Know-a-BULL News
Week of 12/08/2009 - Issue # 91

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
 12/11/2009 Honors College Graduation
 1/20/2010 An Afternoon with: Mary Ellen Hogan
 1/25/2010 An Afternoon with Sherry Sacino
 2/10/2010 Abstract Writing Workshop
 2/25/2010 An Afternoon with: Eric Storch
 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.

  • Global Health Challenges - China Case Study

    A program that might be of interest to pre-med majors: it will be a 3-week course led by Dr Kwa, Professor and chair of the Department of Global Health at USF Health in May 2010 taking students to China and in partnership with Nankai University.

    Attached is an announcement describing the 1-credit course in the spring and the 3-credit course in the summer. We will also be posting additional details regarding the program on the Education Abroad Office website:

    Program details should be posted early this week.

    If you have any questions, please feel free to contact:

    Amanda C. Maurer
    Director, Education Abroad
    CPR 107

    Link: Program Announcement

  • USF Spring Break in Prague

    Through a series of lectures, classes, discussions and course-related site visits, the program features a study of the Czech Republic's transition in modern Europe. The course will illuminate the complex history, politics and culture of the Czech lands and Prague in particular. The lecture series explores how the Czech Republic has been shaped by the changes that have occurred and offers an overview of the on-going cultural and political transformation taking place in the Czech Republic today.

    For more information visit the Education Abroad website below.


  • Paris in June?

    Earn up to 4 credits while enrolled in an art or art history course for the entire month of June in Paris. Paris is a vast resource for learning; you will explore its museums, galleries, architecture, streets, parks and culture and experience the city as temporary residents rather than as tourists. The program also takes advantage of the proximity of Paris to important cultural sites in the surrounding region including Chartres Cathedral, Monet's gardens at Giverny, the chateaus of Chantilly and Vaux-le-Vicomte and Van Gogh's home at Auvers-Sur-Oise. The 2010 program includes the option of an additional excursion to London, June 30 - July 6th earning 3 additional credits. Students may enroll in the London excursion alone. Numerous students from the Honors College have participated in this program since its inception over 20 years ago. Students enrolled in this program are eligible for partial funding from the Honors College. The application deadline for Honors College students will be extended to January 15th but spaces remaining in the program are limited so interested students are encouraged to apply to the program as soon as possible. For further information contact Lou Marcus:

    Link: For further information, click here.

  • H.O.T. Members

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

  • 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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The Office of Undergraduate Research

  • Intern position with Draper Lab

    Draper Laboratory is looking for a student who is interested in a Co-Op/Intern position with Draper Laboratory for the Spring semester. The student would be working under Angela Holton, R&D Biologist, fulfilling responsibilities such as daily maintenance of cell cultures and performing various assays. Draper prefers if the student has course work related to cellular and molecular laboratory techniques. It is not necessary for the student to have research experience with such techniques.

    Link: Draper Laboratory

  • Undergraduate Award for Scholarly and Creative Excellence

    The Office of Undergraduate Research is pleased to announce the first USF Undergraduate Award for Scholarly and Creative Excellence.

    This award aims to recognize outstanding scholarly and creative activities of USF undergraduate students. Awards totaling up to $5000 will be awarded in three main categories: (1) Science and Engineering, (2) Humanities, and (3) Fine and Performing Arts. The deadline for submissions is February 1, 2010, and further details can be found on


  • College of Medicine Health Research Day Abstract Submission Deadline

    USF Health Research Day 2010 will be held on Friday, February 19, 2010. The year marks USF Health's 20th Anniversary. Research Day's agenda will include poster sessions, an invited graduate student oral presentations sessions, keynote lecture and an awards reception.

    The deadline for abstract submissions is Friday, January 15, 2010 by 5pm. Please visit for more information concerning the event and abstract submission guidelines.


  • 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

  • Extra Underground T's

    If you did not order an Underground T-shirt or you would like to purchase another, we have about 15 extra available. They are $10 each and can be purchased in SVC 1101.

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Student Submissions

  • 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!

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

    Link: USF ASME Website

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