Know-a-BULL News
Week of 06/19/2012 - Issue # 219

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

RSS Feed Upcoming Events
 6/22/2012 Summer A: Last Day of Classes
 6/25/2012 Summer B: First Day
 7/4/2012 USF Closed: 4th of July
 8/3/2012 Summer B: Last Day of Classes
 8/3/2012 Summer Honors Commencement
 8/4/2012 Summer Commencement
 8/27/2012 Fall 2012: First Day of Classes
 9/4/2012 Cooking With Cayla - Session 1
 10/3/2012 Cooking with Cayla - Session 2
 11/3/2012 Cooking with Cayla - Session 3
* "Freshpeople 5 Events"

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Honors College

Dean's Update:

    The Honors College is pleased to offer a special opportunity for those students intending to graduate in Spring 2013 or Summer 2013 as part of IDH 5975. The primary goal of the course is to assist students in the preparation of a completed prospectus, including a thesis director, by October 12, 2012. The course is open to all students in their first semester of thesis work (Fall 2012), with a particular emphasis on students who are not yet sure of the the direction of their work or how to develop a prospectus.

    The course will have limited enrollment on a first-come, first-served basis. It will meet on Friday mornings for 1 1/2 hour sessions through October 19, 2012 and will be led by two senior professors experienced in mentoring Honors Thesis students. One hundred percent of students who moved through an experimental model of this program and were surveyed recommended the course as a "must."

    If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact me at 

  • Professor Renner's IDH3400 course Forums for a Future will become available this Fall as a free public course on USF iTunes University

    Here is a zero credit course about the world you will inherit.  The course is on the political, economic, social and psychological constraints required for living sustainably and peacefully on a crowded planet.  We hope that interested folks from around the world will sign up.  I would like you and your friends and family to consider being a part of history and being the first to take this course. 

    He has published a brief book previewing the contents of the course and inviting free public registration for the Fall Semester. An interactive copy of the book for an iPad can be downloaded free from the iTunes Book Store:

     A static (non-interactive) PDF copy is available at:

    Link: Register Here

  • Pharmacy Information Session

    Pre-pharmacy students are encouraged to sign up for an Admissions "InPHARMation Session." These sessions provide prospective students with an overview of USF's PharmD program, admissions requirements, and application process.

    InPHARMation sessions are hosted in the College of Pharmacy from 1-2pm. Upcoming information sessions: 

    • June 8th

    You must register for a session as seating is limited.

    Link: Register for a session here

  • Potential Thesis Topics with Dr. Wang

    My lab is just getting started and I would like to get a couple of Honors College student volunteers who want to spend one year in the lab for their theses.

    Here are two potential topics.

    "MicroRNAs (miRs) are ~22 nucleotides long non-coding RNAs that inhibit mRNA translation by the base pairing rule at the accuracy of one base. So far 2154 human mature miRs are discovered. As each miR may regulate hundreds of genes, and each gene may be regulated by multiple miRs, it is believed that most human genes and the entire spectrum of biological pathways are tightly and delicately controlled by the miRNome. Deregulation of miRs may contribute to various diseases.

    We have been working on inflammation regulators responsive to lipopolysaccharides (LPS) stimulation. Currently, we are interested in studying the mechanism underlying miR regulations of the immunity and developing miR biomarkers and therapeutics for inflammatory diseases such as asthma using cell culture and mouse models"

    Jia-Wang Wang, PhD,

  • Fall 2012 Internship Opportunity Data Management Web Design

    Are you interested in web design or data management?

    Do you have basic computer skills and/or entry level experience in design?

    Would you like the opportunity to compete for an incredible opportunity to work for the Honors College throughout your college career?

    Do you want to boost your resume with real-life experience and training?

    The Honors College is recruiting incoming freshmen to participate in a semester-long training and internship opportunity. The current Honors College Webmaster is looking for a replacement for himself at the end of next spring. Students will work with the Honors technology department on real design and data management projects and will directly impact the web presence of the Honors College.

    Three students will be offered positions in the Spring 2013 semester as PAID Assistant Webmasters for the college. The most successful student will be offered the opportunity to become the Honors College Webmaster beginning in Fall 2013. Students could remain in these positions, if successful, for the remainder of the undergraduate career. Pay is extremely competitive, and hours are very flexible. Work is year-round, so summer employment is available.

