Know-a-BULL News
Week of 12/7/2010 - Issue # 142

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
 12/10/2010 Honors College Commencement Ceremony
 2/4/2011 Colloquium #3
 3/12/2011 LLC Alternative Spring Break
 4/8/2011 Colloquium #4
* "Freshpeople 5 Events"

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Honors College

Dean's Update:

    It turns out that i have had a USF email address of which I was unaware and have gotten over 130 emails at that address over the past two years. If you sent an email to me at an address ending in, I did not respond because I did not get it! I am truly sorry; the problem has now been corrected.

    From now on, you may apply for an Honors College travel or competitive scholarship only if you have an up to date E-Portfolio. Directions can be found on the website by clicking on 'E-Portfolios' towards the bottom of the page.

  • Health Professions Updates!

    The new and improved 7 Year Medical Program webpages are now online!  The site now includes program requirements specific to each catalog year and new forms for BS/MD students to document medical experience and volunteer hours. To access, from the main Honors College website, go under Current Students, and then Accelerated Programs.

    We are accepting applications NOW for the Spring 2011 Honors College MCAT Prep Course - see the Health Professions Blog for eligibility and application information: Deadline for submissions is December 17.


    Link: Health Professions Blog

  • Honors LLC Alternative Spring Break

    The Honors LLC is working with the Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement (CLCE) to sponsor an Alternative Spring Break (ASB) trip to NEW ORLEANS! We will be working directly with Project 195 dealing with Gulf Coast restoration and helping replant marshlands affected by the oil spill.

    The cost for participants is $250 (through CLCE), but as a resident in the Honors LLC, you are able to receive a $150 scholarship for travel expenses. That being said, the estimated cost is about $100! Unbeat-a-BULL!

    We are currently recruiting participants as well as student site leaders.

    Please email Lisa Booth at with any questions

  • Registration

    Registration has begun for Spring 2011.  Be sure that you register as soon as the system allows and add your Honors course.  There is a glitch in the system and some students have not been able to register for their IDH course.  If this happens to you, send your UID and CRN to your Honors advisor and they will help you.  Be sure that the course you want to add does not require a permit.  Permits can be requested on the Honors website, link below.

    If you have questions about this, contact your Honors advisor or Ms. Geiger at


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O.N.S. - Office of National Scholarships

  • Upcoming Deadlines: DAAD, Boren, Rangel, Pickering, Homeland Security, TRIALS, & Udall

    • DAAD (Germany): Deadlines in December and January
      Study, Research, and Intern in Germany through DAAD's numerous programs including summer research for STEM majors.

    • Boren (Language): Deadline: 1/3/2011
      Funds Long term study abroad for 6-12 months, focused on language.

    • Rangel & Pickering (Foreign Affairs): Deadline: 1/3/2011
      Foreign service scholarships & fellowships that fund undergraduate and graduate studies. Also, provide training and internship.

    • Dept of Homeland Security: 1/5/2011
      Pays tuition, stipend and provides paid summer internship.

    • TRIALS (Law): 1/15/2011
      NYU and Harvard summer program to prepare students for Law school.

    • Udall (Environment & Tribal): 1/27/2011
      Funds undergrads with interest in the Environment, Tribal or Tribal Health Policy for one year.

      Please let us know if you intend to apply as soon as possible by emailing Consult with us early to strengthen your application.

    Link: More information at the ONS website

  • Congratulations to our most recent Gilman recipients, Hannah Feig and Gianexis Lopez!

    Hannah Feig and Gianexis Lopez , USF students won Gilman Scholarships to study abroad for Spring 2010.  There were only 850 Gilman Scholars selected out of 2900 applicants nationally.

    Ms. Feig, an Engineering major and Honors College student, was awarded the Gilman Scholarship to study in Senegal. Ms. Lopez, a Criminology major, will be studying in Italy.

