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A USC Dornsife junior majoring in neuroscience, the new USC Residential Student Government President Sera Choi is also involved in USC Dornsife's Trojan Health Volunteers program, part of the Joint Educational Project. Photo by Dietmar Quistorf.

Pointing the Way

October 25, 2013

The new president of the Residential Student Government (RSG) has a message for the 7,000 students the organization represents: learn to become leaders. “Leadership is something that we are really focusing on this…

USC Dornsife’s Kenneth Geller, associate professor of clinical otolaryngology, teaches students in a pre-med Second-Year Inquiry course, while USC Dornsife’s William McClure, professor of biological science, sits nearby. Photos by Michelle Boston.

Career Building for Undergrads

October 10, 2013

Kenneth Geller set an imaginary scene for his undergraduate students: “You’re a doctor. It’s the end of the day and you’ve seen 30 patients. You’re hungry and tired. Your last patient is an…

At times, students traveled by camel during their research trip this summer for the "Field Geology" course taught by Meghan Miller, assistant professor of earth sciences at USC Dornsife. Photo courtesy of Meghan Miller.

Shaking it up in Morocco

July 31, 2013

The dusty Land Cruiser bumped and rumbled along the Moroccan desert floor as our caravan approached the village of Merzouga under the light of a waxing moon.  A long day of travel behind us, the dunes in the distance…

Trojan forward and USC Dornsife undergraduate Cassie Harberts. Photo courtesy of the USC Athletic Department.

Harberts Helps U.S. Claim Gold

July 29, 2013

USC Dornsife senior forward Cassie Harberts and the USA Women’s Basketball World University Games Team defeated Russia 90-71 on July 15 to capture gold in the 2013 World University Games in Kazan, Russia. Harberts…

Environmental studies undergraduate Iñaki Pedroarena-Leal is in Panama for a summer internship at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. In underwater research, he is collecting data to assess the health of coral reef communities in the Bocas del Toro archipelago in the Caribbean Sea. Photo by Eleni Petrou.

Taking the Bull by the Horns

July 26, 2013

Wielding a machete one day this summer, Iñaki Pedroarena-Leal slowly but surely bushwhacked his way through dense, humid Panamanian jungle. From their tree perches, three-toed sloths looked down at the…

Overcoming physical adversity as a child, Max Novak comes to USC Dornsife with an interest in visual arts. Photo by Lillian Insalata.

In Tune With Life

July 23, 2013

Born with tracheoesophageal fistula (TEF) affecting the windpipe, Max Novak underwent 15 surgeries in his infancy. The operations helped to correct an abnormal connection between his trachea and esophagus. But Novak never let…

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 Senior Lecturer of Economics Nake Kamrany speaks on "Will There Be Peace in Afghanistan?" The March 27 event was sponsored by the USC student organization, Global Income Convergence Group, in which members conduct research related to global economics. Photo by Laura Paisley.

Equity and Stability for All

April 9, 2013

The topic of a recent lecture at USC, “Will There Be Peace in Afghanistan?” is one of timely importance as the United States debates the possibility of troop withdrawal and the end of a long, unpopular war. The…

Image of the Maya sun god as shark man, one of his several guises found on the frieze of the Temple of the Night Sun at El Zotz, Guatemala. Photo by Edwin Román, reproduced courtesy of Proyecto Arqueologico El Zotz.

Digging for Knowledge

January 30, 2013

Evening is falling on the ancient Maya kingdom of El Zotz deep in the dense undergrowth of the Guatemalan jungle. A dark tide of bats flows out of a large cave in the nearby mountainside as the last rays of the setting sun…

Caitlin Smith, a psychology doctoral student in USC Dornsife, leads sixth grade students in their final workshop in the Going for the Goal program. With guidance from USC Dornsife students, the program teaches middle schoolers how to set themselves up to achieve their goals. Photo by Michelle Salzman.

Going for the Goal

August 24, 2012

Soft-spoken and shy, sixth-graders Emily Cervantes and Nayely Gonzalez are best friends with a vision for their futures. Emily plans to be a fashion designer, Nayely an author. “I’ve actually had this goal for a…