The SOAR program provides funding to undergraduates for participation as a research assistant in a faculty member’s project. SOAR allows all students to be mentored one-on-one by USC faculty, and introduces students early in their academic careers to the process of serious scholarly inquiry. SOAR is for research during the fall and spring semesters of the academic year. Funding applications are accepted for the first third, or first five weeks, of fall (deadline September 27, 2013) and spring semester (deadline February 14, 2014).
For students interested in summer undergraduate research funding, please visit the SURF page.
To find out about faculty research projects or to post your research interests, view the SOAR Board.
Declared major in Dornsife College
Full-time enrollment at USC for the entire academic year
One SOAR grant per academic year (either for one semester or spanning both)
A recipient of the Provost Fellowship will not be contemporaneously considered for a SOAR grant and vice versa
3.0 cumulative USC GPA or better
The stipend is a single payment credited to the student’s university account. This may initially affect the student’s financial aid award. if this happens, the student must contact the financial aid office to work out the payment of the SOAR award.
SOAR recipients are required to submit a one-page research report signed by their faculty mentor before the last day of classes of their grant semester. Failure to do so renders the student ineligible for SURF or SOAR funding for the following year.
Applications submitted past five (5) weeks into the semester of the proposed research will not be considered. Please note that the highest priority will be given to the applications of those students who are working on faculty research projects.