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Graduate Diversity

The USC Dornsife Office of Diversity works on a series of initiatives and strategies to ensure diversity in PhD programs. We work collaboratively with other USC units and 23 departments in Dornsife to develop concrete strategies for the recruitment and retention of diverse PhD students.


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Graduate Studies at USC Dornsife

USC Dornsife offers more than a standard graduate school experience by taking students to a higher level of science and scholarship, and a brighter, more fulfilling future. Explore…

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An Eye to the Future

Graduate education gets a boost from Dornsife Doctoral Fellows program.

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Sampling Mussels Off Catalina Island

Kwasi Connor, a fifth year graduate student in the Marine Environmental Biology department at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences discusses his research on…

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The Neuroscience Era

Neurobiologist Tansu Celikel and graduate student David Herman examine how the brain processes sensory data.

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Center for Chinese Fossil Discoveries

The Center for Chinese Fossil Discoveries is a joint venture between the Dinosaur Institute of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and the Department of Earth Sciences…

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We partner with other units across the USC campus and external organizations to diversify our student population and ensure that diversity is central to our outreach.


A variety of funding opportunities at USC and outside are available to support our graduate students. 


USC programs support students to navigate through their education and specific training and mentoring opportunities.


Homing in on a Ph.D.

American studies and ethnicity doctoral student Priscilla Leiva has earned a coveted Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship. She is studying the complex relationship between sports stadiums and their surrounding communities.



Supporting Diversity in Science 

The USC Dornsife Office of Diversity is proud to announce the launch of a new SACNAS chapter (Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science) on campus. SACNAS works to promote and support diversity in all scientific fields.



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Post Graduate Placement

Laura Barraclough (American Studies and Ethnicity)

Ana Rosas (History)

Lu Chen (Neuroscience)

Katie Mussack (Physics)

Kris Marsh (Sociology)

Rosina Lozano (History)

Emir Estrada (Sociology)