    The next USF Deadline for Gilman is January 15 for the upcoming Summer and Fall terms.  For Gilman, students must receive the Pell grant to be eligible. The next step is to alert the Office of National Scholarships (ONS) of their interest as soon as possible.  Then, ONS will help them get the application process started.  Ms. Emily Nanna is the National Scholarships Graduate Advisor who manages the Gilman Scholarship portfolio.Contact her at

    Link: Gilman Scholarship Information

  • Boren scholarship: African Languages Initiativeundergraduate and graduate

    We are pleased to announce the National Security Education Program African Languages Initiative.  This initiative will offer Boren Scholarship and Fellowship applicants the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of, and proficiency in, African languages and cultures. &nbspWe seek applicants who are interested in studying Bambara, Swahili, Yoruba, or Zulu, and we will give preference to applicants with prior exposure to the respective language.

    Specifically, this pilot initiative will provide the opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to enhance their Boren Awards with additional language study in the United States and overseas.  Beginning summer 2011, applicants will have the opportunity to enroll in domestic university-based summer intensive courses in the targeted languages. &nbspThe summer U.S. programs will be followed by intensive language and culture study programs during the fall semester at specific language centers in Mali (Bambara), Tanzania (Swahili), Nigeria (Yoruba), and South Africa (Zulu).  

    For more information, about the NSEP African Languages Initiative, Boren Fellowship applicants should click here.  Boren Scholarship applicants should click here.

    Internal USF deadline: Jan 3, 2011. Contact Dr. Linda Lucas or Ms Penny Carlton in the Office of National Scholarships Tel: 813 974.3087 or

  • Summer research for STEM majors in Germany

    Undergraduate Research in Germany!

    We at the Office of National Scholarships are happy to consult with you on your application to RISE or another DAAD program.  Please set an appointment with us:

    RISE is a summer internship program for undergraduate students from the United States, Canada and the UK in the fields of biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences and engineering. It offers unique opportunities for undergraduate students to work with research groups at universities and top research institutions across Germany for a period of 2 to 3 months during the summer. RISE interns are matched with doctoral students whom they assist and who serve as their mentors. The working language will be English. All scholarship holders receive stipends from the DAAD to help cover living expenses, while partner universities and research institutes provide housing assistance.

    RISE hopes to accept as many students as possible for a summer internship in Germany. However this is a scholarship program and there are only limited funds available. Each year we have to turn away many students that apply to this program. In 2011 we hope to have 300 interns. The online database for applicants will be opened on December 6th, 2010

    Link: DAAD Rise Program Information

  • Now Accepting Applications for 2011 Campus Climate Fellowships

    National Wildlife Federation Fellowships allow students to pursue their vision of an ecologically sustainable future through tangible projects to confront global warming on campus and in the community. Fellows gain practical experience in the conservation field and first-hand knowledge of the challenges and opportunities inherent in successful conservation efforts.

    Now Accepting Applications for 2011 Campus Climate Fellowships!

    Deadline for applications is January 15, 2011.

    Link: NWF Fellowships

  • Homeland Security Programs Applications Open

    Announcing: U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Education Programs

    DHS Scholarship Program

    Supporting students interested in pursuing the basic science and technology innovations that can be applied to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security mission.

    DHS HS-STEM Summer Internship Program

    Providing a 10-week summer research experience for undergraduate students majoring in homeland security related science, technology, engineering and mathematics (HS-STEM).

    Deadlines: January 5, 2011

  • USA TODAY Accepting Nominations

    We are happy to consult with you about the USA TODAY competition.  Please contact us at or 813-974-3087.  We suggest you go to the writing center with your first draft, and then bring us your advanced drafts.

    USA TODAY is now accepting nominations for the twenty-second annual USA TODAY All-USA College Academic Team. The annual program honors full-time undergraduates who not only excel academically but also extend their intellectual abilities beyond the classroom to benefit society. Students named to the USA TODAY All-USA College Academic First Team will be featured in USA TODAY in Spring 2011 and will receive cash awards of $2,500.

    The USA TODAY All-USA College Academic Team program is open to full-time undergraduates of at least junior standing at four-year institutions in the United States or its territories.  Students must be nominated by their schools and be willing to be presented in USA TODAY as a representative of all outstanding students. 

    Link: USA Today

  • Fulbright Canada for Undergraduate Exchange

    We at the Office of National Scholarships would be happy to consult with you on your application for Fulbright Canada.  Please set an appointment:

    The Killam Fellowships Program offers American undergraduate students the opportunity to spend either one semester or a full academic year as an exchange student in Canada.  The fellowship carries a value of $5,000 per semester, and includes health insurance for the duration of the exchange.  The program also includes a three-day seminar in Ottawa (Canada's capital) and Washington, DC, and additional funding to explore other parts of Canada.  All of the information is available on our website (  Please note that the application deadline is January 31, 2011. 

