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Mellon Mays fellow Charnan Williams (right) discusses the history of Leimert Park with George Sanchez, vice dean for diversity and strategic initiatives and professor of American studies and ethnicity and history in USC Dornsife. Photo by Joel Zink.

Mellon Mays Program Mentors Minority Students

July 19, 2011

Exploring topics ranging from the social impact of black stand-up comedy to genocide resistance in Rwanda, seven students will get the opportunity to conduct graduate-level research through the 2011-12 Mellon Mays…

Students from USC Dornsife's Environmental Studies Program are spending eight weeks assisting with conservation and education programs at the Catalina Island Conservancy. From left to right: Miller Zou, Alexandria Cheung, Lisa Collins, Sabrina Lawrence-Gomez, Charlie de la Rosa and Daniel Kasang. Photo courtesy of Lisa Collins.

A Trail-Blazing Summer Internship

July 15, 2011

Two students and two recent graduates of USC Dornsife’s Environmental Studies Program have started a trail-blazing summer interning with the Catalina Island Conservancy, where they are spending eight weeks assisting with…

Students soak up Japanese culture dining in L.A.'s Little Tokyo. Photo by Nicole Katekaru.

Land of the Rising Sun in the City of Angels

June 28, 2011

Wendy Barrios was on the fourth floor of a building at Tokyo International University (TIU) the afternoon of March 11, 2011, when the floor began to tremble. She was taking a break between her classes at TIU, where she was…

During a previous trip to Ghana, USC Dornsife alumna Elizabeth Barreras who founded Blue Kitabu mentors a student in Asebu. Photo by Alexander J. Rivest.

Sowing the Seeds for Sustainability

June 6, 2011

After earning her bachelor’s in international relations from USC Dornsife in 2007, Elizabeth Barreras kept in touch with her adviser and professor Steven Lamy. Barreras went on to earn her master’s at the School…

When Sarah Waliany of USC Dornsife discovered there was no online science magazine for undergraduates on campus, she started one herself. The lead story in <em>USCience Review</em> she is displaying discusses mercury in dental amalgam fillings. Photo by Pamela J. Johnson.

Undergrads Launch Science Blog

June 2, 2011

A group of ingenious USC undergraduates aren’t waiting for that golden opportunity to publish their science articles. They have created their own online science magazine, USCience Review, and are regularly posting…

Students in the 2011 Guam and Palau class show their USC Dornsife pride. Photo by Jim Haw.

Dispatches from the Oceans of Micronesia

May 19, 2011

What happens when 24 students take to the ocean to study the fragile ecosystems of Micronesia’s coral reefs? Anyone can soon find out as dispatches from the field are posted to Scientific American’s…

Senior Jake Bloch created the documentary "Awe" for his religion honors thesis in USC Dorsife. The film investigates and merges scientific theories and religious pursuits. Photo courtesy of Jake Bloch.

An Awe-Inspiring Film

May 12, 2011

Senior Jake Bloch grew up seeing religion and science mixed together — right on his father’s bookshelf. Books by Alfred North Whitehead sat side by side with those by Albert Einstein, along with Houston Smith…

Sarrah Shahawy '11 - USC Dornsife Valedictorian

Faith Makes All Things Possible

May 9, 2011

During a recent multi-faith celebration on campus, Sarrah Shahawy recited in English and Arabic a verse from the Qur’an emphasizing that in Islam, both genders and all nationalities are considered equal before God. Oh…

Taking Action in California's Future

Taking Action in California's Future

April 29, 2011

Want to do something positive for California? This Fall, USC students can take a course that asks this question, then gives them the tools to help bring the Golden State back to prosperity. The class,…

USC Dornsife undergraduate Jordan Vieira earned first prize in the social sciences category during the 13th annual USC Undergraduate Symposium for Scholarly and Creative Work. Photo by Heather Cartagena.

Drumming Up Winners

April 29, 2011

It was the sound of women’s hands pounding on makeshift drums — pum-pum-pum-pum — from overturned washing basins that first caught Jordan Vieira’s attention. Back home in California he began exploring…