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Undergraduate students from the environmental studies program at USC Dornsife take their first foray into grant writing and find success.

Students pen winning environmental grant proposals

November 23, 2015

Being that California is in the midst of a historic four-year drought, the impending El Niño is welcome news. Though it’s highly unlikely that the climate system will end the state’s water woes, this…

Eighty young women from Los Angeles-area high schools attended the annual Young Women’s Political and Civic Leadership Conference on Oct. 31 at USC. Photos by Erika Maldonado.

Women as Leaders

November 6, 2015

If current poll results are any indication, Hillary Clinton is likely to become the first woman president of the United States. This despite a dearth of women politicians — they represent less than 20 percent of…

Joshua Ramirez (fine arts ’15) cast his father’s hands in concrete to create the sculpture <em>Intuition</em> inspired by J.D. Salinger’s novel <em>The Catcher in the Rye</em>. Photos by Peter Zhaoyu Zhou.

A New Gallery Emerges

October 29, 2015

Delicately cut paper demonstrates an incredible feat as a tight rope walker leaps between the rooftops of New York City’s Twin Towers, taken from a scene in the novel Let the Great World Spin. Life-size concrete hands…

Advancing Aquaponics

Advancing Aquaponics

October 27, 2015

Environmental studies students Jacqueline Hernandez ’17 and Natalie Kra ’17 helped build the new aquaponics system at the USC Wrigley Marine Science Center on California’s Catalina Island.

During a focus group led by Harvard IOP’s Polling Director John Della Volpe, political science major Sarah Dhanaphatana weighs in on which major national issues 2016 presidential candidates should address. Photos by Tania Mercado.

Political Cheerleaders

October 21, 2015

USC Dornsife undergraduates Sarah Dhanaphatana and David Moreno have been spending a lot of time thinking about how to let their fellow students know that their voices matter. “Many students and individuals in our…

Freshman Laura Marano has chosen to study philosophy, politics and law thanks to her abiding interest in politics. Photo courtesy of EMEA Talent.

The Clark Kent Effect

October 15, 2015

Raising your hand and speaking up in an enormous classroom can be rather intimidating to many of us. So it’s reassuring to know that this can also be true for people who are very used to being in the spotlight. Film and…

USC President C. L. Max Nikias with students.

Lessons from the President

October 15, 2015

At many large universities, a student might go months or longer without seeing the institution’s president. But a lucky group of Trojans will get to meet with USC President C. L. Max Nikias on a regular basis during the…

Gateway Internship Program

Gateway to Success

October 9, 2015

This summer, 47 USC Dornsife undergraduates from a range of majors had an opportunity to reap the rewards of one-on-one mentoring by distinguished local business professionals. The students were participating in the Gateway…

The McCarthy Quad will be transformed into an “eco-hangout” where students can learn how they can impact climate change policy and generate solutions for a more sustainable future.

A Plan for Tomorrow

September 29, 2015

As carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere continue to rise, warming the climate and changing major ecosystems, USC Dornsife student Zach Manta wants his peers at USC to know that they can make a difference to reverse the…

USC Head Swim Coach Dave Salo earned a Ph.D. in exercise physiology from USC Dornsife in 1991. Photos by Peter Zhaoyu Zhou.

The Science of Swimming

September 25, 2015

While studying exercise science as a master’s student at Long Beach State University, USC Head Swim Coach Dave Salo took a class in exercise physiology that changed the course of his career. “I learned theories…