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First-Year Investigations: Brendan Dugan

November 3, 2011

Brendan DuganSummit, New JerseyMathematics As others may rush by abstract paintings, Brendan Dugan methodically observes the seemingly nonsensical swirling lines and bold dots on display. Abstract art reminds the 18-year-old…

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First-Year Investigations: Tienju Wang

November 3, 2011

Tienju WangDallas, TexasBiological Sciences It took nine hours of studying for an advanced placement biology exam and a touch of delirium for Tienju “Nikky” Wang to make up her mind. At a young age she aspired to…

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First-Year Investigations: Justin Farshidi

November 3, 2011

Justin Farshidi San Marino, California Undecided Justin Farshidi openly admits he can’t envision himself in a specific career. With interests from biology to business, the incoming student is searching for his…

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First-Year Investigations: Katherine Montgomery

November 3, 2011

Katherine Montgomery Montclair, New Jersey Creative Writing A woman walking briskly down the street. A man donning a fedora. These uncomplicated sights inspire Katherine Montgomery in her fiction writing. Montgomery realized…

From left, Christina Zdawczyk, Francisco Rios Casas and Shamoiya Washington. Illustrations by Joel Kimmel

FYI Peer Mentors

November 3, 2011

Christina Zdawczyk La Cañada, California Neuroscience and East Asian Languages and Cultures Before Christina Zdawczyk heard about her grandfather slinging a medical bag over his shoulder and making house calls on…

USC Dornsife junior David Horacio Hernandez has been recognized as one of the White House's Champions of Change for his work to improve education for minorities. The double major in political science and American studies and ethnicity traveled to Washington, D.C. to participate in a roundtable discussion on Sept. 16. Photo courtesy of David Horacio Hernandez.

Champion of Change

November 2, 2011

USC Dornsife junior David Horacio Hernandez couldn’t believe what he was reading. Poor grammar and misplaced punctuation signaled a hastily written essay. A first-generation transfer student from Santa Monica City…

New Minor Invites Study of Korea's Complexities

New Minor Invites Study of Korea's Complexities

November 1, 2011

Whether it is South Korea’s booming economy or North Korea’s nuclear ambitions, the business and politics of the Korean Peninsula make headlines on a regular basis, said David Kang. “Solving the North Korean…

Ambassador Robert King, U.S. Special Envoy for North Korean Human Rights speaks to USC students and the public during the USC Korean Studies Institute’s Ambassador Lecture Series Oct. 7. Photo by Ambrosia Viramontes-Brody.

Fighting for Freedom in North Korea

October 25, 2011

The United States’ turbulent relationship with North Korea spans decades with points of contention historically centered on the communist state’s nuclear programs and missile development, said Robert King, U.S.…

Skylab astronaut and USC alumnus Jerry Carr presented Simca Bouma, a USC Dornsife student majoring in mathematics and physics, with a $10,000 scholarship from the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation. The Astronaut Scholarship is the largest monetary award given in the United States to science and engineering undergraduate students based solely on merit. Photo by Jie Gu.

USC Dornsife Undergrad Named Astronaut Scholar

October 5, 2011

Skylab astronaut and USC alumnus Jerry Carr presented USC Dornsife student Simca Bouma with a $10,000 scholarship from the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation (ASF) during a public presentation and ceremony. The event was held…

Twelve Posse scholars from New York City are navigating USC as a group. Half are pursuing majors in USC Dornsife. Photo courtesy of George Sanchez, Posse students’ mentor, professor of American studies and ethnicity, and history, and vice dean for diversity in USC Dornsife.

Leaders with Posse-bility

October 4, 2011

A few thousand miles from home, a dozen freshmen from New York City can’t picture themselves at USC without their posse. “You don’t realize how vital it is to have a support system until you’re…