Signature Academic Events

As part of USC Undergraduate Programs, Academic Honors and Fellowships educates the USC community about university awards and external fellowships, and mentors motivated students and recent alumni in their pursuit of these opportunities. The UGP Signature Academic Events allow undergraduate students to:

  • Explore diverse academic disciplines that contribute to their breadth and depth of knowledge;
  • Showcase research, scholarly, and creative endeavors with the university community;
  • Connect academic and professional goals to national, international, and post-graduate educational opportunities.

There are four Signature Academic Events in total:


As part of USC Welcome Week, Micro-Seminars offer incoming first-year students an opportunity to immerse themselves in a college-level discussion-based workshop on a specialized topic. The seminars are designed to introduce students to a USC professor and become familiar with the academic environment before classes begin.

Research and Fellowships Week

Research and Fellowships Week is an annual event co-sponsored by Academic Honors and Fellowships, the Graduate School and the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs.  The goal of the week is to discuss opportunities that support research, graduate study, language learning, teaching and internships within the U.S. and abroad.  Open to students of all academic levels, participants engage in interactive panels and workshops presented by award recipient, fellowship advisors, and USC faculty to explore USC programs and external post-graduate possibilities.

Undergraduate Writers’ Conference

The Undergraduate Writers’ Conference provides undergraduate students a forum to share and discuss their writing with peers. Students have the opportunity to submit original work, compete for prizes in one of four writing categories, engage in small group discussions, and enjoy an awards ceremony banquet with fellow undergraduate writers and USC faculty.

Academic Programs Present: SCymposium

SCymposium provides students with the opportunity to exhibit and share examples of their significant research and creativity work with the university community. Students present works through poster sessions, art exhibits, and electronic media. All undergraduates are encouraged to participate.