Research and Fellowships Week

Academic Honors and Fellowships, The Graduate School and the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs present the 5th Annual Research and Fellowships Week from November 4 – 8, 2019!

Research and Fellowships Week is an annual event that began in 2015 and is hosted by USC’s 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, staff and faculty, attendees participate in interactive panels and workshops to explore USC programs and external post-graduate possibilities.

Questions? Email ahfstaff@usc.edu

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Monday, November 4

Sessions located in Doheny Library (DML) 241 unless otherwise noted

Research and Fellowships 101 – 11:00-11:50am
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Target Audience: Undergraduates
What is research? What is a fellowship? This presentation will offer an introduction to undergraduate research at USC and explain how research experience can be a great first step towards participating in USC Signature Academic Events or applying for competitive fellowships such as the Rhodes Scholarship and Fulbright U.S. Student Program.

Fellowships for PhD Students in Health Fields – 12:00-12:50pm 
Location: HSC Norris Medical Library, West Conference Room

Target Audience: PhDs
A panel of funded PhDs will discuss opportunities and tips, especially for students interested in the NIH NRSA F31 fellowships.

“The Novelty Moves”: How to Pitch Your Research to Potential Funders….and Beyond – 1:00-1:50pm
Target Audience: PhDs in STEM fields
How can you describe research, especially highly detailed research, in ways that will excite a general audience? This presentation from the USC Writing Center will offer concrete, hands-on tips to improve the clarity and force of your research statements.  “The Novelty Moves” originated as a workshop at Carnegie Mellon’s Global Communication Center.


Tuesday, November 5

Sessions located in Doheny Library (DML) 241

Focus Topic: Public Service Awards – 11:00-11:50am
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Target Audience: Sophomores & Juniors
For those interested in careers in public service, consider the Truman and Boren Scholarships, along with the Schaeffer Fellows in Government Service, as part of your path to get there. *U.S. citizenship required

Fellowships for International PhD Students – 1:00-1:50pm
Target Audience: International PhDs
Staff from the Graduate School will discuss internal and external funding available to international PhD students.

USC Advanced PhD Fellowships – 2:00-2:50pm
Target Audience: PhDs
The USC Graduate School will discuss competitively awarded fellowships for students who have successfully completed the first year of their PhD program.


Wednesday, November 6

Sessions located in Student Union (STU) B3

Competitive UK Graduate Study Scholarships – 11:00-11:50am
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Target Audience: Undergraduates
An overview of Churchill, Marshall, Mitchell, and Rhodes Scholarship campus endorsement process, tips to support the professional development experience of applying, and other United Kingdom graduate study funding opportunities to consider. *U.S. citizenship required with exception of Rhodes; Minimum 3.7 GPA required for all

Intro to Fellowships and Career Services for First Gen Students – 12:00-12:50pm
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Target Audience: First-Generation Undergraduates
A workshop focused on first-generation college student success in research, fellowships, and career pathways. Participants will work on goal-setting and explore campus resources to maximize their academic and professional opportunities in the upcoming year. Presented in partnership with the USC Career Center and USC Kortschak Center for Learning & Creativity.

Research with Impact: Data and Bibliometrics – 2:00-2:50pm
Target Audience: Graduate Students
Librarians will discuss locating and using data, statistics, and scholarly metrics to help you define the impact of your research.


Thursday, November 7

Sessions located in Doheny Library (DML) 241 unless otherwise noted

Summer Opportunities Fair – 11:00am-1:00pm
Location: TCC Ballroom A/B
Target Audience: Undergraduates
Trojan Scholars Society and Undergraduate Programs invite undergraduate students to come explore short-term study, research, internship and language study opportunities available within the U.S. and abroad during the summer months. Campus partners include:

Focus on the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program – 1:00-1:50pm
Target Audience: Undergraduates and 1st year PhDs
The NSF GRFP recognizes outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based Master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions.

Pathway to Independence – 2:00-2:50pm
Target Audience: Postdoctoral Scholars
USC NIH F/K award recipients will guide postdocs through each essential part of the grant application: your Biosketch, Abstract, Research Environment, Research Plan, Special Considerations, Budgets, NIH Review Process, Resubmissions and more!


Friday, November 8

Sessions located in Hedco Neurosciences Building (HNB)

Fulbright U.S. Student Program – 11:00-11:50am
Location: HNB 100
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Target Audience: Undergraduates, Masters, PhDs
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides funding to carry out a research project, graduate study or teach English for an academic year in over 140 countries outside of the United States with the goal of mutual exchange. *U.S. citizenship required

Fellowships Friday & Reception – 12:00-1:30pm
Location: HNB 107
Target Audience: Undergraduates, Masters, PhDs
Join us for the last Fellowships Friday of the semester! This is open walk-in time with advisors and previous grant recipients to learn about fellowship opportunities. Lunch will be served.


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