Know-a-BULL News
Week of 12/01/2009 - Issue # 90

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
 12/3/2009 HCSC and Honors LLC Holiday Party
 12/4/2009 Thesis Presentation Day
 12/4/2009 Fall 2009 - Last Day of Classes
 12/11/2009 Honors College Graduation
 2/10/2010 Abstract Writing Workshop
 3/3/2010 Poster Design Workshop
 3/17/2010 Oral Presentation Skills Workshop
 4/1/2010 8th Undergraduate Research Symposium
 4/30/2010 Thesis Presentation Day
 5/7/2010 Honors College Graduation
* "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 holiday season. This is a time of family gatherings, good food and football but it is also a time to reflect and to give thanks.

    Please remember to take a few moments over the next several weeks 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 season from Drs. Yavneh, Kleine and Lucas, Ms. Sturrock, Ms. Geiger, Ms. Lazzara, Mr. Mejias, Mr. Lucien, Ms. Hill, Ms. Lanier, Ms. Kane, Mr. Friday, Ms. Carlton, Ms. Field, Mr. Liu, Ms. Schumacher, Ms. Dorosz, Ms. Avramenko and yours truly.

  • H.O.T. Members

    Please email Dr. Silverman if you are a member of the Herd of Thunder.

  • MCAT Prep Course for Spring 2010

    Based on the generosity of the Chowdhari family, the Honors College is excited to announce the offering of an MCAT preparatory course during the spring 2010 semester. The 15-week non-credit course, facilitated by third and fourth year USF College of Medicine students, will include test strategy as well as content preparation. Each week a different subject (biology, physics, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry and verbal) will be covered through the use of ExamKrackers materials.

    This course will be offered on Tuesday evenings in SVC 1091 from 6:00-9:00pm. Interested students must demonstrate financial need and should submit a personal statement describing financial need and future goals to Ms. Amy Sturrock ( prior to December 11. ExamKrackers materials will be provided.

  • Competitive Scholarships for Fall 2010

    The Honors College Competitive Scholarship Application for 2010-2011 is now open. Students can apply for additional scholarships if they meet the following criteria:
    3.5 USF GPA, completion of at least two Honors courses, a history of substantive community, University and/or Honors service since entering USF.
    The deadline to apply is January 15, 2010.

    Link: Competitive Scholarships Application

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RED - National Fellowships

  • USA TODAY All-USA College Academic Team

    USA TODAY is now accepting nominations for the twenty-first annual USA TODAY All-USA College Academic Team.

    *full-time Jrs. & Srs.
    *excel academically
    *extend intellectual abilities beyond the classroom to benefit society
    *featured in USA TODAY in May 2010 and will receive trophies and cash awards of $2,500
    *nominated by school

    See website (link below) for criteria and more information.

    Nominations must be received by 11:59 p E.T. January 29, 2010

    Link: USA TODAY All-USA College Academic Team

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

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The Office of Undergraduate Research

  • Call for Poster Designs

    The 8th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium and Celebration needs a new look, and you could be the designer! We are currently accepting submissions for a design that will be used on all posters, bookmarks, and postcards involved with the Symposium.

    The deadline for submissions will be January 20, 2010. Please send all submissions to Ms. Schumacher at To see previous designs, check our website at


  • Student Research Opinions Needed

    The Office of Undergraduate Research would like to invite you to an open discussion about undergraduate research and your experience as an undergraduate researcher.

    If you are currently researching with a mentor, your feedback at this event will be greatly appreciated and used to help future undergraduate researchers.

    Please join us on January 20, 2010 at 12pm in SVC 1099. Lunch will be provided for your time and input. Space is limited for this discussion.

    If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Lauren Schumacher at by January 15, 2010. Please include who your mentor is in the email.

  • 8th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium and Celebration Submission Deadline Announced!

    The Office of Undergraduate Research would like to announce the paper and abstract submission deadline for the 8th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium and Celebration on April 1, 2010.

    Oral (paper) and poster (abstract) submissions will be due to the Office of Undergraduate Research on February 25, 2010 at 4pm. Submission guidelines and instructions will be posted soon on Please mark your calendars for this event!


  • 2010 Summer Cancer Research Fellowships

    The Summer Cancer Research Fellowship program provides a unique opportunity for eligible current sophomore or junior undergraduate students to engage in innovative integrative biology approaches to cancer research through the National Cancer Institute's (NCI) Integrative Cancer Biology Program (ICBP).

    Online applications will be accepted beginning Monday, December 7 through Monday, January 25, 2010.

    For more information including project descriptions and the online application, please visit


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USF Honors College Student Council

  • Underground T-Shirts Are In!

    Stop by the Honors College front desk to pick up your underground t-shirt. Ask for Chelsea, and if she is unavailable, Mr. Lucien can also help you.

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Student Submissions

  • Exciting News from Student Health Services!

    Call in before you walk in!

    Effective Monday November 16,
    call our scheduling line (813) 974-2331 to speak with a Patient Services Representative
    and set up an appointment!

    You can also request a future appointment online at

    Link: Student Health Services

  • International Alternative Breaks Applications Available Online Now!

    Center for Leadership & Civic Engagement

    Volunteer in Vietnam, Peru or Costa Rica this May! Join the USF Alternative Breaks program to travel with a group of USF students to live, learn and serve in a new international community! Trips will be 2 weeks in length.

    Learn more about each of the trips & apply to participate here:


  • ASME Events

    Join USF ASME for the following exciting events!

    12/05/2009: Electrathon Race - Brandon High School

    02/19-20/2009: USF Engineering EXPO & Electrathon Race

    Link: USF ASME Website

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