Know-a-BULL News
Week of 11/23/2010 - Issue # 140

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
 11/25/2010 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
 12/3/2010 Thesis Presentation Day
 12/10/2010 Honors College Commencement Ceremony
 2/4/2011 Colloquium #3
 3/12/2011 LLC Alternative Spring Break
* "Freshpeople 5 Events"

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Honors College

Dean's Update:

    I wanted to take a moment to wish you and your families a very happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday. This is a time of family gatherings, good food and football but it is also a time to reflect and “give thanks”.

    Please remember to take a few moments over the weekend to thank those in your life who have helped you to be as successful as you are. That might be a parent, sibling, grandparent, teacher, counselor or anyone else who has provided encouragement, motivation and empathy and who has instilled within you the desire to learn and standards of excellence. Those important people in your lives will feel wonderful and so will you!

    I also hope that you will reflect on how lucky you are to have the opportunity to study at a fine university with a faculty and staff that care very much for you and your success. I want to urge you to take advantage of every opportunity you have to learn, to grow and to develop; you will only be a college student once and I do not want you to ever regret not having taken advantage of opportunities presented to you. Classes are but a part of your education; please take advantage of all the 'extras' you are offered: lectures, symposia, dances, picnics and the like. You will learn and enjoy.

    Again, best wishes for a wonderful holiday from the entire staff of the Honors College, Offoce of Undergraduate Resarch and Office of Natioal Scholarships.

    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.

  • Health Professions Announcements!

    Check out the Honors Health Professions Blog this week for news on the Honors College MCAT Prep Course for Spring 2011 and the USF PharmD Program Prerequisites!


    Link: Health Professions Blog

  • Honors LLC Alternative Spring Break

    The Honors LLC is working with the Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement (CLCE) to sponsor an Alternative Spring Break (ASB) trip to NEW ORLEANS! We will be working directly with Project 195 dealing with Gulf Coast restoration and helping replant marshlands affected by the oil spill.

    The cost for participants is $250 (through CLCE), but as a resident in the Honors LLC, you are able to receive a $150 scholarship for travel expenses. That being said, the estimated cost is about $100! Unbeat-a-BULL!

    We are currently recruiting participants as well as student site leaders.

    Please email Lisa Booth at with any questions

  • Deadline for Fall Honors College Graduates!

    Fall graduates who have not filled out your Honors College Certification Form must do so by Wednesday, November 24th. Please note, any potential Honors College Graduates 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&rsquos degree application. The deadline for this certification form is listed on the Honors College Calendar.   Also, those students who are re-applying must fill out this form.

    If you do NOT plan on graduating from the Honors College or are inactive please email Thank you!

    Link: Honors College Certification Form

  • 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


  • 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

  • Boren: Scholarship for long term study abroad

    Are you interested in a foreign language and want study abroad? Apply for a Boren scholarship. Boren Scholarships for undergraduates and Fellowships for graduates enable enrolled students to study for 6 to 12 months all over the worldPrior language skills are not required except in Spanish and French speaking countries. STEM majors may apply for a shorter time period of no less than 3 months if well justified.

    The USF internal deadline is:

    Boren Graduate Fellowship     November 29

    Boren Undergraduate Scholarship     January 3

    Time is running out.  Please start your online application by clicking the link below. Get in touch with Ms. Carlton right away by emailing to express your intent to apply.  She will be happy to consult with you regarding your application and essays. 

    Link: Boren Application

  • Scholarships for Undergraduates: Study, Research and Intern in Germany

    Interested in studying or working in Germany? DAAD may be for you.  Ms. Laura Badertscher is USF's own DAAD Young Ambassador.  We have invited her to speak with students about their numerous programs. The talk will be held in SVC 1099 on December 2nd from 1-2 PM. Please click here to sign up.

  • Udall and Hollings Information

    Are you Native American Heritage? Interested in tribal public policy or native health care? There is a magnificent 12 week program in Washington DC for you sponsored by Udall. USF internal deadline is Nov 29, 2010.

    Sophomores and Juniors with interest in environmental studies from any major can apply for  Udall scholarship to support your undergraduate studies. USF internal deadline Jan 27, 2010.

    Sophomore or Junior interested in marine studies, marine law or related topics, consider applying for the Hollings scholarship. USF got our first last year. USF internal deadline, Dec 1, 2010.

  • 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

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

  • Carnegie Jr. Fellows (International):  USF Deadline: 11/29/2010  Deadline: 01/15/2011

  • Homeland Security Scholarships/Fellowships(STEM): USF Deadline: 11/29/2010

  • Udall (Environmental): Deadline: 11/29/2010

  • Hollings (Environmental):  Deadline: 12/1/2010

  • Link: More Scholarship Information on the ONS website

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

  • Families USA is Accepting Applications for Two Fellowships

    Families USA is accepting applications for the Villers Fellowship for Health Care Justice and the Wellstone Fellowship for Social Justice.

    For more information about the Villers Fellowship, please visit:

    For more information about the Wellstone Fellowship, please visit:

  • 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 e-mail to get an application.

  • Want to Become More Involved in YOUR Community? BullSERVE can Help!

    Interested in volunteering throughout the Tampa Bay area?  BullSERVE (under the Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement) has great sites for you, so that you can volunteer any time of the week!  The sites include:

    Hope Lodge, Community Stepping Stones, Metro Ministries, Trinity Café, Horses for the Handicapped, Urban Scholars Outreach Program, Feeding America, Local Community Gardens, Dr. ANV Rao Gurukulam Program, and Moses House. 

    If you&rsquore interested, please sign up on-line at: or

    Go Bulls!


    Link: Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement

  • 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

  • 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.

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