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Undergraduate Research

What Will You Discover?

USC Dornsife’s renowned faculty produce research that changes our understanding of the world. As an undergraduate student, you have opportunities to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with these experts through the process of discovery and make an impact that is all your own.

A Sustainable Future Starts Now

Research at the Wrigley Marine Science Center (WMSC) leverages the unique and awe-inspiring Catalina Island campus to create a more sustainable world. Undergraduate fellowships and research opportunities allow you to take a deep dive into everything from new breakthroughs in aquaculture to the latest insights in communicating sustainability to the public.

Bridge Undergraduate Science Program (BUGS)

Imagine the world in a cell. The Bridge Institute brings these worlds to life, while blurring the line between art and science to better understand the human body. Working alongside faculty members conducting barrier-defying research, BUGS students are in the center of the action.

Problems Without Passports (PWP)

Signature PWP courses challenge undergraduates to grapple with pressing global issues in the very places where they happen — from exploring ecological security in the Arctic to human trafficking prevention in the Middle East.

Undergraduate Research Symposium

At the Undergraduate Symposium for Scholarly and Creative Work, you’ll have the opportunity to present your original research and creative work to fellow students and experts alike.

WiSE Undergraduate Research

Women in Science and Engineering programs aim to increase the number of women in STEM fields. Through WiSE, the next generation of scientific leaders connect with faculty mentors and gain experience in academic and laboratory research.

Undergraduate Research Fellowships

The USC Office of the Provost provides research fellowships to a limited number of undergraduates across the university. Through this program, you’ll work with a faculty mentor on a project that you design.