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Going Up: Crafting Your Elevator Pitch

Perfect Your Pitch

September 9, 2014

Are you traditional or original? Tough or tender? Scheduled or spontaneous? Critical or accepting? These were some of the options sophomore Brian Lam, a biochemistry major, contemplated as he completed an online…

Michael Messner, who has taught sociology at USC Dornsife for 27 years, will be honored with the Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS) Feminist Mentoring Award at an August 18 ceremony in San Francisco. Photo by Erica Christianson.

Messner Wins Feminist Mentoring Award

August 5, 2014

Michael Messner, professor of sociology and gender studies at USC Dornsife, will receive the Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS) Feminist Mentoring Award on August 18 at a banquet and awards ceremony, held at the City Club…

Professor Steven Lamy, vice dean for academic programs (center), accepts his USC Mellon Mentoring Award from Dean of Religious Life Varun Soni, chair of the USC Mellon Mentoring Forum (right), and professor Oliver Mayer, co-chair of the USC Mellon Mentoring Forum. Lamy was among 11 USC Dornsife faculty honored. Photo by Ziva Santop/Steve Cohn Photography.

Mellon Mentoring Awards

May 14, 2014

Eleven USC Dornsife faculty — one in memoriam — were honored during the recent annual USC Mellon Mentoring Awards ceremony. In the academic year 2007-2008, USC embarked on a six-year partnership with the Andrew W.…

Arieh Warshel poster contest winners from left: 1st place, 11th grader Raqibul Mollah, 17; 2nd place, 9th grader Jin Yi Wu, 14 and 3rd place, 9th grader Alexandra Canjura, 14. They display their winning posters at Bravo Magnet High School on March 25, 2014. Photo by Gus Ruelas.

Warshel Inspires Students

April 11, 2014

Since receiving the 2013 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry Arieh Warshel of USC Dornsife is making an impact on neighborhood students. This year, Warshel’s transformative research in…

USC Dornsife alumna Alexis Jones is the cofounder of the nonprofit I AM THAT GIRL, which aims to inspire girls to overcome their insecurities and love themselves unconditionally. Photo by JerSean Golatt.

Girl Power

February 25, 2014

After a recent speaking engagement at a Texas high school, USC Dornsife alumna Alexis Jones was approached by a young girl in tears. An aspiring ballerina, the girl told Jones she felt so pressured she had been starving…

USC Dornsife political science major Adrienne Liu (left), and student Shinnie Tu, who also participates in Inside Track. Photo by Vigor Lam.

The Inside Track

February 20, 2014

How do I find my way around campus? What are my on-campus dining options? How can I handle all this schoolwork and still have a social life? What’s going on around campus? How can I get involved at USC? Every semester,…

Surbhi Agarwal, a biological sciences minor at USC Dornsife (right), at a local homeless shelter, where she educates people about breast cancer and brings them goodies.

Think Pink

January 22, 2014

Surbhi Agarwal’s devotion can be summed up in three words — All Things Pink. That’s the name of the nonprofit the senior founded to raise awareness of breast cancer in young women. All Things Pink hosts…

Step by Step

Step by Step

July 1, 2008

Pulling on a pair of sweats, Deara “DeDe” Okonkwo pirouetted, rumbaed and tapped into summer. Inside her South Los Angeles dance studio, the image of her petite frame in a cotton-candy-pink sweat suit bounced off…

Mentoring: ‘A Practice Framed By Love’

Mentoring: ‘A Practice Framed By Love’

April 1, 2007

As a doctoral student in physics at USC College, Amy Cassidy noticed there are few women graduates in her field. So she and classmate Katie Mussack found a way to mentor young women considering careers in physics. The pair…

Helping Teens in Turn-Around

Helping Teens in Turn-Around

June 1, 2006

Arms crossed and looking contemplative, Mariela Membreno recalled the day police arrived at her high school and hauled her off to jail. “I was walking in the hall and the cops came up to me,” said the 17-year-old…