or post-graduates to the agency's mission and operations.

    For application information and questions contact: Leslie Fox, Project Manager, (865) 241-3319 or

    Want to learn more about the DOE Scholars program? E-mail or visit

    Link: httporiseoraugovdoescholars

  • National Agricultural Innovation Prize Launched

    The National Agricultural Innovation Prize is open to U. S. undergraduate and graduate students across all academic disciplines.  The competition runs through Spring 2014 and teams will compete for a chance to win $100,000.

    The competition encourages student teams to develop innovative ways and real-world plans to address social and agricultural challenges within food systems to improve the standard of living and quality of life for the world's population.

     Student team entries are due by February 28, 2014.  More information about the competition can be found at: and at

    Link: National Agricultural Innovation Prize

  • Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Arts Award Application Now Open

    The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Arts Award Application is now open! The Phase One deadline for application materials is due Tuesday, November 26. The JKC Graduate Arts Award enables students or recent alumni with exceptional artistic or creative promise and financial need to pursue up to three years of study at an accredited graduate institution in the US or abroad. Awards can be as much as $50,000 annually.

    If you are interested in applying or plan to apply, please email Ms. Chambers at 
    For more information, including eligbility requirements, please visit:

    Link: Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

  • Interested in Studying at the University of Oxford?

    If you are interested in studying at Oxford next year for a M.Sc. in a science field outside of engineering, contact Dr. Lucas in ONS for information about a new scholarship that might be suitable for you. She can be reached via e-mail at:

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 Roaring 20s Casino Night

    It's a Roaring 20's Casino Night at JPH! That's right folks, for one night we'll be turning back the clock to the glorious days of swing dancing and jazz music! The event will host a variety of conventional casino games, such as blackjack and poker and some unconventional games such as Egyptian Rat Screw and different board games. Along with the variety of games, the center of the room will be the site for SWING DANCING. You can learn how to swing dance and practice your swing dancing skills to the tunes of the 20's. So come on down to our Roaring 20's Casino Night wearing your flapper dresses and fedoras on November 20th from 7:30-10PM in JPH 1319!

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  • Special Topics Course Improvisation

    • New! HONORS SPECIAL TOPICS IDH 4930 007 Improvisation course offered this Spring Tuesdays 3:30-5:15 p.m. The often overlooked art of improvisation is a life-changing skill that enhances your ability to collaborate, adapt to unfamiliar situations, and communicate spontaneously and well. Learning to perform without a script not only develops your ability to think on your feet, it awakens your natural creativity. More importantly, it fosters the confidence you need to step out of your comfort zone and take calculated risks that spotlight your work and ideas. This multidisciplinary course focuses on extemporaneous performance techniques that challenge you to build trust, quiet your inner critic, listen carefully and respond genuinely in the moment. Acquiring improvisational skills will help you again and again, whether you're preparing for your dream job interview, presenting a cutting-edge theory or moving up the corporate ladder. Set yourself apart by learning the secrets of creative communication and give yourself an advantage in today's competitive environment. This is a 2 credit course taught by Mr. Lucien and Crystal Haralambou. 


    Link: Course Description

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Student Submissions

  • New! - Donations for Holiday Toy Drive

    Please join the Jenkins & Holcombe Scholars Planning Board for the 1st Holiday Toy Drive. Now through November 27th, brand new, unwrapped toys can be donated as gifts for children between 0 and 18 years of age at the Shriner's Children''s Hospital. All toy donations may be placed in the decorated boxes in the Honors College, Laura Reiser's office or Katie Negron's office. The scholars thank you in advance for donations and if you have any questions, please contact Carly Deegan at

  • New! - AIDS Around the World Social

    Come out to MSC 3707 from 7pm-9pm to this year's AIDS Around the World Social which is co-sponsored by the Honors College Student Council! There will be free food, $100 worth of raffle prizes up for grabs, and free rapid HIV testing from the Y.E.S. Program. All proceeds benefit Francis House, a non-profit dedicated to providing HIV/AIDS support services to vulnerable populations in the Tampa Bay area. Stop by the Honors College Student Council booth to play trivia games, test your knowledge about HIV/AIDS, and meet some of the other organizations on campus dedicated to promoting health through service.

  • New! - Looking for a tutor in PHY 2053 section 803

    Looking for a tutor in PHY 2053. If you have taken Dr. Rabson's course in the past even better. MUST have earned an A in the class. Preference given to tutors with the following availability: MWF after 4:30pm and Tuesday after 3pm and Thursday after 5pm.  

    Please contact Mr. Lucien  

    Link: Email

  • New! - Please help promote this Honors College Event

    Hello Students, I'm Alan Shaw, a new addition to the department and I am asking that you consider attending an event I'm planning this semester in support of your honors college peers. It's a night of art and poetry at Felicitous Coffee and Tea on Saturday, December 7th. The students in my IDH classes and my Honors College Composition 1 and 2 classes have been hard at work this semester studying the canon of American literature and conducting research about issues that impact and interest them. As an additional component to these projects, I've asked my students to make artistic pieces to accompany them, those that either shed new insight on to the issues they've tackled in their writing, or which react to the message and events in the books we've studied. All have created truly staggering works of art, and to honor these students and their hard work, I'm staging a night of art and poetry at the end of the semester. It's called Honoring the Arts. The event is planned for December the 7th, that's a Saturday, at 7pm. I am holding it at Felicitous Coffee and Tea, located at 11706 N 51st street. We'll have an art show, some poetry, and culture to make us all feel human one last time before finals week begins. If you have the night free, please stop by. If you have questions, please ask email me at

  • New! - Complete List of Accredited Online MBA Programs

    The site provides a comprehensive and informative resource that sorts out schools with accredited online MBA Programs. When it comes to online MBA programs (or any professional school, for that matter) accreditation is tremendously important. At the graduate or professional school level, there are two levels of accreditation that you must consider. First, the university should be accredited by a regional accrediting body. Second, the business school and the MBA program must have the stamp of approval from an accreditor of the Business Schools. Our resource will provide all these minute details that are often forgotten when looking for a program that fits student needs.

    This is free to use and will remain open to all users.

    Please contact Victoria Baker at if you have any questions. 

    Link: Complete List of Accredited Online MBA Programs

  • New! - This Wednesday 1120 Microsofts James Quick for Gamemaker

    Good Afternoon Everyone, This Wednesday (11/20) Microsoft''s James Quick will be coming in to do a presentation on Gamemaker and he will discuss publishing apps as well! This is an amazing opportunity to ask questions to a Microsoft employee and meet new people in the process. As always there will be free food and refreshments.Link for download below. It will be located in ENB 313 at 5:00 p.m. Also, we ask if everyone can register for official membership of our club. In order to register, go to, click on "Search for Student Organizations" and follow the links to register (official club name is Microsoft Develops Network). See you there! David

    Link: link to download application

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