  • Boren: Scholarship for long term study abroad

    Are you interested in a foreign language and want study abroad? Apply for a Boren scholarship. Boren Scholarships for undergraduates and Fellowships for graduates enable enrolled students to study for 6 to 12 months all over the world. Prior language skills are not required except in Spanish and French speaking countries. STEM majors may apply for a shorter time period of no less than 3 months if well justified.

    The USF internal deadline is:

    Boren Undergraduate Scholarship     January 3

    Time is running out.  Please start your online application by clicking the link below. Get in touch with Ms. Carlton right away by emailing to express your intent to apply.  She will be happy to consult with you regarding your application and essays. 

    Link: Boren Application

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. Carlton.

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The Office of Undergraduate Research

  • Call for Abstracts

    The Florida Collegiate Honors Council invites you to its annual conference in Jacksonville on February 18-20, 2011. The theme this year is "Around the World" and some activites unique to Jacksonville are being planned.

    Proposals from Honors students and faculty are due by January 10, 2011 (limit 100 words) and can be submitted at the FCHC website. Also on the website is information regarding the Writing Contest and the Logo Contest. The deadline for these submissions is December 13th. Please let us know if you are accepted to present at this conference, as we will pay for you to attend if you are not already attending another UR/Honors sponsored conference.


  • Student Assistants Needed in Molecular Biology Lab

    Two students are needed for the spring semester in Dr. Bruce Citron's molecular biology research lab. The students would be directly involved with hands on projects addressing molecular mechanisms important to the health of neurons in the central nervous system. A minimum of 10-15 hours per week is needed and laboratory experience is preferred.

    The laboratory is located in Pinellas County at Bay Pines Hospital. Students will need to commute to St. Petersburg for the research.

    If you are interested in the research project, please make a profile at and then email your resume to Ms. Schumacher at with "Molecular Biology Lab" in the subject line of the email.


  • Call for Abstracts: USF Health Research Day 2011

    USF Health Research Day will be held on Friday, February 25, 2011 at the USF Marshall Student Center.

    The call for abstracts is open to students and faculty from USF, USF Health and the affiliate partners who are working in the area of health and biomedical research to submit abstracts and actively participate in this event.

    To submit an abstract for presentation, please use the format for abstract development and submission available on their website at the "USF Health Research Day Call for Abstracts" button. See:

    Please complete ALL appropriate sections of the abstract form as abstracts will be peer-reviewed based on content. Students are asked to have their abstracts approved by their faculty mentors prior to submission. Early submission of the abstract is encouraged. The DEADLINE for abstract submission is Friday, January 14, 2011 by 5pm.

    If you have any questions, please contact Jo Ann Moore at


  • Call for Abstracts: First Florida Statewide Student Research Symposium

    The First Florida Statewide Student Research Symposium will be held at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville March 4 and 5, 2011. UNF invites undergraduates engaged in research and scholarly projects to participate in the two-day symposium.

    Please visit the website for more complete information. Students may submit abstracts for consideration for poster presentations during the conference. There will also be numerous colloquia during which students will be able to learn about summer research opportunities, preparations for application to graduate and professional programs, navigating a mentor-mentee relationship and other topics of interest to student scholars.


  • Biomedical Science Thesis Opportunity

    Are you looking for a biomedical thesis topic?  Dr. Ana Velez and Dr. Greene  of Infectious Diseases are looking for students with interest in inmmunological bases of cancer and HIV. They have a pool of HIV patients with cancer that they have seen over the past 10 years.

    The study will be a retrospective study looking at different variables that these patients may have in common such us CD4, viral load, and antiretroviral therapy, among others.  If you are interested, please make a profile at and email Dr. Yavneh ( for further information.

  • Researchers Needed for Technology/Education Study

    A research group in the COE&rsquos &nbspInstructional Technology Program is looking for a few sharp undergraduates to join their research group, which involves embedding computer games in hard copy books to improve reading comprehension, using pentop computer, microdot paper and audio feedback. They are looking to migrate to the iPod/iPad platforms in the near future.

