Skip to main content

Undergraduate News

USC Dornsife Dean Steve Kay (left) shakes hands with Ali Razi, chair of Farhang Foundation Board of Trustees, during the recent signing ceremony. Albert Checcio, senior vice president for USC advancement, is sitting right. Standing from left: Hassan Izad, Farhang's chief financial officer; Haleh Emrani, chair of Farhang’s Iranian Studies Council; and Ahmad Gramian,  vice chair of Farhang's Board of Trustees. Photo by Dietmar Quistorf.

‘It’s Just the Beginning’

June 24, 2013

In a recent signing ceremony, USC Dornsife and the Farhang Foundation sealed the deal on a long-term commitment to enhance the study and research of Iranian art and culture at the university. The June 19 ceremony marked the…

Flanked by Michael L. Jackson (left) and Bennie Davenport of Blazer, USC Dornsife's Claire Baugher holds up her 2013 Extraordinary Engagement Award during the awards ceremony. Photo courtesy of Claire Baugher.

Extraordinary Engagement

June 14, 2013

Where many see a blank wall, Claire Baugher imagines beauty. The USC Dornsife junior was volunteering at Blazers, an afterschool center for disadvantaged youth near USC's University Park campus, when she noticed a bare space…

Neuroscience major Julia Wang tells the TEDx audience at USC that “No matter what it is you want to change in the world, what truly matters is that you believe in your own voice.” Photo by Lillian Insalata.

TEDx Trousdale Talks

June 13, 2013

TEDx Trousdale challenged USC students to give the talk of their lives in 10 minutes or less in front of an audience of 100 of their peers. “It’s a very student-centric event because, at least for me, the idea is…

USC Dornsife predentistry student Erin Walker assisted dentists in performing 143 extractions and 71 fillings, and helped to serve 1,020 Honduran patients in four days. Photo courtesy of Erin Walker.

Creating Smiles in Honduras

June 13, 2013

Imagine walking for days to a makeshift mobile medical clinic to receive free health care, then standing in line with more than 1,000 others for days, hoping to be treated. Erin Walker, a USC Dornsife predentistry student,…

In March, students traveled to Russia, where they crossed five time zones on the Trans-Siberian Railroad en route from Moscow to Lake Baikal in central Siberia. The trip included cultural sightseeing in Moscow and on-site lectures by the Russian Academy of Sciences on environmental issues affecting the lake. Photo by Francesca Martens.

Breaking the Ice in Siberia

June 5, 2013

Spring break tends to conjure up images of tropical beaches, sunshine and around-the-clock swimsuit fashion. There’s one thing it definitely does not bring to mind: Siberia. Putting the “alternative” in…

The new minor in Iranian studies in USC Dornsife will teach students about the history of Iran. For example, they will learn about Persepolis, the capital of Archaemenid Empire (ca. 550-330 BC), where the Sehdar Palace is located. Here, Persian noblemen are carved on a palace wall.

Iranian Studies Minor Offered

June 3, 2013

For the first time in its history, USC Dornsife will offer a minor in Iranian studies, as part of an initiative launched in November 2010 by the Farhang Foundation. The Iranian studies minor is the latest in a series of…

While caring for his family during Hurricane Sandy, Luis Hernandez was preparing for an interview in New York for acceptance into the USC Posse Scholars Program. He arrives at USC Dornsife in August. Photo by Bethany Bandera.

Hurricane-Force

May 31, 2013

Luis Hernandez was hunkered down at his older sister’s home in Jamaica, Queens while Hurricane Sandy carved its destructive path. Hernandez, his mother and 13-year-old brother had been evacuated from their apartment at…

Clockwise from top left: Rebecca and Andrew Alonzo, Cynthia Maxwell Dillard, Michael Fritschner, America Ferrera and David Horacio Hernandez. The Alonzos, Dillard and Hernandez photos by Pamela J. Johnson; Fritschner photo by Erica Christianson; Ferrera photo by grad images.

You Did It!

May 17, 2013

Graduated Betty   Golden Globe and Emmy-winning America Ferrera stands with her mentor Steven Lamy, professor of international relations and vice dean for academic programs in USC Dornsife. Ferrera earned her…

Vellore Adithi won first place in the humanities category at the 2013 Undergraduate Symposium for Scholarly and Creative Work. Adithi's research (shown on computer screen) looked at Jewish-American citizenship and ethnic expression in 20th century America in the work of comic book artist Will Eisner. Photo by Michelle Salzman.

Amazing Adventures in Undergrad Research

May 15, 2013

Vellore Adithi loves comic books. Growing up, the Missouri native remembers travelling to India during the summer to visit her family and voraciously reading Archie, Tin Tin, Asterix and Batman.   Adithi, a USC Dornsife…

USC valedictorian Katherine Fu (left) and salutatorians Alexander Fullman and Julia Sabo Mangione are graduates from USC Dornsife. Fu will speak before the graduating Class of 2013 on May 17. Photos by Dietmar Quistorf.

Head of the Class

May 15, 2013

Katherine Fu: The Brain of the Matter It’s said that the study of the human brain is the last frontier in science. With that in mind, Katherine Fu, the class of 2013 valedictorian, is ready to chart new…