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These two paintings reflecting appreciation for the complexities and similarities of our diverse natural world won second place in the "I Am USC Dornsife" contest for artist Brittany Lala, a neuroscience and biological sciences double major. Photo by Sonya Vanhoof.

Unlimited, Unbounded, Infinite

March 28, 2013

Growing up in Delaware, Rebecca Braun felt like “a lemon tree in a pot several sizes too small” — there was so much she wanted to see and do, but her world somehow seemed narrow. So she chose to attend USC…

As visiting fellows in USC Dornsife, former State Assemblyman Anthony Portantino (D-Pasadena), left, and former State Sen. Tony Strickland (R-Moorpark) will lend their expertise regarding politics and public policy. Photo of Portantino courtesy of Portantino. Photo of Strickland courtesy of Strickland.

Visiting Fellows

March 1, 2013

Former State Sen. Tony Strickland (R-Moorpark) and former State Assemblyman Anthony Portantino (D-Pasadena) have joined the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics in USC Dornsife as visiting fellows and student mentors. Over…

Students in the course "Forensic Psychology: The Mind and the Legal System" take a tour of the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center in Los Angeles. Photo courtesy of USC Summer Programs.

Summer@USC

February 15, 2013

Neda Davarpanah was surfing the USC Web site when she stumbled upon the Summer@USC Program. She spotted a workshop in creative writing. Serendipity. She applied and was accepted this past summer. “I want to pursue…

Erroll Southers, left, and Raphael Bostic discuss gun control, transportation safety and national security at a Feb. 6 "Students Talk Back" forum organized by the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, housed in USC Dornsife. Photo by Dietmar Quistorf.

Students Take on Gun Control

February 14, 2013

David Meister, international relations major in USC Dornsife, believes in the Second Amendment. He said those cleared and not psychologically unstable should be permitted to carry a firearm. “That being said, I’m…

The altruistic behavior of bees — social insects completely devoted to the queen and willing to surrender their lives to defend their hive in the face of predators, thereby allowing their species to become the most successful pollinators on the planet — was cited in the short movie <em>A Very Altruistic Christmas</em>, winner of the USC Science Film Competition. Photo by Kevin Frates.

Altruism Wins Out

February 8, 2013

Why should we adopt altruistic behavior rather than act out of self-interest? Filmed on the USC campus, A Very Altruistic Christmas answers this compelling moral question using the science of biological altruism by dramatizing…

Mary Helen Immordino-Yang of the Brain and Creativity Institute (BCI) in USC Dornsife discusses the science behind emotional aptitude during a recent conference about what kind of students to look for in the college admissions process. Photo by Elizabeth Mercer.

Beyond High GPAs and SATs

January 24, 2013

Her audience was admissions officers and counselors from the most elite universities and high schools in the country, all familiar with dissecting GPA and SAT scores to judge the merit of a student who plans to enter…

Tory Holland, a senior in USC Dornsife, took advantage of the many scholarship opportunities at USC, some from the USC Alumni Association. Photo by Pamela J. Johnson.

Becoming Scholarship Savvy

January 16, 2013

USC Dornsife senior Tory Holland was holding down a job at the Joint Educational Project (JEP), working 15 hours a week supervising volunteers while taking classes as a double major. Some days, she worked and took classes…

Residential Education’s Rainbow Floor — which collaborates with other Student Affairs departments, including the LGBT Resource Center — is a safe space where people can be themselves, says resident assistant and USC Dornsife senior Kevin Steen.

Colorful Leadership for Rainbow Floor

January 11, 2013

USC Dornsife senior Kevin Steen is currently the resident assistant (RA) for the Rainbow Floor, but what he called the “fabulous lifestyle” of the LGBT community in L.A. intimidated him when he first arrived from…

USC Dornsife senior Michael Rosenthal at the 2012 NCAA men’s water polo championship tournament at McDonald’s Swim Stadium Dec. 2. He was named tournament MVP following the white-knuckle 11-10 victory against the UCLA Bruins. Photo by Dan Avila/USC Sports Information.

'The Cherry on Top'

December 12, 2012

Here’s the scene: The USC men’s water polo team is swimming in their home pool for the 2012 NCAA tournament against crosstown rival the UCLA Bruins. A year ago, the Trojans had achieved a history-making four-year…

USC Dornsife senior Alexander Fullman, a political science major, is the recipient of a coveted 2013 Marshall Scholarship to study in the United Kingdom. Photo by Dietmar Quistorf.

USC Dornsife Senior Named 2013 Marshall Scholar

November 20, 2012

USC Dornsife political science major Alexander Fullman has been awarded a Marshall Scholarship, one of the most coveted honors an American undergraduate can receive. He is planning to attend the University of Oxford next Fall…