    They are currently involved in a think-aloud study on how struggling 6th grade readers do inferences while reading a text versus a graphic novel. In the fall, they plan to gather more data on a computer game equivalent. They need about 3-5 undergraduates to help them with this study. They are looking for students who write well and are organized to do research, and also students who are interested in and have experience with ISD designs, multimedia development, marketing skills, game design, graphic artists, and programmers .
    The research group meets on Monday evenings from 5-8 pm. You must be available during this time to participate.
    If you are interested in applying for the opportunity, please make a profile on After you have made your profile, please contact Dr. Glenn Smith at or Lauren Schumacher at

    Link: Project Information

  • Call for Abstracts - Southern Regional Honors Council Conference

    The 39th Annual Conference of the Southern Regional Honors Council will take place at the Peabody Hotel in downtown Little Rock, AK from Thursday, March 31 until Saturday, April 2, 2011.

    Presentation options include individual podium presentations, poster presentations, short panel, long panel, digital film, music performance and art or sculpture.

    If you would like to apply to present at the conference, please send your abstract to by Wednesday, January 19, 2011 at 4pm. You will be notified of your acceptance by Wednesday, January 26. After you can been accepted through the Office of Undergraduate Research, you will have until Monday, January 31 to submit your abstract to the SRHC website for abstract approval. Students who have been accepted through UR will be eligible to receive funding to travel to Little Rock.

     For more information about the conference, please visit or contact Dr. Silverman at


  • Research Assistants for the College of Education -Spring 2011

    A research group in the COE&rsquos  Instructional Technology Program is looking for a few sharp undergraduates to join their research group, which involves embedding computer games in hard copy books to improve reading comprehension, using pentop computer, microdot paper and audio feedback. They are looking to migrate to the iPod/iPad platforms in the near future.

    They are currently involved in a think-aloud study on how struggling 6th readers do inferences, reading a text versus a graphic novel. In the fall, they plan to gather more data on a computer game equivalent. They need about 3-5 undergraduates to help them with this study. Please see their web site: for more information. They are looking for students who write well and are organized to do research, and also students who are interested in and have experience with ISD designs, multimedia development, marketing skills, game design, graphic artists, and programmers .
    The research group meets on Monday evenings from 5-8 pm. You must be available during this time to participate.
    If you are interested in applying for the opportunity, please make a profile on  After you have made your profile, please contact Dr. Glenn Smith at


  • Families USA is Accepting Applications for Two Fellowships

    Families USA is accepting applications for the Villers Fellowship for Health Care Justice and the Wellstone Fellowship for Social Justice.

    For more information about the Villers Fellowship, please visit:

    For more information about the Wellstone Fellowship, please visit:

  • NSF Paid Summer Undergraduate Research Placements

    For Undergraduates: National Science Foundation (NSF) paid Summer 2011 Undergraduate Research Placements

    Over 400 programs - REU and other Summer Research Opportunities fo Undergraduates


  • CUR Registry of Undergraduate Researchers

    The Council on Undergraduate Research hosts a Registry of Undergraduate Researchers.  The purpose of this registry is to facilitate matchmaking between undergraduates who have research experience and a desire to pursue an advanced degree with graduate schools seeking high quality students who are well prepared for research.  We hope that students who are currently in their junior year will register now, but anyone with undergraduate research experience may register at any time.  You will be able to update your listing as appropriate, to include any summer research experience or information about Senior Theses and test scores.

    Any undergraduate may go to to fill out a simple curriculum vitae form.  There is no charge to the student and records will be made available to Graduate Schools that contract with CUR for this service.  Organizations or companies seeking the students’ information for other marketing purposes will not be granted access.  Graduate School representatives may contact students to invite applications or visits to the campus and laboratory, or to share information about their research programs and financial support opportunities.

    Link: CUR Registry

  • Spring 2011 Registration for 0 Credit IDH 4910

    All students participating in Undergraduate Research can register for 0 credits of IDH 4910, Honors Undergraduate Research FOR FREE.

    If you would like to be registered for the Spring 2011 semester you will need to:
    1. Create a profile on Be sure to include your mentors information in the profile.
    2. Your mentor needs to email us at granting permission. The email needs to include "4910, the student's full name and the student's U-number in the subject field".
    3. Once we receive the email and verify that you have a completed profile, we will register you for the class.

