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Undergraduates experience the midnight sun in the Icelandic capital, Reykjavik. Photos by Hanna Jolkovsky.

Exploring Arctic Issues

August 27, 2015

Perched 420 meters above sea level, USC Dornsife undergraduate Kathryn Kelly surveyed a stunning landscape of fjords, islands and white-capped mountains. Spread at her feet, like a jewel in the crown, lay one of the…

Students in the Maymester “How Washington Works — And Doesn’t” sat down with political strategist Donna Brazile (center), vice chair of voter registration and participation at the Democratic National Committee. Photo courtesy of Ben Cohn.

All-Access Politics

July 13, 2015

Nathaniel Haas remembers when he was on his high school debate team arguing about what caused the 2008 financial crisis. “I spoke about the Federal Reserve, and what it was like under Alan Greenspan’s leadership…

Living the California Dream

Living the California Dream

July 1, 2015

When the USC Dornsife undergraduates picked their way across the stepping stones spanning the koi-filled pool and walked through the glass doors of John Lautner’s Sheats-Goldstein Residence, there was a collective intake…

Tiffany Lian is conducting research in the laboratory of Professor Raymond Stevens, director of The Bridge@USC. Photo by Matt Meindl.

Targeting Hearts

June 10, 2015

While growing up in California, junior Tiffany Lian traveled annually to her father’s homeland of Indonesia. It pained her to see her grandfather suffer from a chronic heart condition — which, after many years…

Wendy Garcia-Nava came to USC with support from the Neighborhood Academic Initiative. Photo by Gus Ruelas.

A Prophetic T-shirt

May 14, 2015

There’s a snapshot of Wendy Garcia-Nava as a fourth-grader that’s downright prophetic: She’s standing by a fountain in Pardee Plaza, shyly waving at the camera. The T-shirt she’s wearing reads:…

Meet three USC Dornsife graduating seniors: Shea Livingston, Karen Arcos and Thomas Armstrong.

Three of the Best

May 13, 2015

Shea Livingston After Shea Livingston’s grandfather died in 2010, she and her mother were sorting through his papers when they found an extraordinary document: a leather-bound graduation program embossed with the words…

In Their Own Words

In Their Own Words

May 12, 2015

This year’s valedictorian and salutatorian both have majors in USC Dornsife: Alexander Yuen of biological sciences and Carrie Ruth Moore of creative writing. Hailing from Sacramento, California, and Atlanta, Georgia,…

Standard of Excellence

May 11, 2015

Alexander Yuen — Valedictorian When Alexander Yuen steps to the podium on Friday to give his valedictory address at USC’s 132nd commencement, it’ll be with a sense of trepidation and déjà…

High school student and future USC Dornsife chemistry major Belen Espinoza, far left, asks senior Thomas Do a question about his research project. Photos by Susan Bell.

Symposium Synergy

April 29, 2015

Belen Espinoza listened intently as Thomas Do, a junior majoring in chemistry at USC Dornsife, explained his research into how a cobalt catalyst can be used to convert carbon dioxide into more useful derivatives. Practical…

USC Dornsife Washington, D.C. Program

Opening D.C.’s Doors

April 8, 2015

Sophomore Kara Junttila was delighted when an article she had co-authored on the nuclear budget was published recently on Roll Call, a major online source for legislative and political news on Capitol Hill. An intern at the…