Know-a-BULL News
Week of 11/26/2013 - Issue # 292

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
 12/2/2013 Time to Unwind
 12/3/2013 Information Session for the MS in Medical Sciences
 12/4/2013 Broadening Political Islam Beyond Islam: Examples From the Arab Spring
 12/5/2013 End of Semester Event
 12/13/2013 Honors College Commencement Ceremony
 1/13/2014 Cooking with Cayla
 1/18/2014 Camping in the Everglades!
 2/4/2014 Cooking with Cayla
 3/5/2014 Cooking with Cayla
 4/3/2014 Cooking with Cayla
* Freshpeople 5 Events
* LLC Events
* PSP Events
* TOE Events
* Special Scholars Events

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Honors College

Dean's Update:

  • New! - Graduation Check

    Remember it is easy to make sure you are completing all your Honors College requirements.  Just go to Honors website, click on Online Forms and at the bottom of the list complete the Request Graduation Check.

  • New! - USF Science Study Abroad Program in Florence

    USF Science in Florence, Italy, is a developing study abroad program (summer B 2014) with opportunities for science and non-science majors to take real science courses. Courses include Introductory Biochemistry (BCH 3053) and Historical Perspectives of Chemistry (CHM 4070) and will be taught by Dr. David Merkler and Dr. Ken Caswell. For more information, please visit the following facebook link.

    Link: USF Science in Florence Facebook Page

  • New! - London Paris Dr Merrick

    Dr. Merrick's London/Paris trip (May 1-11) has just secured additional hotel space and is now accepting additional students. IDH credit is offered, and special activities are available for pre-med students. For details, email Dr. Merrick ( Itinerary is at:

    Link: httpeducationabroadglobalusfeduindexcfmFuseActionProgramsViewProgramProgramID17549

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

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O.N.S. - Office of National Scholarships

  • New! - Boren Scholarship to Support Critical Language Study Abroad

    Do you plan to study a critical language abroad for a semester or academic year? Do you have an interest in US national security and working for the US government? Could you use up to $20,000 to fund a study abroad program for the study of a critical language? If so, you should consider applying for the Boren Scholarship! You can read more about the Boren Scholarship and application components here:

    If you are interested in applying or would like more information, please email Ms. Lauren Chambers at The intent to apply deadline is December 2, 2013 and the USF deadline for submission of application materials is January 6, 2014 (the first day of spring classes). 

  • New! - Interested in Science or Environmental Policy?

    The Udall Scholarship is designed for future leaders in environmental policy or science, including policy, engineering, science, education, urban planning and renewal, business, health, justice, and economics. It provides $5,000 for undergraduate education costs. There is also an option for Native American students interested in tribal policy. You can find more information here:

    The USF deadline to apply is January 27, 2014.


  • New! - Interested in a career related to the mission of NOAA (climate change, fisheries, water quality, oceanography, environmental education and other fields)?

    Consider applying for the Hollings Scholarship. The Hollings Scholarship Program provides successful undergraduate applicants with awards that include academic assistance (up to a maximum of $8,000 per year), a 10-week, full-time internship position ($650/week) during the summer at a NOAA facility and, if reappointed, academic assistance (up to a maximum of $8,000) for full-time study during a second 9-month academic year. Check out the NOAA website for more information:

    The USF deadline to apply has been extended to December 6, 2013.

  • New! - Freshmen and Sophomores Want to study abroad in the United Kingdom during summer 2014?

    Apply for the Fulbright UK Summer Institute Program! This fully funded program will send you abroad to one of nine academic institutes in the United Kingdom. You can read more about each specific institute here:

    If you are interested in applying or would like more information, please email Ms. Lauren Chambers at The intent to apply deadline is January 13, 2014 and the USF deadline for submission of application materials is January 27, 2014.

  • 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 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

  • New! - Interested in Foreign Service or International Affairs?

    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

    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

  • 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

  • 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

  • New! - Time to Unwind

    Join the Honors LLC for an evening to just relax and unwind as we brace ourselves for the start of finals and the conclusion of the academic year. 

    We'll offer the seasonal refreshments, roast s'mores on the grill, mingle poolside, and show a film on the lawn near the Magnolia pool. You'll also have the opportunity to make cards for local disabled veterans and children at St. Joseph's Hospital. Grab a blanket and plan to stay outside for the movie! 

    Movie showings to be announced soon. This event will be from 7-9 p.m. at the pool and grassy area by Juniper-Poplar and Magnolia apartments

    Link: Honors College Calendar

  • New! - Honoring the Arts

    Come out to Felicitous and enjoy some coffee and tea while fellow students share their art and poetry. Dr. Shaw challenged his students to connect with people who have experienced tragedy in the past 100 years, tragedy''s such as: Wars, genocide, political and economic turmoil, etc. Students were asked to respond to these works of trauma with their own works of art. Take a study break and support your peers as you experience the amazing products of their hard work. Felicitous is located at 11706 N 51st street and the event will start at 7 p.m. on December 7th. 


    Link: Honors College Calendar

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Student Submissions

  • New! - Honors College Composition Needs You

    Hello Honors College Students! I'm Alan Shaw, and I hope many of you have heard of me. I also hope that many of you have heard of my Honors Composition 1 & 2 classes. I hope most of all that many of you are still undecided as to your final schedule for the spring of 2014. Next year, I'm teaching a special pair of Honors Comp Sections called "You are the Government" and I want you to think about enrolling. I encourage you to check the course listings on the Honors College website, but I can assure you here that the classes with be challenging and exciting. How exciting? You'll have to enroll to find out, but ask your friends if you need a hint. I guarantee they will surprise you with the stories of this semester's Comp sections. Like, wow, we did what? We did, and in a class designed for the unique needs of an honors student population and which comes with a class puppy that visits the campus on Fridays as reward for the classes' hard work. Her name's Gertrude, and your friends can tell you how much she rocks. But in all seriousness, I'd be delighted to be your Composition instructor next semester. If you have the chance, and the desire to join, ask your advisor about how to enroll in one of my sections. The classes are currently being offered on Monday and Wednesday at 9:30 (for Comp 1) and at 11am (for Comp 2). Both classes are in Juniper Poplar, room 1313. If you have any questions about the class, ask your advisor or email me at

  • New! - USF Botanical Garden Survey

    Have you ever wanted your voice to be heard? Well, now you have the chance! You could help improve the USF botanical garden by participating in this small survey. Your responses will benefit YOU in the near future. If you want to participate in the survey, the link is below this post.

    Link: USF Botanical Garden Survey

  • 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

  • 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

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