Student service opportunities and research information for the week of November 4, 2013

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Student Service Updates:    

The USF Health Service Corps enables our COPH students to volunteer alongside medical, nursing, physical therapy and pharmacy students in a wide variety of meaningful, rewarding and FUN health-related community service activities.  You can click here Fall 2013 Service Corps Opportunities website for the most up to date, comprehensive listing of events and projects, which are arranged by categories.  You can also click on the Service Corps Calendar to view upcoming events in chronological order.

Recent Events:

COPH students have contributed to the following Service Corps events this past week along with other USF Health students:  

Tuesday, October 29th Halloween/Fall Festival and Dessert Party attheHope Lodge.  COPH students teamed up with students from medicine and speech pathology to bring an evening of fun and delicious desserts to the patients and caregivers at the American Cancer Society’s Benjamin Mendick Hope Lodge!  See photos at: HopeLodgehalloween2013

Wednesday, October 30th, JohnKnoxVillageHalloween MasqueradeBall.  Students in the colleges of Public Health, Medicine and Pharmacy led a festive Halloween party for the seniors at John Knox Village!  See photos at: JohnKnox2013

Friday,November1st,GardeningServiceDayandCelebration.  COPH students volunteered along with medical students to literally help weed and seed at the Tampa bay community gardens whererefugeescangrowhealthyfruits&vegetables. See photos at:  Gardening November1.  Note: We will also be able to volunteer at this site at our health fair on November 16, as noted below.

Upcoming events:  

November 7, 2013.  Children’sCancerCenterMentoring/Volunteer Opportunities: Special orientation session.  Big Buddy Program.  Are you aUSFHealthstudentwhowouldliketomentorachild?  Then youmaywish tojointhe Big BuddyProgram!  In the past,the Big BuddyProgramwaslimitedtojustUSFmedical students,and nowitisbeing expanded to include studentsin:  the College ofMedicineMDand MS/PhD programs CollegesofNursing,PublicHealthand Pharmacy,andthe School ofPhysical Therapyand Rehabilitation Sciences.The Big BuddyProgramoffersyouthe opportunitytoprovidea onetoonementoringrelationshipwiththe sibling ofachilddiagnosedwithcancerorchronicblood disorders.WewillhaveaspecialorientationsessiononThursday,November7th  from12-1pminCOMgrouplearningroom#3.  If possible, pleaseRSVPwithDanielleLanier, Dlanier@childrenscancercenter.orgso thatwe can be sure to provide enough deliciousfreelunches!

November 7, 2013.  StudentsAchievingthroughInteractiveLearning(S.A.I.L.).  (SAIL)isaninteractive tutoringprogramofferedweeklyat the ChildrensCancerCenterandwe could use yourhelp!Are youinterestedin tutoring schoolagechildrenwithcanceror chronicblood disordersand theirsiblings?Doyouhavea talentthatyouwouldliketoteachinadditiontoworkingon homeworkwith these kids?The CCC needsvolunteers to workone on one withstudents to helpwith schoolworkaswellas facilitateart,music,cooking,andphysicalactivityinstructions.Studentsare expecttocommitto aregularschedule;  while you donotneedto come everyweek,wedo askvolunteerstocomeonce ortwiceamonth–thiswillmakeitamoremeaningfulexperience foryou andthe children.  WewillhaveaspecialorientationsessiononNovember7th,from12-1pm,in COMgrouplearning room#3.Foradditionalinformation,contact

Saturday November 9th, 11:30 am – 3:00 pm. Health fair at Bethanie 7th Day Adventist Haitian Church.  Nonclinicalactivities- adults:  Any interested students who can speak Creole are invited to serve as translators, please sign up with Caitlin Gordon ( with Public Health Student Association (PHSA).  Nonclinicalactivities- childrenUp to 10 students in the COPH or DPT programs can lead children in fun interactive safety education and fitness games, please sign up with Caitlin Gordon ( with PHSA. 

Saturday,November 9th,8:00 am– 11:00 am.  StepOut Walk toHelpDiabetes atUSF.  Come support the USF Diabetes Center team, by signing up at this link:  USF Diabetes Center team. 

Saturday Nov 16th, 11:30 am – 3:00 pm.  Ethiopian-American Festival and Health Fair.  Non-clinical activitiesUp to 10  students in the COPH or  DPT program or pre-health professional programs can lead children through interactive Passport to Safety  health education stations, please sign up with  Kelly Carpenter ( COPH with Global Health Student Association.  Up to 6 interested USF Health students can assist with an interdisciplinary mentoring career exploration Q & A session for the older Ethiopian youth; please sign up with Ellen Kent (  We are seeking representatives from each academic program at USF Health to share their expertise and enthusiasm!

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 theStudent 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, November 4.

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.

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).