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Caleb Smith, a 16-year-old local high school student, won the opportunity to participate in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, or ISEF. He developed his research working in the laboratory of USC Dornsife’s John Tower. Photo by Misty Mercier.

Encouraging Young Scientists

June 6, 2014

As Caleb Smith watched the video of a Sudanese land mine victim using a prosthetic arm to eat unassisted for the first time in seven years, he was struck by the ability of science to fundamentally change a human life. Smith,…

Before graduating, USC Dornsife undergraduates learn to roll up their sleeves and experience working in politics and impacting policy. Illustrations by Daniel Hertzberg for <em>USC Dornsife Magazine</em>.

Hearts in the Highlands

June 5, 2014

Standing on the steps of the Capitol in Washington, D.C., Roxana Ontiveros had one thing on her mind: her Highland Park neighborhood in northeast Los Angeles. The daughter of Mexican immigrants and the first in her family to…

Through its committees, the USC Alumni Association Board of Governors promotes the advancement of the university and engages alumni of all ages and backgrounds.

Alumni Representatives Elected

June 4, 2014

Seventeen USC Dornsife alumni have been elected to the USC Alumni Association Board of Governors for 2014-15 for one-to-three year terms. The Board of Governors is a volunteer organization that provides advice on all programs…

Natalie Tecimer with a hearing-impaired child during a 2012 family picnic at the John Tracy Clinic, a Los Angeles-based center for children with hearing loss. Photo courtesy of Natalie Tecimer.

Breaking the Silence

June 3, 2014

Junior Natalie Tecimer was born hearing impaired — yet she has never seen it as a disability. “To me hearing loss was this cool, unique thing,” said Tecimer, an international relations major at USC Dornsife…

During the recent annual Student Recognition Ceremony, 36 USC Dornsife graduates received the top awards. Photo courtesy of the USC Office of Student Affairs.

Student Recognition Ceremony

May 29, 2014

USC honored its most accomplished and inspiring students from the class of 2014 at the annual Student Recognition Ceremony. The 230 honorees, who were selected from more than 15,000 graduating students, represented the…

The Winn family, from left, Kate, Jack, Cindy and Michael, at the Joint Educational Project (JEP) House. All are involved in JEP, with Michael and Cindy Winn donating money to JEP’s Young Scientist Program. Photo by Susan Bell.

It’s a Winn-Winn

May 29, 2014

In 1982, Michael Winn was a sophomore taking an anthropology class that offered extra credit for participating in USC Dornsife’s Joint Educational Project (JEP). Winn leapt at the chance. “At first I did it for…

USC Dornsife's Aaron Lauda of mathematics teaches high school senior Jailyne Olvera and another student how to solve the knot theory game he developed to show students how mathematical knowledge is developed and processed. Photo by Susan Bell.

Knot a Problem

May 27, 2014

In a USC classroom, Jailyne Olvera, a junior at Augustus Hawkins High School in South Los Angeles studied a knotted rope lying on the table, then stared at a chart of knots. “Wow, this is hard,” she sighed, her…

Haley Ishimatsu is a former Olympian and one of the top divers in the country. Photo by John McGillen.

All-District Academic Honors

May 20, 2014

Senior water polo player Flóra Bolonyai, junior tennis player Zoë Scandalis and junior diver Haley Ishimatsu were all named to the Capital One Academic All-District 8 at-large team on May 15. The designation…

High school students in the Los Angeles Service Academy tour a construction site in Boyle Heights. Before the visit, Maria Cabildo, president of the East Los Angeles Community Corporation  and member of the Los Angeles City Planning Commission, spoke to them about a new housing development being constructed. Photo courtesy of William Deverell.

So L.A.

May 20, 2014

One recent Saturday, USC alumna Laura Nelson, a transportation reporter for the Los Angeles Times, gave a talk to local high school students about the city’s vast transit system. For a group of freshly minted drivers in…

The four 2014 USC Dornsife Scholars, who earned their bachelor's degrees May 16, were each awarded $10,000 to be used for graduate or professional school studies.

USC Dornsife Scholars

May 16, 2014

The USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences is pleased to announce the class of Dornsife Scholars for 2014. The four outstanding graduating USC Dornsife seniors were selected based on their academic achievements…