Know-a-BULL News
Week of 11/24/2008 - Issue # 40 

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

Dean's Update:

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

  • 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 recognize 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!  Please do not risk missing the opportunity to say "thanks" and "I love you" and "I care about you" 

  • Dr. Yavneh, Dr. Kleine, Ms. Geiger, Ms. Sturrock, Ms. Lazzara, Mr. Mejias, Mr. Lucian, Ms. Hill, Ms. Lanier, Ms. Kane, Ms. Galchenko, Ms. Carlton, Ms. Field, Mr. Friday, Mr. Liu and I all extend our best wishes to you for a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  • Thesis Presentation Day will be Friday, December 5.  The schedule is attached

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

    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.  Special scholarships will be provided.

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

    We have a few spots left in this spring offering: IDH 3600-006 (15613) Honors Seminar in Applied Ethics, Michael Dow (M 2:00-4:45)

    Poverty and Self-Sufficiency:  This course will encourage participants to think comprehensively about the problem of poverty and to identify real and perceived barriers to self-sufficiency.  The course will examine strengths and weaknesses of current public policy, especially governmental programs, and will also consider personal decision-making and ethics.  Students will be encouraged to gain real world experiences that will paint a human face on the problem of poverty and also develop familiarity with selected human service programs.  Some class sessions will meet at local human service agencies.  Graded assignments will include a five-page policy paper advocating for some specific change in the status quo, a log of personal “eye-opener” experiences related to the course, and a creative project (group or individual.  As should be apparent to you if you keep their eyes open to current events, issues related to poverty have in recent months moved from the periphery to the center of American life. in 2009, we can expect it to become an urgent issue in our communities and even families. Professor Dow is an outstanding scholar and teacher.

  • 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.

  • You can now earn credit for playing/singing in the Honors band even if you are not in the actual class.  We will offer one credit for students who wish to be a part of the “Rubber Band” in the spring.  It will meet on Mondays from 6-7 PM.  Email me and I will get you registered.

  • Would you like to spend spring break in London or Spain and get some funding to help cover the costs?   See the attached announcements.

  • Attached are flyers with information about two Major Works/Major Issues presentations you should attend.  Freshpeople 5 credit is available.

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RED - National Fellowships

RED has information on a wide variety of Scholarships and fellowships for graduate study.  Please check the RED website and speak with Mr. Mejias.

Here are three new RED programs:

  • Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Programs give you amazing opportunities to meet and work with leading biomedical scientists.

  • Pickering and Rangel programs are designed to provide students with a deeper appreciation of current issues and trends in international affairs, enhance their knowledge and skills to pursue international affairs careers, and expose them to career opportunities in the international arena.

  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Education and Research Funding Opportunities Undergraduate and Graduate Students!

  • Full tuition and monthly stipends, 10-week summer internships at federal research facilities or DHS Centers of Excellence.  Application Deadline: January 6, 2009

  • DHS HS-STEM Summer Internship Program for Undergraduate students:10-week summer research experiences at federal research facilities, $500 weekly stipends plus transportation expenses to/from the internship location.  Application Deadline: January 5, 2009

  • The Mississippi Teacher Corps is the most competitive teaching program in the country. The two-year program, designed for non-education majors, recruits college graduates to teach in the Mississippi Delta (and other critical-needs areas of Mississippi) and offers a host of benefits, including teacher training and certification, a full scholarship for a master's degree in education, job placement that includes full pay and benefits and, most importantly, the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of students in one of the poorest areas of the country. Applications for the Mississippi Teacher Corps are due this Tuesday, November 25th by 11:59 PM (Pacific Standard Time). This is the second, of four, deadlines. Each application deadline gets more competitive so, if you are interested in the program, I encourage you to apply for this deadline. The online application is available at or their blog:

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  • Undergraduate Research Newsletter

  • 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

  • The Mind and the Brain - Poster Session

    December 1st, 2008 - 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    PCD Commons Room
    Informational Flyer is Attached

  • The Running Club at USF

    Do you enjoy running? Or have you been meaning to give it shot and just don't know where to start? If so, come out and join the Running Club at USF! To find out more, contact Luke Richardson at

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

Monnie E. Champion
voice: 865.576.3306
fax: 865.573.3816

  • 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.

  • FOL 3100 - Israeli Films and Fiction Flyer

If you would like to be included in future editions of "Know-a-BULL News", email submissions to Dr. Stuart Silverman at for consideration. Submissions should be in electronic form, text only, and brief. Flyers containing additional information should be submitted in PDF.

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