Program Structure

1st Year Curriculum (Spring and Summer)

Undergraduate Research Methods –¬†AMST 392 and Summer Research Institute (SRI)

Objectives:

  • Identify a research topic (questions, methods, and thesis)
  • Develop a relationship with a faculty mentor in your discipline
  • Engage in and composing a literature review
  • Learn how to write a research proposal
  • Identify and select appropriate research methodology
  • Create and present a research proposal (oral/written) which will be carried out during the 10-week Summer Research Institute (SRI)
  • Present research via PowerPoints, poster sessions, and in written form via abstracts and papers

Timeline:

  • January – May: Individualized, comprehensive advisement: academic, career, and personal
  • January – May: Mentoring from faculty, graduate students and professional staff
  • March: University of California All-Campus Graduate School Fair: UC Edge Program
  • April: National Graduate School Fair: California Forum for Diversity in Graduate Education
  • April: USC Annual Faculty Mentor & Scholar Banquet
  • May – July: USC Summer Research Institute (SRI)
  • July: USC Research Gateway Symposium

2nd Year Curriculum

  • Journal Review Board Member Selections
  • Research Paper Journal Publishing Opportunity
  • Referrals to Research and Funding Programs
  • Fall Semester Orientations and Get-togethers
  • New Scholar Recruitment Team
  • November: National Graduate School Fair: California Forum for Diversity in Graduate Education
  • Year-round one-on-one Academic and Career Advising