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Student research and service opportunities for the week of September 16

| Monday Letter, Student Service Opportunities

Did you know?

Our COPH community once again contributed to the annual Tools for Schools drive, which is a partnership between the USF Health Service  Corps, USF Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement  (CLCE) and University Area Community Development Corporation (UACDC).

Two of our enthusiastic and energetic new COPH Student volunteers, Michelle Johnson and Jacqulyne Perez, helped Ellen Kent, MPH, CPH, Coordinator USF Health Service Corps, and staff from CLCE with the final pick up of items from USF sites and delivery to the UACDC . This year, we collected more than 50 bags of new school supplies from boxes throughout USF Health and the main USF campus.  The teachers from the local elementary schools will then be able to visit the UACDC to select free school supplies for their classrooms and students.  

See photos below and photo album at:  ToolsForSchools2013.

school supplies organizing


Research Updates:

COPH graduate students are encouraged to visit the main COPH Student Research website, with links to:  Funding OpportunitiesGrant Writing ResourcesResearch Presentations;  andFaculty Research Areas & Expertise.

IMPORTANT:  COPH graduate students can now apply for the Student Honorary Awards for Research and Practice (‘SHARP’)   which provides a financial incentive to COPH students to complete a body of work to a stage sufficient for presentation at a regional, national, or international professional meeting/ conference.  The next deadline will be Monday, October 7th.

COPH students can have their poster presentations for conferences printed free of charge at the COPH center, as long as they use the COPH Vertical  Poster Template  or the COPH Horizontal Poster Template.   If students are presenting oral presentations at conferences, they are asked to use the COPH PowerPoint Template.

Service Updates:

You can visit this website Summer 2013 Service Corps Opportunities for a comprehensive listing of events and projects, which are arranged by categories. This listing provides opportunities through September 28, 2013. We will have our comprehensive listing of events for the fall 2013 season ready by late September. If you prefer a calendar format, you can go to the USF Health Service Corps Calendar. Below is a list of upcoming service events for which we are still in need of enthusiastic volunteers like YOU!

September 20th, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm or 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Gardening Service Day, as part of National Welcoming Week, a nationwide event that will highlight the contributions of immigrants to American communities.  This year, we will team up with the Tampa Bay Refugee Task Force to volunteer at a healthy garden oasis where refugees can grow healthy fruits & vegetables. Volunteers will be able to  clean the summer garden or prepare the soil for the fall growing season and can sign up for either the 2-4 pm or the 4-6 pm time slot, by contacting Ellen Kent.  We can accommodate 10 volunteers per shift.

September 28th, 7:30 am – 12:00 pm – Green Artery Celebration Day 2013! Join the Green Artery & Mayor Bob Buckhorn for a FUN and healthy morning of biking, walking, stroller pushing, skateboarding. Special routes will be dedicated for wheelchairs & persons with disabilities. Up to 6 students can assist with a bike safety rodeo for children and a safety table. To sign up, please email

For additional information pertaining to  student research and service,  feel free to contact  Ellen Kent, MPH, CPH, by email ( phone (813-974-6622) or in person (COPH room 2150H).