    Registration does NOT roll over from semester to semester. If you were registered in the fall for 0 credit and would like to be registered for it again in the spring, please have your mentor email your information to Please feel free to email us if you have any questions!

  • Save the Date - 9th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium and Celebration

    Please save the date for the 9th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium and Celebration. The event will be held Friday, April 15, 2011 in the Marshall Center Ballroom. Application information and guidelines will be posted on the UR website ( in late fall/early spring.
    Students will apply online through the UR profile. Please email any questions to

  • New Course Offered for Spring 2011 - Getting Started in Research

    Are you interested in getting started in undergraduate research? 
    This one-credit course is designed to stimulate your interest in becoming an active participant in the research process.  Through classroom discussions, readings and presentations by faculty conducting research, scholarship and creative activity in a broad range of disciplines, you will learn about how systematic inquiry occurs in a variety of fields; what are some methods used in conducting research; what are some of the major issues in research ethics; and how to identify a problem, frame a research question, and design a strategy to answer the question.
    If you would like to be enrolled in this course for the Spring 2011 semester, please email a short essay (about 250 words) discussing why you are interested in research to Ms. Alyssa Cobb at The course will be held on Friday mornings from 9:40am until 11:15 am and will be offered as S/U (Pass/Fail). If you have questions about the course, please email the Office of Undergraduate Research at  

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USF Honors College Student Council

  • Underground Shirts are in!

    Students who already purchased their HCSC Underground t-shirts can pick them up at the front desk. Be sure to have your student ID with you.

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Student Submissions

  • Subject: Attention Writers! Get published in thread!

    Thread, USF's undergraduate literary journal, wants you to submit your writing by this Friday December 3rd.

    Don't miss this opportunity to have your work published. Selected outstanding pieces will be released in both an online and print format. We look forward to reading your work.

    Submission Guidelines:

    All submissions must be in by December 3.

    Send all submissions to: Please include your name, e-mail, phone number, year and each work&rsquos category. You may submit to multiple categories. No hard copies will be accepted.

    thread is an undergraduate literary journal, so we only accept work from current USF undergraduate students.

    Categories and Limits:

    • Literary Criticism – max. 15 pages

    • Short Fiction – max. 15 pages

    • Poetry – max. 5 pages each, 6 poems total

    • Creative Non-fiction – max.15 pages

    • Screenplay – max. 15 pages or 1 act

    • Microfiction – max. 500 words

    Join our facebook group at!/threadUSF?v=info

  • Interested in making a difference over Winter Break?

    Advocates for World Health, a student-led nonprofit organization, is
    recruiting highly qualified students to join its team. Our mission is
    to send surplus medical supplies to developing countries and to make
    sustainable hospital administrations at those hospitals. We work in
    hospitals systems within Guatemala and Haiti and actively expand our
    sites. We are looking for motivated students to take on employment
    within leadership positions. Interested? Please contact Torrell
    Jackson at This is a great way to work with a
    driven team that innovatively draws upon collaborative resources to
    make a sustainable improvement in global health!

  • Become an Athletics Tutor! Spring 2011 Positions

    The USF Athletics Academic Enrichment Center is looking for students who are committed, responsible and want to help others. Exceptional tutors will be working with our student-athletes on a variety of subjects. Criminology, Statistics, Business, Sciences, Communication, Math and ALL subjects needed! If interested, please e-mail to get an application.

  • Want to Become More Involved in YOUR Community? BullSERVE can Help!

    Interested in volunteering throughout the Tampa Bay area?  BullSERVE (under the Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement) has great sites for you, so that you can volunteer any time of the week!  The sites include:

    Hope Lodge, Community Stepping Stones, Metro Ministries, Trinity Café, Horses for the Handicapped, Urban Scholars Outreach Program, Feeding America, Local Community Gardens, Dr. ANV Rao Gurukulam Program, and Moses House. 

    If you&rsquore interested, please sign up on-line at: or

    Go Bulls!


    Link: Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement

If you would like to be included in future editions of "Know-a-BULL News", articles may be submitted for consideration to Dr. Silverman through the submission form. Submissions should be brief and well written. Links should be JPG images or PDFs.

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