Know-a-BULL News
Week of 12/03/2013 - Issue # 293

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
 12/4/2013 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! - New Chinese Course Offerings for Spring

    CHI 4930 - East Asian Cinema: From Anime to Action Films TR 3:30pm-4:45pm

    Why has Japanese anime become increasingly popular worldwide? How can action movies from Hong Kong influence the style and aesthetic in mainstream Hollywood films? This introductory course explores popular film genres in East Asia by looking at recent masterpieces from Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and mainland China. We will study works by Miyazaki Hayao, Oshima Nagisa, Kurosawa Kiyoshi, Im Kwon-taek, Lee Chang-dong, Park Chan- wook, Zhang Yimou, Ang Lee, John Woo, Wong Kar-Wai, and more. The course will center around three unifying themes that course through national boundaries: 1.) film and storytelling traditions, 2.) the representation of sexuality and violence, and 3.) Hollywood connections.

    The course is taught in English, and is open to all majors. All required films carry English subtitles, and all reading is done in English.

    CHT 3110 - Traditional Chinese Literature in Translation MW 3:30PM- 4:45PM 

    This course is a survey of the classical Chinese literature from ancient time to the fall of Qing Dynasty (1911). We will study three of the important genres of traditional Chinese literature: poetry, fiction, and drama. Through close reading of the selected masterpieces, such as Journey to the West, Dream of the Red Chamber, and The Story of the Western Wing, we will also explore traditional Chinese culture, religion, and philosophy.

    All works are read in translation no language background is necessary.

    CHT 3512 - Contemporary Chinese Language and Society MW 11:00AM- 12:15PM

    This introductory course explores China's economic, political, cultural, and intellectual development from 1976 to the present day. Topics to be discussed include the resurgence of China as a world power, the widening urban- rural divide, environmental issues, and the role of the individual in modern Chinese society. No prior knowledge of Chinese language is required.


  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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! - Summer Internship Opportunity with the US Department of Energy

    The Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) Program, sponsored by the Office of Fossil Energy (FE), U.S. Department of Energy, is now accepting applications for a 10-week summer internship. MLEF's mission is to improve opportunities for women and minority students majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines, but all eligible candidates are encouraged to apply.

    Selected MLEF Fellows will receive a bi-weekly stipend, approved travel costs to/from their host site and will attend a Technical Forum to present their project at the end of the internship


    To qualify for the program, students must:

    • Be at least 18 years of age

    • Be a U.S. Citizen

    • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and

    • Be currently enrolled full-time in an accredited college or university (sophomore year or higher)

    Application Process

    The appointment is through the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education.  The application may be found at   Deadline is January 15, 2014.

  • New! - Are you preparing for a career in German and European affairs?

    If you are planning on study for a semester or academic year in Germany during 2014-2015, apply now for a DAAD Undergraduate Scholarship. Sophomores and  juniors are eligible to apply.  Find more information at

    If you are interested in applying or would like more information, please email Ms. Lisa Dosal at The intent to apply deadline is December 13, 2013 and the USF deadline for submission of application materials is January 6, 2014.

  • New! - Sophomores and Juniors are you wanting to conduct research in Germany during summer 2014?

    Apply for the DAAD RISE program! This summer internship program is for sophomores and juniors in the fields of biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences and engineering.  Spend the summer working with Ph.D. students on research projects at a German university. You can read more about the DAAD RISE program here:

    If you are interested in applying or would like more information, please email Ms. Lisa Dosal at The intent to apply deadline is December 13, 2013 and the USF deadline for submission of application materials is January 6, 2014.

  • 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). 

  • 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.


  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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

  • 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

  • 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! - Paid Tutoring Positions Available

    The Holcombe Scholars Program is looking for a tutor for the Spring 2014 semester in the following courses: General Chemistry I Physics I (Calculus Based) Life Science Calculus I Calculus II Biology I-Cellular Processes Applicants MUST have an overall 3.3 GPA, taken the respective course at USF, and received an A in the course. Applications should be submitted by following the link provided and clicking on the "Apply to be a paid tutor" link. Please Laura Reiser, Holcombe GA, with questions.

    Link: Tutor Application

  • 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

  • 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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