Know-a-BULL News
Week of 12/17/2013 - Issue # 295

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

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 1/8/2014 Office of National Scholarships Open House
 1/8/2014 FL Gubernatorial Fellows Program Information Session
 1/13/2014 Cooking with Cayla
 1/15/2014 Lunch with the Deans
 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:

    1.     If you are beginning your thesis spring or fall and you don't have a clue as to what you want to do, we might have a solution.  Three faculty members will conduct an 8 week seminar series, beginning the first Friday of the Spring semester(Jan. 10) from 9-9:50 in the Honors College.  The series' goal is to have you develop a topic and find a mentor during the 8 sessions.  Space is limited so if you are interested you need to reserve your spot via email ASAP; you must commit to attending all sessions.  You will not need to register for anything extra and there are no fees associated with the seminars.

    2.     If you play piano and read music well, the Honors Chorus needs an accompanist next semester.  This is a paid position.  The group will meet each Wednesday from 8-9:15PM.  Please email if you are interested.  Some experience is preferred. 



  • New! - University Closure

    USF will be closed from December 23 through January 1.  As a result, the next issue of Know-a-Bull News will be posted and emailed on January 7.  Best wishes to all of you from all of us in the Honors College for a wonderful and safe holiday break.

  • New! - Winter Donation Drive Breaking Borders

    Chasen Brokaw, a 2013 Honors College alum has started a non-profit based

    called Breaking Boarders based on his service oriented thesis project. Learn more about this organization and their Winter Donation Drive at the web-site Breaking Borders.

    Link: Breaking Borders

  • Honors Orchestra, Jazz band and Chorus

    Miss playing in the band? Come have a great time in our musical groups:

    IDH 4930-002 Jazz Band:       M 5:00-6:15       MUS 116

    IDH 4930-005 Chorus:           W 8:00-9:00PM  MUS 119

    IDH 4930-006 Orchestra:       R 5:00-6:15        MUS 140

    These are 1 credit classes, or you can show up and play for fun, no credit! Email Dr. Silverman if you interested!

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O.N.S. - Office of National Scholarships

  • New! - Office of National Scholarships Open House January 8 2014

    Are you a leader with big ideas for the future? Do you want to change the world? Come learn about the Office of National Scholarships and national merit scholarship opportunities to help you achieve your dreams and future career goals!

    Come by our open house on Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at ALN 271 from 1pm to 3pm to learn more about the Office of National Scholarships. Talk to National Scholarship Advisors as well as past National Scholarship recipients.

  • New Israel Fund and SHATIL Social Justice Fellowships

    New Israel Fund/SHATIL Social Justice Fellowships sends 6-8 post-college Jewish young adults to spend 10 months immersed in the movement for social change in Israel. Fellows receive a modest stipend and work for a year in Israeli NGO. Additionally, Fellows engage in monthly enrichment programs and periodic site visits to further develop their understanding of Israeli activism and their role as activists both in Israel and at home. Successful applicants must have excellent Hebrew language skills, or good Hebrew with strong Arabic skills. For more information, including application materials, visit Due by January 20, 2014. For questions, contact Jessica Simon: | (202) 513-7870.

    More information about the fellowships is available via this link:

    Application is available directly via this link:

  • Boren Scholarship Study Abroad Funding for a Critical Language

    Are you planning to study a critical language abroad like Arabic, Chinese or Korean? Will you study abroad for at least a semester, or an academic year? If so, consider applying for the Boren Scholarship.

    You can find out more about eligibility requirements here:

    The USF deadline to apply is January 6, 2014 so please contact Ms. Lauren Chambers (the scholarship manager) at ASAP!

    Link: httpborenawardsorgborenscholarship

  • 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.

  • 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.


  • 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

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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Speical Programs



    Official Holiday Rush Competition Rules:

    * Last date to submit your app is Dec 18th

    * 5 reviews need to be made to qualify for prize

    * Prize is Dell Venue 8 Pro 

    * Link to app needs to be submitted to   

    * Has to be a NEW app not a update on a previous one 

    * Has to be a windows 8 app, not windows phone 8 (asking representative to make sure)

    * The prize will be given out next semester 

    ***If anything changes I will let you guys know through email and on the facebook page****

    If anyone has any questions, feel free to email Raj at or David at



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USF Honors College Student Council

  • Camping in the Everglades

    Join Ms. Lanier and Kyleen Carpenter for a weekend getaway in the Everglades! This LLC program will include a bus ride down to the Everglades National Park, camping for two days and two nights in the beachside Flamingo Campgrounds. Fish, hike, geocache, and kayak to your heart's content with your favorite Honors hall-mates. We will camp Saturday and Sunday nights, and drive back to campus Monday, including a pit stop at the Miccosukee Indian Village for some gator wrasslin' and airboat rides. The trip will take place January 18-20 and the cost is $75 per person. 

    Link: Calendar of Events

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Student Submissions

  • New! - Research Assistants Needed

    The Global Center for Hearing and Speech Research is currently looking for research assistants. We are looking for a 10 hour per week minimum commitment (typically morning hours), and working with rodents will be required. If you think this would be a good fit for you, please send your CV/Resume, GPA, and Major to Ashley Hinton at More information about the Global Center for Hearing and Speech Research can be found at the link below.

    Link: Global Center Website

  • New! - Paid Tutoring Positions Available

    The Holcombe Scholars Program is looking for a tutor for the Spring 2014 semester in the following courses:

    • Life Science Calc I (MAC 2241)

    • Calculus II (MAC 2312)

    • Calculus III (MAC 2313)

    • Discrete Mathematics (MAD 3701)

    • Principles of Finance (FIN 3403)

    Applicants MUST be a current USF student during the Spring 2014 semester, 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

  • Need Math Tutor for Adult Student w Learning Disabilities

    My boyfriend, Eric Diaz, is 29-years old and a current student at HCC. In addition to his struggles with ADHD, he has an extensive history of poor math instruction that consisted primarily of being told that he never be capable of doing math and to give up. Needless to say, his self-esteem is now a learning disability of its own. He is taking a low remedial math course at HCC, having failed several times. Because it's a low level course and math is difficult for him because of the two aforementioned disabilities, we would prefer to be contacted by an Education major who can instruct math to students with learning disabilities -- patience and positive reinforcement is key. He'd need to see someone 2 times a week, but we're living on a college student's budget. We'd be willing to offer a negotiable amount of money, or a letter confirming volunteer hours. He would like to start seeing someone right away our goal is for him to be prepared to go into the next semester and be ahead of the class so as not to become overwhelmed. This is very important to us. Math is the only subject with which he struggles and is what separates him from his AA (and thus, the state's 2+2 plan to transfer to USF). His interests are in the Humanities, so after HCC, he'll never need to see algebra again. We live less than 10 minutes from USF Tampa and share a car, so he could meet anywhere in the area. I (Kate Wagner) can be contacted by email at: .  And Eric can be contacted by email at:

  • Ride share opportunity

    If you drive/will be driving (Spring 2014) through or from the Oldsmar/Countryway/Westchase area, please contact Mr. Mejias ( This is for a Ride Sharing opportunity with another student.

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