    A successful candidate MUST be:

    Extremely self-motivated and able to work with little or no supervision

    • Willing to learn, or have entry level skills with: ASP, SQL, HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.

    • Able to work 10-20 hours a week during the internship and

    • Willing to work 20 hours  a week during the Spring 2013 position

    **Note**: Students not willing to commit to at least a year of employment with the Honors College after the internship need not apply.

    The student selected as the next Honors College Webmaster must be willing to work 20-40 hours a week and expect to remain with the College for at least 2 years.

    If you are interested in applying, send the following to Sharon Geiger ( AND Sean Motta (

    • Resume

    • Cover Letter with brief outline of any coding or web design experience and expected number of hours per week available.

  • Paid Positions for Tutors Engineering Courses

    Tutor Needed for EGN 3420, Engineering Analysis for summer session C

    Applicants MUST have taken the respective course at USF, and received at least a B+ in the course.  Application should be submitted by following the link provided. 

    Courses for which tutors are needed: 

    EGN 3374, Introduction to Electrical Systems II

    EGN 3420, Engineering Analysis

    Applicants MUST have taken the respective course at USF, and received at least a B+

    Application should be submitted by following the link provided below:


    Please contact Danielle Locke for more information at

  • Thesis Topics for You

    We have a mentor who is interested in supervising theses in the following areas:

    1. Bullying - stats, effects, potential solutions.  Examining this behavior in our society with a view to reducing, avoiding, eliminating it.

    2. The Women's Movement (Feminism) - Investigatig this topic from a historical view (is this the second or third wave?), its current status and young women's views of feminism.

    3. Teaching as a profession - Looking at the characteristics of a profession from a variety of definitions as well as the current state of the teaching in America.

    4. Poverty in America?  Cannot be!

    Contact Dean Silverman if you are interested in any of the topics.


  • Announcements for Health Professions Students

    A great volunteering opportunity is available at the Judeo Christian Healthcare Clinic, and a comprehensive guide to osteopathic medicine, written by students, has just been made available for free download. 

    See all the details at the USF Honors College Health Professions Blog.

    Link: Health Professions Blog

  • Attention Future Dentists

    The deadline for the Beltran Brothers Honors College Endowed Dental Scholarship has been extended until August 25, 2012. 

     Preference will be given but not limited to the following:

    • Currently enrolled Junior or Senior with pre-dental school course of study
    • Full-time Honors College Student on the Tampa campus
    • Have taken the Dental Assessment Test and scored 20 or above
    • Bi-lingual in English and Spanish 

     Interested candidates should contact Ms. Lanier at

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O.N.S. - Office of National Scholarships

  • Congratulations to Loni Lebanoff Freeman Asia Scholarship Winner

    Congratulations to Loni Lebanoff who will receive funding through the Freeman ASIA to study abroad in Asia this summer. Loni will study abroad in Vietnam.
    A Freeman-ASIA Award provides need-based funding to assist the recipient with the cost of the study abroad program and related expenses, including airfare, basic living costs, local transportation, books, etc.

    For more information, please visit: Questions? Email Lauren Townsend at


  • Congratulations Lauren Richardson Boren Scholarship Recipient

    Lauren Richardson, an Honors College student was awarded the Boren Scholarship to study abroad in Tanzania learning Swahili for the academic year 2012-2013.

    Richardson will received Swahili language training at the University of Florida this summer through the African Languages Initiative, as part of the Boren Scholarship. From UF, she will travel to Tanzania to continue her Swahili language study and also study East African history, arts, culture and political science abroad in Tanzania.

    For more information about the Boren Scholarship (and Fellowship), please visit: Questions? Email Ms. Schumacher at


  • Gilman Scholarship Winners from Honors College

    Congratulations to Falon Blessing, Sasha Deter, Garrett Lentz, Nadia Tenouri and Sarah Seabrook! These Honors College students received the Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad during the summer 2012 semester. The students will study abroad in China, Japan, Indonesia and India.

