Know-a-BULL News
Week of 12/14/2010 - Issue # 143

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
 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:

    Our Honors College Ensemble is now under the direction of Professor Brian Moorhead who also serves as principle clarinet of the Florida Orchestra. Professor Moorhead has done this before and is just wonderful as a teacher, musician and conductor. He will lead the orchestra, Mr. Chris Morris the jazz group and Dr. Yavneh the singers.

    The first day of class is January 10. Arts and Humanities (A&H) students will meet at 5PM (where you met for class in the fall). All three musical groups will convene at 6PM in FAH 102. If you are not in A&H but will be in one of the 3 groups, please attend the 6PM meeting (no instruments on Jan. 10). At that point, we will get you registered for zero or one credit.

    I look forward to hearing you!

    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

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O.N.S. - Office of National Scholarships

  • Undergraduate Scholars Honored

    Congratulations to Erin Cosgrove, Saya Karim, Laura Kidd, Valentina Lozano, and Olga Nedorub!  They were honored by the Provost with the Undergraduate Scholars award at graduation on Saturday.  We are very proud of each of you.

    The Undergraduate Scholar medallion is awarded to students who have had significant global, research, and service experience.  If you are interested in the program and graduating this Spring, please contact Ms. Carlton for the requirements at

  • Undergraduate Scholarship for summer study in ASIA!

    Exciting news! The Freeman-ASIA scholarship has been renewed, starting Summer 2011.  The Freeman-ASIA scholarship application will open on January 4, 2011.  The Office of National Scholarship's USF Summer Award deadline is January 18, 2011.

    This scholarship provides up to $3,000 for undergraduate students studying abroad in Asian & Southeast Asia for a minimum of 8 weeks over the summer if students are going on a 6 week study abroad trip, they can extend their time abroad by 2 weeks for academic pursuits to use Freeman ASIA funding. Students should demonstrate financial need, have limited exposure to the destination country, and have at least 1 semester of undergraduate studies remaining after their trip.  More information is available on the program website at> .  Awards for the fall and spring semesters worth up to $7,000 will open later in the year.

    Interested students should contact the Office of National Scholarships at or 813.974.3087. 

  • 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 Initiative undergraduate 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 is open now!

    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.

    Important: Crafting Competitive Essays for Boren Scholarships, DEC 14 from 12-1 PM (

    Please sign up for this webinar focusing on crafting the essay.  Even if you’re a good writer, there may be some helpful tips particular to this specific scholarship.


    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

  • Be Recognized For Your Outstanding Research!

    The APS Student Research Award and RISE Award competitions offer financial awards to recognize the outstanding research scholarship of student members. Winners will present their projects at the annual Association for Psychological Science Covention in May 2011.

    Applicants will gain valuable experience in scientific writing and will receive written feedback from peer reviewers (applicant and reviewer names are kept anonymous). Graduate and undergraduate Student Affiliates are strongly encouraged to apply.

    Completed research projects must be submitted by January 21, 2011 at 11:59pm EST. Interested applicants should visit for more information.


  • Summer Undergraduate Research Program: Oceans and Human Health

    Summer Undergraduate Research Program: Oceans and Human Health
    Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston SC
    Program Dates: May 31, 2011 - August 5, 2011

    Aim of the program: Improving underrepresented minority students in their understanding of the molecular processes regulating coastal and ocean environments for the purpose of enhancing benefits to human health and reducing public health risks.

    Application deadline is January 31, 2011

    For more application information please visit:


  • Project INSPIRE Summer Internship Program for Students

    The USF/Moffitt Center for Equal Health is accepting applications for Project INSPIRE - a ten-week research training program for USF students of underrepresented minorities that provides outstanding undergraduates an opportunity to gain research experience in social and medical sciences during the summer.


    A complete screening process and orientation will also be required. A stipend of $3,000 is provided.

    Application forms and program information are available through the Moffitt Cancer Center website:

    Questions can be sent to the program coordinator, Ms. Kyle Dalton at  

    Completed applications and documentation must be received no later than February 15, 2011.

    Three (3) students will be selected to work with researchers in the various colleges and departments at the University of South Florida and the Moffitt Cancer Center including: Departments of Molecular Oncology Immunology Drug Discovery: Experimental Therapeutics Risk Assessment, Detection and Intervention and Health Outcomes and Behavior, Psychology, Social Service, Nursing, Medicine, Pharmacology, Physical Therapy, etc. Past participants have used this experience to publish in undergraduate scientific research journals and present at scientific conferences.

    Selection is based on demonstrated interest in research through prior experience, a written essay and academic performance, as well as recommendations from teachers or faculty. Internships can be completed during any ten weeks between May 1st and August 30th, 2011.  


  • Florida Collegiate Honors Council Conference

    The Florida Collegiate Honors Council Conference will be held February 18-20, 2011 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Jacksonville FL.

    Please go to the FCHC website to submit your proposals for presentations. Abstracts (limit 100 words) are due by January 10, 2011.

    If you are accepted to present at the conference, please notify Dr. Silverman ( and Ms. Schumacher ( There will be funds available to help cover the cost of travel.


  • 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.

  • 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


  • 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

  • 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.

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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