Know-a-BULL News
Week of 11/25/2014 - Issue # 342

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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 12/1/2014 Mobile App Showcase Presentations
 12/2/2014 Honors Improv Showcase
 12/2/2014 Fall Honors Concert
 12/2/2014 Gilman Scholarship Workshop
 12/4/2014 AOK Film Festival
 12/5/2014 B.Y.O.B. (Bring Your Own Blanket) Relaxation Event
 12/12/2014 Honors College Commencement Ceremony
 1/5/2015 Mandatory PSP cohort 12-Graduating Seniors
 1/6/2015 Mandatory PSP cohort 12-Graduating Seniors
 1/14/2015 FL Gubernatorial Workshop
* 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! - New Summer Program for 2015

    USF London is an exciting new campus-wide program with an important Honors College component!  Spend a month in London next summer taking two USF classes and living in the beautiful Bloomsbury section of the city, in residential facilities of the University of London.  A number of courses will be available for you to choose from, but of special interest to Honors College students will be a section of IDH 4200/IDH 3400: London as a Global City.  This, and a section of LIT 2000 (Introduction to Literature, a FKL foundation course), will be taught by Dean Adams in London.

    For information, see the website for the program: : or see Dean Adams.


  • New! - 2 NEW COURSES ADDED! Spring 15 Course Descriptions are now available

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

    We have two new classes available! IDH 3100-015, Shakespeare, taught by Deeg Garrison; and IDH 4200-020 on China/Taiwan, taught by Philip Bishop! Also, for any who joined us as a continuing or transfer student and have always wanted to take IDH 2010, Acquisition of Knowledge, but were never able to do so, there are two sections available for all Honors students in Spring 15.

  • New! - Permits and Thesis Permits

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

    Permits will automatically be given for those taking IDH 3400 with Dr. James (second-semester freshmen in the 7-yr med program) 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 need to request the thesis permit.

  • New! - Attention all students

    Attention all Spring Thesis I students and those preparing for Thesis I in the 2015 Summer or Fall:

    As in the past, the Honors College will offer an 8-week no-credit thesis course in addition to the regular 3-credit Thesis I course for those students who want additional assistance getting started with their thesis. New for the Spring, the no-credit thesis course will include 4 Research Rescue workshops. The first week of the no-credit course, all students will meet with Dr. Fogel for an overview of the thesis process in the Honors College.  The first meeting will be on Friday, 9:00-10:00, January 9th, room to be determined.

     Then, the schedule will be as follows:

    Wk. 2                Jan. 16           Selecting a Topic

    Wk. 3                Jan. 23           Conducting a Literature Review

    Wk. 4                Jan. 30           Finding What You Need in the Library

    Wk. 5                Feb. 6             Locating Statistics

    These classes will be held in the Library, on Fridays from 9-10:00 in Room 209.

    For weeks 6-8, Dr. Fogel and other Honors College faculty members will hold Fridays from 9-10:00 for individual or group appointments to continue to assist Thesis 1 students.


    This course is open to 36 Spring Thesis I students.

    For those students who are not signed up for Thesis I but would like to prepare for thesis, a second sequence of these courses just for Honors College students will be offered on:


    Wk. 7                Feb. 20          Selecting a Topic

    Wk. 8                Feb. 27          Conducting a Literature Review

    Wk. 9                March 13        Finding What You Need in the Library

    Wk. 10              March 20        Locating Statistics


    These classes will be held in the Library, on Fridays from 9-10:00 in Room 209.


    This is open to any Honors College student at any level. The limit is 36 students.

    Please take advantage of these workshops to help you do all your work as well as prepare for thesis.

    For both sequences, please email Ms. Field at and indicate if you wish to sign up for the No-Credit Thesis 1 course or the Honors College Research Rescue sequence. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Fogel at



  • New! - Honors College E-Portfolios

    Honors College students are encouraged to make E-Portfolios that they can update throughout their college years to highlight their accomplishments, interests, and the future goals they are working towards.  E-Portfolios are meant to be dynamic resumes that weave together both narrative and visuals as a way to showcase the types of things you're interested in and involved with, as well as your personal reflection on those experiences. 

    Honors E-Portfolios are added to the Honors College website, which is available to the general public to view.  As such, it is important to keep in mind that your audience may include a potential employer, a future scholarship or admissions committee, or even grandma!  Therefore, please be sure that the "brand" you communicate via E-Portfolio is compelling but also appropriate and professional. 

    The E-Portfolio is required of students who apply for various Honors scholarships and for the Undergraduate Scholar Award.  When developing your E-Portfolio, please use those already approved as a guide and know that the entire process may take several days.  If you have already created one, be sure that you're updating it regularly and consider including the link on your LinkedIn account or your professional resume!

    If you have any questions about the E-Portfolio, please do not hesitate to reach out to Ms. Sara Spear at  


  • New! - Future of Florida Political Summit

    The students of the Bob Graham Center for Public Service are holding their second Future of Florida: Political Summit on Feb. 20-22, 2015. They are inviting students from universities across Florida to join them in a discussion focused on voter registration and voting issues.  Additional information can be found at


    Link: Save the Date

  • 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.

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O.N.S. - Office of National Scholarships

  • New! - Are you a sophomore interested in the environment, earth sciences, or environmental education?

    If you are a sophomore and interested in a career related to the mission of NOAA, (climate change, fisheries, water quality, oceanography, environmental education and other fields) the Hollings Scholarship is for you. Check out the NOAA website for more information: The national deadline to apply is January 30, 2015. If you are interested in applying, please contact the Office of National Scholarships at right away to get started on your application.


  • 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

  • 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

  • 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


  • 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


  • 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

  • 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


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Student Submissions

  • New! - Join the Brazilian Portuguese Language Table!

    Come to the Brazilian Portuguese Language Table on Thursday, December 3, 2014 from 12 PM - 2 PM. The event will be at the lunch tables between Cooper Hall and Subway. Come have fun practicing your Portuguese and playing games for prizes with native Brazilians and students interested in Portuguese and/or Brazil. Everyone is welcome! Guarana will be served. 

  • 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.



  • 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​


  • 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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