    The Gilman Scholarship Program is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are planning to study abroad (and are Pell Grant Recipients). The program aims to diversify the kinds of students who study abroad and the countries and regions where they go by supporting undergraduates who might otherwise not participate due to financial constraints.

    For more information, please visit: and contact Mr. Sam Waldron at


  • Honors College Fulbright UK Summer Institute Recipients

    Two USF undergraduate students were chosen out of 43 total to attend the Fulbright UK Summer Institute Program. Veronica Valencia and Christine Goddard, Honors College students will travel to the UK this summer. Veronica is one of six students studying at Newcastle University and Christine is one of eight students studying in Wales.

    The Fulbright UK Summer Institute Program is an opportunity for US freshman and sophomores to experience an exciting academic programme at a highly regarded UK University, explore the culture, heritage and history of the UK and develop their academic ability by improving presentation, research and communication skills.

    For more information, please visit: or email Ms. Schumacher at


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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Student Submissions

  • Career Peers Job Opportunity

    Title: Career Peer


    Pay: $10/hr and about 10 hours/wk



    • Represent the Career Center through showcase of services at various campus events
    • Promote Career Center Initiatives around campus and to student organizations
    • Conduct Career Center workshops for student organizations and classes
    • Provide information on occupational exploration, decision making and job search processes
    • Critique resumes and cover letters
    • Participate in Career Center events such as the Networking Fair, Public Service Fair, Part-time Job Fairs
    • Attend schedule trainings and team meetings

     Minimum Qualifications:

    • Must be full time degree seeking student at USF in good academic standing
    • Undergrads must have at least 2.5 GPA
    • Grad students must have at least 3.0 GPA
    • Good oral and written communication skills
    • Strong customer service focus

     Preferred Qualifications:

    • Coursework in human services, counselor education, psychology, social work, rehabilitation counseling, social work or related fields
    • Completion of Career Development Course at USF or other college
    • College leadership experience in a peer-to-peer program

     Additional Information

    • Work schedule will vary schedule may vary on short notice depending on presentation demands
    • Some weekend and evening hours may be expected

     How to Apply: Carefully complete the temporary student employment application.  Careers@USF at

  • Research Assistant Position Available at Moffitt Cancer Center

    NCI-funded study examining risk factors for glioma (malignant brain tumors) looking for a part-time research assistant -- 5 to 10 hours/ week for summer 2012 and the upcoming (2012-2013) school year.  The position involves data entry, data cleaning, filing and administering telephone interviews. Requirements for the position include a basic understanding of research, ability to work well in a team environment, knowledge of Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel and Access), effective communication skills and close attention to detail. Hours are flexible. This is a paid position.  

     If you are interested, please send your resume to Nancy Paradise

  • Grocery Manufacturers Representatives Endowed Scholarship GMR

    • Must generate an E-Portfolio for display on the Honors College website
    • Business major interested in the field of consumer packaged goods/food industry
    • Full-time Junior or Senior
    • Continuing or transfer student
    • $2,000 ($1,000 for Fall 2012 and $1,000 for Spring 2013)
    • Minimum GPA 3.3
    • Recipients are selected on the basis of academic record, participation in school and community activities and work experience.
    • Special Requirements: Submit an essay explaining your career plans, financial need, etc. in no more than 250 words to Ms. Lanier at by June 22, 2012
    • Must attend a minimum of one GMR event.

  • Research Assistants Needed for Adolescent Depression Study

    Research Assistants needed!  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 for more information.

  • Undergraduate Research Assistants Needed

    The Cognitive Aging Lab is a large and very active lab within the School of Aging Studies that conducts research on cognitive training -- the process of engaging older adults in a series of cognitive activities targeting higher level cognitive functions as well as lower level perceptual abilities in the hopes of training the brain to perform better on these types of tasks. We are looking for research assistants to help with participant recruitment, data management, participant management, and conducting cognitive training classes.

    If you are a freshman, sophomore, or a junior, have at least a 3.25 GPA, and are interested in gaining research experience in the Cognitive Aging Lab starting asap, please e-mail Dr. Jennifer O'Brien at or  A minimum committment of one year is required.

    Link: Cognitive Aging Lab website

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