If you are starting your thesis next fall (2012) and have no idea of a topic and/or potential mentor, I want to help. We are going to develop a one credit pre-thesis course to prepare students for their thesis experience and we need a small group to work with us to develop the course. We will need you for about 1 hour per week as well as for some time on Blackboard. You will be registered for one credit of ‘Honors Research” and will receive a $100 scholarship for participating. Those selected will not be ‘guinea pigs’; you will be a part of a design team and it is my hope that at semester’s end, we will have designed a great course and you will have an approved thesis prospectus.
Contact me if you are interested.
Please make sure you have an up-to-date e-Portfolio so you can get your Honors study abroad scholarship and so you can apply for Honors College competitive scholarships. Go to the website, click on e-Portfolios and follow the directions or click below:
Hoecker, Visoiu and Briggs Named Undergraduate Scholars
Three graduating Seniors from the Honors College were named Undergraduate Scholars for their activities leading to supervised research, community service, and global impact. The students to be congratulated are: Jacqueline Briggs (International Studies), Jay Hoecker (Environmental Science & Policy), and Ana-Maria Visoiu (Psychology).
Mentored by Dr. Sondra Fogel, Briggs created an event to raise awareness of hunger around the world. Her thesis is titled "Promoting and Sustaining Awareness of the United Nation's Millenium Development Goals and the World Food Programme's Fill the Cup Initiative on Campus."
Hoecker's research for his thesis, "A Survey of Seafood Consumption in a Coastal Jamaican Community," was conducted in Jamaica and was supervised by Dr. Connie Mizak. His work analyzes fish consumption and mercury levels among species.
Working with the Red Cross, Visoiu traveled to Romania for her thesis, "Across Borders: Red Cross Organization." Under the direction of Dr. Kevin Archer, Visoiu compared policies and programs of the Red Cross around the world.
All three Scholars will be recognized at Fall Commencement on Friday, December 9th.
If you earned an A or B in General Chemistry courses (CHM 2045 or CHM 2046), have some time on Friday mornings, and would like to help other students in a unique leadership practice, then Peer Leading for Chemistry (CHM 4932) is an excellent upper-level course to consider for the upcoming Spring semester.
CHM 4932 will give you the tools to guide students in General Chemistry I to help them succeed. The course will raise questions both about chemistry and the teaching of chemistry.  You will develop a deeper understanding of fundamental chemistry concepts and improve your oral and written communication skills.  This course is also an excellent opportunity to review for big exams, such as MCAT, PCAT, DAT, GRE, etc.
Interested? Please contact Dr. Laura Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details about the course and registration process.
Free Honors College MCAT Prep Course Spring 2012
The Honors College is accepting applications for a *FREE* MCAT preparatory course to be offered during spring 2012. The 15-week non-credit course, facilitated by third and fourth year USF College of Medicine students, includes test strategy as well as content preparation. All materials (including practice books covering each subject and full-length practice exams) will be provided at no cost to students due to a generous donation from the Chowdhari family.
This course will be offered on Tuesday evenings from 6:00-9:00pm (location TBD). Interested students must demonstrate financial need, motivation for medical school and sufficient academic preparation for MCAT. To apply, submit a detailed personal statement (recommended length at least one page) describing financial need and future goals to Ms. Amy Sturrock, email@example.com. Please include UID#. Deadline is extended to Monday, December 12, 2011.
Costa Rica Beyond the Classroom
Costa Rica: Beyond the Classroom has space for two more students.  Please see Mrs. Lanier before December 16 for class details and application information.
The online permit request forms are now open for Spring 2012. To find these forms, please go to the Honors website, scroll down to Honors College Forms: Online Forms, and then the form you require.There are 2 permit request forms and a link for IDH 4910 Undergraduate Research (contract):
Permit Request form: for IDH 2010, 3100, 3350, 3400, 3600, 4000,4200 and 4930.
Thesis Permit form: A permit is needed for each semester of thesis, only one semester of thesis at a time may be permitted.
Undergraduate Research Permit: This link is found under Print Forms. Click on the link (IDH 4910) and print the Contract (once the contract is turned in, you will be registered for IDH 4910) -- beginning in Spring 12, this course is for Honors Students ONLY.
The following classes need a permit: IDH 2010, IDH 4000, IDH 4930, and ANY COURSE that you try to register for that gives you an error message. NOTE: Any Honors student who has not had IDH 2010 will usually need a permit for any Honors course -- be prepared and apply early!
Note: In SP12, the IDH 2010 classes will be for the Fall 11 incoming freshmen ONLY.
New Whitaker International Undergraduate Program for Biomedical Engineering Students Deadline March 15
The application will be made available early January 2012 for the first round of grants which will be for Fall/Academic Year 2012-2013.
