The USC Research Gateway Scholars Program provides research and graduate preparation opportunities to a select group of first-generation college students, populations from low-income households, or underrepresented backgrounds in higher education. A primary objective of the USC Research Gateway Scholars Program is to provide high achieving students from these backgrounds effective preparation for research experiences and graduate study, particularly for doctoral level studies.
Participants are awarded competitive stipends and scholarships throughout their participation in the program. Students acquire mentoring from professors, graduate students, and professional staff members. The USC Office of Undergraduate Programs provides administrative oversight for the program and makes available opportunities for all students to participate in an array of academic, co-curricular, and funding programs. The academic focus of the program complements the services and other resources available to all students through the USC Student Affairs Division. Participating students, referred to as Research Gateway Scholars, begin the program by taking a Research Methods Course in the Spring in preparation for the Summer Research Institute (SRI). Throughout the year, Research Gateway Scholars are advised by USC faculty members, Ph.D. students, program advisors and administrators.
The core components of the USC Gateway Scholars Program include:
- Spring Research Methods Course
- Summer Research Institute (SRI)
- Cohort Residential Life & Cultural Program
- Annual Research Symposium & Poster Session
- GRE Test Preparation
- Travel Grant Awards for Conference Attendance & University Visitations
- Publication Opportunities in an Undergraduate Journal
- Year-round Seminar Series
- Academic & Career Advising