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Meet three USC Dornsife graduating seniors: Kirsten Herr, Brook Kidner and Will Orr.

Scholarship, service and success mark three students’ academic journeys

May 4, 2016

Kirsten Herr: Finding the Human Side Kirsten Herr. Photo by Mike Glier. Senior Kirsten Herr developed a passion for the life sciences while at Harker High School in Saratoga, Calif. She took courses in biology and…

Cardinal, Gold and Rubi: First-Gen College Student's Journey

Cardinal, Gold and Rubi

May 4, 2016

From her South L.A. high school through her USC Dornsife graduation, we followed Rubi Garcia, a first-generation college student, through the years. We watched her grow as a person and a scholar as she talks about her…

2016 Dornsife Scholars demonstrate educational excellence aimed at positive global impact

2016 Dornsife Scholars demonstrate educational excellence aimed at positive global impact

May 2, 2016

Hard work and dedication have paid off for eight outstanding seniors — they have been named 2016 USC Dornsife Scholars. The USC Dornsife Scholars program recognizes exceptional seniors who are committed to educational…

USC President C. L. Max Nikias addresses attendees at the 2016 Academic Honors Convocation in Town and Gown. Photo by Steve Cohn.

Outstanding students, faculty members recognized at 2016 Academic Convocation

April 22, 2016

Standout students, faculty and administrators celebrated the heights of Trojan scholarship at last week’s 35th annual Academic Honors Convocation. USC President C. L. Max Nikias presented the Presidential…

Students at Leichty Middle School transplant seedlings into their new aquaponics system. Photo by Linda Chilton.

USC Wrigley Institute introduces aquaponics to local K-12 students

April 21, 2016

Although the term “aquaponics” was coined in the ’70s, the practice of cultivating food by using the by-products of one aquatic species as fertilizer for another has been used for almost a millennium. In…

“We try to make the focus for the organizations less about fundraising and more about making a meaningful impact with the funds they receive," said Drops founder Shea Rouda. Illustration by Matthew Pla Savino.

USC Dornsife student Shea Rouda develops philanthropic startup

April 21, 2016

“Buy a zombie survival kit. Buy garden gnomes. Buy shoes. Buy more shoes.” So entreats the homepage of Drops.la, the brainchild of junior Shea Rouda. But there’s a critical second step to these entreaties:…

While many college students may not yet be responsible for paying taxes, economics lecturer Ladan Masoudie stresses that there are steps all young adults should take to to be proactive about financial security.

9 ways college students can improve their financial literacy

April 12, 2016

April 15 is a date etched in all adult Americans’ calendars and minds; however, many college students are still free from the burden of filing tax returns.  While some students may not need to face this…

USC Dornsife junior Cashae Ellis discusses 2016 Ballot measures with a group of high school students studying local government. Photos by Mike Glier.

Undergraduates lead civic engagement program for local high school students

April 4, 2016

Despite most being bilingual themselves, New Designs Charter Schools students Michael, Cora, Joselyn, Emmanuel, Eduardo and Alejandro finished their group discussion on California’s Multilingual Education Act, split on…

Frontline Scholar: Sophie

Frontline Scholar: Sophie

March 1, 2016

Sophie Wix ’18 knew from an early age that she wanted to be on the cutting edge of cancer research. Working toward that goal, she took advantage of the opportunity to perform research at The Bridge@USC, where she…

USC Dornsife junior Sam Deutsch celebrates his Jeopardy tournament victory. Photo courtesy of Jeopardy Productions Inc.

Political economy major Sam Deutsch crowned Jeopardy! College Champion

February 16, 2016

Sam Deutsch sensed that Lady Luck was smiling on him as the game show’s iconic blue screen flashed the “Final Jeopardy!” category: “U.S. Senate.” Deutsch, a junior majoring in political economy…