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Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship

The DEFY Undergraduate Research Fellowships provide support for USC undergraduate students doing research focused on the USC Shoah Foundation Visual History Archive and/or other unique USC resources and collections during the summer. The fellowship is open to USC undergraduate students of all disciplines. Award decisions for the DEFY fellowships will be based on the originality of the research proposal and the centrality of USC resources to the research project.

Fellowship Audience

USC Undergraduate Students

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Noha Ayoub

2017 Undergraduate Student Research Fellow (DEFY)

Nationalism in Rwanda and anti-Tutsi fictionalized narratives

Griffin Williams

2017 Undergraduate Student Research Fellow (DEFY)

Death marches during the Holocaust

Nisha Kale

2016 Undergraduate Student Research Fellow (DEFY)

Behavioral responses to stress during genocide

Orli Robin

2015 Undergraduate Student Research Fellow (DEFY)

Study of resistance to genocide

Christina Schoellkopf

2015 Undergraduate Student Research Fellow (DEFY)

Anti-Tutsi discrimination in Rwanda