With support from the Former Whitaker Foundation, IIE will provide undergraduate biomedical engineers and bioengineers funding for a semester or one academic year to pursue, in an international setting, coursework in biomedical engineering.
To be eligible for the award, an applicant must be a US citizen or have permanent residency status, be enrolled as a sophomore, junior or senior (with at least one semester remaining) and demonstrate a need for financial support to study abroad.
Study Abroad and learn about Global Health in London this summer
Dr. Linda Whiteford will be leading a study abroad course in London this summer. The course "Global Health Through the Eyes of London", will be three weeks in London, with three credit hours and will fulfill a study abroad requirement. The estimated cost of the course will be approximately $3,900.
Interested students should email Dr. Linda Whiteford at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and a copy of the syllabus.
Interested in learning about the role of water in the Grand Canyon Deadline Feb1
The Grand Canyon Honors Semester investigates the role of water in shaping the landscape, cultures and politics of the Grand Canyon regions. It is a integrated learning experience in the humanities and sciences. The program runs from August 20 to December 8, 2012.
The GCS offers a life-changing learning experience in the high mountains of northern Arizona and the deep canyon country of the Colorado Plateau. Participants need to be in good physical condition and comfortable with hiking, camping and working in remote environments at high elevations.
To fill out an application, please visit: http://nau.edu/Honors/GCS. For more information, please email Dr. Bernice Braid at email@example.com
Are you a STEM Major Interested in Energy? Deadline Dec 31
The Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) is a 10-week paid summer internship with opportunities in the US Department of Energy, Office of Fossil Energy, for women and minority students who are currently enrolled in Science,Technology (IT), Engineering, and Math majors.
Applicants must be a US citizen, undergraduate students completing their sophomore year in Spring 2012 and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above.
Funded SUMMER Journalism Internship Program in Berlin
Current undergraduate students, graduating seniors, recent graduates and Master's students may apply.
Applicants must have at least "advanced intermediate" German skills, as the seminars and internships take place in the German language. The applicants who are finally selected for the program will be awarded a monthly stipend of 650 Euros for the duration of their stay in Germany.
Being a Resident Assistant (RA) at USF offers a dynamic opportunity to interact with fellow students on a daily basis. Resident Assistants will be a part of large scale educational programs, build relationships among residents, and develop skills interacting with professional staff. If this is something that interests you, applications are available NOW!
Do you want to lead? Do you want to make a difference? Join the LLC Street Team! What exactly is a Street Team member?!? You're one of the most essential components in the LLC. For more information, refer to the position description and application available on Blackboard or contact Alnicia Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Open to ALL current LLC residents! Applications can be submitted at the LLC office in JPH 1309 or emailed to Anwill14@usf.edu.
January Lunch with the Deans
Gain the opportunity to get to know the Deans of your college on a more personal basis all the while enjoying a great lunch at the JP dining hall! From getting advice on upcoming study abroad trips and current events to discussing mutual hobbies and interests this is the chance for Dr. Silverman and Dr. Kleine to get to know you and become aware of student concerns. THIS EVENT DOES REQUIRE AN R.S.V.P. by Monday, January 16 by 5 pm.
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Honors LLC Street Team
Do you want to lead? Do you want to make a difference? Join the LLC Street Team! What exactly is a Street Team member?!? You are one of the most essential components in the LLC. For more information, refer to the position description and application available on Blackboard or contact Alnicia Williams at email@example.com.
Open to ALL current LLC residents!
Application Deadline: Wednesday, December 7 by 5 pm. Applications can be submitted at the LLC office in JPH 1309 or emailed to Anwill14@usf.edu
RA MADE Resident Assitant Selection
Being a Resident Assistant (RA) at USF offers a dynamic opportunity to interact with fellow students on a daily basis.  Resident Assistants will be a part of large scale educational programs, build relationships among residents, and develop skills interacting with professional staff.  If this is something that interests you, applications are available NOW!
Do you want to lead? Do you want to make a difference? Join the LLC Street Team! What exactly is a Street Team member? You're one of the most essential components in the LLC. For more information, refer to the position description and application available on Blackboard or contact Alnicia Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Research Assistants needed for the spring semester! Dr. Marc Karver's Alliance Lab is looking for dedicated students to assist with projects focused on depressed and at-risk populations. Research assistants must be meticulous, detail-oriented, hardworking, and dependable with good communication and problem-solving skills. Applicants should have a 3.5 GPA or above and be able to make a 2-semester commitment. Students who are planning to go to graduate or medical school are strongly encouraged to apply. Please email the Alliance Lab Team at email@example.com for more information.
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.